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Climate Change
Date: 2019-04-22
"We are taking real action on climate change. By pricing pollution, supporting energy-efficiency measures, and investing in our forests and in new infrastructure to manage waste, British Columbians can be proud that their governments are creating the tools needed so that everyone can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas pollution." -- The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, www.facebook.com/McKenna.Ottawa

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Ottawa Supports BC's Forest Carbon Initiative (Funding)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-04-22
In Ottawa, the Gov. of Canada Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, reports the feds are contributing $140 million in federal support for the province of British Columbia's Forest Carbon Initiative PLUS $10 million i for the new Organics Infrastructure Program to fight climate change.

The Forest Carbon Initiative aims to reforest areas lost to forest fires across British Columbia and implement best practices that support healthy, resilient, and productive forests. The program will reduce emissions and sequester carbon by diverting organic material from landfills. The total investment between 2017-2018 and 2018 -- 2019 was approximately $50 million, and planned investment for 2019 -- 2020 is almost $70 million.

The Organics Infrastructure Program will help the province achieve its target of reducing municipal-solid-waste disposal to 350 kg per capita by reducing organic waste that goes to landfills. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canad, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Sabrina Kim, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, (819) 743-7138, sabrina.kim2@canada.ca, www.ec.gc.ca

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Austin Energy Paying $460Mn for Waste Woody Biomass Plant (M&A)
Austin Energy
Date: 2019-04-22
Austin Energy said the new facility will help them save $275 million in additional costs over the remaining term of a 20-year power purchase agreement. In the Lone Star State, Austin Energy reports it will will be acquiring a wood waste biomass-fueled power plant in Nacogdoches from Southern Power for $460 million.

Austin Energy is aiming to provide 65 pct of its customers' energy needs through renewable resources by 2027. In 2018, Austin Energy sourced 28 pct of energy from renewables, accoding to the company. (Source: Austin Energy, Statesman, KVUE, 18 April, 2019)Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400, www.austinenergy.com

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Double-Headed Floating Wind Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
EnerOcean
Date: 2019-04-22
In Spain, Malaga-headquartered EnerOcean S.L. is touting its W2Power floating turbine, a 1:6 scale prototype of which which is slated for sea-testing beginning next month. The prototype, generating just 200kW of power, is expected to pave the way for massive future turbines generating 10-12MW each.

According to developer EnerOcean, "The W2Power solution offers greater power generation without the need to increase the use of steel in the construction of the platform, thus becoming the lowest cost floating solution for the generation of wind energy in deep waters." Depending upon the prototype's success, EnerOcean S.L. foresees a 300-MW marine offshore wind farm by 2025. (Source: EnerOcean S.L., Olive Press, April, 2019) Contact: EnerOcean S.L., www.enerocean.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerOcean ,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  


REBNY Offers Energy-Efficiency, Sustainability Program (Ind Report)
Real Estate Board of New York
Date: 2019-04-22
In th Big Apple, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) trade association reports it will launch an energy efficiency and sustainability education program designed specifically for licensed real estate agents and salespeople. Attendees will learn about market demand for sustainability, financial benefits of energy-efficient buildings for landlords and tenants, and how environmental policies impact commercial transactions.

The $40 continuing education program will be taught by trained instructors from the Institute for Market Transformation in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Environmental Defense Fund and other groups. Agents can learn (Source: REBNY, Crain's New York Business, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Real Estate Board of New York, John Banks, Pres., (212) 532-3100, www.rebny.com

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Va. Board Votes to Limit CO2, Join RGGI (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
RGGI, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Date: 2019-04-22
Following up on our 19 Dec., 2019 report, in Richmond, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Air Pollution Control Board is reporting its approval of a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The plan that would reduce GHG emissions in the Old Dominion State by 30 pct between 2020 and 2030.

The DEQ also approved the state's proposed joining of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) aimed at cutting carbon emissions through a cap and trade program. New Jersy was a founding member of RGGI. Present membership includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Action Fund, Blue Virginia, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Air Pollution Control Board,(804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; RGGI, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  CO2 Emissions,  


Net-Zero Energy Apt Community Opens in Schenectady (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,New Buildings Institute
Date: 2019-04-22
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting completion of the first phase of the 248-unit Solara Apartments complex in Schenectady County. The multifamily project is built to net-zero construction standards and will benefit tenants with energy-efficient technologies and affordable, predictable living costs and services that include:
  • networked smart building controls;

  • solar carports to cover residents’ vehicles and charge them too (free of charge):

  • solar thermal panels that use the sun's energy to heat water for the domestic hot water system;

  • solar shades on the windows and larger windows on the southern facing sides of the buildings to capture more solar energy;

  • smart home technologies such as keyless entry, control of locks, lights and other compatible devices;

  • premium GE EnergyStar appliances, all LED lighting, EPA Indoor Air Plus certification which requires use of low/no VOC materials and finishes, continuous fresh-air ventilation with smart controls that regulate humidity and monitor carbon dioxide and VOC levels.

    According to a New Buildings Institute report, New York State leads the Northeast in net-zero buildings, with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance and passive house building projects.

    To facilitate the construction of similar projects, NYSERDA will provide $15 million through the next round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process to expand the state's Net-Zero Energy for Economic Development program. (Source: NYSERDA, Multi Housing News, 19 April, 2019)Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News et Zero,  NYSERDA,  Net-Zero Energy Building,  


  • Oxford Hosting Hybrid Energy Storage System Trial (Int'l)

    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the UK, the Oxford City Council has made it one of its primary concerns to tackle climate change by turning the city carbon neutral and to date has raise about £4 million in grant funding to that end -- 2.3 million for upgrading buses to be ultra-low emission or electric, 800,000 for electrical vehicle charging points, 474,000 for the introduction of the world's first pop-up charging points and 500,000 for the installation of taxi charging points.

