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Gexa Energy Switches to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Gexa Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-08-23
Houston-based electric power retailer Gexa Energy LP reports it is proceeding with its plans to provide 100 pct renewable energy to residential customers at no additional cost.

As a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, the world's largest generator of wind and solar energy, Gexa Energy operates more than 17,000 MW of wind and solar generation in North America and has over $20 billion invested in clean, renewable energy technologies. (Source: Gexa Energy LP, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gexa Energy LP, Brian Lundrum, Pres., (866) 329-4392, www.GexaEnergy.com; NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gexa Energy,  NextEra Energy Resources,  Renewable Energy,  


Stony Brook Scores $79Mn for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Stony Brook University ,New York Power Authority
Date: 2019-08-23
Stony Brook University, part of the SUNY system, is reporting receipt of $79 million in comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades funding from New York State.

The improvements, part of an initiative by SUNY and the New York Power Authority, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 tpy and save the university roughly $6 million per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a release.

Funded energy efficiency upgrades include: lighting, HVAC, and building management systems in various campus buildings such as residence halls, science buildings and hospital.

The university previously received more than $500,000 in energy efficiency rebates from PSEG Long Island, according to the statment. (Source: Stoney Brook Univ., Long Island Business News, Aug., 2019) Contact: Stoney Brook University, www.stoneybrook.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stony Brook University ,  SUNY,  New York Power Authority,  


dynaCERT Touts Fuel, Emissions Reduction Technology (Ind. Report)
dynaCERT
Date: 2019-08-23
York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERTdynaCERT Inc.-- the CERT in dynaCERT stands for Combustion Emission Reduction Technology -- reports it is advancing global sales of HydraGEN™ (HG), the next generation of Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for diesel engines.

Independent TUV testing of dynaCERT HG units confirms emission reduction in NOx of 55 pct, CO of 50 pct, and particulate matter of 75 pct, all while saving fuel, providing better torque, and lowering maintenance costs, according to the company.

dynaCERT has also initiated Carbon Credit applications for its HG Technology and engaged UK-based International Environmental Partners Ltd for that effort. (Source: dynaCERT, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc., Jim Payne, CEO, (416) 766-9691 x 2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


NaiKun Wind Inks "Indicative" Offhhore Wind Agreement (Ind. Report)
NaiKun Wind Energy Group
Date: 2019-08-23
In British Columbia, Vancouver-based NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. reports the inking of an "indicative offer" with an unnamed major offshore wind development company to develop wind resource in Hecate Strait, a few kilometers east of Haida Gwaii island, within the traditional territory of the Haida Nation. A definitive agreement is expected within the next few weeks, subject to shareholder, regulatory and TSX Venture Exchange approval.

Under the terms of the agreement, the offshore wind developer will provide technical expertise, dedicated financial resources, and establish a framework for a long-term relationship. of the strongest and most consistent in the world. (Source: NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc., Mike O'Connor, President & CEO, 604-631-4483, moconnor@naikun.ca, www.naikun.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News NaiKun Wind Energy Group ,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Notable Quotes -- Iowa Congresswoman Axne calls for EPA "Hardship" Waivers Investigation

Date: 2019-08-23
"I remember hearing the president say that he's the best thing that happened to farmers, as a matter of fact, that's a joke, he's creating problems that are hurting our farming community."

"What we're seeing with this administration is a dogged approach to allow the biggest fossil fuel players an opportunity to put more money back into the pockets of their large shareholders and take that money from the pockets of hard-working farmers right here in Iowa ... making sure that we protect the ethanol industry and stop issuing these waivers that aren't needed, that are unnecessary and don't benefit anybody but these large fossil fuel companies." -- Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) (Source: KMTV Omaha, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Congresswoman Cindy Axne, www.axne.house.gov


juwi's Rhineland-Palatinate Wind Park Work Underway (Int'l Report)
juwi Group, Vestas
Date: 2019-08-23
Worrstadt-based German renewable energy developer juwi Group reports pre-construction -- site preparation -- work is underway at the site of its Lauda-Koenigshofen wind project in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Wind tower foundations excavation work is slated for Sept. with plans to have two Vestas V126-3.45 MW turbines installed and commissioned by year-end.

When fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate an estimated 17.5 million kWh per year of electric power -- sufficient for as many as 5,300 local households. (Source: juwi Group, Renewables, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: juwi group, Christian Hinsch, Communications, 011 +49. (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News juwi Group,  Vestas,  German Wind,  Wind,  


Oklahoma Follows Only Texas Nat. Wind Energy Growth (Ind. Report)
Environment America Research & Policy Center,Frontier Group
Date: 2019-08-23
According to the just released Renewables on the Rise 2019 -- A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group, Oklahoma, with over 70 entities selling electricity, played second fiddle only to Texas when it came wind energy power generation. The report also noted the Sooner State was among the top 20 states when it comes to energy efficiency improvements over the past decade.

at the Environment America Research & Policy Center, one of the entities that generated the report, attributed Oklahoma's ranking in that category to energy efficiency programs offered to Oklahoma customers. The report notes that the continuing decline in per-capita energy consumption and the drop in renewable energy costs and prices have fostered continued growth in the wind energy sector, and is expected to continue doing so. (Source: Environment America Research & Policy Center, The Oklahoman, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Environment America Research & Policy Center, Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, www.environmentamericacenter.org; Frontier Group, www.frontiergroup.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment America Research & Policy Center ,  Frontier Group,  Wind,  Oklahoma Wind,  


NYSERDA Launches Second Phase of Home Energy Efficiency Rating Pilot (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-08-23
Following up on our March 4th coverage, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the launch of the second phase of its multi-year Home Energy Rating Pilot (Pilot), the first phase of which was launched in February, 2019.

