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Climate Transparency Reports G20 Emissions Targets Progress (Int'l.)
Climate Transparency,G20
Date: 2019-11-13
According to Climate Transparency's just released 2109 Brown to Green Report grading the climate performance of the G20 countries, Canada, South Korea and Australia are the furthest from meeting their Paris Climate Accord (COP15) greenhouse-gas emissions commitments.

The G20 nations account for 85 pct of global economic activity and in 2018 produced 80 pct of all greenhouse-gas emissions. About half the G20 members -- 19 countries with advanced economies plus the European Union collectively -- are on track to meet their current targets for cutting emissions by 2030 but those targets are much too mild. If every G20 member does not drastically scale up its targets, the G20 overall will produce more emissions in 2030 than it does today, according to the report.

Climate Transparency is a global partnership with a shared mission to stimulate a "race to the top" in G20 climate action and to shift investments towards zero carbon technologies through enhanced transparency. (Source: Climate Transparency, Nov., 2019) Contact: Climate Transparency, www.climate-transparency.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Transparency,  Climate Change,  G20,  


Auraria Installs Denver's Largest Rooftop Solar Array (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-11-13
In Denver, the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program (ASCP), in partnership with the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) and Namaste Solar of Boulder are reporting the near completion of a 779 kW solar array installation -- the largest single-roof solar array in downtown Denver -- atop the Auraria Library.

The 2,100-panel array will produce roughly 1 million kWh per year -- sufficient power for 2.5 pct of the annual campus-wide power consumption and increasing the Auraria Campus solar capacity to 854 kW.

Namaste Solar designs, installs, and maintains solar electric systems for homeowners, commercial property owners, and utility-scale developers. (Source: Auraria Higher Education Center, PR, Nov., 2019) Contact: Auraria Higher Education Center, Jane Hood , (303) 556.3441, jane.hood@ahec.edu, www.ahec.edu; Namaste Solar, Elliot Abel, Dir of Dev., www.namastesolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Singapore Launching $2Bn Green Finance Hub Programme (Int'l.)
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Date: 2019-11-13
In Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore reports it plans to create a $2 billion Green Investments finance programme intended to establish the country as a global green financing hub.

The Green Investment Programme will direct funds to asset managers who will in turn invest the funds in public market firms focused on introducing environmental and sustainability considerations into investments in renewable and bioenergy technology, grid infrastructure, battery storage, green buildings, energy efficiency and optimizing energy conservation and consumption. (Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore, International Finance, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: Monetary Authority of Singapore, +65 6225 5577, +65 6229-9229 -- fax, (212) 809 1900 -- US Office, www.mas.gov.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Finance,  Green Bond,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


EDPR Acquires 50 pct Stake in 278MW US Solar Portfolio (M&A)
EDP Renewables,First Solar
Date: 2019-11-13
EDP Renewables North America LLC is reporting acquisition of a 50 pct stake in a 278 MW portfolio of three solar projects in the U.S. as well as a contract to develop 804 MW of offshore wind power through a 50/50 joint venture.

The first portfolio of three solar energy plants developed by Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. is expected to commence operations in the coming months and is secured by Power Purchase Agreements. The second announcement involves an agreement to supply 804 MW of clean and renewable offshore wind energy enough to power approximately half a million homes to customers in Massachusetts. (Source : EDPR, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.co; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables ,  Solar,  First Solar ,  


Ames, Iowa Advances City GHG Inventory Study (Ind. Report)
Ames Iowa
Date: 2019-11-13
In the Hawkeye State, the Ames City Council reports it will award a contract for its Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Forecasting, and Recommendations Report -- study of the city's greenhouse gas impact and to identify a solution to reduce it and to meet the city's sustainability goals. The study is expected to take six months to complete.

The schematic of the greenhouse gas inventory is a forecast projections related to impacts of status quo actions, creating an Ames-specific carbon emissions baseline and identifying opportunities for the city to reduce carbon emissions.

The study contract is being awarded to Maplewood, Minnesota-based greenhouse gas analyst group PaleBLUEdot. (Source: Ames City Council, Ames Tribune, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ames City Council, 515-239-5105, www.cityofames.org/government/mayor-and-city-council; PaleBLUEdot, www.palebluedot.llc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Sunworks Awarded Northeast Region Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Sunworks Inc
Date: 2019-11-13
Roseville, California-based solar power systems specialist Sunworks, Inc. is reporting receipt of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to develop a 370kW ground mount solar system for multi-unit residential project near Boston, Massachusetts. The project, which is being developed under the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) incentive program, is the largest residential solar project in the Bay State under the SMART initiative to date, according to the release.

With the incentives in place the developer will offset 100 pct of the energy required for operations and realize a savings of more than $1.8 million over the life the project. Work is expected to get underway before the year end, according to the release. (Source: Sunworks, PR, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Sunworks, Chuck Cargile, CEO, (866) 600-6800, www.sunworksusa.com; Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, www.mass.gov/solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunworks,  Solar,  Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target,  


NRDC Questions EU Biomass Power Generation Subsidies (Int'l.)
National Resources Defense Council
Date: 2019-11-13
Burnout: EU Clean Energy Subsidies Lead to Forest Destruction, a new report from the not-for-profit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) highlights the environmental impact of the practice of burning biomass as fuel.