    The £41-million project will be a large battery that stores energy and resupplies electricity directly back to Oxford's grid.

    The project will run for 36 months and if successful, the technology will be expanded to the 44 other sites across the UK. (Source: The Mayor EU, 20 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    London's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Zone Now in Force (Int'l)
    City of London
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Following on our Mar 21 coverage, in the UK, the mayor of London has brought the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) forward from 2020 to 2019. The ULEZ is part of a broader package of measures that the city is gradually introducing in order to tackle the health crisis caused by severe air pollution.

    In order to combat the health crisis, the ULEZ has significantly raised emission standards and demands a daily charge in order to travel in the area for not meeting them. The ULEZ, which is active 24/7 all year round, is part of the massive campaign undertaken by the mayor of London to clean up the air of the city. Further measures expected to kick in by 2020 include ensuring that all new double-decker buses are either hybrid, hydrogen or electric, creating 12 new low emission bus zones in areas where the air quality is at its worst and upgrading 5000 buses to be ultra low emission. (Source: City of London, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: City of London, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Dubai Considering Industrial Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
    Etihad Esco
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Etihad Esco, the Dubai-based energy efficiency company, is reporting Dubai is expected to roll out an efficiency programme targeting industry by 2021. Energy efficiency programmes have gained traction in the Middle East, with the UAE and now Saudi Arabia looking to generate higher energy savings.

    To that end, Etihad Esco had set targets of 20 pct energy savings by 2021 and 30 pct by 2030 and is is eyeing Dh500 million ($136,127million) worth of energy savings by 2030 primarily from rooftop solar.

    Over the last decade, Dubai has saved about Dh1.2 billion through efforts to conserve electricity and water, and plans to reduce carbon emissions by 16 pct cent by 2021 as well as energy and water use by 30 per cent by 2030, according to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

    Etihad Esco currently has projects worth $250 million in the works with schemes worth between $150 million and $200 million planned for 2019. Etihad Esco is also looking at opportunities in Saudi Arabia, where it recently signed an agreement with holding company Vision Invest to establish a joint entity to provide energy efficiency solutions in the kingdom. (Source: Etihad Esco, The National, April 20, 2019) Contact: Etihad Esco, Ali Al Jassim, CEO, www.etihadesco.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Esco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Supporting the green transition: A unique building project in Denmark
    Green Building
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Due to BIPV oriented funding in Denmark from the EUDP and ForskVE RTD programmes (see: www.activehouseroofsandfacades.com ), it has been possible for Cenergia (now a part of Kuben Management to make an agreement with Copenhagen International School) to realise an Active House labelling for them, and to include an online Active House radar with assistance from the company, Leapcraft.

    Copenhagen International School (CIS) is a unique building project, for which it has been a pleasure for me and my former colleagues, Miriam Sanchez and Vickie Aagesen to work on. This cooperation also included Karin Kappel from Solar City Denmark, who have carried out amazing work in promoting best practice BIPV architecture since 2004, and Gate21, engaged as a collaborator in relation to the ForskVE realisation.

    For Kuben Management, I hope that winning the Active House award will support the idea of working with the Active House standard in practice because it has many benefits and it is not costly to work with. In relation to ForskVE, it has been possible to include several Active House labelled projects in the Danish sustainable building database which can now be viewed in English at www.bæredygtigebygninger.dk.

    The idea of working with performance documentation has always been a part of the Active House approach and with the demands for this in the EU Building Directive, it has become increasingly relevant, and something that will be supported by the development towards more digitalisation in buildings. CIS is a good example of a school building with an emphasis on a healthy indoor climate, which had a strong focus in the design process, also based on special demands from the builder, f.ex. when it comes to using decentralised ventilation systems. This is in a scenario where bad indoor climate issues are not uncommon in Danish schools. It is our hope that the qualities documented in the online Active House radar will help to ensure a continuous focus on the indoor climate. I agree that homebuyers can use Active House documentation to help them secure quality but also due to the reasonably low costs to use it. Good advice would be to try to cooperate with other sustainable building quality systems. In the Nordic countries, f.ex. have the Nordic Swan Label which one of the leading contractors (NCC), uses for all their housing projects. My advice for the future is to really focus on new and unique projects, which support the green transition, and to work with engaged builders, such as what we witnessed with the CIS building. CIS is a really good example of what a determined builder can do in practice. Here, the driving force was one of the board members of the school who at the same time was a designer and secured full-scale BIPV Mock-Ups on the actual building site to identify the best possible BIPV design (in cooperation with the experienced BIPV manufacturer, Solar Lab). This actually led to the withdrawal of the architect (C.F. Møller), for a short period, due to risks they saw in connection to the use of completely new technology for almost all facades. In the end, they came back and was deeply engaged in securing the qualities in practice of many of the technical and architectural solutions. (Source: European Green Cities, Open Access Government, 11 April, 2019) Contact: European Green Cities, Peder Vejsig Pedersen, +45 2046 6755, pvp@greencities.eu; Active House, www.activehouseroofsandfacades.com, www.activehouse.info

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

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

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    FCA Links With Tesla to Beat European Emission Fines

