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sPURE Touts European Ethanol's Emissions Reduction (Int'l)
ePURE
Date: 2019-09-11
The European renewable ethanol association ePURE reports in 2018 its members produced 5.81 billion litres of ethanol. 82 pct of which was used as fuel, which resulted in average greenhouse gas (GHG) savings of over 71 pct, compared to petrol. Of the remaining ethanol volumes, 9 pct was used in industry, with another 9 pct was used in food and beverages. ePURE members also produces 5.55 million tonnes distillers dried grain (DDGs) co-products for livestock feed.

Of the total volume of ethanol produced in 2018, The GHG-reducing performance of European ethanol increased for the seventh consecutive year. According to ePURE, "The emissions-reduction performance of EU ethanol continues to improve at a time when transport decarbonization is of critical importance. As Europe's leaders work to respond to voters' concerns about climate change and EU Member States struggle to meet their renewables targets, they should not overlook a homegrown solution that delivers results right now. Ethanol reduces emissions from today's car fleet and will be important for decarbonizing the vehicles that what will continue to be prevalent on Europe's roads for a long time." (Source: ePURE, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Carbon Emissons,  Ethanol,  


Ethanol Fastest Growing US Agricultural Export (Ind. Report)
US Grains Council
Date: 2019-09-11
According to recent research by the Washington, DC-headquartered US Grains Council (USGC), non-beverage ethanol has been the fastest growing US agricultural export at 18 pct over the past five years.

In 2018, American ethanol export totaled over 6.1 billion litres (1611449519.385 gallons) worth roughly $2.7 billion. In total, exports increased by over $330 million year-on-year. (Source: US Grains Council, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: U.S. Grains Council, Tom Sleight, Pres., (202) 789-0789, (202) 898-0522, www.grains.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Grains Council ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Export,  


Renewable Diesel Plant Considered for Port Arthur, Tex. (Ind. Report)
Valero, Darling Ingredients
Date: 2019-09-11
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio-headquartered Valero Energy Corp. reports it and Darling Ingredients Inc. are looking at engineering and development costs for a possible new renewable-diesel plant to be constructed in Port Arthur, Texas. The proposed 400 million gpy renewable diesel would also produce 40 million gpy of renewable naphtha.

Diamond Green Diesel -- a JV formed between a subsidiary of Valero and Irving, Texas-based low-carbon feedstock supplier Darling Ingredients Inc.-- would own and operate the new plant, which would be the first renewable diesel facility in Texas, as a 50-50 joint venture between Valero and Darling. With the proposed Port Arthur plant, Diamond Green Diesel's renewable diesel production would rise to roughly 1.1 billion gpy.

Investors are expected to make a final decision on the project in 2021, at which time construction could get underway for commissioning and operation in 2024.(Source: Valero, PR, 9 Sept. 12News ABC, Beaumont, Texas, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Darling Ingedients, Melissa A. Gaither, VP IR , (972) 281-4478, mgaither@darlingii.com, www.darlingii.com; Diamond Green Diesel, sales@diamondgreendiesel.com, www.diamondgreendiesel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Diamond Green Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  Valero,  Green Diesel,  Darling Ingedients,  


HeidelbergCement Joins Norwegian CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
HeidelbergCement
Date: 2019-09-11
HeidelbergCement reports it has joined a list of leaders from various industries in endorsing Norway's state-owned energy group Equinor's carbon capture and storage (CCS) plans.

HeidelbergCement's Norwegian subsidiary Norcem has been involved in CCS research at its 1.2Mt/yr integrated cement plant in Brevik since 2011. The plant was "shortlisted" by the Norewgian government for its multiple-industry Northern Lights CCS project early last year Beginning in 2023, Equinor will remove 0.4Mt/yr of CO2, half of the plants total CO2 output, from Brevik for storage in empty oil and gas fields beneath the North Sea. (Source: HeidelbergCement, Global Cement News, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HeidelbergCement,  Carbon Emissions,  Equinor,  


Clearway Energy Completes Hawaiian Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Clearway Energy Group
Date: 2019-09-11
In the Aloha State, Clearway Energy Group, in partnership with Hawaiian Electric Company, Kamehameha Schools, Moss Solar, and others, has brought online three grid-scale solar power projects on the island of Oahu that will significantly contribute to the state's goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2045.

The projects at Kawailoa, Waipio, and Mililani total 110 MW and will generate renewable energy equivalent to that used by about 18,000 Oahu homes each year. The three projects represent the largest block of grid-scale solar power ever developed in Hawaii and together will contribute approximately 3 pct to Hawaiian Electric's renewable portfolio standards (RPS) goal, which reached 27 pct at the end of 2018.

The 49-MW Kawailoa Solar project will incorporate nearly 500,000 solar panels. The Waipio Solar project at 45.9 MW will consist of over 160,000 panels while the 14.7MW Mililani Solar II will use more than 150,000 solar panels. All the power generated by the three projects feeds into the Hawaiian Electric grid for the benefit of all customers on Oahu. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Co., PR, 9 Sept., 2019) Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  


Dubai Joins Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative (Int'l.)
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Date: 2019-09-11
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reports it has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative, which is pledged to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector by 2030.

