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Madison Launches New Community Solar Grant Program (Funding)
Madison Wisconsin
Date: 2019-05-29
In the Badger State, the city of Madison is touting the launch of its Backyard Solar grants program to help low-income residents install solar panels.

Grants will be available to community organizations and housing developers through a competitive process and will fund up to 20-pct of a project's total cost. The city has reserved $10,000 for grants in 2019, but there is a resolution circulating among council members to add another $30,000.

The Backyard Solar program is an addition to the MadiSUN residential program, which helps homeowners put solar panels on their rooftops. The City also offers a program that includes $30,000 in rebates for businesses that install solar.

In 2017, Madison became the first city in Wisconsin to set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero carbon emissions for both city operations and residents. (Source: City of Madison, 28 May, 2019) Contact: MadiSUN Program, https://madisunsolar.com; Renew Wisconsin, Heather Allen, program director for Renew Wisconsin, which administers the MadiSUN programs for the city, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  MadiSUN,  Renew Wisconsin,  


Entegrity Tapped for OK PSO LED Lighting Program (Ind. Report)
Eastern Oklahoma PSO
Date: 2019-05-29
The Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) reports the selection of energy services provider Entegrity Energy Partners as the exclusive provider of its Small Business Program for the Eastern Oklahoma PSO Service Territory.

The PSO program offers rebates of up to 70 pct for LED lighting upgrades for eligible PSO customers.

Entegrity, through its Tulsa office, will begin marketing the program to small businesses to help them reduce operating cost through lower energy and maintenance expenses. Entegrity will perform a no-cost facility audit to generate a proposal based on the program's pre-negotiated pricing and access to the up to 70 pct rebates. Financing options for the upgrades are also available through the program.

Entegrity is a sustainability and energy services company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects. The company's service package includes energy savings performance contracting, commissioning, energy modeling, building testing, lighting solutions, renewable energy, water conservation, and sustainability consulting. (Source: Oklahoma PSO, Shawneee News Star, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, info@entegritypartners.com, www.entegritypartners.com; Public Service Company of Oklahoma www.psoklahoma.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Entegrity Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


IEA says Nuclear Power Decline Threatens Climate Goals (Int'l.)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-05-29
According to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) a steep decline in nuclear energy capacity will threaten climate goals and power supply security unless advanced economies find a way to extend the lifespan of their reactors. Nuclear is currently the world's second-largest source of low-carbon electricity, behind hydropower, and accounts for 10 pct of global electricity generation.

But nuclear fleets in the US and Europe are on average more than 35 years old and many of the world's 452 reactors are set to close as cheap gas and tighter safety requirements make them uneconomical to operate.

According to the IEA report, "Without policy changes, advanced economies could lose 25 pct of their nuclear capacity by 2025 and as much as two-thirds of it by 2040." The report notes renewables like wind power have increased in advanced economies, but the decline in nuclear has left the clean energy share of the global power supply unchanged in 20 years. In order to offset the expected decline of nuclear, investments in renewables would have to grow fivefold, the report adds.

According to IEA Energy Markets chief Keisuke Sadamori, it is more expensive to build new wind and solar than to extend the lifespan of existing reactors, which require investment of $500 million to $1 billion per GW of capacity. Many U.S. reactors have already seen their lifespan extended to 60 from 40 years.(Source: IEA, CBC, 27 May, 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy,  Nuclear ,  


Notable Quote from the IEA
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-05-29
"We must accelerate the deployment of all low-carbon technologies, from renewables to nuclear power to carbon capture, utilization and storage." -- Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir. International Energy Agency, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency news,  


Juwi Hellas Sets Greek Solar Park Construction Date (Int'l)
juwi
Date: 2019-05-29
Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer Juwi AG's greek subsidiary juwi Hellas has announced plans to begin construction on its 204 MW Kozani solar park in Greece in December 2019. When fully operational and grid connected in April, 2021, the Kozani solar park will be the largest solar PV project in South-East Europe, according to the juwi release. (Source: Balkan Green Energy News, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Juwi AG, Dave Manning, Global Head of Hybrid Energy, Christian Hinsch, Communications, +49 (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, +49 (0) 172. 67 949 12, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News juwi,  Solar,  


CEMEX Committed to UN Sustainable Development Goals (Int'l)
United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals
Date: 2019-05-29
Monterrey, Mexico-headquartered global building materials specialist CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. reports it is strengthening its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To that end, CEMEX is focusing on Climate Change Mitigation (SDG 13) and Environmental and Ecosystem Conservation (SDG 15) and other goals that are directly connected with the company's business and represent a better opportunity to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda. (Source: CEMEX, PR, 27 May, 2019) Contact: CEMEX, Fernando A. González, CEO, www.cemex.com; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CEMEX,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Green Maritime Methanol Consortium Project Underway (Int'l)
Green Maritime Methanol
Date: 2019-05-29
The Green Maritime Methanol Consortium reports the selection of nine ships of various operational profiles, sizes and tonnages for research on the implementation of renewable methanol as a marine fuel. The results of this research will be compared with low sulphur marine diesel.

The project is supported by TKI Maritiem and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and runs until December 2020. The consortium participants will share and exchange knowledge gained to further develop methanol as a transport fuel for the maritime sector.

The consortium includes Bio MCN, Royal Boskalis, Bureau Veritas, C-Job Naval Architects, Damen Shipyards, Defence Material Organization, Feadship, Helm Proman, Royal IHC, Royal Netherlands Naval Institute (KIM/FMW), Royal Association of Netherlands' Shipowners (KVNR), Lloyds Register, MARIN, Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC), Marine Service Noord (MSN), Methanol Institute, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam, Pon Power, TNO, TU Delft, Van Oord, Netherlands Association of Importers of Combustion Engines (VIV), Wagenborg Shipping and Wartsila.

(Source: Green Maritime Methanol Consortium, Hellenic Shipping News, Various Other Media, 28 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  


Blue-green Algae for Biodiesel Production Explored in Finland (R&D)
University of Turku
Date: 2019-05-29
Finland's University of Turku doctoral candidate Mikael Jamsa is touting his work on converting algae and cyanobacteria -- commonly known as blue-green algae -- from wastewater to produce biofuels.

