Needless to say, the President has yet again misled his supporters and the biofuels industry -- along with just about everyone else both domestic and foreign. In response, ethanol and biofuels players and industry organizations wasted no time in venting their rightful outrage.
"The Trump Administration's approval of 31 refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard is just devastating news for our industry. With this action, President Trump has destroyed over a billion gallons of biofuel demand and broken his promise to Iowa voters to protect the RFS. The vast majority of these exemptions are not justified under the law. Since this news began to leak this afternoon, RFS credit prices have freefallen to nearly zero, destroying much of the incentive to blend an incremental gallon of ethanol." -- Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Exec. Dir.,
"At a time when ethanol plants in the Heartland are being mothballed and jobs are being lost, it is unfathomable and utterly reprehensible that the Trump Administration would dole out more unwarranted waivers to prosperous petroleum refiners. Today's announcement comes as a total shock, as just two months ago Trump himself heard directly from Iowa farmers and ethanol plant workers about the disastrous economic impacts of these small refinery handouts. In response, he (Trump) told us he would 'look into it' and we believed that would lead to the White House and EPA finally putting an end to these devastating waivers. Instead, the Trump administration chose to double down on the exemptions, greatly exacerbating the economic pain being felt in rural America and further stressing an industry already on life support." -- Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, Renewable Fuels Association.
"EPA's refiner-win-at-all-costs oversight of the RFS is doing real damage to America's farmers and renewable fuel producers who are already suffering from trade wars and volatile markets. The RFS is supposed to ensure the use of ethanol and biodiesel increases from one year to the next, but 85 Small Refinery Exemptions later and over 3 billion waived gallons represents an enormous step backwards." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition of Ethanol.
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.
(Source: Various Media, AgPro, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org;
Renewable Fuels Association, www.ethanolrfa.org;
American Coalition of Ethanol, www.ethanol.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, RFS, "Hardship Waiver", Ethanol Blend, Renewable Fuels Association, ,
ISCC PLUS certification validates the responsible nature of GEVO's liquid transportation fuels and highlights the traceability of its biofuel, qualifying that such fuels produced in a sustainable manner. By completing ISCC certification, Gevo has verified that the feedstock, in this case field corn, is being grown in a socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible manner.
ISCC PLUS is a sustainability certification scheme for biobased applications like chemicals, food and feed products and applications in the bioenergy sector. (Source: GEVO, PR, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact:
International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, www.sustainabilityxchange.info/en/institutions/iscc-international-sustainability-carbon-certification; GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, Biobutanol, Corn Ethanol, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification,
Through this service energyOrbit utility customers work directly with energyOrbit to manage key energy efficiency (EE) program areas, such as system maintenance, routine enhancements, real-time troubleshooting, and data manipulation. While utilities can still opt to fully manage the energyOrbit platform internally, AMS is ideal for utilities with resource constraints, or large deployments that may otherwise require additional staffing.
Powered on the Salesforce platform, the energyOrbit cloud-based software solution provides an integrated user experience to streamline reporting and free up program administrators workloads, resulting in a higher focus on articulating and executing program strategy. Now, with the addition of AMS, utilities will have yet another layer of support on the personnel side to support staff, and ensure workflows are optimized.
(Source: energyOrbit, newkerala,com, 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: energyOrbit, Jason Adge, VP Business Development, Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744, www.energy-orbit.com
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The City of Frederick's sustainability plan includes; targeting sustainability, carbon reduction, disaster preparedness, electrical vehicles, stream restoration, historic preservation, composting and recycling initiatives, as well as the watershed master plan and Frederick Community Action Agency services.
The city of 65,000 +- residents is also purchasing renewable energy credits and continues to upgrade its lights to LEDs. (Source: City of Frederick, Md., Pr, Com. Property Exec., 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Frederick, www.cityoffrederick.com;
USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability,
To reach its goal, the city government wants all vehicles in the city to be "emission free," although they did not want to go so far as to talk of an outright ban on petrol and diesel cars. Oslo is this year's European Green Capital and the municipality also wants to reduce car traffic overall by a third compared to 2015, emphasising public transport, bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways. The city has also a carbon capture and storage mechanism at a city waste incineration plant.
