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IEDA Supports 34 mgpy Iowa Renewable Diesel Plant (Ind. Report)
owa Economic Development Authority
Date: 2019-02-25
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board reports it has awarded tax benefits from the High Quality Jobs (HQJ) program to ReadiFuels-Iowa, LLC -- a newly created entity started by Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) and C&N Biofuels LLC. The company will utilize various feedstocks to produce approximately 34 million gpy of renewable diesel and renewable naphtha.

ReadiFuels-Iowa plans to construct a new $58.7 million production facility utilizing existing infrastructure at a partially abandoned property near Hull in Sioux County. ReadiFuels-Iowa, LLC is a newly created entity started by Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) and C&N Biofuels, LLC. The company will utilize a variety of feedstocks to produce approximately 34 million gallons of renewable diesel and renewable naphtha annually -- the first facility of its kind in the Hawkeye State.

ReadiFuels-Iowa plans to construct a new production facility utilizing existing infrastructure at a partially abandoned property near Hull in Sioux County. (Source: IEDA, PR, 24 Feb., 2019) Comtact: IEDA, iowaeconomicdevelopment.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ReadiFuels,  Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  


Valmet Renews Croatian Woody Biomass Plant O&M Agreement (Int'l)
Valmet
Date: 2019-02-25
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Corp and Uni Viridas are reporting the signing of a ten-year operation and maintenance agreement for the biomass power plant in Babina Greda, Croatia. The companies began working together in 2011, and in 2015 Valmet began to operate and maintain the biomass power plant on behalf of the customer. Valmet and Uni Viridas will continue their cooperation and maximize the plant's performance until 2029.

The biomass power plant, delivered by Valmet, is a fluidized bed boiler -- BiowerPower 8 -- plant with an electrical output of up to 10 MWel and a heat output of up to 16 MWth. The fuel utilized is forest wood and wood chips.

Uni Viridas d.o.o. is a special-purpose entity of Unit Investment N.V. in Croatia. Unit Investment has the vision of increasing efficiency in primary material use, respecting the environment, creating employment, raising social awareness, and hence, contributing to economies. (Source: Valmet, PR, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Valmet, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass ,  


Maryland Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Launched (Reg & Leg)
Maryland Energy Administration
Date: 2019-02-22
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) reporting the launch of the Tax Year 2019 Maryland Energy Storage Income Tax Credit (ITC) Program to encourage the deployment of both commercial and residential energy storage systems in the "Old Line State."

The MEA program may award up to $750,000 in energy storage tax credits on a first come, first served basis while funding is available. MEA is currently reserving $300,000 for residential taxpayers and $450,000 for commercial taxpayers. If either of the reserved funding allocations become oversubscribed, eligible applicants will be placed onto a wait list as long as funding remains in the other funding allocation. Under no circumstances will more than $750,000 in energy storage income tax credit certificates be awarded in a single Tax Year. MEA will offer this program for Tax Years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, (410) 537-4000, energystorage.mea@maryland.gov, https://energy.maryland.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Vermont County Offers Energy Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
Efficiency Vermont
Date: 2019-02-22
Efficiency Vermont is reporting a partnership with the Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) and other Vermont organizations provide free energy efficiency assessments for Addison County businesses. The program is aimed at helping business in the county identify and rectify energy efficiency shortfalls and save on energy costs. The program is part of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative,

ACEDC is offering to support this initiative with grant funding and will make $1,000 available to Addison County for-profit businesses. The agency will make between one and five grants ranging from $200 to $1,000. The business must match the grant 1:1 and the project must get underway within two months and completed within six months of the grant award. (Source: Efficiency Vermont, Addison County Economic Development Corp., Addison County Independent, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: Addison County Economic Dev. Corp., Fred Kenney, fkenney@addisoncountyedc.org, www.addisoncountyedc.org; Efficiency Vermont, 888-921-5990, www efficiencyvermont.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Vermont,  Energy Efficiency,  


National City Set for Energy Conserv. Project Launch (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-02-22
In the Golden State, National City -- in the San Diego metropolitan area -- reports it is set to launch a citywide energy and water conservation project expected to save $5.6 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.