Jamsa examined various types of wastewater to determine the most suitable for cultivation of the types of algae which are best at producing bio fuel -- as well as clean up the wastewater itself -- and found "municipal wastewater" the best candidate. According to Jamsa, the algae are removed from wastewater systems then the algae's fat is separated and extracted then converted to fuel.

The researcher noted the best results for biodiesel production were found in green algae. "The blue-green algae are not as effective as green algae because the carbohydrates in the blue-green algae are more easily converted into bio-ethanol, while the fats in green algae are more readily converted to biodiesel," he explained. (Source: University of Turku, Svenska Yle, May, 2019) Contact: University of Turku, +358 29 450 5000, www.utu.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Carbon Capture Hub Planned for UK Humber Region (Int'l Report)
National Grid, Drax, Equinor
Date: 2019-05-29
In the UK, National Grid, Drax and Equinor are reporting they will partner to develop the country's first carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) hub in the Humber region. Under their initial plan, carbon emissions from the woody biomass-wood pellet burning Drax power station near Selby, could be captured and stored in disused gas fields in the southern North Sea. (Source: DRAX,Various Media, May, 2019)Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en; UK National Grid, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  UK National Grid,  Drax ,  Equinor,  


Senvion, Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II Contract Agreement (Int'l)
Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II
Date: 2019-05-29
Hamburg-based German on- and offshore wind turbine manufacturer Senvion and Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG (TWB II) are reported to have agreed on a new wind turbine supply contract for the Trianel Borkum II wind farm.

Initially, construction of the 200-MW project was to have gotten underway in mid-April 2019. By then, 15 of the 32 wind turbines had already been delivered on time and transported to the base port in Eemshaven. The remaining 17 of the 32 wind turbines are now slated for delivery in autumn 2019. (Source: Senvion, reve, 28 May, 2019)Contact: Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II, www.trianel-borkumzwei.de; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Senvion,  


Oil from Woody Biomass Developed at U Maine (New Prod & Tech)
University of Maine
Date: 2019-05-29
In the Pine Tree State, the University of Maine in Orono is reporting a team from its Forest Bioproducts Research Institute's (FBRI) pilot plant has developed a chemicals-free process that turns wood biomass into clean, crude oil using heat and pressure.

According to the release, the method was discovered by undergraduate students experimenting with salt and high temperatures when they found that a particular kind of mixed-salt produced crude oil vapors. With a 20-minute process of high heat and pressure, wood pulp is turned into acid before it is turned into salt, which produces the crude oil when introduced to high temperatures. which can be processed just like any oil refinery and make gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

The current production is about 1 tpd when the plant is running, but the private sector is interested in the engineering data, which is a patent protected and available for companies to amplify research. (Source: University of Maine, FBRI, Woodworking Network, 27 May, 2019) Contact: University of Maine, FBRI, Hemant Pendse, Director, (207) .581.1489 Fax: 207.581.9418 fbri@maine.edu , https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


KLM Secures Large Sustainable Aviation Fuel Uptake (Int'l Report)
KLM, SkyNRG
Date: 2019-05-29
Dutch air carrier KLM is reporting a 10-year agreement for the development and purchase of 75,000 tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The agreement is in keeping with KLM's sustainability ambitions and will reduce its CO2 emissions by 200,000 tpy.

KLM serves as one of the partners in a collaborative project -- called DSL-01 -- that will develop Europe's first dedicated SAF production plant which is expected to open in 2022 and produce 100,000 tpy of SAF and 15,000 tpy of bioLPG as a byproduct. Other partners in the project, which is expected to come in at roughly €260 million ($290 million), include Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy, a global LPG distribution company.

SAF delivers a CO2 reduction of at least 85 pct compared with fossil fuel and contributes to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulfur emissions. (Source: KLM, AIN Online, 28 May, 2019) Contact:SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com; KLM Corporate Office, www.klm.com/Office

More Low-Carbon Energy News KLM,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


UPS to Purchase 170Mn Gallon Equivalents of RNG (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., UPS
Date: 2019-05-29
Atlanta-headquartered logistics company UPS reports an agreement with Newport Beach California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG, aka biomethane) through 2026 -- the largest commitment for use of RNG to date by any company in the US with a range of 22.5 -- 25 million gallon equivalents per year.

RNG is a key part of UPS's strategy to increase alternative fuel consumption to be 40 pct of total ground fuel purchases by 2025, supporting the the company's efforts to reduce the absolute GHG emissions of its ground fleet 12 pct by 2025.

UPS has used more than 28 million gallons of RNG in its ground fleet since 2014. Since 2009, UPS has invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.(Source: UPS, PR, 28 May, 2019) Contact: UPS, Mike Casteel, UPS Director of Fleet Procurement, (404) 828-6000; Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO, Ashley White, Corporate Sustainability, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels Corp.,  UPS,  RNG,  


Ohio State Tests Ag Waste-to-Ethanol Process (R&D, Funding)
Ohio State University
Date: 2019-05-29
In Columbus, Associate Professor Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is testing a method that could cut the cost of collecting and delivering corn plant material corn stover) for ethanol production by up to 20 pct..

Shah received $1 million in USDA grant funding to test the effectiveness of a new method that harvests and transports corn plants intact, the ears together with the stalks, and will work with farm equipment companies to develop machinery that could be commercialized.

The system testing involves harvesting the corn plant so the ears and a portion of the stalks are not separated in the field but are transported as a single package to the biorefinery. Separating the corn kernels from the rest of the plant requires a combine, which is expensive and currently used in the field only a few months of the year. If, instead, farmers collected and baled the cobs and stalks at the same time, they could be stored and a stationary machine that separates the grain from the rest of the plant could operate throughout the year, maximizing its use. (Source: Ohio State Univ., AgCUE Online, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Ohio State Univ., College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Assistant Prof., Ajay Shah, (330) 263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu; CFAES, (614) 292-6125, https://cfaes.osu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


World Bank Launches Energy Storage Partnership (Int'l Report)
World Bank
Date: 2019-05-29
The World Bank is reporting the establishment of a new international partnership to help expand the deployment of energy storage and bring new technologies to developing countries' power systems.

