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More Climate Change Take-Aways from "The Donald" -- Notable Quotes
Trump
Date: 2019-09-06
"1. Which country has the largest carbon emission reduction? AMERICA!

"2. Who has dumped the most carbon into the air? CHINA!

"3. 91 pct of the world's population are exposed to air pollution above the World Health Organization's suggested level. NONE ARE IN THE U.S.A.!"

"The Donald" was defending his administration's role in cleaning the country's air and reducing carbon emissions to address climate change which Trump, as expected, says is "fake news" and doesn't exist.

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


Energy Efficiency, Weatherization Upgrades Offered in Charlottesville (Ind. Report)
Charlottesville Department of Utilities
Date: 2019-09-06
In the Tar Heel State, the Charlottesville Department of Utilities reports it is partnering with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) to create the Charlottesville Gas Energy Efficiency Program -- a pilot program free to income-qualified residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County who are Charlottesville Gas customers.

According to a release, the program will help residents reduce their utility costs, decrease the carbon footprint of the city and Albemarle County, and reduce household water consumption.

Qualified residents will work with a LEAP Home Energy Coach, who will perform an energy audit of their home and select the most appropriate energy-efficiency measures. The no-cost program is open to both home owners and tenants. (Source: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, CBS19, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Charlottesville Department of Utilities, Irene Peterson , (434) 970-3812, peterson@charlottesville.org, www.charlottesville.org

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


EU Earmarks €100Mn for Ukraine Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
European Energy Efficiency Fund
Date: 2019-09-06
In Kiev, Ukrinform, the Ukrainian new agency is reporting the European Union (EU) has allocated €80 million ($88.2 million U.S.) under the European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) to support a Ukrainian energy modernization program. The EU also added another €20 million ($22 million U.S.) for technical assistance in the implementation of the program.

In July, the EU-backed EEEF has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, under which the partners will allocate $235 million to upgrade Ukraine's energy efficiency for some 6,000 homes over a four-year period. (Source: Ukrinform, Xinhua, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: European Energy Efficiency Fund, www.eeef.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Funding,  


Biological Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel Additive Touted (Ind. Report)
University of Idaho,USAF
Date: 2019-09-06
In Moscow, Idaho, University of Idaho and U.S. Air Force (USAF) researchers partnered to study a jet fuel additive report finding a substance which lowers the freezing point and improves the performance of jet fuel. The additive also cleans the fuel tank, adds antistatic properties to the fuel and begins to freeze at minus 58 degrees Celsius. Jet A, the most commonly used jet fuel, freezes solid at minus 40 degrees Celsius, the researchers stated.

The substance the team is studying as a jet fuel additive is entirely made of biological material. This makes the additive carbon neutral -- it continues the carbon cycle instead of adding excess carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Initially, the team was working to create a jet fuel, not an additive.

. The researchers are participating in an AFWERX grant program and have been awarded $25,000 to continue their research. (Source: University of Idaho Argonaut , 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Univ. of Idaho, 208-885-6111, www.uidaho.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  USAF,  


Rice Univ. Researching CO2 As Fuel Feedstock (New Prod & Tech)
Rice University
Date: 2019-09-06
In Houston, researchers at Rice University report they've developed a cleaner and more efficient process to turn CO2 into a feedstock for chemicals and fuel -- including ethanol and propanol -- for electric power generation without using oil, natural gas or coal. Researchers developed an electrolyzer that uses carbon dioxide and electricity from renewable sources to produce purified, high concentrations of formic acid, a feedstock in the petrochemical industry for various products.

Typically, producing liquid fuel with an electrolyzer is costly and energy-intensive, since the process requires mixing CO2 in a liquid electrolyte, such as salty water, to conduct electricity. At the end of the reaction, the salts have to be removed from the end product, which takes more energy and money. The Rice research team was able to eliminate the need for the salt by using solid, highly conductive fibers to conduct the electricity. As a result, the end product is a purer fuel and cheaper to produce.

Using CO2 to produce liquid fuels could allow more power to be stored in less space. Formic acid can produce 1,000 times the energy of the same volume of hydrogen gas. Similarly, the process can provide a use for excess energy generated by renewable energy sources, providing the electricity to power the electrolyzer to create fuels. In essence, the excess energy is being stored as a new product. The electrolyzer could also be used to create ethanol and propanol fuels. (Source: Rice University, Houston Chronicle, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Rice University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer Haotian Wang, Lead Researcher, 713-348-0000, htwang@rice.edu, chbe.rice.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Rice University,  Alternative Fuel,  Ethanol,  Propanol,  


Ervia, Equinor Ink Carbon Capture & Storage MoU (Int'l Report)
Equinor,Ervia
Date: 2019-09-06
In Dublin, the Irish state utility company Ervia reports it has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian firm Equinor -- f.k.a. Statoil -- to undertake research on the potential for Ireland to benefit from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Under the MoU, Eriva will work with Equinor and the Norwegian Government's wider "Northern Lights" project which aims to drive CCS development across Europe. If successful, this would see carbon emissions from Ireland's electricity production and large industry captured and exported via ship to be permanently stored in Norway's geological reserves in the North Sea.

