In Quebec, energy and industry produce a relatively small percentage of the province's overall emissions due primarily to the province's reliance on carbon-free hydroelectricity.
The transport sector is responsible for more than 40 per cent of the province's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the most recent figures available.
(Source: CBC, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019)
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Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Farmers Weekly, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact:
CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies, Wheat Ethanol, Ethanol,
According to the Minister, the EU would be keen to integrate the two carbon markets, despite the fact formal talks on the issue will not start until the UK has resolved the current parliamentary stand-off over the Withdrawal Agreement.
The UK is one of the largest participants in the continent-wide EU ETS which has been widely credited with helping to drive down emissions across the 28-member bloc.(Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Minstry, BusinessGreen, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: U.K. Energy and Clean Growth Minister, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state-minister-for-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Claire Perry, EU ETS, Aviation Emissions,
The Fair Oaks Farm is the second-largest renewable natural gas production facility in the country, after the new Renewable Dairy Fuels' operation that opened in Jasper County in August of 2018. Between the two operations, Amp Americas's renewable fuels production capacity stands at approximately 5 million gpy.
Amp Americas also operates 20 CNG filling stations nationwide. (Source: AMP Americas, nwi.com, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Amp Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, (312) 300-6700, (312) 380-0206 - fax., www.ampamericas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas, Methane, CNG, Biofuel,
The battery system's predictive charging and discharging procedures are coordinated in line with forecasted weather patterns and expected energy demand. Real-time monitoring is available through a mobile app and the system can be configured up to 19.8kWh capacity if six modular units of 3.3kWh are combined, the company notes.
The Junelight Smart Battery has been certified by VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies for quality and safety, including both manufacturing processes and the system itself. (Source: Siemens, Energy Storage, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Siemens Low Voltage and Products, Andreas Matthe, CEO, +49 (911) 433 78 78, email@example.com, new.siemens.com/global/en/products/energy/low-voltage.html
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The new battery storage scheme will better equip the industry to roll out energy storage installations whilst ensuring consumer protection following the growing adoption of energy storage technologies to maximize renewable energy and create a flexible UK electric power grid.
MCS is a quality assurance scheme supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It provides the framework for the certification of microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from low carbon sources.
Download the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) details HERE (Source: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, PR, Feb., 2019)
Contact: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, Ian Rippin, CEO, www.microgenerationcertification.org
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The scope of Aker's work includes pilot testing of carbon capture from the oil refinery flue gas in industrial conditions. The
test is intended to assess the carbon capture process performance such as solvent degradation rate, energy efficiency and percentage of CO2 captured which will be included in the possible later design and implementation of a large-scale capture plant.
The feasibility study will include design of a full-scale carbon capture plant for the Hydrogen Production Unit (HPU) at the refinery. (Source: Aker Solutions, Gas World, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Preem, Petter Holland, CEO, +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english; Aker Solutions, Oscar Graff , VP, Head of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.akersolutions.com
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Under the SoCalGas proposal, millions of Californians would have the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources. The program is expected to create increased demand for renewable natural gas, which should help increase supply and lower its cost over time, similar to what has happened with renewable electricity created from wind and solar power, according to SoCalGas.
A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030.
(Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 28 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com
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Environment America's Clean Energy Associate Allie Astor issued the following statement:
"The Trump Administration's short-sighted and backward-thinking rollback of these energy saving standards for light bulbs is terrible for the environment. These rules would have eliminated as much pollution as taking 7 million cars off the road. By revoking these important energy saving regulations, we're ignoring the pervasive threats of climate change and environmental degradation caused by our wasteful energy practices. The DOE may be offering a public hearing, but they need to make sure they are listening to all the voices who are against this rollback plan." (Source: Environment Amercia, PR, 28 Feb., 2019}
Contact: Environment America, Allie Astor, (303) 801-0581, (202) 683-1250, https://environmentamerica.org
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Fiji's LEDS sets out long-term emission reductions and defines sustainable and resilient economy-wide mitigations pathways until 2050. It also addresses: sector-specific targets and measures; social, economic and environmental dimensions; education, capacity building and awareness raising; and a framework for monitoring and evaluating the LEDS. It is also among of the world's first LEDS to address the Blue Carbon Sector and the island country's mangrove ecosystems.
