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Duke NC Expands Green Source Advantage Offerings (Ind Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-09-16
In Charlotte, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) is reported to have approved Duke Energy's Green Source Advantage (GSA) program enabling the company to expand renewable energy options for customers.

The GSA program give large energy users flexibility in selecting and negotiating all contract prices and terms directly with a renewable supplier of their choice, including the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by that renewable facility. The GSA program will be available until the total capacity of 600 MW is fully subscribed. Of this 600-MW capacity, 100 MW will be set aside for military installations and 250 MW set aside for University of North Carolina institutions, according to North Carolina's Competitive Energy Solutions legislation. The remaining 250 MW will be reserved for large nonresidential customers -- 160 MW for Duke Energy Carolinas and 90 MW for Duke Energy Progress. Facilities that are used for the GSA program will be owned and operated by eligible renewable energy developers.

Duke Energy's $62 million solar rebate program for residential, commercial and nonprofit customers in North Carolina has helped 3,000 customers go solar in its first two years. Duke Energy will continue offering these rebates over the next three years. In 2018, Duke Energy launched a competitive bidding process for new solar capacity and connected over 500 MW of new solar capacity. To date in 2019, Duke Energy has contracted for more than 600 MW of new solar capacity. The company also offers a solar leasing program. (Source: Duke Energy North Carolina, , PRN, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy North Carolina,  ,  Solar,  Renewable Energy Rebates,  


Siouxland Energy Shuttering Iowa Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Siouxland Energy ,Plymouth Energy
Date: 2019-09-16
In the wake of Plymouth Energy's ethanol plant shutdown in August, Siouxland Energy, a farmer-owned cooperative in Sioux Center, Iowa, is reporting its board of directors has "decided to halt production."

The shutdown is being blamed on the Trump Administration's waivers so ethanol doesn't have to be blended in gasoline produced at what the board said were "many large oil refineries." According to Siouxland Energy, the actions have "unfairly" benefited the oil industry at the expense of farmers and, "if not addressed soon, will impact the livelihoods of many." (Source: Siouxland Energy, Des Moines Register, 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, 712-722-4904, www.siouxlandenergy.com; Plymouth Energy, 712-938-2373, www.plymouth-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siouxland Energy,  Plymouth Energy,  Ethanol,  


Formosa I Offshore Wind Turbine Trials Underway (Int'l. Report)
Orsted,SiemensGamesa,Macquarie Capital
Date: 2019-09-16
Denmark-based offshore wind farm developer Orsted has reportedly begun trial runs of six offshore wind turbines at the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm off the west coast of central Taiwan. Orsted is the developer of Formosa 1 and holds a 35 pct stake in the offshore wind farm. Japan-based JERA holds 32.5 pct, Australia-based Macquarie Capital has 25 pct and Taiwan-based Swancor Renewable Energy holds 7.5 pct.

Formosa 1 has a total 128MW total capacity with two 4MW offshore wind turbines already installed in the first phase in October 2016 and another 20, 6MW turbines being installed in the second phase. Orsted has so far installed 10 of the project's 20 SiemensGamesa-manufactured offshore wind turbines.

Formosa I is expected to be fully operational by the year end. (Source: Orsted, DIGITIMES, Taipei, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Swancor Renewable Energy, +886 49 2255420, +886 49 2251534 - fax, swancor@swancor.com.tw, www.swancor.com.tw; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Macquarie Capital, www.macquarie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie Capital ,  Formosa I,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  SiemensGamesa,  


Trump Expands on Light Bulb Standard Rollback (Notable Quote}
Trump. EPA
Date: 2019-09-16
"The light bulb. People said what's with the light bulb. I said here's the story, and I looked at it. The bulb that we're being forced to use. Number one, to me, most importantly, the light's no good. I always look orange. And so do you. The light is the worst." -- Pres. Donald Trump.

Commenting on the President's logic, Alex Young of Consequences of Sound Radio noted: "So to recap, we're killing the environment to suffice the fragile ego of a man who made himself orange because he used a garbage tanning bed and now he can't handle being called a Cheeto." (Source: Consequences of Sound Radio, 14 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Light Bulb Efficiency Standard,  


East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm Now in Production (Int'l.)
Iberdrola
Date: 2019-09-16
Spanish wind developer Iberdrola reports its 102-turbine North Sea East Anglia One offshore wind farm off the coast of County Suffolk has been connected to the UK electricity grid and is slated to go into operation next year. Iberdrola's subsidiary, ScottishPower Renewables, which installed 25 turbines on the site this summer, will gradually connect them to the grid.

When fully operational in 2020, the £2.5 billion, 300 km2 project will be the worlds largest wind farm, with an installed capacity of 714 MW supplying energy to 630,000 British homes. (Source: Iberdrola, reve, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: East Anglia One, www.iberdrola.com/conocenos/lineas-negocio/proyectos-emblematicos/parque-eolico-marino-east-anglia-one, www,iberdrola.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Offshore Wins,  


Black Hills Offers Major Users Renewables Option (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy
Date: 2019-09-16
Rapid City South Dakota-based Black Hills Energy is touting a new "Renewable Ready" subscription-based program that allows certain customers to decide the percentage of their energy they want to come from solar, hydro and wind resources.

