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Va. Citizens Climate Lobby Supports Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
Citizens Climate Lobby
Date: 2019-11-04

In Blacksburg, Virginia, the global not-for-profit, nonpartisan Citizens Climate Lobby of the New River Valley has come out in support of the recently tabled Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act [H.R. 763], a national carbon tax as introduced in the US the House of Representatives.

The Act imposes a fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions assessed on fossil fuels as far upstream as possible. It is estimated that the policy will reduce America's CO2 emissions by 40 pct within the first 12 years and will create 2.1 million new jobs.

The Citizens Climate Lobby aims to empower citizens to create political will and address the climate crisis with a national carbon tax and dividend policy through a program of "levers of political will" -- government lobbying, media relations, grassroots outreach and chapter development. (Source: CCL, Roanoake Times, 3 Nov., 2019) Contact: CCL, www.citizensclimatelobby.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Citizens Climate Lobby,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  


St1 Selects AF Poyry for Swedish Renewable Fuel Project (Int'l)
AF Poyry,St1
Date: 2019-11-04
Helsinki-headquartered St1 reports it has awarded Gothenburg, Sweden engineering firm AF Poyry with engineering contracts for a new renewable fuel production plant to be built in Gothenburg, Sweden. At a cost of SEK 1.5 billion ($156.2 million), the project is St1's largest ever.

AF Poyry's services includes all engineering, procurement and scheduling services. The project consists of new units, revamp of existing units and new storage facilities. The new plant will produce approximately 200,000 tpy of renewable fuel in the form of HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils), a renewable transport fuel that can be blended into diesel or replace diesel. Production is expected to start early in 2022.

St1 Nordic OyThe Group researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy solutions. St1 focuses on fuels marketing activities, oil refining and renewable energy solutions such as waste-based advanced ethanol fuels and industrial wind power. The Group has 1300 St1 and Shell branded retail stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway. (Source: AF Poyry, PR, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: AF Povry , www.poyry.com; St1 Nordic Oy, www.st1.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News St!,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


Holland Fine-Tunes Climate Change Plan with Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
Holland Michigan
Date: 2019-11-04
In Michigan, the city of Holland (pop. 35,000 +-) reports it is upgrading its Community Energy Plan -- the city's strategy to bring per capita GHG emissions down to 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita over 40 years.

With the recent the decommissioning of the coal-powered James DeYoung power plant and the opening of the Holland Energy Park natural gas plant, the city has already cut emissions from 24 metric tons per capita in 2010 to an estimated 17 metric tons as of 2017. Moving forward the the city plans retrofitting all city buildings for better energy efficiency, replacing streetlights with LEDs to cut energy costs, further cutting the use of fossils fuels and increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, and refining its Energy Plan to include:

  • reaching a total of 1,000 homes retrofitted through the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit program

  • growing capacity so that an additional 250 homes can be retrofitted annually

  • create local residential, commercial and industrial Energy Waste Reduction programs to replace expiring state programs

  • pilot and then study district heating at the Holland Civic Center to determine its effectiveness

  • achieve the highest rate of per-capita electric vehicle ownership in the state, twice the state average

  • draft a five-year plan for adapting the city's infrastructure for autonomous vehicles

  • secure a $3 million endowment for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

    If all interim goals for 2021 are met, the changes are predicted to bring CO2 emissions levels down to 15.75 metric tons per capita. With 82 percent of the city's electricity delivered to commercial or industrial facilities, Holland's business sector will be key to the continued progress toward its goals. (Source: City of Holland, Holland Sentinel, 3 Nov., 2019)

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


  • DC Passes Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    DC Green Building Advisory Council
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the nation's capitol, the city of Washington's recently passed Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act's Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) madates that beginning in 2021, owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet that are below a specific energy performance threshold will be required to improve their energy efficiency over the next 5 years.

    Projects below the performance threshold will be able to choose between a performance pathway, which requires that they document a 20 pct reduction in energy usage over the 5 year compliance period, or complete a prescriptive list of required energy efficiency measures. Under the Act, buildings are required to report energy usage and then meet new standards for energy performance or face fines. (Source: GlobeSt.com, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: DC Green Building Advisory Council, Anica Landreneau, (202) 535-2600, doee.dc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DC Green Building Adory Council,  Green Bvisuilding,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Guterres Exhorts ASEAN-UN Summit to Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Speaking in Bangkok, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the negative impact of climate change on the sustainability at the press conference after the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in the capital city of Thailand.

    The UN Chief noted "Climate change is running faster than we are, and we all see the impact of climate change in natural disasters." He said that the sea level is rising much faster than expected and new research forecast that 300 million people will be flooded by sea water in 2050 if climate change can not be contained.

    The UN chief pointed out that efforts were needed to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century and to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 pct in the next decade. "If we miss these objectives, the situation will be catastrophic", Guterres said.

    Founded in 1967, the ASEAN includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (Source: ASEAN Summit Report, Xinhua, 3 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,  Climate Change,  


    BHE Seeks Rattlesnake Ridge Wind AUC Approvals (Ind Report)
    BHE Canada
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Calgary, Alberta-based BHE Canada, through its subsidiary BHE Canada Rattlesnake GP Inc.,reports the filing of a facility application with the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for the construction and connection to the grid of its proposed $200 million, 28-turbine, 117.6 MW Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project in Medicine Hat. The project will generate approximately 475 GWh of energy per year -- sufficient 79,000 homes.