The LEDS also details Fiji's objective of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors, and details the following potential low emission scenarios:
Fiji aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors without threatening the country's long-term development objectives. (Source: UNFCCC. Feb., 2019) Contact: UNFCCC,
[Fiji LEDS 2018-2050, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, email@example.com, www.unfccc.int
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Xcel Energy, would dedicate two new wind farms to power the facility on land next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, a large, coal-fired plant where the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire most of its generators.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the agreements between Google and Xcel Energy. (Source: Economic Times, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
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Every day, 10,000 tons of waste are delivered to the city's waste treatment plant in Seropedica, northwest of Rio de Janeiro.
The plant turns household and industrial food and yard waste into methane biogas that is sold to industries or to the state's gas company.
According to the UN, the world's cities account for approximately 75 pct of the world's CO2 emissions and consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy.
(Source: COMLURB, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb., 2019)
Contact: COMLURB, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/comlurb, www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/comlurb; C40 Cities, www.c40.org
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BioMCN will combine hydrogen from the intended facility with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, a raw material for bio-fuels and a variety of chemical feedstocks. Compared to fossil-based methanol this will reduce emissions by up to 27,000 tpy of CO2.
According to Gasunie, "Gas infrastructure plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. We will be transporting different energy carriers, such as hydrogen and green gas, increasingly through our pipelines in the future. As independent network operator we can connect hydrogen from different suppliers for transportation to the major industrial clusters in the Netherlands. This network may have a capacity of 10 gigawatts or more by 2030." (Source: Nourvon, PR, Industry Europe, 26 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Nouryon, Knut Schwalenberg , +31 88 969 78 09, www.nouryon.com; Gasuine, +31 50 521 1080, www.gasunie.nl/en; BioMCN, Soren Jacobsem Managing Dir., +31 (88) 664 7700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biomcn.eu
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The industrial conversion of biomass to high-value biofuels and biochemicals is mainly restricted by lignocellulose solubilization. Previously, three strategies had been reported for lignocellulose bioconversion -- separate enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF), simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF), and consolidated bioprocessing (CBP).
Using the newly developed biocatalyst and optimal conditions, the CBS process was shortened by half using pretreated wheat straw as the substrate. Under such conditions, the sugar yield reached 0.795 g/g and the saccharification level was 89.3 pct .
The QIBEBT study was published in Biotechnology for Biofuels on Feb 18th and was supported by the Transformational Technologies for Clean Energy and Demonstration program of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key Technology Research and Development Program of Shandong, and the Major Program of the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation. (Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences , Public Release, Feb., 2019) Contact: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. CUI Qiu,
QIBEBT, Chinese Academy of Sciences, +86-532-80662622, +86-532-80662778-fax, email@example.com,
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Another influential factor involves the wind production tax incentive. Per this initiative, if PacifiCorp fails to get construction underway prior to 2020, they will not qualify for 2.4 cents per kWh provided by the incentive. (Source: PacifiCorp, Wyoming News Exchange, 25 Feb., 2019)Contact: PacifiCorp, www.pacificorp.com; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net
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The demonstration wind farms will receive both .
Earlier this year, the U.S. DOE announced up to $28 million in funding for a new floating offshore wind turbines via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).
Navigant Research anticipates that over 69GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030.
(Source: EC, MarEx, 25 Feb., 2019)
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Construction is expected to last 30 months for startup and full production in 2022. (Source: ECB Group, Biodiesel, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: ECB Group,
Erasmo Carlos Battistella, Pres., +55 54 3632 0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br
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The Porto Torres photovoltaic project is part of the Progetto Italia initiatives launched by Eni in 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2019. This is the second plant built in Eni-owned industrial areas in Sardinia following the construction of the Assemini plant (26 MW), which was completed in 2018.
The project will contribute to achieving the objectives set out in Italy's Regional Energy Plan and in the National Energy Strategy with regards to decarbonisation and the amount of renewable energy in the energy mix. (Source: New Energy SpA PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: New Energy SpA, www.eni.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni New Energy SpA, PV, Solar,
The portal takes advantage of the IEA's expertise in tracking energy innovation -- from data on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to analysis on public and private investment trends; from detailed technology roadmaps to timely commentaries; and from identifying "innovation gaps" to our global technology collaboration network.
The technologies covered are grouped under power, buildings, transport, industry and energy integration. The content reveals the IEA's estimates of the market readiness of each one in terms of their ability to support the zero-carbon energy revolution.
Access the portal HERE
(Source: IEA, Fiftth Estate Australia, 26 Feb., 2019)
Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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The paint significantly reduces carbon emissions. One square meter of the Smart Paint is equivalent to one tree in absorbing carbon dioxide. The paint can also reduce power consumption by up to 25 pct because of its insulation capabilities.