To qualify for the program, customers must more than 300,000 KW per year of electric power. Since its launch, governmental, industrial, and retail customers have expressed interest in the program. (Source: Black Hills Energy, KOTA TV, 11 Sept., 2019) Contact: Black Hills Energy, www.blackhillsenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Agentis, Oracle Partner on Utilities Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Agentis, Oracle
Date: 2019-09-16
Chicago-based energy management systems specialist Agentis and Oracle Utilities Opower are reporting a collaboration to help utility companies better engage and drive energy savings for every customer. By combining Agentis' software in the utility business segment with Oracle's customer engagement and energy efficiency solutions, utilities will now be able to actively connect each type of customer with personalized insights that drive action and verified energy savings.

By bringing together behavioral energy efficiency, digital customer experience, and advanced analytics, utilities can drive greater engagement across all classes of their customer base and usher in a new era of customer relationships. Moreover, the joint solution will provide faster time to value for utilities as they can accelerate the deployment of a unified data integration platform with Opower as the central hub.

Opower delivers one of the world's most widely deployed utility customer engagement platform -- spanning more than 60 million households globally. When used together, utilities will be able to use Opower's data platform to execute engagement programs for both businesses and residential customers that help reduce the cost-to-serve, enhance customer satisfaction, and generate energy efficiency savings. (Source: Agenitis, PR, Yahoo, 16, 2019) Contact: Agentis Energy, John Lux, Pres., www.agenitisenergy.com; Oracle Utilities, Opower Group, Scott Neuman, VP, www.intel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agentis,  Oracle,  Opower,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Maine Scores $2.5Mn in Latest RGGI Auction (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2019-09-16
In Augusta, the Maine Public Utilities Commission report Maine has received nearly $2.5 million in the latest Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances.

RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulled the Garden State out of the group whicg caps carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to reduce air pollution. Companies then purchase allowances at auctions that allow them to emit a certain amount of CO2 gas from power plants generating over 25 megawatts of electricity.

RGGI generates revenue for all nine states, which had reduced CO2 emissions by over 50 pctsince 2007. Maine Public Utilities Commission Administrative Director says the latest auction reached the milestone of selling the one billionth emission allowance. Maine has received $108.6 million in revenue since 2007 that's financed rate relief, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, WABI Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, 207-287-3831, www.maine.gov › mpuc; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  


EBRD Confirms Kazakhstan Renewables Support (Int'l Report)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2019-09-16
The London, UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it has committed to support Kazakhstan's drive to promote renewable energy, with the help of a second phase of the Bank's Kazakhstan Renewables Framework of up to €300 million.

The first phase supported the creation of 262 MW of renewable power-generation capacity across the country, attracted four private international investors and supported a grid-strengthening project.

In addition to the EBRD funding, the Framework will be supported by concessional finance from the Green Climate Fund and benefit from a comprehensive technical cooperation programme, which will support competitive tendering for wind projects and the development of a carbon market in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan's renewable energy target aims for 3 pct of power generation by 2020 and 50 pct by 2050.

To date, the EBRD has invested over €8.3 billion ($9.1 billion) through 262 projects in the economy of Kazakhstan. Over €2 billion of this funding has supported Green Economy Transition projects. The Bank is the largest international investor in the country's economy outside of the oil and gas sectors and has a wide presence in Kazakhstan. (Source: EBRD, kazinform, 15 Sept., 2019)Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Renewable Energy,  


Carbon Tax Included in Germany's €40Bn Climate Pkg. (Int'l.)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-16
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CD) governing coalition is reportedly expected to release it latest plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels. The government's package of measures, which could cost well over €40 billion ($44.6 billion) until 2023, is slated to be released on Friday, September 20.

The government's plans are expected to include a broad range of issues such as extending grants for electric car buyers, expanding a network of charging stations, raising road taxes for polluting vehicles, improving building energy efficiency, raising a green surcharge on air travel and a possible carbon tax.

As previously reported, Germany is expected to miss its own emissions goals for 2020. (Source: DW, 15 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  German Climate Change,  


India Calls For Investment in Renewable Energy Parks (Int'l.)
India Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-09-16
In New Delhi, the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is calling for state-run companies to build massive clean energy parks at an expected cost of around $2 billion each. The proposed energy parks will be set up under the existing Solar Park scheme, which provides land and grid connectivity.

The proposed renewable energy power parks averaging 2,000 MW apiece, are intended to help developers achieve economies of scale, further reduce solar and wind power tariffs, and bolster India's image as a clean energy developer and industry leader. Clean energy presently account for more than 20 pct of India's installed power generation capacity. (Source: Livemint, Financial Tribune, 14 Sept., 2019)

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


Plant-level U.S. Biodiesel Prod. Capacity Data Released (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2019-09-16
On September 13, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its first annual U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report. The report includes the total biodiesel production capacity for all operating plants in both million gallons per year (gal/y) and barrels per day (b/d) as of January 1, 2019. The names of the reporting plants are organized by Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADD). Like the Ethanol Plant Production Capacity Report, EIA plans to update the report annually.

The 2019 U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report shows 102 operating biodiesel plants with 2.6 billion gpy in biodiesel production capacity, or 167,000 bpd. More than half of the nation's biodiesel production capacity is in the Midwest region, led by Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. Of the top 15 biodiesel-producing states, 9 are located in the Midwest.

U.S.biodiesel production topped 1.8 billion gallons (119,000 bpd) in 2018, implying a 72 pct utilization rate based on the nameplate capacity level recorded at the beginning of 2018.

In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that U.S. production of biodiesel will reach about 2.0 billion gallons (128,000 bpd) in 2019, resulting in 77 pct utilization of reported nameplate capacity as of January 1, 2019.