The Energy Storage Partnership (ESP) comprises the World Bank Group and 29 organizations working together to help develop energy storage solutions tailored to the needs of developing countries whose grids are not yet fully considered in the current energy storage market -- even though these countries may have the largest potential for battery deployment.

There is a clear need to catalyze a new market for batteries and other energy storage solutions that are suitable for electricity grids for a variety of grid and off-grid applications and deployable on a large scale.

The Energy Storage Partnership (ESP) is intended to foster international cooperation on: technology and R&D; system integration and planning tools; policies, regulations and procurement; and enabling systems for management and sustainability. By connecting stakeholders and sharing international experiences in deploying energy storage solutions, the ESP's holistic approach will help bring new technological and regulatory solutions to developing countries, help develop new business models and help expand the global market for energy storage.

The ESP will complement the WBG's $1 billion battery storage investment program announced in September 2018 to significantly scale up support to battery storage projects and raise an additional $1 billion in concessional finance. (Source: World Bank, PR, 28 May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, www.worldbank.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Energy Storage,  


Trina Solar TOPCon Cell Sets Efficiency Record (Int'l Report)
Trina Solar
Date: 2019-05-29
Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) of China has confirmed Trina set a new world record for a high-efficiency n-type mono-crystalline silicon i-TOPCon solar cell.

The record-breaking bifacial solar cell was fabricated on a 244.62 sq-cm wafer with a low-cost industrial process of advanced Industrial Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact (i-TOPCon) technologies, having a front boron emitter and a rear full-area passivating contact. The bifacial solar cell reached a total-area front side efficiency of 24.58 pct, as independently confirmed by the ISFH CalTeC in Germany. (Source: Trina Solar, May, 2019) Contact: Trina Solar, Jifan Gao, CEO, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


Nordex Claims 198 MW Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Nordex
Date: 2019-05-29
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order from an undisclosed U.S. project developer for the supply and installation of 63 AW125/3150 wind turbines on steel towers for a Texas wind farm. The project is expected to get underway in spring 2020 and will have a combined rated output of 198 MW. (Source: Nordex, NA Windpower, 28 May, 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Rockland Plan Envisions Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Ind. Report)
City of Rockland
Date: 2019-05-27
In Maine, the City of Rockland reports it is considering a proposed Climate Action Plan calling for the community of roughly 7,200 residents to be carbon-neutral by 2045.

The Rockland Energy Committee's recommendations call for hiring a full-time sustainability coordinator to create, execute and seek funding for programs to help achieve the energy goals; and hire a part-time staff member to perform marketing/public relations work to support those goals; develop and deploy renewable energy power generation capacity sufficient to meet all city facilities and operations. The city plan also calls for the city to construct efficient buildings and update existing energy inefficient buildings; create a building improvement revolving loan fund; convert all city streetlights to LED bulbs; eliminate the city's reliance on fossil fuels for home heating; switch to and encourage low-carbon transportation and other appropriate measures. (Source: City of Rockland, Republican Journal, 20 May, 2019) Contact: City of Rockland, Nate Davis, Chair, Rockland Energy Advisory Committee, (207) 594-0300, info@rocklandmaine.gov, www.rocklandmaine.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Climate Change,  


Fortum, Nordkraft JV to Develop Nordic Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Fortum, Nordkraft
Date: 2019-05-27
Finnish energy company Fortum Oyi and Norway's Nordkraft are touting their Fortum Nordkraft Vind joint venture to develop new wind power projects in Norway.

The two companies have been active in the Nordic wind sector since 2017, when the Finns acquired three Norwegian projects totaling 170 MW from Nordkraft. Nordkraft has also supported Helsinki-headquartered Fortum Oyi on the construction and operation and maintenance of the projects. (Source: Fortum, Nordkraft, renews, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Fortum Oyi, www3.fortum.com;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  


SkyNRG Developing European Sustainable Jet Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
SkyNRG
Date: 2019-05-27
Further to our 10 Sept., 2018 report, Geneva, Switzerland-base aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG is reporting it will develop Europe's first sustainable aviation fuel production plant in the Dutch province of Groningen. The new facility will use regionally sourced waste streams, such as used cooking oil to produce sustainable fuel and bio propane for KLM and SHV Energy respectively.

Starting in 2022, the facility will produce 100,000 tpy of sustainable fuel which translates into the aviation industry reducing its CO2 emissions with 270,000 tpy year. The aviation industry is currently responsible for more than 2 pct of the global CO2 emissions.

Compared with conventional jet fuel, SkyNRG's state of the art facility reduces life cycle CO2 emissions by at least 85 pct In addition, flights using sustainable aviation fuel create significantly less emissions of ultrafine particles and sulphur. (Source: SkyNRG, Climate-KIC, 27 May, 2019)Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


Capstone, Gess Ink Biogas, RNG Marketing Agreement (Ind. Report)
Capstone Turbine ,Green Energy Sustainable Solutions
Date: 2019-05-27
Van Nuys, California-based microturbine specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) are reporting a joint marketing agreement to further the awareness of biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG).

GESS is presently developing biogas projects across the US. Each project will produce 550,000 MMBtu worth of RNG to be directly injected into the national natural gas pipeline infrastructure. Under the new national account agreement, GESS would purchase a total of approximately $53 million of Capstone product. (Source: GESS, Capstone Turbine, Bioenergy Insight, 21 May, 2019)Contact: GESS International, (888) 662-4333, www.gessinternational.com; Capstone Turbine, Jim Crouse, VP Marketing, 818-407-3628, ir@capstoneturbine.com, www.capstoneturbine.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  RNG,  Biogas,  Green Energy Sustainable Solutions,  


Candidate Klobuchar Proposes RFS Exemption Changes (Ind Report)
Klobuchar
Date: 2019-05-27
Last week while on the campaign trail in Iowa, Minnesota Senator and 2020 Presidential wannabe Amy Klobuchar (D) called for the revamping of the EPA's RFS "hardship waiver" rules governing small refineries.