    Pending AUC approvals, construction of the wind farm could get underway in Q4, 2020 with completion before December, 2021. (Source: BHE Canada, PR, Globe Newswire, Yahoo, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: BHE Canada, Scott Schreiner, William Christensen, Vice President Corporate Development of BHE Canada (403) 880-0275, mediareleations@bhe-canada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BHE Canada ,  Wind,  Rattlesnake Ridge,  


    B.C.Introduces Climate Change Accountability Act (Reg & Leg)
    British Columbia, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-01
    On Wednesday in Victoria, the British Columbia NDP Environment Minister George Heyman is reporting recently introduced legislation could, if passed, require annual reports on how much the province is spending to fight climate change, and whether that money is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new Climate Change Accountability Act would also lead to interim greenhouse gas emission targets and sector-specific targets with a goal of keeping B.C. on track to meet its 2030 CleanBC greenhouse gas reduction commitments. The legislation would also establish an independent advisory panel to the minister.

    The NDP government's CleanBC climate change plan targets a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2030, increasing to60 pct by 2040 and 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Office of B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, The Province, Post Media, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, (604) 775- 2453, george.heyman.mla@leg.bc.ca, www.georgeheymanmla.ca

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


    SGRE Confirms 376 MW Taiwan Offshore Wind Turbine Order (Int'l.)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) reports receipt of an order from Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy for 47 units of its SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines to be installed at the 376 MW Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project off the coast of Miaoli county, in Taiwan.

    Construction is slated to get underway in 2020. The park is situated close to the site of the first commercial offshore wind power plant in Taiwan, Formosa 1, which consists of a total of 22 SGRE offshore wind turbines with Phase 1 and Phase 2 combined. (Source: SiemensGamesa, reve, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Offshore Head of Technology, www.siemensgamesa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Study Calls Tropical Forest Climate Change Damage "Carbon Time Bomb" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    University of Queensland
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Research led by the University of Queensland in Australia has found the climate impact of selective logging, outright clearing and fire in tropical rainforests between 2000 and 2013 was conservatively underestimated by 6.53 billion tonnes of CO2. The study did not include emissions from other woodlands or the massive boreal forests in the high latitudes of the northern hemisphere.

    According to study co-author professor James Watson of the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society, "We have been treating forests as pretty one-dimensional, but we know degradation impacts carbon. The bottom line is that we knew the numbers would be big, but we were shocked at just how big. This is a carbon time bomb and policymakers have to get to grips with this."

    The study notes that when countries declare greenhouse gas emissions from changes in forests, they do not account for the CO2 that forests would have continued to soak up for decades had they not been cleared or damaged. This is a measure known as 'forgone removal'. The study , which accounted for those emissions up to the year 2050, found 6.53 billion tonnes of CO2 for foregone emissions and the impacts of other damage that wasn't being counted. In total, the world's forests absorbed roughly 28 pct of human-caused emissions between 2007 and 2016, with tropical forests accounting for about half that absorption.

    Study details HERE. (Source: University of Queensland, Science Advances, Guardian, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Queensland, Prf. James Watson, +61 7 334 61645, james.watson@uq.edu.au, www.uq.edu.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  CO2,  Rainforest,  


    Alliance Touts Energy Efficiency Incentives Programs (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Alliance (pop. 9,500 +-) reports it is partnering with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) to provide financial incentive for home energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades including: attic insulation; smart thermostat program, cooling system tune-up program; and a commercial LED lighting program.

    The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation. (Source: City of Alliance, Star Herald, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficiency Program Details, City of Alliance, Kirby Bridge, (308) 762-1907, www.cityofalliance.net; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraskawww,mppenergy.org/mean

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Insulation,  


    AirCarbon Touts New Digital Carbon Credits Exchange (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Credit, AirCarbon Pte
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In Singapore, AirCarbon Pte Ltd. reports its newly launched global blockchain-based AirCarbon Exchange will provide a ready supply of credits (EEUs) to airlines and other corporate buyers wishing to acquire CO2 offsets for compliance and voluntary purposes.

    These credits, when approved, will be eligible under the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) regime. Each tradable token will be backed by one equivalent tonne of CORSICA-compliant, highly liquid and tradable carbon credits. AirCarbon is applying for the recognized market operator (RMO) licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and aims for the exchange to be fully operational in 2020.

    AirCarbon also operates the AirCarbon Fund, an investment fund which invests in carbon-mitigating projects such as reforestation, methane capture and carbon emissions reduction. Through these projects, the fund intends to generate CORSIA-compliant tradable carbon offsets, which will then be listed on the exchange. (Source: AirCarbon Pte, Business Times, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: AirCarbon Pte Ltd., www.aircarbon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  EEUs,  Carbon Offset,  ICAO,  


    Maersk, Partners Developing Lignin-Ethanol Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Maersk,Copenhagen University,
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Maritime shipping giant Maersk reports it is working with Copenhagen University, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BMW Group, H&M Group, Levi Strauss & Co. and Marks & Spencer to explore a blend of lignin and ethanol (LEO) fuel for sustainable shipping.

