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Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l. Report)
Finland Ukraine Trust Fund
Date: 2019-05-17
The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) established in 1990 through an intergovernmental treaty between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is touting the Finland Ukraine Trust Fund.

The Fund facilitates investments related to green growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation globally, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea, Arctic and Barents regions. The Fund provides project grant financing in the following areas: renewable energy and waste-to-energy; power and heat generation; district heating networks; energy efficiency in buildings and industry and other related area.

To qualify for grant funding, projects must: be innovative; build on well-known and proven technology; be cost efficient; increase energy efficiency on system, sub-system or component levels; be environmentally sustainable; be financially sustainable after grant support; be examples of best practices and best available technologies (BAT); and be replicable.

Grant funding can be provided to both public and private demonstration projects and is available for disbursement until the end of 2021.

The Fund is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and managed by NEFCO. The local coordinator is the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE)There are blending opportunities of the grant with NEFCO's other financing tools. Project owner's contribution is required, however technical assistance, such as e.g. consulting and software, can be supported with a grant up to 100 pct cent of the cost. (Source: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund, May, 2019) Contact: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Coordination and Management Consultant: Project Director, Jarkko Olkinuora (Finland), +358 40 0805056, jarkko.Olkinuora@fcg.fi; Andrew Levkonyuk (Ukraine), +380 97 6405390, andrew.levkonyuk@fcg.fi; NEFCO, www.nefco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


Anbaric Updates Brayton Point Mass. Offshore Wind Transmission Center Progress (Ind. Report)
Anbaric Development Partners
Date: 2019-05-17
Further to our 20th February coverage, Anbaric Development Partners is reporting construction on the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at Brayton Point, Mass. is expected to get underway in 2021.

The facility, with a 1,200-MW high-voltage direct current converter and 400 MW of battery storage capacity, will serve as the "plug-in" between offshore wind turbines and the power grid from which local homes and buildings receive electricity. Between the 1,200 watts being converted onsite and the energy being stored, the facility's output would be "comparable" to a peak of 1,600 MW.

Anbaric estimates the project will come in at roughly $645 million.

Anbaric Development Partners creates new entities that transform old energy systems into more effective and resilient ones with an emphasis on clean energy. The company's financial partner is the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, a $189 billion public pension fund, according to the company website. (Source: Anbaric Development Partners, Providence Journal, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Anbaric Development Partners, Edward Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anbaric Development Partners ,  Offshore WindWind,  


Imperial County Extends Sugarcane Ethanol Plant Loan (Funding)
California Ethanol & Power LLC
Date: 2019-05-17
In the Golden State, Brawley-based California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE&P) reports the Imperial County Board of Supervisors has approved an extension to a $600,000 loan in support of the company's planned sugarcane ethanol and power plant in the county.

CE&P's mission is to produce sustainable renewable low-carbon energy in California from sugarcane using proven technologies. The company will own and operate the facility utilizing innovative renewable energy technologies to ensure a production process that is efficient and environmentally respectful, CE&P will convert sugarcane grown by CE&P into low carbon fuel-grade ethanol, renewable electricity, bio-methane and other valuable co-products. (Source: California Ethanol & Power LLC Contact: California Ethanol & Power LLC, Larry Gilbert, Executive VP Agricultural Operations, (760) 344-1004, www.californiaethanolpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sugarcane,  California Ethanol & Power ,  Ethanol,  


Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm Wins Conditional Permit (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-05-17
Meeting in Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission reports it has issued a conditional approval for construction of teh 310.1 MW Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm in Deuel County, South Dakota, being developed by Invenergy.

The proposed project is expected to include up to 112 wind turbines and associated facilities, including a 345-kilovolt transmission line with an associated 345-kV interconnection substation located in Glenwood Township. The $400 million project is expected to come online in 2020. A buyer for the power produced by the project has not been announced.(Source: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Capital Journal, May 15, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, https://puc.sd.gov; Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm, deuelwind.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Stanford Leads Pac-12 in EPA Green Power Challenge (Ind. Report)
Stanford
Date: 2019-05-17
In California, Stanford University reports it recently topped the list of participating Pac-12 schools in the U.S. EPA 2018-19 College and University Green Power Challenge. The Challenge tracks collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. According to the EPA, participating colleges in the Pac-12 conference produced a total of nearly 284 million kWh last academic year, with Stanford leading the way at nearly 160 million kWh of renewable energy.

Stanford's green power production currently makes up 57 pct of the school's electric power consumption -- sufficient power for more than 15,000 homes. In 2021, a second solar power generation station is scheduled to come online, bringing the university’s renewable energy portfolio to 100 pct. (Source: Stanford Daily, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Stanford University, www.stanford.edu; EPA Green Power Challenge, www.epa.gov/greenpower/college-and-university-challenge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Power,  Renewable Energy,  


Alt Fuel Vehicle Market Hits $592.30Bn by 2022 (Ind. Report)
Alternative Fuel
Date: 2019-05-17
According to Zion Market Research's Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Report, the alternative fuels market could reach approximately $592.30 billion by 2022.