According to Klobuchar, EPA waivers that allow small refineries to avoid the requirements are "misguided" and manipulated by financial institutions and the biofuels credit trading market. The senator proposed new compliance standards and additional oversight. Klobuchar also supports year-round sales of E15.

To date in the presidential primary race, Klobuchar is near the bottom of the pack and playing on the small refinery waiver program could play well in the Corn-husker State.

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: IJR, Various Media, Reuters, 25 May, 2019) Contact: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/mobile/email-amy

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  


China Cutting New Wind Power Project Subsidies (Int'l. Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2019-05-27
In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced that as of 1 Juny, 2019, onshore wind projects connected to the national grid will no longer receive the fixed payment -- feed-in-tariff -- and will instead have to negotiate a price with the national grid directly, The new rules do not phase out government-set tariffs entirely, as the negotiated price must be less than an official "guidance price," which serves as an upper limit and is based on electricity generation costs in the area the project is based.

The prices will still be subsidized by the National Renewable Energy Development Fund but the ceiling will fall in 2020 when projects are required to reach "grid-price parity" and compete equally with the cost of coal power in their region.

The NDRC notice also introduced a new guidance price for newly approved offshore wind power projects. (Source: NDRC, Caixin, 27 May, 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission,  Wind,  Wind Subsidies ,  


Ranger Touts $175Mn Indiana "Speedway Solar" Project (Ind. Report)
Ranger Power,Wabash Valley Power Association
Date: 2019-05-27
Brooklyn, New York- headquartered Ranger Power reports it will break ground on a $175 million, Indiana beginning in 2022. The project -- dubbed "Speedway Solar" -- is expected to come online in 2023 when it will generate sufficient electric power for 35,000 households.

Electricity generated by the project will be distributed through Indianapolis-based Wabash Valley Power Association, a wholesale electric supplier to 19 non-profit electric cooperatives in Indiana. The agreement extends through 2057.

Approximately 1,014 acres of the 1,200 acres of the Ranger Power project are devoted to panels; the balance is for buffer space and other project elements. Ranger has signed 17 lease agreements with private landowners in the county, which adjoins Indianapolis. The project is called Speedway Solar, a reference to the Indianapolis 500 racing tradition. It was approved by the Shelby County Council approval in March 2019. Four-hundred jobs will be created during construction; four will be required to operate the site. Ranger is developing a total of 3,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects in the Midwest. Wabash Valley partnered with Ranger Power on two large arrays in Illinois in 2017. (Source: Ranger Power, Building Indiana, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Ranger Power, Adam Cohen, CEO, info@rangerpower.com, www.rangerpower.com; Wabash Valley Power Association, Brian Anderson, Ec. Dev., (317) 481-2800, info@wvpa.com, www.wvpa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ranger Power,  Solar,  


"Climate Change: A Hoax to Weaken the U.S." (Opinions & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-05-27
The following appeared in a recent edition of the Exponemt Telegram newspaper in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The article and the opinions expressed in the article DO NOT represent those of LC Energy Publications.

"We know that the Earth is warming; years ago it was covered in ice. Several times since it has gone through periods of being encapsulated in ice!!! Fifty-five thousand years old samples drawn from Antarctic core drills indicate the Earth was 2% warmer than it is today. The reason for this is that the proximity between the sun and the Earth is in a constant state of flux., "The United Nations has propagated an agenda that has a goal of establishing income equality between all countries. To reach that objective, they have decided on the 'Robin Hood' approach -- rob from the rich and give to the poor. Guess who the villain is -- that's right, the USA. How do they accomplish this? They develop a 'Chicken Little' narrative and generate a villain -- that rich country whose people live in luxury.

"Please humor me while we address the UN's narrative. They repeatedly reiterate that 97 pct of the scientists say that the earth is warming and it is caused by humans and the use of 'fossil fuels.' In 1988, The UN formed a committee, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) 11,944 scientists were questioned. Of those, 66.4 pct (7,930) said they did not believe that was true. Of the other 4,014, 1,344 said they did not know leaving 2,670 that agreed, which is 22 pct, not 97 pct. That is the first big lie!!! The question I have is: How many of those 22 pct have a parochial interest in the warming equation? Bear in mind that our government spent $22 billion in 2016 to have this warming theory authenticated, with most going to academics.

"Next, let's address the fossil fuel cause. 70.9 pct of the Earth's surface consists of ocean water. The National Oceanographic Survey Department states that the average depth of the ocean is 12,100 feet, which means there are 351,600,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water in the ocean.

"Salt water weighs 8.5 lbs. per gallon. One pound of water uses 1 BTU to raise the temperature 1 degree Fahrenheit. All countries combined in 2015 produced 9 billion tons of coal. The heat factor of the Pittsburgh seam of coal is 12,000 BTU. Using the 35/65 pct factor with 35 pct used to generate electricity and 65 pct lost to the stack gases, allowing for 0 pct dissipated to the land masses or the atmosphere, all heat being transferred to the ocean, it would take 21,610 years to raise the temperature of the ocean 1 degree Fahrenheit!

"We (the U.S.) are the only industrialized country that has cut CO2 emissions since 2005. Following is a list of coal-fired power plants in several other countries: Europe has 480 and is building 27 more; Turkey- 56 and building 93; South Africa-79, building 24; India- 589, building 446; Philippines- 19, building 60; South Korea- 58, building 26; Japan- 90, building 45; China- 2363, building 1171; and the USA- 359, building 0 . Totals: 4,075 existing and 1,892 under construction not including Russia, North Korea and Eastern Europe, with most of their electric generation being coal fired.