    Lignin is isolated in large quantities as a by-product of lignocellulosic ethanol and pulp and paper mills. Copenhagen University is currently running the laboratory-scale development of LEO marine fuel with the project aiming to move into phase II -- testing the fuel on actual vessel engines -- in the second quarter of 2020. Following a successful phase II, phase III will begin -- the scaling up of LEO fuel production. (Source: Maersk, Container Management, Oct., 2019) Contact: Maresk, Soren Toft, CEO, www.maerskline.com; Copenhagen University, www.ku.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maersk,  Ethanol,  Lignin,  Biofoul,  Marine Biofuel,  


    Kvaerner Claims Hywind Tampen Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Kvaerner,Equinor
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Oslo, Norway-based offshore engineering and construct firm Kvaerner reports it has contracted with Equinor to deliver 11 floating concrete hulls for offshore wind power turbines for Equinor's Hywind Tampen project off the coast of Norway -- the world's largest floating offshore wind farm.

    The NOK 1.5 billion ($164,964,000 - US) contract includes full project management, engineering, assembly site management, mooring system installation, units tow-to-field and installation of the floating wind turbine units. (Source: Kvaener, PR, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: Kvaener, Karl-Petter Loken, Pres., Torbjørn Andersen, IR & Communications, +47 928 85 542, torbjorn.andersen@kvaerner.com, www.kvaerner.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kvaerner,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Equinor,  


    Bipartisan Wind Energy R&D Act of 2019 Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
    US DOE Office of Wind Energy
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the nation's capitol. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has proposed the bipartisan Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019, S. 2660 aimed at establishing a grant program for wind energy research, development and demonstration.

    Collins also cosponsored an act to reauthorize and expand the DOE Office of Wind Energy and to award competitive grants to improve the energy efficiency, reliability, and capacity of wind energy generation.

    If enacted, the measure would direct the U.S. Energy Secretary to award competitive grants to improve land-based and offshore blade, generator, tower, and support designs and transformational technologies for harnessing wind energy, including airborne wind energy generators; increase recycling and reuse of wind-energy components; and reduce the costs of permitting, construction, and operation and maintenance of wind energy systems, among other provisions, according to a bill summary. (Source: Office of Sen. Susan Collins, Ripon Advance News Service , 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Wind Energy, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office; Sen. Susan Collins, www.collins.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Office of Wind Energy,  Wind,  


    Evanston Claims Climate Action Plan Success (Ind. Report)
    Evanston, Illinois
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the Land of Lincoln, the Cook County City of Evanston (pop. 75,000 +-) is touting the success of its recently enacted Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP).

    The plan calls for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. The "outcome-focused" plan tracks the city's success in public outreach, education and behavioral change as well as in greenhouse gas emissions reduction and increasing renewable energy use. (Source: City of Evanston, Daily Northwestern, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: City of Evenston, Bob Heuer, Climate Action Team Chairman, rjheuer@comcast.net, www.cityofevanston.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Growth Energy Calls on EPA to Fix Flawed RFS Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy, EPA, RFS
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In testimony before the US EPA on the agency's proposed supplemental rule on 2020 biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called on EPA to fix this flawed draft proposal and reverse the demand destruction that has shuttered biofuel plants across the heartland. "As drafted, EPA's plan fails to accurately account for lost gallons and betrays President Trump's promise to rural America. It cuts the fix we were promised in half, if not more, and destroys what may be our last chance to bring back the ethanol plants that have shut down and help ease the burden facing American farmers," Skor said.

    To begin repairing the damage, Skor called on the EPA to uphold the president's commitment to farmers and biofuel workers. "Midwestern lawmakers and governors have seen the damage firsthand and worked with the president to secure a deal that would start to undo the damage -- a deal that would honor this administration's commitments to farmers, biofuel producers, rural America, as well as small refineries. But instead, the EPA has undercut the president's promise and has yet again tilted the table in favor of the nation's largest oil companies -- all at the expense of the American farmer," Skor said.

    Skor urged regulators to use the rolling average of actual exempted volumes from the three most recently completed compliance years in the final rule, as promised by the administration. She also called on the agency to formally bind itself to the revised methodology for future years and expedite work to remove additional barriers to the sale of E15. "EPA must fix this rule immediately by properly accounting for exempted gallons and restoring lost demand. American biofuel producers and farmers cannot afford anything less," concluded Skor. (Source: growth Energy, PR, 30 Oct., 2019)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  


    $150Mn IFC Fund Supports Ukraine Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2019-11-01
    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, reports it is providing up to $150 million (€134,36 million) to assist sustainable energy investments in Ukraine. The IFC financing initiative follows the launch of a new Ukraine wholesale energy market in July 2019 -- a necessary move to qualify for EU Commission assistance. The energy market launch led to higher electric power costs for Ukraine's large and reportedly inefficient and outdated industrial sector. (Source: IFC, Smart Energy, 31 Oct., 2019)Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, Georgina Baker, VP Europe, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Brussels' Climate Plan Bans Fossil-Fuel Vehicles by 2035 (Int'l.)
    Vehicle Emissions
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Electrive.com is reporting the Belgian city of Brussels will ban all diesel-fueled vehicles by 2030 and all gasoline powered vehicles by 2035.

    The plan is in keeping with the city's goal of significantly reducing its carbon footprint and meeting the EU's goal of being totally decarbonized by 2050. The plan is expected result in an almost immediate 40-pct drop in the city's total transportation emissions. (Source: City of Brussels, NewsWheel, 30 Oct., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fossil Fuel,  Carbon Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Norwegian Cruise Line Testing Marine Biodiesel Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Hurtigruten
    Date: 2019-11-01
    The Oslo-headquartered Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten reports it is exploring and testing the use of biodiesel fuel that could reduce CO2 emissions by 95 pct over traditional marine fuels.

