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German Q1 Onshore Wind Installations Becalmed (Int'l Report)
FA Wind
Date: 2019-05-01
Fachagentur-Windenergie (FA Wind), the German onshore wind agency, is reporting onshore wind installations in Germany dropped 87 pct in Q1 of 2019. The agency reported only 41 turbines totaling 134MW went online -- 13 pct of the average first quarter performance for between 2016 and 2018 period.

Thirteen Vestas turbines, 11 Enercon, seven Nordex, six Senvion, three ENO Energy and a single Siemens Gamesa model were spread across seven of the country's 16 states, with 13 turbines in the western state of Rhineland Palatinate alone. Eight turbines were part of repowering projects meaning net capacity growth was lower than 134MW.

Out of 730 turbines that won an allocation in 2017, only 35 have been commissioned, five of them in the first three months of 2019. The permitting situation has slightly improved with 111 turbines (413MW) getting the green light in the first quarter, a third more capacity than the average of the same periods of 2017 and 2018. (Source: FA Wind, WindPower, 30 April, 2019) Contact: FA Wind, +49 30 64 494 60-60, www.fachagentur-windenergie.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News FA Wind,  Onshore Wind.Wind,  Germany Wind,  


Orsted Proceeding with Tiawan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
Orsted
Date: 2019-05-01
Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it has taken the final investment decision (FID) on the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm in Taiwan and has inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Taipower.

Changhua 1 and 2a will be located 35-50 kilometers off the coast of Changhua County and will have a capacity of approx. 900MW, enough to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green power. The offshore wind farm will be constructed in 2021 and 2022.

Orsted is the co-owner of Taiwan's first commercial-scale offshore wind project, the 128MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm, which is currently under construction for commissioning by end of 2019. The company operates more than 1,100 offshore wind turbines. Orsted has installed approx. 5.6GW of offshore wind capacity with a further 4.3GW under construction including Changhua 1 and 2a. The company is aiming for a total of 15GW offshore wind capacity world-wide by 2025. (Source: Orsted, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Tesla, SolarCity Slashing Solar Panel Prices 38 pct (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-05-01
Following a reported Q1 slide in solar installations, SolarCity owner Tesla Inc reports it is selling solar panels and related equipment online for up to 38 pct below the national average price, according to New York Times coverage.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems. The company's ballyhooed and long awaited solar roof tiles that unveiled in late 2016 have not yet been produced on a commercial scale. (Source: Tesla, NY Times, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarCity,  Tesla Solar,  Solar Roof,  


African Nations Share Climate-Smart Agriculture Funds (Int'l)
UNDP,Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Date: 2019-05-01
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are reporting the African countries of Zimbabwe, Uganda, Madagascar, eSwatini and Seychelles will share a total of $3.49 in grant funding to support a three-year scale-up of climate change projects aimed at promoting climate aware, conservation farming.

The funds, which will be managed by the UNDP under an agreement signed with Comesa, will support the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices and technologies among farmer co-operatives and schools. The programme is part of COMESA's European Union supported Global Climate Change Action Plus Programme focused on mainstreaming climate change in national policies, strategies and development plans of member states, promoting, supporting, and piloting appropriate adaptation and mitigation projects. (Source: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, The East African, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, www.comesa.int; UNDP, www.undp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDP,  Climate Change,  


O'Rourke Floats Climate Proposal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Beto O'Rourke
Date: 2019-05-01
2020 Dem. presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has released what he's calling "the most ambitious climate plan in the history of the United States and the most comprehensive climate policy proposal put out by any 2020 contender to date."

O'Rourke's proposal calls for halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050 through a program of: executive action; a $5 trillion over 10 years investment in a clean energy transition; and preparing vulnerable communities for the impacts of climate change.

Although the plan is focused on climate and energy -- cutting emissions and creating alternatives -- approximately $3.5 trillion is allocated through tax incentives, loans, and other financing mechanisms for infrastructure, research, resilience, and clean energy deployment. The outlay would be funded by "structural changes to the tax code" that end tax breaks to fossil fuel companies and raise rates on corporations and top earners. Of the remaing $1.5 trillion, $1.2 trillion would go to grants for sustainable housing, transportation, public health, farming, and start-ups.

As opposed to a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, O'Rourke is advocating a legally-binding net-zero emissions standard by 2050. The plan doesn't rule out pricing carbon but instead focuses on setting definitive goal posts. If elected, O'Rourke noted will re-enter the Paris climate agreement, implement rules to cut methane and other "super-potent" GHG emissions, tighten clean air rules, ramp up appliance efficiency standards, demand clean energy procurement from federal contractors, and end new fossil fuel leases on public lands. (Source: Vox, Various Media, 30 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  Methane,  Clean Air,  


ERM Offers Small Customer Renewables Deals (Int'l Report)
ERM Power
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Land Down Under, business electric power retailer ERM Power reports it is inviting wind and solar farm developers to offer short-term electricity supply from their projects to support its launch of a new product the would offer renewable power purchase agreements (PPA) to smaller customers unwilling to lock into a 10- or 15-year contract or lacking the internal resources to negotiate their own deal.