Respondents report the biodiesel production capacity data to EIA on Form EIA-22M, Monthly Biodiesel Production Survey, and EIA publishes the data in the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report. All entities that produce biodiesel that meets ASTM D 6751-07B specifications and is used for commercial purposes within the United States submit Form EIA-22M. Additional data collected on Form EIA-22M include production, sales, stock changes, and feed stock inputs to production. (Source: US EIA Release, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/petroleum/ethanolcapacity

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  U.S. Energy Information Administration,  


DOE Announces $110Mn Grant Funding for CCUS R&D (R&D Funding)
US DOE,NETL
Date: 2019-09-16
The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $110 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects under three funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Approximately $75M is for awards selected under two FOAs announced earlier this fiscal year; $35M is for a new FOA.

These FOAs further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening coal while protecting the environment. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option for coal-fired energy sources or gas-fired power plants and other industrial sources to lower their CO2 emissions.

Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 million for cost-shared R&D. The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.

Under the second FOA award, Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment, DOE selected four projects to receive up to $20 million for cost-shared R&D. The projects also advance existing R&D by addressing key technical challenges; facilitating data collection, sharing, and analysis; evaluating regional infrastructure; and promoting regional technology transfer.

Under the new FOA, , DOE is announcing up to $35 million for cost-shared R&D projects that will accelerate wide-scale deployment of CCUS through assessing and verifying safe and cost-effective anthropogenic CO2 commercial-scale storage sites, and carbon capture and/or purification technologies. These types of projects have the potential to take advantage of the 45Q tax credit for each ton of CO2 sequestered or utilized. The credit was recently increased to $35/metric ton for enhanced oil recovery and $50/metric ton for geologic storage.

Projects selected under this new FOA shall perform the following key activities: complete a detailed site characterization of a commercial-scale CO2 storage site (50 million metric tons of captured CO2 within a 30 year period); apply and obtain an underground injection control class VI permit to construct an injection well; complete a CO2capture assessment; and perform all work required to obtain a National Environmental Policy Act determination for the site.

DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory NETL) will manage the selected projects. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 13 Sept., 2019)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy. www.energy.gov/fe/foa-2058-front-end-engineering-design-feed-studies-carbon-capture-systems-coal-and-natural-gas, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  CCS,  US DOE,  CCUS,  CO2,  Office of Fossil Energy,  


Trump Plan Would Boost Biofuel Quotas 10 pct in 2020 (Reg & Leg)
Teump
Date: 2019-09-16
Reuters is reporting U.S. Pres. Trump has tentatively approved a plan to increase the amount of biofuels that oil refiners are required to blend each year to compensate for the large number of financial "hardship" exemptions granted to "small" -- 75,000 bpd or less -- refiners by the EPA.

Under the plan, the EPA will calculate a three-year rolling average of total biofuels gallons exempted under its Small Refinery Exemption program and add that figure to its annual biofuel blending quotas each year -- about 1.35 billion gallons in 2020. That would come in addition to a tentative agreement to boost 2020 blending volumes by 1 billion gallons, including 500 million gallons for conventional biofuels like corn-based ethanol and 500 million gallons for advanced biofuels like biodiesel, according to the Reuters report.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 16 Sept., 2019)

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


GE Supplying Turbines For Swedish Onshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy,WindSpace A/S,
Date: 2019-09-16
GE Renewable Energy reports it has contracted to supply 33 units of its 5.3 MW Cypress wind turbines, its largest onshore wind turbine, for WindSpace's 175 MW Bjorkvattnet Wind Farm which will generate sufficient power for 175,000 homes in Sweden. The contract includes a 25-years Full Services Agreement.

The Bjorkvattnet Wind Farm project was developed by Vindparken and WindSpace, with support from GE Renewable Energy, and sold to InfraVia Capital Partners, a Paris-based infrastructure investor. The project is expected to come on line by the end of 2020. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 11 Sept., 2019) Contact: WindSpace A/S, www.windspace.dk: GE Renewable Energy, Peter Wells, CEO , European Region Onshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  WindSpace ,  


Notable Quote -- PSEG CEO Talks Energy Efficiency
PSEG
Date: 2019-09-16
"Compared with wind and solar energy efficiency is both faster and cheaper to access because it doesn't have to be built. It also doesn't require the extensive use of land that wind and solar do, and has much shorter payback periods than renewable resources." -- Ralph Izzo, Pres & Ceo, Public Service Enterprise Group, Sept., 2019) Contact: PSEG 2018 Sustainablity Report

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG,  Energy Efficiency,  


Galway Adopts Statutory Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Int'l)
Galway,Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-16
In Ireland, the City of Galway City Council is reporting the adoption of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the period from 2019 to 2024. The strategy aims to prepare the city of roughly 90,000 residents for, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Strategy contains 31 individual adaptation actions covering governance and support, critical infrastructure and buildings, natural and cultural capital, water resources, flood risk management, and community services. These adaptation measures will be implemented over the next ten years to help cope with climate change.

The adoption of the Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 is mandated under the National Adaptation Framework, requiring all Local Authorities to have such a plan in place by the end of September 2019. (Source: City of Galway, www.galwaycity.ie; National Adaptation Framework, www.dccae.gov.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Intel Touts "World's Smartest Building" in Israel (Ind. Report)
Intel
Date: 2019-09-16
Intel is reporting the has unveiling of its new, 800,000 sq-ft development center in Petah Tikvah, Isreal, which it claims is the "smartest building in the world."