Ervia, previously known as Bord Gais or Bord Gais Eireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fiber services in Ireland. (Source: Business Irish, Ervia, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ervia, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300www.ervia.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Bord Gais,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Sunrun, Blacks in Green Partner on Inner-City Solar (Ind. Report)
Sunrun
Date: 2019-09-04
In Chicago, not-for-profit environmental and economic development organization Blacks in Green (BIG) reports it is partnering with residential solar, battery energy storage and energy services company, Sunrun, to expand access to solar energy and jobs in the Chicago area. The partnership aims to to increase opportunities for Southside Chicago homeowners to access solar energy and to increase clean energy career opportunities for residents in traditionally under-served and underrepresented communities.

Under the partnership, Sunrun commits to recruit solar trainees from the BIG network and support BIG at educational events throughout the community so residents can learn about rooftop solar, including the Illinois "Solar for All" low-income solar program to increase access to solar energy for underserved communities. (Source: Blacks in Green, Sunrun, Chiago Defender, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Blacks in Green, Naomi Davis, Pres., www.blacksingreen.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Sunrun,  


Illinois Regulates Cannabis Growers Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Land of Lincoln, recently enacted state law places limits on the amount of water and electricity both recreational and medical cannabis growers can use for indoor canabis production. The legislation also sets requirements for water runoff and wastewater.

In terms of energy consumption, a grower can use no more than 36 watts per square foot for lighting the plants, and must use high-efficiency lights approved by the DesignLights Consortium, a nonprofit organization that pushes for the use of high-performing commercial lights. (Source: St.Louis NPR, Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Vestas Announces OX2 Wind Turbine Supply Order (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,OX2
Date: 2019-09-04
Danish global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of an an order from the Stockholm-headquartered rewnewnable specialist OX2 for the wind energy projects Kropuln and Storbacken in Western Finland.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 30-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement and a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize the energy output.

The projects, which will be completed on a "merchant basis" without any direct financial support, have a total capacity of 60 MW of V150-4.2 MW wind turbines delivered in Power Optimized Mode. Turbine delivery is slated to begin in Q2, 2021 for an expected commissioning in Q3. (Source: Vetsas, PR, reve, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christer Baden Hansen, VP Sales North & West, Northern & Central Europe, +34 689 64 83 91, www.vestas.com; OX2, Paul Stormoen, CEO, +46 8 559 310 00, www.ox2.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  OX2,  Wind,  


Queensland Ministry Approves 94MW Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Land Down Under, the State of Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning reports the agency has approved a $128 million, 64 MW wind farm in Queensland.

The project, which will incorporate 16 new turbines and generate sufficient electric power for roughly 35,000 homes, is expected to break ground as early as March 2020. (Source: Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Smart Energy, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Queensland Ministry for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, Minister, www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Wind,  


Great Barrier Reef "Very Poor" Outlook Due to Climate Change (Int'l)
Great Barrier Reef
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Land Down Under, Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is reporting the Great Barrier Reef's long-term outlook has been dropped from "poor" to "very poor" due to the effects of climate change. The Authority's report calls for urgent action on climate change and other threats to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest such reef in the world.

Rising sea temperatures and marine heat waves are doing the most damage to the reef's health, and if nothing is done to stop the current rate of global warming, the reef will be irreparably damaged, the report notes. Beside climate change, the reef is also suffering due to coastal development, direct human use, such as illegal fishing, and land-based run-off from agriculture.

On 30th April, 2018, we reported the Australian federal government is allotting $500 million -- the largest single environmental protection package in the nation's history -- to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and other treats.

The government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in an agreement worth $444 million to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and The Department of the Environment and Energy will also receive $56 million in additional funding. $100 million will be used for reef restoration science and $40 million will be spent for monitoring the health of the reef system.

In a recently published study, researchers revealed the extent of damage caused by global warming on the reef system. Investigations showed that two successive heat waves killed nearly half of the corals in the most pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. (Source: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, New Scientist, Sept., 2019) Contact: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Josh Thomas, CEO, www.gbrmpa.gov.au; Great Barrier Reef Foundation, www.barrierreef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Barrier Reef,  Climate Change,  


CW&L Offering Energy Efficiency Replacement Program (Ind. Report)
Focus on Energy,
Date: 2019-09-04
In Ohio, the municipally-owned utility Columbus Water & Light (CW&L) reports it is partnering with Focus on Energy, a statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program, to promote the Heating and Cooling efficiency by replacing old inefficient heating and cooling equipment with newer, more energy efficient versions.