Under its new offering, ERM will match-up supply on offer from wind and solar power ventures in NSW and Victoria States with the demands of energy users looking to source a part of their supply from renewables. Customers would pay an agreed upon fixed price for renewable energy over three years, sourcing 5 pct -- 10 pct of their power from that source. The customer can choose their level of participation in increments of 5 pct. Additionally, ERM will aggregate multiple business customers to gain access to large PPAs, giving smaller commercial energy users access to the terms normally available only to larger customers. (Source: ERM Power, Aust. Financial Review. 29 April, 2019) Contact: ERM Power, David Guiver, Wholesale Markets, www.ermpower.com.au

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


Azure Power Commissions 150 MW Indian Solar Project (Int'l Report)
Azure Power
Date: 2019-05-01
In New Delhi, Indian solar power specialist Azure Power reports commissioning of a 150 MW solar power plant in Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan. This section is the first phase of 200 MWs allocated to Azure Power by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Government of India enterprise. Azure Power will supply power to SECI under a 25-yera PPA.

With this project commissioned, Azure Power has 1600 MWs of high-quality operational solar assets. In 2015, Azure developed the first-ever SECI solar power plant in the state of Rajasthan, which was also the largest solar power project under India's National Solar Mission at the time of its commissioning. (Source: Azure Power, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Azure Power, Inderpreet Wadhwa, CEO, Samitla Subba, +91-11-4940-9854, pr@azurepower.com, www.azurepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Azure Power,  Solar,  India Solar,  


GBCA Upgrades Building Green Star Ratings (Int'l. Report)
Green Building Council of Australia
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Land Down Under, with more than 2250 projects under its belt the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) reports it is evolving its Green Star rating system and encouraging the built environment to achieve greater energy savings and net-zero carbon emissions.

To that end, GBCA is honing in on carbon emissions to encourage a net-zero carbon future for the built environment, harnessing renewable energy and low-emissions technologies, offset and/or reduce the use of fossil fuels in buildings, and encouraging building developers and owners a to consider a building's total energy and environmental impact. For example, new credits will encourage a holistic approach to address and minimize a building's impact on neighboring buildings. (Source: Green Building Council Australia, InfraStructure, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News GBCA,  Green Star,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Council of Australia ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


CO2 Solutions Completes Que. Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions Inc
Date: 2019-05-01
Following up on our 15th March report, Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions Inc. is reporting completion, commissioning and successful operation of its first commercial carbon capture unit.

The project, with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc., and Serres Toundra Inc., deployed a 30-tpd CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment at the RFP pulp mill in Saint-Felicien, Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the Serres Toundra greenhouse facility. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Gas World, 30 April, 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 Inc.,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


High Prairie Wind Farm Plans Advancing in Mo. (Ind. Report)
Terra-Gen,Ameren Missouri,Wind
Date: 2019-05-01
Following up on our 21st May, 2018 coverage, the planned construction of the 175-turbine High Prairie Wind Farm Project in northeast Missouri's Adair and Schuyler counties are reportedly moving forward.

Last May, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the wind farm, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the state. Terra-Gen will develop, finance and construct the project which upon completion will be purchased by Ameren Missouri, subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Ameren Missouri, KTVO, 29 April, 2019)Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri; Terra-Gen, www.terra-gen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Terra-Gen,  Wind,  


Princeton Planning Zero GHG Emissions by 2046 (Ind. Report)
Princeton University
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Garden State, Princeton University is touting its new Sustainability Action Plan targeting GHG emissions reductions and the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2046.

To that end, the 300 year old private Ivy League research university aims to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2046 by eliminating fossil fuel combustion, expanding solar power generation on campus, converting from a natural gas-fueled campus steam system to a heating hot water system; energy-efficiency improvements; and investigating long-term fuel alternatives.

The school also plans to reduce water usage; expand high-performance storm water management; increase sustainable transportation options; reduce waste and expand sustainable purchasing; design and develop responsibly; and improve natural ecosystems on campus. (Source: Princeton University, Energy Manager, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Princeton, www.princeton.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero Emissions,  


EPA Urged to Reconsider E15 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2019-05-01
NMMA, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) have joined forces in opposition to the EPA's proposal to allow year-round sale of E15 gasoline:

"We are not fighting against year-round E15 sales just for fun -- we oppose EPA's reckless proposal because it will increase the availability of a fuel that destroys marine engines and jeopardizes the safety of boaters," said NMMA senior VP of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros. "With more than three in five Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products, it is clear that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to effectively protect consumers from a fuel deemed so dangerous that its federally prohibited from being used in countless consumer products. And the last thing the government should do is pump more E15 into the fuel supply. Instead of jamming through a policy that almost nobody likes, EPA should focus on preventing consumers from misfueling -- including better labeling and stronger safeguards at the pump.