The $180 million facility incorporates: approximately 14,000 sensors that facilitate smart lighting and temperature; automatic lighting and window shading to take advantage of natural light throughout the day; elevators that use smart algorithms to learn the travel patterns of elevator users to expect where they are likely to be at any given time, shortening waiting times; and other energy efficient "smart" features.

The building also boasts energy efficiency roughly 40 pct better than the industry standard; 75 pct less water consumption than similar buildings, and 95 pct of construction waste was recycled. (Source: Intel, World Israel News, 15 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Intel,  Smart Building,  


NCGA Take Legal Action To Support E15 (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
National Corn Grower’s Association
Date: 2019-09-16
The Chestrfield, Missouri-based National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) reports it has moved to intervene in an effort by big oil to challenge the EPA's final RVP rule by filing a motion in support of the and the final rule allowing for year-round sales of E15. If successful, the oil industry's lawsuit would overturn the E15 rule

The NGCA has been a long-time advocates of removing the unnecessary and outdated barrier to year-round E15, which took several years to accomplish. This present action is a continuation of NCGA efforts to increase corn grind by expanding the sales of higher ethanol blends. NCGA will be joining efforts with other ethanol advocates as the legal process continues. (Source: NCGA, High Plains Journal, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: NCGA, (636) 733-9004, (636) 733-9005 -fax, corninfo@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

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


Formosa I Phase II Offshore Wind Begins Power Production (Int'l.)
Formosa I, Orsted
Date: 2019-09-13
Orsted A/S is reporting the second phase of the 128-MW Formosa I offshore wind project in Taiwanese waters has begun generating power. When fully operational, Phase 2 will incorporate 20 Siemens Gamesa's 6-MW turbines, 10 of which been erected and six have begun producing power.

The 120-MW power plant off the coast of Miaoli County, Taiwan, is expected to become fully operational within the next two months and will generate sufficient power for an estimated 128,000 Taiwanese homes.

Formosa I investors include the renewables unit of Swancor Holding Co Ltd, Macquarie Group Ltd., Denmark’s Orsted and JERA Co. (Source: Orsted, Various Media, 11 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  Formosa I,  


It's All About "The Donald" (Notable Quote)
Trump
Date: 2019-09-13
(Because) "I look better in incandescent light." -- Pres. Donald Trump, 9 Sept. 2019, while speaking in Fayetteville, N.C. in answer to a question on why his administration is rolling back the Light Bulb Efficiency Standard .

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Light Bulb Efficiency Standard,  


Big storage comes to Ireland

Date: 2019-09-13
A 200 MW storage project is being developed by Hanwha Energy Corporation and Lumcloon Energy. The €300 million facility is intended to stabilize the grid to host more renewable energy capacity. With that tweet, Ireland’s minister for communications, climate action and environment, Richard Bruton, welcomed the beginning of construction of a 200 MW storage project planned in County Offaly, in Leinster province in the east of Ireland. The project consists of two 100 MW lithium-ion storage units near the municipalities of Ferbane and Shannonbridge, Irish broadcaster RTE revealed. The developer is Korea-based Hanwha Energy Corporation, the parent company of module maker Hanwha Q Cells, and Irish company Lumcloon Energy Limited is a partner on the project. The storage facility is intended to secure power supply for the country’s future energy grid, which is expected to accommodate a rising share of renewable energy generation. Lumcloon Energy Limited announced the project with Hanwha in April 2018. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Ireland had a pumped storage capacity of 292 MW at the end of last year. Its installed hydropower capacity stood at 529 MW while solar and wind had shares of 3,518 MW and 29 MW, respectively. Fossil fuels still meet around half of Ireland’s power demand. (Source: pv mag, 10 Sept., 2019)


UAE Plans 70 pct Carbon Emissions Reduction (Int'l Report)
Abu Dhabi,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-09-13
In Abu Dhabi, the UAE Energy Ministry reports the oil-soaked nation is planning to generate 50 pct of its energy from renewable sources and slash its carbon emissions by 70 pct by the year 2050 while not "diminishing its role as a supplier of hydrocarbons."

To that end, in February 2018, Abu Dhabi created the Department of Energy to act as a regulator and policy maker for the country's energy sector. The country also implemented significant structural reforms in the energy sector and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Group (ADNOC) has announced plans to invest $1.8bn by 2023 in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other measures to reduce carbon emissions.(Source: ADNOC, Oil & Gas, Sept., 2019) Contact: ADNOC Group, www.adnoc.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Palm Oil B20 Tests Slated for Malaysia (Int'l. Report)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-09-13
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) reports it and FGV Holdings Bhd will be embarking on a 6 month trial project involving the use of 20 pct palm biodiesel and 80 pct petroleum diesel blend (B20) for diesel vehicles.

The vehicle’s petroleum diesel engines will not be modified in any way to accommodate biodiesel fuel. The vehicles used for the project will be monitored in terms of their movements, fuel consumption of B20 and their maintenance costs. The B20 trial is intended to prove that using B20 will not affect vehicle engines.

Malaysia implemented B10 for its transportation sector beginning February and B7 for industrial sector in June this year in effort to reduce greenhouse gas emission released by diesel vehicles and to support the Palm oil industry. (Source: MPOB, New Strait Times, 12 Sept., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  


Penna. Promoting Alternative Fuels Corridors (Ind. Report)
Alternative Fuel
Date: 2019-09-13
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania officials report the Keystone State is participating in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Alternative Fuel Corridors program aimed at reducing electric vehicle range anxiety by filling in charging station gaps and increasing the availability CNG, propane, ethanol and other alternative fuels outside its major cities.

