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Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market 2019 Deep Analysis (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-03-18
Global Markets is reporting the availability of Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market, a new elementary research study that analyzes market growth, risks, production volume, prices structure, market trends and other sellulosic ethanol related data along with forecast data from 2019-2024.

The study offers a thorough understanding of market share, annual revenue, business methods, and contribution to Cellulosic Ethanol industry growth. Complete company profile of each player analysed in this report is covered for predicting the futuristic Cellulosic Ethanol scope and industry demand.

Access report details and browse table of contents HERE. (Source: Global Market Biz, PR, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Global Amerket Biz, globalmarketers.biz@gmail.com; www.globalmarketers.biz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Eni Plans Major Reforestation Effort to Shift CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Eni
Date: 2019-03-18
The Financial Times is reporting Rome-headquartered Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA will plant 81,000 square kilometers of forests -- twice the size of the Netherlands -- in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ghana to compensate for its CO2 emissions.

ENI also want to reduce flaring and reduce methane leaks. Flaring is a practice where gases produced during the refining of oil are burned, should be banned by 2025. Methane gas emissions must then be reduced by 80 percent. Oil and gas companies are increasingly feeling the need to take measures to reduce their carbon footprint. At the same time, the companies continue to produce more fossil fuels. They say they do this to meet the growing demand in developing countries. (Source: ENI, Financial Times, Zurich Weekly News Review, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Carbon Footprint,  Reforestation,  


Toronto Zoo Animal Waste Biogas Project Scores $2.7Mn (Funding)
ZooShare Biogas
Date: 2019-03-18
In Ontario, Toronto MP Gary Anandasangaree is reporting the Conservative Gov. of Premier Doug Ford will invest up to $2.7 million in the ZooShare Biogas Co-operative'a project to convert Toronto Zoo animal waste into biogas and agricultural fertilizer.

The funding is earmarked for additional, new self-cleaning anaerobic digester technology that separates organic material and contaminants at ZooShare's existing biogas plant in Toronto. Zooshare's mission statement is to grow the biogas industry across North America by teaching others about the value of waste and the importance of conservation in the process. (Source: Toronto Zoo, 11 Mar., 2019) Contact: Toronto Zoo, (416) 392-5900, www.torontozoo.com/conservation/BioGas.asp. ZooShare, www.zooshare.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News ZooShare Biogas,  


Scottish Power Plans £6Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)
ScottishPower
Date: 2019-03-18
In the UK, gas and electric power supplier ScottishPower reports it will "actively pursue” future offshore wind projects in England and invest £6 billion in the countries offshore wind supply chain.

Scottish Power;s initiative is part of a wider UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal that will see as much as £250 million investment in "building a stronger UK supply chain." The deal will drive the transformation of offshore wind generation, making it an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boost the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain.

Presently, ScottishPower is constructing a £2.5 billion offshore windfarm in the east of England, seeking approval for a second to begin construction in 2024 and a third in 2025. (Source: Scottish Power, Supply Chain, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ScottishPower,  Offshore Wind,  


Abu Dhabi Launches Energy Efficiency, Saving Initiatives (Int'l)
Abu Dhabi Department of Energy
Date: 2019-03-18
The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) reports the launch of the 'Saving Energy and Water at Home' initiative -- one of three sustainable initiatives in collaboration with the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO), Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, and Al Ain Distribution Company.

The DoE is the official partner of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. As part of the initiative, participating Emirati athletes will serve as "Energy Ambassadors" to the community. Forty-five families of Emirati athletes will compete to make their respective homes more energy- and water-efficient, adhering to sustainable behaviour and energy conservation practices throughout the duration of the Games. The daily consumption of each participating household will be measured and updated daily throughout the campaign. The top three winners will be revealed and awarded at the conclusion of the Games.

DoE is launching three sustainability initiatives as In addition to the "Saving Energy and Water at Home" effort, the DoI is also launching the "Clean Energy on The Move" to encourage the public to use electric cars, and "Sustainable Energy at the Venues", which seeks to promote efficient energy technologies and use at the various games venues. (Source: Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, WAM, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Ramez Hamdan, Director of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, www.doe.gov.ae/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


"Every Company Should Pay a Fee to Invest in Clean Energy" - Sir Richard Branson (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Richard Bransom,Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-18
"I believe there is an extremely simple way to whip climate change and I plan to set it out below.

"Many people working on this subject believe the world needs a carbon tax on dirty fuels -- coal and oil -- to solve the problem. However, the problem with a carbon tax is that it has so far been impossible to impose without governments falling. The Australian government tried to bring one in and they were kicked out -- the new government cancelled it. In November 2018, the state of Washington voted against a carbon tax for the second time in two years.

"Carbon taxes are of course well-intentioned. But others are skeptical that they will raise enough resources to tackle the problem, or if the money will actually even be spent on the issue. So aside from being unpopular with the companies, carbon taxes are also often unpopular with the public and unpopular with governments. There are really no winners -- except ultimately the globe and the environment.

"So I would like to propose the following: a Clean Energy Dividend. Every company in the world should accept a Clean Energy Dividend to be imposed on the fossil fuel they use and the carbon emissions they cause. The dividend could be the equivalent percentage that a carbon tax would have been, and based on cutting pollution at the rate the climate science shows is necessary. However, unlike a carbon tax, that money wouldn't disappear into government coffers, but would be used specifically to be invested in generating clean energy through wind farms and solar panels, as well as the development of more low carbon fuels and other breakthrough technologies. The companies, through those investments, can get that money back, plus dividends (it would be wise to have some independent governance to make absolutely certain that all companies comply with this remit.)