    Date: 2019-04-19
    FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signs a deal with Tesla that will allow it to avoid paying fines for exceeding European Union carbon-dioxide emission limits from 2021, the Financial Times has reported. FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Under the EU regulations, the average emissions of a company’s new-car fleet in 2021 must be 95 g/km or less – compared with the 130g/km regulation in force today. The EU fleet averages are calculated on the number of cars sold. While Tesla’s European sales are relatively small, its electric-powered Model 3, Model S and Model X will allow FCA to significantly lower its fleet average emissions owing to the fact that they don’t emit any CO2. In a statement, FCA says its “open pool” alliance with Tesla will “optimize the options for compliance that the regulation offer(s).” It adds: “FCA is committed to reducing the emissions of all our products. The purchase pool provides flexibility to deliver products our customers are willing to buy while managing compliance with the lowest-cost approach.” (Source” Tesla, FCA, Wardsauto, 9 April, 2019)


    TurnKey Internet gets additional hydropower in ReCharge NY program
    New York Power Authority
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet Inc is to receive 220kW of additional hydropower from Niagara Falls under New York State’s ReCharge NY program ReCharge NY is one of the signature economic development initiatives in New York State. Through the program, qualifying businesses statewide can access hydroelectric power that is specially allocated by the (NYPA). Companies receiving allocated power have made commitments such as remaining in the state, growing employment, expanding operations, and making significant local investments in their businesses.

    TurnKey Internet was originally granted hydroelectric power at the start of the ReCharge NY program in 2013, following the opening of TurnKey’s state-of-the-art, 100% green powered data center. Increased demand for online cloud services in recent years has come with tremendous growth for both TurnKey’s business and power needs. This growth led to additional job creation as well as significant local investments and was the foundation for the additional hydroelectric power awarded from the program. “TurnKey Internet The company was among 23 companies statewide that were granted the hydroelectricity under the program. (Source: Water Power & Dam Const., 16 April, 2019) Contact: Turnkey, Adam Wills, Pres., CEO, New York Power Authority

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydropower news,  New York Power Authority news,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydropower,  New York Power Authority,  


    Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading Market (Report Available) Production Forecast from 2018 to 2023

    Date: 2019-04-19
    The newly released Global Voluntary Carbon Credit Tradin Market Report -- 2018-2023 report from Market Research covers market characteristics, sizes and growth, segmentation, regional breakdowns, competitive scenario, market share, trends and strategies, key players and other relevant issues.

    The report finds the Asia-Pacific region will occupy for more market share in following years, especially in China, also fast growing India and Southeast Asia regions. In North America, the he United States, will still play an important role which cannot be ignored. Any changes from United States might affect the development trend of Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading.

    The report identifies Top manufacturers/players: Carbon Credit Capital, Terrapass, Renewable Choice, 3Degrees, NativeEnergy, GreenTrees, South Pole Group, Aera Group, Allcot Group, Carbon Clear, Forest Carbon, Bioassets, Biofìlica, WayCarbon, CBEEX, Guangzhou Greenstone. Market Segment by Type, applications (REDD carbon offsets, renewable energy landfill methane projects and others) and regions.

    Report details are HERE. Report Sample Copy HERE; Browse Full Report HERE (Source: Industry Research, Marilyn Coleman, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Industry Research, +1 424 253 0807 / +44 203 239 8187, sales@industryresearch.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit Trading news,  Carbon Market news,  

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    ADB committed highest-ever USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Private sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 per cent increase from 2017, which is 14.5 per cent of ADB's overall commitment. PTI| In Manila, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB} newly released annual report, it committed $3.88 billion in sovereign loans, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018, to India in 2018,

    The report notes that the demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included $21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB's own resources, exceeding the target of $19.71 billion and up 10 pct from 2017. The Manila-headquartered ADB committed several projects in India, including in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Odisha. The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat. Among others, it also provided USD 30 million in equity and USD 20 million in debt security to Annapurna Finance, a microfinance company. In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia. The alliance's major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatt of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030. (Source: ADB, Economic Times, 16 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank news,  

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    Good Friday, Easter Weekend Publications Schedule

    Date: 2019-04-19
    In recognition of the Easter Weekend Holidays, LC Energy Reports will not be published today, 19 April. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Monday, 22 April, 2019.

    We regret any inconvenience and wish all our readers a safe and joyous Easter weekend. Thank you.


    AWEA Supports Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act (Reg & Leg, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    AWEA
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has come out in support of the Energy Storage Tax Incentive (tax credit) and Development Act which was introduced by Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Gardner (R-CO). The bill currently has 10 cosponsors representing a diverse collection of states.

    "We strongly support and thank Senators Heinrich and Gardner for introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act and committing to modernizing the U.S. energy supply. Americans want their homes and businesses to be powered by clean energy. Spurring investment in our country's energy storage technologies, along with transmission, will advance clean energy, create new jobs and help bring America's power supply into the 21st century," said Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA.

    However, current law only allows energy storage to qualify for an ITC (tax credit) when paired with a solar project under certain circumstances. The flexibility and market efficiencies resulting from accelerated energy storage investment would spur new wind farm development and job creation, according to AWEA. (Source: AWEA, reve, 13 April, 2019) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, www.awea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AWEA,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


    Two Creeks Solar Project Gets the Nod in Wisc.(Ind. Report)
    Two Creeks Solar , Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Two Creeks Solar
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the Badger State, the Madison-headquartered Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is reporting approval of two solar projects totaling 450 MW as proposed by Two Creeks Solar LLC. When fully operational, the new utility-scale solar energy projects will more than quadruple Wisconsin's solar energy capacity.

    The Commission gave its stamp of approval to the 150-MW solar electric generating facility called the Two Creeks Solar Project in Manitowoc County, and the 300-MW Badger Hollow Solar Farm project in Iowa County, subject to other required permits and approvals. The facilities, which are expected to be operational by December 2020, will deliver power to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. (Source: Zacks, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, WBAY, 12 April, 2019) Contact: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, https://psc.wi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    DOE Offers $100Mn in Coal FIRST Initiative Funding (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The US DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports it has issued a Notice of Intent for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) called Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future. This anticipated FOA will offer as much as $100 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects that focus on developing the critical components required by Coal FIRST systems.

