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Burlingame California Updates Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
City of Burlingame
Date: 2019-05-08
In the Golden State, the city of Burlingame Planning Commission and City Council report the opening of discussions on the city's updated climate action plan and effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming two decades.

The plan raises 20 measures, including energy efficiency, a focus on renewable energy, clean transportation and others designed to make the city of 28,800 residents a more environmentally-friendly community. If the various initiative are executed, the city expects to reach its emission-reduction benchmarks established for 2030, 2040 and 2050.

The initiatives include an annual update on program effectiveness to track the city's progress in limiting greenhouse gas emission and increasing environmentally sensitive. The city is also working on a sea level rise protection plan. (Source: City of Burlingame, Daily Journal, 7 May, 2019) Contact: City of Burlingame, Community Development Director Kevin Gardiner,(650) 558-7253, kgardiner@burlingame.org, kgardiner@burlingame.org>; www.city-data.com/city/Burlingame-California.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Energy Focus Patents Battery Backup LED Lamp (Ind. Report)
Energy Focus
Date: 2019-05-08
Solon, Ohio-headquartered energy-efficient LED lighting technologies specialist Energy Focus, Inc. reports receipt of US Patent 10,236,716 for its RedCap® lamp emergency battery backup LED tube technology.

THE UL-approved and DLC-certified RedCap® is an integrated, general purpose LED lamp and emergency backup battery. One side of the lamp is connected to switchable AC mains to power the lamp for normal illumination, while the opposite end of the LED lamp is connected to an emergency mains circuit. In a power outage, a microprocessor in the lamp immediately detects the power loss and initiates the battery power for emergency egress illumination. The RedCap® functions as a normal, efficient LED lamp when building power is on, and becomes and stays lit during a power outage. (Source: Energy Focus, Inc., PR, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Energy Focus Inc., James Tu, CEO, and President, (440) 715-1300, www.energyfocus.com

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


U.S. Gain's Sixth RNG Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
U.S. Gain
Date: 2019-05-08
Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions, is reporting completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project at the Carter Valley Landfill in Church Hill, Tennessee.

Methane gas from Carter Valley Landfill, which is owned by recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal specialist Republic Services, Inc., is captured, cleaned, and converted to RNG for the transportation sector. The project will generate enough RNG to fuel more than 80 class 8 trucks daily, displacing almost 1,500,000 gpy of diesel.

As a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier, U.S. Gain is investing in development projects at landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment plants, expanding availability of the cleanest fuel and energy solution for leading companies, fleets and fueling station owners. With an in-house proprietary risk management system, U.S. Gain is able to generate and monetize renewable credits, maximizing values associated with renewable natural gas. U.S. Gain has also built a network of GAIN Clean Fuel® natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada (Source: U.S .Gain, PR, 7 May, 2019) Contact: U.S. Gain, Stephanie Lowney, Marketing Manager, (920) 381-2190, www.usgain.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  


Loughborough Univ. Granted £200,000 for Green Travel R&D (Int'l)
Loughborough Univ
Date: 2019-05-08
Loughborough University has been awarded £200,000 in grant funding from the UK Department for Transport and Supergen Bioenergy Hub -- a group of experts focussed on developing sustainable bioenergy systems -- for two projects which aim to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly. The projects will explore biofuel production, bioenergy carbon capture, and storage and utilisation.

One project, led by Dr Jin Xuan, a Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Processes, will examine the role of e-biofuel in reducing emissions and increasing the sustainability of the road transport sector while enhancing renewable energy security. The research will examine the feasibility of a novel electrochemical process to produce biofuels while reusing the captured CO2.

The project will develop a new concept of e-biofuel which combines the advantages of both e-fuel (produced from renewable electricity and CO2) and biofuel (produced from biomass) to intensively decarbonise the road transport sector. It also provides Loughborough researchers with a new link to the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and the Department of Transport.

A second project led by Dr Tanja Radu, a Lecturer in Water Engineering, will research algae-based biomethane fuel purification and carbon sequestration. The project aims to develop and assess an innovative process for the simultaneous production of high-purity biomethane as a potential natural gas vehicle fuel, together with the sequestration of remaining biomass and biogas carbon into algal co-product and biochar.

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub at Aston University aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner. (Source: DfT, Loughborough University, East Midlands Business Link, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Loughborough University, www.lboro.ac.uk; Supergen Bioenergy Hub, Professor Patricia Thornley, Dir., p.thornley@aston.ac.uk, www.supergen-bioenergy.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy news,  Biofuel news,  CCS news,  Biogas news,  


AurCrest Gold, Lac Seul First Nation Investigate CCS (Ind. Report)
AurCrest Gold, Lac Seul First Nation
Date: 2019-05-08
Toronto-headquartered Canadian minerals exploration specialist AurCrest Gold Inc. reports it and the Lac Seul First Nation are partnering to investigate carbon sequestration opportunities in the First Nation's traditional territory in Northwestern Ontario.

Lac Seul First Nations seeks to determine the feasibility of valuing their traditional territory for purposes of CCS and monetizing carbon offset credits for sale to the benefit of the First Nation and its business partners.

AurCrest and its subsidiary Wiigwaasaatig Energy Inc. will work with the First Nation to finalize a definitive carbon credit management agreement to develop and implement sequestration project opportunities. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., Accesswire, 7 May, 2019) Contact: AurCrest Gold, www.aurcrest.ca; Lac Seul First Nation, www.lacseul.firstnation.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  


DOE Offers Energy Storage Manufacturing R&D Funding (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2019-05-08
The US DOE has announced $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects. This Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) tackles key Departmental priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage, a sector uses 25 pct of the nation's energy.

