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W2 Fuel Iowa Biodiesel Plant Closed Amid RFS Uncertainty (Ind Report)
W2 Fuel,Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Hawkeye State, Radio Iowa is reporting W2 Fuel LLC has temporarily shuttered its 10-million gpy biodiesel plant in in Crawfordsville due to market conditions and uncertainties swirling around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Crawfordsville facility is one of 12 biodiesel plants in Iowa. Last year, 365 million gallons of biodiesel was produced in Iowa -- roughly 20 pct of all the biodiesel made in the U.S. (Source: RadioIowa, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org; W2 Fuel LLC, Roy Strom, CEO, (319) 658-2003, www.w2fuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  W2 Fuel,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  


Vestas Confirms Mexican 168-MW Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas
Date: 2019-09-27
Danish wind industry major Vestas Wind Systems A/S is reporting eceipt of an order to supply equipment for a 168-MW wind park in Mexico.

Under the deal, which derives from a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA), Vestas will deliver and install 42 units of its 4-MW platform turbines as well as provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services under a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) agreement.

The turbine blades will be manufactured at TPI Composites Inc's plant in Matamoro, Tamaulipas state, Mexico and the towers will be from local suppliers. (Source: Vestas, Renewables Now, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736, chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


Arlington Updates Community Energy, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Arlington County
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Old Dominion State, Arlington County (pop. 235,000 +-) reports it has updated its Community Energy Plan to incorporate goals for carbon neutrality by 2050; increased building energy efficiency and a 38 pct drop in building energy consumption; greater building resilience; increased reliance on renewable energy; a move to efficient and low-emissions transportation; and other related initiatives.

The policy targets 50 pct renewable electricity for government operations by 2022 and 100 pct by 2025, rising to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035.

The energy plan has specific targets for reducing the amount of per capita carbon produced each decade through 2050. The County also will produce a plan to transition away from internal combustion engines and increase the use of alternative and public transportation. (Source: Arlington Connection, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact: Arlington County, www.arlingtonva.us

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


Orsted's Hornsea Offshore Wind Project Near Completion (Int'l.)
Orsted
Date: 2019-09-27
In the UK, Orsted is reporting the world's largest offshore wind farm roughly 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast of Britain is nearing completion.

The Hornsea One project incorporates 174 , 7-MW wind turbines and will generate sufficient electric power for 1 million or more homes when completed and online in 2020. (Source: Orstd, 24 Sept, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


180-MW Brazilian Wind Park Complex Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Brazil Wind,Wind
Date: 2019-09-27
The Brazilian power utility Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) reports the last three units of the 180.6-MW Cutia wind energy complex in Rio Grande do Norte state is now online. The facility consists of seven wind parks totaling 86 wind turbines. (Source: Copel, Renewables, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Copel, (+55 41 3222-2027, +55 41 3331-3277, copel@copel.com, www.copel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Wind,  


Biomass Residues to Fischer-Tropsch Products Validated (Ind Report)
Fischer-Tropsch
Date: 2019-09-27
The EU news agency CORDIS is reporting production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues has been successfully validated in the EU's COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run by the Helsinki-headquartered VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) -- the project coordinator.

The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by Karlsruhe, Germany-based IneraTec GmbH. The test studied and verified the performance of the gas cleaning train and the entire synthesis process with real wood-derived gasification gas. (Source: CORDIS, EU COMSYN Project, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: EU COMDYN Project, www.comsynproject.eu; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com; IneraTec GmbH, +49 721 86484460, www.ineratec.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  COMSYN,  VTT,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Syngas,  


CalComTouts Ag. Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund (Ind. Report)
CalCom Energy
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Golden State, Fresno-based CalCom Energy is reporting the launch of the Agriculture Energy Infrastructure Fund, a $100 million resource to build solar and energy storage projects in California.

The fund, developed in partnership with Symbiont Energy and Live Oak Bank, will enable agriculture companies to build on-site clean energy projects over the next 24 months. The fund, which will provide long-term, lower cost energy through clean energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), is intended to assist agriculture companies and farmers hit hard by the impact of recent California wildfires, lack of grid resiliency and ever-increasing energy and water costs. With a CalCom PPA and on-site solar energy, CalCom customers can cut or eliminate their electricity costs while directly reducing carbon emissions. CalCom estimates potential savings of $250 million in utility bill savings for its customers over the life of the energy assets.

CalCom Energy develops, finances and builds solar and energy storage projects and has developed more than 200 MW of clean energy projects, including some of the largest agricultural solar farms in the West. (Source: CalCom Energy, PR, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: CalCom Energy, Dylan Dupre, Pres., CEO, David Williams, Chief Commercial Officer , 559.667.9200, Sales@CalComEnergy.com, www.calcomenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CalCom Energy,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


"No Climate Emergency" says CLINTEL (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
CLINTEL
Date: 2019-09-27
Previously this wekk in New York, the newly launched Netherlands-based Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL), a global network of 500 prominent climate deniers, scientists and professionals, declared "there is no climate emergency" to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Professor Guus Berkhout of The Netherlands, who organized the Declaration, said: "So popular is the Declaration with scientists and researchers worldwide that signatories are flooding in not only from within Europe but also from other countries such as the United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand."