For the purpose of allocating energy subsidies, the EU defines biomass as a clean energy source; however, the process of burning wood for electric power production both releases high levels of carbon emissions and contributes to the destruction of forest ecosystems. As forests act as a "carbon sink", absorbing CO2 which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

The report, which is based on research provided by economic policy consultancy Trinomics, covers biomass subsidies in 15 EU Member States between 2105 and 2018. Overall in 2017, the 15 Member States assessed for the report spent a total of €6.6 billion in direct subsidies for energy production using biomass. The report identifies Denmark as the highest subsidiser of biomass energy per capita followed by the UK and Germany. their renewable energy subsidies on biomass production.

According to the Burnout: EU Clean Energy Subsidies Lead to Forest Destruction report, "Burning trees for electricity is not renewable and not a viable climate solution. Critically, no EU Member State has formally ruled out burning forest biomass for electricity in the future. That can and should change before we (NRDC) publish our next assessment. In the coming years, we hope and expect that in EU countries where massive biomass industry subsidies have become entrenched, policymakers will redirect this financial support toward genuinely zero-emitting and renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Countries considering new policies and incentives to replace aging fossil fuel-based energy infrastructure, both inside and outside the European Union, must rule out incentives for burning forest biomass instead of or alongside coal." (Source: NRDC, Gov. Europa, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Kit Kennedy, Snr. Dir. Climate and Clean Energy Programme, 212.727.2700, nrdcinfo@nrdc.org, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Resources Defense Council ,  NRDC,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Irish Peat-Burning Power Plants Face Closure (Int'l. Report)
Bord Na Mona
Date: 2019-11-13
In Dublin, Ireland, the Independent.ie is reporting the Electricity Supply Board has ordered the closure of two peat-burning electric power plants in West Offaly and Rough Lee. The Board proposed the plants be refitted to co-fire with peat and biomass from 2021 until 2027 when the plant could be fully biomass-powered. Bord Na Mona, an Irish peat firm, had been supplying peat to the facilities. (Source: Electricity Supply Board, Bord Na Mona, Bioenergy Insight, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ireland Electricity Supply Board, www.esb.ie; Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord Na Mona,  Peat,  Biomass,  


WA State Woody Biomass Power Projects Funded (Funding Report)
San Juan Islands Conservation District
Date: 2019-11-13
San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington State is reporting receipt of $181,882 in grant matching funding from the Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program for wood energy projects. On Nov. 5, the agency funded four proposed projects that provide heat, power, engineered fuel products and/or significant energy efficiency improvements.

This proposal includes a technology assessment, site analysis and conceptual design of an advanced wood energy microgrid gasifier system to generate heat and power for community facilities on Orcas.

The Forest Products Financial Assistance Program emphasizes projects that use woody biomass from forestry management activities and wood products manufacturing. to develop appropriate energy and biochar technologies to process woody biomass. Under the program, energy produced by a funded biomass plant would be around 2.6 million kilowatt-hours per year. . (Source: San Juan Islands Conservation District, Islands Weekly, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: San Juan Islands Conservation District, www.sanjuanislandscd.org; Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program, www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/forest-products-financial-assistance

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


Qantas to Reach Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Qantas Group
Date: 2019-11-13
Australian air carrier Qantas reports it is committed to cap its net emissions at 2020 levels, and to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

This includes offsetting all net emissions from Project Sunrise, the carrier's plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, should the project proceed. This will also extend to domestic flying, meaning that growth on key routes like Melbourne-Sydney will be carbon neutral.

Qantas will work with industry, research institutions and governments to develop the long-term solutions to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry over the next three decades. The airline currently operates the largest carbon offset program in the aviation industry, with around 10 pct of customers booking flights on Qantas.com choosing to offset their flights.

This additional investment will see Qantas Future Planet, which is already the largest private sector buyer of Australian carbon credits, support more conservation and environmental projects in Australia and around the world. Existing projects include protecting the Great Barrier Reef, working with Indigenous communities to reduce wildfires in Western Australia and securing over 7000 hectares of native Tasmanian forest.

Additionally, Qantas will invest $50 million over the next ten years to support the sustainable aviation fuel industry and continue to reduce its emissions through continued investment in more fuel efficient aircraft, more efficient operations and smarter flight planning to reduce fuel burn. (Source: Qantas Group, RusTourism News, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Qantas Group,  Aviation Emissions,  


APPA Touts Tacoma Power for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
American Public Power Association,Tacoma Power
Date: 2019-11-11
In Washington State, Tacoma Power reports receipt of the Arlington, Virginia-based American Public Power Association's (APPA) Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation for its commitment to and proficiency in environmental initiatives and energy efficiency. The 2-year SEP designation recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience.

This is the first year the APPA has offered the SEP designation. Tacoma Power joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation. (Source: Taooma Public Utilities, Suburban Times, 9 Nov., 2019) Contact: Tacoma Power Utility, www.mytpu.org; American Public Power Association, 202-467-2900, www.publicpower.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Public Power Association,  Tacoma Power,  


Aviation Emissions' Impacts On Air Quality Larger Than On Climate, study Concludes (Ind. Report)
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Date: 2019-11-11
In the Bay State, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are reporting that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to air quality as to the climate.