    In a release, Hurtigruten said the move to biodiesel is in its infancy and will soon grow to transform the shipping industry. "Hurtigruten wants an international ban of use of cheap, polluting Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic and along the Norwegian Coast. It makes no sense to create more pollution and increase the risk of spills and destruction in areas that need to be protected" according to the rlease.

    The maritime shipping industry uses more than 330 megatons of fuels every year and is the cause of as much as 3 pct of all global CO2 emissions, the release said. (Source: Hurtigruten, Cruise Industry News, 31 Oct. 2019) Contact: Hurtigruten, Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, www.global.hurtigruten.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Siouxland Energy Producing Ethanol at Half Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Siouxland Energy
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Following up on our 16th September coverage, Siouxland Energy Cooperative reports its 88 million gpy ethanol plant in Sioux Center, Iowa, is back in production at 50 pct capacity thanks to a carbon emissions-linked ratings system in California that put a greater premium on their product. As previously reported, the plant began a "hot idle" Sept. 9, the first such extended shutdown since it opened in 2000.

    Earlier this week in Washington, Siouxland CEO Kelly Nieuwenhuis told a House panel that the "EPA's abuse of small refinery exemptions under the RFS is crippling rural America." (Source: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, Sioux City Journal, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, Kelly Nieuwenhuis, CEO, 712-722-4904, www.siouxlandenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siouxland Energy ,  Ethanol,  


    Notable Quote from Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson
    Exxon,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-01
    "We (Exxon) knew it (climate change) was a real issue. We tried to understand how this (climate change) was going to affect everything." -- Rex Tillerson, former Exxon CEO and Trunp administration Secretary of State, testified Wednesday in a securities fraud lawsuit against Exxon brought by the New York attorney general's office.

    Tillerson was unceremoniously sacked with a tweet for disagreeing with Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and a myriad of other differences.

    Editor's Note: Somehow we would have expected something more insightful and profound than "We knew it (climate change) was a real issue" from a former Exxon CEO and U.S. Secretary of State!

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rex Tillerson,  Climate Change,  Exxon,  


    Twins Win USGBC LEED Silver Sustainability Certification (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Twins , USGBC
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the baseball world, the Minnesota Twins are reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for sustainability. The certification was in recognition of the team organization's contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry.

    The Twins were the first professional sports franchise to earn LEED Silver for both new construction and operations and maintenance, receiving those distinctions in 2010 and 2011, respectively, following the opening of Target Field and the team's first two seasons in their home ballpark. The Twins earned LEED Gold for facility operations and maintenance in 2017 and was recertified in 2019. (Source: Minnesota Twins, Ballpark Digest, Oct., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Warrens Group Investing in Biomethane Powered Fleet Int'l Report)
    Warrens Group
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the UK, Newton Aycliffe-based agricultural and food waste recyling specialist Warrens Group reports it is upgrading its vehicles fleet to run on biomethane gas. The business, which is committed to converting all of its distribution operations to fossil-free sources by 2025, says the switch will generate 84 pct less carbon dioxide than diesel.

    The vehicles make Warrens the first food waste recycling company in the UK to power its HGV waste collection vehicles with biogas converted directly from its own food waste customers.

    The company took delivery of our first bio-fueled vehicle in September last year. The new biomethane powered trucks will be in operation six days a week, with refueling carried out on site at the Newton Aycliffe facility.(Source: Warrens Group, Business UpNorth, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Warrens Group, Antony Warren, +44 1388 488225, www.warrens-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biogas,  Biomethane ,  


    Scout Clean Energy Completes 300MW Texas Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy (Scout) reports it has completed construction and received tax equity funds for the 300MW Ranchero Wind Farm located in Crockett County, Texas (Ranchero).

    Scout started of construction on Ranchero in January of this year. The completion follows the recently announced commencement of construction on Scout's 180MW Heart of Texas wind farm in McCullough County, Texas. The utility-scale project will incorporate 120, GE 2.5MW wind turbines with 127-meter rotors. Renewable Energy Systems (RES) constructed the project under a balance-of-plant contract.

    Scout, a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, is developing a portfolio of over 3,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook, www.quinbrook.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    Adani Green Touts Indian Wind Energy Project Plans (Int'l.)
    Adani Green Energy
    Date: 2019-10-30
    Ahmedabad, India-headquartered Adani Green Energy (AGEL) reports it is implementing 725 MW of wind projects in India's Gujarat region and plans to commission a further 225 MW wind capacity in the area by the second half of 2020.

    AGEL is one of India's largest renewable energy companies with a current project portfolio of 5,290 MW at 64 locations spread across 11 states. The company plans to become a 15,000 MW renewable energy generator by 2025. (Source: Adani Green, Business World, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Adani Green Energy, +91-79-2656 5555, info@adani.com, www.adanigreenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Adani Green Energy,  Wind,  


    Tesla Discounts Powerwall Energy Storage Systems for California Wildfire Blackout Victims (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a $1,000 discount on its solar panels and Powerwall energy storage system to the more than 2 million Californians affected by utility "preemptive" power disruptions and wildfire power outages which are increasingly common in the Golden State.