The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs. The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae ; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  World Resources Institute ,  Energy Efficiency,  Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,  DEWA,  


Burlington Releases Net Zero Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
City of Burlington
Date: 2019-09-11
In Vermont, the city of Burlington (pop. 43,000 +-) and the Burlington Electric Department (BED) are reporting release of the city's Net Zero Energy Roadmap, a study of four strategic pathways for the city to become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030. The City also reported it has begun putting the report's strategies into action and has launched a slate of new programs and initiatives designed to help Burlington achieve it Net Zero Energy climate goal.

To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.

In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates. (Source: City of Burlington, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability, www.burlingtonvt.gov; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager, www.burlingtonelectric.com/NZE

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Energy,  City of Burlington,  Energy Efficiency,  


Amundi, AIIB Partnering on Cimate Bond EM Fund (Ind. Report)
Amundi
Date: 2019-09-11
Paris-based Amundi Asset Management reports it is partnering with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to launch a $500 million Asia Climate Bond Portfolio to launch in January, 2020.

The strategy aims to accelerate climate action in the bank's members and address the underdevelopment of the climate bond market. The fund will invest in labelled green bonds and unlabelled climate bonds and will engage with issuing companies to help them transition their business models to increase climate resilience and green leadership.

Amundi is an asset management company with €1,425 billion of assets under management at the end of 2018, and is is the largest asset manager in Europe. (Source: Amundi, City Wire, 10 Sept., 2019)Contact: Amundi International, www.amundi.com; Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, www.aiib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Climate Bond,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


AEP Accelerates CO2 Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2019-09-11
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is cutting carbon dioxide emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 pct from 2000 levels. The company's previous target was a 60 pct reduction from 2000 levels by 2030. The company will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050, according to a release.

To that end, AEP will further invest in renewable generation and transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs. AEP's resource plans include adding more than 8,600 megawatts (MW) of new wind and solar generation to serve the company's regulated utility customers by 2030. Between 2019 and 2023, the company plans to invest approximately $2.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage and approximately $25 billion over the next 5 years in its transmission and distribution systems.

To date, AEP has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 59 pct since 2000. (Source: AEP, PR, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: AEP Clean Energy Strategy, www.aep.com/investors/ESG .

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions ,  


8minute, AllianzGI Announce U.S. Solar Transaction (M&A)
8minute Solar Energy
Date: 2019-09-11
Los Angeles-based solar and solar energy storage developer 8minute Solar Energy is reporting the sale of equity interests in the 67 mw-dc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California to Allianz Global Investors. (AllianzGI). The acquisition is AllianzGI's first U.S. solar project purchase.

The 375 acre solar farm will generate sufficient energy for more than 12,000 local homes and businesses once complete in May 2020. Signal Energy is providing the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services for the Lotus project.

Allianz Global Investors is a global investment management firm with offices in over 20 locations worldwide.The company manages more the €500 billion in assets on behalf of institutional and retail clients. It is owned by global financial services group, Allianz SE. (Source: 8minute Solar Energy, PR, Business Wire, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: 8minute Solar Energy, www.8minute.com; Allianz, www.allianzgi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News 8minute Solar Energy,  Solar,  


No-Deal Brexit Means Lower Carbon Tax for UK Industries (Int'l)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-09-11
In the UK, the Herald Media is reporting PM Boris Johnson's government is preparing to impose a tax of £16 per ton of carbon, if the country exits the European Union without a deal on the 31st of October.

This tax would come into effect from the 4th of November, and would apply to all stationary installations that are currently subject to the EU ETS.

If the UK were to leave the EU without a deal, the country will also not be subject to the 28-member European Union's Emissions Trade System (EU ETS) which is key to the EU and its member nations meeting emission reduction obligations.

While UK businesses currently pay a carbon tax rate of £26 under the EU ETS, a "No Deal Brexit" carbon tax would result in a £10 cut in the carbon tax rate and would be profitable for UK industries. (Source: Herald Media, 10 Sept., 2019)

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


Longroad Inks Idaho Wind Partners O&M Agreement (Ind. Report)
Longroad Energy Services
Date: 2019-09-11
Longroad Energy Holdings LLC affiliate Longroad Energy Services LLC is reporting a long-term asset management and operations (O&M) oversight agreements for DIF Capital Partners' Idaho Wind Partners (IWP) project in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Including this agreement, Longroad's managed portfolio includes nine wind projects and more than 400 solar projects. (Source: Longroad Energy Services, NA Windpower, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Longroad Energy Services, Michael Alvarez, COO, Paul Gaynor, CEO, www.longroadenergy.com, linkedin.com/company/longroad-energy-partners ; DIF Capital Partners, Idaho Wind Partners, www.dif.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Longroad Energy ,  Wind,  Idaho Wind Partners,  


RFS "Hardship Waiver" Update from "The Donald" (Notable Quote)
RFS, Trump
Date: 2019-09-11
"The Farmers are going to be so happy when they see what we are doing for Ethanol, not even including the E-15, year around, which is already done. It will be a giant package, get ready! At the same time I was able to save the small refineries from certain closing. Great for all!" -- Pres. Donald Trump's Twitter update of ongoing RFS Policy Change Negotiations.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


Univ. of Cyprus Promoting SWEL Wave Energy Converter (Int'l.)
University of Cyprus
Date: 2019-09-11
In Nicosia, University of Cyprus is touting a new Wave Energy Converter (WEC) called SWEL which was created by an R&D company based in Cyprus and the UK.