The project is being funded by a $1.8 million bond designed to allow public agencies to finance renewable energy projects and took out a $3.7 million tax-exempt lease to pay for the project upfront. The city plans to pay off the lease and bond over the next 25 years with the savings generated by the lower consumption of energy and water at the 12 city facilities included in the project.

The project work to be completed includes:

  • Rooftop solar panels installed at City Hall, the police station, the public library, a fire station, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community and ARTS centers;

  • Low-flush toilets and urinals put in place in restrooms at almost all of the 12 facilities, including Las Palmas and Kimball parks and the Kimball Senior and Manuel Portillo Casa de Salud Youth centers;

  • Upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment at almost all locations, excluding Las Palmas and Kimball parks;

  • Irrigation controllers at eight facilities, excluding the Kimball Senior Center, Fire Station 34, the Public Works Department and the Casa de Salud Center.

    The project , which is expected to get under before the month end, has been in the works since 2014, when the city partnered with Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency specialist Ameresco , which will carryout the project work. (Source: San Diego Union Tribune, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


  • WELTEC BIOPOWER Claims Large UK Biogas Plant Order (Int'l)
    WELTEC BIOPOWER
    Date: 2019-02-22
    Vechta, Germany-headquartered biogas plant specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it has begun construction of a biomethane plant for Lane Farm Energy Ltd (fka Norwood Energy Ltd.) near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK. The gas-to-grid project developed by Aqua Consultants. The plant will go live in late 2019 and deliver c7.3 million m2 of biomethane to the UK gas distribution network. This amount of eco-friendly natural gas equivalent is sufficient to supply about 9,600 households with sustainable energy, 24/7.

    Biomethane plants such as Lane Farm Energy will play an increasingly important role in the UK national energy mix. Compared to coal or oil, the biomethane production from leftovers enables carbon savings of about 90 pct, according to the company.

    "With the UK needing to boost energy security post-Brexit, and to re-balance its energy mix to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement, recovering clean, reliable biomethane from organic wastes and injecting it into the gas grid is a crucial piece of the energy jigsaw. The provision of sustainable renewable heat and transport fuel from wastes means that biomethane will surely be further promoted by forward-thinking Governments. Biomethane plants are the epitome of the sustainable circular economy," the company notes. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Ann Borries +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220 presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biomethane,  Landfill Gas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    TOTAL Touts Joint Bid for French Offshore Wind Asset (Int'l, M&A)
    Total, Elicio,Orsted
    Date: 2019-02-22
    Paris-headquartered French energy major TOTAL reports it is partnering with Denmark's Orsted and renewable energy producer Elicio in a joint bid for the 600MW capacity Dunkirk offshore wind project in France.

    TOTAL's previous renewable energy ventures include its $1.3 billion acquisition of SunPower and purchase of a 23 pct stake in solar and wind energy producer Total Eren.

    TOTAL notes it plans to invest between $1.5 and $2 billion $2bn per in low-carbon electricity with a target of about 10 GW of installed capacity by 2022. (Source: TOTAL, Reuters, Business Day, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: TOTAL, Philippe Sauquet, www.total.com/en; Elicio, +32 59 56 97 00, +32 59 56 97 01 - fax.,info@elicio.be, https://elicio.be/en; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  TOTAL,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    APS Plans 1GW Solar, Battery Resources by 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2019-02-22
    Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it will add 850 MW of battery storage and 100 MW or more of solar generation by 2025. To that end, APS will equip existing utility-owned solar projects with 200 MW of batteries, deploy 500 MW of new battery resources, and contract for 150 MW of third party-owned storage. This work builds on the dispatchable 50-MW battery and 65-MW solar power project APS is building with First Solar that is scheduled for completion in 2021.

    Initially, APS has selected Invenergy to install 141 MW of new battery systems at six solar sites, with the first expected to begin service by the summer of 2020. The remaining retrofits will be completed by 2021. According to its website, APS expects 15 pct of its electric power mix to be from renewables by 2025. (Source: APS, gtm, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: APS, Brad Albert, VP Resource Management, www.aps.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service,  Solar,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Zenobe Energy Scores £25Mn from Japanese Power Majors (Int'l)
    Zenobe Energy,Tokyo Electric Power
    Date: 2019-02-22
    UK battery storage firm Zenobe Energy reports it has secured a £25 million ($32.6Mn US) investment from Japanese power giants Jera and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). The new funds, which are earmarked for expansion purposes, are in addition to £45.5 million of equity already invested into Zenobe over the course of the last 18 months and a further £30 million of senior debt facilities provided by Santander and Generation IM.