"The good news about this approach is that:

  • Clean energy will have literally billions poured into it over the next few years - enough money to switch the world from dirty to clean energy. This is important because what climate change initiatives are still lacking at the moment is major investment;
  • Companies investing this money should be happy because the investments they make should be secure ones;
  • Millions of new jobs will be created through a climate change revolution;
  • The public should be happy because although some fuel prices might increase in the short-term, the competition from clean fuel will rapidly drive prices of both dirty and clean fuel down very quickly and they will stay down forever:
  • Governments should be happy because the lower fuel prices will result in a great boost to the economy. Lower fuel prices are politically attractive and politicians will also be able to say that by implementing this, they have made a major move towards getting on top of climate change.

    "This is a win-win all-round. It's a win for companies, a win for the people who work in them, a win for the public, a win for creating new jobs, win for governments, and most importantly of all a win for our beautiful globe. Today I am just throwing this open to debate and would love feedback. We will work hard with The B Team, The Elders, The Rocky Mountain Institute and others to get something along these lines implemented as soon as possible." (Source: The Virgin Foundation, Mar., 2019) Contact: The Virgin Foundation, Sir Richard Branson, www.virgin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Richard Branson,  


  • Methanol Investigated as Marine Alt. Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Methanol
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In the Netherlands, a consortium of Dutch maritime companies supported by the Maritime Knowledge Centre have joined forces to form the Green Maritime Methanol project to investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable maritime transport fuel.

    The Green Maritime Methanol project is supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and will be completed within two years.

    Shipowners Boskalis, the Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping will take part in the consortium, together with a number of Dutch shipbuilders, including superyacht builders Damen Shipyards and Feadship, as well as engine manufacturers Wartsila and Pon Power.

    Some of the Netherlands' leading research institutes including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin will invest and provide knowledge-building and research capacity for the project by studying operational profiles, ship configurations, engine configurations, performances, various emissions as well as many other relevant topics. (Source: Superyacht News, Mar., 2019) Contact: Maritime Knowledge Centre, www.maritimeinfo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  


    BioCycle Planning S. African Faecal Waste to Biodiesel Project (Int'l)
    MultiCycle,
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In South Africa, The BioCycle reports it aims to develop commercially viable and scalable processes for the bio-conversion of human faecal waste into biodiesel and other valuable products on a commercial scale by the end of 2020. The BioCycle is the main operating subsidiary of MultiCycle Technologies, itself a part of the Insect Technology Group (ITG), which also owns AgriProtein. The BioCycle uses AgriProtein’s black soldier fly (BSF) larvae processing technology in delivering its products.

    The BioCycle process prepares black soldier fly larval feedstock from faecal waste and additional nutrient-rich waste, seed this feedstock with young larvae, thereby reconstituting nutrients from that feedstock through larvae growing on the prepared substrate. The BioCycle undertakes its research at its own ITG-sponsored research facilities in Durban, and is in the process of developing further research and development capacity at the ITG labs in Philippi, Cape Town. (Source: Engineering News SA, Creamers Engineering News, 18 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Biodiesel,  Biodiese;,  


    The Climate Group Calls for LED Street Lighting (Ind. Report)
    Philips Lighting
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In 2015, the international not-for-profit The Climate Group, in partnership with Signify (fka Philips Lighting), called for all public lighting worldwide to be energy efficient LED by 2025. The Climate Group is now calling for national leaders to publicly support the wider call for LED adoption to achieve our 2025 scale-up target.

    The unprecedented energy savings of 50-70% from LEDs compared to traditional lighting presents a compelling reason to urgently raise the priority of LED adoption. The drive towards connected LED street lighting also serves as a stimulus for wider renovation of aging city infrastructure, and for further innovations in smart city development and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. It also presents the opportunity to build upon a connected and secure city lighting network with an expanding array of city-to-citizen data-based products and services.

    Recently we have seen huge LED retrofit programs around the world, with Chicago replacing 270,000 old fashioned street lights, which will save taxpayers $100m over 10 years and avoid over 11,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. New York State is currently rolling out an ambitious LED program, replacing half a million street lights, saving 482 gWh per year. However, many cities are not in this position, and this is when supporting energy efficiency policy and legislation, from state, regional or federal level can address some of these barriers and catalyze action.

    As well as federal level policy, states can also introduce their own policy which can benefit their cities, businesses and citizens alike. (Source: The Climate Group, Blog, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: The Climate Group, (646) 233-0550 NYC Office, +44 (0)20 7960 2970, info@theclimategroup.org, www.the climategroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Group,  LED Light,  Street Light,  Philips Lighting,  


    Energy Storage Specialist Origis Services Launched (Ind. Report)
    Origis Energy
    Date: 2019-03-18
    Miamai-based Origis Energy USA is reporting the launch of its Austin, Texzas-based wholly-owned subsidiary Origis Services LLC. The new entity will serve the rapidly expanding U.S. solar and energy storage market with a full range of operations, maintenance and asset management and related services.

    Origis Services currently manages a 500 MW solar portfolio with integrated operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management services. Expansion underway includes an advanced Remote Operations Control Center located in Austin, TX.