Under CW&L's program, rebate incentives are available through Focus on Energy to customers who upgrade equipment such as a furnace, boiler, smart thermostat or water heater. Utility customers who receive a rebate for a furnace fan or AC unit through the Focus on Energy program are eligible for an additional, matching incentive from Columbus Water & Light. Additional rebates are also available from the utility for AC tune-ups and smart thermostats. (Source: Columbus Water & Light, PR, Columbus Journal, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Columbus Water & Light, (920) 623-5912, www.columbuswaterandlight.com; Focus on Energy Ohio, (440)715-1300, www.focusonenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Corn Plus Halts Winnebago Ethanol Plant Operations (Ind. Report)
Corn Plus
Date: 2019-09-04



Neste Opens Calif. Renewable Diesel Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-09-04
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer reports the opening of three new cardlock renewable diesel commercial fueling stations in Northern and Central California' Neste's first California fueling station opened earlier this year, bringing the total number of commercial fueling stations to four.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Neste, Various Trade Media, Biofuels Int'l, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


Cielo Reports Alberta Renewable Diesel Refinery Progress (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2019-09-04
Following up on our 5th August coverage, Vancouver-based Cielo Waste Solutions is reporting receipt of a $250,000 joint venture (JV) fee from Renewable U Lethbridge, following a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement. The full fee secures the territory of Lethbridge, Alberta and the surrounding 100km radius. Cielo and Renewable U Lethbridge plan to construct a renewable diesel refinery at the location.

Under the deal, Renewable U will be responsible for financing the costs associated with the refinery, including site acquisition, construction and commissioning of the renewable diesel facility. Cielo will manage the refinery, overseeing its construction, commissioning and operation, for which it will receive a management fee equal to 7 pct of the JV costs, and will continue to receive management fees once operations begin. (Source: Cielo, Biofuels News, 2 Sept., 2019) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com; Renewable U Energy, Lionel Robins, CEO, www.motivateu.ca/renewableu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo,  Renewable Diesel,  


Irish "Environmentally Damaging" Climate Change Directed Spending Opposed (Int'l. Report)
Social Justice Ireland
Date: 2019-09-04
In Dublin, Social Justice Ireland is criticizing the Government's €4 billion yearly incentives, lost and forgiven taxes and other expenditures as "potentially environmentally damaging." The not-for-profit organization suggests this €4 billion would go a long way to supporting a "Just Transition Fund" for low income households in rural Ireland most affected by the implementation of the necessary changes to support climate action.

Social Justice Ireland notes these subsidies effectively cancel out 80 pct of all tax revenues collected through environmental taxes -- the carbon tax -- and thus undermine any positive impact environmental taxes might have.

The group classed fuel allowances for low income households as a potentially damaging subsidy because they could result in increased greenhouse gas emissions through the unnecessary use of fossil fuels. The group suggests the subsidies be spent on fuel allowances for low income households to refurbish properties through improved energy efficiency. The group is also opposed to indirect subsidies -- including tax revenues forgone by the imposition of lower excise duties on diesel, kerosene, gas oil, aviation fuel, so-called green diesel and other fuel oil -- and most farm related subsidies as being potentially environmentally damaging.

Also included in the €4 billion targeted by Social Justice Ireland are direct government subsidies such as the transfer of €115 million from electricity consumers through a PSO levy to subsidize the burning of peat for electricity to maintain jobs in the midlands. (Source: Social Justice Ireland, RTE.ie Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Social Justice Ireland, +353 1 213 0724, www.socialjustice.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Brazil Ups Tariff-Free Ethanol Imports Quota (Int'l Report)
Ethanol, Brazil
Date: 2019-09-04
Reporting from Sao Paulo, the Brazilian government reports it has renewed and increased the size of its tariff-free ethanol imports quota to a limit of 750 million lpy (198 million gpy) for a one year period. Imports above the quota are subject to a 20 pct import duty.

In 2018 Brazil imported 1.7 billion liters of ethanol, primarily from the U.S., surpassing that years quota. Imports this year have also surpassed the quota, reaching 991 million liters from January to July, according to Brazil's National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) oil and fuels regulator. (Source: ET Auto, ANP Brazil, Brazil Reuters, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: ANP Brazil, www.anp.gov.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Unica,  


Nordex Supplying "Merchant Basis" Scottish Wind Project (Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2019-09-04
Hamburg, Germanyy-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group reports receipt of an order for ten of its Delta4000 series N133/4.8MW strong-wind turbines for the subsidy-free Crossdykes wind farm project northeast of Lockerbie, in Scotland. The contract includes a 20-year service and maintenance agreement. It is the first order for the manufacturer's strong-wind variant of its Delta4000 Series.

