The plan calls for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerating deployment of renewable energy, maximizing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy use through decarbonization, modernizing the electric grid and utility infrastructure, as well as expanding clean energy job training opportunities and programs.
Download the NJ PUC Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan HERE. (Source: NJ PUC, NJ 101.5, June, 2019)
Contact: NJ PUC, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us
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In a statement the Manitoba Minister of Sustainable Dev elopement said; "We've removed the carbon-pricing (tax) element from our plan and are moving forward with getting real emissions reductions. (There are) several more initiatives to come that will help us transition to a low-carbon future without imposing a tax on Manitobans."<
the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Manitoba's then proposed carbon tax was insufficient an demanded the province match the federal carbon tax of $20 a tonne rising to $50 per ton by 2022. To date,
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have challenged the federal carbon tax plan.
(Source: Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development, CBC, Canadian Press, 10 June, 2019) Contact:
Manitoba Sustainable Development, Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister, (204) 945-6784, www.gov.mb.ca/sd
More Low-Carbon Energy News Manitoba Carbon Tax, Canada Carbon Tax, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The safe to handle green fuel, which features a mixture of hydroxyl ammonium nitrate and an oxidizer, was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in California. The new fuel also delivers almost 50 pct better performance than hydrazine, allowing a spacecraft to travel for a longer period of time even with minimal fuel onboard.
According to Sacramento-headquartered Aeorojet Rocketdyne, the company that developed the propulsion system for the GPIM, the company will focus on building similar systems that can cater the new green fuel. (Source: NASA, International Business Times, 11 June, 2019)
Contact: Aeorojet Rocketdyne, Fred Wilson, www.rocket.com; NASA, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov, www.nasa.gov; SpaceX, www.spacex.com
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The projects include the Ekola and TB Flats I & II wind farms in Wyoming's Carbon County and the Cedar Springs wind park in Converse County, totaling 1,150 MW.
The re-powering projects will upgrade existing wind turbines in Converse and Carbon counties, and the Gateway West Transmission project will install a 140-mile (225km) transmission line in Sweetwater and Carbon counties.
(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Renewables, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net
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The western German city of Arnsberg was paired up with Warren, Minn., three years ago as part of the Climate-Smart Municipalities program. It was using planes equipped with thermal imaging cameras to see which buildings were losing the most energy.
Related Minnesota programs and initiatives include the use of drones to measure building emissions and heat loss, solar energy installations, energy-efficient lighting, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and others. The program is directed through the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in St.Paul.
(Source: MPR News Update, June, 2019) Contact: University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, Jessica Hellman, Dir., (612) 624-6973Fax: (612) 626-5555 -- fax, email@example.com, www.environment.umn.edu
Climate-Smart Municipalities, environment.umn.edu/grant/climate-smart-municipalities
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ERA works with the government, industry and the higher education sector to undertake research, develop the next generation of energy leaders, and demonstrate low-carbon technologies that help shape the UK's energy landscape.
ERA consists of eight Midlands universities that are part of the Midlands Innovation partnership, together with the British Geological Survey.
(Source: University of Warwick, Insider Media, June, 2019) Contact: University of Warwick, Prof Pam Thomas, www.warwick.ac.uk; ERA, Prof Martin Freer, Dir, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.era.ac.uk
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Fortiva is added into liquefaction the same as traditional alpha amylase technologies, but once introduced, it solubilizes more difficult starch than all other amylases on the market
Novozyme's Innova Force targets ethanol plants seeking flexibility to achieve operational targets without sacrificing performance. It allows producers to achieve throughput and yield targets without losing ethanol yield to common stressors, such as high temperature and organic acids. Force gives producers the flexibility to push for yield without compromise, and to choose the format that best fits their operation, dry or cream.