The FOA requests proposals in three areas that will improve the global competitiveness of the U.S. by catalyzing innovation around manufacturing of key energy technologies and by reducing industrial process energy intensity.:

  • Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials -- Focuses on employing machine learning to develop better batteries, phase change storage materials for heating and cooling applications, and new semiconductors that convert temperature differences into electricity. A key focus is developing and scaling new, low-cost manufacturing processes to catalyze increased domestic battery manufacturing for vehicle and stationary applications.

  • Lower Thermal Budget Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity -- With 70 pct of all process energy use related to heating, this topic focuses on novel research on industrial process drying technologies that increase energy efficiency throughput and product quality. It also seeks new ideas on process intensification to reduce overall heating energy.

  • Connected, Flexible and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities and Energy Systems -- With recent advances in new, wide-bandgap semiconductors supported by DOE, this topic seeks application of more efficient industrial power conversion equipment and new opportunities for converting process energy to electrical energy and better integrating it with the electrical grid. It also seeks advancements in combined heat and power that result in higher electrical efficiencies.

    The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office will lead this initiative. DOE anticipates making up to 55 awards for up to three years. A cost-share of at least 20 pct will be required for research and development projects.

    View the funding application and submission requirements HERE. . Concept papers are due on June 20, 2019. (Source: US DOE, PR, 7 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Energy STorage,  


  • Etihad Airways Cuts Carbon Emissions (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Etihad Airways
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In Dubai, Etihad Airways reports it reduced its carbon emissions by 148,000 tonnes in 2018, as it used more fuel-efficient aircraft to help meet its emissions and sustainability goals. The savings are equivalent to around 1,236 flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, or the removal of over 10,200 cars off the road, the airline said, without qualifying whether the emissions had to do with its reduced fleet size. (Source: Etihad Airways, Gulf News Aviation, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596, www.theetihadaviationgroup.com, www.etihad.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Airways,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    EU Nations Call for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
    European Union
    Date: 2019-05-08
    The Financial Times is reporting eight EU member countries -- Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden -- have asked heads of the 28-member trading bloc states to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a net-zero level by 2050 and dedicate at least 25 pct of bloc's next seven-year budget to projects that fight climate change. The eight nations stressed that as a general principle, the EU budget should not finance policy detrimental to the fight against climate change.

    In seeming solidarity with the eight EU nations, the mayors of 210 EU cities including Athens, Bonn, Bratislava, Milan and Paris are also urging national leaders and the European Council to commit to the net-zero emissions 2050 target. {Source: EUROPA, Financial Times, 7 May, 2019)

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


    VA. Firms Lauded with Viridiant Green-Building Awards (Ind. Report)
    Viridiant
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond nonprofit Viridiant, administers of the EarthCraft brand of green-building programs, has named its 10th annual Sustainable Leadership Award winners for environmentally friendly and sustainable "green" building practices.

    The notable local winners included Henrico-based NBJ Architecture, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, which received this year's Visionary Award recognizing leadership in sustainable buildings and communities, as well as University of Richmond student Jennifer Kearney, winner of the Next Generation Award for her work educating fellow students on waste reduction and energy and water conservation. Hollyport Ventures, Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners, and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity were also honoured. (Source: Viridiant, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Viridiant, board president Bryan Manga 804-225-9843, www.viridiant.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Spero Renewables Announces DOE BETO R&D Funding (Ind. Report)
    Spero Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-06
    CORRECTION -- The following article appeared in our 22nd April editions with contact errors which are herein corrected. We regret any inconvenience our error may have caused.

    Goleta, California-based Spero Renewables LLC, a Green chemistry company, is reporting a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to develop and scale-up production of the company's patented SPERLU technology that produces polymers from wood pulp and similar plant-based sources.

    The grant is part of a recently announced $80 million DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) initiative supporting 36 bioenergy R&D projects. In addition to biobased products, projects include renewable hydrocarbon fuels and power from non-food Biomass and waste feedstocks.

    Spero's SPERLU™ technology converts biomass lignin, a waste byproduct of cellulosic ethanol production that is expensive to remediate, into valuable, environmentally friendly polymers and plastics. The resulting polymers are renewable, free of off-gassing emissions, and formaldehyde-free as opposed to current polymers that come from petrochemicals and are manufactured with formaldehyde, according to the company's website.

    According to the company website, "Spero Energy is a technology developer for the production of high value renewable and natural molecules from biomass. The company's novel extractive technology for the manufacture of natural ferulic acid is a game changer for the production of natural vanilla. Spero's one-step lignin conversion (SPERLU™) is key to realizing a fully integrated biorefinery." (Source: Spero Renewables LLC, Spero Website, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Spero Renewables LLC, Mahdi Abu-Omar, Ph.D. Chemistry, Pres., Joe Ramelli, VP Business Dev., (805) 696-2199 x 2001, joe@sperorenewables.com, US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Spero Renewables,  


    Virginia OKs $1Bn in Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Virginia State Corporation Commission,Appalachian Power
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Further to our 5th April report, meeting in Richmond, the Virginia State Corporation Commission is reported to have approved approximately $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce energy consumption and the need to produce and distribute additional electricity in the Old Dominion State.