"My fellow Americans, the most outrageous hoax that has ever been attached to any group of people since the beginning of mankind is attempting to be heaped on the United States of America -- all in the interest of taxing this country into oblivion. They are trying to do what two World Wars, communism and socialism could not accomplish, but it is being condoned and sanctioned from within by progressive liberals who apparently have had lobotomies, or missed a good chance, and our own politicians who gush with delight at the unending stream of $$$$ coming from this potential 'Cash Cow'"! (Source: WCWV, Exponent Telegram, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Exponemt Telegram, Mr. Phil Southern, (800) 982-6034, www.wvnews.com/theet/news

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


Ayala Doubling Indonesian Wind Project Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Ayala, AC Energy,UPC Renewables
Date: 2019-05-27
AC Energy, the energy investment unit of Ayala Corporation reports it will be doubling the capacity of its Sidrap wind farm development in South Sulawesi, Indonesia from 75 MW to 150 MW. The possible South Sulawesi wind farm expansion is under discussion with partner-firm UPC Renewables, as well as with Indonesia's state-owned power utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) for off-take (capacity purchase) arrangements, primarily that of the wind facility expansion. (Source: AC Energy, Ayala Corp., PR, reve, 26 May, 2019) Contact: AC Energy, John Eric T. Francia, Pres., CEO, www.ayala-energyinfra.com; UPC Renewables , +63 2 576 7961, (305) 416-6101 -- US Office, info@upcrenewables.com.ph, www.upcrenewables.com.ph

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Enel Breaks Ground on 140MW South African Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power,Eskom
Date: 2019-05-27
Enel Green Power reports construction is underway on its 140MW Oyster Bay wind farm in South Africa. The €180 million, 41-turbine project in the municipality of Kouga in the Eastern Cape province is expected to generate about 568 gWh of power per year when fully operational in Q2, 2021. The wind farm has a 20-year PPA with local utility Eskom, as part of the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. (Source: Enel Green Power, RENews.biz, 27 May, 2019) Contact;

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South Africa Sets National Carbon Tax Rate (Int'l Report)
Aouth Africa
Date: 2019-05-27
In Pretoria, the South African National Treasury reports the country's newly elected President has signed into law a long-delayed carbon tax as part of its commitment to lower carbon emissions and to meet agreements on global climate change.

Beginning June 1, 2019 to December 2022, the carbon tax rate will be 120 rand ($8.34) per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Allowable tax breaks will reduce the effective rate to between 6 rand and 48 rand per tonne of CO2, according to the National Treasury release. (Source: South African National Treasury,Citizen, Various Media, 26 May, 2019)

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Xcel Energy Recognizes Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-05-27
Minneapolis-headquartered utility Xcel Energy reports it recently recognized 52 Minnesota businesses for their efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The Efficiency Partner awards, recognized the contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to conservation programs in 2018.

Xcel offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. The rebates submitted by these 52 companies saved Xcel Energy customers over 81 gWh of electricity and 127,000 dekatherms of natural gas -- equivalent of powering 7,665 homes for a year. (Source: Xcel Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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Malaysia Committed to Palm Oil Biodiesel (Int'l. Report)
Palm Oil
Date: 2019-05-27
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in a statement reported that his country, the world's largest exporter and second largest producer of the palm oil, will continue to play a key role in ensuring palm oil remains a sustainable and eco-friendly fuel replacement for domestic use and worldwide export.

The minister noted that while there had been opposition to the current practices of planting oil palm, the market is strong and "Malaysia is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and market size to improve the quality and production of palm-based energy products." He also noted agencies such as the Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute and SIRIM Bhd had the technological capabilities necessary to make make palm oil biodiesel a "leading biofuel contender."

Malaysia introduced B10 biodiesel to the domestic transportation market in December 2018, increasing its blend from seven per cent (B7 Biodiesel) to 10 per cent. The government plans to introduce B20 biodiesel by 2020. (Source: Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malay Mail, 24 May., 2019)Contact: Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Darell Leiking, www.miti.gov.my

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Schneider Claims Improved Flexibility, Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-05-27
Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports it is extending its line of PowerLogic EM4200 series Enercept energy and power meters to include five new meters, which join the previously announced line of Enercept Flex meters, to provide installers with enhanced application flexibility and options for retrofit applications.

According to the Schneider release, the new products offer maximum versatility, flexibility and ease of installation for most retrofit applications and are easy to integrate with EcoStruxure Power and Energy Management solutions and building management system software for improved energy efficiency and savings.

The EM4200 series Enercept meters are ideal for energy management, tenant sub-billing and demand response applications and when installed, automatically integrate with Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure™ Power and Energy Management solutions via auto-detect software to provide building managers with data that can improve energy efficiency by up to 20 pct. The meters are compatible with other building management system (BMS) software and are equipped with BACnet® and Modbus® protocols. The EM4200 series Enercept meters can quickly correct installation errors directly from BMS software, improving maintenance, installation and downtime costs.

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric's open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform that leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in more than 480,000 sites, with the support of more than 20,000 system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through more than 40 digital services. (Source: Schneider Electric, 25 May, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Mark Nolan, Director, Offer Management and Marketing, www.schneider-electric.us

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Highland Council Awarded £600,000 for Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-27
In Scotland, the Highland Council reports it will to increase its energy efficiency efforts and programs after receiving a £3.5 million interest-free loan from Salix Finance, an independent organization that provides interest-free loans for energy efficiency improvements.

The Council will use the funds for various schemes including the installation of solar panels, upgrading both interior and exterior lighting to LEDs for increased energy efficiency, and upgrading inefficient oil boiler systems. With the upgrades, the Council predicts that carbon emissions could be reduced by 1600 tpy for an annual savings of ,£ 600,000 on energy bills.

London-headquartered Salix Finance Ltd. provides interest-free Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy consumption and costs. (Source: Highland Council, Energy North, SPP, May, 2019) Contact: Highland Council, www.highland.gov.uk; Salix Finance Ltd., +44 20 3102 6900, www.salixfinance.co.uk

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NFU Encouraged by First Step to Address Climate Crisis (Ind. Report)
National Farmers Union
Date: 2019-05-27
In recent U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry hearings on climate change and the agricultural sector, climate change and the agricultural sector. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked the committee for addressing the deleterious effects of climate change on the agricultural industry and emphasized the need for federal policies that assist farmers with the implementation of practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and build resilience to extreme weather events:

"Climate change is not a future or hypothetical issue for family farmers and ranchers -- they are already suffering its effects every day. Higher average temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and more frequent and severe natural disasters have added several more layers of uncertainty to the already difficult job of food production. As the climate continues to change, we can only expect the challenges to multiply. This serious and immediate problem requires serious and immediate action -- and we are glad that the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is taking the first steps by holding this hearing.