The Alternative Fuel Corridors program was created in 2015 under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which authorized $305 billion through 2020 to make infrastructure upgrades, including a provision to designate national road corridors for electric vehicle charging and alternative fuels fueling stations. More than 135,000 miles of highway in 46 states and Washington D.C. are presently in various stages of participation in the program.

Pennsylvania, which has designated 1,813 miles of Alternative Fuel Corridors, is also participating in the Transportation Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration among 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and Washington D.C. working to reduce transportation carbon emissions. (Source: Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, Energy News, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Transportation Climate Initiative, www.transportationandclimate.org/content/about-us; Alternative Fuels Corridors, www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  


Saint Jean Carbon Updates Process Research Ortech Acquisition Progress (Ind. Report, M&A)
Saint Jean Carbon
Date: 2019-09-13
Oakville, Ontario-based carbon science and green energy storage specialist Saint Jean Carbon Inc. reports its recently announced acquisition of Process Research Ortech Inc. is advancing and expected to close by October 15th.

. Saint Jean is a publicly traded carbon science company, with specific interests in energy storage and green energy creation and green re-creation, with holdings in graphite mining claims in Quebec, Canada. (Source: Saint Jean Carbon Inc., PR, Global Newswire, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saint John Carbon, Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director, (905) 844-1200, info@saintjeancarbon.com, www.saintjeancarbon.com; Process Research Ortech, www.processortech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint Jean Carbon,  


BP Commits to Continuous Methane Measurement Tech (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2019-09-13
London-headquartered oil industry giant BP reports it has installed continuous measurement of methane emissions technology at its existing oil and gas processing projects worldwide and will deploy the technology at all future BP-operations as part of its program to reduce methane emissions.

The methane data generated will help BP identify the largest opportunities to tackle methane emissions, drive efficiency and develop best practice – and is ultimately aimed at delivering and improving on BP’s methane intensity target of 0.2 pct from its upstream operations. In time, the data collected will feed information into an extensive digital cloud network as part of a global integrated approach to reduce both methane and carbon emissions. (Source: BP, World Oil, Sept. 10, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Methane,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHG,  


Consortium Funds Offshore Wind Anchorage Study (R&D, Funding)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2019-09-13
The new federally-funded U.S. National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium reports awarding its first contract to the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The $300,000 award will support NREL's work on the economic feasibility of shared mooring lines to cut deep-water floating wind farm costs by connecting adjacent turbine platforms and distributing load, resulting in fewer anchors and considerable savings.

The DOE-created consortium is funded with $20 million to conduct research and development to address technological barriers and lower the costs and risks of offshore wind in the United States. To that end, DOE and Department of the Interior (DOI) identified the following research areas to facilitate the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry: wind plant technology advancement; wind resource and physical site characterization, and; installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions.

The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA). (Source: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, ENR, 11 Sept., 2019)Contact: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, www.energy.gov › eere › national-offshore-wind-rd-consortium; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind R&D,  NYSERDA,  


Aviva Launches Climate Transition European Equity Fund (Int'l.)
Aviva Investors
Date: 2019-09-13
In the UK, London-headquartered Aviva Investors is reporting the launch of its Climate Transition European Equity Fund that will focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy. The new fund has received €100 million seed investment from Aviva France.

The fund will invest in companies that derive revenues from goods and services that address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and companies aligning their business models with a warmer, low-carbon world. It will not invest in stocks exposed to coal, unconventional fossil fuels, Arctic oil and gas production, or thermal coal electricity generation. (Source: Aviva Investors, City Wire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Aviva Investors, Euan Munro, CEO, www.avivainvestors.com

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EDF Renewables Snares German Wind Projects (M&A, Int'l Report)
EDF Renewables,Altus AG,
Date: 2019-09-13
EDF Renewables reports acquisition of a roughly 300 MW, 10 project pipeline of German wind projects from wind and solar energy developer Altus AG in Karlsruhe.

The projects, which are at various stages of development, are expected to to be completed and commissioned over the next 5 years. Once fully permitted, the projects will participate to the onshore wind auctions organized by the German Federal Government in order to secure 20-year Power Purchase Agreements.

EDF Renewables presently operates more than 580 MW of wind projects in Germany through its subsidiaries, among which 400 MW offshore wind capacity as an operation and maintenance service provider. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, reve, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Altus AG, +49 721 6269060, www.altus-ag.de; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

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Masdar, EDF Launch Energy Efficiency, Services Firm (Int'l)
Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
Date: 2019-09-13
At the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and French low-carbon electricity leader EDF are reporting an agreement to launch a new joint venture energy services company in order to expand into non-utility scale building energy efficiency, solar technology below 50 MW and others. The agreement is in line with Masdar's global clean energy ambitions and further supports the UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 objectives to increase renewable energy usage and energy efficiency across the UAE region, according to a release. (Source: Masdar, EDF, Trade Arabia News, Sept., 2019) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Masdar,  Energy Efficiency,  


CIP Pays €350Mn for Spanish Onshore Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-09-13
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), the renewables specialist partly founded by PensionDanmark, is reporting acquisition of the 374 MW Monegros onshore wind portfolio in Aragon, Spain for more than €350 million. The acquisition will be financed with 100 pct equity from CIP's CI III fund.