The group warns the U.N. that "the general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are unfit for their purpose" and that the "models which have predicted far more warming than they should are not remotely plausible as policy tools in that in that they ... exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases such as CO2 and ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial."

The CLINTEL letter invites the Secretary-General to work with the CLINTEL global network to organize a constructive, high-level meeting between world-class scientists on both sides of the climate debate in early 2020. (Source: CLINTEL, Sept., 2019) Contact: CLINTEL, Professor Guus Berkhout, +31 651214 737 guus.berkhout@clintel.org, www.clintel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  CLINTEL,  


Pittsburgh Firms Support Methane Emissions Ruductions (Ind. Report)
Equitrans Midstream Corporation
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Steel City, Equitrans Midstream Corp. (ETRN) and EQM Midstream Partners LP (EQM) have come out in support of the US oil and gas industry's ongoing efforts to reduce methane emissions and therefore oppose the US EPA's proposed rollback of methane regulations.

The EPA's April 2019 inventory report showed total methane emissions are down 15.8 pct since 1990 -- insufficient to achieve regulatory compliance on methane emissions in order to address the global impacts of climate change.

ETRN and EQM currently utilize various methane mitigation methods across their operations and are evaluating additional enhancement and mitigation efforts, such as: expansion of the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programme; pneumatic controller upgrades; re-compression of pipeline gas prior to maintenance procedures; and upgrading existing stations with air or electric starts.

ETRN is a member of the Environmental Partnership -- a voluntary reduction programme offered through the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the ONE Future Coalition of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain to 1 pct pct. (Source: ETRN, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: Equitrans Midstream Corporation, Diana Charletta , Pres., CEO, www.equitransmidstream.com; EQM Midstream Partners, www.eqm-midstreampartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  


Biodiesel Fueling Specialist Wins $1Mn 76West Prize (Ind Report)
Optimus Technologies,NYSERDA
Date: 2019-09-27
The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports Pittsburgh--based truck biodiesel fueling systems manufacturer Optimus Technologies is the $1,000,000 first prize winner in the 76West Clean Energy Competition. The 76West competition supports growing clean energy businesses to foster economic development, according to the release.

A total of $2.5 million was competitively awarded to six companies. A $500,000 winner and four $250,000 winners were also named as part of the competition, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Other winners included: Radical Plastics of Marblehead, Massachusetts; Buffalo NY-based CleanFiber; Cambridge Crops of Somerville, Massachusetts; Carbon Upcycling Technologies of Calgary, Alberta; and ProsumerGrid of Atlanta, Georgia. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Business Journal News Network, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: 76West, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All Programs/Programs/76west; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, Ian Winner, (412) 727-8228x6, ian.winner@optimustec.com, www.optimustec.com; Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form; NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Optimus Technologies,  Biodiesel,  


Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners Save $6.7Bn (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-09-27
The US DOE is reporting the more than 220 organizations that participate in its Better Buildings, Better Plants program have cumulatively saved $6.7 billion in energy costs and more than 1.3 quadrillion BTUs of energy. These partners have more than 3,200 facilities and represent roughly 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint.

Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants partnership, managed by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE works with partners who have set ambitious energy, water and/or waste reduction goals. As of 2019, partners have now met and exceeded 60 energy goals. All partners share their energy performance data and solutions with other companies, helping to expand innovation and savings throughout the industrial sector.

Read the full 2019 Better Plants Annual Progress Update HERE. (Source: US DOE, Better Plants Challenge, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE, Better Plants Challenge, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/better-plants/challenge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings,  Better Plants,  Energy Efficiency ,  


TechnipFMC, BTG-BTL Plan Swedish Bio-oil Facility (Int'l. Report)
BTG-BTL,TechnipFMC
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Netherlands, BTG-BTL reports it has teamed up with TechnipFMC to design and construct a production facility in Sweden to convert wood residues such as sawdust into bio-oil which will then be processed into a transportation biofuel for blending with other fuels.

The facility will use pyrolysis technology to process approximately 35,000-40,000 tpy of wood residues into oil. The end fuel product will European REDII directive compliant.

TechnipFMC and BTG-BTL have already been awarded an order to construct a similar production facility in Finland, with the option to extend to four. Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in 2019, with production slated for 2021. (Source: BTG-BTL, Biofuels Int'l, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: BTG Bioliquids BV, +31 (0 )53 486 2287, office@btg-btl.com, www.btg-btl.com; TechnipFMC, +31 (0)79 3293 600, tpbenelux@technipfmc.com, www.technipfmc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BTG-BTL,  TechnipFMC,  Bio-oil,  Biofuel,  


JinkoSolar Joins the RE100 and EP100 Green Initiatives (Int'l.)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2019-09-27
Shanghai-headquartered Solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has committed to the RE100 and EP100 initiatives which are led by the international not-for-profit Climate Group.