Unlike other wave energy converters, the waves pass through the unit to generate power at a low cost in any wave environment. SWEL is expected to be tested officially in October in Ireland and again in April in France.

The pilot projects were introduced within the framework of Maestrale EU, a project that aims to lay the basis for maritime energy deployment strategies in the Mediterranean. MAESTRALE Project details HERE. (Source: EU Intereeg Mediterranean, Cyprus Mail, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Cyprus, Assistant Prof., Democratis Gregoriades, +357 22 894000, www.ucy.ac.cy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  


WPA Takes Canadian Clean Fuel Standard to Task (Ind Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Date: 2019-09-09
Since 2017, the government of Canada has been developing the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), a low carbon fuel standard-type policy, to reduce the life-cycle carbon intensity of fuels and energy used in Canada. The CFS aims to achieve 30 million tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030.

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has been providing input to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as it works to design and shape the CFS. And, upon review of ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, WPAC is seriously concerned that the government will not allow end-use fuel switching in the buildings/stationary fuel use sector.

WPAC believes it is unfair for ECCC to recognize fuel switching from gasoline to electricity or hydrogen in transportation, but not to recognize switching from heating oil to solid biofuels -- wood pellets or chips -- for Canada's second largest renewable energy product -- solid biomass heating. To that end, WPAC made the following representations to ECCC:

  • One of the three primary objectives of the CFS is low-cost compliance. By prohibiting recognition of fuel switching for stationary applications, ECCC will actually significantly increase the cost of CFS compliance, exclude the forest sector from participation in the short-term, and inhibit investment in the most proven commercial technology for displacement of heating oil -- wood pellet and chip boilers.

  • Canada consumes approximately three billion lpy of heating oil, the majority of which is consumed by Canadians in rural and Atlantic Canada. The latter accounts for 44 pct of heating oil consumption in the residential sector and 50 pct of heating oil consumption in the commercial/institutional sectors. Rural and Atlantic Canada also have among the lowest per capita income. ECCC's proposed regulatory approach will make CFS compliance for these low-income areas significantly more expensive than for those living in cities.

  • Under ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, the principal mechanism for ensuring compliance from heating oil primary suppliers will be to blend renewable diesel with heating oil. Since heating oil has low carbon intensity (CI) relative to other liquid fuels and much of the crude used to produce heating oil is sourced from outside of Canada, there is less opportunity for upstream reductions than with other liquid fuels. The 2030 target of 74 g CO2e/MJ is less than heating oil combustion emissions, meaning upstream efficiency improvements will be insufficient to meet the requirements. The only heating oil-miscible fuel that can also be stored outside in winter, as is often the case with heating oil, is renewable diesel.

  • Renewable diesel has a useful heat fuel cost of $65-82 per gigajoule (GJ) ($234-295 per MWh. In contrast, wood pellets, at $300-350 per tonne for residential sales, have a useful heat fuel cost of $20-24 per GJ. Wood pellets also have half the of default renewable diesel (29 g CO2e/MJ). Wood chips are half the carbon intensity of wood pellets which means, on an implied carbon price basis and assuming wholesale $0.75 per litre for heating oil, blending renewable diesel with heating oil has a fuel cost of $630/ per tonne CO2e to 884 per tonne CO2e. Switching from heating oil to wood pellets saves money on a fuel basis, in addition to avoiding taxes on heating oil. In this case, there is little reason to implement a complex policy such as the CFS.

  • Despite the billions of dollars invested in lignocellulosic liquid transportation biofuels, all technologies are still pre-commercial -- especially forest feedstock-based liquid transportation biofuels due to the recalcitrant structure of wood fibre. Co-processing of pyrolysis oil or biocrude in existing oil refineries at a meaningful volume will not occur before 2030. The forest sector represents over 75 pct of annually-available biomass resources in Canada and its exclusion from participation in the liquids class will dramatically increase the cost of fuel, especially in rural communities where wood chips and bioheat are a cost efficient and convenient source of energy. (Source: WPAC, Canadian Biomass, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murra, Exec. Dir., ; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment and Climate Change Canada,  Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet ,  


  • Partners Tout Offshore Wind Transmission Concept (Int'l. Report)
    TenneT, EnBW,Orsted
    Date: 2019-09-09
    TenneT, EnBW and Orsted are reporting an alliance to implement a new concept for connecting offshore wind farms and converter platforms in the German North Sea -- Orsted's Borkum Riffgrund West 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2 projects in Cluster 1 as well as the Northern Energy OWP West and EnBW He Dreiht wind farms in Cluster 7.

    Traditionally, projects feature a transformer platform which is connected to the converter platform for the transmission of electricity ashore. The new concept would avoid the construction of offshore substations and eliminate the need for costly export cable. (Source: TenneT, PR, 4Coffshore, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: TenneT, Tim Meyerjurgens, Managing Director, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org; EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    Lightsource's Penn State Solar Installation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Lightsource BP,Pennsylvania State University
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Following up on our 19th August report, Lightsource BP reports it has broken ground on a 70-MW solar project for Penn State University that will be installed across three locations, encompassing approximately 500 acres in Franklin County, outside of Chambersburg, and near Penn State's Mont Alto campus in Pennsylvania.