"EPA's decision to expand the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense. It is clearly contrary to the law and it reverses nearly 30 years of statutory interpretation from the agency. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems -- potentially leaving Americans with expensive car repair bills as a result of bad policy from Washington. In fact, nearly three out of four vehicles on the road today were not designed for E15." said API VP of downstream and industry operations Frank Macchiarola.

"To make matters worse, the agency's proposed changes to the RINs market could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, fuel producers who have complied with the law and have already made capital investments and business decisions based on the existing RFS and RINs program will be faced with uncertainty and a moving goal post." (Source: American Petroleum Institute, NMMA, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  American Petroleum Institute,  E15,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Biofuel,  


April's US Green Energy Expected to Best Coal Production (Ind Report)
Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis
Date: 2019-05-01
According to the Cleveland, Ohio-headquatered Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA), April is projected to see renewable energy produce 2.322 million megawatt-hours per day, while coal will produce 1.997 million megawatt-hours.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal tweeted "For the first time in history, we now have enough solar and wind installed in the US to generate more electricity from renewables than from coal." (Source: Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, IFL Science, April, 2019) Contact: Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, Sandy Buchanan, Exec. Dir., 216-688-3457 www.ieefa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Coal,  Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis,  


Hawkeye State Ag Sec. Supports Year-Round E15 (Ind. Report)
E15
Date: 2019-05-01
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig submitted the following comments in support of the US EPA's proposed changes to E15 fuel-blend regulations to allow year-round sales of E15:

"The Iowa renewable fuels industry accounts for more than $5 billion (roughly 3 pct) of Iowa's GDP, generating $2.5 billion of income for Iowa households and supporting almost 50,000 jobs throughout the state. Year-round access to E15 represents a long-overdue step toward creating a truly competitive fuel market, where cleaner, lower-cost biofuel blends are available to all consumers. This means stronger markets for farm families across Iowa who have been struggling with ongoing low commodity prices and trade tensions." Naig said.

"In addition to allowing year-round sales of E15, the EPA's proposed regulatory changes would modify certain elements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance system to improve the renewable identification number (RIN) market." Iowa is expected to have nearly 1,000 E-15 pumps at 200 stations statewide by the end of 2019. (Source: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, Crop Life, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, Mike Naig, Sec., (515) 281-5321, www.IowaAgriculture.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  E15,  


ABFA Acts Against Additional EPA "Hardship Waivers" (Reg. & Leg.)
Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2019-05-01
Further to our 11 March coverage, on April 24th, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABA) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler from granting additional small refinery "hardship waivers" until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against EPA.

"Since EPA began granting these additional exemptions behind closed doors, we have seen devastating market impacts and dropping prices for renewable identification numbers (RINs). We need to stop the bleeding and prevent EPA from ABFA's lawsuit against EPA challenges its methodology for granting these exemptions, arguing the agency more than doubled the number of exempted refineries by illegally changing its petition review process behind closed doors," said ABFA Pres. Michael McAdams.

"Administrator Wheeler has indicated his intention to move forward on decisions for as many as 39 additional exemptions this year. ABFA cannot stand by while EPA unilaterally and illegally undermines the integrity of the RFS program. These new exemptions provide a financial windfall to refineries at the expense of biofuel producers and distributors. EPA is punishing the parties who have worked to increase the amount of renewable fuel blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply as Congress intended by enacting the RFS first in 2005 and expanding it in 2007.

"For the first time since the inception of the RFS, we are seeing reductions in U.S. renewable fuel blending, and EPA's actions are to blame. Until the court is able to rule on the merits of ABFA's pending lawsuit, the agency should be prevented from taking further action."

"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: Advanced Biofuels Association, 30 April, 2019)Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News "Hardship Waiver",  Advanced Biofuels Association ,  


Black Carbon Emissions Underestimated (Ind. Report, R&D)
Blabk Carbon
Date: 2019-05-01
Although researchers have developed several historical inventories of black carbon (soot) emissions, new US EPA research suggests that U.S. soot emissions were 80 pct higher during the late 20th century than previously indicated.

In particular, the researchers determined that the emissions from several key sources -- pre-1980 residential boilers and heating stoves, specific off-road engines, and heavy-duty diesel and light-duty gasoline-powered vehicles assembled prior to 1970 -- should be increased significantly.

According to the research, between 1960 and 1980, the updated U.S. emissions totaled approximately 690 gigagrams per year in 1960 and 620 gigagrams per year a decade later. The revised inventory also exhibits a decreasing trend through 1980 that is not apparent in earlier reports. (Source: EPA, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Carbon,  


Energy Efficiency Specialist Redaptive Opens in Denver (Ind Report)
Redaptive
Date: 2019-05-01
Energy efficiency as a service provider Redaptive is reporting the opening of an office in Denver, Colorado where it has 20 projects.