Under the programme, licensed home inspectors will deliver home energy ratings to home buyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection -- an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home. The aim is to help purchasers understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing.

Home energy ratings are similar to vehicle miles per-gallon ratings, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 pct of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete.

Under the NYSERDA program, two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the US DOE Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. The pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020.

Programme funding is from the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543, www.pearlcertification.com; US DOE Home Energy Score, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-score

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pearl Home Certification,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


SaskPower's Boundry Dam CCS Unit Reports Strong July (Ind. Report)
Boundary Dam,SaskPower
Date: 2019-08-23
On the Canadian Prairies, SaskPower and the Estvan Mercury are reporting the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at SaskPower's Boundary Dam Power Station captured 80,530 tonnes of CO2 in July -- an average of 2,598 tpd with a peak one-day capture rate of 2,871 tonnes.

The 80,530 tonnes of CO2 captured in July marked about 80 pct capacity for CO2 for the second consecutive month. The 12-month average for tonnes of CO2 captured was 51,297 tonnes, or about 51 pct.

Since start-up in October 2014, the facility has captured over 2.8 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  CCS,  Boundary Dam,  


Think Tank Warns of Carbon Tax "Carbon Leakage" (Ind. Report)
Fraser Institute
Date: 2019-08-23
A recently released study from the Canadian think tank, the Fraser Institute, contends Canada's federal carbon tax will increase production costs in certain key sectors and could trigger "carbon leakage" -- a phenomenon where firms relocate industrial activity to countries with less-stringent climate policies.

According to the study, the federal carbon tax, which is set to reach $50 per tonne in 2022, will increase the cost of energy and make some Canadian businesses less competitive compared to firms in other countries including the U.S..

The study identifies petroleum and coal-product manufacturing sector (which will see costs increase 24.8 per cent due to the federal carbon tax), agriculture chemical manufacturing (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.), basic chemical manufacturing, cement and concrete product manufacturing, and primary metal manufacturing as the most vulnerable to waning competitiveness and carbon leakage.

Access the report HERE (Source: Fraser Institute, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Fraser Institute, Elmira Aliakbari, Dir. of Natural Resource Studies, (514) 281-9550, www.fraserinstitute.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraser Institute,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Leakage,  


ComTech Snares Alt. Fuels Dispenser Specialist Kraus Global (M&A)
Comtech Energy, Kraus Global
Date: 2019-08-23
Toronto-based compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure developer ComTech Energ reports acquisition of a controlling interest in Winnipeg-headquartered alternative fuels dispenser manufacturer Kraus Global Ltd.

ComTech designs, builds and maintains CNG fueling infrastructure across Canada under the "Swift Fuel Solutions" moniker,

Kraus designs and manufactures transportation fuel dispensers, components and electronics for various types of alternative fuels. More than 6,000 Kraus dispensers have been installed in over 30 countries around the world. (Source: ComTech Energy, Yahoo, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: ComTech Energy, www.comtechenergy.ca; Kraus Global, www.krausglobal.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG,  Alternative Fuels,  


Irish Bio-coal Developer Raises £ 2Mn (Int'l. Report, Funding)
Silform Technologies
Date: 2019-08-23
On the Emerald Isle, Belfast-based Silform Technologies reports it has raised £2 million ($2.5 million +-) from the Bank of Ireland to establish a pilot factory in Northern Ireland for its unique process that turns coal mine waste into industrial fuel.

Silform's technology includes a formula and process that process coal mine waste into a water resistant pellet fuel. The company is also developing a pellet that mixes 30 pct biomass "biocoal" with 30 pct less CO2 emissions compared with traditional coal and 70 pct more calorific value compared to pure wood Biomass pellets.

The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) fundg will establish the plant and also scale-up R&D on broader applications of the technology and products. (Source: Silform Technologies, PR, Irish Times, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Silform Technologies, +44 28 9446 3759, www.silform.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Silform Technologies,  Coal,  Bio-coal,  Biomass,  


Philly Switching 100,000 Streetlights to "Smart" LEDs (Ind Report)
Philadelphia Energy Office
Date: 2019-08-23
In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Energy Office reports it will issue a call for vendors to convert all 100,000 city streetlights to energy efficient LEDs over a two to three year time frame. The aim is to reduce the city's carbon footprint and to lower the city's $15 million annual street lighting expense by 40 pct. The LED conversion is expected to cost between $50 million to $80 million, which would likely be covered by a bond issue. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Office, Adam Agalloco, Dir., www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-sustainability/about/energy-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  LED Streetlight,  ,  


Velocys' Altalto Planning UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Plant (Int'l Report)
Altalto Immingham,Velocys
Date: 2019-08-23
In the UK, Velocys subsidiary Altalto Immingham Limited reports it is collaborating with British Airways and Shell on the development of a waste-to-jet fuel project at its site in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire.

Velocys is leading the project and is supplying the central processing unit -- micro-Channel Fischer-Tropsch reactors with the proprietary Velocys Actocat catalyst.

The plant would process more than 500,000 tpy of non-recyclable household and commercial solid waste destined for landfill or incineration into more than 60 million llpy (15.85 million gpy) of cleaner-burning sustainable jet and road fuel. Velocys' technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct for every tonne of sustainable jet fuel that replaces a tonne of conventional fossil fuel.

Subject to planning, funding decisions and regulatory approvals, the plant is expected to break ground in 2021 for full production in 2024. British Airways intends use jet fuel produced at the plant. (Source: Altalto Immingham, Green Car Congress, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: Altalto, www.altalto.com; Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Altalto Immingham,  


Trump Dumps on Auto Giants for Backing Stricter Vehicle Emissions Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Trump
Date: 2019-08-23
Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford would be "very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn't work as well, because execs don't want to fight California regulators" (over vehicle emissions legislation).

