The rankings are based on the organization's analysis of nine policies that promote citizen's use of renewable energy and other distributed resources. Policies recommended in the report card are customer-friendly net metering policies and simplified utility interconnection rules for distributed energy producers. The report authors also want to see an emphasis on energy efficiency, more community renewable energy, feed-in tariffs, energy supply diversity and financing programs, such on-bill financing and property assessed clean energy (PACE).
The report card didn't consider cap-and-trade programs or renewable portfolio standards but focused on how state policies encourage consumers and businesses to generate their own power or participate in community solar programs.
(Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, MicroGrid Knowledge, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 612-276-3456, email@example.com, www.ilsr.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Community Energy, Institute for Local Self-Reliance,
Axiom Exergy provides turnkey, fully-financed power management "as-a-service" to portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings with large thermal loads. Its cloud-based platform uses predictive analytics and optional thermal energy storage capacity to intelligently "shape" a customer's load profile by modulating refrigeration, cooling, and/or heating systems. (Source: Axiom Exergy PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Axiom Energy, Amrit Robbins, CEO, www.axiomexergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Axiom Exergy,
The project is based on SaltX's patented "EnerStore" large-scale energy storage technology that stores surplus solar and wind generated electricity as heat in dried salt. With SaltX's nano-coated salt technology, salt can be charged and discharged thousands of times without losing any of its characteristics.
(Source: SaltX Technology, Industry Europe, 20 Mar., 2019) Contact: SaltX Technology
Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.saltxtechnology.com
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GoodFuels' BFO is a direct "drop-in" replacement for heavy fuel oil suitable for every type of vessel, without requiring any modifications to engine room equipment.
The new partnership will see VARO help scale the sourcing, production, blending and distribution of GoodFuels BFO across the ARA region. In the meantime, GoodFuels will continue to focus on the sourcing of sustainable feedstocks for the BFO, and the sale, marketing and product development of new sustainable fuel solutions.
(Source: GoodFuels, Bumkerspot, 20 Mar., 2019) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, email@example.com, www.goodfuels.com;
VARO Energy, REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker, www.reinplusfiwado.com/nl; VARO Energy, www.varoenergy.com
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The Centre, which will aim to engage the public on matters of climate change by linking mitigation responses to societal benefits such as cleaner air, will work with the Welsh Government and city councils to develop initiatives that lower city-wide emissions and tackle climate change.
Download the Welsh government's Achieving Our Low-Carbon Pathway to 2030 plan HERE. (Source: Cardiff University, edie, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Cardiff University, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh, Dir,
+44 (0) 29 2087 6972, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/123629-whitmarsh-lorraine, www.cardiff.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
The additions would make RWE the world's third-largest renewables company and the second-biggest player in offshore wind energy. The company's efforts will be concentrated on onshore and offshore wind as well as on photovoltaics and energy storage (Source: RWE Renewables, RENews, Others, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: RWE AG, www.rwe.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE, Renewable Energy,
"The first N149/4.0-4.5 turbines being manufactured in Europe in continuous flow production are now leaving the production line in , for orders already in excess of 700 MW," the company said in a press release.
To date, Nordex has installed more than 25 gigawatts of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, AA, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, www.nordex-online.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex, Wind, Wind Turbine,
As part of the $600,000 investment, $200,000 is earmarked for the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.'s social housing stock. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, according to Natural Resources Canada.
The remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional Canadian municipalities looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release.
(Source: Pembina Institute, Journal of Commerce, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Pembina Institute, (604) 874-8558, www.pembina.org; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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The largest impact to-date has come from 18 FCA US manufacturing sites where 20,000 of Current's Albeo luminaires are now improving energy efficiency, with an additional 5,000 indoor and outdoor fixtures installed at 33 dealerships.