Redpative offers energy efficiency as a service, covering all the upfront costs. The company designs the project, pays for the equipment and construction, maintains the equipment and monitors the building's systems to verify the energy savings which, according to the ACEEE can save up to 25 pct in energy costs.

The company presently manages over 1,300 sites, covering more than 100 million square-feet of commercial and industrial facilities in 44 states, according to the company. (Source: Redaptive, Denver Post, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Redaptive, (415) 413-0445, www.redaptive.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Redaptive,  Energy Efficiency,  


NORESC, Keesler AFB Ink Energy Savings Contract (Ind. Report)
NORESCO
Date: 2019-05-01
Westborough, Mass.-based energy efficiency specialist NORESCO reports it is implementing self-funding facility improvements at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB) in Biloxi, Mississippi, through a $32.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC).

The project, contracted through DLA Energy and in collaboration with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, will help the base advance resiliency, security and renewable energy usage while reducing deferred maintenance and energy costs.

The scope of work includes: a 1.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array; chiller plant optimization controls; outdated building controls replacement; installation of 30,000 LED light fixtures; and others. The project also includes oversight of the controls and maintenance of the PV array throughout the contract term. (Source: NORESCO, PR 30 April, 2019) Contact: Noresco, www.noresco.com; Keesler AFB, www.keesler.af.mil

More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO,  Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quote from Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-01
"Energy efficiency is key to Canada's transition to a clean energy future." -- Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, Natural Resources Canada Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca; www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  


CDN Energy Efficiency Labor Force to Add 36,000 (Ind. Report)
ECO Canada
Date: 2019-05-01
According to Calgary-headquartered ECO Canada's recently release Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada report, the country's energy efficiency goods and services sector directly employed an estimated 436,000 permanent workers in 2018 and is poised to add more than 36,000 jobs in 2019.

These workers were employed across approximately 51,000 businesses within Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, Professional & Business Services, Utilities and Other Services and industries generating a total of $82.6 billion (Canadian) in revenue in 2018.

The report released by is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada and offers a comprehensive breakdown of revenue, employment figures, hiring challenges and this year's outlook by industry. In 2018, the industry employed over 287,000 workers across 39,000 establishments.

Access the Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada report HERE. (Source: ECO Canada, Renewable Energy, 30 April, 2019) Contact: ECO Canada, Keith Nilsen, CEO, 403-233-0748, www.eco.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ECO Canada,  


Marquis Energy Shelves $500Mn Ill. Ethanol Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
Marquis Energy
Date: 2019-05-01
Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy LLc has reportedly abandoned plans to invest $500 million to construct an ethanol plant in Scott County, Illinois.

The company cited "trade uncertainty" and Illinois' "anti-business and high tax policies" as well as labor wage legislation for its decision. (Source: Marquis Energy, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Illinois News Network, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Marquis Energy, Mark Marquis, CEO, Tom Marquis, VP, (815) 925-7300, inquiries@marquisenergy.com, www.marquisenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marquis Energy,  Ethanol,  


EPA Stalls on RFS "Hardship Waiver" Transparency (Ind. Report)
RFS
Date: 2019-05-01
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA has suspended work on its plan -- as announced on 12 April -- to publish the names of refineries granted "hardship waiver" exemptions from federal biofuels law after receiving blowback from the White House and parts of the oil industry.

The EPA currently does not name companies that apply for or receive the waivers, arguing the information is confidential. The corn industry wants that changed because it believes profitable companies are securing waivers, which is hurting farmers. Small refineries owned by profitable oil majors like ExxonMobil and Chevron are among those that have gotten waivers since 2017, according to the Reuters report.

"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: Yahoo Finance, Reuters, 30 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship Waiver",  Ethanol Blend,  


$40Mn Mass. Energy Efficiency Partnership Announced (Funding)
Gov. Charlie Baker
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Bay State, the office of Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has announced a three-year, $40 million energy efficiency partnership with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Eversource and National Grid.

The partnership aims to cut energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, improve lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by 7 pct -- 30 million kWh annually -- and save MBTA $2.7 million in energy costs while eliminating 10,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions.

The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in the projects which include new lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.

The Nass. Department Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $3.5 million in funding while Eversource and National Grid provide and estimate $9 million in cost cutting incentives. (Source: Framingham Source, 30 April, 2019) Contact:Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Gov. Charlie Baker,  DOER,  


New Energy Risk Backs $260Mn Plastics-to-Fuel Plant (Ind. Report)
RES Polyflow,Brightmark Energy,
Date: 2019-04-29
Menlo Park, California-headquartered New Energy Risk, the leader in customized insurance solutions for renewable technology projects, reports it has provided RES Polyflow, a leading plastics-to-fuel technology company, with a performance insurance program for its ground-breaking Ashley, Indiana plant -- the country's first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel project.