    Lightsource BP will finance, construct, own and operate the three solar arrays, with Penn State purchasing all of the electricity generated under a 25-year PPA. The project is expected to save Penn State a minimum of $14 million over the contract term, while meeting 25 pct of the university's power requirements. (Source: Lightsource BP, Sept., 2019)Contact: Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, www.lightsourcebp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP ,  Solar,  


    NEXT Renewable Fuels Planning Oregon Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    NEXT Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In Oregon, the Port of Columbia County has approved a long-term ground lease for NEXT Renewable Fuels to develop a $1 billion Advanced Green Diesel biodiesel production facility on 90 acres at Port Westward.

    NEXT Renewable Fuels' planned facility will convert used cooking oil and similar organic feedstocks into renewable diesel at the rate of of 37,500 bpd. The biofuels facility which could be increased to 50,000 bpd capacity, is expected to begin commercial operations in 2022. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Port of Columbia County, Biofuels News, 9 Sept., 2019) Contact: Port of Columbia County, 503-397-2888, www.portofcolumbiacounty.org; NEXT Renewable Fuels, Lou Soumas, Pres., info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEXT Renewable Fuels,  Biodiesel,  


    Praj Touts 2G Ethanol "Enfinity" Technology (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries,Omega Energy USA
    Date: 2019-09-09
    On the sub-continent, Mumbai-based sugarcane ethanol producer Praj Industries reports it has reached an important milestone in the commercialisation of its 2G ethanol "enfinity" technology, following successful performance and due diligence by a US-based oil and gas major.

    The company's proprietary "enfinity" technology will be used to produce ethanol and other co-products using sugarcane bagasse in the first bagasse-based biorefinery in the US. Miami-based Omega Energy USA will develop the biorefinery, while cane sugar producer Lasuca Sugar will supply bagasse feedstock. The proposed project will have a production capacity of 10-15 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol. (Source: Praj Industries, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Omega Energy USA, 786-245-0642, www.omegaenergyusa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Ethanol,  


    Belgian North Sea Offshore Wind Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Zwijndrecht, Belgium-based Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) is reporting the first three of 58 momopole offshore wind turbine foundations for the SeaMade offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea are being installed.

    The SeaMade project combines the Seastar (252MW) and Mermaid (235MW) wind farms for a total of 58 turbines with a total capacity of 487 MW, making it the largest wind farm in Belgium and the Belgian North Sea. Each of the Project's two wind farms, Mermaid and Seastar, will have its own offshore substation. When fully operational in 2020, SeaMade is expected to generate sufficient electric power for for 500,000 households (Source: Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV, Port News, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: DEME Group, +54 11 3221 6740, info.diar@deme-group.com, www.deme-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SeaMade ,  Offshore Wind,  


    Wind Turbine Installer Windhoist Group Sold (Int'l, M&A)
    Windhoist
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Irvine, Scotland-based wind turbine installation business Windhoist Group is reported to have been sold to European fund manager Star Capital for an undisclosed price.

    Windhoist, which has premises in Germany and subsidiaries in Morocco, Ireland, South Africa and Australia, has erected more than 6000 turbines across the world, with a capacity of more than 11GW. Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, Enercon and Nordex are among Winhoist's customers. Recent Windhoist projects include the construction of 84 offshore wind towers for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project in the Moray Firth. (Source: Windhoist, insider.co.uk, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Winhoist, +44 1294 204860 info@ windhoist.co.uk, www.windhoist.co.uk; Star Capital, www.star-capital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windhoist,  Offshore Wind,  


    Norwegian CCS Project Announces Major Participants (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor,Gassnova
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In Oslo, Norway's Equinor is reporting steel maker ArcelorMittal, Heidelberg Cement, the Swedish refiner Preem, and the Finish energy firm Fortum Oyi are among the firms signing Memorandums of Agreement (MoU) on joining the Norwegian government's Northern Lights underground carbon dioxide (CO2) storage project offshore Norway. The CCS project is led by Equinor in partnership with Shell and the French energy giant Total.

    Industry's commitment is considered crucial for the Norwegian government's investment in the project, which aims at capturing and storing up to 5 million tonnes of CO2 from various industrial sites onshore. The project is expected to cost between $802 million and $1.4 billion to establish a full CCS chain. To date, Norway has spent roughly $92 million on the project which could start operations in 2023 or 2024, according to a Gassnova, a governmental agency in charge of CCS development, report.(Source: Equinor, Gassnova, Reuters, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Saetre , CEO, www.equinor.com/en; HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com; Fortum Oyi, www3.fortum.com; PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GassnovaCCS,  Equinor,  ArcelorMittal,  Heidelberg Cement,  Preem,  Fortum,  


    Norwegian Office Bldg. Produces Double Its Energy Needs (Int'l.)
    Snohetta Architects
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In Norway, the Oslo-based international architectural firm Snohetta is reporting the recently completed 18,000 square-meter Powerhouse Brattorkaia office in Trondheim, is producing more than double the amount of electricity it consumes daily.