The report provides all-inclusive, highly-effective, and thoroughly analyzed alternative fuel vehicle market coverage at both regional and global levels, identifies industry players, products, annual sales and revenues generated, markets and marketing trends and other relevant data.

Report details and Research Report Brochure HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, 16 May, 2019) Contact: ZMR, (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel Vehicles,  Alternative Fuel,  


"We Need a Green Economy, Not a Grey Economy." (Notable Quote)
Green Economy
Date: 2019-05-17
Speaking at the recent Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted the Pacific, sea-level rise in some countries is four times greater than the global average and is an existential threat to some island states. To address the problem, the Secretary-General recommended the following in his message to world governments:
  • Shift taxes from salaries to carbon -- "Tax pollution, not people."

  • End fossil fuel subsidies -- "Taxpayer money should not be used to boost hurricanes, spread drought and heatwaves, melt glaciers, and bleach corals."

  • Stop building new coal fired power plants by 2020 -- "We need a green economy, not a grey economy. We have the blueprints, the frameworks and the plans. What we need is urgency, political will and ambition."

    (Source: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2019-05-14/secretary-generals-remarks-the-pacific-islands-forum-delivered

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Economy,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • Unilever HQ Scores LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Counci, LEED Certification
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-headquartered consumer goods giant Unilever North America reports it headquarters building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification sustainable buildings. he project was also recognized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Associate New Good Neighbor Award in support of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 pct while doubling its business.

    The HQ building design incorporates smart technologies by EDGE that record data and automate the building's features and functions, including Internet of Things (IoT) systems enabling the building to learn from occupants' behaviors and remember their preferences. (Source: Unilever, PR May, 2019) Contact: Unilever, Catherine Reynolds MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com, (201) 894-7760, www.unileverusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    NBI Offers 2019 Zero Energy Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-05-17
    According to the New Buildings Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database and information collected from thousands of low-energy project, there are 580 certified, verified, and emerging zero energy (ZE) buildings and projects in the U.S. and Canada in 2019 -- a 10-fold increase since NBI started tracking buildings in 2012.

    ZE is defined as ultra-low energy projects that consume only as much power as can be generated onsite by clean, renewable resources. This definition is, however, evolving to consider multiple buildings in a campus or neighborhood that use a larger, central solar array.

    In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI has released a new online tool offering information about the ZE buildings: HERE.

    Download the 2019 Getting to Zero Project List HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, PR, 15 May, 2019) Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Brookfield Acquiring Indian Wind Farms (M&A, Int'l)
    Brookfield Asset Management,Axis Energy Group
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc is reported to be acquiring two fully contracted Indian wind farms totaling 210 MW from Hyderabad-based Axis Energy Ventures for Rs 500 crore ($71,115,660). The acquisition would be Brookfield's first in the renewable energy space in India.

    Axis Energy Ventures, the flagship company of Axis Energy Group, develops renewable and clean energy projects and has committed to develop 12,500 MW of renewable energy projects by FY 2022. (Source: Brookfield Asset Management, Economic Times India, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com; Axis Energy Group India, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/axisenergygroup, www.axisenergy.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axis Energy Group,  Brookfield Asset Management,  Wind,  India Wind,  


    Oregon's Oldest Large Wind Farm Slated for Refit (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2019-05-17
    NextEra Energy Resources' 43-turbine Stateline Wind Farm, one of the state's oldest, could soon be getting an upgrade, subject to regulatory approval. The upgrade is expected to take up to 4 months to complete.

    The Stateline Wind Farm would be the first wind-energy operation under Oregon's Energy Facility Siting Council jurisdiction to be re-powered. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Northwest Public Broadcasting, May 15, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Wind,  


    LEEDCo Making Progress in Battle of Lake Erie Wind (Ind. Report)
    Erie Energy Development Corporation
    Date: 2019-05-17
    The week in Clevelad, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) reported it has reached an agreement with the Ohio Power Siting Board, laying the foundation to build its long-delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind energy project approximately 8 – 10 miles off of Cleveland. The project would include an 11.8-mile long submerged electric line to transmit power to Cleveland Public Power's onshore Lake Road substation. Under the agreement, LEEDCo will not begin construction until it has a signed Interconnection Service Agreement with PJM Interconnection, LLC, to link its wind 3.45-MW turbines into the regional transmission system. LEEDCo must now get approval for a permit from the Siting Board to move forward with construction, which could begin as early as 2021.

    The project has already earned approvals from 13 local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a host of environmental and other requirements. Several environmental groups including Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council are supporting Icebreaker Wind.

    In August 2009, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was created by the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (GLEDTF), and developed and launched by NorTech Energy Enterprise, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties (Ohio). LEEDCo was founded as a private, nonprofit regional corporation to initially erect wind turbines in Lake Erie, and eventually to help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry in the Great Lakes.