The RE100 initiative and its partner companies are committed to 100 pct renewable power and a low carbon economy. Accordingly, JinkoSolar will power all of its solar plants and global operations with 100 pct renewable power by 2025. By 2030, the Company will deploy an energy management system across its operations and improve its energy productivity by 30 pct when compared to 2016. JinkoSolar has also signed up for the EP100 Cooling Challenge to increase the energy efficiency of its cooling operations. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: Climate Group's global EP100 initiative, www. theclimategroup.org/EP100; Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com; CDP, RE100, www.RE100.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Renewable Energy,  


Intersect Power Plans 1.7GW Solar Portfolio in 2020 (Ind Report)
Intersect Power
Date: 2019-09-27
US-based renewable energy projects developer Intersect Power is reporting plans to develop a 1.7GW solar power plant portfolio in 2020. The portfolio will include five shovel-ready solar projects, which will be located in California and Texas.

Out of the five projects, three will be developed in Texas. Juno, a 425MW project is scheduled to begin construction in February 2020, while Titan, a 375MW project is slated for Culberson County with an expected expected ground-breaking in March 2020. The Aragorn project will have an installed capacity of 250MW will be built at Culberson Country, with construction works expected to begin in June 2020.

In California, the company will develop Athos I and Athos II in Riverside County in June and October 2020 respectively.

First Solar will supply more than 3.7 million thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules for these projects. Signal Energy will handle engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities. (Source: Interstate Power, Power Tech., 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Interstate Power, Sheldon Kimber, CEO, www.intersectpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intersect Power,  Solar,  


DTE Energy Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2019-09-27
In the Motor City, DTE Energy reports it is committing to achieve net carbon neutrality by the year 2050. To that end, the Detroit utility plans to work on carbon capture and sequestration CCS), energy storage storage technologies, and even "advanced modular nuclear" technology, according to DTE COO Trevor Lauer. (Source: DTE, Michigan NPR, 26 Sept., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Carbon Neutral ,  


Global Carbon Credits Index Launched in UK (Int'l Report)
IHS Markit, Climate Finance Partners
Date: 2019-09-27
London, UK-headquartered information and analytics provider IHS Markit reports the launch of its Global Carbon Index, the first benchmark for the global price of carbon credits.

The Index tracks the performance of the largest, most liquid and most accessible tradable carbon markets -- the European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS), the California Cap-and-Trade Program, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The index is calculated using OPIS data and carbon credit futures pricing in those markets.

The IHS Markit Global Carbon Index was developed in consultation with Climate Finance Partners, a specialist in climate finance. IHS Markit is also well known for its daily OPIS Carbon Market Report, national carbon policies database and for developing industry standard methodologies for greenhouse gas accounting and disclosures. Its research and expertise on carbon policy impact, low-carbon and cleantech technologies and carbon risk management guide companies in energy, petrochemical, automotive, shipping, agriculture and other sectors critical to the global economy. (Source: IHS Markit , 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: IHS Markit, www.ihsmarkit.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  EU ETS,  IHS Markit Carbon Market,  Carbon Credit,  


Melting Arctic Permafrost Impact Costs Pegged at $70tn (Int'l)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Date: 2019-09-27
As previously reported, 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

More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland news,  VTT news,  Climate Change news,  Methane news,  


Alberta Univ. Reports Renewable Jet Biofuel R&D (Ind. Report, R&D)
University of Alberta, Forge Hydrocarbon
Date: 2019-09-27
Prof. Dr. David Bressler, researcher at the University of Alberta reports development of a hydrocarbon fuel from lipid wastes that could allow renewable biofuels to be used as jet fuel.

Unlike ethanol and other biofuels, this technology can use lower quality oils in its production, allowing it to not only release an estimated 85 pct less carbon emissions than petroleum-based fuels, according to Bressler.

Bressler's lab is considering two options for producing jet biofuel -- a low-risk approach which requires giving their hydrocarbon biofuel another treatment and adding in hydrogen or to continue work on already partially developed chemistry which would keep the fuel stable, even at lower temperatures.

The University of Alberta spin-off company Forge Hydrocarbons is working on commercializing the product as airlines and both the Canadian and American militaries are increasingly investing in the renewable option. Currently, Forge runs a pilot plant near Edmonton's Waste Management Centre that is expected to produce around 19 million lpy of biofuel. (Source: University of Alberta, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Alberta in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, Prof. Dr. David Bressler, 780-492-4986, dbressle@ualberta.ca, www.ualberta.ca; Forge Hydrocarbons, 905-815-7786, thaig@forgehc.com, www.forgehc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Forge Hydrocarbons,  


Stora Enso Addresses Construction CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Stora Enso
Date: 2019-09-25
In Stockholm, Stora Enso reports it is participating in the World Green Building Week, the largest annual and global communication campaign on sustainable buildings organized by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting our customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products.

