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Netherlands Likely to Miss Emissions, Climate Coals, says Gov. Planning Office (Int'l. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-13
In the Netherlands, the Central Planning Office (CPB) is reporting the country is unlikely to achieve its goal of cutting its CO2 emissions by 48.7 megatons in 2030 compared to 1990. The CPB notes that Industry in particular is not providing enough CO2 reductions.

According to the agency's estimates the climate agreement will result in a CO2 emissions reduction of between 31 and 52 megatons. The government's target of 48.7 megatons less CO2 falls into that estimate, but the PBL considers it likely that this goal will not be achieved due to "uncertainties about further shaping the agreements". How citizens and businesses respond to the proposed measures will also play a role, according to the PBL. (Souce: OECD, NL Times, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: OECD, www.oecd.org

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


NY State Offers Farmers $2.3 Mn to Address Cimate Change (Funding)
Climate Change Mitigation
Date: 2019-03-13
In Albany, the Empire State dovernor Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced the availability of $2.3 million in funding to help New York farmers deal with climate change impacts to their businesses.

Eligible projects may focus on reducing carbon footprints, saving energy, improving soil health, increasing irrigation capacity and emphasizing water management to mitigate the effects of drought, as well as heavy rainfall and flooding, on crops and livestock, according to a news release from Cuomo's office.

The funding is available through the New York Climate Resilient Farming grant program, via the state's Environmental Protection Fund. Cuomo's office is calling for an additional $5 million for Climate Resilient Farming program projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Times Herald, 12 Mar., 2019)Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,   Climate Change Mitigation,  Andrew Cuomo,  Climate Change,  


Research Links Biofuel Mandate to Environmental Harm (Ind. Report)
Biofuel,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-03-11
New research prepared by the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin contends that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its implementation are draining western aquifers, accelerating climate change and fueling numerous other environmental disasters.

The new research, provides a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the direct connection between U.S. biofuels policy and specific economic and field-level environmental changes following passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard 10 years ago.

Download a report overview HERE. Download the full research report HERE. (Source: National Wildlife Federation, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: National Wildlife Federation, www.nwf.org

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


EIA Finds Arkansas Slow to Curb CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2019-03-11
Carbon emissions from the energy sector have been on the decline nationwide, according to a report last week from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. According to the report, Arkansas invested in coal and produced more energy-related carbon emissions but a downward trend in emissions in the state has begun as those investments have shifted to renewable energy and natural gas along with the rest of the nation. Other states had little carbon emissions from electricity generation and had more from the burning of petroleum in manufacturing and from fossil fuels used to heat and cool buildings.

A pending legal settlement in federal court could trigger the closure of the state's two largest coal-fired plants, principally owned and operated by Entergy Arkansas. The utility has opened solar arrays and announced plans for more in recent years, and would be required under the proposed settlement to invest in hundreds more megawatts of renewable energy in coming years. That settlement is being challenged before the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

The EIA ranked Arkansas 17th in the country in the production per capita of carbon dioxide -- about 20 metric tons per person. At its highest point, Arkansas' carbon emissions from energy sources was at 69 million metric tons. That was 2014, a year before the state's use of coal-fired plants declined sharply. (Source: US EIA, Arkansas OnLine, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 3 Mar., 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov; Entergy Arkansas, www.entergy-arkansas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Carbon Emissions,  


Study Finds CO2 Emissions Rise as Gasoline Sales Boom (Int'l)
Jayto Dynamics
Date: 2019-03-11
According toa Jato Dynamics study, the average CO2 emissions across all cars sold in Europe reached a four-year high of 120.5g/km in 2018, Its analysis also found that CO2 emissions had been steadily reducing year-on-year, reaching a low of 117.8 in 2016.

The correlation between the decline in demand for diesel vehicles and the increase in CO2 emissions was most evident when analyzing the data by country -- Norway, the Netherlands and the UK. In the UK, average CO2 emissions in 2018 were 125.1, a 4.3g/km increase on 2017. This is largely driven by the switch away from diesel to gasoline and the growing popularity of larger SUVs, which are less efficient than traditional family hatchbacks. (Source: Jayto Dynamics, Fleet News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Jayto Dynamics, www.jato.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JATO Dynamics,  Vehicle Emissions,  CO2,  


DVI Helps Cjoptank Coop Cut Energy Demand (Ind. Report)
Dominion Voltage Inc.
Date: 2019-03-11
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Voltage Inc. (DVI), a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, is reporting the installation of a systemwide Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO) implementation at the 54,000 member Choptank Electric Cooperative on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The installation resulted in a 5 pct demand reduction and lower energy costs for the cooperative in 2018. Once the system went into operation, the circuits under VVO control averaged a 3.1 percent voltage reduction, resulting in a 5 percent reduction in peak demand., according to the company release.

Dominion Energy serves roughly 7.5 million customers and businesses in 18 states with electricity and/or natural gas. (Source: Dominion Energy, Dominion Voltage Inc., 6 Mar., 2019) Contact: Cjoptank Electric Cooperative, Mike Wheatley, President and CEO, www.choptankelectric.coop; Dominion Energy, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Dominion Voltage Inc.,  


Statkraft Planning UK Solar, Wind, Storage "Virtual Power Plant" (Ind. Report, Int'l.)
Statkraft
Date: 2019-03-11
Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS reports it is planning a 1 GW "virtual" power plant to integrate wind, solar, battery storage, and gas in the UK.