"The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are 'rolling over' at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy! -- President "The Donald" Trump, Aug., 2019.

Ford, GM, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen -- which interestingly was recently paid a more than $10 billion fine for deliberately skewering their vehicle emissions tests and cheating on excessive emissions levels -- have all struck a voluntary deal with California on emissions rules, defying Trump's bid to strip the state of its right to fight climate change by setting its own standards. According to California attorney general Xavier Becerra, Trump's proposed rules would create an extra 540 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. (Scource: City A.A., 22 Aug., 2019)

Editor's Note: It's hard not to ask -- "When will the Trump circus end?"

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Trump,  


IFC, Bank Windhoek Introduce Green Building Software (Int'l.)
International Finance Corporation
Date: 2019-08-21
In Namibia, Bank Windhoek and the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) are reporting the joint introduction free to use Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) green building certification system for emerging markets.

Developed and created by the IFC, EDGE is a measurable way for builders to optimize their designs, leading to a more investment-worthy and marketable product. EDGE helps project design teams and owners identify and assess the most cost-effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options into nuilding projects.

In December 2018, Bank Winhoek and IFC collaborated to develop the Bank's Green Bond Framework for the Green Bond. The Bank obtained additional sources of funding for its green lending activities by raising funds in the debt market through a local Green Bond issuance, of which the proceeds will be used solely to finance eligible green projects and assets throughout Namibia. (Source: IFC, Bank Windhoek, New Era, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Bank Windhoek, www.bankwindhoek.com.na; World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation ,  


Russian, S. African Towns Tagged World's Top SO2 Emitters (Int'l.)
NASA, Greenpeace India,Eskom
Date: 2019-08-21
Just issued US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite data has identified the world's anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) emission "top hot spots -- Russia's Norilsk smelter complex inside the arctic circle and Kriel, a coal town in South Africa's eastern coal mining province. The NASA data was commissioned by Greenpeace India.

Norilsk, 186 miles inside the Arctic Circle, is home to Norilsk Nickel, the world's leading nickel and palladium producer. The company is reportedly implementing a major effort to deal with environmental issues and to slash SO2 emissions by 75 pct from 2015 levels by 2023.

The South African town of Kriel is the site of state-owned power utility Eskom's 2,850 MW Kriel Power Station and two other nearby coal-fired plants, as well a Sasol owned coal-to-liquid plant. Eskom operates a fleet of aging coal-fired plants and is reportedly struggling to meet its emissions targets.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) South Africa is among the world's top 10 coal producers with an estimated 3.5 pct of the world's coal resources. (Source: NASA, Voice of America, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Greenpeace India, www.greenpeace.org/india/en; NASA, www.nasa.gov; Eskom, www.eskom.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Greenpeace,  SO2,  Eskom,  Coal,  


Many Cities Can't Measure Emissions, says Report (Ind Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2019-08-21
A recent survey of 75 cities The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) survey of 75 U.S cities has concluded that 40 pct of U.S. cities that committed to cutting emissions are unable to assess their programs effectiveness and progress due to the lack of data and the inadequacy of tallies of their emissions. Over 20 pct of the surveyed cities had pledged to cut emissions and were able to measure advances with recently produced evidence, the survey found.

Cities account for two-thirds of the world's energy demand and 70 pct of energy-related emissions, the report said, citing International Energy Agency data.

According to the not-for-profit ACEEE, "City resources are always tight. The lack of data could also be due to emission-cutting goals having only recently been adopted, or to insufficient political will." (Source: ACEEE, VOA. July, 2019) Contact: ACEEE, David Ribeiro, Report Lead Author, Research Manager, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  


130MW Egyptian PV Solar Projects Now On Line (Int'l Report)
EDF Renewables,Elsewedy Electric
Date: 2019-08-21
Two major Egyptian photovoltaic plants totaling 130-MW are reported to now be online and generating sufficient electric power for as many as 140,000 homes. The projects in the Aswan Valley were developed, financed, constructed and are owned by a joint venture between Cairo-based Elsewedy Electric and French renewable developer EDF Renewables. Both pprojects have a 25-year PPA with the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

The Egyptian government is aiming to generate 20 pct of the country's power from renewable sources by 2022, increasing to 42 pct by 2035. (Source: EDF Renewables, Middle East Utilities, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Elsewedy Electric, www.elsewedyelectric.com; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Solar,  PV Solar,  Egypt Solar,  


Hanwha Q Cells Top US Residential Solar Supplier in Q1 (Int'l.)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2019-08-21
South Korean solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells Corp., a unit of conglomerate Hanwha Group, is reported to have been the leading U.S. residential solar power modules in Q1 of this year. The company claimed a 27 pct share of the U.S. residential market, up 15.4 pct from the same period in 2019, according to global consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Hanwha Q Cells also supplies PV modules in Korea, Germany, the UK and Japan. (Source: Hanwha, Maeil Business News Korea, 20 Aug., 2019)Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., www.hanwha-qcells.com, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells,  Solar,  Hanwha,  


Melting Glaciers Having Unexpectedly Positive Effect on CO2, says Report (Ind. Report)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
Date: 2019-08-21
In a recently released Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) paper -- Proglacial freshwaters are significant and previously unrecognized sinks of atmospheric CO2, researchers show that the watershed of Canada's Lake Hazen, which is fed by several glaciers, consumes CO2 as far as 26 miles downstream. According to the paper, this finding could change the way scientists think about how freshwater ecosystems will respond to a warming planet, forcing us to reevaluate the way that melting glaciers will contribute to climate change, at least in the near future.