    The regulator approved 11 new Dominion Energy programs totaling $226 million as well as energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility. In their approval, the two companies are required to track and report the effectiveness of their programs in reducing energy consumption at a future date. (Source: Virginia State Corporation Commission, NBC29, AP, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Virginia State Corporation Commission, www.scc.virginia.gov; Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, (800)956-4237, contact@aep.com, www.appalachianpower.com; Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia State Corporation Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Appalachian Power,  Dominion Energy,  


    British Steel Borrows to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
    British Steel,Bexit
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Following up on our 15th April report on the European Union's decision to suspend Britsh Steel and other UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified, the UK government reports it has loaned British Steel £120 million to meet its obligations under EU ETS rules allowing industrial polluters to use carbon credits to pay for the previous year's emissions, or trade them to raise money.

    Each free permit gives a firm the right to emit a tonne (1,000kg) of CO2. British Steel claims that it is discussing the impact of Brexit on its business with ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is in talks with Department for Business about financial assistance. British Steel has until 30 April to comply with EU emission rules. (Source: British Steel, Insider Media, 2 May 2019

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UE ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  Brexit,  British Steel,  


    CCC Recommend UK Carbon Neutral 2050 Deadline (Int'l Report)
    independent Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In London, the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's top climate change advisory body reports it is set to recommend the government reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 -- a target that is said to be viable, cost-effective and would put the UK on track to fully meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment.

    According to the CCC, net-zero by 2050 could be achieved within a budget of 1-2 pct of GDP. It would require new policies across various government departments: low-carbon electricity would need to quadruple and low-carbon heating will be required throughout Britain building stock. All new cars and vans should be electric by 2035 or earlier, while novel technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) will become a necessity. Such reforms are especially urgent considering that the UK is currently set to miss its present legally-mandated target of an 80 percent cut in emissions by 2050. (Source: Independent Committee on Climate Change, yahoo News, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Independent Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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


    Wind Dominant S.African Power Source by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Eskom,South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Johannesburg, South Africa's largest utility Eskom and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) are saying wind energy offers the country's greatest potential for replacing fossil fuels for power generation in South Africa.

    The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other research institutes note they have "conclusively demonstrated that the option of new wind, solar PV and flexible generation capacity in South Africa delivers the least-cost electricity price trajectory in the years ahead to 2050 and beyond, as well as least water consumption, lowest carbon emissions and the most jobs. According to this scenario, wind would be the largest source of electricity by 2040. The DoE foresees 12 GW of wind by 2030, 38 GW by 2040 and 50 GW by 2050." (Souce: Eskom, MyBroadBand, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development, www.eskom.co.za; CSRI, www.csir.co.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Wind,  South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ,  


    Sign of the Times -- Solar Powers Coal Mine Museum (Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In the Land Down Under, the State Coal Mine -- Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum state park reports it is now powered by a 91 KW on-site, ground-mounted solar PV array and a 41 kWh battery storage system as part of an "Old Energy New Energy Project" being run by the not-for-profit Energy Innovation Co-op aiming to demonstrate how renewable energy, energy efficiency and new technology are "changing the name of the energy game."

    The project is partially funded by over $241,000 from the state Labor Government's New Energy Jobs Fund and $58,460 from the Victorian government's Local Government Energy Saver Program -- a $3.4 million fund which supports resource constrained councils across regional Victoria to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs of community facilities. A further $15,000 grant from the state government supporting Bass Coast Shire Council in their goal to transition the community to zero-net emissions will support the expansion of work begun by the coastal community of Phillip Island, which has committed to to being carbon neutral by 2030. The Victorian Labor government has pledged a 50 pct Renewable Energy Target (VRET) by 2030. (Source: PV Mag., Various Media, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum, www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/state-coal-mine-wonthaggi

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


    MA Communities Share Climate Change Preparedness Funding (Funding)
    Leominster
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The community of Leominster, Mass. reports it was among 27 communities receiving grant funding through the Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness programto complete climate change vulnerability assessments and develop climate change resiliency plans.

    Leominster, which scored $25,000, will share in $725,000 granted to the 27 communities, bringing the number of communities in the program to 184, or half of all Massachusetts municipalities. The grant and designation program provides communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience. (Source: City of Leominster, Sentinel & Enterprise, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness Program, www.mass.gov/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness-mvp-program

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change resiliancy ,  


    Indonesia's 2019 Biodiesel Exports Could Decline Under EU Regulations (Int'l Report)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Jakarta, the Indonesia Biofuels Producer Association (APROBI) reports many Indonesian economists and government officials believe that the transition to cleaner energy products is necessary to help bolster the country's export sector and that tighter restrictions on Indonesian biodiesel deliveries to the EU could significantly cut biodiesel exports to only 1 million or 1.2 million kiloliters (kl) this year.

    In the face of EU palm oil environmental concerns, Indonesia has been working to make its palm oil-based fuel more environmentally-friendly after the EU and other countries called for a "cleaner" Indonesian biodiesel.

    Indonesia's B20 biofuel-biodiesel blend rate is expected to be raised to B30. According to Agra-Net, Indonesia exported 52,356 tonnes of palm oil biodiesel in February, 2019 Domestic markets have also shown increased consumption of biofuel during the first quarter of 2019. Reuters notes Indonesians consumed 1.5 million kl in Q1, this year. (Source: APROBI Business Times, 3 May, 2019) Contact: APROBI, +62 2129380882, office@aprobi.co.id, www.aprobi.or.id

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


    Biocom Announces European Ethanol Shipments (Int'l Report)
    Biocom
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Angolan biofuel company Biocom, located in the Cacuso district, 75 kilometres from Malanje, reports it will export 8,500 cubic feet of ethanol to Europe in two shipments on 13 and 23 May, this year. The two shipments were based on contracts signed with Ryssow and Alcotra, a Swiss ethanol production, distribution and marketing company.