    The angular office building is wrapped by 3,000-square-metres of solar panels that generate approximately 500,000 kWh of power to meet 100 pct of the buildings electric power needs. The surplus power is stored in batteries and/or sold to neighboring buildings and city transport.

    The building's energy efficiency features include a lighting motion detection system, extremely efficient insulation, smart systems that regulates HVAC, and a low-emission concrete structure that helps regulate the building's temperature using thermal mass. (Source: Dezeen Snohetta Architects, Sept., 2019) Contact: Snohetta, contact@snohetta.com, www.snohetta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    IFC's 1st Canadian Green Bond Raises $750Mn (Ind. Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2019-09-09
    The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) is reporting issuance of its first Canadian dollar green bond raised $750 million (Cdn) ($569 million US) for climate-smart business.

    The proceeds of the five-year green bond will finance IFC low-carbon investments in green projects, including renewable energy, green buildings, sustainable forestry, and energy efficiency. Approximately half of the investments were from Canadian interests Canadian, followed by Asian (26 pct), EMEA (16 pct) and the Americas (8 pct). IFC issued it firs Green Bond its first issuance in 2010. (Source: IFC, Saur Energy, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation,  Green Bond,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


    Prisons Capture $1.9Mn for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    MG Energy
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In the Buckeye State, Mansfield-based mechanical systems specialist MG Energy reports it has been selected by the Ohio Facility Construction Commission (OFCC) to design and install $1.9 million worth of energy-saving improvements at Mansfield and Richland State Correctional Institutions.

    The improvements will include boilers, pumps and other pieces of technology as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures. The implementation of leading-edge tech such as energy usage data will be streamed to the cloud and evaluated, calculated and delivered in a concise annual energy savings report.

    Work is now underway and is expected to be completed by June 2021, while the full net savings will amount over a maximum of 15 years. (Source: MG Energy, PR, Digital Journal, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: MG Energy, David Metzger, Pres., (419) 522-2700, www.metzgerengineering.com; Ohio Facility Construction Commission, 614-466-6290, www.ofcc.ohio.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Coronado Developing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    City of Coronodo
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In the Golden State, the City of Coronado -- pop. 24,400 +- -- reports it is developing a Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to plan for a sustainable future.

    The Climate Action Plan will identify strategies and actions for reducing those greenhouse gas emissions generated by transportation and mobile sources, residential and non-residential energy consumption, water and wastewater treatment and its transport, and solid waste generation. The Plan will include a greenhouse gas inventory, forecast, reduction targets, and various reduction measures to achieve targets, and an implementation and monitoring strategy for continuous assessment, according to a City release.

    The plan will benchmark the City's current status relative to statewide emission goals; provide a roadmap for achieving statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; create a plan that considers the City's needs and objectives; and provide guidance and measurable trigger points for the City to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    Major strategies to reduce emissions will include increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative forms of transportation, water conservation, urban forestry, natural light and ventilation, and programs to "reduce, reuse, and recycle" consumer goods. A draft plan is expected by the first quarter of 2021. (Source: City of Coronado, Eagle Weekender, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Coronodo, Blair King, City Manager, (619) 522-7335, www.coronado.ca.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Univ. of Alberta Wins $1.6Mn for Jet Biofuel R&D (Funding, R&D)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2019-09-09
    University of Alberta Bioresource scientist David Bressler's work on renewable jet fuels is among 23 projects receiving $27 million in funding from Natural Resource Canada's Western Economic Diversification Canada. Bressler's lab scored $1.6 million to help with the $6.2-million project, which also includes funding from Alberta Innovates, private investors and other funding.

    With a biofuel research platform dating back to 2003, Bressler's lab has been the focal point of a push to test and validate renewable jet fuels. Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons, a TEC Edmonton spinoff company based on Bressler's research, is already building a commercial plant. (Source: Univ. of Alberta, Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, TEC Edmonton, 780.492.8977, info@tecedmonton.com, www.tecedmonton.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, (905) 518-7786, www.forgehc.com; Natural Resource Canada's Western Economic Diversification Canada, www.wd-deo.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Mortenson Tapped for 500-MW Colorado Wind Project (Ind Report)
    Mortenson
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Xcel Energy-Colorado reports the selection of wind developer Mortenson for construction of the 500-MW Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties, Colorado. The $743 million project is expected to be completed in December 2020. Turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply a total of 229 turbines for the wind farm. (Source: Xcel Energy, Denver Post, 6 Sept, 2019) Contact: Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energy Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson,  Wind,  Xcel Energy ,  


    Insurer Takes Interest in Duke Energy Renewables Portfolio (M&A)
    Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy is reporting the closure of its previously announced sale of a minority interest in a portion of its commercial renewable energy portfolio owned and operated by its affiliate, Duke Energy Renewables, to the John Hancock Infrastructure Fund -- part of Manulife Investment Management and John Hancock Life Insurance Company. (Source: Duke Energy PR, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


    Fiji Proposes Sweeping Climate Change Legislation (Int'l. Report)
    Fiji,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In the South Pacific, the more than 300 island archipelago nation of Fiji, one of the most threatened island nations by the potential ravages of climate change, is proposing new climate change legislation.