Paper Abstract -- "Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freshwater ecosystems are almost universally predicted to increase with climate warming. Glacier-fed rivers and lakes, however, differ critically from those in non-glacierized catchments in that they receive little terrestrial input of organic matter for decomposition and CO2 production, and transport large quantities of easily mobilized comminuted sediments available for carbonate and silicate weathering reactions that can consume atmospheric CO2.

"We used a whole-watershed approach, integrating concepts from glaciology and limnology, to conclusively show that certain glacier-fed freshwater ecosystems are important and previously overlooked annual CO2 sinks due to the overwhelming influence of these weathering reactions.

"Using the glacierized Lake Hazen watershed (Nunavut, Canada) as a model system, we found that weathering reactions in the glacial rivers actively consumed CO2 up to 42 km downstream of glaciers, and cumulatively transformed the High Arctic's most voluminous lake into an important CO2 sink. In conjunction with data collected at other proglacial freshwater sites in Greenland and the Canadian Rockies, we suggest that CO2 consumption in proglacial fresh waters due to glacial melt-enhanced weathering is likely a globally relevant phenomenon, with potentially important implications for regional annual carbon budgets in glacierized watersheds."

Download report details HERE. (Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Aug., 2019) Contact: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, www.pnas.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Proceedings of the National Academy of Science,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Amazon Rainforest CO2 Capacity Investigated (Ind. Report)
LBNL, US DOE
Date: 2019-08-21
The US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and an international team of researchers addressing the "Amazon Forest Response to CO2 Fertilization Dependent on Plant Phosphorus Acquisition," has raised the issue and asked the question, "How long will the Amazon rainforest continue to act as an effective carbon sink?"

The study, published August 5 in the journal Nature Geoscience, found that accounting for phosphorus-deficient soils reduced projected CO2 uptake by an average of 50 pct in the Amazon, compared to current estimates based on previous climate models that did not take into account phosphorus deficiency. The Amazon Basin is critical to help mitigate climate change due to its trees absorbing around a quarter of the CO2 released each year from the burning of fossil fuels.

According to Berkeley Lab research scientist and study co-author Jennifer Holm, "Most predictions of the Amazon rainforest's ability to resist climate change are based on models that have outdated assumptions; one of those is that a sufficient supply of nutrients such as phosphorus exist in soils to enable trees to take in additional CO2 as global emissions increase," said . "But in reality the ecosystem is millions of years old, highly weathered, and therefore depleted of phosphorus in many parts of the Amazon."

Agriculture, forestry, and other types of land use account for 23 pct of human-caused GHG emissions, yet at the same time natural land processes absorb the equivalent of almost a third of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry, according to the recently released International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on land and climate interactions. (Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, PR, Eureka Alert, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Science, energy.gov/science; LBNL, Jennifer Holm, Research Scientist and Study Co-author, www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-holm-265600b, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News LBNL,  Rainforest,  CO2,  Carbon Sink,  Climate Change,  


Growth Energy CEO Rebuts EPA Zero Demand Destruction Claim (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy, RFS, EPA
Date: 2019-08-21
In response to the EPA's recent claim -- "There is zero evidence that EPA's congressionally mandated small refinery exemption program has had any negative impact on domestic corn ethanol producers" -- Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued the following statement.

"The latest reports say President Trump 'felt misled' about the EPA's most recent batch of small refinery exemptions. That's hardly a surprise. The EPA spent months trying to paper over the devastating impact these refinery (waiver) handouts have had on farm communities and rural workers in America's biofuel sector. They can't hide the simple fact that dozens of biofuel plants have cut production, and ethanol consumption fell for the first time in 20 years in the wake of these exemptions. Closures in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Nebraska are only the beginning.

"Just today, the world's largest ethanol producer closed a major plant in Indiana and cut production across seven states. Hundreds of millions of gallons of production are offline, and hundreds of millions of bushels of grain are falling in value, just as farmers face the worst economic conditions in a generation.

"The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) creates an incentive that opens the market to biofuel blends, including the E15 that President Trump personally embraced. These exemptions destroy that incentive, pure and simple. You cannot carve billions of gallons from America's biofuel targets and still keep this administration's promises to farm families. EPA needs to account for these lost gallons immediately and start repairing the damage before more rural communities lose hope for a comeback."

Growth Energy represents producers and supporters of ethanol working to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump, grow America's economy and improve the environment. (Source: Growth Energy, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


Tesla Ready to Rent Residential Rooftop Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2019-08-21
Tesla announced through a series of tweets byTesla CEO Elon Musk, using social media as his messenger, has re-launched its Tesla Solar business by offering "cookie-cutter" solar systems to rent in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Mexico. The rental options range from roughly $65 to $195 per month the following sized unites: Small -- 3.8 kW, ideal for a 1,000- to 2,000-sq-ft home; Medium -- 7.6 kW, ideal for a 2,000- to 3,000-sq-ft home; and Large -- 11.4 kW, ideal for a 3,000+-sq-ft home.

There is no upfront installation cost, no long-term contract, and the monthly rental payment can be canceled at any time. If homeowners want to remove the rented solar system, it will cost $1,500. There is no specification of what happens to the system if homeowners don't want to remove it but also don't want to pay the monthly rental fee. A Powerwall battery unit is not included but can be purchased -- not rented -- separately. (Source: Tesla, Various Social Media, Aug., 2019) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com/solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar,  Tesla Solar,  


Australian ReNu Energy Offloading Solar Assets (Int'l, M&A)
CleanPeak Energy
Date: 2019-08-21
In the Land Down Under, Milton, Queensland-based renewable energy specialist ReNu Energy Limited reports it is selling its solar assets and business to Sydney-based CleanPeak Energy for $5.775 million, less net debt. ReNu Energy is reportedly planning to refocus on the biogas sector.