"Stora Enso has helped us lead the change towards a building sector that meets the decarbonization goals of the Paris Agreement, addressing both operational and embodied emissions. As a campaign ambassador and advocate for new policies such as the EU's 'Level(s)' framework that seek to mainstream life-cycle assessment, they are evidence to politicians that the sector is ready to deliver net zero carbon," according to James Drinkwater, Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network.

Carbon dioxide emissions from construction materials -- mostly cement and steel -- account for approximately 11 pct of all global emissions. Stora Enso has also supported the creation of the WorldGBC's Bringing embodied carbon upfront report that highlights the importance of emissions from materials.

The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is the world's largest international organisation promoting the practice of sustainable building. Stora Enso Wood Products joined WGBC in 2017. (Source: Stora Enso, PR, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Stora Enso Wood Products Div., Jari Suominen, Div. Head, +43-664-6183907, jari.suominen@stroaenso.com, www.storaenso.com; World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Building Sustainability,  ,  Stora Enso,  World Green Building Council,  


Kuehne + Nagel Aiming for CO2 Neutral Transport from 2020 (Int'l)
Kuehne + Nagel
Date: 2019-09-25
Schindellegi, Switzerland-based global transport and logistics specialist Kuehne + Nagel reports it is proactively addressing the CO2 footprint of the transportation services performed by its suppliers -- airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies -- and will make all less-than-container-load (LCL) shipments CO2 neutral from 2020 onwards. The firm is aiming for comprehensive CO2 neutralisation (Scope 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by 2030.

To that end, Kuehne + Nagel's Net Zero Carbon programme leverages three fields of action: detection, reduction and compensation of CO2. The company has started its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand and has invested in various nature-based CO2 compensation projects, where carbon is being taken from the atmosphere. The emission credits obtained are in accordance with the highest international standards.

Over the past years, Kuehne + Nagel has considerably reduced its own CO2 footprint and will continue to pursue its efforts. (Source: Kuehne + Nagel, Logistics & Materials Handling, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Kuehne + Nagel, Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO, www.home.kuehne-nagel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kuehne + Nagel ,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  


OGCI Invests in Norsepower's Rotor Sail Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Norsepower Oy Ltd
Date: 2019-09-25
Helsinki-headquartered Norsepower Oy Ltd is reporting OGCI Climate Investments has led an €8 million investment round in Norsepower. The new dunds will be used to scale up production and commercialization of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary Rotor Sail wind energy propulsion systems for ships.

Norsepower's Rotor Sail technology, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships, is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor -- a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically. Since its establishment in November 2012, Norsepower has raised more than $24 million of funding since its founding in 2012. (Source: OGCI Climate Investments, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com; Norsepower Oy Ltd., Tuomas Riski, CEO, +358 50 3305732, www.norsepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsepower Oy ,  Wind,  


MBCP Seeking Battery Energy Storage Proposals (Ind. Report)
Monterey Bay Community Power
Date: 2019-09-25
In the Golden State, community choice aggregator Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) reports it is looking to acquire 10 MW to 100 MW of front of the meter battery storage capacity and discharged energy over a two-hour to eight-hour period. The energy storage system is required early in 2021. Sellers can submit one or more offers and should indicate to which of the following options each offer is applicable:
  • Option 1: MBCP purchases Resource Adequacy (RA) capacity only. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month, reflecting the value that the proposer will derive from the energy arbitrage;

  • Option 2: MBCP purchases the exclusive right to charge and discharge the battery as it sees fit, retaining all energy revenues earned along with the purchase of RA capacity. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month;

  • Option 3: MBCP purchases RA capacity, and the seller will optimize the charging and discharging of the battery but will split all energy revenues received on a 50/50 ratio. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month for the RA capacity plus the terms and conditions associated with the revenue sharing component.

    MBCP began serving 270,000 customers in March 2018 and was formed to provide locally controlled, carbon-free electricity to residents and businesses in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties through the community choice energy model. (Source: Monterey Bay Community Power, American Public Power Assoc., 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Monterey Bay Community Power, 831-641-7222, www.mbcommunitypower.org

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


  • ABB Touts Humless Solar Energy Storage Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    ABB,Humless
    Date: 2019-09-25
    ABB reports it is collaborating with Lindin, Utah-based solar power battery storage specialist Humless on the new Universal 10/4 "plug-and-play" Residential Energy Storage System powered by 48V Universal Energy Management (UEM) and ABB's UNO-DM-TL--PLUS line of residential inverters.