    Zenobe, which has around 73MW of operational storage assets, is developing various new service offerings, which the company said would counter controversial charging reforms proposed by Ofgem, and is also providing flexible power solutions for electric bus depots, with an eye on expanding this offering to commercial EV operators. (Source: Zenobe Energy, current+-, Feb., 2019)Contact: Zenobe Energy, Nicholas Beatty, co-founder, +44 (0) 203 912, 7853contact@zenobe.co.uk, www.zenobe.co.uk; Tokyo Electric Power, www7.tepco.co.jp

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


    Washington Post Asks "Can the Green New Deal Make it Through Congress? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-02-22
    As previously reported, the ambitious 10-year Green New Deal proposal recently released by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Mass. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D) calls for an economy-wide effort to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. The non-binding proposal basically combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch nearly every American and overhaul the economy.

    On 21 Feb, the Washington Post asked "Can the Green New Deal make it through Congress? -- "Passing a climate policy in the United States to combat climate change has long been politically challenging because it is opposed by powerful, well-financed groups such as fossil-fuel companies, electric utilities and automakers, research shows, and these groups have driven ideological polarization on climate policy. In a paper, my co-authors and I (Leah Stokes) show that congressional offices that meet with and receive funds from fossil-fuel organizations are more likely to believe the public does not want action on climate change.

    "Congress has not passed a climate bill in a decade. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last shepherded a cap-and-trade bill, aimed at reducing carbon emissions, through the House in 2009. That bill failed in the Senate after protracted negotiations with fossil-fuel industries.

    "Despite successes in some states in the early 2000s, sub-national climate policy also has stalled. In Washington state, for example, the public voted down a ballot initiative in November that would have imposed a small tax on carbon pollution." -- The Washington Post

    Download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: Washington Post, Leah Stokes, 21 Feb, 2019) Contact: Sen. Ed Markey, 617-565-8519, www.markey.senate.gov; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter https://twitter.com/AOC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Climate Change,  


    GroundMetrics Applies Deep Learning to CCS Monitoring (Ind Report)
    GroundMetrics
    Date: 2019-02-22
    San Diego-based electromagnetic sensor system company and oil and gas technology pioneer GroundMetrics Inc reports it will use proprietary sensor systems and machine learning to monitor CO2 in the subsurface through a new project awarded by the US DOE.

    In partnership with the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory LBNL) and Expero Inc., GroundMetrics will develop a continuous sequestered carbon monitoring system to measure resistivity changes in the subsurface. The system will help carbon sequestration managers monitor CO2 saturation and thus provide time and cost-effective insight into how the CO2 is being distributed underground and whether it is leaking.

    GroundMetrics offers full-field survey and monitoring services as well as partnership opportunities to oil and gas, geophysical service, and mineral exploration companies. (Source: GroundMetrics, Inc., PR, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: GroundMetrics, George Eiskamp, CEO, Jessie Kaffai, (858) 381-4155, jkaffai@)groundmetrics.com, www.groundmetrics.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Argentinian Aluminium Co. Touts Wind Park Startup (Int'l Report)
    Aluar Aluminio Argentino
    Date: 2019-02-22
    In Buenos Aires, Argentinian aluminium producer Aluar Aluminio Argentino SAIC is reporting commissioning of the 50.4-MW Parque Eolico Aluar wind park in Chubut province.

    The facility incorporates 14 Vestas wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for more than 70,000 homes. A second phase of the same project is currently under construction with 17 wind turbines totaling 61 MW. The third stage will add 14 wind turbines totaling 53 MW. (Source: Aluar Aluminio Argentino, PR, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Aluar Aluminio Argentino,+5411.47258000, www.aluar.com.ar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    DTE, Ford Partner on Detroit Wind Energy Project (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2019-02-22
    In the Motor City, Ford Motor Co. reports it has committed to 100 pct renewable energy to power its Dearborn Truck Plant and several other buildings in metro Detroit. To that end, DTE Energy Co.'s MIGreenPower program will supply approoximately 500,000 mWh of wind power, enough to power about 225,000 homes, to Ford.