A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE, Current blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient and productive. (Source: FCA, GE, Green Car Congress, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: FCA Group, www.fcagroup.com/en-US/Pages/home.aspx; GE Current, www.currentbyge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED, GE Current, General Electric, Energy Efficient Light,
"For instance, the GAO found in 2017 that the DOE had failed to spend ARPA-E funds appropriated by Congress, and last year NRDC raised serious questions about how much, or little, the Department had actually spent in the 2018 fiscal year on energy efficiency and renewable energy research.
"The latest wrinkle in the 'will-they-won't-they' spend the money drama emerged last week, when the administration, again proposing deep cuts in energy efficiency for the coming fiscal year, called for $343 million for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, plus a proposal to use $353 million in prior year balances for a total of $696 million.. A detailed budget estimate for the Department, released by the White House on Monday, similarly said that $353 million 'shall be derived from prior year unobligated balances previously appropriated.
"Unobligated balances? That's a fancy term for funding that Congress authorizes that the administrative branch doesn't spend. The administration is saying it wants to use such money for next year. Just how much unobligated funding currently exists is not clear.
"Of course, the executive branch is generally legally required to use the funds appropriated by Congress -- it's not an optional thing. In September, to make the point extra clear, Congress even specified, when it passed the appropriations bill for the current year, that it was directing the Department to 'fully execute the funds appropriated in a timely manner.'
"The administration's new proposal -- and it's stated reliance on not spending money Congress has directed it to spend -- raises more questions about its commitment to following Congress's direction." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 20 Mar., 2019)Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy, Energy Efficiency,
The 501c3 NV Energy Foundation giving impacted 168 nonprofit organizations statewide through donations of more than $3.2 million in 2018. The NV Energy Foundation addresses community needs in the areas safety and wellness, environmental and community enhancement, education (STEM) and arts and culture. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.
In northern Nevada, nearly $1.2 million in grants was provided to 88 nonprofit organizations including Arts for All Nevada, Envirolution, Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, Holland Project, Domestic Violence Resource Center and Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc.
In southern Nevada, over $2 million in grants was provided to 80 nonprofit organizations including Grant A Gift of Autism Foundation, Three Square, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, DISCOVERY Children's Museum, Neon Museum, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada and HELP of Southern Nevada. Employees also donated nearly $575,000 through our annual United Way employee giving campaign.
NV Energy maintains the NV Energy Foundation, a 501c3, to support its philanthropic efforts. Through direct grants, scholarships and employee grant programs, the NV Energy Foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in NV Energy's service territories. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.
The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.
The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe.
(Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk
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"It's extremely disappointing and outrageous to see EPA once again allow oil refiners to undermine the RFS and hurt family farms, ethanol producers and our environment by exploiting and abusing a statutory provision that exempts them from their obligations to blend renewable fuels. The RFS was created to preserve the environment, protect America's energy security and give Americans more affordable options at the pump. These exemptions undercut those goals, and today's exemptions mean more than 2.6 billion gallons of RFS blending obligations have been erased with the stroke of EPA's pen. RFA will continue to fight these exemptions through the courts and urge EPA to adopt a more judicious and restrained decision-making process on refiner exemptions, as well as restore lost volume obligations from previous years."
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.(Source: Renewable Fuels Association, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association, EPA, RFS Hardship Waiver, Biofuel Blend,
The forecast, which assumes no significant changes in government policy or legislation regarding emissions, predicts energy-related CO2 emissions will equal 5,019 million metric tons in 2050 -- 4 pct less than the 2018 level.
In 2016, natural gas surpassed coal to become the nation's most used fuel for generating electricity. (Source: US DOE, Houston Chron, 20 Mar., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, US DOE,
The new 18 MW energy storage system can power the equivalent of the daily electricity consumption of 600 average households and is expected to have 5-7 year RoI.
NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. The company's scalable distributed energy storage and control systems provide greater grid stability and flexibility to the benefit of both providers and users of electricity. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Website, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fudder, CEO,
Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, email@example.com, www.neces.com
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The study showed that barren, wind-scoured tundra landscapes above 11,000 feet emitted more CO2 than they captured each year, and that a fraction of that CO2 was relatively old during the winter, the first such finding of its kind in temperate latitudes.