The study notes reducing one type of emission can come at the cost of increasing another, either in absolute terms or by limiting potential reductions offered by new technology. The researchers applied the metrics to evaluate the effects of a global expansion in aviation, consistent in magnitude with its current annual growth, then used this as a benchmark for three scenarios: they considered a growth scenario with fuel efficiency increases and reductions in NOx emissions factors consistent with 10-year goals; they evaluated the trade-offs between the climate and air quality impacts of engine-based NOx emissions reductions; re-assessed the climate and air quality trade-offs of jet fuel desulphurization.

According to lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Eastham: "Three components are responsible for 97 pct of climate and air quality damages per unit aviation fuel burn -- air quality impacts of NOx at 58 pct, climate impacts of CO2 at 25 pct, and climate impacts of contrails at 14 pct. It is important to note that 86 pct of the NOx impacts on air quality are due to the emissions from cruise as opposed to the landing and takeoff cycle.

"To reduce the climate impacts of aviation, measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and contrails are likely to have the greatest net climate benefit. In contrast, 94 pct of air quality impacts are driven by NOx. This suggests that measures aimed at reducing NOx emissions during cruise could lead to the greatest net benefits", Eastham added.

"Finally, we found the air quality impacts of aviation emissions significantly exceed the climate impacts, with air quality impacts being 1.7 to 4.4 times higher than the climate impact per unit of fuel burn," he concluded. (Source: MIT, Eurasia Review, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Sebastian Eastham, Lead Researcher, 617-258-7537 www.aeroastro.mit.edu

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


Europe's Largest "Green Wall" Unveiled in London (Int'l Report)
Sheppard Robson
Date: 2019-11-11
In the UK, London-headquartered national architect and design firm Sheppard Robson is reporting the unveiling of Europe's largest living "green wall" at its recently completed commercial mixed-use Citicape House in London.

The building's green facade will be wrapped with 400,000 plants for low ultraviolet values and to capture over eight tonnes of carbon and produce six tonnes of oxygen annually. Other energy efficiency related features include a "green roof" garden, efficient window glazing to minimize heat gain, a rainwater collection system, external air heat pumps and a focus on incorporating renewable energy. (Source: Sheppard Robson, dezeen, 11 Mov., 2019) Contact: Sheppard Robson, Dan Burr, Partner, www.sheppardrobson.com

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


McDonald's Pledges Major Emissions Cuts by 2030 (Ind. Report)
McDonald's
Date: 2019-11-11
Fast food giant McDonald's reports it intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to its offices and establishments by 36 pct, as well as cut 31 pct of its emission intensity per metric ton of food and packaging over its supply by 2030.

McDonald's also reports its outlets in UK/Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, France, and Austria, are near to sourcing all of their power from renewable energy sources. (Source: McDonald's, PR, Nature World News, 9 Nov., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Vestas Reports Higher Than Expected Order Intake (Int'l Report)
Vestas
Date: 2019-11-11
In Copenhagen, wind turbine maker Vestas is reporting forecast-beating quarterly operating profit driven by a growing number of orders in the company's service unit approximately 43,000 turbines under maintenance contracts.

The company still expects revenue between €11 billion and €12.25 billion in 2019 and an earnings for interest and tax (EBIT) margin before special items of 8-9 pct. Operating profit before special items rose 55 pct to €429 million, well above the forecasted €351 million, according to Reuters. (Source: Vestas, Reuters 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Henrik Andersen, CEO, Kristian Jakobsen, krhja@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


Budapest Declares Climate Emergency (Int'l. Report)
Climate Emergency
Date: 2019-11-11
On Tuesday in Hungary, the city of Budapest joined a growing list of major cities worldwide and EU member states with its declaration of a climate emergency.

With the largely symbolic declaration, Budapest's general assembly also proposed establishment of a city carbon neutrality plan in accord with the EU's plan to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050.

On a national level, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland are the only EU countries still opposing a bloc-wide plan to go climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV.com , 6 Nov., 2019)

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


Google Touts Finnish Data-Centre Wind Power Plan (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-11-11
IT giant Google reports it plans to power its data-center in Hamina, Finland with power from the 254MW Stavro onshore wind project in northern Sweden.

The Stavro wind farm will utilize 62 units of Siemens Gamesa 4.1MW wind turbines and will sell its power through an off-take deal to Google and to a pulp and a nearby paper plant owned by Holmen AB.

Commissioning of the Stavro wind farm is slated for the end of 2021. Delivery of the grid connection, including engineering, civil works, installation and commissioning of the two 150/33kV sub-sites, will be completed by Siemens Gas & Power. (Source: Google, Siemens Gamesa, ReCharge, 7 Nov., 2019)Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Markus Tacke, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Google,  


Ambev Investing in Wind, Solar for Brazilian Operations (Int'l.)
Ambev
Date: 2019-11-11
In Brazil, Ambev, a Brazilian brewing company that joined Belgian beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev, reports an agreement with Casaforte Investimentos, a private equity group, to construct an 80MW wind farm that will supply power to to all of its beverage plants in Northeastern Brazil, as well as to its five Budweiser breweries across Brazil.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ambev will invest approximately $145 million over 15-years in Casaforte Investimentos, which will also construct a 1,600 hectare wind farm in Bahia state. The project has reportedly received all necessary regulatory licenses and permits and is expected to be completed and operational in 2022, when it will generate roughly one-third of the Brazilian breweries' power needs.