Going green is a key priority for the ministry and its sustainability initiatives including: recycling asphalt at construction sites; using new technology in developing roads; and installing power-charging stations for electric vehicles at government premises," according to the Ministry.
(Source: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Feb., 2019) Contact: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, +971 2 626 2630, www.moid.gov.ae
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The economists are specifically supporting the Baker-Schulz plan authored by former Republican U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and George Schultz in 2017. The statement comprises four main pillars: gradually increasing a carbon fee; returning all proceeds from the fee to Americans via dividends; instituting border carbon adjustments; and eliminating regulations that are no longer necessary upon the fee's enactment.
The Economists' Carbon Dividends Plan aims to be a first step in solving climate change through a carbon tax based on basic economic principles.
(Source: Climate Leadership Council, Harvard Crimson, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Harvard Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Tackling Climate Change, Harvard University,
www.harvard.edu/tackling-climate-change; Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org
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According to the Center for Biological Diversity's senior council Bill Snape, " Senator Feinstein's climate resolution is outmoded and cynical politics at its worst. It's more of the same half-measures and loopholes for polluting industries that have failed us for more than three decades. Feinstein can't hide behind this anemic proposal to avoid supporting the real Green New Deal. She needs to get with it or get out of the way," Snape added.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org; Sen, Dianne Feinstein, (415) 393-0707,www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (929) 388-6141, https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018
Editor's Note: The New Republic commented on Sen. Feinstein's encounter with school children as follows:
"The children pleaded with Feinstein to be 'brave' and to think about their future. "We're the ones who are going to be impacted," one girl pleaded. The 85-year-old (Sen. Feinstein) insisted she understood, citing her seven grandchildren, but then dashed the schoolchildren's hopes. "I've been in the Senate for over a quarter of a century." she said, "and I know what can pass and I know what can't pass." Later, Feinstein put out a statement calling climate change one of her top priorities and released a draft resolution of her alternative to the Green New Deal."
The Green New Deal basically sets goals for measures to cut carbon emissions from electric power generation to transportation to agriculture. The bill calls for a "10-year national mobilizations" toward accomplishing a series of goals, including "meeting 100 pct of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy.
The GWEC's country-by-country breakdown shows China installed the most offshore capacity in a year for the first time, adding 1.8 GW. The United Kingdom came in second with 1.3 GW, while Germany came in third with 969 MW.
Top onshore markets in 2018 were: China with 21,200 MW followed by the USA -- 7,588 MW, Germany -- 2,402 MW; India -- 2,191 MW; Brazil -- 1,939 MW; France -- 1,563 MW; Mexico -- 929 MW; Sweden -- 717 MW; the United Kingdom -- 589 MW; and Canada -- 566 MW.
Top offshore markets in 2018: China -- 1,800 MW; United Kingdom -- 1,312 MW; Germany -- 969 MW; Belgium -- 309 MW; and Denmark with 61 MW.
The GWEC predicts offshore wind installations in the United States will reach 1 GW by around 2022. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net
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Working with partners Wales & West Utilities, Cadent and Costain, PassivSystems will look at how smart pressure control, compression and storage solutions can alleviate network constraints as part of the £2.4 million OptiNet project.
As part of the OptiNet project, PassivSystems will look at how plug-and-play compressor technology can be used across multiple sites without the need for bespoke modifications.
Cadent's forecasts suggest that the UK will have sufficient green gas to enable over 120 TWh per year to be injected into the gas network by 2035. (Source: PassivSystems, Waste Management World, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: PassivSystems, Colin Calder, CEO, +44 (0) 1635 525 050, email@example.com,
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Contributing solutions like public transportation access, use of open spaces, water use reduction, efficient mechanical systems, installation of LED lighting, diversion of construction waste from landfills and recycling programs earn LEED certification points. (Source: Inside IU Bloomington, Feb., 2019) Contact: IU Bloominton, (812) 855-4848, www.indiana.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency ,
The TEC installations are expected to increase the school's energy efficiency and reduce monthly power and maintenance expenses by over 40 pct -- approximately $3,000 per month.
Smartcool Systems Inc. ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct.
Total Energy Concepts (TEC) is a leader in Power Protection, Energy Management, Power Quality, Facility Grounding, and Lighting Solutions and takes a holistic approach to energy efficiency with proprietary technologies for power factor correction and third party technologies including LED, voltage conditioning and intelligent motor controls.