Construction is slated to get underway before the year end. (Source: Nordex, Recharge Wind, 3 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,  


Foresight Acquires UK Anaerobic Digestion Plants (Int'l., M&A)
Foresight Group
Date: 2019-09-04
London-headquartered investment manager Foresight Group LLP is reporting acquisition of two large-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plants with a combined approximate power output of 95,000 MWh per year -- sufficient power for 30,000 homes in the UK. Both plants are operational and are expected to run for a further 17-18 years.

The acquisition forms part of the sale of Strutt & Parker (Farms) in East Anglia.

The transaction is a continuation of the partnership between Foresight and Material Change, and its parent company Heathpatch. As part of the deal, Material Change -- which provides services to 7 AD sites -- has entered into long-term feedstock supply, digestate offtake and management and maintenance services contracts, while Heathpatch is an equity investor in the projects. Foresight previously invested in 35 greenfield and operational AD plants across the UK and Europe. (Source: Foresight Group, Bioenergy Insight, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100, www.foresightgroup.eu; Material Change, www.material-change.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Foresight Group ,  


Brampton Releases Energy, Emissions Management Plan (Ind. Report)
City of Brampton
Date: 2019-09-04
In southern Ontario, the city of Brampton -- pop. 594,000 +- -- reports the release of its strategy for lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy conservation, and the city's goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct by 2024. The Brampton Energy and Emissions Management Plan 201-2024: A Zero Carbon Transition outlines how the city plans to achieve a zero-carbon transition for new and existing corporate facilities over the next five years. The plan focuses on minimizing emissions intensity, minimizing energy consumption, and maximizing cost recovery.

Brampton is aiming foe a 30 pct emission reduction by 2030 and 80 pct by 2025. The interim target has been set to reduce GHG emissions by 20 per cent by 2024.

In a release, the city notes has recovered $5.8 million in costs through energy-efficient programs, third-party funding, energy procurement and water rebates since 2014 and has introduced more than 13 renewable energy projects implemented 50 energy conservation projects in its effort to address emissions and climate change. (Source: City of Brampton, Brampton Guardian, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Brampton, 905.874.2130, www.brampton.ca

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


SiF Expanding Rotterdam Port Offshore Wind Facilities (Int'l.)
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has given the nod to offshore power firm Sif Holding nv planned lease of an additional 20 hectares -- including a 200 meter stretch of deep sea quay -- to deploy its offshore infrastructure. SiF presently leases 42 hectares of land at the port.

The new leased site's inaugural project will be the logistics handling of 94 wind turbine foundations to be delivered to the Rotterdam offshore wind sites Borssele 1 and 2, both of which are operated by offshore infrastructure group Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore (DEME), which has signed a major marshalling services contract with Sif to begin in October 2019. (Source: SiF, Government Europa, 3 Sep., 2019) Contact: SiF Holding, Offshore Foundations, Fred van Beers, CEO, +31 475 385 777, info@sif-group.com, www.sif-group.com/en; Rotterdam Port Authority, Allard Castelein, CEO, +31 (0) 10 - 252 10 10, www.portofrotterdam.com; Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore, www.deme-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


UNIDO, NUST Plan Pakistan's First Biomass Cluster (Int'l Report)
National University of Science and Technology
Date: 2019-09-04
The US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy at Pakistan's National University of Science and Technology (NUST) -- under the banner of U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) programme for promoting sustainable energy production and the use of biomass in Pakistan -- is reporting plans to develop that country's first Biomass Cluster.

Participants in the planning process include: Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Punjab Bio Energy Company Limited (PBECL), SBP Banking Services Corporation (SBP-BSC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), Ministry of Food Security and Research, SAARC Energy Center (SEC), Asia Foundation, Punjab University, DESCON and Ali Engineering.

The proposed cluster is intended to act as an easily accessed shared knowledge and data repository for biomass stakeholders and to promote biomass and green energy business opportunities. (Source: The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 20190 Contact: National University of Science and Technology, www.nust.edu.pk; US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy, +92 91 9217480, www.uspcase.asu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Pakistan Biomass,  


Aussie Green Bond Issuance Tops $15 billion (Int'l. Report)
Climate Bonds Initiative.
Date: 2019-09-04
The Climate Bonds Initiative, an international, investor-focused not-for-profit organisation working solely on mobilizing the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions, reports the release of its Green Infrastructure Investment Opportunities Australia 2019 (GIIO) report, as well as the Green Finance State of the Market Australia (SoTM) 2019 report. The report notes Australia issued $15.6 billion in green bonds as of the end of June, placing Australia third in the Asia-Pacific region behind China (US$91.5 billion) and Japan (US$12.4 billion) and ahead of South Korea at (US$6.7 billion) and Indonesia with US$4 billion.