    LEEDCo is a regional economic development public-private partnership that has brought together important project stakeholders from the City of Cleveland, the Port Authority, and coastal counties, according to the company website. (Source: LEEDCo, wkyc3, 15 May, 2019)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Erie Energy Development Corporation ,  LEEDCo,  Offshore Wind,  


    Bi-Partisan U.S. Bill Aimed at Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the nation's capital, in a rare display of bi-partisan cooperation, Rep.. Earl L. Carter (R-GA) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) have tabled the All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act designed to enhance federal building energy efficiency.

    The Act, if passed into law, would remove the present ban on the use of fossil fuels in federal buildings while implementing energy efficiency targets. Under the legislation, federal facility managers could choose the energy mix that best meets their efficiency goals and saves on a building's operating costs as well as ensure significant renovations to existing facilities achieving 30 pct less energy use than the current requirements. (Source: Various Media, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Rep. Earl L. Carter, (202) 225-5831, www.congress.gov/member/earl-carter/C001103; Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), (202) 225-9897, https://veasey.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Whitefox Tech Touts E Energy Adams Installation (Ind. Report)
    Whitefox
    Date: 2019-05-17
    UK-based engineering and membrane technologies specialist Whitefox Technologies Limited is is reporting its sixth start-up of its Whitefox ICE™ system at E Energy Adams in Adams, Nebraska. This is Whitefox's first installation in Nebraska,

    E Energy Adams is a 2005-vintage, 50 million gpy ICM- designed dry mill ethanol plant in southeast Nebraska. The plant produces modified wet and dry distillers grain (DDG) feed products for local and regional markets and is the seventh highest producing plant in Nebraska.

    The Whitefox ICE™ system is sized to produce 75,000 gpd of 200 proof by taking various recycle streams from the current plant, including the molecular sieve regenerate stream.

    Whitefox provides membrane solutions for fuel ethanol, other biofuels, and industrial alcohol production in the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. (Source: Whitefox, PR, 16 May, 2019)Contact: Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 -- Alberta Office, solutions@whitefox.com, www.whitefox.com; E Energy Adams, Carl Sitzmann, CEO, (402)988-4655, www.eenergyadams.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitefox,  Ethanol,  E Energy Adams ,  


    Oman Algae Farm Attracts $440Mn Seed Algae Investment (Int'l Report)
    Feed Algae
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the UK, London-based Feed Algae Ltd. reports it plans to invest $440 million in the development of the 100,000 tpy Al Sharqiyah Algae Farm in the Sultanate of Oman's Sharqiyah Governorate.

    The Al Sharqiyah Algae Farm is expected to be one of the world's algae farms when fully operational in 2022. (Source: Oman Daily Observer, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Feed Algae Ltd., https://ca.linkedin.com/company/feed-algae-limited

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  


    Gevo Providing ATJ Fuel to Avfuel Corp. (Ind. Report)
    Gevo,Avfuel
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports it will once again provide its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation.

    To date, Avfuel, has received commitments from high-profile OEMs including Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Dassault to use Gevo's ATJ blended with standard jet fuel. This blend not only meets ASTM D1655, but also for every one million gallons produced, approximately 10 million pounds of animal feed and protein goes back into the food chain, according to Gevo. (Source: Geco, Pr, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, pgruber@gevo.com, Avfuel, Keith Sawyer, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com/Fuel/Alternative-Fuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Avfuel,  


    Bronx Passive House Project World's Largest (Ind. Report)
    Passive House
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the Big Apple, Park Avenue Green, a new $48.4 million 15-story, 154-unit mixed-income community development in the South Bronx is being lauded as the largest Passive House certified project in North America.

    Developed by Omni New York LLC, Park Avenue Green completes a two-phase development that started with Morris Avenue Apartments, a neighboring LEED Gold-certified community. To ensure that the project met Passive House standards, the firm brought in Bright Power, a Manhattan-based energy consultant. Meeting Passive House standards increased construction cost approximately 5 pct, according to the developer. (Source: Omni New York LLC, Commercial Property Exec., 16 May, 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association, www.passivehouse-international.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Passive House Certification,  


    Bates Achieves Carbon Neutrality Ahead of 2020 Goal (Ind. Report)
    Bates College
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In Lewiston, Maine, Bates College reports it has achieved carbon neutrality one year ahead of its own commitment. The college reduced its campus carbon emissions by 95 pct and will account for its remaining footprint through the purchase of carbon offsets.

    Out of some 700 U.S. colleges and universities to sign a carbon neutrality pledge in 2007, Bates is one of only seven to date that have reached that goal. Bates cut its carbon footprint by: reducing energy consumption through efficiency measures; strengthening the culture of sustainability on campus and changing behaviors in concrete ways; and switching to renewable energy sources -- specifically, Renewable Fuel Oil (RFO), a wood-derived liquid that serves as the primary fuel for the college's central heating plant. (Source: Bates College, PR 16 May, 2019) Contact: Bates College, Marjorie Hall, (207) 786-8248, mhall@bates.edu, www.bates.edu

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


    Otter Tail Power, Crookston Promoting Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Otter Tail Power
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Fergus Falls, Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Company and the city of Crookston are partnering with Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to reduce energy use and save on energy costs. Otter Tail Power provides rebates, grants, education, and special programs to encourage individuals and businesses to use electricity wisely

    According to Otter Tail Power, businesses will be able to sign up for free energy-saving LED light bulbs, linear LED lamps, vending machine controllers, and onsite energy assessments, all of which will deliver immediate bill reductions. The no cost assessments will offer detailed recommendations to help small businesses save energy and money and connects them to program and rebate options that meet their specific needs.