(Source: Smartccol, InvestorIntel , 26 Feb., , 2019) Contact: Smartcool, (604) 669-1388, www.smartcool.net; Total Energy Concepts, (218) 393-2143, www.totalenergyconcepts.com
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CETY's Clean Cycle II ORC utilizes the plants wasted heat lost to the atmosphere through the exhaust stream to essentially produce free electricity resulting in an expected annual electrical savings of 769,149 kWh.
CETY's proprietary heat recovery systems are 140kW and are right in the sweet spot where user's needs are the highest. CETY is also excited about entering the large high rise market with its first installation slated for the 1540 Broadway high rise building in Manhattan, according to the company.
(Source: Clean Energy Technologies, PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Technologies, Kam Mahdi, CEO , (949) 273-4990
Fax Number: (949) 273-4990
www.cetyinc.com;Bio-En, Power Inc., (519) 669-3777.
(519) 669-5982 -fax,
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Acciona will initially perform a baseline audit to ascertain current energy consumption. The buildings will subsequently be monitored to obtain energy consumption data in real time. The captured data will be organized and processed at the ACCIONA Building Control Centre where it will be analyzed around the clock. The resulting information will enable the city to respond to alerts of anomalous consumption and provide information with which to enhance operations and detect inefficient consumption patterns.
Acciona will draw on the data for measures such as the implementation of specific efficiency measures, the swapping-out of obsolete and inefficient items of equipment, and the installation of control and automation devices. (Source: Acciona, Construction Index, 25 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com
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Presently, 33 large investment projects totaling $2.7 billion are being implemented in the region. Seventeen of the projects are being executed with foreign participation and some of the investors have already expressed a desire to continue cooperation with Kazakhstan which is aiming to source 30 pct of its power from renewable energy sources by by 2030.
(Source: The Astana Times, AKI Press, 23 Feb., 2019)
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However, the report distinguishes between finance for future projects over the next few years and farms actually installed, saying the amount of capacity newly installed last year fell. According to WindEurope's CEO Giles Dickson, "Last year was the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011 ... 12 EU countries didn't install a single wind turbine last year."
In 2018, the 28 EU member nations plus Switzerland, Norway and Turkey, added 11.7 GW for 32 pct less than in 2017.
In total, 189.2 GW of wind power capacity is now installed in Europe,accounting for 18.4 pct of the EU's total installed power generation capacity. (Source: WindEurope, euronews, Reuters, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1890, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.windeurope.org
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The Council was awarded just under $14 million from the one-time program, which granted a total of $200 million for organizations working in overseas market development for U.S. agriculture and food products Much of the funding will be used to dramatically expand the Council's ethanol programs, which it coordinates with corn and sorghum checkoff organizations, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, as well as USDA.
The funding will build upon existing market development and marketing programs operated with support from Council members and USDA through the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program.
(Source: US Grains Council, PR, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: U.S. Grains Council, (202) 789-0789, (202) 898-0522, www.grains.org
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The project was broadly opposed over environmental and bird life concerns. A previous proposal for the site was also abandoned due to environmentalist opposition.
(Source: Apex Clean Energy, Oswego County News, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Dahvi Wilson, VP Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com
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"Still, lawmakers from coal-producing states and members of the current presidential administration have long attempted to justify their defense of coal on the grounds that it's more than a fossil fuel -- it's a way of life. This has been a reasonably effective tactic, up to a point. If you're trying to neutralize the arguments of those who want to see coal phased out of the U.S. energy diet, the best way to do so is to play the culture card: Point to all the people who rely on the coal industry for a regular paycheck and appeal to their sense of history and heritage.
"But this last line of defense -- 'Renewables may be all the rage in San Francisco or Seattle or wherever, but where I come from, the people still love coal and always will' -- may not be effective for much longer.
Two recently released reports show how public sentiment regarding coal and renewables has shifted dramatically in recent years. One of them looks at attitudes at the national level; the other explores them in the historically coal-friendly state of Ohio. Both spell trouble for the future of an industry that's already, by nearly all accounts, on its last legs.
"The University of Michigan's National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) is a biannual survey of public opinion surrounding issues of climate and energy policy, providing perhaps the best snapshot we could ever hope for in regard to how Americans stand on subjects like coal, renewables, climate science, geoengineering, a carbon tax, and a host of other climate-related topics. Late last year, to commemorate its 10th anniversary of publication, NSEE released a trove of reports that illustrate just how much public opinion has changed on these matters over the past decade.