Oslo mayor Raymond Johansen described his city's goal as the "most ambitious climate strategy of any major city in the world,"
(Source: City of Oslo, ET Auto, AFP, 10 Aug, 2019) Contact: City of Oslo, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, CO2, CCS,
PACE provides long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects. Funding from PACE can be used for commercial, industrial and nonprofit properties for either retro fitting or new construction.
If adopted, the county would administer the voluntary program that finances up to 100 pct of an energy efficiency or renewable energy project's hard and soft costs for terms up to 25 years. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property.
(Source: Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Commission, Monroe News ,9 Aug., 2019) Contact: Monroe County Board of Commissioners, Michael Bosanac, Administrator, CFO, (734) 240-7267, email@example.com, www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/officials/board_of_commissioners/index.php;
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The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm developer Innogy Renewables US LLC estimates the $300 million project will be operational by the end of 2020.(Source: Innogy Renewables US LLC, PR, Various Media, Aug., 2019)
Contact: Innogy Renewables US LLC, www.innogy.com
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Vineyard Wind urged the federal government to complete the project's review as quickly as possible and says the 84-turbine, 800-MW wind farm is key to a 2016 Massachusetts renewable energy law and remains viable.
(Source: Vineyard Wind, BOEM, Boston.com, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov;
Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964,www.vineyardwind.com
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The report will be a key scientific input into forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi, India in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December.
The report notes that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change, but is not the only solution. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2 degrees C, if not 1.5 degrees C.
The IPCC assessments provide all levels of government with scientific information that can be used to develop climate policies and in international negotiations to tackle climate change.
The IPCC, the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks and possible response options.
Download the UN IPCC Land is Part of the Climate Solution report
HERE. (Source: UN IPCC, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch
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The award provides funding to commercialize a blockchain-based transactive energy platform developed by BEM Controls with funding from the DOE. Blockchains use multiple servers that operate like decentralized record-keeping and verification systems.
The BEM Controls software incorporates time-based energy management and control of interior spaces in buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency, reliability and resiliency. ComEd will use its Grid of the Future Lab to demonstrate the functionality of the system, which will be developed over three years. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Science, PR, Crypto Economy, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, (202) 586-5430, www.energy.gov/science/office-science; BEM Controls, www.bemcontrols.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. DOE Office of Science, Energy Management , Building Energy,
The six year project will be constructed of net-zero buildings within an own insular mini-city, featuring automated multi-functional designs, renewable energies from solar/wind/water/kinetic, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and self-healing concrete structures.
The project's mixed-use environment will feature workforce housing, offices, retail space, ultra-luxury residential, hotel and entertainment. The project also expects to create as many as 25,000 jobs and attracting manufacturing to the Las Vegas Valley area. (Source: Bleutech Park Website Aug., 2019) Contact: Bluetech Park. www.bleutechpark.com
The SSE deal would add 5.7 million residential customers to Ovo's existing 1.5 million customers putting Ovo in second place after British Gas, which has 12 million domestic customers.
A completed sale would leave SSE focused on its offshore wind farm activity and networks businesses as a generator and distributor of energy. SSE's offshore wind facilities include the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm in the Moray Firth.
SSE also operates the biggest onshore wind energy fleet in the UK and Ireland and has consent to increase offshore wind generation from 1 gigawatt to about 3.3GW, which would make it the biggest offshore supplier. (Source: Ovo Energy, SSE, Guardian, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: SSE Energy, www.sse.co.uk; Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick CEO, www.ovoenergy.com
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Last year was also the hottest year on record for the world's oceans. Alarmingly, the air temperature over land is rising twice as fast as the global average, and has already risen more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (Source: IPCC, Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch
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Biodiesel is key to the state meeting its Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The California Air Resources Board claims that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases by at least 50 pct, and up to as much as 81 pct , compared to petroleum.
The California State Water Resources Board ruled that a 20 pct blend of biodiesel (meeting the ASTM standard for B20, D7467) "shall be recognized as equivalent to diesel for the purpose of complying with existing approval requirements for double-walled USTs, unless any material or component of the UST system has been determined to not be compatible with B20."