The proposed project will monitor the operations of over 1GW worth of wind power, solar power, battery storage, and flexible gas engines and compare it with the constantly updating day ahead, on-the-Day, and cashout price forecasts to allow the real-time optimization of power trading in the British energy market. The company is also planning to double the capacity of the virtual power plant by the middle of the year.

The project is intended to almost instantaneously match renewable power production with market demand by integrating batteries and engines into the virtual power plant and optimizing their operations to provide reliable flexibility. (Source: Statkraft, Renew Economy, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: Statkrft, Duncan Dale, VP UK, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Greenpeace Co-founder Doubts Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Green New Deal
Date: 2019-03-11
"I suppose my main objection is the effective elimination of 80 percent of the world's energy would likely eliminate 80 percent of the world's people in the end. I mean, just growing food, for example -- how would we grow food for the world's people without tractors and trucks, and all of the other machinery that is required to deliver food, especially to the inner cities of large centres like Moscow, Shanghai and New York City? How would we get the food to the stores? It's symptomatic of the fact that people who live in cities just take it for granted that this food appears there for them in supermarkets in great variety, healthy food to keep them alive when they couldn't possibly grow it for themselves with such dense populations. And if, in fact, fossil fuels were banned, agricultural productivity would fall dramatically and people would starve by the millions.

So, that is just a little bit of why I think it's (Green New Deal) a ridiculous proposal." -- Patrick Moore, Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnick, Mar., 2019)

Editor's Note: The non-binding, Green New Deal framework basically combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch nearly every American and overhaul the economy including agriculture, bioenergy and fuels.

Download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: Various Sources, NPR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Sen. Ed Markey, 617-565-8519, www.markey.senate.gov; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter https://twitter.com/AOC

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


GM Scores $2.8Mn in Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
GM,Consumers Energy
Date: 2019-03-11
Michigan's largest energy provider, Consumers Energy is reporting the payment of $2.8 million worth of incentives to General Motors (GM0 for energy efficiency upgrades at it Flint Assembly Plant where the automaker completed 21 energy-saving projects in the last year. GM has received $13.3 million in payments from Consumers Energy for energy upgrades at its Michigan plants over the past 10 years. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com; GM, www.gm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GM,  Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


Wastewater Plant Energy Efficiency Earns $42,000 (Ind. Report)
Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant
Date: 2019-03-11
In Michigan, the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant is reporting receipt of a $42,000 rebate from Indiana Michigan Power for its efforts to increase energy efficiency. New equipment installations and plant upgrades costing $1.3 million were completed in November, 2018.

The new equipment is expected to cut the plant's power consumption by plant’s power consumption by 20 to 30 pct for a power cost savings of $10,000 to $15,000 per month. (Source: WSJM, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant, (269) 983-7719; Indiana Michigan Power, www.indianamichiganpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indiana Michigan Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


Concordia Univ. Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Concordia University
Date: 2019-03-11
The Province of Quebec's Ministere de l'Education et de l'Enseignement superieur has, for the 21st, recognized Concordia University -- enrollment 45,000 -- for its commitment to green building, sustainability and the lowest energy consumption per unit area among the six major institutions evaluated.

. As part of its 2019-2024 Sustainability Plan, the university has taken a holistic approach to energy efficiency by repairing or replacing inefficient lighting and other equipment along with other measures to reduce the energy footprint of new projects. The school is also developing a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the overall campus energy footprint. (Source: Concordia University News, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Concordia University, Daniel Gauthier, Building Performance Facilities Management Coordinator, (514)848-2424, ext. 2400, www.concordia.ca/offices/facilities.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


UC-Davis Launches Million Light Bulb Challenge (Ind. Report)
UC-Davis,Million Light Bulb Challenge
Date: 2019-03-11
The University of California - Davis is reporting the launch of the Million Light Bulb Challenge to replace one million incandescent light bulbs for high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs in campus buildings and residences to encourage the reduction of carbon footprints and energy usage.

Under the program, all UC students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees can purchase high-quality LED light bulbs through the Community Buy program.

Lighting can account for 30 pct of the energy usage in a typical home so switching to high performance LED technology can deliver significant cuts in energy consumption, reduced energy bills and lower carbon emissions. (Source: UC Davis, California Aggie, Mar., 2019) Contact: Million Light Bulb Challenge, www.millionledchallenge.com; UC Davis, www.ucdavis.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  UC Davis,  


Experimental Ducted Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Ducted Turbines International
Date: 2019-03-11
In the Empire State, Potsdam-based Ducted Turbines International (DTI) is reporting plans to produce the first commercially-viable "ducted" wind turbine.

DTI's wind turbine has a 3-meter-diameter rotor, comprising an aluminum hub and three CFRP composite blades, with a surrounding 3.7-meter-diameter GFRP duct -- shroud -- that increases airflow through the turbine blades. The duct was manufactu Empire Fiberglass Products Inc., and Vistex Composites fabricated the CFRP blades with partial grant funding from the National Science Foundation .