(Source: Growth Energy, Various Media, June, 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org
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In addition to the recently completed solar array, the site features LED lighting throughout, energy efficient elastomeric acrylic roofing, and a water recycling system. ATUM also participates in a cost-neutral waste to energy program and a composting program. Employees have access to free solar-powered car charging stations, as well as carpool and other incentives. (Source: ATUM, PR, SCNow, 11 June, 2019)
Contact: ATUM, Jeremy Minshull, CEO, (650) 853 8347, Nicole Litchfield, www.atum.bio
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"Gas is not a transition or bridge fuel, it is an old dirty fuel from the 20th century and we need a real transition to renewable. There is no way the world can achieve the Paris goals if we keep adding more oil, coal, and gas to the system." -- Gregg Muttitt, Oil Change International Think Tank, Green News.ie, June, 2019) Contact: Gregg Muttitt, (202) 518-9029 , email@example.com, www.priceofoil.com
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"We request that you cease issuing any further small refinery exemptions, immediately reallocate the remaining gallons, and make public the information regarding any recipients of these exemptions
"We are extremely concerned about the EPA's recent actions to continue to improperly grant small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS. EPA's continued manipulation and misuse of the small refiner waiver authority is undermining the integrity of the RFS and disadvantaging farmers. Rather than follow congressional intent in the RFS and follow through on the promises made to rural America, the EPA and the (Trump) Administration are providing waivers, in secret, to help some of the largest oil companies and refiners evade their compliance obligations under the Clean Air Act.
The letter's signatories included Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Farm Journal, Various Media, AgPro, 11 June, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend, RFS, "Hardship Waivers" , Andrew Wheeler,
The CEA program, which was created under Massachusetts General Law, allows a municipality to arrange for electricity supply on behalf of consumers in a city or town. Melrose launched its first CEA program in January 2016 but the program was discontinued in June 2017 after an analysis of available supplier rates determined it was in the best interests of Melrose residents to terminate the program .
Melrose residents who did not opt out will be enrolled in the Melrose Local Green option which provides customers with 5 pct more renewable energy at a slightly lower cost than current National Grid rates. The Melrose CEA Program supplier is Next Era Energy Services.
(Source: Melrose Energy Commission, 11 June, 2019) Contact: City of Melrose, Melrose Energy Commission, Martha Grover, Energy Efficiency Manager, (781) 979-4195, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.melrose-cea.com
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Ameresco will design, construct, operate and maintain the solar facility at its own expense. Ameresco is leasing the site from the city and making an annual Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the town. The regional utility Eversource will purchase renewable energy from the project which is expected to come online this August. (Source: Amerseco, PR, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Town of Westport:
Tim King, Selectman, Energy Committee, (508) 636-1150,
David J. Anderson, EVP , Leila Dillon, (508) 661-2264, email@example.com, www.ameresco.com
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The Soy Innovation Campus will include a specialty crushing facility conducive to educational purposes. (Source: University of Minnesota, Crookston Times, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Soy Innovation Campus University of Minnesota Crookston, www.mnsoybean.org,
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In 2018, Boeing unveiled its new environment strategy through 2025 with ambitious goals to innovate products for environmental performance, reduce emissions, waste, and water and energy consumption at work sites, and to work with communities around the globe. Report highlights include:
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Attis plans to immediately begin the process of deploying its patented biorefinery technology to further diversify the biofuel and biobased product manufacturing at the campus. Attis will convert extracted locally sourced woody biomass pulp into cellulosic fuels and lignin into bioplastics, carbon fiber and advanced biofuels like renewable diesel and jet fuel.
Attis also aims to improve the quality and volume of co-products currently being produced at the Fulton ethanol plant by implementing its patented and licensed corn oil extraction technology that will almost double the current corn oil production yields at the plant and provide an augmented revenue stream. (Source: Attis Industries, DTN, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com
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The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports.
The LCFS, which encourages the use of cleaner, low-carbon fuels,
is one of several programs developed under The Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B.32). It works with other A.B.32 programs, such as cap-and-trade, the zero-emission vehicle program and the renewable portfolio standard, to achieve California's GHG-reduction goals. (Source: CARB, 31 May, 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
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The organization claims the current PSC rules keep the amount of solar power that can be put into the grid too low, and claims an increase
would benefit the solar industry as well as promote infrastructure development, create jobs and increase the stste's competitiveness in terms of solar production.