In June, Ambev committed to the construction of 31 solar facilities to power its 94 distribution centers in Brazil. (Source: Ambev, reve, 9 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ambev, www.ambev.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Brazil Wind,  Brazil Renewable Energy,  


Poyry, Banpu Power Constructing Vietnam Wind Project (Int'l.)
Poyry Plc, Banpu Power
Date: 2019-11-11
Helsinki-headquartered consulting and engineering firm Poyry Plc reports it is partnering with Thailand's Banpu Power for the construction and management of a 90-MW wind farm project in Vinh Chau, Vietnam.

The project will be built in three 30-MW phases. Detailed engineering design for the first phase is due to start this December followed by site mobilization in February, 2020. next year.

Poyry, which was founded in 1958, focuses on power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water, (Source: Poyry, PR, ScandAsia, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: Banpu Power, www.banpupower.com; Poyry Jonny Stridh, Managing Director, Industry Business Group, +46 705 83 4351 jonny.stridh@poyry.com, www.poyry.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Banpu Power,  Poyry ,  Wind,  Viet Nam Wind,  


Birmingham UK Airport Grounding Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Birmingham Airport
Date: 2019-11-11
In the UK, Birmingham Airport is reporting plans to increase its use of onsite generated renewable energy and to cut its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2033. To that end, the airport intends toreview and revise its existing carbon management plan and develop a roadmap to set and prioritize actual carbon reduction objectives rather than carbon off-setting schemes, which it describes as "the least favourable option."

The airport has reduced its operations carbon emissions by a third since 2013, and emissions per passenger by over a half, despite growing passenger numbers by 40 pct. (Source: Birmingham Airport, Coventry Observer, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: Birmingham Airport, Nick Barton, CEO, +44 871 222 0072, www.birminghamairport.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Renewables Power Half of Australian Grid (Int'l. Report)
National Energy Market
Date: 2019-11-11
In the Land Down Under, the Melbourne-based National Energy Market (NEM) is reporting renewable energy last week generated slightly more than 50 pct of Australia's electric power It was the first time the country's renewables have reached half of all power generated in the Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania market.

Solar power generated 32.5 pct, wind power followed with 15.7 pct and hydro with 1.9 pct, although the not running at full capacity. Experts believe the breakthrough heralds a future where these numbers will become an increasingly common occurrence. (Source: National Energy Market, 9 Nov., 2019) Contact: National Energy Market, +61 3 9609 8000, www.aemo.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Energy Market,  Australia Renewable Energy ,  


UK ADBA Calls for Anaerobic Digestion Industry Support (Int'l.)
Anaerobic Digestion
Date: 2019-11-11
In the UK, the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is calling on national party leaders to support the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry to help the UK meet its Net Zero emissions target. With the right support, the AD industry could deliver its full potential and cut emissions by 5 pct by 2030 and contribute to the development of a long-term sustainable circular economy for the UK by treating organic wastes and recycling them into green energy, natural fertilisers, Biofuels and other valuable bioproducts, according to the ADBA release.

ADBA notes that food waste must be collected separately and diverted to AD plants for recycling, so the current commitment to mandatory separate collections for households and businesses must be put into effect as soon as possible, l ocal authorities must be funded to meet set-up and infrastructure development costs, and . Government must commit as soon as possible to additional support for AD beyond 2021 as all current support is due to end by this date.

Supporting R&I could help supercharge the AD industry and put it at the cutting edge of biorefining science. and the other renewable industries, such as wind and solar, have enjoyed consistent support and are now extremely cost-effective and established as part of our renewable energy mix. AD and biogas should be given the same fair treatment now so that it can realise its huge potential towards decarbonising the UK economy by 2030. (Source: UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), PR, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association , Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3176 0503, enquiries@adbioresources.org www.adbioresources.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion news,  


Common Weal Offers Climate Change Solutions Plan (Int'l. Report)
Common Weal Scotland
Date: 2019-11-11
According to Glasgow-based Scottish think tank Common Weal's just released blueprint for a new Scottish Green Deal, Scotland should revolutionize global trading by replacing its value-added tax (VAT) with an environmental tax, introduce minimum pricing plans that reflect the true cost and damage of products to the planet, ban single use plastics and develop world-leading environmental standards on exports. The new plan also suggests it is time to rethink our addiction to polluting products.

The report rejects the idea that environmental issues can be fixed by individuals, claiming the causes of the environmental threats we face are structural, which means the solutions must be too. Researchers estimate the ambitious plans will take 25 years from start to finish to implement at an estimated cost of £170 billion over that period. (Source: Common Weal, The Independent, 9 Nov., 2019) Contact: Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, Dir., www.commonweal.scot

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


Empower HQ Being Constructed to LEED Gold Standard (Int'l Report)
LEED Gold,USGBC
Date: 2019-11-11
In Dubai, Empower, the district cooling service is reporting construction is underway on its $76.2 million headquarters in Al Jaddaf.