"Though the agricultural sector is among the most directly impacted by climate change, it is also among the most capable of mitigating and adapting to its effects. Farmers and ranchers are not only able to cut greenhouse gas emissions on their operations, but they can also offset greenhouse gas emissions from other sectors by sequestering carbon in the soil, growing biofuels, and engaging in on-farm energy production. Many of the USDA's existing conservation programs support these important efforts with financial and technical assistance. We encourage Congress to continue providing farmers with the tools they need by expanding and enhancing these programs. Additionally, we recommend robust investments in public agricultural research as well as the creation of market-based incentives for climate-smart practices.

"Farmers Union members understand the urgent threat that climate change poses to agriculture, and they want to do everything they can to lessen the damage. But this work isn't free or easy -- it often requires significant time, money, and expertise. We look forward to working with you to identify policies and solutions that help family farmers and ranchers achieve their sustainability goals."

The NFU advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. (Source: National Farmers Union, Website, May, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Hannah Packman, (202) 559-9890, hpackman@nfudc.org, www.nfu.org

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Indigenous Bio-Jet Fuel developed by CSIR-IIP Scientists to be used in IAF Aircrafts
CSIR-IIP
Date: 2019-05-26
On 24 May, the formidable workhorse of Indian Air Force (IAF), the Russian made AN-32 aircraft was formally fleet certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel. The approval certificate was received at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh by Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia VSM, Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD, AF on behalf of the IAF from Mr P Jayapal, Chief Executive CEMILAC. The IAF has undertaken a series of evaluation tests and trials with this green aviation fuel for the last one year. The scope of these checks was in consonance with the international aviation standards. Today’s approval is an acknowledgement of the meticulous testing using the indigenous bio-jet fuel by the IAF. The indigenous bio-jet fuel was first produced by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) lab at Dehradun in 2013, Last December, Aircraft & System Testing Establishment (ASTE) a unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that evaluates aircraft and systems for induction into IAF, flew India’s first military flight using blended bio-jet fuel on the An-32 transport aircraft. The bio-jet blended ATF (aviation turbine fuel) is made from Jatropha oil produced from seeds of Jatropha plant, which is sourced from the Chhattisgarh biodiesel development authority(CBDA) and then processed at CSIR-IIP, Dehradun. (Source: IndianWeb2, Indian Institute of Petroleum, 26 May, 2019) Contact: IW2, www.indianweb2,com; CSIR-IIP, Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP), www.csir.res.in/indian-institute-petroleum-dehradun


Maryland Mandates 50 pct Renewable Energy by 2030 (Reg. & Leg.)
Maryland
Date: 2019-05-24
Under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly last month, utilities in the state will be required to subsidize solar and wind farms as well as maintain incentives for trash incinerators and paper mills even though they generate pollution and greenhouse gases.

With the green energy legislation, Maryland joins seven others with renewable energy goals of 50 pct or more. Three-quarters of Maryland's green energy supply came from outside the state in 2017.

The new Clean Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to increase an average Maryland residential utility bill by approximately $1.50 per month, has been criticized as not doing enough to combat climate change and not guaranteeing that the tens of millions of dollars of subsidies paid out each year translates to jobs in Maryland.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R), who endorses renewable energy, expressed his support for expanding the mandate to 100 pct clean energy by 2040, and said he would push for competition in the industry to limit costs for ratepayers. (Source: Baltimore Sun, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, (410) 974-3901, https://governor.maryland.gov/contact-us

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Co-Op Acquiring Terra Grain Fuels SK Ethanol Plant (M&A)
Federated Co-Op Limited
Date: 2019-05-24
On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-headquartered Federated Co-Op Limited reports it is acquiring Terra Grain Fuels' 150 million lpy grain ethanol production facility near Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan. Terra Grain Fuels. The plant purchases around 400,000 metric tonnes of locally sourced grain and other starch-rich crops from more than 400 producers to fuel its ethanol production.

The sale is expected to close by the end of the month pending certain closing conditions. (Source: Federated Co-Op Limited, CTV, Other 22 May, 2019) Contact: Federated Co-Op Limited, Cal Fichter, VP, (306) 244-3311, (306) 244-3403 - fax, inquiries@fcl.crss, www.fcl.crs; Terra Grain Fuels, (306) 345-2280, www.terragrainfuels.com

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U20 Demands Climate Change Action (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
U20
Date: 2019-05-24
At the U20 Mayors Summit Mayors meeting this week in Japan, the mayors of some of the world's major cities urged their national leaders to "leverage the tremendous potential of our cities as hubs of diversity and innovation for the purpose of tackling global challenges, including climate change." Cities from G20 member states, known as the Urban 20 (U20) presented the following recommendations on addressing climate change;

  • Set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to peak no later than by 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

  • Commit to decarbonizing the energy grid, with 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, and 100 pct renewable energy by 2050.

  • Enact national regulations and/or planning policy to ensure new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings by 2050.

  • [Help] expedite the transition to zero-emission vehicles and support cities' efforts to diffuse such vehicles.

  • Reduce the generation of plastic waste -- phasing-out certain single-use and hard to recycle plastics in particular.

  • Ensure a just transition to decarbonized development.

    The U20 Communique was signed by the mayors, or governors of Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels-Capital Region, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Christchurch, Durban, Hamburg, Helsinki, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka, Paris, Port Vila, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Tshwane. (Source: U20, Japan Today, 23 May, 2019)

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  • Xcel Energy Utility to be Coal-Free by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-05-24
    Further to our April 1 coverage, Minnesota's largest utility, Xcel Energy reports that subject to Minnesota PUC approval, it plans to close its two remaining coal-fired power plants -- the Allen S. King plant in Oak Park Heights, Minn., and the Sherco 3, plant in Becker, Minn. -- 10 years earlier than previously announced. The two are the largest greenhouse gas, carbon-emitting sources on Xcel's system. The company's Monticello, Minnesota nuclear power plant will be kept online until 2040.