Australia is tenth overall in cumulative global green bond rankings as of 30 June 2019. Total domestic issuance to date includes 35 deals -- some comprising multiple tranches -- from 15 issuers. Australia’s annual green bond issuance in the 2018 calendar year nearly doubled, from $3.3 billion in 2017 to $6 billion. (Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, Sustainability Report, Pro Bono News, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, Sean Kidney, CEO, www.climatebonds.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Low Carbon,  


OGTC Announces Net-Zero Solution Center (Int'l. Report)
Oil & Gas Technology Center
Date: 2019-09-04
In the UK, the Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas Technology Center (OGTC) , in partnership with industry, reports it will create a new Net-Zero Solution Center to accelerate the development and deployment of technologies to de-carbonize offshore operations and develop the UKCS as the first net-zero oil and gas basin globally, supporting the industry's Roadmap 2035.

The Center will focus on developing technologies to reduce operational carbon emissions, working with other parts of the energy sector to create integrated solutions and re-purposing infrastructure to accelerate carbon capture usage and storage, hydrogen production and gas-to-wire capacity.

BP, Shell, Wood, Chrysaor, Aker Solutions, INEOS, CNOOC International, Total, Siemens and Equinor are among the project's backers. (Source: Offshore Engineering, OGUK, PR, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Oil & Gas Technology Center, Colette Cohen, CEO, +44 1224 063200, www.theogtc.com

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


Clariant Completes Miscanthus Grass Biomass-to-Ethanol Tests (Int'l)
Clariant
Date: 2019-09-04
Basel, Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant reports the completion of tests of technology that converts miscanthus biomass into lignocellulosic sugars and ethanol at its pre-commercial "sunliquid" plant in Straubing, Germany.

Approximately 30 tons of miscanthus provided by Croatian oil and gas company INA was tested with funding from the Growing Advanced Industrial Crops on Marginal Land for Biorefineries (GRACE) project -- of which INA is a consortium member. GRACE is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The project aims to optimize various miscanthus grass value chains in order to produce sustainable products and to develop miscanthus as a sustainable feedstock resource for cultivation on marginal, contaminated and abandoned land. Clariant tested miscanthus as a feedstock for the production of lignocellulose sugars and ethanol. (Source: Clariant, Business Standard, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Biofuels and Derivatives, Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Miscanthus,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Malaysia Needs $7.8Bn to Reach Renewable Energy Target (Int'l)
Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-04
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin has announced the country needs $7,821,660,000 in investment capital to achieve its target of 20 pct electricity generation from renewable energy (RE) sources by 2025.

According to the Minister, the necessary funds would be contributed by the government, public-private partnerships and private financing. The Minister further announced "The Securities Commission has already done a six-month study on green financing; it had formed the financing task force (for this purpose). It gave a report on 21 action items to facilitate the necessary investment in RE and the government will look at all the action items and implement them accordingly." The Minister added, the government would continue its current incentives such as the Green Technology Financing Scheme and the Green Investment Tax Allowance to incentivize the growth of RE. (Source; Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Bernama , The Sun Daily, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, www.mestecc.gov.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia,  Renewable Energy,  


White Oak Reports Commercial PACE Finance Program (Ind. Report)
White Oak Global
Date: 2019-09-04
San Francisco-based White Oak Global Advisors, LLC is reporting the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) has named White Oak as a commercial PACE Program Administrator for the CSCDA's Open PACE Program.

White Oak will provide up to 100 pct financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and seismic retrofit projects on commercial real estate, and is seeking to fund projects ranging in size from $500,000 to $150 million.

Using the innovative PACE structure, financing obligations are repaid through property tax bills. Repayment schedules will match the useful life of projects, and White Oak aims to provide customized solutions for the unique capital needs of each project. (Source: White Oak Global Advisors, PR, 4 Sept., 2019) Contact: White Oak Global Advisors, Andre Hakkak, CEO, InvestorRelations@whiteoaksf.com , www.whiteoaksf.com; California Statewide Communities Development Authority, www.cscda.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  PACE Dinancing,  


Trump DOE Nixes Inefficient Bulbs Phase-Out (Ind. Report)
DOE
Date: 2019-09-04
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 Bushera 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 borders on senseless. (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light,  



Date: 2019-09-03



Important Notice -- Labor Day Holiday Publications Schedule
Holiday schedule
Date: 2019-08-30
In celebration of Labor Day, this report will not be published on Monday, September 2nd. We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, September 4th.

Have a safe weekend. Thank you.