    Origis Services provides 24/7 continuous monitoring services utilizing cloud-based solar enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, a seasoned team for responsive incident resolution and extensive reporting capabilities focused on owner’s requirements. (Source: Origis Energy, PR, SCNow, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Origis Energy, www.OrigisEnergy.com, Origis Services, Michael Eyman, Managing Director, Valerie Cops, (786) 693-2624, valerie.cops@origisenergy.com, www.OrigisServices.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Origis Energy,  Solar,  Solar energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    London Homes Among the UK's Most Energy Efficient (Int'l Report)
    Energy Performance Certificates
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In the UK, a new report from door and window manufacturer Everest suggests that London homes are among the most energy efficient in the country. The report analyzed over 15 million Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to make its determination of the most, and the least energy efficient homes in England and Wales.

    In London and the other most energy efficient areas , annual energy bills averaged about £1,650 as opposed to the £3,228 average energy cost for homes nationwide.

    The report noted that the UK's housing stock is among the "oldest and coldest in Europe" and suggested the cost of heat leaking from properties is leading to a rise in fuel poverty. (Source: Everest, Various Media, Energy Live, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance Certificates,  


    GGF Loans €2Mn for Bosnian Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
    Green for Growth Fund
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The Luxembourg-headquartered Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it has loaned €2 million ($2.3 million) Bosnia's microcredit company Mikrofin.

    The loan is intended for "on-lending" by Mikrofin for building and building energy efficiency improvements, equipment upgrades for micro agri-businesses, the development of energy efficiency lending products, and related initiatives and projects, according to the GGF release.

    The GGF invests in measures which lead to reduced energy use and CO2 emissions and improvement of resource efficiency in Southeast Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova, the Middle East and North Africa. It provides financing to local partners that on-lend to enterprises and private households, and it invests directly in renewable energy projects. Mikrofin, a microfinance market leader in Bosnia, financially supports more than 57,000 clients, mostly low-income micro and small entrepreneurs. (Source: GGF, PR, SeeNews, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Green for Growth Fund, +49 (0) 69 271 035, www.ggf.lu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green for Growth Fund,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Big Apple Green Roof Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
    Nature Conservancy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In the Empire State, the Nature Conservancy, working with partners in the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, has released a comprehensive estimate of green roofs in New York City. The project merges publicly available data with remote sensing technologies to create data and maps that help better understand this asset and can be used to guide policymaking and city planning.

    Green roofs absorb heavy rains, give buildings an extra layer of insulation, increase building energy efficiency, lower carbon footprints, combat urban heat island effect and improve air quality . About 730 buildings covering roughly 40 acres in the Big Apple presently have green roofs.

    Download Green Roofs in NYC data HERE. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org; Green Roof Researchers Alliance, www.greenroofalliance.com, www.greenfoofs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy ,  Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    EDF Commissions 100-MW Minnesota Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables,Southern Minnesota Municipal Power
    Date: 2019-03-15
    EDF Renewables North America reports the commissioning of its 39 Siemens Gamesa turbine, 100-MW Stoneray wind farm in Pipestone and Murray counties Minnesota. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for roughly 47,000 area homes.

    The facility will sell its output to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) under a power-purchase agreement starting in 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Southern Minnesota Municipal Power, www.smmpa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind,  


    Albioma Converting Guadeloupe Coal Plant to Biomass (Int'l Report)
    Albioma SA
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Following up on our 23rd November, 2018 coverage, French renewable energy producer Albioma SA is reporting it has secured a €68-million ($76.8 million) loan for the conversion of a 34-MW power plant in Guadeloupe from coal to biomass. The funding was arranged with BNP Paribas and CIC, which acted as co-arrangers, and Bpifrance.

    The loan will be used for new infrastructure and modifications to the Albioma Caraibes power plant, which is expected to be converted so 100 pct biomass in 2020. (Source: Albioma SA, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Albioma SA, +33 (0)1 47 76 67 00, www.albioma.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal-to-Biomass,  Biomass,  Albioma SA ,  


    NM Sets 50 pct Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (Reg & Leg)
    Public Service Company of New Mexico
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico legislature reports passage of legislation calling for a 50 pct renewable energy portfolio standard in the state by 2030, bumping up to 80 pct by 2040. The bill id expected to be quickly signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham who has enthusiastically supported it.

    In a statement, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) said the bill "will create a greener energy economy and support our state's reforms to become a national leader in cleaner energy." (Source: Los Alamos Daily Post, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, (505) 241-2700; Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, www.governor.state.nm.us/contact-the-governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Service Company of New Mexico,  


    Southeast Eco360 Claims Landfill Gas Power Milestone (Ind. Report)
    Southeast Eco360
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick-based not-for-profit landfill operator Southeast Eco360 reports that last December it produced it's 10-millionth kilowatt hour of electricity burning landfill methane. That is enough to power 700 homes for a year, while reducing emissions by 66,000 tonnes.

    The plant's power production is sold to the New Brunswick power grid. (Source: Southeast Eco360, CBC, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Southeast Eco360, Gena Alderson, Waste Conversion Coordinator, (506) 877-1050, www.eco360.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


    Power Tech Lists Top 10 Wind Capacity Countries (Ind Report)
    Wind
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Power-technology.com looks at the world's top 10 countries by installed wind capacity: China with installed capacity 221GW; US -- 96.4GW; Germany -- 59.3GW; India -- 35GW; Spain -- 23GW; United Kingdom -- 20.7GW; France -- 15.3GW; Brazil -- 14.5GW; Canada -- 12.8GW; and Italy -- 10.1GW. (Source: Power-technology.com, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    European Commission Bans Palm Oil Biofuel Subsidies (Int'l Report)
    EU, Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-03-15
    This week in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) concluded that the cultivation of palm oil, primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia, results in excessive deforestation and accordingly should not be eligible for subsidies or count toward EU renewable transport targets for national governments. Such a ban on counting toward the target -- a 32 pct share of renewable energy by 2030 -- will likely occasion the phase-out the use of of palm oil-based fuel's in Europe.