    Otter Tail Power is an investor owned utility that provides electricity and energy services to over 250,000 customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Crookston Times, May, 2019) Contact: Otter Tail Power, www.otpco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter Tail Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Dominion Energy Supports Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy,CEO Climate Dialogue
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy, which relies heavily on nuclear power and is rapidly expanding its solar portfolio, reports it is joining the CEO Climate Dialogue, a coalition of corporations and environmental groups in support of a carbon tax and other measures designed to reduce CO2 emissions.

    CEO Climate Dialogue is aiming for economy-wide carbon emission reductions of 80 pct or more by 2050, with aggressive near- and mid-term emission reductions commensurate with that goal.

    The group also "aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that will increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets." BP, Shell, BG&E, DTE Energy, Exelon and other energy majors are among the group's membership. (Source: Dominion Energy, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, CEO, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com; CEO Climate Dialogue, http://business.edf.org/blog/tag/ceo-climate-dialogue

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Carbon Tax,  CEO Climate Dialogue,  


    EU Dumps 9.5 pct Duty on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l Report)
    uropean Commission
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In Brussels, the Europen Union Commission reports it has ended a 9.5 pct anti-dumping duty on U.S. imports. The European Union Commission reports it has canceled a 2013, 9.5 pct ethanol anti-dumping duty against imports from the United States. In ending the duty, the Commission concluded that "removing the duty would not increase the likelihood of dumping of U.S. ethanol on the EU market" and noted "it found no evidence that U.S. ethanol exports have increased because of lack of growing domestic demand and not because of growing demand in other countries."

    The 9.5 pct duty was originally imposed as a result of a complaint filed by the EU's largest ethanol producer group, European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePure). (Source: EUROPA - EU Newsroom, DTN Progressive Farmer, 16 May, 2019)Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org; European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  European Commission,  Ethanol,  ePure,  


    AMS, 38 Degrees North Report Solar, Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    AMS
    Date: 2019-05-15
    San Francisco-based energy management services provider AMS reports it is establishing a solar and storage energy partnership with 38 Degrees North and the $2 billion John Hancock Infrastructure Fund. The partnership acquired an initial set of four battery and solar facilities in California with rights to additional projects in 2019 and 2020.

    AMS's financial performance contract addresses customer concerns with traditional solar PPAs by providing a higher degree of certainty that savings will be delivered for the customer. AMS's AI software platform continuously optimizes solar systems, batteries, and retail energy rates to actively respond to evolving energy market conditions and achieve the lowest energy costs over the life of the system. (Source: AMS, PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: AMS, Susan Kennedy, CEO , www.advmicrogrid.com; 38 Degrees, www.38degreesn.com

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


    CO2 Solutions Completes Que, Carbon Capture Project (Ind Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Further to our March 15th coverage, Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions is reporting completion of its first CO2 capture unit installation at the Resolute Forest Products (RPF) pulp mill in Saint-Felicien, Que. The unit is expected to produce a minimum of 30 tpd of captured CO2 which will be used by Serres Toundra greenhouses. The unit is expected to be operating at full commercial capacity within weeks, according to a release.

    CO2 Solutions notes the installation is the first commercial deployment of an enzymatic carbon capture process, the first carbon capture unit in the forest industry, the first carbon capture from unpolished emissions of a lime kiln, and the first unit to make extensive use of C-PVC as a low-cost material in a carbon capture unit.

    The Saint-Felicien CO2 capture plant received grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a loan from Canada Economic Development (DEC), and financial support from the Green Fund through the Technoclimat program of Quebec Energy Transition. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Greenhouse Canada, 14 May, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions ,  Carbon Capture,  


    IEA Pushing for Offshore Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    At a recent high-level workshop on offshore wind energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) noted technological improvements for offshore wind are improving performance and lowering the costs of the electricity it produces, and thus drawing interest from global markets. IEA added that tapping the potential of offshore wind alongside other low-carbon technologies will be critical to achieving global sustainable development goals.

    The workshop covered the current status of and regional policy plans for the development of offshore wind, along with the key opportunities for accelerating deployment and the main challenges constraining growth. It took place in support of the first in-depth look at offshore wind in the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the IEA's flagship publication. (Source: International Energy Agency, OE Digital, 13 May, 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  


    Notable Quote from the IEA
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    "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 Renewable Energy news,  Low-Carbon Energy news,  International Energy Agency news,  


    Uinv. of Sheffield Touts New 3D Solar-Cell Design (New Prod & Tech)
    University of Shefield
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the UK, scientists at the University of Sheffield are touting a 3D PV-cell design which they say drives down the costs of solar cell manufacturing by cutting the number of steps required in present photovoltaic (PV) module production.