    The ESS integrates with any existing residential grid-tied solar system and works with any manufacturer's panels. Humless Universal is the first to enable simultaneous AC/DC Coupling and is very expandable. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: ABB, Franklin Sullivan, EVP, Lead Market Manager, U.S. Electrification business, www.abb.com; Humless, 866-438-7129, www.humless.com

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


    CALT Touts First Residential Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Contemporary Amperex Technology
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Chinese global battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) reports it will introduce two residential energy storage products with 100Ah battery cells -- its first residential energy storage solution for the U.S. market -- at Solar Power International 2019 (SPI).

    The company cites the projected rapid expansion of the energy storage market as a chief reason for the expansion (Source: CATL, PV Mag, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Contemporary Amperex Technology, +86 0 593 258 3668, (248) 289-6200 – Detroit Office, www.catlbattery.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Contemporary Amperex Technology,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


    Notable Climate Change Quotes
    Climate Change, World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2019-09-25
    "Climate change causes and impacts are increasing rather than slowing down. Sea level rise has accelerated and we are concerned that an abrupt decline in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets will exacerbate future rise. As we have seen this year with tragic effect in the Bahamas and Mozambique, sea level rise and intense tropical storms led to humanitarian and economic catastrophes." -- Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Co-chair of the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Contact: World Meteorological Organization, www.public.wmo.int/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  World Meteorological Organization ,  


    Maritime Giant Maersk Aims for Zero Emissions Vessels by 2030 (Int'l)
    Maersk.Martime Emissions
    Date: 2019-09-25
    At the UN climate action summit in New York. senior figures from the maritime, infrastructure, energy and finance sector, including shipping giant Maersk and oil company Shell, joined the "Getting to Zero Coalition" and pledged zero emissions shipping will be a commercial reality by the end of next decade.

    To that end, the companies will seek to coordinate the launch of clean fuels and vessels while making sure that these are supported by adequate ports, finance and policy incentives.

    The initiative is in keeping with UN International Maritime Organization's (IMO) pledge to halve emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. Currently responsible for 2 - 3 pct of annual global emissions, the international shipping industry could see its emissions jump up to 250 pct by 2050 in the absence of any action. (Source: Maersk, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, Soren Skou, CEO,www.maerskline.com International Maritime Organization Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  Climate Change,  


    AIB Announces Plans To Finance "Green" Commercial Buildings.
    AIB
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In Dublin, the Allied Irish Bank (AIB) reports it plans to place €5 billion in "green" commercial building loans over the next five years.

    The AIB "green" loans were previously available only to residential homeowners wishing to finance energy efficiency upgrades and similar improvements. However, AIB CEO Colin Hunt says they're now extending the green fund to businesses: (Source: AIB, KFM, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: AIB, Colin Hunt, CEO, +44 011 353 1 771 2424, www.aib.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AIB,  Green Building,  


    Senvion Negotiating Asset Sale to Siemens Gamesa (Int'l Report)
    Senvion , Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Hamburg, Germany-based bankrupt wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it is in talks with Siemens Gamesa over the sale of a substantial part of its business.

    Senvion, which is in self-administration after declaring insolvent in April, plans to reach a final agreement on certain services and onshore assets in Europe by the end of the month. The agreement on exclusive talks is consistent with insolvency plans adopted by the creditors' assembly on Sept. 11 and was also approved unanimously by Senvion's creditors' committee, the company added. (Source: Senvion, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  


    EU Fossil Fuels Subsidy Growth Worth Noting (Int'l., Funding)
    European Union
    Date: 2019-09-25
    "European governments often appear to champion low-carbon policies. Yet, In 2017, European Union countries collectively spent $87 billion subsidizing the cost of fossil fuels -- at a time when the world needs to act to stop climate change. The 2017 amount is nearly 2.5 times more than they spent in 2010." (Source: pressenza, Radek Stefanski, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of St Andrews, 24 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  Fossil Fuel Subsidies,  


    Banks Use PCAF to Track Investment Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In the EU, more than 50 banks and other financial institutions representing nearly $3 trillion in assets are reporting they will assess and disclose the impact their loans and investments will have on climate change through the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), an industry-wide effort to standardize how companies measure the carbon footprints of their investments.

    PCAF is a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the GHG emissions associated with their loans and investments. PCAF enables transparency and accountability and will develop an open-source global carbon accounting standard for financial institutions, according to a Reuters report. (Source: PCAF, euronews, Reuters, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, Giel Linthorst, Executive Director, +31 6 1136 6935, info@carbonaccountingfinancials.com, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

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


    Two 210-MW Michigan Wind Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
    Amber Infrastructure,Circle Power
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Hunt Companies affiliate Amber Infrastructure and Royal Oak Michigan-based Circle Power report they are partnering on the development of two, 20MW wind farms incorporating four turbines each in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan. The projects are expected to be operational in late 2021. (Source: Amber Infrastructure, Circle Power, renews, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Amber Infrastructure, Tom O'Shaughnessy, +44 20 7939 0550, www.amberinfrastructure.com; Circle Power, Jordan Roberts, www.circlepowerco.com; Hunt Companies, www.huntcompanies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Circle Power,  


    MPOB Seeks Funding for Palm Oil Biojet Fuel R&D (Int'l. R&D)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) could partner firms from Japan, China and the US to develop palm-based jet fuel using byproducts from the country's second-biggest export commodity, palm oil. The project, which is expected to get underway in early 2020, will include a pilot plant for the blended fuel.