    The EC concluded that 45 percent of the expansion of palm oil production since 2008 led to destruction of forests, wetlands or peatlands and resultant greenhouse gas releases.

    The EC has added a number of exemptions which mean some palm oil could still be promoted as a green fuel, under certain conditions including allowing additional palm oil production coming from yield increases or produced on unused land to still qualify as green.

    Although once seen as the main tool by which the EU could decarbonize road transport, and given generous subsidies under the 28-member trading bloc's Renewable Energy Directive over a decade ago, many environmentalists are reportedly pushing the EU to ban crop-based biofuels and move instead to incentivizing second-generation, cellulosic biofuels. (Source: EU, European Biodiesel Board, Successful Farning, Forbes, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, www.ebb-eu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  European Biodiesel Board,  


    GE 5.3MW Cyprus Wind Turbine Prototype Commissioned (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    GE Renewable Energy reports the commissioning of its onshore 5.3MW Cypress wind turbine platform prototype in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The Cypress wind turbine, which was first unveiled in September 2017, is the company's largest onshore wind turbine to date.

    Acording to GE, the new platform advances the technology of its 2MW and 3MW fleets while also using architecture and innovations from the 4.8-158 wind turbine, that was launched in 2017. The Cypress platform will be offered in different ratings and varying hub heights. The Cypress platform features a two-piece blade design which allows the blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths while improving logistics to provide more siting options. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Compelo, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,www.ge.com/renewableenergy

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


    ODOE Offers Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Funding (Funding)
    Oregon Department of Energy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Salem, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) reports the availability of grant funding of up to $250,000 per system for small-scale renewable energy projects. projects that generate power from renewable sources. The deadline for applications is on April 22, 2019. The agency is accepting applications for its Renewable Energy Development Grant program through 22 April, 2019. A total of $2.75 million is available.

    Qualified systems must produce electrical energy from a renewable resource such as biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas, or wave, tidal, or ocean thermal energy. Grants are capped at $250,000 per system and may not exceed 35 pct of the project cost. Details are available on ODOE's website. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Think Geoenergy, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oregon Department of Energy, (503) 378-4040, askenergy@oregon.gov, www.oregon.gov/ENERGY

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon Department of Energy,  


    DOE Funds Wind Energy Environmental Research Projects (Funding)
    US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office reports the allocation of $6.2 million for nine early-stage research projects expected to reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impacts of offshore and onshore wind energy. With cost sharing, the projects are expected to total $9.5 million.

    According to DOE, the projects will develop technology solutions to environmental siting and operational challenges to reduce project permitting time and costs, increase the certainty of project development outcomes and provide more deployment options at reduced costs. Three projects by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), American Wind Wildlife Institute of Washington and Stantec Consulting Services of Topsham will receive $2.3 million to further the advancement of smart curtailment strategies to minimize energy loss from curtailment and wind farm environmental impacts to bats. $1.4 million will be awarded to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Golden, General Electric Renewable Energy of Greenville and the Iowa State University of Ame for projects dedicated to advancing the commercial readiness of bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment.

    The remaining $2.5 million will be allocated to SMRU Consulting of Friday Harbor, Oregon State University of Corvallis and Western EcoSystems Technology of Cheyenne to develop and validate pre- and post-construction monitoring and mitigation solutions for the offshore wind environment to ease regulatory barriers to deployment. (Source: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, offshoreWIND .biz, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Phone: (202) 586-5348, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  EPRI,  


    Clean Energy Jobs on the Rise, says E2 Report (Ind. Report)
    E2
    Date: 2019-03-15
    According to a new report from the nonpartisan business group E2, nearly 113,000 people are employed in Ohio's clean energy sector -- up 4.6 pct from 2017 and above the national growth rate of 3.6 pct.

    According to the report, there are now nearly 3.4 million clean energy jobs in the U.S. outnumbering those in fossil fuels about three to one, and employers expect 6 percent job growth for 2019.

    To continue clean energy employment growth, the report has several recommendations, including federal policies that support grid modernization and expanded EV charging infrastructure. It also calls for the end of rollbacks to fuel economy standards for vehicles and extending and upgrading expired energy efficiency tax credits for commercial and residential buildings.

    Download the Clean jobs America report HERE. (Source: E2, Public News Service, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: E2, Robert Keefe, Exec. Dir.,www.e2.org, www.cleanjobscount.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E2,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  


    Pacific Ethanol Considers Production Facility Sales (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Ethanol,Piper Jaffray
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In the Golden State, Sacramento-based low-carbon renewable fuels specialist Pacific Ethanol reports it has contracted investment bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray to help it sell some of its 10 various production assets to refinance $67 million in debt coming due in December. The company notes it could also look at other capital raising options for debt refinancing.