Renew Missouri is calling for the PSC to change the standard offer cap for purchases from a qualifying facility by an electric utility to 20,000 kilowatts, up from 5,000, to be updated annually. (Source: Renew Missouri, Missouri Times, 5 June, 2019) Contact: Renew Missouri, James Owens, Rxec. Dir., (573) 303-0394, www.renewmo.org
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In 2018, Bank of America's total sourcing of renewable electricity was 1.8 million MWh -- equivalent of powering 153,000 homes for one year, according to the release.
(Source: Bank of America, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Bank of America, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/bank-of-america-corporation
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The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities who have proclaimed June 5 as BUILT GREEN Day. This reflects the growing concern faced by public and private industry on climate change and the heightened expectations of the municipality's role in addressing this social problem. In response to meeting environmental targets, all orders of government are developing climate mitigation strategies, while for those working in the residential building industry, increased energy performance and other regulations continue to change.
The increased stringency of codes and standards is driving costs up for the industry -- the unintended consequence is the further deterioration of housing affordability. With the intersection of these two social problems, there is possibility for further collaborative actions between government and industry collaboration that considers the environment, costs, and the pace of change given realizing sustainability targets requires the support of private industry.
Built Green Canada works with its builders to support the successful certification of their builds, assist them in meeting compliance requirements, while its programs' four levels of certification offer industry a means to voluntarily stay ahead of code and incrementally improve in preparation to be net-zero energy ready for 2030 regulations.
Though some municipalities are exclusively focused on energy performance, Built Green's programs are complementary as they take a more holistic approach that may reduce the load on civic infrastructure including water, power, and waste. Built Green recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one program over another and therefore encourages municipalities to include its programs, alongside others, as an option to endorse.
Meanwhile, Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder® Coalition to bring the first performance-based water rating to Canada through the water conservation section of their builder programs. Though parts of Canada, and the world, are increasingly experiencing droughts, and freshwater ecosystems are shown to be under stress, water conservation in the residential building industry has not received the attention energy efficiency has, though they are both connected and significant. The Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) is based on measurable parameters, along with a scoring scale that considers indoor and outdoor water use, reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations.
Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national, non-profit organization offering programs for residential building. Since its inception, builders have worked with Built Green to complete over 32,750 certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario -- including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 36,090. At the end of 2018, the cumulative impact of these single family certified homes translated into more than half a million (588,505.29) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions saved (up to December 31, 2018). (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, June, 2019)
Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, (855) 485- .0920, email@example.com, www.builtgreencanada.ca
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The plant began production in mid-April with the first AW132/3300 nacelles for projects for the power utility AES Generacion S.A. The plant's nacelles and hubs assembly shop is designed for an annual capacity of up to 500 MW. Nordex is also establishing three plants for concrete towers.
FAdeA is a listed aviation company under the auspices of the Argentinian Ministry of Defense.
Nordex has installed more than 25 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and has joint manufacturing capacity factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India, Argentina and in the near future Mexico. (Source: Nordex, PR, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1000. +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1101,
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The goal of the agreement is to strengthen both Vestas' and Rusnano's positions in the Russian sustainable energy market, according to the Vesta's release. (Source: Vestas, Renewables Now, 6 June, 2019)Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vestas.com; Rusnano, +7 495 988 5388, (65) 681 0747 - US Office, https://en.rusnano.com
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As part of the agreement, Hannon Armstrong will provide long-term financing to community solar projects developed and acquired by Summit Ridge Energy across multiple states. Summit Ridge is targeting construction of over 250 MW of community solar power over the next few years.
Hannon Armstrong investments are focused on climate change solutions, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainable infrastructure markets. (Source: Summit Ridge Energy , CleanTechnica, 6 June, 2019)
Contact: Hannon Armstrong , Jeffrey Eckel, Pres., CEO,
Gil Jenkins , (443) 321-5753,
email@example.com, www.hannonarmstrong.com; Summit Ridge, Steve Raeder, CEO, www.srenergy.com
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The first house's power will be generated by photovoltaic (PV) panels with a battery set and generator installed by Southern Solar Systems. On-site researchers from Auburn will compare the two poultry house's energy use with normal poultry house operations over a 12 month period to determine best practices for future similar solar installations.