When Small Wind Certification Council certified and fully commercialized, the DTI turbine is expected to sell for around $24,000, with two units generating sufficient to power the a average home. (Source: Ducted Turbines International, Composites Manufacturing, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ducted Turbines International, Paul Pavone, Business Dev., paul.pavone@ductedturbinesinternational.com, www.ductedturbinesinternational.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  


Mass. College Launches Offshore Wind Training Program (Ind Report)
Bristol Community College
Date: 2019-03-11
In the Bay State, Fall River-based Bristol Community College (11,000 +- enrollment) reports it has inked an agreement with JDR Cable Systems to create and launch a comprehensive offshore wind industry workforce training program at the school's New Bedford campus.

With the support of industry stakeholders such as JDR, the school plans to develop the National Offshore Wind Institute to host workforce development initiatives and accelerate the development of a national offshore wind industry. Bristol will also develop training courses associated with the offshore termination and testing of array cables. The college will also deliver technical and safety-training courses specifically to JDR's technicians, and promote the offshore wind industry by coordinating with the state network of MassHire Career Centers to recruit, screen, assess and refer possible technicians and school candidates. (Source: Bristol Community College, PR, Mar, 2019) Contact: Bristol Community College, www.bristolcc.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


Delta Adds Amerlux to Expand IoT Smart Buildings Solutions (M&A)
Delta Electronics,Amerlux,
Date: 2019-03-11
Freement, California-based power and thermal management solutions and LED lighting specialist Delta Electronics, Inc. is reporting an agreement pursuant to which its subsidiary Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V. will acquire 100 pct of Amerlux's interests for $90 million. The transaction is expected to close during Q2, 2019.

Delta has recently been enhancing its portfolio of smart green solutions to further the development of smart's portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions includes: industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities. (Source: Delta, Mar., 2019) . Contact: Delta Electronics, Ping Cheng, CEO, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, Chuck Campagna, CEO, www.amerlux.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerlux,  Delta Electronics,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Building,  ,  


NRC Funds Northern Biomass Pellet Project Feasibility Study (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada, Nihtat Corp
Date: 2019-03-11
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it will invest $220,000 to support a feasibility study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories.

The federal funds will enable the indigenous community-owned Nihtat Corp. to look into options for wood pellet plant development, wood-based biomass opportunities and biomass supply chain enhancements in the Beaufort Delta region. The project aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage the use of biomass as a healthy and economical choice for heating that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is from Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program which aims to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on fossil fuel for heat and power, with particular emphasis on Indigenous communities. (Source: NRC, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca; Nihtat Corp., www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/bip-registry/bip0000346-inuvik

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Nihtat Corp ,  


OMB Reviewing EPA E15, RIN Reform Rules (Reg & Leg, Ind Report)
EPA
Date: 2019-03-11
In Washington, the US EPA reports it has sent sent a draft rule to allow for year-round sales of E15 ethanol fuel blends to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for review -- the next step in the regulatory process and for meeting expectations that this rule-making be completed when the summer driving season begins on June 1, 2019. A separate rule aims to curb market speculation in biofuel credits.

The proposed rule does not have to be approved by Congress to be finalized, but it does have to be published and put out for public comment. In order for E15 to be available for summer sales, the process has to be completed before June 1, 2019. (Source: US EPA, Feedstuffs, 8 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RINs,  E15,  Biofuel Blend,  


ABA Claims EPA Strayed on RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
EPA,Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2019-03-11
According to a brief filed by attorneys on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABA) in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit court in Washington last Wednesday, the US EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify.

The suit contends the EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn't meet the minimum U.S. DOE score to qualify, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners' parent companies when considering waiver requests. The brief also noted the agency considered small-refiners' operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits, without looking at revenue the refiners would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

Accordingly, the ABA suit asked the court to declare the EPA's methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship "unlawful" and to strike down the agency's economic "hardship" policy.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: ABA, DTN, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association ,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


Xcel Report Confirms Renewables, CO2 Reduction Plans (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-03-11
In its just released Building a Carbon-Free Future report, Excel Energy outlines its plan to achieving its ambitious carbon reduction goal consistent with the Paris climate agreement and its plan to deliver 100 pct carbon-free electricity by 2050.

In 2018, Xcel Energy cut carbon emissions by 3 pct and has reduced carbon emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels by adding new wind and solar to its energy portfolio while retiring coal plants and transitioning with cleaner natural gas. Last year, Xcel Energy opened its new 600-megawatt Rush Creek wind farm in Colorado, the company's largest wind farm. Further, it will retire more coal plants or change those operations to reduce emissions and support strategic electrification of certain end uses, such as transportation, as well as invest in technologies to upgrade its grid. (Source: Xcel Energy, Daily Energy Insider, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


NextEra Energy Announces 250-MW Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2019-03-11
In Oklahoma, NextEra Energy reports it plans to have the new 250-MW Skeleton Creek wind farm in Garfield and Alfalfa counties operational before the year end. by the end of the year. The 90, GE turbine wind farm will generate between $50 million and $60 million in property taxes and give about $60 million in landowner payments during the first 30 years of the project.

NextEra Energy presently operates two wind projects in Garfield County -- 247.4 MW Armadillo Flats wind project and the 98.1 MW Breckinridge Wind Energy Center. (Source: NextEra Energy, Enid News & Eagle, 9 Mar., 2019) Contact: NextEra, Elinore Beitler, a Project Mgr., info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy ,  Wind,  


Greenpeace Questions Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Green New Deal,Greenpeace
Date: 2019-03-11
"The alternative (to the Green New Deal proposal) is largely to continue as we are because the decisions that have been made to continue as we are have been based on what the best thing to do is. The real problem is [that] you've got this ridiculous notion that carbon dioxide is causing a global catastrophe and a global crisis, and as AOC says, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't stop using fossil fuels. It's not about the fossil fuels themselves, it's about the carbon dioxide which is emitted when they are burned, the same carbon dioxide that was taken out of the air to make the plants that made the coal, oil and gas which was deposited in the earth in the first place.