    Pacific Ethanol, which operates 10 biorefineries in six states, did not specify which plants might be sold. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, Others, Seeking Alpha, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Piper Jaffray, www.piperjaffray.com; Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Piper Jaffray,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Clean Energy Fuels Goes All In on RNG Redeem (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Newport Beach, California-headquartered Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting it will convert all its natural gas fuel to its renewable product, Redeem, by 2025 as it positions itself to offer the cleanest available fuel alternative to diesel through a broad distribution network. Redeem would be sold at all of the company's 530 stations in North America, including 160 of those that serve Class 8 fleets,

    The plan comes as regulatory agencies are considering how to toughen emissions regulations for nitrogen oxide, which produces smog and acid rain, and affects the human respiratory system.

    In 2014, the first full year Redeem was available, Clean Energy delivered 20 million gallons of Redeem to its stations. In 2018 , it delivered 110 million gallons of Redeem, which represents 53 pct of the renewable natural gas delivered in the market, according to the Newport Beach, Calif-based company. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Transport Topics, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO, Ashley White, Corporate Sustainability, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Clean Energy Fuels,  


    BHSL Announced €1.5Mn French Biogas Tech. Deal (Int'l Report)
    BHSL
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Limerick, Ireland-headquartered agri-rech, waste-to-energy business BHSL reports it has agreed to €1.5 million French deal to sell its fluidized bed combustion (FBC) technology to Liger Bioconcept foir installation at a fertiliser plant in Brittany. The plant will burn by-products sourced from a large anaerobic digestor located nearby, that processes a mixture of food waste, animal manure and waste water sludge into biogas.

    According to BHSL, there are currently 500 anaerobic digester facilities in France and 8,000 in Germany, two of BHSL-Hydro's target markets. The company plans to construct 300 new anaerobic digestor plants in Ireland. (Source: BHSL, RTE, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: BHSL, Denis Brosnan, +353 (0) 69 85926, +353 (0) 69 85927 - fax., info@bhsl.com, www.bhslhydro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biowaste-to-Energy,  anaerobic digestor,  


    UK Rental Property Energy Efficiency Pilot Launched (Int'l)
    TrustMark
    Date: 2019-03-15
    TrustMark is reporting a pilot project in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards to improve the quality and energy efficiency of rented accommodation within Hastings and its surrounding area.

    The initiative, Better Homes for Hastings, will bring together area private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses, including TrustMark Registered Businesses, to promote rental property energy efficiency and related standards.

    TrustMark is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home. (Source: TrustMark, Volitmum, Mar., 2019) Contact: TrustMark, Simon Ayers, CEO, www.trustmark.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TrustMark,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CO2 Solutions Starts Que. Pulp Mill CO2 Capture Unit (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions Inc
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions Inc. reports the commissioning of its CO2 capture unit at the Resolute Pulp Mill in Saint-Felicien, Quebec, is underway.

    CO2 Solutions expects to increase the overall capture rate to validate the unit's nominal capacity of 30 tpd of CO2.

    The Saint-Felicien unit, which is a 3x scale-up from the company's currently operating 10-tdp unit in Montreal-East, involves the deployment of a 30-tpy CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Toundra Greenhouse complex. The Saint-Felicien CO2 capture unit was partly financed with investments from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Technoclimat programme of the Quebec government as well as a loan from Canada Economic Development (CED). (Source: CO2 Solutions, Gas World, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    NYSERDA Unveils Energy Storage Proposals Incentives (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-03-15
    On Monday, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed an energy storage implementation plan outlining initiatives that should help the state achieve about two-thirds of its previously announced goal of having 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 rising to 3,000 MW of energy storage by the end of next decade.

    The NYSERDA implementation plan includes a retail storage incentive targeting projects of up to 5 MW that are either interconnected behind a customer's electric meter or directly into the distribution system. The plan also includes a bulk storage incentive that backs projects exceeding 5 MW and are interconnected directly into the transmission, sub-transmission or distribution systems.

    The primary purpose of such projects is to provide wholesale market energy, ancillary services and/or capacity services. The state will allocate $150 million for this incentive. NYSERDA is seeking regulatory approval to set aside $70 million for opportunities that have the greatest potential to build a self-sustaining storage market. At the same time, NYSERDA's board of directors has approved an additional $53 million in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds for retail and bulk storage deployment incentives on Long Island.beginning in Q2, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  NYSERDA,  


    DOE Offers $30Mn Funding for Carbon Capture Systems R&D (Funding)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The U.S. DOE has announced the availability of up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development for front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems. The projects, funded by the Office of Fossil Energy's Carbon Capture program will support FEED studies for CO2 systems on both coal and natural gas power plants.

    According to the agency, FEED studies for commercial carbon capture systems is necessary to fully understand and reduce the costs of these systems and is the next step toward wide-scale deployment of the technology.

    The DOE notes CCUS systems are proven to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants that use coal and gas. For example, the Petra Nova Project, which is supported by DOE and located near Houston, Texas, has captured more than 1 million tpy of CO2 since coming online in 2017.

    Access project details HERE. (Source: US DOE, Mar., 2019) Contact: US DOE, (202) 586-5000, www.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  Petra Nova,  Carbon Cioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    World Bank Earmarks $22.5Bn for African Climate Efforts (Int'l)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The World Bank Group reports it will scale up support for both climate adaptation and climate mitigation initiatives in Africa to $22.5 billion over five years -- 2021-2025. The funding is part of the Bank Group's 2025 Targets to Step Up Climate Action, launched in December 2018 during the UN's COP24 in Poland.

    The funding is aimed at helping African countries manage the risks of a changing climate while unlocking new investment opportunities. The IFC and MIGA, the Group's private sector arms, will also grow their climate activities in Africa.