When fully operational, the facility will convert 100,000 tpy of plastic into 18 million gpy of fuel and 6 million gpy of wax. By working with New Energy Risk (NER), RES Polyflow has reduced the overall cost of project capital, increased the certainty of execution, and made the bond offering more attractive to investors.

RES Polyflow and its San Francisco-based parent development company, Brightmark Energy, raised an aggregate amount of $260 million, including $185 million in Indiana green bonds, underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co. To streamline the financing, the companies approached NER, an affiliate of the global reinsurance group AXA XL, a division of AXA, to design a custom performance insurance policy that would mitigate technology risk for financiers interested in investing in this revolutionary project and the company's process that can convert 500,000 tpy of waste into 50 million gpy of biofuel .

The Indiana plant superheats and then converts plastic into ultra-low sulfur diesel and naphtha blend stocks, as well as commercial grade wax. (Source: AXA XL, PR, 23 April, 2019) Contact: AXA AL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, (650) 204-4279, contact@newenergyrisk.com, www.newenergyrisk.com; Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, (415) 689-8395, info@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com; RES Polyflow, www,respolyflow.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark Energy,  RES Polyflow,  Plastic-to-Fuel,  


Tesla Report Benchmarks Company-Wide Carbon Impact (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2019-04-29
As part of its inaugural sustainability report, electric vehicle and energy storage industry leader Tesla has revealed its carbon impact but has not yet set specific targets to bring down its energy usage or carbon emissions.

According to the report, Tesla Tesla noted it is directly and indirectly responsible for 282,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions across its facilities, energy operations, logistics and charging network, according to its baseline 2017 data. Tesla previously promised to run its operations on 100 percent renewable energy at some undetermined future date.

Download the full Tesla report HERE. (Source: Tesla, April, 2019) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Impact,  


Quantum Fuel, QBI Announce Calif. Biogas Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Quantum Fuel
Date: 2019-04-29
Ventura, California-based alternative fuel systems provider Quantum Fuel Systems reports it has partnered with Quantitative BioSciences (QBI) on a new dairy biogas project in Modesto, California.

Under the agreement, QBI will purchase Quantum's newest ten Virtual Pipeline trailers for use in the biogas facility funded by the California Energy Commission. The project is being developed by QBI and Fiscalini Cheese Company, and will result in the construction of a biofuels production facility to purify and compress biomethane from anaerobic digesters into transportation fuel. When fully operational, the he project is expected to produce 450 diesel gallon equivalent of CNG per day, According the Quantum, (Source; Quantum Fuel Systems, BioiEnergy Insights, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Quantum Fuel Systems, Mark Arnold, Pres., 805-308-6067, www.qtww.com; Quantitative BioSciences Inc., Natalie Cookson, CEO, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quantitative-biosciences-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  Niomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  CNG,  


UK BEIS Planning Building Energy Efficiency Consultation (Int'l)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2019-04-29
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it will launch a consultation aimed at identifying actions that would drive improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the commercial built environment sector.

According to the BEIS release, around 60 pct of the built sector is rented, creating barriers to improve energy efficiency due to complex contracts between landlords and commercial tenants which often clash with the ownership, maintenance and long lifetimes of technological improvements. Roughly 40 pct of the UK's carbon emissions come from energy consumed in buildings, according to the release. BEIS estimates a 20 pct cut in building emissions will reduce energy costs for businesses by £6 billion, £2.7 billion of which will be saved by SMEs, with a new energy efficiency targeting scheme set to be introduced to assist smaller businesses. The government's Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect on 1st April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The new rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has an inefficient Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. (Source: UK BEIS, edie News, 25 April 2019, Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk,www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Energy Efficiency ,  


UAE-Carib. Renewable Energy Fund Supports Caribbean Solar (Int'l)
UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
Date: 2019-04-29
The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) is reporting funding for three solar power projects in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The $50 million UAE-CREF is a partnership between the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar). The fund is the largest renewable energy initiative of its kind in the region,

The three projects, all of which broke ground in November, 2019, will deliver 2.35MW of solar and 637kWh of battery storage capacity, while displacing more than 2.6 million tpy of CO2 and saving over 895,000 lpy, worth about $1.1 million, in diesel fuel.

The UAE-CREF was launched in 2017 and intends to deploy renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean countries in three cycles to reduce energy costs, increase energy access, and enhance climate resilience. UAE foreign aid for renewable energy projects now totals almost $1 billion since 2013, supporting more than 40 countries. (Source: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, PR, April, 2019) Contact: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnership/?p=14199

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Calif. Eateries Adding Climate Change Surcharge (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax,Perennial Farming Initiative
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Golden State, a new program created as a collaboration with the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the California Food and Agricultural Department and the not-for-profit Perennial Farming Initiative gives California restaurants the option to adhere to the voluntary Restore California Renewable Restaurant program and add a voluntary 1 pct surcharge-carbon tax to diners' bills as part of the fight against climate change. The extra money will go to support environmentally friendly farming practices. (Source: The Hill, NY Post, Various Media, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Perennial Farming Initiative, www.perennialfarming.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CARB,  Carbon Tax,  


ADM Planning Three Ethanol Plant Spinoff (Ind. Report, M&A)
Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2019-04-29

Last Friday, Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) reported it may spin off three large dry mill ethanol plants after the unsuccessful search for a buyer came up empty. ADM's move is being seen as a sign of the industry's troubles with U.S. President Trump's punitive tariffs and trade wars, thin margins, overproduction, and the motoring public's growing love affair with electric vehicles and fuel efficient vehicles, all of which is forcing the biofuels industry to seek new markets -- such as China -- for their overproduction.