    Under the Coal FIRST initiative, DOE is supporting research and development (R&D) projects that will help develop plants that:

  • Are capable of flexible operations to meet the needs of the grid;
  • Use innovative and cutting-edge components that enable improved efficiency and have near zero emissions with CO2 capture;
  • Are small compared to today's conventional utility-scale coal and transform how coal power plant technologies are designed and manufactured.

    If needed, the R&D projects may include the development of advanced processes for manufacturing or fabricating components. FE anticipates issuing the FOA in August or September 2019. Specific Areas of Interest in the FOA will be informed by conceptual studies and preliminary front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) studies that FE expects to be ongoing throughout FY19.

    As previously reported this month, the DOE announced up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects for advanced coal technologies and research.

    Coal was the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States in 2017. (Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, Green Car Congress, 14 April 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  US DOE,  


  • UK ORE Catapult Hub to Develop Offshore Wind Turbines (Int'l)
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the UK, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is reporting a new Powertrain Research Hub (PTRH) in cooperation with Sheffield University is set to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines.

    Focusing on offshore wind turbine powertrains, the new hub is aiming to improve the operation, reliability and performance of offshore wind turbines.

    Sheffield University has been named as the academic partner for the hub, which is part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) -- launched by the UK government in 2013 as part of a network of catapults in high growth industries. The University will contribute £1.7 million or more to the project over five years. Industry will be able to access to the University of Sheffield's testing facilities in addition to ORE Catapult's 1, 3 and 15 MW powertrain test facilities at its National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. (Source: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Business Leader, 16 April, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffiel, www.sheffield.ac.uk; Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, https://ore.catapult.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult,  


    Celanese Upping Methanol Production at Texas Facility (Ind. Report)
    Celanese
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, is reporting plans to significantly expand methanol production capacity to 125 pct of original capacity at its Clear Lake acetyl intermediates manufacturing facility in Pasadena, Texas.

    Celanese recently received approvals from the Fairway Methanol LLC board of directors for a second phase expansion, which will increase production to 1.7 million mtpy approximately 125% of the original nameplate capacity -- to be implemented as soon as operationally feasible and pending customary regulatory and permitting approvals. Financial details of the project are not being disclosed at this time. In parallel with this expansion, Celanese and Mitsui will evaluate additional cost effective expansion options for the Clear Lake methanol unit. (Source: Celanese, PR, 17 April, 2019) Contact: Contact: Celanese, Inv. Relations, Chuck Kyrish, (972) 443- 4574, chuck.kyrish@celanese.com, www.celanese.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol news,  Celanese news,  


    Terna Energy Acquiring 200-MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind Report, M&A)
    Terna Energy SA
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Athens, Greece-headquartered Terna Energy SA reports it will acquire an as yet unidentified 200-MW wind farm in the Lone Star State for $310 million (EUR 275m). The acquisition will bring company's US portfolio up to 493 MW, including a 138-MW wind farm in Elmore County, Idaho and a 155-MW wind park in Scurry County, Texas. The company is also constructing 158-MW wind farm in Texas that will increase its worldwide wind power capacity to 1,232 MW.

    Terna Energy is a vertically organized Renewable Energy Sources company undertaking the Development, Construction, Financing, and Operation of renewable energy projects (wind, hydro, solar, biomass, waste management). The company operates, is constructing or has full licensing RES installations in Europe and America. (Source: Terna Energy, Renewables, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Terna Energy, +30 210 6968300, +30 210 6968096 - fax, info@terna-energy.com, www.terna-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Terna Energy,  Wind ,  


    Microsoft Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Redmond, Washington-based tech giant Microsoft reports the unveiling of new sustainability plans to shift its data centers to 75 pct renewable energy by 2023 rising to 100 pct within the next decade. The company is also launching a new initiative to encourage recycling of data center assets using artificial intelligence (AI) and other techniques.

    Additionally, Microsoft plans to nearly double its 2012 "internal carbon tax" to $15 per metric ton as part of the effort. The "internal carbon tax" is based on projected carbon emissions from each part of the company -- everything from carbon use in buildings to transportation. The tax produces about $30 million annually for a fund Microsoft uses to invest in energy improvements. The company also plans to join the Climate Leadership Council and advocate for carbon pricing nationwide as part of the new sustainability push. (Source: Microsoft, GeekWire, 16 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Renewable Energy,  


    Atlanta Hospital Wins USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In Atlanta, the $400 million, 450,000 square-foot Emory University Hospital Tower reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. Qualifying elements in the design and construction of the Emory University Hospital Tower include:
  • Project site located in close proximity to basic services such as restaurants, stores and public transit to encourage building occupants to walk instead of drive;
  • Low-flow indoor water fixtures reduce water consumption by an estimated 20 PCT;
  • Energy efficient exterior glazing systems allow for daylight to reach core areas throughout the building;
  • Energy efficient features that allow for more than 20 percent energy savings;
  • Over 95 pct of construction waste recycled;
  • Special focus on indoor environmental quality for improving occupant health and well-being of employees;
  • Lead- and mercury-free facility -- Recycling program implemented.

    Emory University now has 34 LEED certified buildings that equal more than 4 million square feet. (Source: Emory University Hospital, PR, AJC, April, 2019) Contact: Emory University Hospital Tower, (404) 712-2000, www.emoryhealthcare.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Microsoft Ups Internal Carbon Fee to $15 per Tonne (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Tech giant Microsoft reports it will nearly double its internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions. This internal Microsoft "tax" was established in 2012 to hold the company's business divisions financially responsible for reducing their carbon emissions.