    More than half of the $22.5bn financing will be devoted to supporting adaptation and resilience in Africa. This year, for example, the World Bank will provide the government of Ethiopia with a results-based support program for adaptation and resilience, the largest done by the World Bank ever in Africa. The new operation, which is currently under preparation, will provide $500 million for results in improved watershed management and land administration systems.

    In addition, the World Bank, will carry out intensive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) engagements with Rwanda and Kenya, under the framework of the NDC Partnership, and with generous support from Germany's BMZ. The engagements will help accelerate the implementation of, and raise the level of ambition for, their NDCs by supporting systematic mainstreaming and institutionalization of climate adaptation and mitigation across and within key development sectors and governance levels. (Source: World Bank Group, africanews.com, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank Group,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change adaptation,  


    Shell Wants Tighter Methane Leakage Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Oil and gas giant, Royal Dutch Shell plc has recently urged Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten restrictions on methane leaks and emissions from oil and gas drilling and fracking operations, instead of loosening them as recently planned.

    As previously reported in September 2018, the EPA proposed plans that would weaken a 2016 Obama administration rule by permitting companies to reduce attempts to inspect and repair pipelines and wells that leak methane. The recent proposal is anticipated to allow drillers to conduct inspections annually and allow 60 days to complete necessary repairs.

    Oil and gas well methane leaks account for 10 pct of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The gas has over 80 times the heat-trapping potential of CO2 in the first 20 years of its escape into the atmosphere, according to the EPA. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, All Chem Research, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Methane,  Methance Leak,  


    Notable Quote
    CCS
    Date: 2019-03-15
    "We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Rick Perry news,  


    CIP Investing in 162-MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Copenhagen-headquartered Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP)reports it will invest $80 million in the Bearkat II wind park will be built in Glasscock County, Texas.

    The project, which is being developed by Dallas-based TriGlobal Energy, will incorporate 47 Vestas V126-3.45 MW turbines, will sell its output to the ERCOT power market. Vestas will service the facility over a period of 30 years. The wind park qualifies for 100 pct of Production Tax Credits and is expected to come online in December, 2019, according to the CIP release. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Renewables Now, 3wMar., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825, inquiries@triglobalenergy.com, www.triglobalenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TriGlobal,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Wind,  


    Siemens Investing in Greenko's Poovani India Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
    Siemens Financial Services ,Greenko Group
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Siemens Financial Services (SFS) reports it has inked an agreement to invest an unspecified amount for a 46 pct stake in Indian renewable energy company Greenko Group's 114-turbine, 200 MW Poovani wind power project in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.

    The Poovani wind project is part of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) Wind Power Tranche II. The project is expected to generate sufficient energy for roughly 155,000 homes per year when fully online. (Source: Siemens Financial Services , Power Tech., 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Siemens Financial Services, https://new.siemens.com/global/en/products/financing.htm; Greenko Group, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Financial Services ,  Greenko Group,  


    John Wood Wins US Biofuel Construction Serv. Contract (Ind Report)
    John Wood,Red Rock Biofuel
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered global engineering firm John Wood Group PLC reports receipt of a construction and mechanical services contract from Fort Collins, Colorado-based biofuels plant developer IR1 Group LLC for the Red Rock waste woody biomass-to-biofuels facility in Oregon. The value of the contract, which is expected to take two years to fulfill, hasn't been disclosed.

    The Red Rock Biofuels facility will convert more than 136,000 tpy of biomass into 15.1 million gpy of renewable fuels. (Source: John Wood, Alliance News, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: IR1 Group LLC, (970) 223-6766, https://ir1group.com; John Wood Group, www.woodgroup.cpm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  John Wood Group,  Red Rock Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    Fred.Olsen Confirms Taiwanese Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
    Fred Olsen Windcarrier
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Fred.Olsen Renewables reports it has secured a contract from Siemens Gamesa to deploy one of its purpose-built jack-up installation Windcarrier vessels to transport and install 8MW, Siemens Gamesa wind turbines at the Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwanese waters, starting in the Spring of 2020.

    The 640MW Yunlin Offshore wind farm is located about 6km off the southwest coast of Taiwan and will be powered by 80 of Siemens Gamesa's 8.0-167 direct drive turbines. Turbine installation will be split into two phases which will be carried out next year and 2021. (Source: Fred Olsen Mar., 2019) Contact: Fred.Olsen Renewables, Martin Degen, Commercial Manager, David Brunt, CEO, +44 20 7963 8904, http://fredolsenrenewables.co.uk

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


    EU Calls for China to Peak Emissions before 2030 (Int'l)
    EU
    Date: 2019-03-13
    The European Commission on 12 March urged China to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030. “China is at the same time the world’s largest emitter and investor in renewable energy. We call on China to peak its emissions before 2030 in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and inspire action globally,” EU Energy and Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete wrote in a tweet.

    the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini reviewed EU-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges and set out 10 concrete actions on 12 March for the EU’s leaders to discuss and endorse at the European Council of 21 March, including Action 2 which especially calls on EU calls on China to peak its emissions before 2030 and meets its 2015 Paris Agreement goals.