The regulation comes into force from 1 October 2019.
(Source: California State Water Board, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance,
Biofuels Int'l, 7 Aug., 2019)
Contact: California State Water Board, www.waterboards.ca.gov; NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org;
California Advanced Biofuels Alliance,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, NBB, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance.,
Equinor holds a 50 pct indirect interest in the 100MW Guanizul 2A solar farm and recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Petrobras to investigate Argentina's offshore wind energy potential. (Source: Equinor, Recharge, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; YPF Luz, www.ypfluz.com
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The Gorgon facility incorporates features aimed at maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing GHG emissions, and in steady-state operations, is anticipated to have the lowest GHG emissions intensity of any LNG project in Australia.
(Source: Chevron Australia, Mining Weekly, Creamer Media NZ, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, +61 8 9216 4000, www.chevron.com/about/contact
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"If we decide to enter the game (renewable energy) we want to enter to win, we will not rush in without thinking just because other oil majors are doing so. We don't want to lose money.
"There is a lot of marketing and only a few real actions. There are people (oil companies) announcing that they are committed to 'better energies' and what have you, but if you look at the European companies, the ones that are leading announcements in renewables, the projections for the participation of renewables in their revenues in 2030 is of 1 pct, 1.5 pct tops." -- Roberto Castello Branco, CEO, Petrobras, Aug., 2019
More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras,
The solar project would incorporate 400,000‐500,000 solar panels mounted on single-axis trackers. The wind farm would utilize 26 turbines and 130 MW/400 MWh lithium-ion energy storage facility connected to the national grid. The energy storage facility will be located on a separate site and connected to the wind park and solar farm via underground transmission cables.
To date, Neoen has invested more than $1 billion in South Australia.
(Source : Neoen Australia, PV Mag., 8 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Neoen Australis, Garth Heron, Head of Development, +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com
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Under the program, households that have a battery system installed by one of the four providers will have the battery subsidized at a rate of $825 per kW, up to a maximum of 30kW. The average battery system will attract a total subsidy in the order of $4,000.
To qualify for a grant, households must be installing a new battery system that is both grid connected and coupled with a solar power system. An average battery storage system installation coupled with an existing solar installation would cost $8,000 to $10,000 and would increase to a range of $13,000 to $18,000 when combined with solar panels.
To date, the storage initiative has delivered more than 1,200 residential battery installations.
(Source: ACT Government, One Step Off the Grid, 8 Aug., 2019).Contact: ACT Gov., www.act.gov.au
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The system consists of an inexpensive polymer/aluminum film that's installed inside a small box at the bottom of a specially designed solar 'shelter.' The film helps keep its surroundings cool by absorbing heat from the air inside the box and transmitting that energy into outer space.
The researchers report that the system "helped reduce the temperature of a small, enclosed space by a maximum of about 6 degrees Celsius (11 degrees Fahrenheit). At night, that figure rose to about 11 degrees Celsius (about 20 degrees Fahrenheit)." Multiple units would be needed depending upon the size of the build and roof to be cooled.
(Source: University ofBuffalo, Science Daily, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Buffalo, Lyu Zhou, www.linkedin.com/in/lyu-zhou-985b30128, www.buffalo.edu
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LEED-certified homes use an average of 20 to 30 pct less energy than a traditional home, with some home owners reporting up to 60 percent savings. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Boston Real Estate Times, Aug., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
The acquisition will be completed by a consortium led by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5. Financial details about the proposed deal were not provided. (Source: Macquarrie, Ocean Breeze Energy, Renewables, Aug., 2019) Contact:
Ocean Breeze Energy GmbH, +49 421 41650422, www.oceanbreeze.de; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com
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Of the total, fully 96 pct said government should do more to combat climate change. To that end, the Government announced plans to
a establish a new office and increase its budget to strengthen it's climate science efforts.
(Source: Singapore Independent, CAN, 8 Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The EIB, the world's first and largest issuer of green bonds,
is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its 28 Member States. The EIB aims to dedicate at least 25 pct of its investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation, supporting low-carbon growth with climate resilience. In 2018, and for the ninth consecutive year, the EIB exceeded its climate finance target, providing €16.2 billion to promote climate action.