(Source: Auburn University, The Poultry Site, 6 June, 2019)
Contact: Auburn University National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) , https://poul.auburn.edu/associates/nptc; Southern Solar Systems, (256) 883-9848, www.southernsolarsys.com
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"I believe that there's a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don't forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn't working. Then it was called climate change. Now it's actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can't miss.
Forty years ago, we had the worst tornado binge we've ever had. In the 1890s, we had our worst hurricanes." -- US Pres. Donald -- aka "The Donald" -- Trump, Good Morning Britain, 5 June, 2019
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According to the report, Taiwan should follow the mindset of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), a global consortium formed in 2013. Although Taiwan is not a member of the DDPP, it could study the various open-source research and policy recommendations to reduce annual carbon emissions per person to 1.7 metric tons by 2050, which is also a goal set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Based on the progress of Taiwan's Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act, it is likely that the country will only be able to reduce carbon emissions per person to 5.4-6 metric tons by 2050, which is far higher than the figure set by the DDPP, the white paper cautioned.
The study also recommends the government should revisit related government-led strategies concerning carbon trading, energy taxes and draft better incentives for industry and consumers.
The government should also push a more comprehensive climate act to serve as a national guideline, an create an open and transparent platform so that stakeholders from the public and private sectors can exchange climate change related information.
Academia Sinica, headquartered in Nangang District, Taipei, is the national academy of the Republic of China. It supports research activities in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from mathematical and physical sciences, to life sciences, the humanities and social sciences. (Source: Academia Sinica, Focus Taiwan, June, 2019)
Contact: Academia Sinica, +886 2 2782 2120, www.sinica.edu.tw/en; Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, www.deepdecarbonization.org
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The project's participating builders installed IoT sensors on several older buildings. Data from the sensors will be analyzed and used to identify the most cost-effective ways of increasing the buildings energy efficiency and thus cut the buildings energy consumption and costs.
The pilot is part of the Climate-friendly Housing Companies joint venture project between the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and the Green Building Council Finland.
The project will run until the end of 2020 and will publish a digital guide for housing companies. The project is funded by the 6Aika programme, a joint strategy focusing on sustainable urban development of Finland's six largest cities. (Source: City of Helsinki, Climate-friendly Housing Companies, Smart Cities World, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Climate-friendly Housing Companies, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.forumvirium.fi/en/climate-friendly-housing-companies-energy-efficiency-through-data-utilisation
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The projects are slated for completion in 2022 at an expected cost of approximately $2 billion.
Greenko aims to establish an efficient energy platform to generate round-the-clock (RTC) power is an attempt to create a reliable and schedulable power generation and eventually replace fossil fuels.The majority of Greenko's installations are in the wind, solar and hydro with a combined capacity of 4.2 GW.
(Source: Greenko Energy, MERCOM, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Greenko Energy, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000, email@example.com, www.greenkogroup.com
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The emissions trading programme incorporates continuous emissions monitoring systems to track industry emissions in real time. About 350 Surat area industries have installed continuous emissions monitoring systems, the data from which will be used to implement and carry out industrial pollution audits and set incentives to encourage compliance.
The Gujarat programme is the first in the world to regulate particulate air pollution, the single-largest threat to human health globally according to the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI).
(Source: Gujarat Pollution Control Board, livemint, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Gujarat Pollution Control Board, gpcb.gujarat.gov.in
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The province had stopped charging the tax last week, although it is still imposed on large CO2 emitters.
Alberta's action will automatically trigger a Canadian liberal government imposed carbon tax of
C$20 ($14.91) per ton, increasing by C$10 ($7.46) per year to a high of C$50 ($37.28) per ton in 2022.
(Source: CBC News, Kallanish, Various Cdn. Media, 6 June, 2019)
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The 2050 net-zero target was recently recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's independent climate advisory body which estimated that reaching net zero would come in at £50 billion a year. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy puts the figure at £70 billion, according to the FT.