The 10-story mixed use office and residential building will be constructed to US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold Certification standard and is expected to be inaugurated in Q1 of 2021. (Source: Empower, MEP, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: Empower, www.empower.ae; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Dubai Empower,  Energy Efficiency LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


In Flanders Fields -- Lest We Forget Remembrance, Veterans Day

Date: 2019-11-11
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch, be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

Canadian physician Lt. Colonel John McCrae, 3 May, 2015


Brazil Lifts Sugarcane-for-Ethanol Farming Ban (Int'l Report)
Brazil Ethanol,UNICA
Date: 2019-11-11
In Brasilia, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is reported to have lifted a 2009 ban on sugarcane farming for ethanol production in the country's ecologically vulnerable and threatened Amazon and Pantanal tropical wetlands regions. Wednesday, a move that environmentalists say threatens the regions.

In response to considerable environmental group opposition to the lifting of the ban, The Brazilian Agriculture Ministry denied that the move undermines preservation of the Amazon and Pantanal regions and claimed the 2009 rule was "obsolete, because other laws had since been passed protecting those areas."

In Sao Paulo, the Sugarcane Industry Union (UNICA) added that the 2009 rule was "nothing more than bureaucratic scaffolding" and that "ethanol and all our products must be sustainable from beginning to end."

Brazil is the world's largest sugarcane producer, with more than 10 million hectares (24.7 million acres) planted in 2018, according to data from UNICA. (Source: UNICA, DFS, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: UNICA, atendimento@unica.com.br, www.english.unica.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNICA,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  


Market Research Hub Touts Green Diesel: Further Developments in the Alternative Fuel Space Report Available (Ind. Report)
Market Research Hub
Date: 2019-11-11
Market Research Hub is reporting the availability of its Green Diesel: Further Developments in the Alternative Fuel Space report.

According to the report, increasing petroleum prices, stricter government regulations, and an increasing global commitment to reduce green-house gases emission are driving the alternative fuels, biofuel, green diesel market.

Browse Complete Research Report HERE . Request Sample Report HERE . Report inquiries HERE . (Source: Market Research Hub, PR, Nov., 2019) Contact: Market Research Hub, 800-998-4852 , press@marketresearchhub.com, www.marketresearchhub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


African TDB, UNEP Tout Climate Finance Collaboration (Int'l Report)
UNEP,Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
Date: 2019-11-08
In Nairobi, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is reporting a Memorandun of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) establishing a framework for the joint commitment to addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, clean energy and other environmental issues and agendas.

The two institutions will cooperate on supporting eligible TDB Member States to access Green Climate Fund resources to enable them to adapt to the changing climate and develop along a low-emission pathway.

The African TDB is a multilateral, treaty-based development financial institution, with assets of $6 billion and the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance, asset management and advisory services. The Bank supports sustainable development, including the reduction of climate risks and expansion of clean energy -- in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, UN Environment Program, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, Michael Awori, COO, www.tdbgroup.org; UNEP, www.unenvironment.org

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


Saudi Aramco Joins WB Zero Routine Flaring Initiative (Int'l.)
Saudi Aramco
Date: 2019-11-08
Saudi Aramco reports it is joining Zero Routine Flaring by 2030, a World Bank climate collaboration initiative aimed at minimizing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.

According to the release, as a result of Saudi Aramco's reservoir management best practices, flaring minimization and energy efficiency programs, the Company's 2018 upstream carbon intensity figure is among the lowest globally at 10.2 kilograms of CO2 equivalent per barrel of oil equivalent.

Launched in April 2015, the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative brings together more than 80 governments, oil and gas companies, and development institutions from around the world to eliminate routine flaring by 2030. (Source: Saudi Aramco, PR, Asharq AliAwsat, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Aramco ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  World Bank,  


DOE Offers $4Mn for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (R&D, Funding)
US DOE EERE,
Date: 2019-11-08
The US DOE reports the availability of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative with up to $4 million funding for new projects to support manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation.

HPC4EI is seeking industry partners to work collaboratively with DOE's National Laboratories on projects that use high performance computing (HPC) to solve key technical challenges in the areas of manufacturing and mobility:

  • HPC for Manufacturing. High performance computing for manufacturing aims to advance innovative clean energy technologies, reduce energy and resource consumption, and infuse advanced computing expertise and technology into the manufacturing industry. The program seeks proposals that require HPC modeling and simulation to overcome impactful manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity.

  • HPC for Materials. High performance computing for materials aims to enhance the U.S. materials-development, fabrication, and manufacturing industries; and to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development and deployment of materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments. The program seeks proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials using HPC modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Eligibility for HPC4EI is limited to entities that manufacture products or operate systems in the United States. Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support computer cycles and work performed by the National Laboratory partners.

    Qualifying industry partner must contribute at least 20 pct of the funding for the project. Partners that have been previously funded under HPC4EI must provide at least 33.3 pct of the funding for the project.

    Since its inception in 2015, HPC4EI has funded 90 projects with more than 40 companies. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Green Car Congress, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Enel Building 280MW New Wind Capacity in S. Africa (Int'l.)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Enel Green Power RSA reports construction is underway on its 140 MW each, Karusa and Soetwater wind farms in Northern Cape province, South Adrica. The €200 million apiece projects are expectd to be completed and commissioned by the end of 2021.