The report also notes that
while the alpine tundra's net CO2 contributions are small compared to a forest's sequestration capability, the newly-documented effect may act as something of a counterweight, hampering atmospheric CO2 reductions from mountain ecosystems in general.
(Source: University of Colorado at Boulder , PHYS.ORG, Mar., 21, 2019) Contact: University of Colorado at Boulder, John Knowles, Department of Geography, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), (303)492-2631,
(303) 492-7501-fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.colorado.edu/geography
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The report was authored by John Urbanchuck, managing partner at ABF Economics.
As we reported on 23 Jan., 2019, 2018 was a record year for ethanol production in Iowa with the state's ethanol production facilities producing 4.35 billion gallons -- 150 million gallons more than 2017 and 150 million gallons short of capacity. The Hawkeye State produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production.
Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn. Iowa also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018 (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Mar., 2019) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biofuel, Monte Shaw, IRFA,
Carbon Engineering's DAC technology can remove CO2 from the atmosphere for less than $100/tonne and deliver large-scale negative emissions by permanently and safely storing the CO2 underground. The technology can also be used to reduce emissions from transportation by converting atmospheric CO2 into ultra-low carbon fuels that can power existing vehicles and airplanes without vehicle engine modifications, according to the company.
(Source: Carbon Engineering, PR, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, email@example.com, www.carbonengineering.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture, CCS, CCUS, Carbon Engineering Ltd.,
The initiative is in keeping with the state's renewable energy portfolio and an important factor in forest health.
Last December, the ACC ordered their staff to develop a proposed set of rules to create a market for the 1.5 million tons of branches, brush and debris created by thinning 50,000 acres of overgrown forest annually -- the goal set by 4FRI. The ruling provided for the production of 60 MW of power from bioenergy.
Presently, only the 28-MW Novo Power in Snowflake produces bioenergy electricity in Arizona. (Source: Arizona Public Service, PR, White Mountain Independent, 22 Mar, 2019) Contact: Arizona Public Service, www.aps.com; Noveo Power, www.novopower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Novo Power, Arizona Public Service, Woody Biomass, Forest Biomass,
Airstream is participating in Jackson Center Municipal Power's "EcoSmart Choice" program that allows participants to purchase RECs from wind, hydroelectric or landfill gas projects offered through American Municipal Power Inc.
By using RECs to power its facilities in 2018, the company was able to offset 4,220 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the company said.
(Source: Airstream, NA WindPower, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Jackson Center Municipal Power, (937) 596-6314, www.jacksoncenter.com/departments/electric-department; Airstream, Bob Wheeler, CEO, (877) 596-6111, www.airstream.com/company
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The fuel blend, which will eliminate 1.5 million kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulfur emissions,
is being supplied by Shell which, along with the other partners in the project -- Friesland Campina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, and Unilever -- is a member of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC). (Source: A.P. Moller -- Maersk A/S, Marinelog, Various Others, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: A.P. Moller -- Maersk.
Soren Toft, CEO, www.maersk.com
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The new joint-venture company, named Highview TSK, will develop multiple projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. An initial number of projects have been identified for several GWh of clean energy storage to be developed from 2019 through 2022.
TSK has constructed over 20 GW of generation projects across 35 countries in both fossil fuel fired energy generation and renewable projects such as solar, wind, and biomass, including more than 10 energy storage projects.
Highview Power's proprietary technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and can deliver anywhere from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years.
(Source:: Highview Power, PR BusinessWire, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com;
Grupo TSK, +1 512 215 4452,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power, TSK, Energy Storage,
According to UN IPCC climate experts, climate engineering could represent a temporary "corrective measure", the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment notes the country would prefer not to rely on a "risky emergency solution". Nevertheless, it is necessary to have as many options on the table as possible to address climate change and accordingly is calling call for an international dialogue to "better understand the risks and opportunities and to assess the need for a supervisory authority".
Climate geo-engineering interventions could include the installation of giant mirrors in space to reflect solar radiation reaching the Earth and increasing the reflectivity of clouds and atmosphere through the introduction of aerosols into the stratosphere using aircraft, projectiles or balloons.