    The next EU-China Summit is scheduled for early April. “China is a Strategic Partner of the European Union. We pursue strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation on files where we share interests, from trade to connectivity, from the JCPOA to climate change,” Mogherini said. . (Source: New Europe, 13 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions news,  China Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


    Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Comments on Trump Budget (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-13
    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa, Fla) Chairperson of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, released the following statement on President Donald Trump's $4.75 trillion 2020 budget proposal which would slash funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and eliminate ARPA-E:

    "The Trump administration's budget proposal ignores the climate crisis. Climate science is clear: To help avert climate catastrophe, the United States needs to transition to a clean energy economy as fast as possible. The climate crisis must be addressed through virtually all areas of American life and, as a result, virtually all areas of the President's budget should reflect this.

    "The president's budget fails to respond to the administration's own warnings contained in the National Climate Assessment or propose any means to tackle the crisis. For example, moving to the clean energy economy means deploying technology we have now but also investing in new research to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies and create new jobs. The Trump administration's budget eliminates ARPA-E and all-but shutters the Department of Energy office dedicated to incubating groundbreaking research into clean transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency -- thereby eliminating the hope for our workforce and our planet they bring.

    "The scope of the climate challenge requires an all-hands-on-deck government investment in so many areas but certainly in advanced energy technologies. America needs a budget that reflects the urgency of the climate crisis. The president's budget lacks the insight and investment needed to get America moving and underscores that the cost of doing nothing is too high." (Source: US Rep. Kathy Castor, (D- 14th District, Fla), Tampa Bay Reporter, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Rep Kathy Castor, (202) 225-3376 castor.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    GoodShipping Marine Biofuel Tests Slated for Next Week (Int'l Report)
    Good Fuels
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Amsterdam, GoodShipping Program reports testing will commence with the sustainable biofuel bunkering of a CMA CGM container vessel at the Port of Rotterdam on 19 March, 2019. The testing is a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonizing ocean freight and the scaling of low-carbon marine biofuel oils for wider commercial use within the maritime industry.

    The fuel being tested has been developed by sustainable marine biofuels producer GoodFuels. The second-generation biofuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products and, in addition to virtually eliminating SOx emissions, is expected to deliver 80-90 pct well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents without engine modifications. The program aims to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine biofuel oil, and thereby spur the wider continued development of realistic options to curb GHG and SOx emissions from shipping. (Source: Bunkerspot, Mar., 2019) Contact: Port of Rotterdam, Allard Castelein, CEO, www.portofrotterdam.com/en; GoodShipping Program, info@goodshipping.org; https://goodshipping.org; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Goodfuels,  Marine Goodshipping Program,  Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  GoodFuels,  


    Sunamp Inks Chinese Thermal Energy Storage Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Sunamp
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In the UK, East Lothian-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp reports the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese solar hot water tank manufacturer Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co. for the development of a heat battery water heater for residential applications.

    Sunamp's UniQ batteries store heat from renewable sources, cut fuel costs and carbon emissions, and are four times smaller for the same capacity and four times more energy efficient than the hot water tanks they replace. (Source: Sunamp. The Scotsman, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sunamp, +44 1875 610001, www.sunamp.com; Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co., https://hzguangmang.tumblr.com

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


    Lyonsdale NY Woody Biomass Plant Shuttered for Good (Ind. Report)
    Lyonsdale
    Date: 2019-03-13
    ReEnergy reports its shuttered Lyonsdale woody biomass bioenergy plant in Lewis County, New York, will not be resurrected, despite New York state legislation that would create potential financial support.

    According to ReEngergy, the site could be redeveloped for solar energy. (Source: ReEnergy, Fox News WNYF, 8 Mar., 2019): Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com, www.reenergyholdings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lyonsdale,  Woody Biomass,  ReEnergy ,  


    Halo Energy Shrouded Turbine Production Underway (Ind. Report)
    Halo Energy
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In the Bay State, Wellesley-headquartered small-scale wind turbine manufacturer Halo Energy LLC reports it has begun manufacturing its HALO-6.0 shrouded wind turbines for deliveries next quarter to an unnamed Alaskan telecommunications company.

    The 6-kW turbine will have a 3.7-metre (12-ft) shroud diameter and will be installed directly on telecommunications towers. The unit, which is constructed from fiberglass and galvanized steel and is designed to potentially integrate with solar and battery storage facilities, can generate twice as much energy as similar-sized conventional, open-bladed wind turbines, according to the company.

    The company notes it is in discussions with hybrid energy providers in Australia, Canada, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. (Source: Halo Energy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Halo Energy LLC, Vincent Loccisano, CEO, www.halo.energy.com

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


    Fannie Mae Touts Savings for Green Building Renters (Ind. Report)
    Fannie Mae
    Date: 2019-03-13
    According to a new report from U.S. government-controlled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, a 6 year survey of 550,000 renters found that using energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow toilets and environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems saved the 550,000 renters a total of roughly $72 million in annual costs.

    On average, renters saved about $145 per year and 200,000 buildings saved about $33 million on utility costs. The properties in the survey also reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 287,000 metric tons of CO2 and saved some 6 billion gpy of water. (Source: Fannie Mae Website, National Real Estate Investor, Other Media, Mar., 2019) Contact: Fannie Mae, Chrissa Pagitsas, VP, www.fanniemae.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fannie Mae,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Duke Energy, Florida A&M Ink Solar Plant Lease (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Tallahassee, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees reports approval of a 25-year lease agreement with Duke Energy Florida (DEF) for construction of a solar facility at the school's Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (BAERS) in central Florida.

    Duke Energy's Rattler Solar Power Plant could add 74.9 MW of power to the grid at BAERS and help further the development and research of solar technologies, plant operations and workforce expansion.