CleanPeak Energy is a specialist distributed energy company, focused on deploying renewable assets, energy storage systems and gas fired generation. (Source: ReNu Energy, ShareCafe, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: ReNu Energy Limited, +61 7 3721 7599, service@renuenergy.com.au, www.renuenergy.com.au CleanPeak Energy, +61 2 9437 4065, www.cleanpeakenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  CleanPeak Energy,  


Notable Quotes -- More EPA "Hardship" Waivers Feedback
Elite Octane ,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-08-21
"I'm just livid. The president (Trump) went to Washington D.C. to drain the swamp and he's really become the swamp. The only person that's won here is Carl Ichan who got off not having to comply and saving about $190 million because he's president Trump's friend.

" This is absolutely ridiculous that multi-billion dollar corporations would be given a free pass to use renewable fuels because of somehow twisting up an economic hardship to blend a fuel (ethanol) that today is $1.25 a gallon into gasoline that is still, wholesale, well over $1.50. It is just capital cronyism at it's best.

"Three years in a row, under president Trump's leadership, he's decimated this program and I just think it is so disingenuous that he would come out to Iowa and brag about how he loves ethanol and he's for the farmer -- and then to go back and do this. People wanted to give him some room and say that was his EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and he fired him. But now clearly, clearly in the last week president Trump was personally involved and made this decision and it's very, very discouraging for everybody in agriculture." -- Nick Bowdish, CEO, Elite Octane, www.eliteoctane.com.(Source: Atlantic News Telegraph, Aug., 2019)

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


Univ. of BC Expanding Woody Biomass Power Plant (Ind. Report)
University of British Columbia
Date: 2019-08-21
The University of British Columbia (UBC) reports it will invest $20.4 million to expand its 2012 vintage wood waste-to-energy power plant. The expansion will include installation of a new boiler and increasing the plant's capacity to generate 70 pct of the hot water needed in the university's district energy system and cutting its CO2 emissions by 14,500 tpy. The project, with $7.6 million in Canadian government support, is slated to be completed in 2020.

UBC constructed its initial biomass-fueled research and demonstration facility in 2012 in partnership with Vancouver-based bioenergy firm Nexterra Systems and General Electric. (Source: Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver Sun Aug., 2019) Contact: UBC, David Woodson, Dir. Energy Services, (604) 822-2211, www.ubc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Power,  Woody Biomass,  


Lufthansa Launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Carbon Offsetting Platform (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Lufthansa
Date: 2019-08-21
In Berlin, German airline Lufthansa's Innovation Hub is reporting the launch of its "Compensaid" sustainability platform focused on carbon-neutral sustainable renewable fuels (SAF). The new platform will allow airline passengers to offset their individual carbon footprint by using SAF, reducing up to 80 pct of their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

"Compensaid" combines a global airline flight tracking tool with a sustainability platform that makes it possible to directly offset individual CO2 emissions. The platform offers two options for carbon offsetting -- the option to replace fossil fuel with SAF, which is calculated through a market-based surcharge on flights, or the alternative is to use Compensaid to support a reforestation project in Nicaragua, reducing CO2 emissions in the long-term. (Source: Lufthansa, Biofuels Int'l., 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Gleb Tritus, Dir., https://de.linkedin.com/in/glebtritus, welcome@lh-innovationhub.com; www.lh-innovationhub.com, www.lufthansagroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Lufthansa,  Carbon Offsetting,  Carbon Offset,  


Gresham House Acquires 5MW Energy Storage Project (M&A. Int'l)
Gresham House Energy Storage Fund
Date: 2019-08-21
In the UK, London-headquartered Gresham House Energy Storage Fund is reporting a £3.5 million investment in a 5-MW symmetrical battery-only energy storage project based in Wolverhampton. The 5MW project, acquired from a vehicle owned by Gresham House DevCo and Noriker Power, increases the fund's total capacity of operational utility-scale battery storage projects to 75MW, according to a statement.

Gresham House notes it expects to acquire its next utility-scale battery storage asset, of 49MW capacity, by the end of the year when the developers have completed its construction and brought it online. Two further utility-scale battery storage assets, of 50MW capacity each, are expected to commence construction imminently, the company added. (Source: Gresham House New Energy, IPE, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gresham House New Energy, Ben Guest, +44(0) 20 3837 6270, info@greshamhouse.com, www.newenergy.greshamhouse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


NEC Announces New England Energy Storage Projects (Ind Report)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-08-21
Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions reports it is partnering with New England municipalities to install six energy storage systems totaling more then 20MW in the communities of Madison, Ashburnham, Templeton, Wakefield, Middleton and Taunton.

For the projects, NEC will supply its GSS Grid Storage and AEROS platforms to monitor and operate the energy storage plant in near real-time, a development which will help the utilities to improve demand response capabilities during peak periods. Three of the projects including Ashburnham, Templeton and Wakefield are partnering with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company as part of the company's peak load forecasting and remote dispatch programme.

The projects are receiving funding from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) programme and the state Department of Energy Resources. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Smart Energy, 20 Aug., 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Utility-Scale Energy Storage,  NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  


Connecticut Issues First Offshore Wind RFP (Ind. Report)
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Date: 2019-08-21
In its first offshore wind-dedicated solicitation, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports it has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) targeting up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind. The RFP requires detailed information on the bidder as well as an Environmental and Fisheries Mitigation Plan. Bids are due by noon on September 30.