"That's one thing that people don't realize: that all the CO2 that is being emitted from burning fossil fuels today was once in the atmosphere and has been taken out, and over the millennia CO2 levels in the atmosphere have constantly been declining. They just ignore this. Those numbers are available, all you have to do is be a good researcher on Google and on the Internet and you can see that over the millions of years CO2 has constantly declined.

"Carbon dioxide which they call carbon, which is completely wrong because carbon is soot, carbon is graphite, carbon is diamonds, carbon is not carbon dioxide. They should call it by its correct name, because all the carbon in all carbon-based life, which is all of life, came from carbon dioxide in the air or dissolved in the oceans, lakes and rivers. Carbon dioxide is essential for life to exist, if there were no carbon dioxide, or if there was not a high enough level of carbon dioxide, all the plants would die and would never have existed in the first place if there had not been carbon dioxide in the atmosphere." -- Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnik, Mar. 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  


Greenpeace Co-founder Comments on the Green New Deal , Defines Carbon (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Greenpeace
Date: 2019-03-09
In commenting on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proposed Green New Deal 'Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore commented that the politician’s call for drastically reducing fossil fuel use is “completely crazy.”

“The alternative (to the Green New Deal) is largely to continue as we are because the decisions that have been made to continue as we are have been based on what the best thing to do is. The real problem is [that] you've got this ridiculous notion that carbon dioxide is causing a global catastrophe and a global crisis, and as AOC says, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't stop using fossil fuels. It's not about the fossil fuels themselves, it's about the carbon dioxide which is emitted when they are burned, the same carbon dioxide that was taken out of the air to make the plants that made the coal, oil and gas which was deposited in the earth in the first place.

“That's one thing that people don't realise: that all the CO2 that is being emitted from burning fossil fuels today was once in the atmosphere and has been taken out, and over the millennia CO2 levels in the atmosphere have constantly been declining. They just ignore this. Those numbers are available, all you have to do is be a good researcher on Google and on the Internet and you can see that over the millions of years CO2 has constantly declined.

“Carbon dioxide which they call carbon, which is completely wrong because carbon is soot, carbon is graphite, carbon is diamonds, carbon is not carbon dioxide. They should call it by its correct name, because all the carbon in all carbon-based life, which is all of life, came from carbon dioxide in the air or dissolved in the oceans, lakes and rivers. Carbon dioxide is essential for life to exist, if there were no carbon dioxide, or if there was not a high enough level of carbon dioxide, all the plants would die and would never have existed in the first place if there had not been carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” -- Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnik, Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal news,  Greenpeace news,  CO2 news,  Carbon news,  Carbin Dioxise news,  


Joint $330Mn Investment in Indian Renewables Announced (Int'l)
CDC Group
Date: 2019-03-08
EverSource Capital, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF) and Ayana Renewable Power are reporting plans to jointly invest $330 million in Indian renewable energy projects. The three group also intend to invest a further $1.7 billion in Indian and neighboring countries power generation, power transmission and distribution, transport, the gas midstream, and the water sector over the next three years.

The launch fund would be called the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF). The UK government and India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) will be joint anchor investors in GGEF with a commitment of £ 120 million each.

The London-headquartered CDC is the UK's development finance institution that supports companies that help poor countries grow. (Source: CDC Group, Mercom India, Mar., 2019) Contact: CDC Group, Srini Nagarajan, Head of CDC Asia, +44 (0)20 7963 4700, +44 (0)20 7963 4750 - fax, enquiries@cdcgroup.com, www.cdcgroup.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  CDC Group,  ,  


GM Increases Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
General Motors
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Motor City, automaker General Motors (GM) reports it will purchase 300,000 MWh of renewable wind power from DTE Energy to run its Warren Tech Center as well as most of its world headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

In February, Ford Motor Company made a similar commitment to procure 500,000 MWh of locally sourced Michigan wind energy via DTE's MIGreen Power Program.

Among its clean energy efforts, GM is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance as well as an early signatory of RE100, which is a collaborative global initiative that brings together influential businesses that are committed to 100 pct renewable power and the delivery of renewable electricity.

DTE Energy, which has 13 wind parks in Michigan, plans to double its renewable energy capacity over the next five years, investing in another $2 billion by 2024. The utility also proposes to build at least 3,000 additional MW of solar and wind energy over the next 20 years. DTE currently produces about 1,000 MW of primarily wind renewable energy. (Source: GM, Crains Detroit Business, Hydrogen Fuel News, 4 Mar., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  DTE MIGreen,  General Motors,  Wind,  


2018 U.S. Ethanol Exports Rise to Record High (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2019-03-08
According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently 2018 total export numbers, US ethanol exports topped 1.70 billion gallons in 2018 -- a 23 pct increase over 2017 figures -- while ethanol co-products like distiller's dried grains (DDGs) with solubles (DDGS) exports grew 7 pct.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor notes the increase in ethanol exports over the past three years is due in part to expanded role that ethanol-blended fuels play in helping countries around the world achieve their economic and environmental goals.