    Biocom currently has 24,000 hectares of sugarcane which in 2018 yielded 73,000 tonnes of sugar cane and 17,000 m3of ethanol. The company, one of the largest Angolan agro-industrial projects, is led by Brazilian group Odebrecht, which owns 40 pct of the capital of the company. The remaining 60 pct of the capital is shared by Angolan private-equity group Cochan, with 40 pct and Angolan state oil company Sonangol, with 20 pct. (Source: Biocom Angola, PR, Macauhub, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Biocom Angola, +380 63 192 3144, www.biocom-angola.com/en/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sugarcane Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    Trudeau Carbon Tax Challengers Suffer a Body Blow (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-05-06
    On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act "falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. It is not unconstitutional in whole or in part."

    Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe (C), along with the province of Ontario and New Brusnwick, had challenged the Trudeau government's carbon tax in Canada's top court Friday, after a lower court ruled it is constitutional.

    Apparently still itching for a fight, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe immediately vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. Oil-soaked Alberta's newly-elected Premier Jason Kenney vowed to join Moe and (Conservative) Ontario Premier Doug Ford in opposition to the fed's imposed carbon tax. (Source; CBC, National Observer, Various Media, 3 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  


    Equinor Exploring Korean Offshore Wind Opportunities (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor,Korea East-West Power
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Norwegian energy giant Equinor has partnered with Korea National Oil Corporation, Korea East-West Power Company and Ulsan City to explore floating offshore wind opportunities.

    To that end, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Ulsan City, a major South Korean maritime shipping center, and an amendment made to include Korea East-West Power Company in a previously executed MoU with Korea National Oil Corporation. (Source: Equinor, PR, Smart Energy, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr; Korea East-West Power, www.ewp.co.kr/eng; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  


    Candidate Inslee Proposes Death to Old King Cole (Ind. Report)
    Jay INslee
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Further to our 4th March report, Washington State governor and U.S. 2020 presidential wannabe Jay Inslee (D) is touting his "100% Clean Energy for America Plan" to get the U.S. to net-zero emissions no later than 2045.

    To that end, Inslee's plan calls for nothing short of the death of Old King Coal and the complete retirement of the country's 852 coal-ired power plants, which currently accounts for about 27 pct of America's electricity mix, within a decade. The plan also calls for utilities to go 100 pct carbon neutral by 2030 and transition to running on zero emissions energy sources, like renewable or nuclear power, by 2035, and the elimination of all fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2023. (Source: Jay Inslee, Earther, 3 May, 2019)Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Coal,  Climate Change,  


    NM's First "Green" Bond Earmarked for Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    New Mexico Finance Authority
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The New Mexico Finance Authority in Santa Fe reports it plans to issue its first "green" bonds as it borrows roughly $12 million to complete energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades on about 30 state agency buildings in Santa Fe.

    The project includes: upgrades to and the addition of new solar panels; companion battery storage; electrical transformers; new doors and windows; and upgraded heating and cooling systems. The state legislature previously approved $20 million in direct state spending on the project which is intended to reduce energy costs and limit contributions to climate change. (Source: New Mexico Finance Authority, Durango Herald, AP, 3 May, 2019) Contact: New Mexico Finance Authority , www.nmfa.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


    Yucatan's First Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Wind
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Mexico, the Yucatan state government is reporting the commissioning and startup of its its first sustainable energy-generation park, in Dzilam de Bravo. Viva Energia was the developer.

    The 270-GW, 28 Enervision turbine wind park came in at approximately $120 million and will provide 6 pct of the total energy consumed in Yucatan. (Source: Yucatan Expat Life, 4 May, 2019) Contact: Enervision, www.envision-group.com/en; Vive Energia, www.viveenergia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    DOE Announces $79 Mn Funding for Bioenergy R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Washington, the US DOE has announced over $79 million in funding for bioenergy R&D including biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. This funding supports Agency's goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.

    The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:

  • Cultivation Intensification Processes for Algae -- Develop technologies for outdoor algae systems that increase the harvest yield, reliability and quality of algae;

  • Biomass Component Variability and Feedstock Conversion Interface: Research to lower the cost and improve the reliability of biomass handling and preprocessing;

  • Efficient Wood Heaters -- Develop technologies to reduce emissions and increase efficiency of wood heaters for residential heating;

  • Systems Research of Hydrocarbon Biofuel Technologies -- Integrate new technologies and processes in experimental prototype systems to improve and verify real-world performance and lower the cost of drop-in Biofuels;

  • Optimization of Biomass-Derived Jet Fuel Blends -- Identify and develop cost-competitive drop-in renewable jet fuel with improved energy density and lower particulate matter emissions;

  • Renewable Energy from Urban and Suburban Wastes: Support academic research and educational programs that focus on strategies to produce bioenergy and bioproducts from urban and suburban waste feedstocks;

  • Advanced Bioprocessing and Agile BioFoundry -- Reduce the time and cost of developing biological processes for biomanufacturing fuels and products through the use of synthetic biology, low capital intensity methods, and continuous production systems;

  • Plastics in the Circular Carbon Economy -- Develop biobased plastics with improved performance and recyclability and lower the cost and energy-intensity of recycling existing plastics through enhanced degradation;

  • Rethinking Anaerobic Digestion: Develop anaerobic processes or alternative strategies to enhance carbon conversion efficiency and lower costs of smaller scale wet waste systems;

  • Reducing Water, Energy, and Emissions in Bioenergy -- Identify biofuels or bioproducts technologies with the greatest potential for reducing water consumption, energy consumption, and/or emissions relative to existing conventional fuels or products.