A previous DEEP RFP requiring less detailed information received more then 50 comments plus 100 additional comments and emails directed to the Commission on Environmental Standards. (Source: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 19 Aug., 2019) Contact: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection , www.ct.gov/deep/site/default.asp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


Goldwind Wins Potentia Renewables Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Goldwind,Potentia Renewables
Date: 2019-08-21
Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind Americas is reporting receipt of a firm order from Toronto-based Potentia Renewables Inc. for 50 units of its 4S MW Permanent Magnet Direct-Drive (PMDD) platform machines with a scalable rated capacity of between 4.2 MW and 4.5 MW. A long-term maintenance agreement and a comprehensive warranty package are included in the contract.

The units are to be incorporated in th 200-MW, Golden South wind farm now under construction in Assiniboia, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Contact: Potentia Renewables, (416) 703-1911, www.potentiarenewables.com: GoldWind, www.goldwindglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Goldwind ,  Potentia Renewables,  


AurCrest Gold, Blue Source Seek Forest Carbon Sequestration Opportunities (Ind. Report)
AurCrest Gold, Blue Source
Date: 2019-08-21
Toronto-based AurCrest Gold Inc. reports it and Alberta-headquartered Blue Source Canada have inked a Carbon Development & Marketing Agreement to collaborate to develop forest carbon sequestration opportunities on behalf of Canadian First Nations communities.

As previously reported, three Northwestern Ontario First Nations groups, AurCrest and carbon offset developer Blue Source, will work together to assess the potential of forests to capture and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) within the First Nation's traditional territory for the development of Greenhouse Gas offsets.

AurCrest, a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of gold properties, holds a portfolio of properties in Ontario, which include the Richardson Lake and Bridget Lake gold properties. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., PR, 19 Aug., 2019) Contact: AurCrest Gold Inc. Christopher Angeconeb , CEO, (807) 737-5353, christopherangeconeb@gmail.com; Blue Source, (403) 262-3026, www.bluesource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AurCrest Gold,  Blue Source,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Offset,  


Miami Business School Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-08-21
Coral Gables and West Palm Beach, FL: (August 19, 2019) In the Sunshine State, the Miami Business School, located on the University of Miami Coral Cables campus, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM). The project is the first LEED v4.1 OM higher-education building in the State.

Energy deficiency and sustainable design features of the 163,885 square foot facility include:

  • the building is 30 pct more energy efficient than the national average of university college buildings;

  • more than 90 pct LED lighting, in-room air quality sensors, audio/visual and tele-presence technology, and automatic window shading;

  • an average of 60 pct of the waste generated is recycled and/or reused;

  • a comprehensive carbon-footprint assessment of student and faculty transportation was completed to help meet transportation needs;

  • indoor air-quality testing was conducted to quantify levels of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. (Source: Miami Business School, University of Miami, Florida Trends, 19 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Miami Business School, University of Miami, 305-284-4643, www.bus.miami.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


  • GlidePath Snares 149MW Texas Wind Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
    GlidePath Power Solutions,Exelon Generation
    Date: 2019-08-21
    Elmhurst, Illinois-based renewable energy and energy storage specialist GlidePath Power Solutions LLC is reporting acquisition of eight Texas wind projects totaling 149 MW from Exelon Generation. The company plans to add on-site energy storage capacity to each project at a later date.

    All the acquired projects are north of Amarillo and sell into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

    GlidePath has a 1GW battery storage development portfolio, including a 10MW /10MWh project in Texas announced in April this year. (Source: GlidePath Power Solutions LLC, Energy Storage, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: GlidePath Power Solutions LLC, Chris McKissack, CEO, www. glidepath.net; Exelon Generation, www.exeloncorp.com/company/our-generation-fleet

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Exelon Generation,  


    E.on Touts 440-MW Rio Grande Valley Wind Project (Ind Report)
    E.on Climate and Renewables North America
    Date: 2019-08-19
    E.on Climate and Renewables North America is reporting plans to invest $500 million in the construction of "Big Raymond", a 440-MW wind farm across Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The new project will incorporate between 180 and 220 turbines and is expected to break ground this year for a late 2020 commissioning and startup.

    Austin Energy which will buy 200MW of Big Raymond's capacity over 12 years.

    Operating wind farms in the Rio Grande Valley include: Los Vientos I -- 87 turbines, 200MW; Los Vientos II -- 84 turbines, 202MW; San Roman -- 31 turbines, 93MW; Cameron Wind -- 55 turbines, 165MW; Bruenning's Breeze -- 76 turbines, 228MW; Magic Valley -- 112 turbines, 203MW; and Palmas Altas (which is underconstruction with 46 turbines, 145MW. In addion to Bi Raymond, planned wind farms include: EDF Renewables -- 125 turbines, 272MW; and El Sauz Ranch Wind -- 100 turbines, 300MW. (Source: E.on Climate and Renewables North America, Valley Star, 17 April, 2019) Contact: E.on Climate and Renewables North America, 512-482-4099 -- Austin Texas Office, www.eon.com/us/climate-and-renewables.html.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.on Climate and Renewables North America,  


    Cross-Flow Tidal Power Turbines Tested at U. Washington (Ind. Report)
    University of Washington
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In Seattle, Engineers at the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab report they are testing the performance of "cross-flow" turbines on Lake Washington with the view of developing reliable tidal power.

    In early early testing, the team is driving a test boat with a pilot model cross-flow turbine at variable speeds and monitoring the turbine's energy output.