Growth Energy expects the global demand for the cleaner, more affordable fuel blend will continue to rise in 2019.(Source: Growth Energy, USDA, Various Media, HoosierAg, 6 Mar., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, www.fas.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  USDA,  Growth Energy,  


Willdan Acquiring EYP's Energy Practice Division (M&A Report)
Willdan Group
Date: 2019-03-08
Anaheim, California-headquartered consultancy and energy efficiency specialist Willdan Group Inc. reports the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) to acquire The Weidt Group -- the energy practice of Albany-based design and engineering firm EYP.

EYP offers services in the areas of utility programs, energy design assistance, benchmarking, building performance, energy software and energy analysis data to help clients optimize their building energy efficiency investments.

Within its energy practice, Willdan helps utilities clients upgrade their grids and supports facility owners with the development of energy efficient buildings and other offerings. The acquisition is slated to close later this month. (Source: Wildan, consulting.us, 6 Mar., 2019) Contact: The Weidt Group, Jim Douglas, Pres., (877) 938-1588, info@twgi.com,www.theweidtgroup.com; WildanGroup Inc., Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (714) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.wildan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  Energy Efficiency,  


UPM Touts BioVerno Diesel to Cut Emissions (Int'l. Report)
UPM,VTT Technical Research Centre
Date: 2019-03-08
(UPM, Helsinki, 7 March 2019 at 10.00 EET) - In Finland, Helsinki headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting recent off-road vehicle tests at the VTT Technical Research Centre confirm that renewable UPM BioVerno diesel reduces tailpipe emissions. Both the nitrogen oxide and particle emissions were around 10 pct less when compared to a fossil reference fuel.

High quality sustainable biofuels are a cost-efficient alternative to help reduce traffic emissions and they can be adopted without any changes to vehicles. UPM Biofuels participates in Bio100, a four-year project co-ordinated by VTT with the goal of increasing the share of biofuels used in combustion engines in Helsinki area to at least 50 pct by 2017 and to 70-90 pct by the end of 2019, according to the UPM release. (Source: UPM, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, ]www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  VTT Technical Research Centre,  UPM,  


US Honda Keeps Wining ENERGY STAR Efficiency Cert. (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR, Honda
Date: 2019-03-08
For the 13th consecutive year, two of Honda's Marysville and East Liberty Ohio automobile manufacturing plants in have earned the US EPA ENERGY STAR certification. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) achieved the ENERGY STAR designation for the seventh year in a row while the Honda Anna Engine Plant (AEP) in Anna, Ohio, scored its first ENERGY STAR status.

EPA ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35 pct less energy and contribute 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.

The ENERGY STAR label can be found on over 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $450 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 3.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. (Source: Honda, EPA ENERGY STAR, Green Car Congress, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: EPA Energy STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Microsoft, Invenergy Announce NC Solar Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Microsoft, Invenergy
Date: 2019-03-08
IT giant Microsoft reports it is collaborating with Invenergy to work on a 74-MW solar project in Beaufort County, NC. The new Wilkinson Solar Energy Center project is slated to come online before the year end.

Microsoft entered into a 15-year deal, by which it will be the single off-taker of the renewable energy produced by the estimated $20 million Wilkinson Solar Energy Center. (Source: Microsoft, Zacks Equity Research March 07, 2019) Contact: Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com; Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Invenergy,  Renewable Energy,  


Geminor Snares Norwegian Biofuel Business Bon Biobrensel (M&A)
Geminor
Date: 2019-03-08
Staffordshire, U.K.-based waste fuels specialist Geminor is reporting the acquisition of Norwegian biofuel producer Bon Biobrensel AS. According to the firm, the move doubles its capacity in the production of wood chips for fuel in waste-to-energy facilities in the region.

Bon Biobrensel produces 75,000 tpy of wood chips and had a turnover of €1.5 million in 2018. Geminor is currently England's biggest exporter and Norway's biggest importer of waste wood derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF), according to the release. (Source: Geminor, PR, LetsRecycle.com, Mar., 2019) Contact: Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad, CEO, +44 0 1782 950 471, info@geminor.co.uk, www.geminor.no/en; Bon Biobrensel AS, +47 63 99 51 00, www.facebook.com/BonBiobrensel

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Wood,  Woody Biomass,  ,  Biofuel,  


$100Bn Clean Energy Resolution Tabled in California (Reg & Leg)
California
Date: 2019-03-08
In Sacramento, Sen. Henry Stern and several Democratic California State lawmakers have tabled a proposal calling for the Golden State to invest $100 billion in clean energy to slash the state's carbon emissions and end its reliance on fossil fuels by 2030.

The resolution, which is seen as a response to freshman US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ballyhooed Green New Deal, would set non-binding goals and declare a climate emergency, citing recent devastating wildfires and the impacts of air pollution on child asthma.

The $100 billion would be spent over 12 years and come from existing funds, including the state's carbon emissions auction program and a gas tax increase to fund transportation projects. The resolution would say all of that money should be spent toward projects that reduce, sequester or remove greenhouse gas emissions.