    Enel is constructing 5 wind projects totaling roughly 700 MW in South Africa -- Karusa and Soetwatera, Nxuba and Oyster Bay in the Northern Cape, as well as Garob in the Eastern Cape -- all of which have 20-year PPAs with the South African energy utility Eskom, according to the Enel release. (Source: Enel Green Power, PR, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind,  South Africa Wind,  


    Pertamina Earmarks $2Bn for Geothermal Development (Int'l. Report)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Jakarta, Indonesian state oil and gas company PT Pertamina reports it will invest US$2 billion in the development of geothermal facilities in the coming six to seven years.

    The plan is in line with the company's commitment to achieve a 23 pct renewable energy mix target by 2025 and in accordance with Energy Law No. 30 of 2007.

    Pertamina will have an installed capacity of 670 gigawatts of electrical power from geothermal energy by 2020, raising to 100 gigawatts in 2025, according to a company release. (Source: Pertamina, Antara News, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Pertamina, Irfan Zainuddin, Pres., pge.pertamina.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina ,  Geothermal,  


    HiTech Employees Demand Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change, Google
    Date: 2019-11-08
    On a recent online petition, Google employees are calling on their company to issue a climate action plan that commits to zero emissions by 2030 and to refuse contracts that would support fossil fuels. Other tech giants Amazon and Microsoft employees have made similar demands on dealing with climate change and environmental responsibility. (Source: Various Media, ABC News, 5 Nov., 2019)

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


    Evanston Updates Climate Action Plan Progress (Ind. Report)
    City of Evanston
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Illinois, the city of Evanston, in coordination with several public interest organizations, is reporting the progress of the city's 2018 Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), a comprehensive guide against climate change.

    CARP objectives include building energy efficiency requirements, making the city of roughly 75,000 residents zero-waste by 2050 through recycling and composting programs and urging the federal government to impose a national carbon tax. (Source: Evanston City Council, The Daily Northwestern, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Evanston, Kumar Jensen, Sustainability and Resiliency Officer, www,cityofevanston.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Croatia Commits to Increasing Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
    Croatian Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy
    Date: 2019-11-08
    The Croatian Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy is projecting renewable energy will generate slightly more than 65 pct the country's energy by 2050 -- a step well above the present 28 pct.

    The move to renewables -- primarily solar and wind -- is in keeping with the country's effort to reduce its dependence on imported energy and increase energy security. To that end, Croatia aims to triple its wind energy capacities and boost solar capacities by a factor of 20 in the next 10 years. Source: Croatian Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, Balkan Green Energy News, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: Croatian Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, www.devex.com/organizations/ministry-of-environmental-protection-and-energy-croatia-125987

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    NZ Enacts Zero Carbon Climate Change Legislation (Int'l Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Wellington, the Liberal Government of New Zealand is reporting passage of a bipartisan Zero Carbon bill aimed at combating climate change and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

    The bill requires all greenhouse gases except methane from animals to be reduced to net zero by 2050. Methane emissions would be reduced by 10 pct by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050.

    The legislation establishes a Climate Change Commission to advise the government which has committed to plant 1 billion trees over 10 years and to ensure that the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy by 2035. The bill also aims to fulfil New Zealand's obligations under the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Source: Daily Independent, Others, Nov., 2019) Contact: New Zealand Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/hon-james-shaw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Risk,  New Zealand Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Vertimass Aviation Biofuel R&D Funded (R&D, Funding Report)
    Vertimass
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Irvine, California-based Vertimass LLC is reporting receipt of a cost-shared award of up to $1.4 million from the US DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to optimize and commercialize jet biofuel production compatible with the current jet fuel infrastructure.

    Existing US ethanol production plants currently have the capacity to produce approximately 16 billion gpy, a level that saturates current use as 10 pct blends with gasoline. However, the new Vertimass catalyst breaks that barrier by producing a hydrocarbon that can be blended at much higher levels. In addition, while ethanol has been traditionally considered too low in energy density for use as a jet fuel, the Vertimass catalyst can overcome that issue.

    Initial tests indicate the Vertimass fuels (Vertifuels) are compatible for blending with gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels with no engine modifications, but further tests are underway for ASTM certification.

    Vertimass is working with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), TechnipFMC, and the University of California, Riverside (UCR). (Source: Vertimass LLC, EngineerLive, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov › eere › bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Vertimass,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    CNG Fuels Expanding UK bio-CNG Supply Network (Int'l Report)
    CNG Fuels
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In the UK, West Midlands-based bio-CNG fuel supplier CNG Fuels reports plans to become the UK's first supplier of carbon-neutral fuel sourced 100 pct from renewable biomethane for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). Bio-CNG is the lowest-carbon and most cost-effective alternative to diesel for HGVs, cutting vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 85 pct and costs by 35-45 pct, according to the company.

    CBG Fuels sources biomethane from food waste but is in the process of securing supplies of biomethane from manure to create a net-zero emissions fuel (on a well-to-wheel basis). The company aims to begin offering carbon-neutral biomethane from 2021 and is also developing a nationwide network of public access HGV refueling stations on major truck routes.