    The funds from this higher fee will both maintain Microsoft's carbon neutrality and help the company take a tech-first approach that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the company's business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes and to cut the company's operational carbon footprint. (Source: Microsoft Blog, Brad Smith, Pres., 15 April, 2019)Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

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


    360 Texas Starbucks Stores Switching to Solar (Ind. Report)
    Starbucks
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Seatle-headquartered coffee giant Starbucks is reporting a partnership with California-based solar power developer Cypress Creek Renewables to power 360 of its Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Arlington, Texas-area coffee outlets with solar energy from two solar farms. Starbucks also notes it is investing in six other Texas-area solar farms operated by Cypress.

    In total, Starbucks estimates that the eight farms will reduce their stores' carbon emissions by approximately 101,000 tpy.

    In September 2018, Starbucks announced a Starbucks Greener Stores commitment to building and operating 10,000 "greener" Starbucks stores by the year 2025, an initiative expected to save the company upwards of $50 million in utilities costs over the next decade. (Source: Stabucks, Nations Restaurant News, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Starbucks, Rebecca Zimmer, Dir. Environmental Impact,www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/starbucks; Cypress Creek Renewables Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com

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    Aussie Data Portal Tracks Residential Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the Land Down Under, the The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, reports will use a new Australian Housing Data (AHD) Portal to track residential energy efficiency progress and to support the next wave of sustainable homes.

    Australian Housing Data (AHD) Portal will centralize the vast amount of energy efficiency data that will underpin key decision making, training and awareness of energy efficiency technologies and initiatives.

    The portal contains data across states and climate zones and can be further broken down by design such as dwelling class and floor area; construction such as type of walls and roofing; and fixtures and appliances such as solar PV and heating/cooling systems. The AHD Portal can pinpoint where energy efficiency efforts are on track and where more focus, where improvements can be made and energy costs can be cut, according to the release.

    The tool can be useful in tracking and supporting the progress of the national energy efficiency plan agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers. This plan sets a trajectory towards zero energy homes and zero carbon homes in Australia. (Source: CSIRO, Open Gov, April, 2019) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Energy Efficiency,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation ,  


    Washington Legislation Decarbonizing Electricity Grid (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-04-17
    Last week in Olympia, the Washington House of Representatives moved the state closer to decarbonizing its energy grid with the passage of legislation that will put the kibosh on coal use by 2025 and move the state to a carbon-neutral grid by 2030.

    Washington is the fourth state to pursue carbon-free electricity. California, Hawaii and New Mexico have already passed similar plans, while Nevada and New York are considering similar bills.

    Washington, under Dem, Governor Jay Inslee's direction, is pursuing specific measures focused on slashing emissions from specific sectors rather then imposing a an all encompassing carbon tax to meet its carbon reduction goals. Inslee, a recently announced 2020 Presidential hopeful, has pushed the state's power companies to obtain 80 pct of their energy from carbon-free sources by 2030 and to offset emissions for the remaining 20 pct with renewable energy credits. Come 2045, all retail electricity sales must come from carbon-free sources.

    State legislation calls for a 25 pct emissions reduction of 1990 levels by 2035, and 50 pct by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 16 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    CalPortland Cement Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Portland Cement Assoc.
    Date: 2019-04-17
    The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is reporting the CalPortland Mojave Cement Plant in Mojave, California has been awarded the 2019 Energy and Environment Award for Energy Efficiency. The award was in recognition of the company's implementation of significant energy efficiency measures and energy consumption reduction initiatives. In 2018, 22 pct of the plant's electric power was sourced from onsite wind energy generation.

    Additionally, CalPortland's energy management program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program for 15 years in a row CalPortland, (626) 852-6200, www.calportland.com; Portland Cement Assoc., www.cement.org

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    Peak Power Entering CA Energy Storage Market (Ind. Report)
    Peak Power Inc.Diamond Generating Corporation
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Toronto-headquartered intelligent software and technology solutions provider Peak Power Inc. is reporting receipt of a contract from Los Angles-based Diamond Generating Corporation (DGC) to provide software services for a behind-the-meter energy storage system (1MW/4MWh) to be installed in San Diego, California. The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2019.

    Peak Power's Synergy™ platform empowers building and business owners to achieve long-term savings by targeting expensive moments of peak demand. Synergy™ uses forecasted and real-time data to optimize operation and adjust real-time asset schedules to changing market and weather conditions.

    DGC is a developer, owner and operator of privately owned power generating assets in the U.S. and Mexico with ownership interest in 13 operating power generating facilities totaling approximately 7,800MW capacity. (Source: Peak Power Inc., PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Peak Power, Derek Lim Soo, CEO, . www.peakpowerenergy.com; Diamond Generating Corporation, (213) 473-0086, www.dgc-us.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peak Power Inc.,  Energy Storage,  


    GE to Implement Solar/Energy Storage in Upstate NY (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy,Helios Energy
    Date: 2019-04-17
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY.

    The hybrid system, which is slated to be operational in Q2, 2020, will use a direct DC coupled configuration with a single inverter and single point of interconnection shared by the solar array and the storage system, helping improve the overall energy output of the system while optimizing equipment, installation costs and increasing overall system reliability. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Power, 15 April, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Rob Morgan, CEO, Energy Storage, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Helios Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    CodeGreen Solutions ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year (Ind Report)
    CodeGreen Solutions,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-04-17
    NYC-based energy efficiency and sustainability consulting firm CodeGreen Solutions has been awarded the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. EPA for the third consecutive year.