California presently aims to eliminate fossil fuels for electric power generation and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

To refresh your memory, download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: The State, AP, 4 Mar., 2019) Contact: Calif. State Senator Sen. Henry Stern (D), https://www.facebook.com/HenrySternCA, sd27.senate.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


NV Energy Offers Low-Cost Renewables Option to Select Commercial Customers (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-03-08
In Las Vegas, NV Energy is touting the Nevada GreenEnergy Rider (NGR 2.0) that makes more than 1 million MWh of low-cost renewable energy resources available to large commercial customers such as casinos and government entities.

According to NV Energy, "NGR 2.0 offers eligible customers the ability to pay a rate directly tied to low-cost, Nevada-based solar resources, which is in line with our own philosophy to provide all of our customers with clean energy, while keeping rates low. This sustainable energy solution is a win-win as eligible customers will reduce their energy costs while NV Energy retains the renewable energy credits in order to comply with Nevada's renewable portfolio standard for the benefit of all customers."

The initial allotments for the renewable energy rate include up to 565,000 MWh of solar for southern Nevada customers and 375,000 in the north, which combined serves approximately 153 MW of demand. Commercial customers who use at least 8,760 MWh of energy and have MW or more are eligible to participate. Governmental entities need only use 8,760 MWh of energy annually. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Credits,  


Xcel Supports 100 pct Carbon-Free Power by 2045 Act (Ind Report)
Southwestern Public Service,Xcel
Date: 2019-03-08
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Xcel subsidiary utility Southwestern Public Service (SPS) Co. reports it supports a Senate Bill 489, known as the Energy Transition Act. The bill would require SPS and New Mexico's two other public utilities to source 50 pct of their local electricity sales from renewable resources by 2030, 80 pct by 2040 and 100 pct carbon-free generation in 2045.

To meet that standard, SPS plans to add significantly more renewable generation to its Southwest grid over the next decade, including a 522-MW wind farm that is expected to come online in 2020. It's also building a 478 MW wind farm in West Texas, and will purchase 230 MW of wind energy from another facility owned by NextEra Energy. Taken together, the tree project will bump SPS' wind generation from 21 to 46 pct by 2022, making the utility's system 48 pct carbon-free that year.

SPS parent firm Xcel, which serves about 3.6 million electric customers in eight states, previously announced plans to slash its carbon emissions to 80 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve 100 pct carbon-free generation by 2050. (Source: Xcel Energy, Albuquerque, Journal, 6 Mar., 2019)Contact: Southwestern Public Service, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/southwestern-public-service; Xcel Energy, David Hudson, Pres.Southwest Region, www.xcelenergy.com

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Ill. Joins Climate Alliance, Pledges Emission Cuts (Ind. Report)
United States Climate Alliance
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Land of Lincoln, newly elected Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) of Illinois is following through on his campaign pledge to set Illinois on a path to 100 pct renewable energy with an executive order committing his state to join 17 other states in the United States Climate Alliance (USCA).

The USCA was a reaction to President Donald Trump's announcement the U.S. would withdraw from the December 2015 Paris climate agreement because the restrictions would hurt America's economy without improving the environment. USCA members pledge to implement policies advancing the goals of the Paris climate agreement, in part by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. USCA members are also required to accelerate new and existing policies to reduce CO2 and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level. (Source: Various Media, The Heartland Institute, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: United States Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News United States Climate Alliance ,  


Hawaii on Course to Cut GHG Emissions to 1990 Levels (Ind Report)
Hawaii
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Aloha State, the Hawaii State Department of Health is reporting the state is on track to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by next year, in keeping with the state's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2045.

According to the Health Department release, Hawaii's net 2015 greenhouse gas emissions were just 1 pct above 1990 levels. And by next year, the Health Department says, emissions are expected to fall well under the 1990 benchmark. The emissions totals -- and the 2020 goal -- do not include emissions from aviation in the islands.

Gov. David Ige noted in a news release, "This report shows us that Hawaii is on the right track and provides motivation to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

To read the full Hawaii State Department of Health Hawaii Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report for 2015 Here. (Source: Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii News Now, Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Japan's CO2 Emissions Rise to Highest Average Since 2014 (Int'l)
JATO Dynamics
Date: 2019-03-08
A report from Uxbridge, UK-based JATO Dynamics has found that Japan's total average of CO2 emissions increased by 2.4 g/km to 120.5 g/km in 2018 the highest average of the last four years. The JATO analysis covered 23 markets in Europe and found a direct correlation between diesel car registrations and average CO2 emissions. With increased negative public perception towards diesel vehicles combined with new government vehicle emissions regulations demand for diesel fell by 18 pct in 2018.

This trend toward rising emissions was confirmed in 2017 with the first average CO2 emission increase in years of 0.3 g/km, and an 8 pct drop in demand for diesel cars.

JATO Dynamics Ltd is a UK-based global supplier of automotive business intelligence with offices in 45 countries. (Source: JATO Dynamics, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, Mar., 2019) Contact: JATO Dynamics, www.jatonet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JATO Dynamics,  Vehicle Emissions,  CO2,  


EU ETS, Swiss Carbon Market Link Together (Int'l Report)
Carbon Marget, EU ETS
Date: 2019-03-08
Meeting in Bern, the Swiss cabinet reports approval of a deal that would link the Swiss and the European Union carbon emissions trading systems (EU ETS). With the linking of the systems the most polluting category of Swiss companies will be able to access a larger market and benefit from the same conditions as their European counterparts, beginning in 2020.