    CNG Fuels began supplying RFTO-certified renewable biomethane three years ago. It is the UK's only dedicated provider of public access CNG refueling infrastructure. By spring 2020, it hopes to have six refueling stations in operation serving major trunk roads and cities, and capable of refueling up to 3,000 HGVs a day, according to the release. (Source: CNG Fuels, Bioenergy News, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: CNG Fuels, . Philip Fjeld, CEO, (+44) 07971 541 000, {startlink]info@cngfuels.com], www.cngfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG ,  Biomethane,  Methane,  Biofuel,  


    Energy Company Obligations: Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Future Trends (Report Attached)
    International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
    Date: 2019-11-08
    The Efficient World Scenario presented in the IEA's 2018 Energy Efficiency Market Report, demonstrates how increasing the global rate of energy efficiency from 1.6 pct per year to 2.2 pct per year can result in flat energy demand in the buildings sector, despite a projected 60 pct increase in floor area. Building codes and appliance standards are fundamental drivers of increased energy efficiency, and continued progress -- and expansion of coverage -- will be a priority. At the same time, these policies alone are unlikely to deliver the level of savings needed.

    "In this context, it is important to consider the role that market-based instruments can play in improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Market-based instruments have gained attention in the past few years as effective tools in the policy portfolio to deliver energy efficiency. The most prevalent market-based instrument, energy company obligations, has become particularly widespread. In 2017, 47 obligation programmes were in operation in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America."

    Download the IPEEC Energy Company Obligations: Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Future Trends report HERE. (Source: International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) Building Energy Efficiency Task Group, Nov., 2019) Contact: IPEEC, www.ipeec.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  


    HZ Windpower Touts New Giant Offshore Wind Turbine (Int'l. Report)
    HZ Windpower,
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In China, the science and technology bureau of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is reporting the development of a 10-MW offshore wind turbine with a 210-meter rotor diameter. The new H210-10MW turbine could generate about 40 million kWh of electricity per year, according to the release.

    The new wind turbine, which was developed by CSIC Haizhuang Wind Power (HZ Windpower) a subsidiary of the Beijing-based state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, will be installed at wind farms in the coastal provinces of Fujian and Guangdong.

    HZ Wind was established in 2004 and has $1.1 billion in assets and more than 1,000 employees globally. The company has three business segments includes wind farm investment, turbine supply and O&M engineering service globally. The company owns an operating wind farm in Iowa (US), HZ Wind USA, Inc. based in Iowa, and an R&D center in Denmark, according to its website. (Source: HZ Windpower, Xinhua, Nov., 2019) Contact: HZ Windpower, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/csic-haizhuang-wind-power, www.hzwindpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Valero Shuts Down Two Corn Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
    Valero Energy
    Date: 2019-11-08
    San Antonio-headquartere Valero Energy Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil processor by capacity, is reporting the temporary shutdown of its corn ethanol production facilities in Riga, Michigan and Bluffton, Indiana, due to "weak margins" and "market conditions". The plants will resume production "as soon as favorable economic conditions exit", according to the company's website. (Source: Valero Energy Corp., Bloomberg, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Energy,  Ethanol,  


    Indonesia Aims to Expand Palm Oil Fuel Production (Int'l Report)
    Indonesian National Energy Committee
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Speaking at the 15th Indonesian Palm Oil Conference recently held in Bali,the Indonesian National Energy Committee Secretary General Djoko Siswanto reported Indonesia is testing palm oil green fuel production at refineries in Dumai and Plaju, and looks to put bio-fuel, including aviation fuel products, on the market by 2022 or 2023.

    According to the statement, only 12 pct of the country's refineries produce bio-fuel and the industry is seeking domestic and foreign investors to build more refineries and expand production especially in regions close to oil palm plantations in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

    Separately, Indonesia's 30 pct biodiesel - petroleum blend policy will come into force in Jan. 2020, and will increase domestic palm oil consumption by roughly 3 million tpy. (Source: Indonesian National Energy Committee , VNA, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Indonesian National Energy Committee , +622 152921, www.den.go.id/index.php

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Palm Oil,  Green Fuel,  Indonesia Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


    NATSO Urging Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Opinions & Editorials)
    NATSO
    Date: 2019-11-08
    NATSO, the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry, issued the following statement with regard to a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), urging Democratic leadership to support extending the biodiesel tax credit and other clean energy tax extenders:

    "This letter is an extraordinary showing of support for the biodiesel tax credit and other clean energy tax policies. What is especially significant is the ideological and geographic diversity of the Democrats who signed this letter. Many of them have very difficult re-election campaigns ahead of them next year. The fact that lawmakers representing places such as Oklahoma City, Upstate New York, Salt Lake City, and Southern California -- areas far from the farming Midwest -- strongly support biofuels incentives underscores the economic and environmental benefits that these clean energy tax extenders bring to their communities. NATSO is grateful to Representatives Abby Finkenauer and Kendra Horn for their continued leadership on this important issue." (Source: NATSO, PR, The Central Virginian, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Relations, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, 703-739-8578, www.natso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


    DOE Issues 2019 Concentrated Solar Power R&D Awards (Ind. Report)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-11-08
    The U.S. DOE is reporting the funding selections for $128 million in new projects to advance solar technologies. Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office, DOE will fund 75 innovative research projects that will lower solar electricity costs while working to boost solar manufacturing, reduce red tape, and make solar systems more resilient to cyber attacks. Selections are in the following areas:
  • Photovoltaics Research and Development -- $23.6 million for 21 projects;

  • Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development -- $30 million for 13 research projects;

  • Balance of Systems Soft Cost Reduction -- $17.6 million for 19 research projects;

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $6.8 million for 7 research projects;

  • Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies -- $50 million for 15 research projects.