    The 600-800 acre facility would incorporate 270,000 tracking solar panels and generate sufficient electric power for approximately 23,000 average-sized homes at peak production. (Source: Florida A&M University, PR Mar., 2019) Contact: Florida A&M University, (850) 599-3000, www.famu.edu; Duke Energy Florida, Catherine Stempien,Pres., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Energy_Florida

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    Universal mCloud Outlines Bold AI Agenda to Make Commercial Buildings Energy Efficient (New Prod & Tech)
    Universal mCloud
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In British Columbia, Vancouver-based Universal mCloud Corp. is reporting it will launch new industry-leading energy savings technology for its Smart Buildings segment through mCloud's flagship AssetCare platform. The technology, using proprietary AI capabilities, targets up to 20 pct reductions in wasted energy in commercial buildings.

    Universal mCloud's AssetCare solution offers an innovative zero-upfront subscription model that creates operational savings for the customer by analyzing numerous data sources such as space temperatures, outdoor weather, expected occupancy, and HVAC unit efficiency to pinpoint where a building's energy is being wasted. The data is integrated into a real-time intelligence model that enables AssetCare to make decisions on how to best respond moment-to-moment to changing comfort conditions in a building while simultaneously curbing unnecessary energy use.

    These new AI-powered features are expected to go live to all current and new AssetCare for Smart Buildings customers later this year. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp., PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud Corp, Russ McMeekin, CEO, (415) 635-3500, www.mcloudcorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Universal mCloud ,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


    ASE Responds to Trump's Budget Plan to Cut Energy Efficiency Programs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2019-03-13
    The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has released a statement in response and opposition to the Trump administration's FY 2020 budget proposal calling for deep cuts to energy efficiency programs at the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and others including: Advanced Manufacturing Office; Building Technologies Office; ENERGY Star program; Vehicle Technologies Office; the Federal Energy Management Programme; the State Energy Program; The Weatherization Assistance Program; the National Laboratories -- SANDIA, NREL, Ames Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory; ARPA-E and others.

    "This proposal would take an axe to innovation in our energy sector, cutting critical research funds and energy efficiency investments that have a proven track record of reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses" said Jason Hartke. "We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fight for these programs in the coming months." Hartke added that there is no room for complacency, because this is an existential threat to the backbone of energy efficiency and all of its many economic and environmental benefits. Even if the endgame for the administration is more modest cuts negotiated with Congress, that is still a major threat. These programs are among the smartest investments the federal government makes, and they should be made stronger, not weaker." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 12 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 Eficiency,  


    Saudi Arabia Moves to Mitigate Carbon Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Saudi Arabia, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) reports the development of its first nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord aiming to avoid up to 130 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 2030. The country's power and water sectors together account for more than 40 pct of the kingdom's greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to KAPSARC, a continuation of current policies is expected to increase power sector emissions in 2030 by 70 pct over 2015 levels. Rationalising costs of fuel inputs is critical to driving large CO2 emissions reductions and providing a net economic benefit to the Saudi Arabian economy. In its calculations, KAPSARC evaluates alternative scenarios in terms of their practical implications on Saudi Arabia's CO2 emissions, electric power production, fuel consumption, investments and cost-effectiveness, as well as on the kingdom's oil exports and revenues. The suggested policy approaches include:

  • A portfolio standard that requires up to 50 GW of solar, wind and nuclear technology deployment;
  • A clean energy standard that simulates a set of national policies that reduce the carbon intensity of electricity and water production;
  • A partial fuel price reform, where fuel prices are gradually raised to about half of international price levels by 2030; and
  • A full fuel price reform where fuel prices are raised to international levels.

    Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, solar energy would account for 25 pct of the emirate's energy supply requirements, nuclear 7 pct, clean coal 7 pct and natural gas 61 pct by 2030, with an extended goal to increase solar to 75 pct by 2050. (Source: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Middle East Technical Review, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Adam Sieminski, Pres., +966 11 225 1064, info@kapsarc.org, www.kapsarc.org

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


  • Anaergia Touts CA Food Diversion, Energy Recovery Plant (Ind Report)
    Anaergia
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Further to our December 14, 2018 coverage, Burlington, Ontario-based organics recycling solution provider Anaergia is reporting it will soon launch what it says will be North America's largest food waste diversion and energy recovery facility in Rialto, California. The plant will process 1,000 tpd of locally sourced food waste and bio-solids to produce pipeline-injected renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The plant, which is slated to launch in mid-2020, will produce the equivalent of 13 MW of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing 47,500 cars off the road. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, the state of California and significant private investment.

    Anaergia's proprietary technology separates organics from mixed solid waste of any contamination level to recover energy and make fertilizer. The process involves anaerobic digestion (AD). (Source: Anaergia, Waste 360, Mar., 2019) Contact: Anaergia Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com, City of Rialto, Tom Crowley, Utilities Mgr., (909) 820-2608, www.yourrialto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  Anerobic Digestion ,  


    Shell Launches Hong Kong Biodiesel Pilot Program (Int'l Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Shell is reporting the launch of its used cooking oil biodiesel pilot program with Maxim's Group , a food caterer, to use biodiesel from Maxim’s used cooking oil to power its 100 plus truck fleet Hong Kong.

    As the first and only biodiesel provider in Hong Kong, Shell's initiative will improves Hong Kong's energy security and lower the city's "well-to-wheel" CO2 by providing a more sustainable alternative to conventional diesel, according to a Shell release. (Source: Shell Hong Kong Ltd., PR, 12 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Shell,  

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