"One of them in particular should strike fear into the hearts of the coal industry's dead-enders and spark joy in the hearts of the rest of us. It shows that between 2016 and 2017, the number of Americans who strongly support a coal phaseout increased 11 percentage points, from 18 pct to 29 pct. In that same one-year period, the number of Americans who oppose a phaseout fell by the same amount. Remarkably, in states with active coal mines, strong support for a phaseout rose even more: by 13 points. Just as remarkably, this trend seemed to cut across political lines, rising among Democrats, independents, and Republicans. Among the last group, strong support for a phaseout actually increased by 5 percentage points, whereas the number of Republicans who strongly oppose it fell by 14 points.
"Another NSEE report provides a perfect complement. As more Americans announce their willingness to say goodbye to coal, they're also saying hello to the opportunity presented by renewables. This report reveals that 88 pct of Americans are in favor of increasing the use of solar energy in their state, and 82 pct feel the same about wind energy. Here, too, there's real bipartisan buy-in, with 79 pct of Republicans getting behind solar and 72 pct getting behind wind. What's more, the numbers show that a sizable majority of Republican, Democratic, and independent respondents support requiring and/or subsidizing renewable energy production at the state level. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans surveyed -- 64 pct -- said they like the idea of a state renewable energy requirement; even more amazingly, 65 pct of them said they have no problem with boosting the nascent renewables sector through subsidies.
"But an even more eye-opening poll is making news too. An organization with a somewhat eyebrow-raising name, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, released the results of a survey last week suggesting that support for renewables is no longer a politically exploitable issue. In a survey of 400 Ohioans who self-identify as conservative, two-thirds of respondents said they believe their state needs to diversify its energy portfolio by having at least half of its energy come from renewable sources. Nearly the same percentage of respondents said they were more likely to support a politician who voted for or otherwise expressed support for renewable energy or energy efficiency legislation. "Ohio, just as a reminder, ranks 11th in coal production among U.S. states, and its coal industry supports about 33,000 jobs. It also ranks fourth among states in coal consumption.
"For too long, it's been too easy for lawmakers and administration officials to claim that by kowtowing to the coal industry's wishes, they were simply doing right by voters. It's getting harder. The gap between the interests of average Americans and the interests of coal-company executives is getting wider every day. And solar and wind are wedging their way in. (Source: NRDC, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: NRDC,
Jeff Turrentine www.nrdc.org
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Since 2011 the prison upgraded insulation, upgraded and installed boilers, and invested $82,000 to upgrade all perimeter lighting with LEDs.
The LED project was partially funded by the nonprofit Energy Trust of Oregon covered $32,000 of the LED upgrade costs.
Energy Trust has given EOCI more than $383,000 in cash incentives for energy saving and energy management initiatives and projects since 2006.
(Source: East Oregonian, 28 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, www.prisonpro.com/content/eastern-oregon-correctional-institution;
Energy Trust of Oregon, (503) 493-8888, www.energytrust.org; US DOE 50001 Ready, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/50001-ready-program
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The program is being tagged GreenWorks after a similar program called MassWorks which funds local infrastructure projects. Under the GreenWorks program, cities and towns would apply for competitive grants for specific projects related to energy efficiency, clean energy and climate change resiliency -- ie school building energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy and energy storage projects.
(Source: Mass. Representative, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, MassLive, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mass. Speaker Robert DeLeo , malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/RAD1
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BIMCO wants the next IMO study to ignore Scenarios 1 and 5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP) because they are based on unrealistic short- to mid-term economic growth projections. According to BIMCO, "The previous [IMO] study's most pessimistic projection of a 250 pct increase in CO2 emissions from shipping has since proven to be totally unrealistic, given the actual and projected economic development of the world, Unfortunately, the 250 pct projection has frequently been used as a stick against the shipping industry and to shape regional policy. BIMCO wants to avoid that happening again."
BIMCO claims a new report by the CE Delft consultancy uses a more realistic GDP growth forecast to project a reduction of 20 pct against a goal of 50 pct by 2050. Acknowledging the 30 pct shortfall in emissions reduction "We will need new solutions, in addition to traditional efficiency measures, to reach the 2050 target. But to pick the right solutions, we need realistic projections." BIMCO says.
BIMCO has 2,000 members in more than 120 countries representing shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents.