    Recipients list and other details are HERE.(Source: US DOE EERE, PR, reve, Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  DOE EERE,  Solar,  Concentrated Solarr,  


  • Chicago Ranked Tops in Green Office Space (Ind. Report)
    CBRE
    Date: 2019-11-08
    According to the 2019 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc., Maastricht University and the University of Guelph, Chicago is the nation's leader in energy-efficient office buildings for the third year in a row. The city added a near 2 pct gain over 2018, outranking San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles.

    The index analyzed green-certified office space across America's 30 largest office markets and found the highest in the index's history at 42.2 pct -- up from 41.9 pct from 2018. According to the report, 71.1 pct of Chicago's office buildings are market-certified green and hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification, or both.

    (Source: CBRE, Lawndale News, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: CBRE, National Green Building Adoption Index www.cbre.com/about/corporate-responsibility/pillars/environmental-sustainability/green building adoption index; CBRE, Corpcomm@cbre.com, www.cbre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  CGRE,  


    Notable Quote -- Sen. Chuck Grassley Comments on EPA, RFS
    Grassley,RFS
    Date: 2019-11-08
    "As the number one producer of corn, ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol, the renewable fuels industry is an important sector of Iowa's economy. It generates nearly $5 billion of Iowa's GDP, over $2.4 billion in household incomes and supports 47,000 jobs across Iowa.

    "President Trump made a commitment to Iowa and other biofuels producing states, and I look forward to seeing this promise fulfilled. The EPA shouldn't undercut President Trump's support of the Renewable Fuels Standard. I urge EPA to adjust the proposed supplemental rule to account for actual waived gallons using hard data from past practice to provide certainty to the marketplace." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a letter to EPA Dir. Wheeler this week on the EPA's proposed supplemental rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  RFS,  Ethanol,  


    Kintrex Indianapolis Landfill RNG Plant Underway (Ind. Report)
    Kinetrex Energy ,EDL North America
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Following up on our June 17th coverage, Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy reports work is underway on what the company claims will be the largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Indiana.

    Kinetrex is working with Australia-based sustainable energy producer EDL and South Side Landfill of Indianapolis on the $25 million project that will process landfill methane into about 8 million gpy of RNG transportation fuel. The new RNG plant is expected to be fully operational in January, 2020. (Source: Kintrex Energy, Inside Indiana, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDL North America, Jim Grant, CEO, (517) 208-0743, www.edlenergy.com; Kintrex, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Tesla Tops in Moody's Carbon Transition Assessment (Ind Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-11-08
    EV and energy storage specialist Tesla reports it has topped the list of 20 global auto manufacturer to receive the highest possible score on NYC-based Moody's Carbon Transition Assessments (CTAs). CTAs measures an auto company's ability to transition to a "low carbon future."

    Moody's uses a multi-point scale, CT-1 being the highest rating and CT-9 being the lowest, to determine a company's readiness to quickly transition to a cleaner vehicle that will emit zero emissions. (Source: Moody's, TESLARATI, 7 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  


    EMI Health Office Bldg Earns First ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    Nexant,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Salt Lake City, EMI Health reports its office building in Dalt Lake City has been awarded its first ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.

    The EPA awarded an ENERGY STAR Score of 88, meaning that this building performs better than 88 pct of its peers -- office buildings in the mountain west. Only 77 office buildings and 4 industrial plants in Utah have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior efficiency. ENERGY STAR is the foremost energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance. The following features contributed to the EMI building's performances:

  • a high efficiency Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating/cooling system;

  • entilation air is delivered by Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) that recover waste heat from the exhaust air flow and uses it to preheat the incoming fresh air;

  • 100 pct LED light fixtures that are controlled by day lighting and occupancy sensors;

  • the building shell is comprised of high performance glazing, well insulated walls and roof, and is tightly sealed;

  • HVAC system is properly commissioned and is scheduled to operate only when the building is occupied.

    Nexant, which carried out much of the buildings efficiency work, is a premier provider of technology enabled solutions to the Utility and Energy Industry focused on the next generation intelligent grid, distributed energy resources, and the digital customer experience. (Source: Nexant, PR, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Nexant, www.nexant.com

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


  • UK Export Finance Supports Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.)
    UK Export Finance
    Date: 2019-11-06
    London-based UK Export Finance, the UK's export credit agency, reports it is issuing a £230 million finance guarantee to support construction of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm in the Taiwan Strait.

    The Formosa 2 project, which is led by Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy, will incorporate 47 new wind turbines and generate 376 mw of green energy.

    As a result of UKEF's support for this project, UK companies will be involved in the construction of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm, helping to unlock the export potential of this growing sector of the UK economy. The Taiwanese government is aiming to generate 20 pct of its power from renewable sources by 2025. (Source: UK Export Finance, Business Leader, Nov., 2019) Contact: UK Export Finance, Louis Taylor, CEO, https://twitter.com/UKEF, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Export Finance,  Taiwan Wind,  Formosa 2,  

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