    The cross-flow turbine blades are a simpler shape than those used for axial turbines, which generate energy from the drag that wind or water flow puts on their blades. Cross-flow turbines generate energy from a "lift" effect similar to airplane wings. And, unlike axial turbines, cross-flow turbines do not need to adjust the position of the blades or the direction the turbine faces, but they do need to regulate the speed to get the maximum energy output. (Source: University of Washington, K5 News, 17 Aug., 2019)Contact: University of Washington Applied Physics Lab, 206-543-1300, www.washington.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Tigal Power,  Marine Energy,  Tidal Turbine,  


    German H2 Fueling Station, Power-to-Gas Plant Opens (Int'l Report)
    Wind2Gas Energy
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In Germany, Winde2Gas Energy is reporting the roll out of the first wind-to-gas hydrogen (H2) refueling station in the town of Brunsbuttel, Schleswig-Holstein, The station can refuel up to 80 hydrogen cars daily.

    The new Brunsbuttel hydrogen fuel station is funded with €1,022,667 ($1,147,176 +-) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

    The town of Brunsbuttel also hosts the first plant in Schleswig-Holstein to feed green hydrogen into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wind2Gas Energy, Linde, Hydrogen Fuel News, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wind2Gas Energy, Tim Brandt, Managing Director, +49 (0)4852 83 76 976, info@w2g-energy.de, www.w2g-energy.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Winde2Gas Energy,  Hydrogen,  


    Electro-Active Technologies Converts Organic Waste Into Hydrogen for Biofuels (New Prod & Tech)
    Electro-Active Technologies
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Tennessee start-up Electro-Active Technologies reports it has licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the company's founders to convert organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel.

    Electro-Active Technologies is developing a modular system that can be placed onsite or in a decentralized location to produce renewable hydrogen from organic waste. The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste such as biomass or food waste, to produce hydrogen which then combines the protons and electrons into hydrogen molecules.

    The company originally developed their processes to tackle the problem of liquid waste formed during biofuel production; however, the company will now focus on fighting food waste, according to its website. (Source: Electro-Active Technologies Contact: Electro-Active Technologies, Alex Lewis, CEO, https://electroactive.tech/contact.html, www.electroactive.tech/index.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Hydrogen,  H2,  


    Farmington, Enchant Energy Deal Would Keep NM Coal-Fired Power Plant in Action (Ind. Report)
    Public Service Co. of New Mexico,Enchant Energy
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In an effort to avoid the scheduled 2022 shut down of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's (PSNM) coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, Farmington New Mexico city officials are reporting an agreement with Enchant Energy Corp., also of Farmington.

    Under the agreement, the city would keep its 5 pct share in the plant and Enchant Energy Corp. would acquire a 95 pct ownership interest from other utilities that will be divesting in the plant. Enchant Energy would also pay for installation of new emissions equipment and carbon capture technology. The company anticipates an estimated $1.23 billion investment in the project but notes it could benefit from federal tax credits associated with investments in carbon-capture technology.

    Enchant Energy seeks to capture CO2 for sequestration purposes and electricity production by investing in state-of-the-art environmental technology at San Juan Generating Station. These activities are intentionally designed to further New Mexico's dual goals of substantially reducing its statewide CO2 output and supporting New Mexico's economy by employing hundreds of people in San Juan County and on the Navajo Nation by providing reliable, low-cost wholesale electricity, according to the company website. (Source: Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Durango Herald, AP, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com; Enchant Energy, Jason Selch, CEO, (505) 436-1828, info@enchantenergy.com, (505) 436-1828, www.enchantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enchant Energy,  Public Service Co. of New Mexico,  Coal,  CCS,  


    Align RNG Plant Construction Underway in N. Carolina (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods,
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. report their joint venture Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project construction is underway in Duplin and Sampson counties, North Carolina. When fully operational, the plant will be the state's largest such facility and will generate sufficient power for than 3,500 homes.

    Align RNG is a multi-state JV that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into RNG to power homes and businesses. The project will include as many as 19 area farms.

    This is the first manure-to-energy project to begin construction under Align RNG since the joint venture was announced in late 2018. Additional projects are planned in North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, and are projected to produce suficient energy to power 14,000 homes and businesses. (Source: Smithfield Foods, PR,Dominion Energ, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby, (804) 771-3404, Aaron.F.Ruby@dominionenergy.com, Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com; Smithfield Foods,Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Align RNG, (833) 658-9396, www.alignrng.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Dominion Energy,  Smithfield Foods,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Alaska's Temperature Soaring, Sea Ice Disappearing (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change,NOAA
    Date: 2019-08-19
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting July, 2019 was Alaska's warmest month on record as well as the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880.

    The state's average temperature in July was 14.5 degrees -- 3 degrees above average and 0.4 higher than the previous warmest month of July 2004. Anchorage, the state's largest city, soared to 32.22 degrees for the first on the 4th of July, 2019.

    As a sign of things to come, sea ice off Alaska's north and northwest shore and other Arctic regions retreated to the lowest level -- 7.6 million square kilometres -- ever recorded for July, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado. By way of comparison, the previous high sea ice loss was the size of South Carolina in July in 2012. (Source: NOAA, New Daily, AAP, 18 Aug., 2019) Contact: Alaska Division of Forestry, (907) 269-8463, Tim Mowry, forestry.alaska.gov; University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Centre, Brian Brettschneider, Climate Researcher, (907) 474-2484, www.uaf-iarc.org; NOAA, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  NOAA,  


    Notable Quotes -- Iowa Republicans Comment on "Hardship" Waivers
    EPA
    Date: 2019-08-19
    "It is unconscionable for Administrator (Andrew) Wheeler's EPA to continue to gut the RFS through small refinery exemptions while padding the pockets of oil refiners." -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R)

    "This is a small step in the right direction, but I'm very skeptical that every company receiving waivers truly needs them." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