    Xcel's broader energy plan includes extending the life of the Monticello nuclear plant, continuing to rely on natural gas power plants and increased focus on renewable energy sources. (Source: Xcel Energy, MPR News, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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    Col. Sunset Bill SB19-236 Awaits Governor's Signature (Reg. & Leg.)
    Colorado PUC
    Date: 2019-05-24
    In Denver, with the expected signing of SB19-236 -- the Colorado PUC "Sunset" bill -- by Governor Jared Polis (D) Colorado will take its first step to becoming carbon free by 2030, which will probably be followed by an increased focus on renewable energy development.

    SB19-236, which has passed the State House and Senate, directs all utilities in the state to set a goal of 80 pct carbon reduction by 2030, followed by 100 pct carbon-free electric power generation by 2050. SB19-236 also allows electric utilities to use low-cost bonds to help refinance retiring fossil fuel generating facilities, a call for distribution system planning and plans to create new workforce and community transition opportunities. (Source: Colorado PUC, Various Media, PV Mag, May, 2019) Contact: Colorado PUC, (303) 894-2000, www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/puc

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    Q&A Time on Capitol Hill (Opinions, Editorials & Asides}
    Interior Secretary David Bernhardt


    Date: 2019-05-24
    At a congressional budget hearing last week in Washington Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) asked former oil industry lobbyist and Interior Secretary David Bernhard: "Do you lose sleep over the carbon pollution that's driving it (climate change)?"

    "I think it's an issue that needs to be addressed, but I don't lose sleep over it," Sec.Bernhardt responded.

    Huffman then admonished Bernhardt, "The policies you're promoting are doing enormous damage to our planet. That is an immoral thing to do to the generations to come. And I would hope that you start thinking about that, maybe lose some sleep and maybe decide you're going to be part of the solution rather than part of the force driving the catastrophe."

    "There is no law mandating that I (Interior Secretary) combat global warming -- You guys come up with the 'shalls'," Secretary Bernhardt shot back defensively.

    Editor's Note: Fortune Magazine is reporting that only four days after his Senate confirmation, the newly minted Secretary Bernhardt is being investigated for "conflicts of interest and potential ethics violations." (Source: Various Media, HuffPost, 22 May, 2019) Contact: Congressman Jared Huffman, https://huffman.house.gov/contact; Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, www.doi.gov/whoweare/secretary-bernhardt

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    Ag.Groups Call for Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Reg & Leg.)
    NBB,National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-05-24
    Thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers today wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate, asking them to act on bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax incentive:

    "America's farmers and rural communities are facing a mounting economic threat. With your leadership, Congress can help mitigate the crisis by taking immediate action on a policy that enjoys bipartisan, bicameral support. We are writing today to ask you to renew and extend the biodiesel tax incentive at the earliest opportunity.

    "Income for America's farmers is falling, and the impact is beginning to be felt in other sectors of the rural economy. Biodiesel production adds value to oil seed crops and recycled oils, providing one bright spot for the agriculture sector. Congress can take rapid action to renew the biodiesel tax incentive -- a policy that enjoys broad bipartisan support -- to help U.S. biodiesel producers continue growing."

    The letters group include the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, CoBank, Corn Refiners Association, Farm Credit Council, National Biodiesel Board, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Oilseed Processors Association, National Renderers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and U.S. Canola Association.

    A copy of the letter is available for download HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , KTIC, 22 May, 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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    WPI Prof. Funded for Isobutanol Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Date: 2019-05-24
    In the Bay State, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) reports associate professor of chemical engineering Michael Timko has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award that will enable him to develop a device that will make the production of isobutanol less costly and more environmentally friendly.

    Furthering his work, Timko will spend the summer of 2020 at the Univertite de Bordeaux, where he will learn a low-cost technique for fabricating microfluidic devices developed at the university. This work will be conducted in the Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux (ICMCB), a laboratory jointly run by the university and the National Center for Scientific Research.

    Timko"s interest in microfluidics stems from his goal of being able to observe, in real time, the production of biofuels by microorganisms under extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. Timko wants to make a microfluidic device at a micron scale -- the width of a human hair -- made of silicon and Pyrex, a low-thermal-expansion material used for laboratory glassware. This tiny device could contain fluids at elevated pressures while affording easy viewing using a microscope to, for example, analyze the metabolic response of bacteria to a high-pressure environment.

    Timko, who received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2016 for his work with biofuels, is looking to use the microfluidic device to accelerate his isobutanol researchh.

    Timko is part of a multi-university research team that is developing a new way to produce isobutanol, using supercritical CO2 as a solvent and a bacterium that can thrive in that harsh, antimicrobial liquid. Timko's analysis shows the process could produce isobutanol using one-fifth the energy that traditional, best-case scenario manufacturing processes use. (Source: WPI. 22 May, 2019) Contact: Worcester Poltrechnic Institute, Assoc. Prof. Micheal Timko, (508)-831-4101, mttimko@wpi.edu, www.wpi.edu/people/faculty/mttimko, www.wpi.edu

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    Carbon Engineering, Oxy Partner on CCS, EOR Project (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Engineering Ltd
    Date: 2019-05-24
    Kallanish Energy is reporting Squamish, BC-based Carbon Engineering Ltd and Houston-headquartered oil major Occidental Petroleum subsidiary Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC (Oxy) are in the process of engineering and designing a plant to capture CO2 emissions from the air, and to use those emissions in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) activities.

    The plant, which would be located in the Permian Basin, is being billed the world's largest Direct Air Capture (DAC) and sequestration facility and is designed to capture 500 kilotonnes per year of CO2 directly from the atmosphere.