Notable Quote
POET, EPA
Date: 2019-08-30
"The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was designed to increase the use of clean, renewable biofuels and generate grain demand for farmers. Our industry invested billions of dollars based on the belief that oil could not restrict access to the market and EPA would stand behind the intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Unfortunately, the oil industry is manipulating the EPA and is now using the RFS to destroy demand for biofuels, reducing the price of commodities and gutting rural economies in the process." -- Jeff Broin, CEO, POET Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  EPA,  "Hardship" Waivers,  RFS,  


UK Commits £1.44Bn to Climate Change Fight (Int'l. Report)
G7
Date: 2019-08-30
At the conclusion of the Biarritz G7 Summit, the Uk announced it would increase its contribution to cutting carbon emissions in the developing world to £1.44 billion over the next foru years. The UK's previous contribution of £720 million between 2014 and 2019 came from the UK's Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF supports projects to protect and preserve natural habitats in the developing world, including in the Amazon where fires continue to rage.

The newly announced £1.44 billion funding, which will come from the UK aid budget and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will be earmarked for tackling climate change, including wildfires.

During the Summit meeting, the G7 agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September. (Source: G7 Release, Various Media, Daily Mail, 27 Aug., 2019)

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POET Idling Cloverdale Corn Ethanol plant (Ind. Report)
POET, EPA
Date: 2019-08-30
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET reports it is idling its Clverdale, Indiana bioprocessing facility due the EPA's policies on RFS "hardship" waivers. The shutdown will take several weeks after which time the plant, which normally processes 30 million bpy, will stop processing corn for ethanol production.

POET already has cut production at half of its biorefineries with the biggest impact being felt at its Iowa and Ohio plants where corn processing will drop by an additional 100 million bushels. (Source: POET, The Messenger, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

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Toledo Univ. Granted $750,000 for New Technology (Funding)
University of Toledo
Date: 2019-08-30
In Ohio, the University of Toledo is reportedly slated to receive a $750,000 award from the U.S. DOE Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Energy Technology for the development of low-cost, unassisted photoelectrochemical water-splitting technology -- the process of separation of water into oxygen and hydrogen which has clean energy sector applications. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy contributed to this project. (Source: University of Toledo Blade, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Toledo, (800) 586-5336, www.utoledo.edu

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Aussie Mining Giant Looks to Renewables (Int'l. Report)
Oz Minerals
Date: 2019-08-30
Adelaide-based Australian mining giant Oz Minerals is reporting plans to deploy a 55MW hybrid wind and solar power plant to to meet three-quarters of the power needs of the new West Musgrave nickel project in remote central Australia.

The hybrid renewable energy system , which would be backed up and balanced by battery storage and diesel generators, is intended to reduce the project's energy capacity needs from 65MW to 55MW. (Source: Oz Minerals Release, Renew Economy, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Oz Minerals, +61 8 8229 6600, Facsimile - +61 8 8229 6601, info@ozminerals.com, www.ozminerals.com

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Ontario Files Top Court Challenge to Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-08-30
Reporting from Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's (C) government reports it has filed a challenge with the country's top court against the Canadian Federal government's carbon tax.

The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose." Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change. (Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

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Crown Oil Invests £4Mn to Encourage Alternative Biofuels (Int'l.)
Crown Oil
Date: 2019-08-30
In Bury, UK, fuel, oil and lubricant's supplier Crown Oil reports it has invested £4 million in an initiative to encourage customers to switch from petroleum fuels to synthetic biofuels as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.

According to Crown Oil managing director Matthew Greensmith, "We are always looking to reduce our footprint in every way we can and we're aware that the current supply of biofuels cannot sustainably match that of fossil fuels in a large economy such as the UK. We believe renewable sources are part of the solution to the current climate crisis, and we want to encourage businesses to switch to this versatile fuel. For that reason, we have invested in an industrial-sized supply of HVO fuel, as we expect demand for greener fuels to increase as businesses become more environmentally-conscious and we want to be able to cater to that demand."

The company is also set to lobby Whitehall to give more concessions to producers of TVO and similar fuels. To that end, the company is calling for sufficient incentives for businesses and domestic customers to use biofuels, as aside from environmental concerns, there is little reason to choose renewable fuels. (Source: Crown Oil, Bury Times, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Crown Oil UK, Matthew Greensmith, +44 0 845 130 9777, Fax -- +44 0 0845 130 6888, www.crownoiluk.com

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Energy Efficiency High on UK Buyers, Renters Wish Lists (Int'l Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-08-30
In the UK, new research on behalf of real estate firm Jackson-Stops has found energy efficiency is in high demand among home buyers and renters, with over a fifth wanting reduced CO2 emissions in the form of energy-efficient appliances and electric vehicle charging points in their next home. Other desired energy related features that helped cut emissions included living near good transportation links. Londoners showed the strongest preference towards reducing CO2 emissions, with 31% stating this was important. (source: Property Industry Eye, 29 Aug., 2019)