    The Primary Industries Ministry is seeking roughly RM6 million ($1,453,000 US) in the upcoming budget to support the biojet fuel project. Potential project collaborators include Chinese, U.S. and Japanese firms.

    "The funding will be used for the initial setup to produce biojet fuel on a small scale and we will work from there on how to expand into commercial production. The project will also test the sustainability of using other renewable sources such as biomass in producing aviation biofuel," according to the release. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysian Palm Oil Board ,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    ORSTED Invests in Offshore Wind Turbine Safety System (Int'l.)
    Orsted,Pict Offshore
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Danish renewable energy giant ORSTED reports the acquisition of a 22.5 pct stake in Pict Offshore. Pict's "Get Up Safe" (GUS) system was developed by Ørsted and Fife-based height safety specialist Limpet Technology.

    The GUS system safely lifts technicians between small vessels and offshore wind turbines. The system will be installed at a new site in Inverkeithing, Fife. (Source: Orsted, The National Scot, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Mark Porter, VP Offshore Operations, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Pict Offshore, Philip Taylor, +44 (0) 1383 431 891, info@pictoffshore.com, www.pictoffshore.com

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


    $40Mn Belarus Wind Project Finds Investor (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Turkey
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Belarus is one step closer to building its largest wind farm and reaching its 2030 renewables target. Turkish green engineering and construction company Gurish Construction & Engineering Co. Inc. (GURISH) reports is investing roughly $40 million in a 25 MW wind farm near the village of Veleshkovichi in the Vitebsk region of Belarus.

    The project, which is expected to get underway in 2020, will be Belarus' largest wind energy producer supplying sufficient electric power for more than 20,000 area households when fully operational.Over its expected 20-year lifespan, the project is projected to offset over 500 thousand tonnes of CO2. (Source: UNDP Belaruse, Sept., 2019) Contact: Gurish Construction & Engineering, www.zaubacorp.com/company/GIRISH-CONSTRUCTION-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U45201GJ1986PTC008402

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Automaker Participating in Spanish Biomethane Fuel Project (Int'l.)
    European Commission,Strategic Research Institute
    Date: 2019-09-25
    With the goal of boosting the circular economy, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, Spanish auto maker SEAT S.A. reports it will participate in the Life Landfill Biofuel project which will obtain renewable gas from municipal landfills. The project, which was recently approved by the European Commission, is intended to produce biomethane from an indigenous, abundant biomass energy source. The 4-year project is budgeted at €4.6 million of which the European Commission will provide 55 pct.

    SEAT is currently working on the Life Methamorphosis project to obtain biomethane from previously selected waste and animal slurry from a farm in Lleida, Spain. The new Life Landfill Biofuel project is a step further as the raw material originates directly from the landfill, without prior separation.

    Other project participants include FCC, IVECO, The University of Granada, the CARTIF Foundation, SYSADVANCE and Gasnam. SEAT previously developed a similar project with Aqualia to convert waste water into biofuel. (Source: SEAT S.A. Website, Strategic Research Institute, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Universitat de LLeida, Departament de Produccie Vegetal, www.pvcf.udl.cat; SEAT, www.seat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Biomethane,  Waste-to-Fuel ,  


    Dow, UPM Biofuels Partner on Bio-Based Plastics (Ind. Report)
    Dow Chemical, UPM Biofuel
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Chemicals giant Dow Chemical Company rports it is partnering with advanced biofuels producer UPM Biofuels for the commercialization of a plastics offering for the packaging industry made from a bio-based renewable feedstock.

    Dow is integrating wood-based UPM BioVerno renewable naphtha -- a key raw material used to develop plastics -- into its slate of raw materials, creating an alternative source for plastics production. Dow is using this feedstock to produce bio-based polyethylene (PE) at its production facility in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, for use in food and other packaging applications.

    Following a successful year-long trial program, Dow is now planning to scale production and address the increasing global demand for renewable plastics.

    UPM BioVerno naphtha is produced at UPM's biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland, from crude tall oil, which is a residue of paper pulp production. (Source: Dow Chemical Co., PR, 24 Sept., 2019)Contact: Dow CHemicals, www.dow.com; UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM BioVerno,  UPM Biofuel,  Dow Chemical,  Woody Biomass,  


    Sun Life Montreal Bldg. Scores LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-09-25
    The Canada Green Building Council reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification (Existing Building) to the Sun Life Building in Montreal. The Sun Life Building is the first century-old building in North America to obtain triple Platinum certification in environmental performance and digital connectivity, having already earned BOMA BEST Platinum certification from BOMA Canada and WIRED Platinum certification from WiredScore.