    The 3D design eliminates high-cost bright, conductive oxides, the use of natural and low-value electrical interconnections and allows the flexibility to tune electrical output to match consumer necessities. (Source: University of Sheffield, Renewable Energy Zone, 4 May, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffield, Division of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. David Lidzey, +44 (0) 114 22 23501; d.g.lidzey@sheffield.ac.uk, www.sheffield.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    CARB Certifies Edeniq Customers for Corn Fiber Ethanol (Ind Report)
    Edeniq,Siouxland Ethanol
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Visalia, California-headquartered cellulosic ethanol process specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane as its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber.

    Siouxland Ethanol, a 90 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Jackson, Nebraska was certified on May 6 with a carbon intensity rating of 26.67 and Elite Octane, a 150 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Atlantic, Iowa was certified on May 7 with a carbon intensity rating of 30.32. Using Intellulose 2.0, the two plants achieved average corn kernel fiber ethanol production of 3% of total production, nearly triple the average performance traditionally associated with the benefits of Intellulose 1.0 that regulatory agencies had approved.

    Edeniq's Intellulose 2.0 technology typically achieves between 2 and 4.5 pct cellulosic ethanol production from the corn kernel fiber at existing corn ethanol plants without any capex requirements. The technology measures the amount of ethanol produced from multiple different molecules present in corn kernels and quantifies the individual contribution of each component. The technology builds on Intellulose 1.0, which measures the cellulosic ethanol produced from a single corn kernel component.

    Seven Edeniq Intellulose 1.0 customers were previously approved by the U.S. EPA for D3 RIN generation and/or by CARB for low-CI corn kernel fiber ethanol production. (Source: Edeniq Inc., PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Brian Thome, President and CEO, Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, lwachter@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Siouxland Ethanol, LLC , Nick Bowdish, President and CEO www.siouxlandethanol.com; Elite Octane, www.eliteoctane.net; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Corn Ethanol,  Edeniq,  Ethanol,  Siouxland Ethanol,  


    India's ReNew Power Claims LEED Gold Certification (Int'l Report)
    USGBC,ReNew Power
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the Sub-Continent, independent power producer ReNew Power Ltd. reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency and sustainable construction at the company's ReNew Hub corporate office in New Delhi.

    The ReNew Hub corporate office energy efficiency features include: CFC free refrigerants in the HVAC system; water efficient plumbing features that have cut water consumption by half; waste segregation measures; the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials; and other features.

    ReNew Power Limited develops, builds, owns and operates utility scale wind and solar energy projects as well as distributed solar energy projects that generate energy for commercial and industrial customers. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  ReNew Power Ltd,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Belarusians Seeking Swedish Renewables Expertise (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Minsk, the Belarus News (BelTA) is reporting the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in discussions with discussion with Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate on potential partnerships in environmental protection and climate change mitigation, as well as sharing Sweden's best practices in utilizing renewable energy and recycling household waste to produce energy.

    Details have not been announced. (Source: Belerus News, 14 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    800,000 Year High Atmospheric CO2 Levels Recorded (Ind. Report)
    Mauna Loa Observatory
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Hawaii has recorded atmospheric CO2 levels at 415.26 ppm, marking a historic precedent in the last 800,000 years, since before the evolution of homo sapiens. There is more CO2 on the planet than ever since the dawn of humanity, according to a Hawaii observatory.

    According to Tech Wire, the last time the planet came close to matching the climate of today was during the Pliocene Epoch when the Arctic was covered in trees instead of ice and sea levels were roughly 20 meters higher than today.(Source: Mauna Loa Observatory, Various Media, Journal Pioneer, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Mauna Loa Observatory, (808) 933-6965, www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/mlo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    Ameren Missouri to Acquire 300 Missouri MW Wind Project (M&A)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the Show Me State, Ameren Missouri is reporting it will purchase a planned 300 MW wind generation facility to be located in Atchison County, Missouri, from Enel subsidiary Tradewind Energy.When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for as many as 90,000 homes. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. (Source: Ameren, Hydrogen Fuel News, 14 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  


    UK Battery Energy Storage Specialist Raises $11Mn (Int'l)
    Moixa
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the UK, London-headquartered smart battery company Moixa Inc. reports its funding round has raised £8.6 million ($11 million) from global investors led by Japanese multinational Honda and Japanese investment house ITOCHU Corp, the second largest player in Japan's home energy storage market with a 17 per cent share.