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USDA REAP Announces Rural Energy Grant Funding (Funding)
USDA, REAP
Date: 2019-08-30
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) reports it will award a total of $9.3 million in grant funding for energy costs reduction to farmers, ag producers, rural-based businesses and institutions in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. REAP funding can be used for energy audits, renewable energy systems including biomass, geothermal, solar, hydropower biomass and others as well as energy efficiency upgrades such as HVAC energy efficiency improvements, insulation, lighting and refrigeration. (Source: USDA, Farm & Dairy, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA, (202) 690-4730, (f) 202-690-4737, www.rd.usda.gov; REAP, www.rurdev.usda.gov

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Sonny Says Trump Will Take Action on Ethanol Waivers -- Whatever That Means? (Ind. Report)
RFS,Sonny Perdue
Date: 2019-08-30
Speaking Wednesday in Decatur, Illinois -- corn country -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said President Trump will "take action to soften the effects of oil refinery exceptions for blending corn-based ethanol in motor fuel." It is "disappointing" that the Trump EPA granted the waivers, Sec. Perdue added.

Perdue either couldn't or wouldn't say what action the president will or might take, but noted that Trump believes the EPA waivers were "way overdone." Ethanol advocates contend that oil refinery waivers have reduced ethanol production by 2.6 billion gallons since Trump moved into the White House.

When grilled on the Trump administration's biofuels, trade and Renewable Fuel Standard and related policies Perdue replied "EPA will continue to consult with our federal partners on the best path forward to ensure stability in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The president will always seek to engage with stakeholders to achieve wins for the agriculture and energy sectors." So sayeth Sonny!(Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CBS, Various Media, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of US Sec of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, (202) 720-2791, feedback@oc.usda.gov, www.usda.gov, twitter.com/SecretarySonny

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Harvard Mass. Opts for !00 pct Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2019-08-30
In the Bay State, the town of Harvard Select Board reports it has, om behalf of the community's roughly 6,600 residents and businesses, approved a switch to 100 pct wind generated electricity. To that end, the towns present electric power supplier National Grid will be replaced by an as yet identified company whose electricity is generated entirely by the wind, and at a lower cost per kilowatt hour than their current rate. More than 120 other Massachusetts communities have enacted similar Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) plans. The town's initiative is in accordance with the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which prescribes how much of a utility's electricity must come from renewable energy, but is cheaper than the 100 pct renewable plan.

National Grid will remain the distributor, providing the transmission lines and equipment by which electricity is delivered, regardless of source. (Source: Town of Harvard, Harvard Press, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Town of Harvard, www.harvard.ma.us

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Standard Solar, Pivot Energy Expand CO Solar Projects (Ind Report)
Pivot Energy,Standard Solar
Date: 2019-08-30
Denver-based solar specialist Pivot Energy and Rockville, Maryland-headquartered Standard Solar report they've expanded their 2018 partnership and will co-develop five additional ground-mounted community solar sites totaling 8.9 MW across Colorado.

The first two projects in the expanded portfolio are expected to break ground this summer for commissioning in summer 2020. by summer 2020.

Standard Solar will finance, own and maintain the community solar arrays that Pivot Energy will develop and construct. Once the arrays are live, customer enrollment and subscriptions will be managed through SunCentral, Pivot Energy's proprietary community solar customer management interface. (Source: Standard Solar, PR, Solar Builder, 28 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pivot Energy, (888) 734-3033, info@pivotenergy.net, www.pivotenergy.net; Standard Solar, Scott Wiater, CEO, (301) 944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

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Crown Estate ID's UK Offshore Wind Expansion Sites (Int'l.)
Crown Estate
Date: 2019-08-30
In London, The Crown Estate reports it has identified seven offshore wind sites that could expand operations without posing any threat to the environment. The expansion will add 2.85 GW to the UK's wind farm capacity, equating to an extra 10pc in the UK's offshore wind farm capacity.

The Crown Estate is made up of land and holdings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that belong to the Queen. The collection is part of the sovereign's "public estate" so the monarch is not involved in day-to-day management of the land and has only limited control of its affairs. (Source: The Crown Estate, Telegraph, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

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Oakes Energy Supports UK Energy Efficiency Housing Project (Int'l.)
Oakes Energy Services
Date: 2019-08-30
Energy efficiency services provider Oakes Energy Services Limited in the UK reports it is working with UK ground source heat pump manufacturers Kensa Heat Pumps and its contract division, Kensa Contracting, on the installation of energy efficient communal ground source heating systems at sites operated by the Halifax-based not-for-profit Together Housing which manages 36,000 homes in the Yorkshire and Lancashire areas.