The Chancellor and Under-Treasurer of Her Majesty's Exchequer, commonly known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or simply the Chancellor, is a senior official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of Her Majesty's Treasury. The office is a British Cabinet-level position. (£1 = $1.27 US)
(Source: Financial Times, Carbon Brief, Various Media, June, 2019) Contact: The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP - GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/government/people/philip-hammond; Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
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Forests can store large amounts of carbon and so monitoring photosynthesis is an accurate way to track global carbon levels and measure how much CO2 is being stored. For evergreen trees which remain green all year round, it’s challenging to measure photosynthesis and carbon uptake. In the new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found a way to use solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) emitted by evergreen trees to monitor seasonal changes in photosynthesis and GPP. SIF occurs when chlorophyll levels return from a dormant state, and a photon is emitted which produces a faint “glow” not visible to the naked eye. Satellites can now detect SIF glow, and the researchers used scanning spectrometers to measure SIF in an evergreen forest in Colorado. The team found that fluorescence was a reliable indicator of seasonal chlorophyll changes matching the same patterns found in deciduous forests. Having a way to monitor GPP in both evergreen and deciduous forests will help researchers understand how climate change is impacting forests over a large scale.
“Ultimately, measuring the small fluorescent glow from plants will allow us to see exactly timing and magnitude of carbon uptake from the terrestrial biosphere. This will help us understand how forests are responding to climate change and suggest how they might respond to future climate change,” said Troy Magney, research scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a lead author of the study. (Source: University of Utah, earth.com, May, 2019)
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The project is a Rs.1.45 billion investment jointly undertaken by Vidullanka and OC Energy Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Japanese construction giant, Obayashi Corporation. The investment in Vidul Biomass (Pvt.) Limited is the first of its kind for the Japanese conglomerate in Sri Lanka.
The power plant is expected to supply 22 GWh of annual energy to the national grid.
(Source: Vidullanka PLC, Daily Mirror, 4 June, 2019)
Contact: Vidullanka PLC , Chamil Silva, CEO, + 94 11 4760000
+ 94 11 4760076, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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HM3 Energy's torrefaction technology converts biomass such as wood or grain into a coal-like material, according to the company.
The number of unnaturally severe wildfires in forests and range lands has dramatically increased in recent years, with devastating impacts on forests, wildlife, watersheds and communities. By culling out small diameter trees and performing prescribed burns, forest managers are trying to restore forests back to their former natural state, before all wildfires were suppressed. Progress, however, is painfully slow. With little to no market for the slash left after thinning operations, it is usually piled and burned. These pile burns cost forest managers money and severely impact surrounding air quality in rural communities.
HM3 Energy's torrefaction and densification technologies provide a solution to this "biomass bottleneck" by creating a profitable market for the forest slash, turning it into energy dense torrefied wood briquettes that can directly replace coal or wood pellets for dispatchable, baseload electric power generation. The ability to use biomass instead of clean wood chips makes TorrB® torrefied briquettes competitive in price with raw pellets at the coal-fired plant burner tip, according to the company website.
(Source: HM3 Energy, KJZZ/Rio Salado College, 3 June, 2019) Contact: HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara, CEO, (503) 674-3380, www.hm3energy.com;
U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.fed.us
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"Regionally, the effect of climate on soil carbon storage is dependent on interactions with soil properties, mineralogy and topography. In some regions, climate does not play a role. This shows the need for localized assessments of soil carbon dynamics and a more effective approach to carbon management at local scales."
"To slow the accumulation of greenhouse gases and help mitigate global warming, a better understanding of the factors controlling soil organic carbon storage, its composition and its vulnerability to loss is needed," lead researcher Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel said. (Source: Curtin University, Xinhua, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Curtin University, Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel, +61 8 9266 9266,
Fax: +61 8 9266 3131, www.curtin.edu.au
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Enterprise Management is an energy, asset, occupant and tenant billing management system that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to proactively analyze building data across the enterprise to identify opportunities to save money and streamline operations. Some features of the updated platform include:
According to Department of Land and Natural Resources, the damaged plant produced 31 pct of the island's power and about half of its renewable energy in 2017.