    This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Anaerobic Digestion ,  


  • World Bank Fund to Support Climate-Smart Mining (Ind. Report)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The World Bank is reporting the launch of the Climate-Smart Mining Facility fund to support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar power, batteries for energy storage and electric vehicles. The new Facility focuses on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while ensuring the mining sector is managed in a way that minimizes the environmental and climate footprint.

    Facility partners include the German government and private sector companies, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The Facility will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital. Facility projects may include:

  • Supporting the integration of renewable energy into mining operations, given that the mining sector accounts for up to 11 percent of global energy use and that mining operations in remote areas often rely on diesel or coal;
  • Supporting the strategic use of geological data for a better understanding of “strategic mineral” endowments;
  • Forest-smart mining -- preventing deforestation and supporting sustainable land-use practices; repurposing mine sites;
  • Recycling of minerals -- supporting developing countries to take a circular economy approach and reuse minerals in a way that respects the environment

    The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a 5-year timeframe. The Facility will focus on activities around four core themes: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; reducing material impacts and creating market opportunities, contributing to the decarbonization and reduction of material impacts along the supply chain of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies. (Source: World Bank Group, Modern Diplomacy, May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Smart,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • ALLETE Snares 303MW Apex Clean Energy Wind Project (M&A)
    ALLETE Clean Energy,Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-05-06
    ALLETE Clean Energy, a subsidiary of ALLETE, reports acquisition of the 303MW Diamond Spring wind project in Oklahoma from Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Apex Clean Energy.

    With the acquisition, ALLETE Clean Energy will now build, own, operate and sell the wind power generated from the wind farm to two Fortune 500 companies under 15-year power sales agreements.

    The purchase includes the two power sales agreements signed by Apex totaling up to 228MW and additional capacity to serve corporate and industrial markets.

    ALLETE plans to break ground on the wind farm this year and expects to bring the facility which will generate sufficient energy for 114,000 households online in 2020. ALLETE Clean Energy currently owns and operates nearly 556MW of nameplate capacity wind energy generation in four states. (Source: Allete Clean Energy, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ALLETE, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com; Apex Clean Energy , Mark Goodwin, CEO, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE Clean Energy,  Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    Maryland's Rockdale Solar Pilot Scores Tax Break (Ind. Report)
    Washington County Commissioners
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Williamsport, Maryland, Rockdale Solar is reporting Washington County Commissioners in Hagerstown, have approved a 25-year, $260,000 tax break agreement for the company's solar farm project which is under development and nearing completion in Williamsport, Maryland. (Source: Rockdale Solar, DVM, Nextstar Broadcasting, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Washington County Commissioners (2400 313-2200, www.washco-md.net/index.php/county-commissioners

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    EBRD, Norway Supported Montenegro Wind Farm Going Strong (Int'l)
    EBRD
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), supported by Norway, provided financing for the Balkan country of Montenegro's Krnovo Wind Farm -- the country's first utility-scale wind farm. Today, the wind farm represents 8 pct of the total installed power capacity and contributes to 5 pct of total electricity production in Montenegro as well as more than 180,000 tpy of CO₂ avoided emissions and an annual electric power supply for more than 100,000 households.

    In Montenegro, the renewables sector is still ina its infancy, and a lack of administrative capacity is considered the key bottleneck to further promotion of green energy.

    With the support of Norway, the EBRD has worked with Montenegrin authorities to design a more robust legal framework for supporting sustainable energy projects. This includes assistance with the level of feed-in-tariffs, drafting regulations for government support renewable energy, and the development of a bankable power purchase agreement for renewable energy projects. (Source: EBRD, The Financial, May, 2019)Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Wind,  


    Merrimack NH Debating Solar-Panel Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Solar
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In New Hampshire, the Merrimack town council reports it is considering whether solar units on local properties should be exempt from property taxes, as is the case in the towns of Concord, Manchester, Bedford, Amherst, Milford and Londonderry.

    Presently, 113 properties in Merrimack (pop. 27,00 +-) have installed solar systems at an average cost of $1,100 per panel and a corresponding $600 per panel increase in assessment.

    The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has stressed the importance of assessing solar statewide. (Source: Town of Merrimack, May, 2019) Contact: Merrimack NH Town Council, (603) 424-2331, www.merrimacknh.gov/town-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Ellomay Closes on 300MW Spanish PV Plant Financing (Int'l)
    Ellomay
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Israel-based Ellomay Capital reports it has closed on the project financing for construction of Talasol Solar's 300 MW photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Talaván, in Extramadura, Spain. The company has also closed the sale of 49 pct of its indirect holdings in the project company,

    Ellomay expects the Talasol Project's total capital expenditure to be approximately €228 million of which an aggregate amount of approximately €131 million is to be provided by a term loan under the project finance obtained by Talasol from Rabobank, ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank and the European Investment Bank. (Source: Ellomay, COMPELO, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Ellomay Capital, www.ellomay.com; Talasol Solar, www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/1507005D:SM-talasol-solar-sl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  Ellomay,  


    Kennecott Copper Opts for Renewables to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Rio Tinto
    Date: 2019-05-03
    London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with its Kennecott Utah Copper operation by as much as 65 pct by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant.