The Monegros portfolio consists of nine individual projects comprising 99 GE wind turbines generating sufficient power for about 300,000 average Spanish households. Work has begun on the portfolio's first project. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, IP&E, 11 Sept., 2019)Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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Greencoat Acquiring Glennmont Partners' Laois Wind Farm (M&A)
Greencoat Renewables
Date: 2019-09-13
Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it has agreed to buy the 10 year old Gortahile wind farm in County Laois, Ireland, from Glennmont Partners. The wind farm generates sufficient power for about 20,000 homes. Details have not been released. The deal is expected to close next week.

UK-based Glennmont Partners also owns Gruig wind farm near Ballymena in Co Antrim. The company recently raised €850 million which it intends investing in renewable energy projects. (Source: Grencoat Renewables, Irish Times, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dublin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London, www.greencoat-capital.com; Glennmont Partners, www.glennmont.com

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Cambridge Emissions Drop After Ditching Red Meat (Ind. Report)
Cambridge University
Date: 2019-09-13
In the UK, Cambridge University is reporting a 10.5 pct drop in carbon emissions since its 2016 decision to drop beef and lamb from its food service offerings. It also noted a 33 pct reduction in carbon emissions per kilogram of food purchased and a 28 pct reduction in the amount of land use per kilogram of food. (Source: Cambridge Univ., LiveKindly, Sept., 2019) Contact: Cambridge University, www.unicen.cam.ac.uk

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BHP Invests in Bio-Tech Start-up Cemvita Factory (Ind. Report, Int'l)
Cemvita Factory,BHP,BHP Billiton
Date: 2019-09-13
Australian mining major BHP Billiton reports it has taken a stake has taken a stake in Cemvita Factory Inc., a US biotech start-up developer of bio-engineered pathways that support carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration and utilization. Cemvita Factory is developing a portfolio of CO2 conversion microorganisms, including a platform that mimics photosynthesis and other natural processes.

emvita Factory's technology is based on established methods of synthetic biology to improve the metabolic capacity of environment-friendly photosynthetic microorganisms for CO2 use. These microorganisms may also be used for different purposes including the treatment of heavy metal or acidic contamination, using and sequestering CO2 in the process, according to the company. (Source: BHP Billiton, PR, Creamers Mining, Sept., 2019)Contact: Cemvita Factory Inc., www.cemvitafactory.com; BHP Billiton, Laura Tyler, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

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Associations Call for Canadian Clean Fuel Strategy (Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Date: 2019-09-13
Advanced Biofuels Canada, Canadian Biogas Association, Canadian Gas Association, Electric Mobility Canada and Wood Pellet Association of Canada are forecasting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 50 million metric tons (Mt) per year by 2030 through greater production and use of renewable energy in Canada.

Collectively, the associations say they represent technologies that can, with the right policy measures in place, exceed the proposed federal Clean Fuel Standard's objective of 30 Mt of annual GHG emission reductions by 2030.

To that end, the associations are calling on the Canadian federal government to adopt a Clean Fuel Strategy by 2020. The strategy would include setting a clear path to clean and renewable fuel use by 2030 by: establishing clear market signals for clean fuels and electric vehicles; aligning clean and renewable fuel regulations to meet targeted clean fuel and EV use; establish clean fuel program funding to support clean and renewable fuel production capacity and infrastructure investments, and support EV adoption; and Support research and development programs to maintain Canadian leadership in clean fuel technologies and innovation. (Source: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Biomass Mag., Sept., 2019) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, www.pellet.org; Canadian Biogas Association, (613) 822-1004, www.biogasassociation.ca; Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Canadian Biogas Association,  Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Clean Fuel,  Biofuel,  


Gevo, Leaf Resources Ink Joint Development Agreement (Ind. Report)
Gevo,Leaf Resources
Date: 2019-09-13
Englewood, Colorado-based renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. and Queensland, Australasia-based Leaf Resources, a specialist in converting plant biomass into industrial sugars, are reporting a joint development and commercialization agreement under which Gevo will explore the potential use of cellulosic-derived sugars and glycerol from Leaf Resources and the ability to convert these to hydrocarbon molecules useful as fuels or chemicals.

Leaf Resources' Glycell Process pre-treatment technology breaks down plant biomass to generate a higher yield of cellulose than conventional approaches. The pretreatment is followed by enzymatic hydrolysis which converts cellulose into cellulosic sugars. The process also yields lignin, hemicellulose and refined glycerol.

Gevo has developed technology for producing isobutanol from renewable feedstocks using a yeast that has been developed to produce isobutanol and a product recovery technology that continuously removes isobutanol as it is formed. Gevo adds its proprietary yeast to fermentable sugars to convert the sugars to isobutanol. (Source: GEVO, Green Car Congress, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Leaf Resources, +61 7 3188 9040, www.leafresources.com.au; Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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BHP Plans Climate Change Investment, Greener Exec. Pay Pkg. (Int'l)
BHP Billiton
Date: 2019-09-13
In the Land Down Under, mining giant BHP Billiton is touting a five-year plan that will see the company spend $400 million on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other technologies and measures to reduce carbon emissions. The plan also ties the group's executives remuneration packages closer to meeting environmental targets.

According to Group CEO Andrew Mackenzie, "For many years performance against emissions targets has been considered in BHP's executive remuneration plan. From next financial year we will clarify and strengthen this link and further reinforce the strategic importance of action to reduce emissions."