    Tesla's Powerwall home battery system for a 2,200-square-foot home retails for roughly $14,100 so, although a timely offer, Musk's discount is far from extravagant. (Source: Tesla, The Verge, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  


    SEIA Urges Renewable Energy Extension Act Passage (Reg. & Leg.)
    SEIA
    Date: 2019-10-30
    "As organizations representing citizens, consumers, and businesses in all 50 states, we write to ask you to cosponsor H.R. 3961 introduced by Congressman Thompson and Congressman Cook or S.2289 introduced by Senator Cortez-Masto. Both bills would continue the Section 48 and Section 25D Investment Tax Credit (ITC) at the 30 pct level for five years.

    "The federal ITC has been a critical innovation policy creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, lowering electricity prices for families and businesses, reducing carbon emissions, and maintaining America's competitive edge in emerging energy technologies. With the ITC set to begin ramping down in 2020, now is the time to continue this important policy."

    Download the SEIA letter HERE. Join SEIA's campaign to extend the ITC: seia.org/defendtheitc. (Source: SEIA, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: SEIA, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  


    West Haven Expects Major Solar Array Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Greenskies Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-10-30
    The City of West Haven, Conn., reports the installation of a solar array as part of the reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of the city's High School will save the city roughly $40,000 per year -- more than $1 million over the project's expected 25 years service period.

    Middletown, Conn.-based Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC will install, maintain and own the array. Under an agreement with Greenskies, West Haven will off-take the energy generated by the array and purchase the electricity it produces at the negotiated per-kWh fixed rate of 5.9 cents over 25 years, well below the city's current rate of 11 cents.

    West Haven High's $130 million reconstruction includes high-efficiency boilers, LED lighting, an insulated envelope, energy-efficient windows, water-saving fixtures, and high-efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. (Source: City of West Haven, West Haven Patch, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Greenskies Renewable Energy, www.greenskies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    CleanSpark Wins Costa Rican Energy Software Contract (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2019-10-30
    Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc., a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource management systems, is reporting receipt of a $627,000 contract to provide software controls and energy storage to Energias Limpias De CentroAmerica (ELCA) as part of their Energy as a Service (EaaS) project to support an industrial manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    CleanSpark will integrate a scalable 1110-kWh of battery storage paired with a 480-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, all driven by CleanSpark's mPulse controls software platform. The mPulse software will provide economic dispatch controls to maximize performance, as well as resiliency operations to back-up critical energy loads in the event of a utility disruption. The project is expected to be integrated and commissioned in the first quarter of 2020. In addition to the base contract, ELCA is entering into a Software as a Service (SaaS) agreement with CleanSpark for continued support of the system.

    CleanSpark provides advanced energy software and control technology that enables a plug-and-play enterprise solution to modern energy challenges. Services consist of intelligent energy monitoring and controls, microgrid design and engineering, microgrid consulting services and turn-key microgrid implementation services. CleanSpark's software allows energy users to obtain resiliency and economic optimization. Our software can be widely implemented across commercial, industrial, military, agricultural and municipal deployment. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: CleanSpark, (801) 224-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Software,  


    Pacific Biodiesel Inks Hawaiian Power Plant Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Biodiese,Hamakua Energy
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In the Aloha State, Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel Technologies reports it has contracted to sell biodiesel to Pacific Current's Hamakua Energy power generation facility on Hawaii Island. The first delvery is due 4 Nov., 2019.

    Pacific Biodiesel produces roughly 5.5 million gpy of biodiesel from used cooking oils recycled from restaurants statewide. (Source: Pacific Biodiesel, Pacific Business News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Hamakua Energy Partners LLC, Pacific Current, Scott Valentino, Pres., 808-775-1711, www.hamakuaenergypartners.com; Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, Bob King, Founder, Pres., (808) 877-3114, info@biodiesel.com, www.biodiesel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


    Runergy Adding Mono PERC Cell Manufacturing Capacity (Int'l.)
    Runergy
    Date: 2019-10-30
    China's fourth largest solar cell manufacturer, Run Sunshine Technology (Runergy) reports construction of a new, $424 million monocrystalline PERC cell production line is underway in Yancheng city, 200km north of the companys Suzhou headquarters in Jiangsu province. When fully operational, the new line will increase the company's annual cell production capacity by 6 GW.

    The first 3 GW phase of the Yancheng facility is expected to begin production across 11 lines around June, 2020. Construction on a second 3 GW phase will commence one year later with the total 6 GW facility planned for completion within three years. Runergy supplies module manufacturers including Trina Solar, CSI, Jinko, GCL and Risen. (Source: Run Sunshine Technology, PV Mag, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Run Sunshine Technology, Runergy, www.researchgate.net/institution/Beijing_Bo_Run_Sunshine_Technology

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Runergy,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  


    Queensland Coal Emissions Killing Great Barrier Reef (Int'l.)
    Climate Analytics,Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
    Date: 2019-10-30
    A report from Berlin-based Climate Analytics GmbH notes that Queensland, Australia's current carbon emissions would "virtually guarantee the extinction of most of the Great Barrier Reef" within 12 years if replicated worldwide.

    The report recommends Queensland stop burning coal for power by 2030 to play its part in keeping global heating to 1.5 Celsius under the UN's Paris Agreement targets, agreed to by Australia in 2016. The report also notes hitting the necessary emissions reduction target would spell the end of Queensland thermal coal exports by 2040, as part of a "rapid and almost complete global phase-out" of coal for electric power genearation.