(Source: European Commission, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.eceuropa.eu
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The project includes a 2.5 MW on-site solar array that will allow the base to move away from nuclear, coal and gas energy sources, as well as:
The project is expected to be completed within 18 months.(Source: Moody Air Force Base, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Moody Air Force Base, Don Montgomery, Energy Manager, 229-257-4211, www.military.com/base-guide/moody-air-force-base/contact/welcome--visitors-center/7293; Schneider Electric, Mark Nolan, Director, Marketing, www.schneider-electric.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency , Schneider Electric, Solar, Energy Management,
Novo Holdings A/S is the Novo Nordisk Foundation's wholly owned holding company for Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S.
Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal, according to the company.
(Source: LanzaTech, PR, Biofuels Int'l., 7 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Novo Holdings, +45 3527 6500, www.novoholdings.dk;
LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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TGOD will use Fluence's high-intensity, high-bay VYPR lighting solutions in two greenhouses measuring over 1.4 million square feet in total.
Fluence Bioengineering, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., creates energy-efficient LED lighting -- Grow Light -- solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. (Source: Fluence, PR, BusinesWire, 8 Aug., 20190 Contact: Fluence,
David Cohen, CEO, www.fluence.science/fluence-by-osram-emea; The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., www.tgod.ca
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Onsite covers Tennessee with trucking services and processing facilities of wastes including leachate, grease and grit and grease trap waste, oily waters. The company also processes byproducts reused in agriculture as a beneficial soil amendment approved by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Onsite also produces nearly 500,000 gpy of brown grease for biodiesel production. (Source: American AllWaste, PR 8 Aug., 2019)Contact: American AllWaste,
www.allwastecorp.com; New Hold LLC, (212) 653-0153, email@example.com,
www.newholdllc.com; Onsite Environmental, www.onsite-env.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News American AllWaste, Biodiesel,
Under the scheme, cement producers and traders will be charged US$0.09/t of clinker, equivalent to US1.35/t of CO2. The tax is lower than the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility pledge to pay for emission reduction efforts in North Central Region of US$5/t of CO2. The provinces running the tariff are expected to generate around US$7.4 million per year.
(Source: Vietnam News Agency Bulletin, Global Cement News, 4 Aug., 2019)
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Leclanche will serve as the prime engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the installation of both the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery energy storage system and will be responsible for the completed project's management, operations, maintenance and warranties. SKELEC and Leclanche have inked a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the facility's output.
Ground-breaking is slated for mid-October 2019 for completion and commissioning in September 2020.
(Source: Leclanche, PR, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Leclanche Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0) 24 424 65 00, Fax: +41 (0)24 424 65 20, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.leclanche.com; St. Kitts Electric Company, 869-465-2000, www.skelec.kn
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Biodiesel production in 2019 is projected to drop 9 pct year-over-year to 2.5 billion liters, following a 15 pct drop in 2018 with declining exports and production capacity use falling to 50 pct. Domestic consumption reflects little change at 1.3 billion liters, a near record high since 2017 but with no sustained upward movement since the B10 mandate was essentially met.
Exports are forecast at 1.2 billion liters, down 400 million liters from last year. Argentina's duty-free quota of 1.36 billion liters with a minimum set price to the EU is not expected to fill this year. No biodiesel exports are expected in 2019 to the US despite its preliminary lowering of countervailing duties due to remaining anti-dumping duties. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, GAIN Network, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, gain.fas.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Ethanol, Argentina Ethanol,
China's central and provincial authorities have not renewed subsidies for ethanol production. Without clear incentives and enforceable compliance measures, the country's ethanol industry will struggle to raise the level of biofuels use in transportation fuels to meet China's E10 goal by 2020. As a result of restrictive ethanol investment and trade policies, China will most likely achieve a blend rate of only 3.0 to 3.5 pct by 2020. Biodiesel remains neglected except for a limited program in Shanghai, the USDA report claims. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, GAIN Network, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, gain.fas.usda.gov
The CarbonCure Technology enhances the competitiveness of the concrete industry through improved production efficiency and sustainability. The technology injects a precise dosage of captured waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into concrete during production. Once introduced, the CO2 chemically converts to a nano-mineral, creating manufacturing efficiencies while reducing the concrete's carbon footprint.