(Source: Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, AP, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Puna Geothermal Venture (Ormat), www.hawaiianelectric.com/.../geothermal/puna-geothermal-venture-(pgv); Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, (808) 587-0400, dlnr.hawaii.gov
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The project, which will incorporate up to seventy-one, 2.82 MW GE wind turbines, is expected to begin construction and startup in 2021. Three Waters is being developed and will be owned and operated by Scout Clean Energy.
Scout is presently developing 2,400 MW of wind energy projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, email@example.com,
www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook, www.quinbrook.com; Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, (507) 285-0478, www.mmpa.org
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The project, which has a 10-year PPA with state-run Taiwan Power Company, is slated for completion by year-end 2021.
WPD holds a 73 pct stake in the wind farm and a Japan-based consortium of Sojiitz, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Chugoku Electric Power, Chudenko and Shikoku Electric Power hold the remaining 27 pct stake.
(Source: WPD Taiwan Energy, DigiTimes Taiwan, 3 June, 2019) Contact: WPD, www.wpd.de/en
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The project, which is located 120 km off the Yorkshire Coast, will incorporate 174 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines, 50 of which are currently operational.
The wind farm is expected to be fully online in 2020. (Source: Orsted, Windpower Enc., 3 June, 2019)Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.orsted.dk
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The Husker Ag facility was originally built by Fagen Inc. and designed by ICM of Colwich, KS. Husker Ag expanded its operations in the fall of 2007 and as of 2017 utilizes more than 26 million bpy of corn to produce about 76 million gpy of denatured ethanol and about 450,000 tpy of modified wet distillers' grain (DDG) for cattle feed.
(Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Husker Ag, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org;
Husker Ag, Seth Harder, Gen. Mgr., (402) 582-4446, www.huskerag.com
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The transaction includes a 6-month transition services agreement as well as a 10-year offtake agreement for the ethanol produced at the facility.
According to an Attis release, "today, the United States consumes roughly 19 billion gallons of renewable fuel on an annual basis; however, Attis believes firmly that through the deployment of its innovative and transformative suite of green technologies, yearly production can nearly double while taking advantage of more carbon neutral feedstocks. Desperately needed innovation is required to realign existing production to the Renewable Fuel Standard's goal of 36 billion gallons by 2022."
(Source: Attis Industries, Inc. , Website 3 June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisind.com;
Sunoco LP, www.sunocolp.com
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The acquisition will expand Delta IoT-enabled smart green solutions for sustainable buildings and cities, building automation, energy management, commercial and industrial LED lighting, surveillance and indoor environmental quality systems.
(Source: Delta Electronic, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Delta Electronics, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, www.amerlux.com
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Equinor expects to start working on obtaining the necessary permits for the project by the end of the year and to put the wind farm into operation in 2024.
If selected, the project is expected to be similar to Equinor's 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm operation. (Source: Equinor, Offshore Wind Biz, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en
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Glennmont, which has €2 billion in assets under management, claims to be the world's largest fund manager in terms of investment in clean energy infrastructure.
It had aimed to raise €600 million through the Clean Energy Fund III but exceeded the target. (Source Glennmont Partners, Reuters, 3 June, 2019)Contact: Glennmont Partners, www.glennmont.com
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Central Virginia Electric Cooperative anticipates participation in a total of 10 MW (AC) of solar and 2--3 MW of storage and to that end may participate in multiple project options. Danville anticipates participation in up to two facilities of 2--3 MW of stand-alone storage only, while Martinsville is interested in 5 MW (AC) of stand-alone solar and 5 MW (AC) of solar and 2--3 MW of storage.
The projects, which will be located behind the distribution meter at various utility substations, are intended to reduce transmission and capacity demand. In addition to capacity and transmission cost reduction, the solar generation is expected to reduce the load requirements for Martinsville and Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and provide solar renewable energy certificates.
Download RFP information HERE. Proposals are due July 1, 2019. ( Source: American Public Power Assoc., 3 June, 2019)