    Queensland is Australia's biggest carbon-emitting state and will blow its total "carbon budget" of 1.2 gigatonnes by 2031 if its CO2 emissions remain at their 2017 rate, the report found.

    The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has forecast that 70-90 pct of coral reefs worldwide will be lost at a 1.5C rise, with more than 99 per cent lost at 2C. Queensland accounts for 24 pct of Australia's energy and industry emissions and is targeting zero-net emissions by 2050. (Source: Climate Analytics, Australia Broadcasting Corp., 27 Oct., 2019) Contact: Climate Analytics, Bill Hare, Director, +49 (0)30 259229520, www.climateanalytics.org; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Josh Thomas, CEO, www.gbrmpa.gov.au; Great Barrier Reef Foundation, www.barrierreef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Analytics,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority ,  


    Indonesia Eying Chinese Palm Oil for Biofuels Market (Int'l.)
    Indonesia Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy reports it is anticipating a boost in palm oil exports to China, taking advantage of an opportunity opened up by the escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington.

    The move also presents the country with a respite from its planned phase-out of palm oil biofuel in the European Union, its second-biggest export market, and a likely increase in duties by India, its top export customer.

    To meet the expected Chinese market demand, Indonesian producers will increase yields through better technology and seeds, rather than more deforestation for palm cultivation. Currently there are 162,000 square-kilometers of palm oil plantations across Indonesia.

    As previously reported, the European Commission passed a measure in March to phase out palm oil-based biofuels by 2030, over environmental degradation concerns that palm production, often on land cleared of rainforest, contributes to global carbon emissions and thus exacerbates climate change. The Rainforest Foundation Norway estimates an area larger than the Netherlands might be destroyed to make way for oil palm plantations to feed biofuel demand through 2030. This, it warns, would result in the release of 7 billion tons of CO2 emissions over the next 20 years. (Source: Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mongabay, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, www.devex.com/organizations/coordinating-ministry-for-economic-affairs-indonesia-132480

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


    Restoration Fuels' Woody Biomass Torrifaction Plant Preparing for Production (Ind Report)
    Restoration Fuels,
    Date: 2019-10-30
    Restoration Fuels, an Oregon benefit corporation, is reporting its woody biomass torrification plant in the community of John Day, Grant County, Oregon is expected to begin production in mid-November, 2020. The plant will turn forest waste, woody biomass into a product that can be burned for fuel.

    At full capacity, the $17.5 million plant at the Malheur Lumber mill is expected to produce 80,000-90,000 tpy of torrefied wood. The plant is partially funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities with some development expenses provided by the Forest Service and air pollution-reducing equipment funded by the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund.

    Restoration Fuels is in discussions with utilities from Europe and Asia and several power plants in the United States as possible customers. (Source: Restoration Fuels, Blue Mountain Eagle, Bend Bulletin, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Restoration Fuels, Matt Krumenauer, CEO, info@restorationfuels.com, www.restorationfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Torrified Wood,  Woody Biomass,  


    Singapore Targets 2 GWp Solar Energy by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Singapore
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In Singapore, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing, is reporting Singapore aims to deploy at least two gigawatt-peak (GWp) of solar energy by 2030 -- up from the current target of 350 megawatt-peak (MWp) by 2020, which the Minister says Singapore is on track to meet. The two GWP figure will meet about 10 pct of today's peak daily electricity demand.

    also aims to deploy 200 MW of energy storage systems beyond 2025. To date, less than 1 MW of energy storage systems have been installed in Singapore. (Source: Minister for Trade and Industry, South China Morning Post, Business Times Singapore, Oct., 2019) Contact: Minister for Trade and Industry, www.mti.gov.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Singapore Solar,  


    BP Invests in Carbon Off-Setter Finite Resources (Ind. Report)
    BP, Finite Carbon
    Date: 2019-10-30
    UK-based oil giant BP reports it has invested $5 million in Finite Resources, parent company of Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Finite Carbon, a forest carbon management company. The investment will enable Finite Carbon to grow a new line of business to incentivize forest management financed by businesses seeking to voluntarily offset carbon emissions, according to a Kallanish Energy reports.

    Finite Carbon, is the largest developer of forest carbon offsets in North America, with over 40 forest projects covering nearly 3 million acres. Finite Carbon has developed and transacted more than 60 million compliance offsets, valued at nearly $600 million for landowners. (Source: BP, Kallanish Energy, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Finite Carbon, Sean Carney, CEO, 484-586-3080, www.finitecarbon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Finite Carbon,  Carbon Offsets,  BP,  Carbon Emissions,  


    SWECO Touts Energy Storage-as-a-Service (Int'l. Report)
    SWECO
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In a new report from Stockholm-headquartered engineering consultancy SWECO SE highlight energy-storage-as-a-service as having the potential to change the energy industry. SWECO's concept entails making energy storage available to customers as a service against a monthly or annual fee, similar to subscriptions for food, accessories, films or music. The company's concept could curb the barrier of high upfront investment costs, help aggregate multiple storage sources, and give the public the opportunity to test a solution without committing to a long-term investment.