    The legislation will introduce a carbon credit scheme, reward climate-friendly infrastructure projects, and a plan for the possible relocation of climate change related threatened coastal communities.

    Fiji, with a population of roughly 910,000, also plans to make 30 pct of its exclusive economic zone a marine protected area with the entire area to be "sustainably managed" by 2030. The legislation is expected to be passed into law before the year end. (Source: Gov. of Fiji, Stock Daily Dish, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Fiji Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiyaz_Sayed-Khaiyum

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Legislation,  Fiji,  


    NBB's EPA RFS "Hardship" Waivers Challenge Nixed (Reg & Leg)
    NBB,National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In the nation's capitol, the US Court of Appeals has announced it will not review the Trump administration US EPA's refusal to account for its granting of numerous retroactive Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "hardship" waivers, as challenged by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

    The Court nixed the NBB's appeal on the grounds that the biofuel industry did not comment on the topic or give the EPA sufficient opportunity to address those comments. (Source: NBB, Biofuels News, 9 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  Biodiesel,  RFS,  "hardship" Waivers,  


    CGE Energy Touting Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Tech. (Ind Report)
    CGE Energy,
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Brighton, Michigan-based CGE Energy, Inc.reports it is advancing development of its WIND e20® vertical-axis wind turbine technology.

    The 105-foot WIND e20® can be installed, maintained and removed without a crane and incorporates collapsible hydraulic blades.

    CGE Energy has received four U.S. patents as well as one European patent for the WIND e20® These independent patents cover a fluid driven turbine that generates power from wind blowing from any direction, its generator and primary components located in the base of the turbine, and hydraulic locking joints within the turbine's segmented blades. (Source: CGE Energy, PR, GlobeNewswire, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: CGE Energy, Inc., Paul Schneider, VP Marketing, 248-446-1344, pschneider@cgeenergy.com, www.cgeenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CGE Energy,  Wind,  


    Australians Announce "Blue Carbon" Science Hub (Int'l Report)
    Blue Carbon
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Further to our 10th July report, the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced the establishment of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Indian Ocean Blue Carbon Hub aimed at protecting and restoring the health of ocean "blue carbon" mangrove ecosystems.

    The hub, which will be hosted by the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, will be jointly funded by the federal government and CSIRO to the tune of $600,000 over three years. According to hub director Dr Mat Vanderklift, "Blue carbon ecosystems are highly effective at carbon storage and protecting coastal communities against storms. The Indian Ocean is disproportionately important in blue carbon globally. The hub will allow us to accelerate action and go beyond talking about it, to doing something about it."

    Mangrove systems sequester "blue carbon" -- CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere and locked up in coastal wetlands such as mangroves. (Source: The New Nation, Sept., 2019) Contact: Indian Ocean Blu Carbon Hub, Dr Mat Vanderklift, Dir. Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, +61 8 6488 7270, www.uwa.edu.au › facilities › indian-ocean-marine-research-centre

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mangrove,  Blue Carbon,  Climate Change,  


    Johnson County KY Scores $100K Energy Efficiency Grant (Funding)
    The Kentucky Department for Local Government
    Date: 2019-09-09
    The Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) is reporting the issuance of a $100,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant of $100,000 to Johnson County for energy efficient upgrades to various public facilities through turn-key Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC).

    The proposed ESPC work will deliver operational and energy savings and will include lighting upgrades, mechanical upgrades/retro-commissioning, building envelope and water conservation and others, according to the DLG statement.

    The EEC Grant program is a cooperative effort with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Energy Development and Independence to assist city and county governments to reduce energy consumption and lower overall utility costs. (Source: Kentucky Department for Local Government, Paintsville Herald, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: Kentucky Department for Local Government, www.kydlgweb.ky.gov

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


    Efficiency Projects Cut School's Energy Use 43 pct (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In Montana, Kalispell Public Schools is reporting completion of approximately $4 million in energy efficiency and energy saving projects. The upgrades included switched out approximately 29,000 fluorescent and halogen bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs for a 43 pct reduction in energy usage across the school district. Other projects included water efficiency retrofits, HVAC improvements; boiler and domestic hot water heater replacements, and others. The upgrades delivered a nealy 15 pct reduction in natural gas usage, an 18 pct drop in electrical demand and a 13 pct water usage, excluding irrigation, by 21 pct.

    Projects were completed under Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) and funded through zero-interest U.S. Department of Education Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, grants, rebates and some district funds. The projects were completed by energy efficiency and renewable specialist Ameresco. (Source: Daily Inter Lake, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Ameresco,  


    Trump DOE Dumps Inefficient Bulbs Phase-Out (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-09-06
    The New York Times and other media are reporting the Trump administration DOE has released new rules that annul Bush-era requirements on energy-saving light bulbs. The Bush-era regulation was to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020.