On Dec. 8, 2017, Dr. Fiona Wild, BHP VP for Sustainability and Climate Change, noted "We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there's probably something we can bring to the table here in terms of our understanding around CCS to try to push this technology down the cost curve so it can be more readily available at scale and affordable costs." (Source: BHP, Western Australian, July, 2019) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

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SSHA, Common Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
Common Energy
Date: 2019-09-13
In the Empire State, the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) reports it is partnering with community solar energy specialist Common Energy to increase use of clean energy and use the saving to fund more then $100,000 in energy efficiency investments at SSHA facilities.

This partnership is supported by NYSERDA through its NY-Sun Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program, which provides funding to address resource gaps and solve market barriers preventing the development of solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households.

Common Energy works with businesses and households to connect their existing utility account to local, clean energy projects. (Source: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, PR, NewsWire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, Malcolm Bliss, www.saratogaspringspha.org; Common Energy, www.commonenergy.com

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Distributor Expects Savings with Orion LED Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Orion Energy Systems
Date: 2019-09-13
Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports it and BC Energy Solutions have been selected to upgrade a major privately owned national food distribution company facility with Orion's IoT enabled LED lighting solutions. The Enlighted™ upgrade will reduce maintenance and substantially improve energy efficiency as measured in lumens per watt of electricity. Enlighted™ IoT enabled wireless sensors and controls allow the customer to automate and analyze critical facility management data, driving further savings through more carefully monitored energy consumption.

The upgrade, which includes 1,354 Orion LED lighting fixtures and 1,249 LED Bulbs for an expected $597,711 per year savings, also qualifies for a $300,000 rebate from Salt River Project.

BC Energy is a national energy management and reduction firm helping companies drastically reduce their energy consumption. The company provides turnkey energy efficiency-energy reduction projects and enterprise-wide solutions, according to the release. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., PR, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Inc., www.orionlighting.com; BC Energy Solutions, www.bcenergysaves.com

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House Advances Data Center Energy Efficiency Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-13
In Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives is reported to have advanced the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act -- H.R. 1420 -- this week. If passed into law, H.R. 1420 would increase energy efficiency best practices and energy-saving technology at more than 2,000 federal data centers. The bi-partisan legislation was introduced by U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

The bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to work with other federal agencies on the maintenance, purchase, use of energy efficient and energy saving information and communication technologies, practices, advanced metering infrastructure, new data center strategies and updates to information technology asset utilization levels. (Source: The Hill, Daily Energy, Various Media, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), www.kinzinger.house.gov; Anna Eshoo (D-CA)www.eshoo.house.gov

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Energy Brokerage Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind Report)
Green Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-09-13
Privately held energy brokerage and advisory firm Green Energy Solutions, LLC reports it has joined the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership. The company is using about 87,600 kWh of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 20 pct of Green Energy Solution's electricity use -- equivalent to the annual electricity use of 8 average American homes.

The Green Power Partnership program helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has 1,500 Partners using more than 60 billion kWh of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500reg; companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. (Source: Green Energy Solutions LLC, EPA, Sept., 2019) Contact: Green Energy Solutions, Green Energy Companies, (646) 357-3137 , info@greenenergycompanies.net, www.greenenergycompanies.net; Green Power Partnership, www.epa.gov/greenpower

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Trump
Date: 2019-09-12



Trump Asked to Honor RFS Pledge (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
NBB,National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2019-09-11
"DearMr.President,

"We are writing to express dismay at your recent decision to grant 31 waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Plainly stated, that decision is putting U.S.biodiesel producers out of business and worsening the year's outlook for soy farmers. And while you have expressed concern to save small petroleum refineries, you should also understand that small U.S. biodiesel producers need a positive signal.

"Within a week of your decision on the 31 waivers, one U.S. biodiesel producer announced plans to close three plants -- in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Mississippi. Other producers have announced closings and laid off workers. More than 200 million gallons of domestic biodiesel production has been idled this year, due to instability in federal policy. We anticipate that additional facilities will close over the next several months if you do not take quick action to restore RFS volumes for biodiesel and renewable diesel.

"Every small refinery waiver issued by the EPA has the potential to put a U.S.biodiesel producer out of business. A small oil refiner processing 75,000 barrels of oil per day can produce nearly 1 billion gallons of fuel in a year. The RFS program requires that oil refiner blend about 20 million gallons of biodiesel or renewable diesel during the year -- a very small fraction of overall fuel production. However, there are dozens of biodiesel producers who produce 20 million gallons of fuel or less each year; three-fifths of U.S. producers are small, non-integrated facilities.

Small refinery waivers destroy demand for all biofuels across the board, with a significant impact on domestic biodiesel and renewable diesel producers. According to University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin, the exemptions especially harm biodiesel and renewable diesel producers because of the way the RFS is constructed. The 1.4 billion gallons of renewable fuel eliminated from the 2018 RFS through the 31 waivers includes hundreds of millions of gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in the biomass-based diesel, advanced and overall volumes.

"The small refinery exemptions are compounding the policy headwinds our industry is facing. Biodiesel producers have waited more than 20 months for Congress to address expired tax incentives. Additionally, your U.S. Department of Commerce is proposing to virtually eliminate countervailing duties on unfairly subsidized Argentine biodiesel. Those duties were put in place to counteract years' worth of unfair trade practices by Argentina. Soy farmers have faced closed markets, depressed crop prices, and weather-related challenges. Those forces have reduced soy planting by 15 percent for the current marketing year. Biodiesel is a value-added market driver for America's soybeans, at a time when markets have been shut or diminished.