    The 1 million sq-ft, 1914-vintage Sun Life building scored higher than the level required for Platinum certification in the LEED system which measures a building's performance and efficiency in five sectors related to human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Cdn Consulting Engineer, 24 Sept., 2019)contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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


    NZ Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework Released (Int'l.)
    National Climate Change Risk Assessment
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Reporting from Wellington, the New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw has released a framework for the upcoming National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA).

    Aimed at identifying national level climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities, the framework includes 17 categories of climate-related hazards most likely to "result in substantial risks to the nation's well being", including warmer temperatures, sea-level rise, ocean chemistry changes, increased fire risk and coastal erosion. It also includes the effect those hazards have on both physical and non-physical assets.

    The framework is intended to "improve the ability of decision-makers to make informed decisions in the presence of inevitable and, in some cases, substantial and irreducible uncertainty" and to "improve other stakeholders' understanding and foster and support the broader public interests in the quality of the decision-making process," according to the Minister. (Source: Radio New Zealand, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: National Climate Change Risk Assessment, www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Risk,  New Zealand Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Locus Bio-Energy Opens TX. Innovation Center, HQ (Ind. Report)
    Locus Bio-Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In the Lone Star State, oil technology specialist Locus Bio-Energy Solutions is reporting the opening of its 7,117-square-foot oil innovation center and headquarters building in The Woodlands.

    The company also has operations in Midland, Texas and Worthington, Ohio. Work at the innovation center will focus on the company's AssurEOR bio-surfactant treatment program. (Source: Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, 22 Sept., 2019) Contact: Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, Jonathan Rogers, CEO, (855) 503-0080, www.locusbioenergy.com


    UK Holding $25Bn Offshore Wind Farm Sites Auction (Int'l Report)
    Crown Estate,Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Further to our 30th August report, the Crown Estate in the UK is reported to have launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering four new sites -- Dogger Bank Bidding Area, Eastern Regions Bidding Area, South East Bidding Area and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea Bidding Area -- with the combined potential of 7-8.5 GW -- sufficient power for more than six million UK homes. The first seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, Crown Estate said.

    The UK plans to generate one-third of its electricity from wind power by 2030 as part of efforts to reach its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

    Crown Estate acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to launch an offshore wind seabed licensing round for sites off the Scottish coast in October. (Source: Crown Estate, Aljazeera, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  


    Air Seychelles Commits to Cutting Carbon Footprint (Int'l Report)
    Air Seychelles
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Air Seychelles reports it is advancing its corporate social responsibility programme to reduce carbon emissions and reinforcing its commitment towards sustainability.

    To that end, the Republic of Seychelles national air carrier is flying new lightweight Airbus A320neo aircraft that reportedly delivers an average 20 pct fuel savings per flight and approximately 50 pct reduced noise footprint and nitrogen oxides (N0x) compared to the fleet of Airbus A320ceo. (Source: Air Seychelles, Aviation Tribune, Sept., 2019) Contact: Air Seychelles Remco Althuis, CEO, +248 439,1000, www.airseychelles.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    China Fighting Climate Change with Nature-Based Solutions (Int'l.)
    Ministry of Ecology and Environment
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Beijing, China's top environmental authority, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has reaffirmed the country's commitment to fulfilling its Paris Agreement climate change pledge through the adoption of "nature-based solutions" and "greater efforts to improve biodiversity, forestation, and water resources, among other priorities."

    From 2005 to 2018, China's carbon emission intensity dropped by 45.8 pct, the Ministry noted, adding that the government will continue to promote climate adaptation, as well as carbon trading, to reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

    China's carbon emissions are widely expected to peak between 2021 and 2025 -- several years ahead of 2030, the target China set for itself as part of the Paris Agreement. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Peoples Republic of China, PR, Xinhua, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ministry of Ecology and Environment,  Climate Change China,  Paris Climate Afreement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Half of UAE Residents Believe Climate Change Real (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-23
    A recent 28 country survey of climate change attitudes by the UK-based global research firm YouGov found just 52 pct of UAE respondents acknowledged man-made climate change as a reality, compared to 69 and 66 pct of respondents in Spain and Italy, respectively. Regionally, 42 pct of Egyptians said they believed in man-made climate change, followed by just 35 pct of respondents in Saudi Arabia.

    Interestingly, of the 30,000 people in 28 markets covered in the study, the percentage of respondents who don't believe in man-made climate change is only higher in the United States at 10 pct and Norway at 8 pct. (Source: UAE News Arabian Business, 22 Sept., 2019)Contact: YouGov, www.yougov.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    GE Energy Storage Included in Aussie Solar River Project (Int'l.)
    Solar River Project, GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In the Land Down Under, the Solar River Project and GE Renewable Energy are reporting GE has been selected for the supply and integration of one of the largest grid-scale battery technology hybrid deployment to be installed for the Solar River Project in South Australia. The energy storage system will be coupled to a large 200 MW photovoltaic generation plant.