The CarbonCure Technology is presently installed in nearly 150 concrete plants in North America and Southeast Asia, with more than 2.3 million cubic meters of concrete supplying a wide range of construction projects from airports, roads to high-rise towers.
CarbonCure, the world leader in carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology used in the production of concrete, is on a pathway to reduce 500 megatons of CO2 emissions annually.
CarbonCure technology is estimated to be a $400 billion market opportunity with the potential to reduce up to 1.4 gigatons of annual CO2 emissions by 2030, according to the Global CO2 Initiative. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 8 Aug., 2019)
Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, email@example.com, www.carboncure.com; Linde, www.linde.com
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The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years. Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."
The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).
Report details HERE.
(Source: UK National Grid, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk
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KMBL president Ghalib Nishtar said the bank's small reforestation project aims to take a leading role in fighting climate change and embracing a greener future. The KMBL is "Green Office Certified" by WWF-Pakistan in recognition of its efforts to implement environmentally sustainable practices within the Bank.
(Source: Khushhali Microfinance Bank, The International News, 8 Aug., 2019)
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The portfolio is speculated to be worth roughly €600 million ($671 million), including debt, according to the Reuters report.
(Source: Quercus, Reuters, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Quercus Investment Partners, , www.quercus-partners.com
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The algae will be treated with high temperature and pressure to turn it into a biomass which can be converted into fuel. This process also destroys any toxins that might be in the biomass. While the process of extracting algae and turning it into fuel will not pay for itself, it could offset the cost of the process.
In the pilot program water flows through a container where "billions and billions" of microscopic air bubbles attach to the solids in the water and float the mass to the surface. The algae and cyanobacteria in the water column rise to the top of the tank. The algae is then skimmed off and fed into a cannister that allows the clear water to flow out into another container. The clear water is treated a second time with an ozone process that eliminates toxins, should any be present. The pilot program treats 100 gallons of algae laden water per minute but can be scaled up to treat 100 million gpd.
The Lake Okeechobee algae removal project is the second of three projects funded by the Corps. AECOM, a Los Angeles-headquartered global engineering company that specializes in algae removal is a co-investigator on the project. (Source: Immokalee Buletin, Aug., 2019) Contact: AECOM, Dan Levy, (213) 593 8000, www.aecom.com: US Army Corps of Engineers, Dr. Martin Page, Project Manager, 863-983-8101, www.usace.army.mil
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The possible switch to solar at this and other sites is in keeping with the company's plans to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. To that end, Shell has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Energy Market Authority of Singapore to jointly work on energy storage systems.
Globally, Shell is installing solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of seven lubricant plants in China, India, Italy, Singapore and Switzerland. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Reuters, Aug., 2019)
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The city will be the sole consumer of the solar facility's power production. When fully online, the solar installation is expected to save the city an estimated $3 million in energy costs over 10 years. (Source: City of Shelby, Richland Source, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Shelby, John Ensman, Dir. of Utilities, 419-342-4085, www.shelbycity.oh.gov;
American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com
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Finnair's biofuels partners in San Francisco are SkyNRG and World Energy; Shell Aviation has provided logistics and supply chain support for the project. The sustainable biofuel was produced from used cooking oil in California.
Additional information on Finnair’s Push for Change initiative, including the options to purchase biofuel for future flights as well as the offsetting of carbon emissions through certified projects, can be found on Finnair.com's "Push for hange" site. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily News, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Finnair, Arja Suominen, SVP, Communications, Kati Ihamaki, Director Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sktnerg.com
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The DEWA R&D Centre, situated at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, also has renewable and alternative energy co-operation agreements with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre, as well as the United Arab Emirates University and Khalifa University.
The UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 aims to position the UAE as a global leader in AI by 2031; the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to diversify the country's energy mix and provide 75 pct of Dubai's total power output from clean sources by 2050.