    Kennecott's electric power needs will now be paired with 1.5 million MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The RECs are Green-e Energy certified and meet the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

    The move to using renewable energy certificates at Kennecott is subject to regulatory approval by the Utah Public Service Commission. (Source: Rio Tinto, 2 May, 2019)Contact: Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Rio Tinto,  Renewable Energy,  


    NBB Comments on the EPA's E15, RIN Reform Proposals (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) filed the following formal comments on the U.S. EPA's proposed Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 -- Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations rules. NBB respectfully disagreed with EPA's proposal to modify RIN market regulations without first showing data-based evidence of problems within the RIN market.

    "The proposed RIN market reforms are unnecessary, as EPA has yet to see data-based evidence of RIN market manipulation. Reforming a system that, while certainly not perfect, is working as intended with no evidence of manipulation has the potential to disrupt and even undermine the system that obligated parties use to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. We ask that the agency use this proposed rule as an opportunity to provide transparency to the small refinery exemption process and address the timing of granting these exemptions. Increasing transparency in the small refinery exemption process is what is actually needed to prevent manipulation in the RIN market.

    "Right now, retroactive small refinery exemptions are having the most negative impact on RIN markets, destroying demand for more than 360 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel. Rather than unneeded reforms that could further disrupt the RIN market, EPA should increase transparency around the small refinery exemptions, end its practice of encouraging retroactive petitions, and ensure that annual volumes that it set are met,"Kurt Kovarik, VP federal affairs, added. (Source: NBB, 30 April, 2019) Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  E15,  RINs ,  


    1414 Degrees Announces Biogas Energy Storage Startup (Int'l)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Following up on our 1st Dec, 2017 report, Adelaide, Australia-based 1414 Degrees is reporting the startup of its 10MWh thermal energy storage system (TESS) at the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant south of the city of Adelaide. The patented molten silicon storage device converts biogas from the wastewater treatment plant.

    The 10MWh GAS-TESS system was co-funded by the South Australian Government's Renewable Technology Fund and shareholders of 1414 Degrees. (Source: 1414 Degrees, Power Technology, 2 May, 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1414 Degrees,  Biogas,  


    Coalition Seeks Renewed Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The Alliance to Save Energy and a coalition of manufacturers, advocacy groups, and trade associations representing millions of American workers has called for Washington to modernize and extend expired energy efficiency tax incentives. If so enacted, the updated incentives that would sharply reduce US carbon emissions. create employment and cut millions of dollars in energy bills.

    The coalition, led by the Alliance to Save Energy, includes leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation and other components alongside environmental and efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

    The proposed tax incentives call for broadly supported improvements to the expired 45L tax incentive for high-efficiency new home construction and the 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements -- installing insulation, replacing windows, or purchasing high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The improvements include strengthening the efficiency level that must be met to receive the incentives, while also increasing the dollar value of the incentives.

    The coalition also called for extending the 179D incentive for efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Eficiency,  


    Notable Quote -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Talks Carbon Tax
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-05-03
    "We would be ignorant if we did not include the latest reports in our considerations -- We have regulatory law as an option, we have fiscal incentive measures, and we have general CO2 pricing, which we are looking at but for which we have not yet decided. We will, however, include them (in our climate cabinet's further discussions)" -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    Merkel's government is under pressure to complete measures and legislation that will ensure greenhouse gas reductions of 55 pct by 2030, so as to avoid target failure and costly payments for emission allocations under the EU effort sharing regulation. To that end, the government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 tax. (Source: Various Media, Clean Energy Wire, 11 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    NEIF Lauds Home Energy Efficiency Financing Plan (Ind. Report)
    National Energy Improvement Fund
    Date: 2019-05-03
    The Allentown, Pennsylvania-based National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, (NEIF), a licensed lender and national expert in energy efficiency financing, is trumpeting the availability of its its new NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan.

    The plan helps qualifying homeowners finance home improvement and energy efficiency upgrades such as heating and cooling, windows, doors, siding and roofing, air sealing and insulation, electrical and plumbing, geothermal and whole home energy projects. All work must be completed by NEIF-approved contractors.

    The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is currently available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with other states being added shortly. Separately, Maine homeowners can use Efficiency Maine financing, administered by NEIF.

    The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is simple interest, longer term, fixed rate installment financing from $2,500 to $25,000. There is no lien on the borrower's home, no fees to the borrower and no penalty for pre-payment. The interest rate and monthly payment are locked in for the full term of the loan, up to ten years. To date, $700 million in energy efficiency financing has been placed through the NEIF program. NEIF also provides financing for commercial energy improvements through its NEIF Commercial Energy Finance division and advance funding to contractors for rebates through its Rebate Bridge program. (Source: National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: NEIF, Peter Krajsa, NEIF, Co-Chair and Founder, (484) 838-5460, www.neifund.org

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


    Carbon Farming in the Golden State (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2019-05-03
    "Agriculture is responsible for one-third of global carbon emissions, but an increasing number of farmers and ranchers think it can be a powerful ally in the fight to slow climate change, through a set of techniques called carbon farming.

    "The underlying principle of carbon farming is straightforward -- to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, where it drives climate change, and put it back into plants and the pedosphere, the Earth's living soil layer. One way farmers do this is by fertilizing their lands with nutrient-rich compost.