    Solar River Project will incorporate more than 640,000 solar panels and GE's 100-MW, 3 hours battery storage system -- sufficient electric power to 90,000 South Australian homes. The project is expected to come on line in early 2021. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, reve, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Solar River Project, Jason May, CEO, www.srproject.com.au; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar River Project,  GE Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


    Algae Biofuel Market Valued of $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
    Zion Market Research
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Zion Market Research is touting its recently published Algae Biofuel Market by Type (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Methane, Jet Fuel, Biobutanol, Biogasoline, Green Diesel, and Others) and for Application (Transportation, Aerospace, and Other Applications): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2017 -- 2024 report.

    The report covers crucial data associated with worldwide Algae Biofuel Market, highlights the newest technological developments and new launches, and other related developements that impact the algae biofuel market. According to the report the Algae Biofuel Market will will be valued at $9.88 billion by 2024.

    Report details are HERE. Request sample copy of Algae Biofuel Market Research Report HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Sept., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada Toll-Free No.1-855-465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research ,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


    Efficiency Major Energy Sector Employer in Colorado (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,Environmental Entrepreneurs
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Energy Efficiency Jobs in America a new study from the nationwide enterprise group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and Framingham, Mass.-based E4TheFuture Inc reports that energy efficiency jobs now account for 34,340 jobs -- 22 pct of energy sector jobs in Colorado -- up by 7.2 pct in 2018.

    Nationwide, more than 360,000 companies companies, 6,105 of which are in Colorado, are working in the energy efficiency and management field. (Source: Environmental Entrepreneurs Herald Publicist, 21 Sept., 2019) Contact: Environmental Entrepreneurs, www.e2.org; E4TheFuture Inc., 774-777-5121, www.e4thefuture.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UAE Supports Caribbean's Largest Renewables Project (Ind. Report)
    UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Abu Dhabi, the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, (UAE-CREF) has announced a $5.7 million commitment and partnership to restore power to the Caribbean island of Barbuda -- one of the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda -- following the near-total destruction of the island after Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017. The funds will support Antigua and Barbuda through the largest renewable energy initiative of its kind in the Caribbean region.

    The project will be executed by the UAE-CREF in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), responsible for project design and implementation. The plant will displace an estimated 260,000 litres of diesel fuel per year, saving the Government of Antigua and Barbuda $320,000 and offsetting 690 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. (Source: Emirates News Agency, 22 Sept., 2019) Contact: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund,  


    Honeywell, KE2 Therm Trim Refrigeration Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell, KE2 Therm
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Honeywell Building Technologies reports it and Washington, Missouri-based smart refrigeration controllers developer KE2 Therm have reached an agreement under which Honeywell will have selling rights to KE2 Therm Solutions, including smart controllers for the commercial refrigeration industry -- grocery, convenience store and restaurant sector to help operators cut energy consumption, costs, and meet regulatory guidelines.

    With the agreement, KE2 Therm will also sell Honeywell Multisite (f.k.a. Novar) technologies including its Novar building controls systems, E-MON electrical meters, and Manning refrigerant leak detection sensors.

    According to the U.S. DOE, grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9 pct of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S., of which more than 50 pct is from refrigeration.

    Honeywell Multisite provides full-service building management including design, engineering, programming, software and hardware production, delivery and installation, and 24/7 centralized monitoring, control and reporting. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Honeywell Multisite, Matt Call, GM, www.honeywell.com; KE2 Therm, Patrick Holdmeyer, Pres., CEO, (636)266-0140, fax (888) 366-6769, information@ke2therm.com, www.ke2therm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Germany Plans Multi-Billion Euro Climate Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Tax, German Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Berlin, German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government has reportedly agreed on a carbon price -- tax to meet its targeted 55 pct cut in carbon emissions by 2030. The price -- tax -- for CO2 emissions in transport and buildings is expected to come into force in 2021 at an estimated cost of €54 billion ($60 billion) by 2023.

    The German system will be based on a trade in emissions certificates under the EU's emissions trading scheme (EU ETS). Germany is on course to miss its 2020 target of reducing 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct, according to the Times of Aman report. (Source: Times of Oman, 22 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  German Carbon Tax,  


    Dominion Touting 220-Turbine NJ Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based utility holding company Dominion Energy is touting its proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project -- the first fully permitted wind project in US federal waters. Dominion has filed an interconnection request for its 2.6-GW, 220-turbine project with PJM, the grid operator for much of the East Coast and Midwest.

    Ocean survey work is slated to get underway in 2020 and a construction and operations plan will be submitted in 2022. The project would be located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

    There are now more than 26,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in various stages of development off the East Coast and in the Great Lakes, with additional potential off the East and West Coasts, according to the Click Lancashire article. (Source: Dominion Energy, Click Lancashire, 22 Sept., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell,VP Generation Construction, www.dominionenergy.com

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

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