(Source: Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization, Project Cargo Global, Feb., 2019) Contact: BIMCO Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Sec. Gen., +45 44 36 68 00,
+45 44 36 68 68. email@example.com, www.bimco.org
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The move includes a commitment for every diocese to have an environmental programme which is led by a member of the bishop's staff. The possibility of a standard tool to monitor CO2 emissions in churches, cathedrals and church halls will also be explored in order for the church to help meet its target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
The motion was introduced by the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, who said "Climate change cannot be a matter of indifference for any of us and we cannot underestimate the seriousness of this. Behind this motion is a fundamental desire to see us, as a church, recover our prophetic edge. For that to happen I believe we need prophetic people to stir us up."
With approximately 25 million adherents worldwide, the Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the Monarch is the supreme governor.
(Source: Church of England, Yorkshire Post , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Church of England; www.churchofengland.org
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The city's solar measure was developed through a coalition of organizations looking toward energy solutions.
The goal is for both the public and private utility users to move toward 100 pct sustainable energy with the city producing as much if not more clean energy as is being used. Any unavoidable use of non-renewable energy would be balanced by the export of clean energy.
(Source: Tallahassee.com, Tallahassee Democrat, 23 Feb., 2019)
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Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, a veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, is connected to fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil, has acknowledged accepting payment for testimony from from Peabody Coal, and presently serves as Trump's deputy assistant for emerging technologies on the National Security Council.
Happer is also known for his comment:
"The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews."
"There's no reason for climate hysteria. I don't think it's a problem at all, I think it's a good thing." (Source: Washington Post, Wikipedia, Media Matters, EVLONDO COOPER, Blog, , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact:
William Happer, (609) 258-3020,
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Yhe report also identifies and profiles markets and major industry players -- DIC Corporation, Cyanotech Corporation, Algaetech Group, TAAU Australia worldwide.
Review Global Microalgae Market Insights 2019-2027 report details
HERE. (Source: Market Research Store,Times of Market, 24 Feb., 2019)Contact: Market Research, +49 322 210 92714,
(855) 465-4651 -- US and Canada, www.marketresearchstore.com
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The additional support brings the EU's contribution to the programme to €80 million and it further leverages 6.5 times more of financing via International Financial Instruments. The fund will be extended through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF).
The 2013 REEP programme is a joint initiative of the EC, bilateral donors and beneficiary countries cooperating under the WBIF. The program , which promotes and supports energy efficiency efforts, was implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in concert with the Energy Community Secretariat. (Source: EU, SeeNews, Twitter, 23 Feb., 2019)
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Canada has the largest number of certified projects outside the U.S. with 3,254, according to the Canada Green Building Council.
Ratings by province are Ontario, 3,015; Quebec, 1,643; British Columbia, 1,571; Alberta, 1,194; Atlantic Canada, 378; Manitoba, 282; Saskatchewan, 129; and Territories, 24. (Source: USGBC, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org
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To tackle the county's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector according to the resolution, the county plans to develop a policy to build a "green" vehicle fleet.
The move was proposed and supported by the Snohomish County chapter of The Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, 350 Everett and the statewide group Environment Washington.
Snohomish County is the fifth government in Washington state to set a goal of 100 pctclean energy, after Edmonds, Whatcom County, Bellingham and Spokane, according to Environment Washington. (Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District, HeraldNet, Everett, Washington, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Snohomish County Public Utility District, www.snopud.com
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Large-scale solar plants owned by APS across the state will be upgraded with 200MW of battery storage systems. A team from Invenergy, an Illinois-based energy company will install six new battery systems at solar plants in Maricopa County and Yuma by 2020, with the balance to be complete by 2021.
The utility is also planning to construct 500MW of solar storage and standalone battery storage by 2025 as
part of its long-term clean-energy transition objective. (Source: APS, PowerTech, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Arizona Public Service Company, www.aps.com
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The new fund , which will extend the Abbott government's 2014 "direct action" Emissions Reduction Fund, will partner with farmers, local governments and businesses to deliver practical climate solutions to reduce emissions.
The new climate solutions package is intended to ensure Australia meets its 2030 target of lowering emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030.
(Source: Armidale Express, Australian AP, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ww.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
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According to the company, an acute shortage of foreign currency has stalled the completion of the tanks, which have a combined storage capacity of six million litres.
The project was supposed to be in full swing by December 2018.
the Zimbabwean government is promoting ethanol blending to cut the cost of petroleum imports amid worsening foreign currency challenges. T that end, the mandated ethanol- unleaded gasoline bland rate was raised from 15 pct to 20 pct ethanol (E20). (Source: National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe, The Standard, 24 Feb., 2019) Contact: National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe, Wilfred Matukeni, CEO, +263 4 748 518, www.noic.co.zw
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