    "As plants grow, they store carbon in their leaves and roots and bank it in organic matter, such as decomposing plant pieces in the soil. Soil microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, also store carbon. This prevents the carbon from escaping into the atmosphere and joining oxygen to form carbon dioxide.

    "Carbon farming has taken hold in California, which is increasingly stepping up as a pioneer of progressive climate policy in the U.S., even as the Trump administration denies the reality of climate change.

    "Today, more than 80 ranchers and farmers in the state are implementing the practice. And the number is likely to increase, since the 2018 Farm Bill includes provisions for a pilot program that gives farmers an incentive to farm carbon.

    "Grassland soils naturally absorb and store carbon in soil organic matter, but common agricultural practices, like plowing and tilling, diminish this ability by breaking apart the soil and releasing its stored carbon into the atmosphere. The good news is that carbon can be reabsorbed by the very same soil. Dozens of farming methods, including composting, managed grazing, no-till agriculture and cover crops, are thought to achieve this feat. Many of them mirror age-old, organic farming techniques.

    "The potential for land-based carbon sequestration in California is significant. Rangelands cover about 56 million acres, half the state's overall land area. According to The New York Times, if 5 pct of that soil is treated with compost, the carbon sequestered would offset about 80 pct of the state's agricultural emissions, the equivalent of removing nearly 6 million cars from the road. If scaled to 41 pct, it would render the state's agricultural sector -- now accounting for 8 pct of the state's overall emissions -- carbon neutral for years. This amount is anything but negligible: California is the most populous state in the U.S. and the country's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Overall, it's responsible for 1 pct of global greenhouse emissions.

    "Ultimately, carbon farming may only pull a limited amount of carbon from the atmosphere. But in California, grasslands appear to be a less vulnerable carbon storage option than fire-prone forests. With global greenhouse gas emissions on the rise, we need to commit to using carbon farming." (Source: NPR, High Country News, May, 2019)

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


    ABM Initiates Bryan County Georgia EPC Contract (Ind. Report)
    ABM
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Facility solutions specialist ABM reports the initiation of an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) program that is expected to save Bryan County, Georgia ABM's customized solution is projected to save the county more than $16.4 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2020. Highlights of Bryan County project include:
  • upgrading HVAC systems and building automation controls at 36 facilities;
  • roof repairs and replacements;
  • sealing building envelopes to control airflow;
  • installation of water conservation measures at several facilities;
  • upgrading lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting;
  • installation of Cool Play Synthetic Turf and LED lighting at North Bryan County's Hendrix Park;
  • installation of full-building emergency electricity generation systems at the Bryan County Courthouse and the Bryan County Administrative Building, and other facilities, and other upgrades that drive energy savings.

    Download details on ABM's Energy Performance Contracting Program at www.abm.com/services/energy. (Source: ABM, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: ABM, www.abm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • ERG Snares 25-MW Graiggmore Wind Project (Int'l. M&A)
    ERG UK, Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-05-03
    UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) is reporting the sale of its Craiggore Energy Ltd ., 10-turbine Craiggore wind farm project in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, to ERG UK Holding Ltd for a reported £ 37 million ($4 48.3 million. Construction on the 25-MW project is expected to get underway in Q4, 2019 for a 2021 commissioning and startup. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, 2 May, 2019) Contact: ERG, www.erg.eu; Renewable Energy Systems

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems news,  ERG UK news,  Wind news,  


    SCE Touts Major Energy Storage Resources Acquisition (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the Golden State, Southern California Edison (SCE) reports it has secured seven contracts for 195 MW of battery-based energy storage resources as a means of meeting local capacity requirements in the Santa Clara sub-area.

    SCE noted the resources include demand response and energy storage resources , one of which will become one of North America's largest operational lithium-ion battery systems when it comes online in December 2020. (Source: Southern California Edison, Energy Insider, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Southern California Edison, Colin Cushnie, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Lithium-ion,  Southern California Edison,  SoCalEd,  Energy Storage,  


    RePower Renewable Fuel Production Underway in SC (Ind Report)
    RePower South
    Date: 2019-05-03
    North Charleston, South Carolina-based RePower South (RPS) reports it is now processing more than 50 tph -- 120,000 tpy -- of locally sourced mixed waste to recover recyclables and produce a fuel feedstock at its new recycling and recovery facility in Berkeley County, S.C.

    The plant also makes use of non-recyclable papers and plastics to produce ReEngineered Feedstock (ReEF), a clean, low-carbon renewable fuel sold to industry, cement and utility customers to replace coal in production processes. The EPA has classified the product as a low-carbon, non-waste fuel. (Source: RePower South, Waste360, 2 May, 2019) Contact: RePower South, Brian Gilhuly, CEO, 800-917-4526, www.repowersouth.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  


    Microsoft Joins Climate Leadership Council (Ind. Report)
    Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Following up on our 17th April coverage, Microsoft reports it has joined the Climate Leadership Council. The Climate Leadership Council was founded by former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shultz, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell, General Motors and others. Membership includes 3500+ economists, 27 Nobel laureates and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers.

    According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."

    The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:

  • A gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax;
  • Carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue;
  • The rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and
  • Border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

    Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.

    Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  


  • Verbio Snares Atlantic Biodiesel Plant in Ontario (M&A)
    Verbio
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Verbio Snares Atlantic Biodiesel Plant in Ontario (M&A) Verbio Diesel Canada Corp., a Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG reports it will purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.'s 45 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The sale is expected to close by mid-year.