In Switzerland, 54 companies in sectors like cement, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, refineries, paper, heating or steel are linked to the Swiss emissions trading system. In Europe, there are around 11,000 firms that offset their emissions under the EU ETS.

In Switzerland, companies have the right to emit a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere for free. Those that reduce their CO2 emissions and do not use all their quota can sell them to others.

Companies that do not participate in the emissions trading scheme are subject to a CO2 tax which can be refunded if they undertake to reduce their emissions. The coupling of the Swiss and EU emission trading systems will enter into force in 2020. It is part of the changes associated with the revision of the Swiss CO2 law. The agreement is for an indefinite duration and can be terminated with six months' notice by both parties.(Source: swissinfo.ch, 7 Mar., 2019)

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


S.Korea Allowing Biofuel Oil for Power Generation (Int'l Report)
South Korea
Date: 2019-03-08
In Seoul, the South Korean Energy Ministry is reporting that as of Jan, 1 2019, Korean utilities are permitted to use biofuel oil for power generation. The move is in keeping with the government's effort to encourage the use of cleaner energy sources and cut carbon and other GHG emissions.

The vast majority of South Korea's energy needs are presently met with coal-fired power and nuclear power, (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 7 Mar., 2019)

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Chinese Energy Storage Station Construction Underway (Int'l)
Energy STorage
Date: 2019-03-08
SMM News is reporting construction of Nanjing Jiangbei Energy Storage Power Station with 130.88 MW power and 268.6 MWh capacity is underway in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. The project is the largest electromechanical energy storage station in China in terms of capacity -- equivalent to an hour's generation of a 250-MW power plant. (Source: SMM News, March 7, 2019)

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Offshore Wind Storage Breakthrough Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Malta
Date: 2019-03-08
A trio of research scientists at the University of Malta are claiming an innovative offshore energy storage system dubbed FLASC -- Floating Liquid Pistol Accumulator Using Seawater Under Compression.

The system has two pressure containers underwater that compress air. FLASC uses the compressed air for energy storage while maintaining a stable pressure. The technology then converts the renewable energy supply into output.

The research team, which is supported by the University of Malta and the Malta Council for Science and Technology, is eyeing Northern European markets. (Source: University of Malta, Times of Malta, 7 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of Malta, +356 2340 2340, info@um.edu.mt, www.um.edu.mt; Malta Council for Science and Technology, +356 2360 2200, mcst.gov.mt

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


SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust Announces First US Acquisition (Ind. Report, M&A)
SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust
Date: 2019-03-08
Further to our 12 December, 2018 report, London-headquartered SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc, which is managed by Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL), reports it has acquired a 71 pct interest in a high-quality Combined Heat and Power (CHP) portfolio of eight US operating CHP projects totaling 2.5MW of CHP and 1,250 tonnes of cooling capacity for $5.0 million cash.

Six of these CHP projects are being acquired from a well-known US manufacturer and installer of CHP units and solutions. The remaining two projects are being contributed by a fund managed by a US subsidiary of SDCL, which will result in that fund owning the remaining 29 pct interest in the combined portfolio.

This acquisition represents SEEIT's first new investment since listing on the London Stock Exchange and acquiring the seed portfolio in December 2018. (Source: SDCL, Private Equity Wire, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: SDCL Energy Efficiency Investments, SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust, Jonathan Maxwell, CEO, www.sdcl-ib.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust,  


Flint Hills Adding FQP Tech at Iowa Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Hawkeye State, Flint Hills Resources announced it will install Fluid Quip Process Technologies' (FQPT) patented Maximized Stillage Co-Products (MSC) system at its Shell Rock ethanol plant. This is the second installation of the FQPT MSC system among Flint Hills' seven ethanol plants located in Iowa, Nebraska and Georgia, and the fourth site in the nation where the FQPT system will be used.

MSC technology allows dry mill ethanol plants to separate protein from the whole stillage that is a co-product of the ethanol-making process.

The Shell Rock MSC project will require the addition of a new building and two protein dryers. Construction is slated to break ground this spring. Fluid Quip Process Technologies will provide the MSC technology, separation equipment, process engineering, construction oversight, and startup support.

The Shell Rock plant produces 125 million gpy of ethanol, 300,000 tpy of dried distillers' grains (DDGs) and more than 3.5 million gpy of distillers' corn oil from 44 million bpy of locally source corn. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, www.fhr.com

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Greenbelt Claims Duckweed Ethanol Feedstock Success (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2019-03-08
Following up on our March 30, 2018 coverage, Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation , the developer and producer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms food, beverage and ag industry waste into revenue generating bioproducts, reports it used its Commercial Scale Feedstock Testing Facility (CSTF) to conduct duckweed feedstock feasibility testing for a third party customer funded by the Andrew J. Young Foundation.

Common duckweed is a very small light green free-floating, seed bearing plant. Duckweed has 1 to 3 leaves, or fronds, of 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. A single root (or root-hair) protrudes from each frond. Duckweeds tend to grow in dense colonies in quiet, undisturbed water.

In other Greenbelt news, the company also recently announced receipt of funding funding pursuant to an agreement with Purnol, LLC to produce bioethanol for use in the predominantly hemp based cannabis CBD extraction process. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., PR, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, 888-995-GRCO (4726) x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com; Andrew J. Young Foundation, (404) 685-2786

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Duckweed,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


Lake Placid forms Climate Smart Community Task Force
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Empire State, the Village of Lake Placid Board of Trustees is reporting the formation of a Climate Smart Community Task Force -- a state Department of Environmental Conservation program where municipalities and organizations can earn certification levels based on actions that reduce the effects of climate change and are energy efficient.