The agency also raises the difficult questions of Who decides which technology to use? Who will take political responsibility and who will have technical control? Who will be held accountable for unforeseen collateral effects? These are some of the questions surrounding geo-engineering which could have long-term global impacts. (Source: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, swissinfo.ch. Mar., 2019) Contact: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, +41 58 462 93 11,
+41 58 462 99 81 - fax., firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
Asure's new multifunction sensor builds upon its SmartView solution, a fully automated and integrated space utilization measurement system that provides real-time insights by bringing utilization analytics and environmental data into a single unified system. (Source: Azure Software, PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Azure Software, www.asuresoftware.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Asure Software, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management ,
The 90 nanometre material is 1000 times finer than a human hair and is able to rapidly heat up to 160 degrees C under natural sunlight in an open environment, according to a Swinburn release. Possible applications for the new graphene-based material include: thermophotovoltaics (the direct conversion of heat to electricity); solar seawater desalination; infrared light source and heater; optical components: modulators and interconnects for communication devices; photodetectors; and possibly lead to the development of "invisible cloaking technology" through developing large-scale thin films enclosing the objects to be "hidden."
The researchers have developed a 2.5cm x 5cm working prototype to demonstrate the photo-thermal performance of the graphene-based metamaterial absorber and have proposed a scalable manufacturing strategy to fabricate the proposed graphene-based absorber at low cost.
(Source: Swinburne University, Graphene Info, Mar., 2019) Contact: Swinburn University, Professor Martijn de Sterke, Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science, +61 3 9214 8000, www.swinburne.edu.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Graphene, Solar, PV,
Project Wheatland received $5 million for a $285 million biofuels plant being developed by Carbon Clean Energy (CCE). The plant will produce 16 million lpy of denatured ethanol for fuel blending, as well as 1.76 mmBtu of biogas and 12MWh of green power generation per year.
ERA also granted over $2 million to British Columbia-based SYLVIS Environmental Service's BIOSALIX which process uses municipal biosolids and other organic residuals as supplements to existing topsoil and feedstocks in topsoil production in order to grow willow wood biomass crops on reclaimed mine land. The biomass can then be used as feedstock in clean energy, reclamation or bioproducts development, according to the company.
(Source: Emissions Reduction Alberta, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 19 Mar., 2019)
Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068, email@example.com, www.eralberta.ca;
SYLVIS Environmental Service, (604) 777-9788, www.sylvis.com
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The study, which used
a publicly-available Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study dataset assess the opinions of individuals who live within 8 kilometers of a wind turbine to gain insight into their energy preferences,
found respondents strongly preferred their local wind power project to any of the alternatives being located at a similar distance, regardless of the political, geographic or economic characteristics of the state in which those respondents lived.
Overall, the study showed that approximately 90 pct of respondents prefer their local wind project to a central power plant sited at a similar distance regardless of fuel. Furthermore, of the approximate two-thirds who have a preference, the local wind power project was preferred over a commercial-scale solar installation by approximately three to one.
The results of the study were published Monday, March 18 in the journal Nature Energy.
(Source: University of Delaware, Nature Energy, Tech Xplore, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, (302) 831-2792, www.udel.edu
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Although the project is awaiting regulatory approvals, a 2020 construction start date and 2022 operation startup date are planned.
Dairyland's solar portfolio, which currently consists of 18 solar sites that provide 25 MW total, by almost seven-fold. Dairyland has about 1,350 MW of owned and contracted capacity from coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, and landfill gas.
According to Dairyland's 2017 annual report, 69 pct of its energy came from fossil fuels, while renewables made up 22 pct of their energy portfolio. The report notes that in 2027 23 pct of it power would come from wind, solar and other renewables. (Source: Dairyland Power, laCrosse Tribune, 18, Mar., 2019) Contact: Dairyland Power,
Barbara Nick, Pres., CEO, (608) 788-4000, www.dairylandpower.com;
Ranger Power, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rangerpower.com; Badger State Solar, www.rangerpower.com/badger-state-solar
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Senfals software enables wind farm operators to optimize their assets through autonomous buying and selling on short term energy markets.