Last week, U.S. ethanol production hit 1.05 million bpd, highest in at least five years seasonally, and inventories climbed to 22.75 million barrels, not far from the record of 24.45 million hit in March, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: ADM, Reuters, Grainews, 26 April, 2019) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland ,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Junction Solar Seeks 100-MW Solar Farm Permitting (Ind. Report)
Junction Solar LLC
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Land of Lincoln, Junction Solar LLC is seeking permitting and regulatory approval from Lee County for construction of a 100-MW solar farm in Alto and Reynolds townships. If constructed, the 760-acre facility would generate sufficient power for as many as 20,000 homes.

Junction Solar would be developed by Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, which also owns the 13,000 acre Green River Wind Farm in Lee and Whiteside counties. The proposal is slated for the County Zoning Board agenda later this week. If approved, the project could break ground as early as spring 2020 for completion with 6 months. (Source; Junction Solar LLC, saukvalley.com, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Junction Solar LLC, Geronimo Energy, Lee County, www.leecountyil.com; Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com

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EPA Says Brace for Climate Change Impacts (Report Attached)
EPA
Date: 2019-04-29
In Washington, the US EPA has released a 150-page report in the Federal Register on coping with the fallout from climate change related natural disasters and how to address the debris left in the wake of floods, hurricanes and wildfires.

Various recent studies have identified how climate change is already affecting the U.S. and the globe -- regional temperatures have increased by almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1970s, early snow-melts extending the fire season by three months and quintupling the number of large fires. Another EPA co-authored paper found that unless the U.S. slashes carbon emissions, climate change will probably cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars annually by 2100.

Download the EPA report HERE. (Source: EPA, Washington Post, 27 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigarion,  EPA,  


B.C. Ups Energy Efficiency, Emissions Cutting Incentives (Ind. Report)
BC,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-04-29
In Victoria, the NDP government of British Columbia Premier John Horgan reports its Better Buildings program is increasing incentives and rebates to as much as $20,000 per project to help homeowners and businesses save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan allows for $14,100 for a home and $220,000 for a commercial business to make the energy-saving changes. The program is aimed at encouraging the switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and improve building envelopes, which include walls, windows, roofs and foundations.

The incentives aim to help replace fossil fuel heating systems with electric air-source heat pumps, improve insulation, encourage upgrades to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and install more windows and doors that minimize heat loss. (Source: BC News, 26 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives ,  


40,000 LEDs Slated for Chicago Smart Lighting Rollout (Ind. Report)
Amerseco,Chicago Department of Transportation
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Windy City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reporting the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) will install new 40,000 new energy efficient LED lights in portions of the far South Side, Near West Side and North Side. Installations in the current phase will be continuing through to August, when the City expects to reach the halfway point of the four-year project. The mayor previously noted a switch to longer-lived, energy efficient LED lighting could save the city as much as $100 million over 10 years.

The modernization is being implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) in coordination with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) and the Department of Innovation and Technology. The contracted programme is being implemented by Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco. (Source: City of Chicago, Construction Index, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chicago Department of Transportation, (312) 744-3600, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdot.html

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


L.A. City Departments Slash GHG Emissions 40 pct (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles
Date: 2019-04-29
In its first municipal report specific to climate change and carbon emissions, the City of Los Angeles is reporting that by the end of 2017, the city had reduced its operational emissions by 40 pct relative to its 2008 baseline. The report, which analyzed 2017 compared with the baseline year 2008, found that the emission reductions puts the city eight years ahead of the Sustainable City Plan 2025 target of 35 pct reduction from 2008 levels.

In response to the progress, the city has established new targets to reduce its emissions by 55 pct from 2008 levels by 2025 and to be carbon-neutral by 2045.

The report was a collaborative effort between LA Sanitation and other city departments. (Source: LA City News Service, 28 April, 2019)

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Offshore Wind Developers to Invest $4.5M in RI (Ind. Report)
University of Rhode Island
Date: 2019-04-29
Following up on our Jan. 15th coverage, Orsted and Eversource, the co-owners of the proposed 50-turbine, 400-MW Revolution Wind farm planned for the waters south of Martha's Vineyard, report they are investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the offshore wind industry -- subject to licenses being accepted.