    CodeGreen provides energy management and sustainability consulting for real estate owners, investors and occupants covering over 800 million square feet of property nationwide. The company's programs draw from expertise in building operations, energy regulations, energy engineering, smart buildings, renewable energy, green building certifications and corporate sustainability. (Source: CodeGreen Solutions, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: CodeGreen Solutions, Christopher Cayten, Principal, Adam Fisher, (646) 581-9734, Afisher@codegreensolutions.com, www.codegreensolutions.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CodeGreen Solutions,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Greenfield Global Plans Irish Manufacturing Plant (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Toronto, Ontario-based Greenfield Global Inc., Canada's largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America, has announced plans to establish a new, 40,900 sq-f EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland. The new facility, which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2020, is supported by the Irish Government.

    Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, Ken Finegan, Managing Director, Ireland, Andrea Kent, VP Gov.t and Public Relations, (613) 698-0116, Andrea.Kent@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global ,  Ethanol,  


    Onsite Utility Services Capital Touts ESaaS (Ind. Report)
    Onsite Utility Services Capital
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In the Badger State, Delavan-based Onsite Utility Services Capital (OUS Capital), a Silver Sponsor for the Wisconsin Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE), is touting their Energy Savings as a Service (ESaaS) program designed to help companies, facilities and organizations of every size upgrade their existing energy infrastructure to modern, energy-efficient solutions -- without the typical up-front financial requirements typically associated with such a project.

    Through ESaaS an entire building, facility or property can undergo a complete energy efficiency upgrade, using as many as a dozen modern and cutting-edge options. The entire cost of the upgrade project is fronted by OUS Capital, with the client paying for the upgrade costs only from the savings the upgrade generates. ESaaS is not a loan and does not attach as a debt on the client's balance sheet. (Source: Onsite Utility Services, PR,, 17 April, 2019) Contact: Onsite Utility Services Capital, Fritz Kreiss, (884) 768-7227, info@ouscapital.com, www.ouscapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Stokholm's Carbon Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-04-17
    The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is reporting the Swedish capital city of Stockholm's CO2 emission jumped 9 pct in 2018, making the city's pledge to be fossil fuel-free by 2040 harder to realize than originally anticipated.

    Sweden has an international reputation for energy reform and as a global leader in waste-to-energy solutions. For this reason, fossil fuel use has been in steady decline since the 1980s although the city's electric and district heating plants still use some coal and oil, especially in extreme weather conditions. More than half of Sweden's energy is sourced from renewable energy, according to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. (Source: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Famagusta Gazette, April, 2019) Contact: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Fredrik Hannerz, www.swedishepa.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    Entsorga WV Leverages MBT to Produce Renewable Fuel (Ind. Report)
    BioHiTech Global
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Following up on our March 6 coverage, Entsorga West Virginia, a partnership between Apple Valley Waste LLC., Entsorga USA, and Chestnut Ridge, NY-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc., is reporting last month's launch of a plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

    The facility processes mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) through a patented mechanical pre-screening and biological treatment process, composts it, then further refines it to produce an EPA approved renewable fuel.

    The technology is patented by the Italian engineering firm, Entsorga Italia, and been deployed through Europe.

    Berkley (W.Va.) County Solid Waste Authority provided the land for the Martinsburg project, which is being financed with $25 million in tax-exempt, private bonds issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The facility will produce about 55,000 tpy of SRF from about 110,000 tpy of MSW.

    Entsorga West Virginia has another MBT facility undergoing the permitting process in Rensselaer, N.Y., and is talking to other potential partners, according to a company release. (Source: Entsorga, Waste360, 16 April, 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Inc, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367.0603, rgalterio@biohitech.com, www.biohitech.com; Entsorga West Virginia, (845) 262-1081, www.entsorgawv.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  Renewable Fuel,  


    Canada Invests in Forest Climate Change Adaptation (Ind Report)
    NRC
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Climate change needs to be tackled head on in order to build a better future for Canadians. This is why the government is investing in critical adaptation research, while creating good jobs and growing the economy.

    Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRC,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    GMP Aims for 100 pct Renewables, 100 MW Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Green Mountain Power
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont's largest utility, reports it aims to reach 100 pct carbon-free resources by 2025 and 100 pct renewables by 2030. The utility also plans to add 50 MW to 100 MW of energy storage capacity over the next decade.

    As previously reported, GMP, which serves 264,000 customers, currently rolling out a Tesla residential energy storage program and has two more solar-plus-storage projects pending regulatory approval. (Source: Green Mountain Power, April, 2019)Contact: Green Mountain Power, Jeff Monder, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, Josh Castonguay, VP Innovation, (802) 770-3392, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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


    Eaton Scores Int'l. Industrial Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l)
    Eaton
    Date: 2019-04-15
    UK-headquartered power management specialist Eaton reports it has won the Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for its microgrid system installed at its Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The Wadeville microgrid installation includes the first-ever deployment of Eaton's xStorage energy storage system in Africa. This innovative solution strengthens the energy supply for Eaton's Wadeville site, thereby reducing demand on the national grid and on regional infrastructure.

    The newly-created Industrial Energy Efficiency Award is dedicated to identifying and awarding prizes to outstanding industrial processes and applications based on their energy efficiency, targeting providers as well as users of energy-efficient solutions for production processes. (Source: Eaton, Creamer Media, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Eaton, +44 (0) 1206 593 12, 8Eaton's xStorage, www.eaton.com/gb/en-gb/products/energy-storage.html?wtredirect=www.eaton.com/xstorage

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eaton,  Microgrid,  Energy Effic iency,  


    NASA Planning Space Station CO2 Monitoring Observatory (Int'l)
    NASA
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting the upcoming launch of its Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) later this year. this year. The OCO-3 system will be mounted on the International Space Station, which circles Earth from 52 degrees north to 52 degrees south latitudes.