    Moixa's GridShare technology currently manages home energy storage systems in 7000 homes in the UK and Japan. GridShare uses artificial intelligence to learn about individual home owner's energy use and develop a unique charging plan to meet their needs and maximize savings. (Source: Moxia, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Moxia, info@moixa.com, +44 0 207 734 1511, www.moixa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Tesco's Energy Efficiency Saves £37Mn (Int'l Report)
    Tesco
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Further to our 4th February report, UK grocery retailer Tesco reports its energy efficiency initiatives have delivered £37 million ($47,609,380) in savings over two years. Company wide, the retailer now procures 58 pct of electricity from renewables (up from 55 pct last year) against a target of 65 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. Meanwhile, Tesco has reduced carbon emissions by 31 per cent against a 2015/16 baseline. The company also committed to cut emissions 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct by 2050, according to the company's annual report. (Source: Tesco, PR, energyst, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Tesco, www.tescoplc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Nordex Wins US Delta4000 Wind Turbines Order (Ind. Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports receipt of an order for 74 wind turbines from the N149/4.0-4.5 Delta4000 series, for installation at a proposed 350-MW Oklahoma wind farm. The turbines are slated for delivery and installation in the spring of 2020.

    The order includes supply and delivery of the wind turbines with an operation range between 4.0 and 4.8 MW. A Premium Service Agreement with a term of 5 years will also be included. (Source: Nordex, PR, 14 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,  


    Heidelberg Pledges Carbon Neutral Concrete by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The world's fourth largest cement company, HeidelbergCement reports it will slash direct emissions by 15 pct per tonne of its products by 2030 from 2016 levels. The initiative is in line with the company's vision to realize CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest. It is also in Keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement and asignal that the built environment is transitioning towards a zero-carbon future, the company said.

    The cement sector accounts for around 7 pct of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Climate Home News, 13 May, 2019) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HeidelbergCement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Uruguayan Winery Wins USGBC LEED Silver for Efficiency (Int'l)
    USGBC, Bodega Garzon
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Bodega Garzon, a 500-acre boutique winery in Uruguay claims to the first sustainable winery outside North America to be awarded US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

    Throughout the LEED-certification process, the winery reportedly received the highest possible scores in water efficiency and design innovation. The facility uses 100 percent non-potable water for irrigation and implemented original wastewater technologies. The winery also features a green roof with native species, a rainwater harvesting and reuse system; and high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery for energy efficiency. (Source: Bodega Garzon, Commercial Property Exec, May, 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    "Your Polluting Buildings are Part of the Problem", de Blasio Tells Trump (Notable Quote)
    Climate Change, Bill De Blasio
    Date: 2019-05-15
    "Our message is loud and clear. We're tackling climate change head-on with NYC's Green New Deal and are the first city in the world to require all big buildings to cut their emissions, with the goal of a carbon neutral city by 2050. President Trump -- you're on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price." -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    Reducing emissions from buildings -- which are responsible for nearly 70 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions -- is a key strategy of New York City's Green New Deal and commit the city to carbon neutrality by 2050.

    As we previously reported, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of New York City's large residential buildings. Across the Big Apple, Trump owns at least eight buildings that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the law. These include the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Trump Building, the Trump World Tower, the Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Parc East and Trump Palace. If Trump fails to clean up these buildings, he will owe approximately $2.1 million in fines every year beginning in 2030. (Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 6sqft,Various Media, 14 May, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill De Blasio,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EPA Proposes Slight RFS Biofuel Mandate Increase (Reg & Leg)
    RFS, US EPA
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Washington, the Trump administration EPA is reported to be proposing to increase volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually from the present 19.92 billion gallons to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020. The proposed mandated increase is awaiting review by other government agencies before being finalized.

    The mandate includes 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels -- ethanol -- unchanged from 2019, and 5.04 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, up from 4.92 billion in 2019. The biodiesel mandate of 2.43 billion gallons for 2021, would be unchanged from 2020. (Source: US EPA, AgWEB, 14 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


    Sub-Sea CO2 Storage Leakage Studied (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Storage
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Researchers at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel investigating the possibilities and limits of the sub-sea CO2 storage report it is possible to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions by separating CO2 from flue gases and storing the captured CO2 in geological formations. The researchers also note negative emissions can be achieved by coupling biogas production with CO2 separation and storage.

    Assessments by the IPCC show that these approaches are essential parts of the technology mix needed to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C.

    In Europe the largest potential to store CO2 is located offshore in deep saline aquifers and other sub-seabed geological formations of the North Sea where over 10,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled. At many of these wells, methane gas from shallow biogenic deposits is leaking into the environment because the surrounding sediments were mechanically disturbed and weakened during the drilling process. The study notes that CO2 stored in the vicinity of these wells may leak and ultimately return into the atmosphere.

    "We have performed a release experiment in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea to determine the footprint and consequences of such a leak", explains study lead author Dr. Lisa Vielstadte from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

    In the study, CO2 released at the seabed in 82 meters of water was tracked and traced using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with chemical and acoustic sensors and additional measurements on board of Research Vessel Celtic Explorer. The resulting data showed that CO2 gas bubbles were completely dissolved close to the seafloor and the pH value of ambient bottom waters was lowered from a background value of 8.0 to a more acidic value of 7.0 at the release site as a consequence of the dissolution process. This bottom water acidification has detrimental effects on organisms living at the seabed", However, strong bottom currents induced a rapid dispersion of the dissolved CO2 such that the area at the seabed where potentially harmful effects can occur is small.