    Plant construction could get underway in 2021 for operation in 2023. Plant costs and other details have not been revealed. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Kallanish Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, www.oxy.com/OurBusinesses/midstreamMarketing/LowCarbonVentures; Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, info@carbonengineering.com, www.carbonengineering.com

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    Microsoft Netherlands to Run on Offshore Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
    Blauwwind
    Date: 2019-05-24
    IT giant Microsoft reports the inking of a 15-year agreement with Eneco to purchase 90MW of power from the 731.5MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The contracted wind power will power Microsoft's datacenters for a period of fifteen years from 2022 onward.

    The Borssele III & IV wind farm is being developed by the Blauwwind consortium -- Partners Group, Shell, Eneco,Van Oord -- and will incorporate 77 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines installed 22km offshore Zeeland. The project is slated for commissioning and operation in 2021. (Source: Microsoft, Offshore Wind, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Microsoft Netherland, Ernst-Jan Stigter, General Manager, +31 20 500 1500, www.microsoft.com/nl-nl/overnederland;Blauwwind ConsortiumBlauwwind , LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/company/blauwwind

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    CellCube Wins EES/Intersolar Award (Ind. Report)
    CellCube Energy
    Date: 2019-05-24
    Toronto-headquartered energy storage specialist CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. reports receipt of the Electrical Energy Storage (EES) award in Munich for its FB500-2000, the largest single module flow-battery based energy storage system.

    The new Cell Cube FB500- 2000 offers up to 1,000 volts DC for charging and discharging and is capable of over 20,000 deep discharge cycles which translates to a life span of over 25- 30 years. The system is designed for use in large grid-scale utility applications, collocation with solar parks and wind farms.

    CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems on the basis of vanadium redox flow technology and has over 136 project installations and a 11 year operational track record. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Stefan Schauss, CEO, 800-882-3213, info@cellcubeenergystorage.com, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com , www.cellcube.com]

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    Alinta's W.A. Wind Farm Wins Regulatory Approval (Int'l. Report)
    Alinta Energy
    Date: 2019-05-24
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney-headquartered electric power and gas supplier Alinta Energy reports Economic Regulatory Authority approval of its 212MW Yandin project near the town of Dandaragan, 150 kms north of Perth. When fully operational, the wind farm will be the largest and one of the most efficient wind facilities in Western Australia.

    The project will incorporate 51, 4.2MW Vestas turbines. Construction is expected to begin this July. (Source: Alinta Energy, Others, Renew Economy, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Alinta Energy, www.alintaenergy.com.au/home

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    Ohio Clean Air Energy Bill Disqualifies Wind, Solar (Reg. & Leg.)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-05-24
    In Columbus, the republican-dominated Ohio State House of Representatives has announced changes to a comprehensive energy bill that would bailout the state's nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates disqualifying wind and solar power from Clean Air Credits. The elimination of wind and solar leaves nuclear power as the only beneficiary of the Clean Air Credits program.

    The bill also allows utilities to charge ratepayers a fee to cover subsidies for Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and its two coal plants. The charge to residential ratepayers was cut from $2.50 to $1 a month, reducing the money for credits from $300 million to about $190 million. (Source: Cincinnati Public Radio, Statehouse News Bureau, 22 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    EDF, Masdar Consortium Scores Moroccan Solar Project (Int'l.)
    EDF Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-24
    A consortium led by French EDF Renewables, in collaboration with UAE renewables developer and operator Masdar, and the Moroccan company Green of Africa reports it has been awarded a tender to build an 800-MW solar plant near the Moroccan city of Midelt. The $751.5 million Noor Midelt I solar project, which will incorporate a hybrid system of concentrated solar plant (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, is part of Morocco's goal to produce 42 pct of its electrical power from renewable energy by 2020 and 52 percent by 2030. (Source: EDF Renewables, Middle East Utilities, 23 May, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

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    SGRE to Service Pattern's 218MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy,Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-05-24
    San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group reports it has awarded a four-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for its 218MW Panhandle Wind 1 facility is in Carson County. The wind farm incorporates 118, 1.85MW-87MW GE wind turbines.

    Under the agreement, SGRE will service the turbines and implement value-added analytics such as NEM Solutions and SCADA Diagnostics, later this year.

    Since 2010, SGRE has been maintaining wind turbines of other manufacturers. In the US, the company currently has more than 10,000 wind turbines in operation totaling nearly 20GW. (Source: Pattern Energy, Power Technology, 23 May, 2019)Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

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    ABC Decries Indiscriminate RFS Refinery Exemptions (Ind. Report)
    American Biogas Council
    Date: 2019-05-24
    The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's continued attempts to erode the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the indiscriminate granting of small refinery "hardship" exemptions:

    "The continued issuance of small refinery exemptions undermines the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and imperils the ability of biogas and other renewable fuel producers to create new investments and jobs, especially in rural communities.

    "As a program, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) works for the biogas industry. It has boosted American production of renewable fuels, brought new revenue streams to farmers and catalyzed investment in biogas systems. In fact, the number of biogas systems that have been built or upgraded to participate in the RFS has grown at a rate of 30 pct annually supplying valuable renewable fuel that can replace conventional natural gas. In the RFS, biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) related projects represent the fastest growing sector of the RFS and are therefore critical to addressing the gap between the congressionally mandated fuel volumes and the EPA-lowered fuel volumes.

    "But the recent management of the RFS program, in particular, the Administration's frequent issuance of small refinery ("hardship") exemptions has killed demand in this market-based program and is now impeding growth, development, infrastructure investments and the creation of quality American jobs. The prevalent issuance of exemptions has created the impression that any refinery can get one. As a result, small refineries and some larger ones, both in growing numbers, have stopped purchasing biogas hoping that each one might also be granted an exemption by the Administration to not comply with this congressionally mandated program. Due to the volume of fuel that most biogas systems produce, a large proportion of biogas systems sell to small refineries.

    "The Administration must dramatically slow the issuance of small refinery exemptions (SREs) to small refineries and stop granting SREs to large or unqualified refineries. Indiscriminate and frequent issuance of SREs undermine the integrity of the RFS and imperil economic prosperity and energy security. The Administration needs to follow the law that Congress passed." (Source: American Biogas Council, PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact: ABC, Patrick Serfass, Exec. Dir., (202) 640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel,  American Biogas Council ,  Biogas,  

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