    The OCO-3 is designed to accurately measure the altering carbon cycle on Earth and how it will affect all its living inhabitants. The OCO-3 measurements can reduce the uncertainty of the natural fluxes of the global carbon budget, mainly due to anthropogenic emissions. The instrument can make nearly precise measurements at different times of the day due to its position in space. Scientists also aim to know how CO2 concentrations change throughout the day in various areas of the Earth.

    The OCO-3's high-resolution spectrometers can also detect solar-induced fluorescence, a type of radiation emitted by plants. Plants only produce SIF during photosynthesis season, which is also the only time they absorb CO2.

    The OCO-3 cost less than $100 million to construct and was developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)in California. The OCO-3 is expected to launch prior to April 25 and is expected to continue for three years. (Source: JPL NASA, Tech Times, April 2019) Contact: NASA, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov, www.nasa.gov

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    Dow, Petronas Partner on Emissions-Reduction Project (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-04-15
    Dow (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) signed an agreement with Petronas Chemicals Glycols, a subsidiary of the petrochemical arm of Petronas and Malaysia's leading chemicals producer, Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad to collaborate on a carbon project at Petronas ethylene oxide (EO) production facility in support of the Dow- International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Official Carbon Partnership.

    Dow and Petronas Chemicals Glycols will also quantify and obtain third-party verification of the climate benefits following the methodology of the Dow Climate Solutions Framework.

    The Dow-Petronas project agreement is among the first of many similar joint efforts that will result from the Collaborative Blueprint initiated in 2017 to encourage organizations outside the Olympic movement to collaborate on projects that lead to verified climate benefits while catalyzing change across value chains. (Source: Dow, Chemical Engineering, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Dow, www.dow.com/en-us/sports/sustainability; Petronas Chemicals Group , www.petronaschemicals.com.my


    Alt. Energy Border Wall Proposed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The following appeared in the recent issue of Epoch Times: "Border wall debates have raged between political parties and the media in the United States for years. Many Americans are divided over the issue of the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet the heated controversy has generated some innovative solutions from the scientific community. Could science really hold the key to bringing the two sides together (three, including Mexico) while at the same time providing clean sources of energy for all?

    "There are at least two dozen scientists from universities across the United States who think so, but wait until you hear the solution they've dreamt up. Imagine a 2,000-mile-long alternative energy industrial park, 62 miles wide, from sea to shining sea along the U.S. southern border.

    "The potential envisioned for everything from the economy to fresh water solutions to an abundance of clean energy and, yes, border security present an opportunity worth considering. 'Given that most of the southern border lies in arid or semi-arid regions having high solar irradiation and wind, an energy park along the border is both feasible and desirable,' reads a statement by the Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP), the name of the proposed mega project.

    "Solar installations at various points across Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and south of the border would accompany wind turbines stationed near both coasts. 'Areas of strong winds exist in the Gulf and Baja California regions, which are ideal for wind farms,' the report explains.

    "Energy produced via wind turbines can be used to power water desalinization plants to provide valuable fresh water to drought-affected areas that have been living beyond their means in terms of ground water use.

    "They estimate that 'wind power in the Gulf Coast and Baja California to operate reverse osmosis plants may provide 2.3 million acre-feet of water per year -- enough to satisfy the water needs for all of Texas' manufacturing, mining, livestock, and other power needs.' Which could literally cause the desert to bloom, potentially.

    "Reduced tax zone incentives across the 62-mile strip could bring in massive amounts of business from solar energy innovators like Tesla and others. This subsidy cost could be recouped through selling energy or through taxes. An incentivized project of this size could greatly enhance and accelerate the local economy, and create a huge number of jobs on both sides of the border. More high-paying salaries are also likely to mean increased average quality of life for locals.

    "In terms of security, the heavily protected area would serve a dual purpose. The proposed energy infrastructure can be incorporated into and be an integral part of a border security installation, such as a wall or a fence, states the report. 'This technological buffer can in turn also help to protect the energy infrastructure and prevent illegal immigration across the border.'

    "At the same time, as parties on both sides of the aisle are starting to see eye to eye on border security, a project like this could tether the far extremes of the Green New Deal with staunch nationalists on the right. It could be just the kind of unifier to seal the deal for all parties, left and right, north and south." (Source: Epoch Times, April, 2019)

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


    ICGEB Touts Novel Yeast Strain to Increase Ethanol Prod. (Int'l)
    ICGEB,Ethanol
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In Delhi, researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) are touting Saccharomyces cerevisiae NGY10, a novel yeast strain that they say increases ethanol production by as much as 15.5 pct when glucose or lignocellulose biomass -- rice and wheat straw -- is fermented.

    The research team led by Dr. Naseem A. Gaur from the Yeast Biofuel Group at ICGEB , found the NGY10 strain can be metabolically engineered to ferment both hexose and pentose sugars leading to increased production of ethanol using lignocellulose. This will increase the quantity of ethanol produced from lignocellulose and reduce the cost of ethanol production.

    DBT-ICGEB is an integrated centre for performing cutting-edge basic research and its translation into reality. It thrives upon ICGEB mandate to perform research in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology and will serve as platform for the synthetic biologists to work in diverese bioenergy areas such as microbial engineering, biochemical engineering, algal engineering and systems biology.

    India has targeted 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blend (E10) for moter vehicle fuels by 2022.