The program is similar to the US Green Building Council LEED certification program in which Lake Placid participates. Presently, 250 New York ommunities registered in the Climate Smart program. (Source: Village of Lake Placid, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Mar., 2019)Contact: NY Climate Smart Community Task Force, www.dec.ny.gov/energy/53013.html; Village of Lake Placid, www.lakeplacid.com

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Sweden Foresees Fossil Energy Freedom by 2045 (Int'l Report)
Sweden
Date: 2019-03-06
In Stockholm, the government of Sweden is reporting han initiative that foresees the country being free of fossil fuel generated energy by 2045.

The initiative also calls for the introduction of a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. The reduction level would be 0.8 pct in 2021 gradually increasing to 27 pct in 2030. The reduction levels are estimated to be equivalent of 1 pct (11,000 tons) sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, 5 pct (56,000 tons) in 2025 and 30 pct (340,000 tons) in 2030. (Source: Green Car Congress, Various Other Media, 5 Mar., 2019)

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Windpower Alliance Investigating Wind Blade Erosion (Ind. Report)
Wind Blade
Date: 2019-03-06
An alliance of ten of the world's largest wund industry player -- DNV GL, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, Orsted, Senvion, Mankeweicz, Akzonobel, Aerox-CEU, Polytech, Hempel and PPG -- are reporting their collaboration to form Comprehensive Methodology for Blade Rain Erosion Analysis on protecting turbine blades from weather damage. The project will investigate the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of raindrops, identify and develop protection systems and recommended practices for designing a protection system against rain erosion which will be published by July 2020.

The initiative aims to identify and define relevant material properties for a protection system; Develop a methodology to handle and derive design loads from rain data; and develop both a model to conduct raindrop impact analysis and a design methodology for leading edge protection systems. (Source: DNV GL, PEI, 5 Mar., 2019)Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  DNV GL ,  Wind Blade,  


Minn. Next Gen. Energy Act Plans 100 pct Renewables (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-03-06
In St.Paul, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is reporting an expansion of his state's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act. The Act calls for the state to generate 25 pct of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2025 increasing to 100 pct s by 2050. Only California and Hawaii have similar goals as part of their climate change effort.

Under his proposal, utilities can choose "how and at what pace" they achieve that standard. The policy also stipulates that a utility planning to replace or add new power generation "must prioritize energy efficiency and clean energy resources over fossil fuels." The plan would allow the use of fossil fuel-based power as if needed to ensure reliable, affordable electricity. (Source: Office of Governor Tim Walz, Bring Me MN News, Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of Minn. Governor Tim Walz, (651) 201-3400, https://mn.gov/governor

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Heritage Wind Planning 147-MW Ontario Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Heritage Wind, Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2019-03-06
Traverse City Mich.-based Heritage Energy-Heritage Wind is reported to be planning a wind farm in the Town of Barre. The project will incorporate 33, Nordex 149 wind turbines.

Heritage Wind and experts brought in by Apex Clean Energy are presently considering environmental impacts, shadow flicker, engineering,sound data and other considerations that will impact project. Construction on the 147 Mw wind farm is expected to break ground this spring for completion and commercial operation in 2021. (Source: Heritage Wind, Daily News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Heritage Wind, (231)935-3659, www.heritagewindenergy.com; Apex Clean Energy, Dahvi Wilson, VP Public Affairs, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Heritage Wind ,  Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  


Swiss Environment Minister Calls for Climate Change Solidarity (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-06
In a recent interview, Simonetta Sommaruga, the incoming Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication minister, called for the country to unite to tackle climate change and stressed the need for urgent action on road and air transportation and aligning the financial sector with climate priorities.

The minister noted that politicians should stop burying their heads in the sand in the face of climate change and stop fooling themselves and the population. “When the cows run out of water or the harvest fails, you can't pretend that everything is in order. Doing nothing costs money, she asserted, pointing to the costs of damage from avalanches, fires, and floods. We should stop seeing climate protection as something that only costs", she noted to illustrate her point.

In December 2017, the Swiss Federal Council adopted revisions to the Federal Act on the Reduction of CO2 Emissions (CO2 Act) to help it achieve its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. But, in December 2018, the House of Representatives rejected the proposal after conservative-right parties weakened the revisions including removing a domestic CO2 emissions target. (Source: Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, SWI SwissInfo.ch, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, Simonetta Sommaruga, Minister, +41 58 462 55 11, www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/departments/department-of-environment-transport-energy-communications-detec.html

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Ormat Reopening Hawaiian Geothermal Plant (Ind. Report)
Ormat Technologies
Date: 2019-03-06
Reno, Nevada-based Ormat Technologies, owner of the 38-MW Puna Geothermal Venture geothermal plant closed during last year's eruption of Kilauea volcano, reports it plans to bring the plant back online by the year end.

The Puna Geothermal Venture plant was taken offline and evacuated soon after the volcano began erupting on May 3. Before the eruption, it provided roughly 25 pct of the Big Island's electric power requirements. (Source: Ormat Technologies, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ormat, Isaac Angel, CEO, Smadar Lavi, Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030, slavi@ormat.com, www.ormat.com

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