The software can be used with solar and energy storage facilities, as well as wind, to "unlock value from flexibility", according to Senfal.
Through its services, Senfal is able to substantially reduce the energy bill for large industrials as well as increase power trading profits for wind and solar farms and battery owners.
(Source: Vattenfall, RE Biz News, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Senfal, +31 (0) 85 303 7414, email@example.com,
www.senfal.com/en; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
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With a tip height of 200 meters, the Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines are currently being installed in the 18 MW Les Landes wind farm in the French department of Haute Vienne.
(Source: Senvion, PR, Mar, 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa, Senvion, Wind Turbine,
The Bank's climate finance trajectory has grown from 9 pct in 2016, 28 pct in 2017, and 32 pct in 2018, according to the Afdb.
(Source: African Development Bank, Website, Mar., 2019) Contact: African Developement Bank, +216 7110 3900/71103930, +216 7119 4523 - fax., www.afdb.oeg
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The ordinance, which was passed in 2015, requires owners of large buildings of 100,000 square-feet or more, to report energy and water use data to the city, which posts the information online so it can be used by tenants, investors and others. City officials had expected an 80 pct compliance rate, but just over 60 pct have reported data to the city.
Kansas City building owners' 60 pct compliance significantly lags behind Chicago's at 92 pct and Minneapolis, which began at began at 87 pct then rose to 93 pct for the 2017 calendar year.
(Source: Kansas City Star, Mar., 2019) Contact: City of Kansas City,
Dennis Murphey, Chief Environmental Officer, 816-453-1492, www.kcmo.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking, Energy Efficiency,
To that end,
the government will enhance policy guidance and services to improve technology for the manufacturing of methanol-fueled engines and vehicles.
Policy support will also be offered to improve efficiency in producing methanol fuel, making equipment that absorbs carbon dioxide emissions, and the construction of methanol fueling stations.
Additionally, the use of methanol cars for official trips, rental services and other areas will be encouraged.
(Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Global Times, 19 Mar., 2019)
Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, www.miit.gov.cn
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Groundbreaking for the 236 room, US Green Building Council LEED Gold for new construction certification standard complex is slated for April, 2019.
(Source: Four Seasons, Hospitality Design, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
Nopalimex uses around 8 tpd of methane to fuel its biodigestor, cactus chip production, and other operations.
The company is also testing the leftover mixture in local government vehicles.
According to the company, its biogas will cost just 12 pesos ( $0.65) per liter, around a third cheaper than the cost of regular gasoline.(Source: Nopalimex, Action News Now, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Nopalimex, 551-951-0121, www.nopalimexgasyenergia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nopalimex, Cactus Biofuel, Biofuel,
Helio will be part of Sifton's fully connected, energy-efficient neighbourhood comprised of urban condos, rental townhomes, apartments and retirement suites overlooking retail spaces and a vibrant central park. Helio's energy efficient features include:
The research project's ultimate goal is to drive the re-allocation of capital away from carbon-intensive activities to lower-carbon assets in order to significantly reduce emissions and adverse impacts on the environment and of climate change.
The shared vision of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is to limit global warming emissions to keep global average temperature increase below 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C) above pre-industrial levels, to protect the planet from climate change and promote human prosperity and health. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has calculated that to have an 80 pct chance of attaining this 3.6 degrees F limit, an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment would be needed between 2014 and 2050 -- about $1 trillion per year more than is currently invested.
(Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, PR, Mar., 2019)
Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jason Jay, Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, www.mitsloan.mit.edu; MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marilyn Waite, Program Officer, www.hewlett.org
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Carbon Brief estimates emissions were down 1.5 pct on 2017 levels due largely to a continued decline in coal-fired electric power generation -- only 6 pct in 2018, according to the UK Business and Energy Department (Beis). (Source: Carbon Brief, Gibraltar Chronicle, Press Association, Others, Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Business and Energy Department, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news, Climate Change news, Carbon Brief news,
In April 2018, the Los Angeles City Council advanced a proposal to develop a Climate Emergency Mobilization Department to oversee efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide, and also cleared up $500,000 in funding in seed money for the project. Now the Council is "fleshing out" the Climate Emergency Mobilization Department's responsibilities to include the development of metrics to measure and track the city's greenhouse gas emissions, and develop an annual climate budget of greenhouse gasses and criteria pollutants to determine the city's allowable annual emissions, similar to how the city's financial budget determines its monetary expenditures.
Los Angeles aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.
(Source: Los Angeles City Council, City News Service, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Los Angeles City Council, 213-473-3231, www.lacity.org/your-government/elected-officials/city-council
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LanzaTech proposes to demonstrate the MBR by producing ethanol from the off-gas of forestry-residue pyrolysis in Alberta, with extended benefits for converting other resources such as industrial waste gases and agricultural residues using LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform.
This project takes a major step towards creating value from new waste resources, such as gasified agricultural residues, and serving hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as aviation (jet fuel from ethanol) and consumer goods (materials from fermentation-derived chemicals), according to Emissions Reductions Alberta.(Source: Emissions Reductions Alberta, News Website, 12 Mar., 2019)
Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eralberta.ca; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, email@example.com, www.lanzatech.com
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EPA is also proposing regulatory changes to modify elements of the renewable identification number compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard program to enhance transparency in the market and deter price manipulation. Proposed reforms to RIN markets include: prohibiting certain parties from being able to purchase separated RINs; requiring public disclosure when RIN holdings exceed specified thresholds; limiting the length of time a non-obligated party can hold RINs; and increasing the compliance frequency of the program from once annually to quarterly.
Download details on proposed rulemaking HERE. (Source: US EPA, Irrigation & Green Energy, Mar., 2019) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov
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Currently only the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is operational in the U.S. but other projects, including Seepwater Wind's, 120-MW Skipjack Wind Farm off the coast of Fenwick Island, Delaware, is expected to come online in 2022.
The University of Delaware Offshore Wind Skills Academy will be held roughly every six month and will cover a variety of relevant topics. (Source: University of Delaware, Mar., 2019)
Contact: University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Willett Kempton, John Madsen, (302) 831-2792, www.udel.edu/faculty-staff/experts/willett-kempton, www.udel.edu
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Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd., Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA and the venture capital arm of Legal & General Group Plc.
The company has raised mare than £76 million over the last five years, including €15 million ($17 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). (Source: Oxford PV, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oxford PV, +44 1865 951 500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oxfordpv.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Oxford PV, Solar, EIB, perovskite solar cell,
According to the ETH Zurich report, oceans absorb CO2 in two stages. First CO2 in the atmosphere dissolves in surface water and is carried by currents into the depths of the sea, where it accumulates. For the report, researchers from seven countries measured concentrations of CO2 gathered from the world's oceans and developed statistical model to calculate the proportion generated by human activities.
ETH Zurich environmental physics professor Nicolas Gruber, who led the research, was already involved at the turn of the millennium in a similar study on the absorption of man-made CO2 from the beginning of industrialization around 1800 up to 1994. Comparisons of the two surveys found that the proportional volume of CO2 stored by the oceans has remained stable in the 200 years since the industrial revolution but increased in absolute terms as atmospheric CO2 levels have risen, leading to fears that the oceans might one day become saturated and unable to serve as a carbon "sink".
(Source: ETH Zurich, swissinfo.ch, Mar., 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, Prof. Nicolas Gruber, Dept. of Environmental Systems Science, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch
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ERBD also announced a 2-MW floating solar project being developed by Norwegian company Statkraft's Albanian subsidiary and floating solar technology developer Ocean Sun. The €2.3 million project will incorporate four units of 0.5 MW each.
(Source: EBRD, The Balkanista, Mar., 2019)
Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Ocean Sun, email@example.com, https://oceansun.no
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