Of the total $4.5 million, the University of Rhode Island will receive $3 million for research and education and the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. and the nation's labor department may use $1.5 million for industry related training programs. Building could begin in Rhode Island in 2020 with operations by 2023. (Source: Orsted, TKB TeckKnowBits, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Jeff Grybowski, Co-CEO, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Eversource, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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Port of Seattle Unveils HQ Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Port of Seattle
Date: 2019-04-29
The Port of Seattle in Washington State is touting the installation on top of 390 ITEK monocrystalline solar panels on the roof of its headquarters at Pier 69.

The project, which generates over 127,000 kWh annually, was jointly funded by the Port of Seattle and a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The installation was completed by Puget Sound Solar. (Source: Port of Seattle, Cruise Industry News, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Port of Seattle, www.portseattle.org; Puget Sound Solar, (206) 706-1931, www.pugetsoundsolar.com

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India to Install 54.7 GW Wind Capacity by 2022 (Int'l Report)
Fitch Solutions Macro Research
Date: 2019-04-29
On the Sub-Continent, New Delhi-based Fitch Solutions Macro Research reports India is likely to install 54.7 GW of wind capacity by 2022 against the previously 60-GW target set by the government.

India has targeted the installation of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power. The agency also said it believes that concerns about the economic viability of low tariff projects from India's wind capacity auctions raise the risk that investor appetite will weaken and auctions will be postponed.

According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in December 2018, the country seeks to tender a total 20 GW of wind capacity by March 2020, with two year implementation deadlines, in order to facilitate enough growth to meet the expansion targets. (Source: Fitch Solutions Macro Research, Deccan Chronicle, PTI, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Fitch Solutions Macro Research, www.fitchsolutions.com/macro/intelligence

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NYSERDA Open for Clinton Community Solar Subscribers (Ind, Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports its Solar for Al program is seeking community solar subscribers in Clinton County. The Solar for All program offers eligible homeowners and renters the opportunity to access and subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees.

Under the program, energy is delivered through the participant's regular electric provider, while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills, according to a NYSERDA release.

Solar for All is administered by NYSERDA under NY-Sun, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $1 billion initiative to advance the scale up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable self sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York state has increased more than 1,500 pct and leveraged nearly $3.5 billion in private investments, the release added. (Source: NYSERDA, Press Republican, 27 April, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA Solar for All, www.nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall; Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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Big Ox Biogas Production Halted for "Digester Repairs" (Ind. Report)
Big Ox Energy,Green Energy Partners
Date: 2019-04-29
Last week in the Badger State, Denmark, Wisconsin-based Green Energy Partners Inc. subsidiary Big Ox Energy announced it was temporarily suspending biogas production operations in order to make repairs to "damaged digesters."

In reporting the Big Ox shutdown, the Sioux City Journal noted the company owes more than $3 million to the city of Sioux City and has reached out to vendors and suppliers to set up payment plans for outstanding bills. The paper also noted the company's permit to send pre-treated wastewater to Sioux City's regional wastewater treatment plant expires tomorrow, 30 April, and the city has not yet agreed to the company's renewal request. In addition, billing records show that the city has billed Big Ox more than $3.5 million in wastewater fees, fines and late fees since June, when Big Ox stopped making monthly payments. Big Ox also has outstanding sewer, electric and water rates and reportedly missed payments to area vendors.

The company has not indicated when it expects to resume methane production. (Source: Big Ox, Sioux City Journal, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Big Ox Energy, Kevin Bradley, Dir. Bus. Dev., (844) 491-1953, info@bigoxenergy.com, www.bicoxenergy.com

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San Antonio Website Tracks City's Sustainability effort (Ind Report)
San Antonio
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Lone Star State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is touting its recently launched www.sasustainability.com website. The site provides detailed information, statistics, goals, and the city's progress on dealing with climate change, natural resources, renewable energy, green buildings, infrastructure, energy efficiency and related issues.

The website, which received over 1,800 posts last week, will evolve and eventually include more information about steps the municipal government is taking toward community goals and help San Antonio taxpayers hold the city accountable. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 28 April, 2019) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Doug Melnick, (210) 207-6103, www.sanantonio.gov/sustainability; San Antonio Sustainability www.sasustainability.com/home

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Melting Arctic Permafrost Impact Costs Pegged at $70tn (Int'l)
Methane
Date: 2019-04-26
A study of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Espoo has found that the release of methane and CO2 from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the worlds climate bill.

The study authors contend their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo -- a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed -- based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise.

The study notes that on the current trajectory of at least 3 degree C of warming by the end of the century, melting permafrost is expected to discharge up to 280 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and 3 gigatonnes of methane, which is 10 to 20 times more damaging to the the afmosphere than carbon dioxide. This would increase the global climate-driven impacts by $70 trillion between now and 2300, the report concludes. (Source: VIT, Weekened Leader, 22 April, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, +358 20 722 111, +358 20 722 7001 - fax., www.vttresearch.com

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Air Liquide, Houpu Enter China Hydrogen Distribution JV (Int'l)
Air Liquide
Date: 2019-04-26
Air Liquide and Shanghai-headquartered clean energy refueling equipment and related services provider Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding co., Ltd are confirming their joint venture agreement for the development, production and distribution of hydrogen refilling stations for fuel cell EVs as well as other related projects in China.