    . The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations. Energy conservation groups are expected to mount challenges to the Trump administration's move that is widely thought to border on "senseless." (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Lincoln Proceeding with 230-MW Nebraska Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Danish energy company Orsted A/S owned Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it is proceeding with construction of the 230-MW, Plum Creek wind farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. When fully online in 2020, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 100,000 homes. (Source: Lincoln Clean Energy, Kallanish, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  


    Valmet Announces BS Energy Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
    Valmet, BS Energy
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet is reporting it will supply a biomass-fired boiler and a flue gas treatment plant to BS Energy's combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Braunschweig, Germany. The roughly €50 million boiler with its auxiliary equipment is in line with BS Energy's energy production strategy 2030 which aims to remove and replace coal-fired boilers by 2022.

    The biomass-fired CHP plant will produce approximately 20 MW of electricity and 60 MW of district heat. The CYMIC circulating fluidized bed boiler included in Valmet's delivery will use recycled wood as its primary fuels to generate 27 kg/s of high-pressure steam at a pressure of 75 bar and a temperature of 525 C. The flue gas cleaning system included in the delivery will enable fulfilling the tightening emission standards.

    BS Energy, a subsidiary company jointly owned by the City of Braunschweig, Veolia Deutschland GmbH, and Thuga AG, is the regional energy supplier in Braunschweig. (Source: Valmet, PR, Globe Newswire, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Valmet, Kai Janhunen, VP, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; BS Energy, +49 531 3838000

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  BS Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    Conn. Gov. Announces 100 pct Renewable Energy Goal (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Hartford, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has announced plans to eliminate the state's dependence on fossil fuels by 2040. The governor put forward this goal in his third executive order since taking office in January. The executive order requires the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to develop strategies to achieve a 100 pct zero carbon -- renewable energy -- target for the state's electric power sector by 2040.

    The Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) was created by an Executive Order in 2015 and tasked with formulating strategies to help the state meet its 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act and the 2018 Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency.

    The first act set out to reduce GHG emissions to 10 pct below 1990 levels by January 2020 and to 80 pct below 2001 levels by January 2050, while the second act aimed to reduce GHG emissions by 45 percent from a 2001 baseline by 2030, based on a GC3 recommendation. According to the newest executive order, the GC3 will be responsible for monitoring the execution of its proposed strategies and will submit a report to the administration on its implementation progress by Jan. 15, 2021. The GC3 will also develop a climate adaptation strategy in consultation with other state agency. (Source: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont, Yale News, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont, twitter.com/GovNedLamont

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    Democrats Table Community Energy Savings Act of 2019 (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Washington, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Tina Smith are touting the introduction of the Community Energy Savings Program Act of 2019.

    The legislation is designed to address and intended to help homeowners lower household energy costs and mitigate climate change chaos. The Act, if passed into law, would provide low-interest financing for residential energy efficiency, renewable energy or energy storage upgrades -- reducing wasted energy and carbon pollution. These energy efficiency projects also help create good-paying jobs through the manufacturing and installation of materials used in energy efficiency upgrades.

    A summary of the Community Energy Savings Program is HERE. (Source: KTVZ, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, (503) 326-3386, Fax - (503) 326-2900, www.merkley.senate.gov

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


    Manchester NHS Organizations Declare Climate Emergency (Int'l)
    Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership,
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) organizations in Greater Manchester have declared a "climate emergency" and committed to far-ranging action to "slash carbon emissions and avert predicted illness and disease." Greater Manchester is the first integrated care system -- defined as NHS bodies and council social care working together -- in the country to declare a climate emergency.

    The joint Manchester NHS organizations will develop and agree upon that will meet its obligations under the Climate Change Act, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Manchester NHS organizations will also support pledges made to the Greater Manchester Five Year Plan for the Environment, -- the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership -- which will build on existing work already underway to cut the harmful impact of NHS activity on the environment, such as cutting carbon emissions from energy use by improving efficiency and using low-carbon sources. It will also work with partners to improve local transport around NHS sites, to improve air quality and cut the impact of supply chain transport and encourage reducing waste, managing waste better and reusing or recycling. (Source: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, PharmaTimes, 3rd September 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, www.gmhsc.org.uk

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


    Pacific Climate Change Centre Opens in Samoa (Int'l Report)
    Pacific Climate Change Centre
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Samoa, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) reports the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), a partnership between the Government of Japan and the Government of Samoa, is now open in Apia, Samoa. The PCCC will be a hub for climate change information, research, and innovation and will provide practical tools, knowledge, support and training to address the climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities of Pacific island people.

    The PCCC was funded by the Government of Japan, through grant aid to the Government of Samoa, and financial support provided by the Government of New Zealand. The 21 Pacific island member countries and territories of SPREP include: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. The five metropolitan members of SPREP are: Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Source: Pacific Climate Change Centre, PR, 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Pacific Climate Change Centre, www.sprep.org sprep@sprep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    PetroBio Converting Tomato Grower from Nat Gas to Bioenergy (Int'l.)
    PetroBio,Maartens
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Goteborg, Sweden-based engineering company PetroBio reports it has been commissioned to convert the energy production at the Dutch tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato in Groningen from natural gas to renewable bioenergy. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by the year end.