    "I'm committed to holding EPA accountable and ensuring they not only uphold the intent of the RFS but that they're more transparent and forthcoming in this exemption process." -- Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and those that 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: Various Media, Fort Dodge Messenger, 18 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship" Waivers",  Ethanol,  


    800,000 Year High Atmospheric CO2 Levels in 2019 (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In May, 2019, the Mauna Loa Observatory NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Hawaii reported atmospheric CO2 levels at 415.26 ppm, marking a historic precedent in the last 800,000 years. The Observatory also noted there is now more CO2 on the planet than ever since the dawn of humanity,

    The last time the planet came close to matching the climate of today was during the Pliocene Epoch when the Arctic was covered in trees instead of ice and sea levels were roughly 20 meters higher than today, according to Tech Wire (Source: Mauna Loa Observatory, Various Media, Journal Pioneer, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Mauna Loa Observatory, (808) 933-6965, www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/mlo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide news,  COs news,  Climate Change news,  


    S. Korean Coal Consumption Jumps in 2018 (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    South Korea,OECD
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In its recent annual report, British Petroleum notes South Korea's 2018 coal consumption grew to 88.2 million tonnes oil equivalent -- up 2.4 pct. The figure puts South Korea in fifth place in terms of total coal consumption among the OECD countries after China, India, the U.S. and Japan.

    The UK, Germany and the U.S. saw coal consumption sall by 16.6 pct, 7.2 pct and 4.3 pct respectively. (Source: BP, arirng, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: OECD, www.oecd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  OECD,  


    Manitoba PC's Promise $25Mn in Annual Energy Efficiency Retrofit Rebates ... if Reelected (Ind. Report
    Efficiency Manitoba
    Date: 2019-08-19
    On the Canadian prairies, the ruling Manitoba Progressive Conservative (PC) Party has announced that if reelected it will invest $25 million per year in energy efficiency programs and incentives to support residential and business energy efficient renovations on existing homes and commercial buildings.

    The retrofit program would be managed by Efficiency Manitoba, a crown corporation focused on energy conservation, which was created to take over Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart program.

    Rebates would apply to retrofit windows and doors, furnace conversions and appliances purchased to make homes and businesses emit less greenhouse gases. It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 135,000 tonnes over the next three years. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, CBC, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, www.efficiencymb.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Manitoba,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    Bank of America Tower Awarded LEED V4 Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In Houston, the 35-story, 775,000-RSF AA class Bank of America office building in downtown Houston reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Version 4 (V4) Platinum for Core and Shell -- the US GBC's highest level of green building certification.

    The Bank of America Tower's energy efficiency and environmental features include: daylight harvesting technology; a 40 pct parking reduction; tenant metering; EV charging stations; a rainwater-collecting facade system; a green roof and others. (Source: US Green Building Council, Bank of America, new kerala, 18 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Canadian Solar Touts Alberta PV Solar Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar, Direct Energy
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered solar power specialist Canadian Solar Inc. is reporting an agreement with Centrica PLC subsidiary Direct Energy for the purchase of electricity from its 32 MWp/23 MWac Suffield solar facility in Southeastern Alberta. The Suffield solar facility is anticipated to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Alberta when fully operational in 2020.

    The Suffield project will incorporate Canadian Solar's high efficiency BiKu bifacial solar modules that produce electricity from both sides of the solar panel as well as single-axis trackers,

    As previously reported, the Suffield project received $15.3 million in funding through Natural Resources Canada's Emerging Renewable Power Program. (Source: Canadian Solar, Others, newkerala, 18 Aug., 2019) Contact: Centrica PLC, www.centrica.com; Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; Direct Energy, Mike Senff, VP, (416) 758-8700, www.directenergybusiness.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  Direct Energy,  


    Bank of America
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Bank of America Tower Earns Nation's 1st LEED V4 Platinum for Core and Shell HOUSTON: The recently named Bank of America Tower, formerly Capitol Tower, was just certified LEED Version 4 (V4) Platinum for Core and Shell by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). V4 is the most stringent LEED version to date and Platinum is the highest level of green building certification offered by the USGBC. Bank of America Tower's LEED V4 Platinum for Core and Shell designation is the first in the United States and the highest scoring in the world. Environmental features include daylight harvesting technology, a 40 percent parking reduction, tenant metering, alternative vehicle charging stations, and a rainwater-collecting facade system. Bank of America Tower is a 35-story, 775,000-RSF AA class office building in downtown Houston. A key feature is the triple-height lobby / public indoor plaza that contains an expansive chef-driven food court, a social stair for gathering and watching live performances, and connects five existing below-grade tunnel connections from adjacent buildings. Atop the 1,360-car parking garage, a 12th-floor landscaped roof garden provides a convenient natural respite for tenants and features native plantings that help manage stormwater runoff. (Source: Bank of America, new kerala, 18 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bank of America news,  USGBC news,  LEED Certification news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Green Building news,  


    Lighthouse BP to Install Penna.'s Largest Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Lightsource BP,Pennsylvania State University
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Penn State University is reporting Lightsource BP, a London, UK-based solar company with an office in Philadelphia, is leasing a total of 500 acres of land in Franklin County for a utility-scale 150,000-panel solar array for the largest solar installation in the Keystone State.

    The 70-MW solar array will sell its power to Pennsylvania State University, providing 25 pct of the university's electrical needs for all its campuses. The installation is expected to come on line in 2020. (Source: Penn State University, Phil. Inquirer, 18 Aug., 2019) Contact: Lightsource BP, www.lightsourcebp.com; Carl Jackson, director of utility-scale solar initiatives, www.linkedin.com/in/carl-j-jackson-45316425

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Pennsylvania State University,  

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