    Accordingly, the study tentatively concluded it is possible to store CO2 safely in sub-seabed formations if the storage site is located in an area with a small number of leaky wells, the report summarizes. (Source: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel , PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Dr. Lisa Vielstadte, +49 431 600-0, Fax:+49 431 600-2805, www.geomar.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  


    DOE Offers $33.5Mn for Energy-Efficient R&D Projects (Funding)
    DOE BETO
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Washington, the US DOE reports the availability of up to $33.5 million in funding for the research and development of projects aimed at reducing energy bills through advanced building construction techniques for both existing and new, residential and commercial buildings.

    According to the DOE, commercial and residential buildings account for roughly 40 pct of the nation's total energy demand at a cost in excess of $380 billion per year.

    While an ideal project would address a combination of issues across areas such as heating, cooling, the building envelope, water heating and ventilation, funding applications should focus on one of three topics:

  • Advanced Technology Integration: including projects that concentrate on taking technologies from the laboratory to the field, in order to meet national, regional, state and local needs. Energy savings methods in this category focus on workforce training, service delivery methods and field validation of new technologies and building practices;

  • Integrated Building Retrofits: which concentrate on existing buildings, including technologies that aim to achieve greater energy-efficiency through combined space heating and cooling systems, hot water systems and light and durable, highly-insulated panels. The goal under this topic is to achieve 75 pct energy reductions;

  • New Construction Technologies which focus on innovative approaches to a building's design, construction and installation. Through advancements in robotics, digitalization, off-site manufacturing, improved modeling and automation, the goal for projects within this topic is to make buildings and homes 50 percent more energy efficient than current code requirements.

    Funding is issued through the DOE's Building Technology Office (BTO) which aims to find new, energy-efficient technologies while improving the efficiency of current technologies to help the department realize its goal for reducing the energy use of U.S. buildings by 30 pct by 2030.

    BETO programs currently include: HVAC; water heating and appliances; solid-state lighting; building energy modeling; sensors and controls; and buildings-to-grid integration. (Source: US DOE BETO, 14 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE BETO,  


  • Mobile Biorefinery Trials Inderway in Ireland (Int'l. Report)
    Bioeconomy
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The European Science Communication Institute is reporting the launch of trials of Ireland's first mobile biorefinery. The new mobile biorefinery on wheels processes grass and other organic waste into various new green products that could give farmers a more diversified source of income and greater sustainability.

    . The mobile biorefinery's product can be processed into a dry protein-rich live-stock feed, a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizer or used as a fuel for anaerobic digesters and natural gas production. (Source: European Science Communication Institute, phys.org, May, 2015) Contact: European Science Communication Institute, www.esci.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Cioecoomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


    J-ENG, NYK Developing Marine Biofuel Engine (New Prod & Tech)
    Japan Engine Corp., NYK Line
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Japan Engine Corp. (J-ENG) reports it is cooperating with Tokyo-based NYK Line -- a maritime shipping firm -- to research and develop a maritime biofuel-powered engine for maritime use.

    In collaboration with NYK Line, J-ENG plans to test the new engine using the biofuel from GoodFuels, a leading biofuel supplier based in the Netherlands. The test engine is located in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Research & Innovation Center and various fuel tests can be performed. (Source: Japan Engine Corp., Diesel & Gas Turbine, May, 2019) Contact: Japan Engine Corp., +81-78-949-0800, www.j-eng.co.jp/en NYK Line, www.nykline.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  GoodFuels,  NYK Line,  


    Brussels Mandates Home Energy Efficiency by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Homeowners in Brussels will have until 2025 to undertake home renovations to put residential buildings in the capital on track with national energy-efficiency goals by 2030, according to a decree passed by Brussels Capital Region authorities.

    Under the legislation, homeowners are required to secure a PEB energy performance certificate for their homes by 2025, in order to drive down energy consumption of Brussels homes by a third between 2030 and 2050. The measure aims to ensure the Brussels Capital Region respects a national commitment to cut Belgium’s carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Residential and office buildings in the region currently account for over 74 percent of energy consumption, and out of an estimated 575,000 residential buildings in Brussels, 30 pct were built before the 1960s and are not -insulated. An average insulation is expected to cost approximately €40,000 per home. (Source: Brussels Housing Minister, Brussels Times, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for: Housing. Quality of Life. Environment. Contact: https://be.brussels/about-the-region/the-government-of-the-region

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    Canadian National Bioeconomy Strategy Released (Ind. Report)
    Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Ottawa, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has released Canada's first national Bioeconomy Strategy reflecting the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country.

    The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada's forestry ministers. These priority areas call for: creating agile regulation and government policy; establishing biomass supply and stewardship; building strong companies and value chains; and building strong sustainable innovation ecosystems.

    Consultations with industry concluded a national Strategy is needed to fully advance Canada's bioeconomy. The Strategy recognizes the role of innovation clusters and ecosystems as key to advancing Canada's bioeconomy. These venues will facilitate relationships between producers, SMEs, and large firms along the full value chain, domestically and globally.