    According to PetroBio, its "traditional market has been mainly the Nordic countries but since merging with the Belgian biofuel company VYNCKE in January 2018 the opportunities to take market shares in Europe have increased significantly." Via VYNCKE's European customer base PetroBio were able to establish contact with the Dutch pellet manufacturer Maartens and the tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato. Maartens is responsible for funding and contracting the entire combustion equipment. The project is partly financed by the Dutch government as part of the incentive programme to encourage businesses to switch from combusting natural gas to biofuels. The plant in Holland is planned to be up and running at the end of 2019. (Source: PetroBio, Energy Global, 4 Sept., 2019) Contact: PetroBio AG, +46 31 335 49 50, www.petro.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maartens,  PetroBio,  Natural Gas,  Biogas,  Wood Pellet,  


    Australia Meets 2020 Renewables Target (Int'l. Report)
    Australia
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the Land Down Under, the Melbourne-based Australian Clean Energy Regulator is reporting Australia met its 2020 target for generating electricity from large-scale renewable energy a year ahead of plan despite more than a decade of climate policy uncertainty.

    The target, launched in 2001 and reduced in 2015, called for Australia to generate 33,000 GWh power from large-scale renewable energy by 2020. Australia's total power generation is presently around 260,000 GWh, according to Reuters.

    The clean energy industry reports A$24 billion ($16 billion US) has been invested in renewable energy in the last 18 months alone, while wind and solar have gone from the most expensive form of power in 2001 to the least expensive today.(Source: Clean Energy Regulator, Reuters, Sept., 2019) Contact: Australia Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton, CEO, +61 3 9929 4100www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au

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


    Higher Temperatures Hamper Solar Power Production (Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2019-09-06
    MIT researchers Ian Peters and Tonio Buonassisi have found the power generated by solar PV drops by 0.45 pct for every degree of increased temperature.

    Download the MIT study HERE (Source: MIT, Ecologist, Sun Investment Group, PR, Sept., 2019) MiT (Source: MIT, Khmer Times, Reuters, 5 Sept., 2019)

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    Reading UK Top Performer in Cutting CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
    UK Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the UK, the Borough of Reading is reportedly one of the top performing areas for reducing carbon emissions. The Reading area cut emission by 45 pct from 2007 to 2017, earning it a top spot among the UK's top 25 performing areas.

    Reading's 218,000 +- residents produce roughly 3.4 tpy -- the ninth lowest amount per person in southeastern England and 48th lowest in the UK. To further cut its emissions, the borough council declared a Climate Emergency and committed to work with partners to deliver a carbon neutral borough by 2030. (Source: Reading Chronicle, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Borough of Reading, www.reading.gov.uk

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


    Nordex Scores 195 MW of European Wind Project Contracts (Int'l)
    Nordex
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In addition to its recently reported wind farm projects from Spain and Scotland, Hamburg, Germnay-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group is now reporting receipt of further wind turbine orders in Europe totaling more than 195 MW.

    Twelve different customers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Germany and Croatia, have ordered N100/3000, N117/3600, N117/3900, N131/3300 and N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbines. Construction of all of the projects is expected to get underway in 2019 and 2020.

    Since the launch of the N149/4.0-4.5, the Nordex Group has received orders for this wind turbine type amounting to more than 1.95 GW worldwide -- 819 MW were for projects in Europe, 806 MW in North America and 328 MW across Latin America and Australia. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, reve, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

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


    GEVO Touts New No Particulate Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Englewood, Colorado-based renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer GEVO reports the development of a proprietary, breakthrough processes that converts

    either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value "fusel oils" -- a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes -- into renewable diesel. This new renewable diesel is expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based equivalents while reducing particulates and CO2 emissions.

    Low-carbon renewable diesel is biomass-derived transportation fuel suitable for use in diesel engines and has increased in demand since the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard came into effect. Additionally, the marine sector will have to reduce sulphur emissions to meet new international water regulations beginning in 2020. (Source: GEVO, PR, 4 Sept., 2019)Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Renewable Diesel,  isobutanol,  


    R.Power, mBank Seal Major Polish Solar PV Power Deal (Int'l. Report)
    R.Power, mBank
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Poland's largest renewable energy developer R.Power Renewables Group and mBank are reporting conclusion of a €20.7 million solar power deal in Poland.

    The investment includes construction of 34 solar power plants that will generate approximately 35,000 MWh of electricity per year -- sufficient power for 15,000 households. Construction is underway for completion and commissioning not later the Q1, 2020. (Source: R.Power, Emerging Europe, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: R.Power, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/r-power-polska; mBank, +48 42 6 300 800, kontakt@mbank.pl, www.mbank.pl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    BayWa Orders Vestas 4.2 MW Turbines for Swedish Project (Int'l)
    Vestas, BayWa
    Date: 2019-09-06
    Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from BayWa r.e. 22 V150-4.2 MW turbines delivered in 4.3 MW power optimized mode for BayWa's wind project in Lyngsasa, Kronoberg County, Sweden. The contract includes turbine supply, installation and commissioning as well as a 25-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement.

    The 95 MW project will feature a Vestas Online® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize energy output. Turbine delivery is scheduled for Q1, 2021, for commissioning in Q2 of 2021. (Source: Vestas Northern & Central Europe, PR, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vestas Northern & Central Europe, states Nils de Baar, Pres., Christina Schmidt +49 40 46778 5153, chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com, www.twitter.com/vestas; BayWa r.e., Hakan Wallin, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

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