    Verbio produces about approximately 470,000 tpy of biodiesel as well as ethanol and biomethane. (Source: Verbio, May, 2019) Contact: Atlantic Biodiesel, (888) 339-3132, www.atlanticbiodiesel.com; Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verbio,  Biodiesel,  


    Notable Quote from Microsoft
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-05-03
    "We are getting extremely impatient, frankly, for policy action on climate change. We support a carbon fee because we believe it's a policy mechanism that works and accords with economic principles." -- Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Fee,  


    Fortistar Touts RNG to Decarbonize Transport Fuel Supply (Ind. Report)
    Fortistar, TruStar,Beacon Energy
    Date: 2019-05-03
    White Plains, New York-based Fortistar reports it is extracting methane from landfills, converting it to RNG and, working with its affiliate TruStar Energy, paving the way for a sustainable transportation fuel supply chain.

    For over 25 years, Fortistar has operated in dozens of landfill gas-to-energy projects in the U.S. and Canada while TruStar Energy has constructed 250 natural gas fueling stations.

    Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating companies -- cogeneration facilities; waste-heat recovery power plants; compressed natural gas fueling stations; landfill power plants; projects that reduce carbon in industrial facilities and biomass facilities -- in Canada and the US.

    Fortistar's portfolio of associated companies includes: Generational Power, TruStar Energy, Primary Energy, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Carbonfree Chemicals, Golden Renewable Energy and ClockIN. (Source: Fortistar, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Forttistar, Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com; TruStar Energy, www,turstarenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortistar,  Methane,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Landfill Gas,  Beacon Energy,  


    EPA Signals No Timeline for Decisions on RFS Exemption Requests (Reg. & Leg.)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Reuters is reporting the EPA's decision relative to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligation small refiner "hardship waiver" may come in late May, although the date remains uncertain.

    Although the DOE has provided their scoring of the exemption requests to EPA relative to the 40 requests that have been received for the 2018 compliance year, the agency has not yet to acted on any of those requests. "No decisions regarding 2018 SREs [small refiner exemptions] have been made," Michael Abboud, a spokesman for the EPA said. "Many aspects of the decisions for exempting individual refineries are based on confidential business information."

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 3 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RFS,  "Hardship Waiver",  Biofuel Bleand,  


    50,000,000 Trees per year for 30 years Needed for UK to Reach Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the UK, according to the Committee on Climate Change(CCC), a stark increase in woodland expansion -- 50,000,000 new trees per year -- is needed in the UK if the country is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The CCC analysis outlines that 32,000 hectares annually of net woodland increase is required for the next 30 years. This moves the UK from 13 pct to 17 pct woodland cover. This equates to a million new hectares of woodland cover, and around 1.5 billion trees. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, May, 2019) Contact: Committee of Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6252, www.theccc.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  Reforestation,  Climate Change,  


    Lamar Univ.Claims $20,000,000 in Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the Lone Star State, Lamar University in Beaumont reports it has reached a $20 million energy savings milestone as a result of its 15-year-long energy efficiency project with energy and sustainability expert, Schneider Electric. To date, this project has generated $21,276,086 million in energy savings and cut campus-wide utility consumption by 43 pct saving on average $1.63 million in annual utility costs.

    The savings came from a wide variety of Schneider Electric implemented measures that improved energy efficiency and enhanced the learning environment, including:

  • Replacing HVAC equipment to increase comfort for staff, faculty and students;
  • Updating hot water heaters, water fixtures and the chiller plant to increase the life of equipment:
  • Installing new energy management systems to decrease staff maintenance time; and
  • Retrofitting campus lighting for a brighter learning environment. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Kate Plourde, 615-739-8342, kate.plourde@schneider-electric.com, www.schneider-electric.com, www.schneider-electric.us.; Lamar University, Dr. Alicen Flosi, Instructor and Director of Sustainability www.lamar.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Ending Woody Biomass Power Gen. Subsidies Urged in UK (Int'l)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and other environmental groups are calling for an end to the government's multi-billion pound subsidy programme for wood-fired electric power generation on the grounds that woody biomass does not fit the government's net-zero GHG by 2050 plan.

    Environmental groups, including to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, have noted that relying on woody biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve climate targets is "misguided" and will prove overly expensive. Biomass power generation reached a record 35.6 TWh in 2018, up by 12 pct year-on-year, according to government statistics.

    The environmental organizations say the UK should rely on genuinely zero-emission renewables like wind, wave, and solar power, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart resources like energy storage, rather than woody biomass power generation. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Renewables,May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Committee on Climate Change ,  


    McLean County Ill. Wind Farms Underway (Ind. Report)
    EDP,Invenergy
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In Illinois, Bright Stalk Wind Farm and McLean County Wind Energy Center (MCWEC), separate developments near Lexington and Chenoa, are reportedly ramping up to full-scale construction, with Bright Stalk to start running first -- possibly this fall.

    Houston-based EDP Renewables North America (EDP) Bright Stalk is expected to cost $348 million and generate up to $2.6 million in local taxes annually. Invenergy's MCWEC project is expected to incorporate between 90 and 100 turbines totaling 250 MW at a cost of approx. $300 million. (Source: Invenergy, Pantagraph, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Invenergy, (309) 365-2777, mcleanwindoutreach@gmail.com, www.mcleancountywind.invenergyllc.com; Brightstalk Wind Farm, (800) 557-5183, updates.brightstalkwindfarm.com, brightstalk@edpr.com

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