To date, the company has already completed around 70 installations in one high-rise apartment building and is currently working on a number of flats before beginning work on individual homes. (Source: Business Up North, 29 Aug., 2019)Contact: Oakes Energy Services, +44 1429 837662, www.oakesenergy.co.uk; Together Housing, www.togetherhousing.co.uk

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UCT Stresses Sustainability, Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council South Africa
Date: 2019-08-30
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Properties and Services Department is touting its sustainability plan aimed at reducing reduce energy consumption and achieving close to net-zero carbon emissions not later than 2050. The UCT sustainability plan includes:
  • extensive energy audits of building energy consumption;
  • intensified energy metering and monitoring;
  • improved, automated building management systems
  • energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and retrofits;
  • "green" energy efficiency certification on new buildings;
  • replacing diesel powered shuttle transportation with electric buses;
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops and parking areas -- a feasibility study is presently under way to determine which buildings and locations are most suitable for solar PV installations.

    Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.

    In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town, www.uct.ac.za; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za

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  • Poll Finds N.M. Supports Strong Methane, Climate Policies (Ind. Report)
    New Mexico
    Date: 2019-08-30
    A recently released survey by Washingto, DC-based Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research Inc. for The Majority Institute (TMI) has found that New Mexicans strongly support policies, rules and regulations aimed at cutting methane and climate pollution, as well as transitioning to a 100 pct clean energy economy in New Mexico.

    The survey found strong and growing support to reduce methane waste and pollution and the implementation of new methane waste standards statewide as an important part of the boom in Permian Basin development. The survey also found that two-thirds of New Mexico voters want strong limits and the eventual elimination of carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Majority Institute PR, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Majority Institute, 303-586-3176. www. majorityinstitute.com; Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, 202-478-8330, www.gqrr.com

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    Moda Center First Arena to Earn LEED O+M Platinum Certification
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-08-30
    August 29, 2019 Portland’s Moda Center is the first arena to receive LEED O+M (v4.1) Platinum Certification, a major milestone in the greening of sports. The facility is part of a 30-acre sports and entertainment district on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. It includes the 19,393-seat Moda Center and 12,888-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter’s Chris McGowan says, “We are very proud to be the first existing professional sports arena to receive LEED Platinum certification. Nine years ago, we were the first existing arena to achieve LEED Gold status, and we continue to innovate and develop our sustainable processes and procedures to provide a healthy, sustainable arena for our community.” The green effort includes turning food waste into soil used throughout the Rose Quarter campus, contributing to the one million pounds of material diverted from landfills annually. After every event, crews sort through every bag of waste and put materials into appropriate streams. (Source: ConnectCRE, 28 Aug., 2019)

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    Woodland Biofuels Wins $4.7Mn NRC Investment (Funding)
    Woodland Biofuels
    Date: 2019-08-30
    In Ottawa, the Canadian government reports it will invest $4.7 million in Toronto-headquartered Woodland Biofuels. The company uses gasification and a series of catalytic reactions to convert biomass into renewable fuels.

    Of the total investment, $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will support the company's development of a technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood and agricultural waste. A second investment of more than $2.8 million, funded by NRC Clean Growth Program, will be used to increase the efficiency of the company's cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland's first commercial-scale ethanol plant in Sarnia, Ontario. (Source: Woodland Biofuels, PR, Ethanol Producer, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Woodland Biofuel, Greg Nuttall, CEO,(647) 494-5553, www.woodlandbiofuels.com; NRC, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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    Switzerland Targets Climate Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Switzerland
    Date: 2019-08-30
    In Bern, the government of Switzerland reports it will hike its existing target of cutting it greenhouse gases by 70-85 pct by 2050 to 100 pct carbon neutrality by the same year.

    The non-EU member sources about 60 pct of its electricity from hydropower, 33 pct from nuclear and the rest from fossil fuels. Of the total, fossil fuels still make up about 63 pct of which roughly 10 pct is from aviation -- the global average aviation emissions is between 2 and 3 pct. Switzerland's domestic carbon trading scheme includes aviation emissions in the same way the EU ETS system does and the two are linked. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 29 Aug., 2019)

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    Kenyan Green Building Rating System Expect in 2020 (Int'l.)
    Architectural Association of Kenya
    Date: 2019-08-30
    The Nairobi-based Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) reports Kenya could have its own "green" buildings rating tool as early as next year. The new rating system would take Kenya's climate, building materials, materials availability and other related issues into account. The new Kenyan tool would cover water conservation, energy conservation, planning areas, design areas, innovation, use of local materials and buildings with historical value.

    Kenya presently uses foreign based green building certification tools like Green Star Rating System, U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Environmental Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE). (Source: Architectural Association of Kenya, Kenya Standard, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Architectural Association of Kenya, Gideon Olawo, Environmental Design Chairman, +254 20 2224806, www.aak.or.ke

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