(Source: DEWA, MEP Middle East, Stanford, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae; Stanford, www.stanford.edu
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According to company president Paul Koehler, the industry continues to suffer from oversupply, a lack of trade with China and from small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard that have reduced demand by about 2.6 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons since 2016. The company reported an operating loss of $2.7 million in Q2 this year, down from a $10.2 million loss in Q1, and is operating at roughly 80 pct capacity, according to a statement.
Pacific Ethanol operates plants in Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon, Idaho and California, with a production capacity of 605 million gpy.(Source: Pacific Ethanol, DTN, Ohio AgNet, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, email@example.com, www.pacificethanol.com.
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In the declaration, the Pacific Islands Development Forum called on Pacific region governments of countries with high carbon emissions -- including coal mining Australia -- to immediately prohibit any new coal mining projects, phase out all existing production over the next 10 years, and stop hindering efforts to control climate change. The declaration also called for the Forum's 14-member states to immediately end subsidies on fossil fuel production and affirmed "that climate change poses the single greatest threat to the human rights and security of present and future generations of Pacific Island peoples".
In keeping with the Forum's declaration, Fiji and the Marshall Islands announced they would revise their Paris Climate Accord nationally determined contributions commitments.
(Source: Various Media, Radio NZ, 31 July, 2019)
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ADM CEO Juan Luciano said
the company expects the "ethanol-margin environment to remain challenged until we see a move with China trade." China's ethanol production capacity is approximately 1 billion gpy, but needs up to 4 billion gpy and
will need to import between 2 billion and 3 billion gpy from the U.S. and Brazil.
(Source: ADM, Aug., 2019) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com
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"We are a good international player, not every international country does meet its targets. Some of them fail very badly or don't take the environment seriously. We do take the environment seriously and we do believe that we have to listen very carefully on climate change [and] Pacific needs.
"Pacific island countries feel the impacts of climate change more than other countries do and the issues are real, the mitigation issues are real, the adaptation issues are real, and Australia very much wants to partner and work on those issues." -- Alex Hawke, Australia Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Under the Paris Agreement, Australia is committed to cutting emissions per capita by 50 pct by 2030.
(Source: Australia Minister for International Development and the Pacific, RNZ, 6 Aug., 2019)
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The 49-turbine, Horns Re 3 will be approximately 25-40 kilometres off the coast in the North Sea.
The 406 MW Horns Rev 3 will generate sufficient electric power for approx. 425.000 Danish households. (Source: Vattenfall, reve, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
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Participating experts and relevant stakeholders discussed and defined necessary strategic investment criteria for prioritizing climate investments and a strategy to ensure a collective view of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts success.
In their meetings, the FAO emphasized the importance of climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest and other natural resources management, and collaboration with national and international partners to successfully mitigate climate change threats.
(Source: Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, PR, Tasnim, 6 Aug., 2019)
Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en; Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
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The deal is expected to close in Q3, this year.
(Source: Advanced Bioenergy LLC, DTN, Various Media, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Glacial Lakes Energy, (605) 882-8480, www.glaciallakesenergy.com;
Advanced BioEnergy LLC, (763) 226-2701,
Fax -(763) 226-2725, www.advancedbioenergy.com
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The four proposed Central Virginia-based lithium-ion projects will cost approximately $33 million to construct and will provide key information on distinct use cases for batteries on the energy grid. Pending SCC approval, the pilots would be evaluated over a five year period once operational as currently expected in December 2020. The projects include:
Dominion notes it expects to cut generating fleet CO2 emissions 80 pct by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 pct by 2030.
(Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, vice president – generation construction www.dominionenergy.com
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Each of the new community's 46 townhouses is equipped with solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency components such as heat pump water heaters (HPWH) connected to a neighborhood microgrid. The microgrid-linked townhouse resources will be managed and optimized with a "grid-interactive control system" developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by the national Buildings Technology Office.
The "Smart Home" technology in each of the town houses was developed by Atlanta-based home builder Pulte Group Inc. in partnership with with Georgia Power. Thermostats, security systems, appliances and other features can be controlled via the Pulte controls suite and through phone app and voice activation. According to Pulte, the energy optimization platform can schedule the use of appliances in coordination with the solar and battery and thus lower energy costs.
(Source: US DOE, Pulte Group, Energy Storage, 6 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pulte Group Inc., www.pultegroupinc.com
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