    (Source: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research, Delhi, The Hindu, April, 2019) Contact: DBT-ICGEB, Ajay Kumar Pandey, +91-11-2674-2357 extn:462, barsebrajesh@icgeb.res.in, www. icgeb-bioenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Yeast,  Ethanol,  

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    DOE Announces $87Mn for Coal R&D Projects (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the nation's capitol, the U.S. DOE has announced up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects for advanced coal technologies. In 2017, coal was the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States.

    The R&D projects for coal-fueled power plants and technologies include the following separate funding opportunities:

  • Advancing Steam Turbine Performance for Coal Boilers -- This FOA seeks to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in a lower cost of electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour for coal-fueled boilers. This FOA also includes an area of interest for conceptual engineering design for steam turbines in the 50 -- 350 MW range in support of DOE's Coal FIRST initiative. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Advanced Turbines Program will support these projects. DOE Funding: Up to $22 million

  • Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface -- This FOA seeks to reduce uncertainty and enable real-time decision making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. FE's Carbon Storage Research Program will support these projects. Read more details about this FOA here. Up to $4.8 million is available.

  • Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA aims to develop innovative technologies that will enhance the performance and economics of the existing and future coal fleet thereby lowering electricity costs for consumers. FE's Crosscutting Research Program will support these projects. Up to $14.5 million funding available.

  • Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA will reduce the cost and enhance the cyclic durability of materials used in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These advanced materials are critical to increasing the efficiency and reliability of coal-fueled power plants. FE's Advanced Materials Program will support these projects. Up to $26 million available.

  • Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from Coal-Based Resources -- This FOA will support cooperative agreements to advance the development of technologies for recovery REEs and CMs from domestic coal-based resources through both novel and conventional extraction, separation, and recovery processes. FE's Feasibility of Recovering Rare Earth Elements Program will support these projects. Up to $20 million available.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage all of the selected projects.

    Download details HERE. ( Source: US DOE, April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, Sec. of Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, Assist. Sec., www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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  • Netherlands, Vietnam Discussing Offshore Wind Cooperation (Int'l)
    Ba Ria-Vung Tau
    Date: 2019-04-15
    A high level delegation from the Netherlands is reportedly interested in a cooperative agreement with Vietnam's southeastern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to develop offshore wind energy and related services.

    The Netherlands delegation and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Electricity group have begun discussion in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to that end. (Source: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, reve, April 13, 2019 )Contact: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, /www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/external_economy/regional_affairs/southeast_asia_pacific/vietnam.html

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    Macquarie Fund Selling Wind Assets in Italy, France (M&A, Int'l)
    Macquarie
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In Milan, Reuters is reporting a Macquarie-run infrastructure fund managing the Milan-based Renvico S.r.l. wind farm portfolio in Italy and France is selling the Renvico portfolio which could be worth as much as €400 million ($450 million). Non-binding bids are reportedly expected by the end of May. Few etails have not been revealed. (Source: Macquarie, reve, April, 2019: Contact: Renvico S.r.l, +39 02 6787 6911 www.renvicoenergy.com; Macquarie Group, www.macquarie.com

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    450-MW Solar Projects Approved in the Badger State (Ind. Report)
    WEC Energy
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the Badger State, WEC Energy Group, Inc. reports it has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (WPSC) for two solar projects totaling 450 MW at an expected total cost of $390 million, of which the WPSC will invest $260 million. The projects are expected to come online by the end of 2020.

    Notably, Solar projects in Manitowoc County will be developed by NextEra Energy's unit NextEra Energy Resources while the Badger Hollow project in Iowa county will be developed by Invenergy. Together, the projects are expected to generate sufficient energy for 120,000 Wisconsin households in a year. (Source: WEC Energy Group, Zacks, 12 April, 2019) Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy,  Solar,  


    Sunseap Announces Guohe Starkle Energy Fund (Int'l Report)
    Sunseap,Starkle Energy
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Singapore-headquartered solar power specialist Sunseap Group is reporting its agreement to establish a Chinese clean energy investment fund in partnership with local private equity firm Guohe Capital and renewables developer Starkle Energy.

    The Guohe Starkle Energy Fund, which will invest in and manage clean energy projects in China with a focus on solar power, will be looking for opportunities in the transport, information and communications and biomedical sectors as well as in the heavy industries. The private equity firm will be in charge of arranging funds, while the two renewable energy firms will consult on the targeted projects and participate in managing, operating and maintaining solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

    At the end of 2018, Sunseap had invested in about 1,800 MW of distributed solar power generation, according to a company release. (Source: Sunseap. Renewables, 12 April, 2019) Contact: Sunseap, www.sunseap.com; Guohe Capital, www.guohecapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunseap,  Solar,  


    British Steel Seeks £100Mn to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The BBC is reporting the European Union's decision to suspend UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified is behind British Steel's decision to seek a £100 million to meet 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: BBC, Steel Times, 14 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  EU ETS,  


    Wisc. Gas Bar Chain Expands Methane-CNG Network (Ind. Report)
    Kwik Trip, Dane County Landfill
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the Badger State, LaCrosse-based convenience store and gasoline filling station chain Kwik Trip reports it plans to purchase compressed natural gas from Dane County Landfill when its $28 million biodigester-biogas production facility is completed and online later this year.

    The facility is expected to supply about 3 million gpy of fossil fuels and will fuel about 80 pct Kwik Trip's fleet of delivery trucks which are already powered by CNG. The Dane County Landfill is one of several in the state that collect landfill methane gas. (Source: Kwik Trip, Wisconsin State Journal, 14 April, 2019)Contact: Kwik Trip, www.kwiktrip.com; Dane County Landfill, (608) 838-9555, https://pwht.countyofdane.com/recycle/landfill.aspx

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