    For more information about energy-storage-as-a-service and the solutions needed to implement effective energy storage solutions, read Beyond the Tipping Point: Future Energy Storage HERE. (Source: SWECO, PR, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: SWECO, . Maria Xylia, Senior Energy Systems Consultant, +46 (0)8 695 60 00, +46 (0)8 695 66 10, info@sweco.se, www.sweco.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Carbon Emissions,  


    West Haven Expects Major Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
    City of West Haven
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In Connecticut, the City of West Haven (pop. 55,000 +-) reports the installation of a solar array as part of the reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of the city's High School. The upgrades are expected to cut the city's electric power and energy costs by roughly $40,000 per year -- more than $1 million over the project's expected 25 years service period.

    West Haven High's $130 million reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrades include: replacement of inefficient boilers with high-efficiency units; LED lighting; a fully insulated building envelope; energy-efficient windows; water-saving fixtures; and high-efficiency HVAC equipment. (Source: City of West Haven, West Haven Patch, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: City of West Haven, Building Dept., 203-937-3590, www.cityofwesthaven.com

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    Vistra Announces CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
    Vistra Energy
    Date: 2019-10-30
    Irving, Texas-headquartered electric power generator and provider Vistra Energy is reporting its long-term emissions reduction targets to achieve a greater than 50 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2030 as compared to a 2010 baseline and a greater than 80 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2050 as compared to a 2010 baseline. The company also aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions in the same timeframe assuming necessary advancements in technology and supportive market constructs and public policy, according to a release. Since 2010 Vistra's combined power generation portfolio has decreased CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 31 pct, removing nearly 170 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from the atmosphere, according to the company which recently announced the anticipated retirement of approximately 2.5 GWs of coal assets in Illinois. The Illinois closure will further reduce the company's CO2 equivalents an additional 11 pct compared to a 2010 baseline.

    In total, since 2010, Vistra and its predecessor companies have retired, or announced plans to retire, nearly 13 GW of fossil generation, including 14 coal generation plants and 3 natural gas generation plants.

    Vistra notes it believes a national or regional, economy-wide carbon fee is the ideal public policy solution to appropriately incentivize investments in carbon-free and carbon-reducing technologies. (Source: Vistra, PR, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


    MIT Touts New CO2 Emissions Capture Technology (New Prod & Tech)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Date: 2019-10-30
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are reporting a new technology to capture CO2 and other greenhouse gases from a stream of air. While most methods of removing CO2 from a stream of gas require higher concentrations -- such as those found in the flue emissions from fossil fuel-based power plants -- the new MIT method requires significantly smaller concentrations and little energy to suck out the gas even when present in very low concentrations, according to the MIT release.

    The researchers described the device as a large, specialized battery with a stack of electrodes that absorbs CO2 from the air passing over its surface as it was being charged, and then released the gas as it was being discharged.

    According to the researchers, the pure CO2 stream could be compressed and sequestered underground or processed into fuel through a series of chemical and electro-chemical processes. (Source: MIT, The Tribune, Press Trust India, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: MIT, Sahag Voskian, 617.253.4588, 617.253.8723 - fax, svoskian@mit.edu, www.hattongroup.mit.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,  


    US Fossil Fuel Ind. Playing Second Fiddle to Renewables (Ind. Report)
    University College London
    Date: 2019-10-30
    According to a recent study from the University College London (UCL), the green economy supports ten times more jobs in the US than the fossil fuel industry -- 9.5 million people in the green economy and 900,000 employees working in the fossil fuel sector in 2015-16.

    The green economy was found to generate around $1.3 trillion in annual sales revenue, equivalent to 7 pct of US GDP. This figure grew by 20 pct between 2012 and 2015.

    (Source: University College London, Environment Analyst, Market Intelligence Service, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: University College London, +44 20 7679 2000, www.ucl.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Economy,  Renewable Energy,  Fossil Fuel,  


    Danish Scientists Tout Biogas Aviation "Electro Fuel" (Int'l Report)
    University of Southern Denmark
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In Odense, University of Southern Denmark esearchers are reporting the production of sustainable, green aviation fuel from readily available carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and biogas.

    The idea is that biogas from manure, straw, food waste or wastewater is supplied to hydrogen, which is obtained by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The resultant "electro fuels" can be used for climate-friendly alternatives including aviation fuel. The report was prepared in collaboration with the Nordic aviation industry and engineering consultancy agency NIRAS. (Source: University of Southern Denmark, NIRAS, Xinhua, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Southern Denmark, Prof. Henrik Wenzel, +65 507 374, +65 507,454, henrik.wenzel@kbm.sdu.dk, www.sdu.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Biogas,  


    SaskPower, First Nations Plan Woody Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
    Saskpower
    Date: 2019-10-30
    On the Canadian prairies, Discover Moose Jaw is reporting SaskPower and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council have signed a PPA for up to 8 MW of biomass power from the Flying Dust First Nations-owned Meadow Lake Tribal Council Bioenergy Centre. The Center will generate power from locally sourced forest residues, woody biomass and sawmill residuals.

    The plant is expected to generate sufficient electricity to power more than 5,000 homes and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by more than one million tonnes over 25 years. A plant construction and startup date has not been set. begin. (Source: DiscoverMooseJaw.com, 27 Oct., 2019) Contact: Meadow Lake Tribal Council, www.mltc.net; SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saskpower,  Woody Biomass,  


    UK Consumers Increasingly Carbon Footprint Savvy (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Footprint
    Date: 2019-10-30
    According to a new YouGov poll commissioned by low-carbon aluminium maker En+ Group, 68 pct of UK consumers want businesses to share data regarding the carbon footprint created in the making of their products so they can make more ethical purchasing decisions. Sixty-three pct of those polled said they would be likely or very likely to choose a car -- or other product -- with a lower carbon footprint over alternatives with up to 28 pct willing to pay a premium. The poll also found UK consumers care more about a product's carbon footprint than consumers in the US and Germany.