    With this Strategy, industry has addressed the ways in which Canada's competitive advantages including access to biomass, global leadership in forestry and agriculture, sustainable resource management, and a skilled workforce, can make Canada a world leader.

    The recommendations focus on commercializing innovations to grow larger companies, and to have Canadian products and processes adopted into international value chains and call on the government to introduce policies, regulation and support for companies and the agriculture and forestry sectors to adopt practices and new technologies that improve stewardship of natural resources and increase productivity.

    Download the Canada's Bioeconomy Strategy: Leveraging our Strengths for a Sustainable Future report HERE. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, May, 2019) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020, info@bincanada.ca, www.bincanada.ca

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    MGM Springfield Casino Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Boston, MGM Resorts International reports its MGM Springfield is the world's first gaming resort to win US Green Building Council LEED platinum-level energy efficiency certification for new construction.

    MGM Resorts noted the installation of a new 1.13-MW solar array was "a significant enabler" of the LEED platinum rating. The solar canopy is expected to generate more than 1,600 mWh of electricity and reduce the casino's annual carbon footprint by the equivalent of 410 metric tons of CO2. Other LEED qualifying features include: a rainwater collections system that provides all the water used for landscaping on the property; 50 electric vehicle charging stations and more. (Source: MGM, USGBC, MetroWest Daily News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ohio Hospital Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind Report)
    Ohio Hospital Association
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The Ohio Hospital Association reports it has awarded the 2019 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award to the Barnesville (Ohio) Hospital for energy efficiency , sustainability and for new programs to improve their environmental stewardship in the community.

    The Award honorees are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. (Source: Ohio Hospital Association, Times Leader, 12 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ohio Hospital Association,  Energy Efficiency,  


    County Carbon Credit Program Protects Local Forests (Ind Report)
    King County Washington
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Washington State, King County's newly launched Forest Carbon Program offers Puget Sound area companies the opportunity to offset a portion of their carbon emissions within King County.

    Under the program, King County acquires high-value forests that are at risk of development and then offers buyers the opportunity to purchase carbon credits generated by keeping carbon in the forests. The county will then invest the revenue generated by the program to protect additional forests and offer credits to additional buyers.

    In the first five years of the program, the urban and rural components of King County's Forest Carbon Program will store at least 100,000 metric tons of CO2 that otherwise would have been released into the atmosphere.

    The project will meet standards developed by the internationally recognized Verified Carbon Standard, while the county's urban forest carbon projects meet the standards developed by City Forest Credits, a Seattle-based nonprofit that developed an innovative verification protocol for urban forest canopy preservation.

    Microsoft has committed to purchasing all of the credits from the rural program in its first year to offset carbon emissions from its operations.

    Download program details HERE. (Source: King County Washington, PR, 9 May, 2019) Contact: King County, https://kingcounty.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits,  Microsoft,  Forest Carbon,  Verified Carbon Standard,  


    Major Mining Companies Among World's Mega Emitters (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the Rio Times is reporting as many as 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to data from Carbon Disclosure Project (CFP) in July 2017.

    The 25 largest polluters, responsible for 50 pct of CO2 emissions, are, by descending order: China (state-owned coal production), Aramco, Gazprom, Iranian National Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Coal India, Pemex, Russia (state-owned coal production), Shell, China National Petroleum, BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Abu Dhabi National Petroleum, Poland Coal, Peabody Energy, Sonatrach, Kuwait Oil, Total, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Lukoil, Rio Tinto, Nigeria National Petroleum, and Petrobras, the only Brazilian company on the list.

    The top 100 companies control most of the world's mineral rights, for oil, gas, and coal. Houston is considered the "home" of 7 of these 100 companies, followed by Jakarta, Calgary, Moscow, and Beijing.

    (Source: The Rio Times, May, 2019) Contact: The Rio Times, Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter, www.riotimesonline.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    Asian Devlopment Bank Pledges to Boost Climate Investments (Int'l)
    Asia Development Bank
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will increase its climate investments from this year forward. The pledge from ADB President Takehiko Nakao was make in consideration of some countries in the Asia Pacific region facing extreme weather events caused by climate change.

    Speaking at the ADB's 52nd annual meeting, NAKAO noted that climate change is among the six key areas ADB will prioritize in the implementation of its Strategy 2030.

    Nakao pledged the ADB would provide a wide range of assistance for countries that are the most vulnerable to climate change including increased investment and technical assistance to $5 billion in protecting the region's oceans by 2024. (Source: Asia Development Bank , Eleven Media Group, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Asia Development Bank, TakehikoNakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

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    Maine Governor's B10 Ethanol Blend Veto Upheld (Reg. & Leg.)
    B10,Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Augusta, Maine's legislators have sustained Democratic Governor Janet Mills' veto of a bill to ban the sale of B10 ethanol-blended gas in the Pine Tree State. The Republican-sponsored bill initially sailed through the Legislature last month.

    According to the Governor, B10 is not presently sold in Maine and there's not enough evidence that ethanol-blended gas harms public health. (Source: Various Media, WABI5, 11 May, 2019)

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