"The biodiesel industry continues to rely on the RFS to incentivize growth. Biodiesel and renewable diesel can be used in any existing diesel engine without special equipment for blending or dispensing. Producers therefore rely on a positive signal and support from federal programs to continue opening the transportation market to higher volumes.

"Biodiesel producers and soy farmers rely on the RFS program. Growth in the biodiesel market is the only way to keep domestic producers operating and protect U.S. workers' jobs. Unfortunately, EPA is proposing zero growth for biomass-based diesel. We have asked the agency to do two things: first, properly account for the small refinery exemptions handed out over the past few years and going forward; and second, provide growth in the biomass-based diesel market for 2020 and 2021.

"We ask that you continue to support the RFS and save small biodiesel producers. (signed) National Biodiesel Board (NBB)" (Source: NBB, 9 Sept., 2019) Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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Zimbabwe Issues 235-MW Solar RFP (Int'l. Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2019-09-11
Reporting from Harare, the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe has issued an RfP seeking partners for the development and construction of seven solar parks totaling 235 MW, plus two mini-hydro power projects.

The PV plants include 50 MW facilities at the GDE Bulilima Solar Energy Project; the Sable Solar Farm Project at Kwekwe, Midlands province; the Gwayi Solar Project in Matabeleland North; and the Rufaro Solar Farm Project at Marondera. As of December 2018, Zimbabwe had only 11 MW of installed solar capacity, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA).

RFP details HERE. (Source: Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe, pv mag, Sept., 2019) Contact: Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe, + 263 4 7501718, + 263 4 749012 -- fax., management@idbz.co.zw, www.idbz.co.zw

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US Transit Buses Switching to Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
American Public Transit Association
Date: 2019-09-11
The American Public Transit Association (APTA) reports the share of conventional diesel buses in public transit fleets dropped from 70 pct to 42 pct and were replaced with alternative fuels -- CNG, LNG, Biodiesel -- and advanced hybrid drive-trains powered vehicles in 2017 and 2018.

In the ten-year period from 2008 to 2018, natural gas and diesel hybrid drive-trains have replaced the greatest share of diesel buses followed by biodiesel, propane, hydrogen and electric. (Source: American Public Transportation Association, 2019 Public Transportation Fact Book, Washington, DC, April 2019, Green Car Congress, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: American Public Transit Association, (202) 496-4324, www.apta.com

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Chinese Data Center Emissions on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
Greenpeace East Asia
Date: 2019-09-11
According to a report by Greenpeace and the North China Electric Power University, in 2018, China's data centers consumed just over 2 pct of the country's power production and produced 99 million metric tons of carbon dioxide -- equivalent of about 21 million cars on the road. Of the 44 data centers surveyed for the report, 39 were powered by coal fired electricity.

The report predicts that within 5 years China's data center carbon emissions will spike from 99 million to 163 million metric tons -- the equivalent of 35 million vehicles.

Download the Greenpeace East Asia Powering the Cloud: How China's Internet Industry Can Shift to Renewable Energy report HERE. (Source: Greenpeace East Asia, CNN, 10 Sept., 2019)

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UK Farmers Union Launches Carbon-Netral by 240 Plan (Int'l. Report)
UK National Farmers Union
Date: 2019-09-11
In the UK, according to the National Farmers' Union (UFU) the farming industry creates 10 pct of the UK's emissions but can reduce gases almost completely by 2040 -- a decade ahead of the government's overall zero emissions target -- with its three-part carbon emissions reduction roadmap.

The NFU programs calls for: improved productivity, increasing the number of trees and hedges; growing more "energy" crops, applying farm chemicals more precisely, using satellite technology, capturing methane from manure for power, and others. (Source: UK National Farmers' Union, BBC News, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: UK National Farmers' Union, Minette Batters, Pres., +44 024 7685 8500, www.nfuonline.com

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Luxcara Adds Finnish Wind Farms to Portfolio (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Luxcara GmbH,ABO Wind
Date: 2019-09-11
Luxcara GmbH, an independent asset manager providing institutional investors with access to equity and debt opportunities in the international renewable energy market, is reporting acquisition of the the Sievi and Pihtipudas projects totaling 60 MW in Finland. Both of the projects were developed by Wiesbaden, Germany-based ABO Wind.

Completion and grid connection is expected late in 2020. Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. (Source: Luxcara, PR, IP&E, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Luxcara, Philip Sander, Managing Partner , +49 40 60 56 410, contact@luxcara.com, www.luxcara.com; ABO Wind, www.abo-wind.com

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First Hydrogen-Refilling Station Opens in Seoul (Int'l. Report)
Hydrogen Fuel
Date: 2019-09-11
South Korean automaker Hyundai is reporting the opening of the world's first hydrogen transportation fuel refilling station in the complex of the National Assembly in Seoul. The facility will be operated by Hydrogen Energy Network (HyNet).

HyNet, new Special Purpose Company (SPC) and a joint venture (JV) between auto manufacturer Hyundai a dozen other leading industrial companies, aims to expand the hydrogen fueling infrastructure in South Korea by installing 100 stations by 2022 and to operate them until 2029.

The city of Seoul also plans to build 11 hydrogen station within the capital city by 2022 and to provide more than 3,000 units of fuel cell electric vehicles by the same year. (Source: Hyundai, The Korea Herald/Asia News Network , 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: HyNet, www.nelhydrogen.com

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