The JV will combine Air Liquide's global technological expertise in clean hydrogen mobility solutions with Houpu's leadership in the production and construction of natural gas refilling stations on the Chinese market.

Air Liquide operates nearly 90 plants in China. (Source: Air Liquide, PR, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Air Liquide, Francois Darchis, Senior Vice-President, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding Co., en.hqhop.com

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Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-04-26
"The international community needs more political will to undertake climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate finance activities. We are losing the race for climate change, which could be a disaster for Africa and the world. Africa will pay even higher price because of the dramatic impact in the continent even though Africa doesn't contribute much to the warming of the planet." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the 32nd ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). (Source: IANS, April, 2019)

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


Washington Metro Transit Rolls Out Energy Consumption, Emissions Cutting Measures (Ind. Report)
Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit
Date: 2019-04-26
In the nation's capitol, the Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit (WMATA) is touting it plan to become the greenest public transportation system in the country by cutting its energy use and carbon emissions to a degree equivalent to removing 35,000 cars off the road per year.

To that end WMATA is undertaking a program the includes: changing every single light bulb in the system to LED bulbs; capturing and storing the energy given off when trains brake (regenerative braking); incorporating solar energy where possible; cutting bus idling time to reduce fuel costs and cut emissions; purchase electric buses as needed; and other measures. . (Source: WMATA, NBC Universal, 22 April, 2019) Contact: WMATA, Rachel Healy, Sustainability Director, www.wmata.com

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Siemens Gamesa Turbines Slated for EDF U.S. Projects (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables,Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-04-26
EDF Renewables North America reports it has ordered turbines totaling 487 MW from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA for two wind projects in the US states of Texas and New Mexico.

Forty-eight Siemens Gamesa SG 4.5-145 turbines will be delivered to the Coyote wind project in Scurry County, Texas. The project is slated for commissioning and startup in mid-summer, 2020.

Siemens Gamesa will also supply 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 turbines for the 246-MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico, which is scheduled for startup before the end of 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables North America, Renewables, 25 April, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind Turbines,  Siemens Gamesa,  


ABA Asks Court to Quash EPA RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg. & Leg.)
Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2019-04-26
According to a recent brief filed by attorneys on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABA) in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit court in Washington, the US EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify.

The suit contends the EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn't meet the minimum U.S. DOE score to qualify, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners' parent companies when considering waiver requests. The brief also noted the agency considered small-refiners' operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits, without looking at revenue the refiners would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Accordingly, the ABA suit asked the court to declare the EPA's methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship "unlawful" and to strike down the agency's economic "hardship" policy.

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: ABA, DTN, April, 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association,  "hardship Waiver: RFS,  


Communications Giant Aims for 2035 Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Verizon
Date: 2019-04-26
NYC-headquartered telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. is touting it plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 through a program of direct emissions reduction, the purchase of renewable energy, carbon offsets and other measures. For 2025, Verizon aims for a 50 pct carbon intensity reduction.

The company aims to neutralise its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions -- all direct sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon, the main ones being fuel to power fleet, heat buildings and power back-up generators. Scope 2 concerns indirect emissions sources generated off-site but purchased by Verizon.

As previously reported, in February, Verizon launched a $1-billion green bond to fund both new and existing environmentally friendly investments. (Source: Verizon, Renewables, 24 April, 2019) Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.linkedin.com/in/james-gowen-6b4619143, www.verizon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verizon,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


US Ethanol Exports Up 23 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Ethanol
Date: 2019-04-26
In Washington, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting US ethanol exports jumped by 23 pct in 2018 reaching 112,000 bpd, up from a previous record high of 91,000 bpd in 2017.

According to the EIA, at 33,000 bpd Brazil was the top market for US ethanol, followed by Canada at approximately 23,000 bpd while India ranked third, receiving 10,000 bpd of US ethanol followed by South Korea and the Netherlands. (Source: US EIA, 25 April, 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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Ontario Kills Reforestation-Carbon Sequestration Program (Ind. Report)
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Date: 2019-04-26
At Queen's Park in Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reports it is cancelling the government's $4.7-million per year 50 Million Tree Program as part of it budgetary restraint effort. According to the industry group Forests Ontario, more than 27 million trees have been planted across Ontario through the reforestation-carbon sequestration program since 2008.

Forests Ontario notes about 40 pct forest cover is needed to ensure forest sustainability. The average coverage in southern Ontario is 26 pct with some areas hovering at 5 pct. (Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Canadian Press, National Post, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, 800-667-1940, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry; Forests Ontario, (416) 646-1193, www.forestsontario.ca

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