    Seventy per cent of UK residents said the government should deny requests for buildings constructed with higher carbon footprints while 41 pct of US residents thought the same. (Source: YouGov, City A.M., 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: YouGov, www.yougov.co.uk

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    Automakers Rally to Trump's Banner in Calif. Vehicle Emissions Fight (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    Association of Global Automakers
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In the Golden State, the Sacramento Bee is reporting General Motors, Toyota and other major automakers are supporting the Trump administration's lawsuit regarding California's higher than national standards for vehicle fuel economy and carbon emissions to address climate change.

    The Association of Global Automakers and the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation -- a group including GM, Toyota, Mazda, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi -- split with four other automakers that had agreed to follow tougher rules enacted by California. The coalition said it simply wants to avoid a two-track system in which carmakers have to follow one set of rules for California, and the states that are supporting California, and another set of rules imposed by the federal government. Such a scenario would create chaos in the industry, the group argued. (Source: Sacramento Bee, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Association of Global Automakers, www.globalautomakers.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  CO2,  GHGs,  EPA,  California Vehicle Emissions,  Climate Change ,  


    SIMEC Acquisition Expands Biofuel CHP Venture (Int'l, M&A)
    SIMEC
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In the UK, SIMEC reports it is acquiring Fleetsolve, and its sister company Fuelsolve -- developers and operators of biofuel-powered combined heat and power (CHP) generation equipment ranging from 250kW to 18MW.

    SIMEC plans to target end-of-life waste oils and residues as feedstock for the production of International Sustainability Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified biofuels. Fuelsolve will manage the supply and logistics of the biofuels required to power the generators. (Source: SIMEC, Biofuels, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Fleetsolve and Fuelsolve, Keith O'Connor, CEO, +44 151 353 2870, www.fleetsolve.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC,  Biofuel,  


    Inox Wind, Adani Green Energy Ink 50 MW Wind PPA (Int'l. Report)
    Inox Wind,Adani Green Energy
    Date: 2019-10-28
    India-headquartered Inox Wind reports it has inked a PPA agreement for power from a 50 MW, 25-turbine wind power project with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). To date, has commissioned 166 MW of wind projects for Adani. (Source: Inox Wind, Mercom, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Adani Green Energy, +91-79-2656 5555, info@adani.com, www.adanigreenenergy.com; Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, investors.iwl@inoxwind.com, www.inoxwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inox,  Wind,  Adani Green Energy,  


    Permafrost Emits More CO2 Than Summer Plants Absorb (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-10-28
    According to a report in Airdrei Today, scientist have found Arctic soil has warmed to the point where it releases more carbon in winter than northern plants can absorb during the summer. The finding means the extensive belt of tundra around the globe -- a vast reserve of carbon that dwarfs what's held in the atmosphere -- is becoming a source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.

    Until recently, scientists assumed the microbial processes that release methane and CO2 from permafrost came to a halt in the cold. With this study, scientist found CO2 emissions of about 1.7 billion tpy -- twice the previous estimates -- just over one 1 billion tpy of CO2 Arctic plants are thought to take in from the atmosphere during growing season. The net result is that Arctic soil around the globe is probably already releasing more than 600 million tpy of CO2.

    Under a business-as-usual scenario, emissions from northern soil would be likely to release 41 pct more carbon by the end of the century, even if significant mitigation efforts are made, those emissions will increase by 17 pct, said the report. (Source: Airdrie Today, Canadian Press, 22 Oct., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    BOEM Announces South Carolina Offshore Wind Plans (Ind. Report)
    Bureau of Energy Management
    Date: 2019-10-28
    The Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) reports it is in the planning stage to lease wind energy areas along the South Carolina coast to develop offshore wind energy.

    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), only 6 pct of the Palmetto State's energy comes from renewable sources, but none of that is wind which is now cheaper than gas, coal, and nuclear energy. The International Energy Agency reports lower costs of offshore wind could totally eliminate the need for using fossil fuels.

    BOEM plans to establish wind energy areas off the sc coast this year. More information on offshore wind leasing is HERE. (Source: BOEM, PR, 26 Oct., 2019) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau of Energy Management,  Offshore Wind,  


    German Utility EnBW Eyes N.Y. Bight Offshore Wind (Int'l. Report)
    EnBW,Orsted, Equinor,Eversource Energy
    Date: 2019-10-28
    The EnBW Group, a German utility company and offshore wind developer, reports it is looking to bid on the next round of wind energy leases in the New York Bight.

    The company also reports the finalization of contracts with Equinor Wind US for its 816-MW Empire Wind project near the New York Harbor approaches, and the Sunrise Wind 880 MW project that Orsted and Eversource Energy plan for a federal lease east of Long Island.

    EnBW has offices in Boston and Jersey City, N.J., with an eye to future lease offerings. (Source: EnBW, Workboat, 23 Oct., 2019)Contact: EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource Energy,  EnBW,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Equinor,  

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