    Ford is the first industrial company to take advantage of the DTE MIGreenPower program under which customers pay a premium to support renewable energy capacity. Michigan's 2016 energy law mandated utilities to create a green pricing program for customers.

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Ford,  Wind,  


    National Grid's Revolution Wind PPA Awaits Approval (Reg & Leg)
    National Grid,Orsted,Deepwater Wind
    Date: 2019-02-22
    National Grid, an electricity, natural gas and clean energy delivery company serving New York, Mass. and Rhode Island, reports it is awaiting regulatory approval of a 20-year PPA for energy from the new, 400-MW Revolution Wind offshore wind farm.

    Originally developed by Providence-based Deepwater Wind, Revolution Wind was acquired by Orsted in a $510 million deal last autumn. The 50-turbine project, which is sited between Block Island, R.I. and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., is slated to get underway in 2020 for startup in 2023 when it will generate sufficient power for more than 270,000 Rhode Island homes annually. (Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Executive, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Deepwater Wind,  Orsted,  National Grid,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    $1Bn Added to Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (Int'l Report)
    Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-22
    Reporting from Canberra, the Australian liberal coalition government Environment Minister Melissa Price has announced a more than $1 billion addition to the government's Emissions Reduction Fund, which has been depleted from an initial $2.5bn to about $226 million.

    The new funds will cover a tree-planting and soil carbon improvement effort while offering practical benefits for farmers and regional communities, according to the releae. (Source: Australia Environment Minister Melissa Price, The Australian, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: Australia Environment Minister Melissa Price, www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=249308

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Australia Clime Chamge,  


    Notable Quote from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-22
    "Climate change is the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization, and the effects of warming can be hard to predict and self-reinforcing. We need to avoid a worldwide refugee crisis by waging a war for climate justice through the mobilization of our population and our government. This starts with the United States being a leader on the actions we take both globally and locally." -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Contact: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter https://twitter.com/AOC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez news,  


    $2Bn Mewthanol Plant Slated for Grand Prairie (Ind. Report)
    Nauticol Energy
    Date: 2019-02-22
    Further to our October 12, 2018 coverage, in oil soaked Alberta, Calgary-headquartered Nauticol Energy Ltd. is reporting construction of the first phase of its previously announced $2 billion methanol plant near Grande Prairie will get underway in 2020 for commissioning in 2022.

    The government will support this project through $80-million in royalty credits. The plants is expected to be the largest methanol plant in Canada. (Source: Nauticol Energy, renewsNOW, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: Nauticol Energy, Mark Tonner, CEO, (587) 393-7710, www.nauticolenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nauticol Energy,  Methanol,  


    Kinder Morgan Expanding Chicago Ethanol Hub Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Kinder Morgan
    Date: 2019-02-22
    Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc reports will expand loading capacity at its ethanol terminal in Chicago to address producer concerns that trade at the terminal – a benchmark for global ethanol prices.

    The company plans to double the amount of ethanol barges that can load and unload at its two existing Argo docks. The company is also considering a third petrochemical-ethanol dock and will construct a new 50,000 bpd per-ethanol storage tank at its Stony Island rail facility. The additions are expected beforew the year end.

    One of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, Kinder Morgan, Inc. specializes in owning and controlling oil and gas pipelines and terminals. (Source: Kinder Morgam, Reuters, KTIC, 20 Feb., 2019) Contact: Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Ethanol,  


    Calif. Prison Clinic Wins USGBC LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-22
    In Sacramento, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports the new 28,100 square-foot Central Health Services building at California State Prison has earned US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification Gold certification for its energy-saving and environmental conservation features that will reduce energy costs by 46 pct. The medical clinic's sustainability features include:

  • clerestory windows that allow more natural light into the building to reduce electrical lighting needs and energy costs;

  • efficient water fixtures that cut indoor water use by 27 pct;

  • recycling or reusing 94 pct of construction waste, nearly eliminating use of landfills;

  • use of adhesives, coatings and paint with low levels of smog-forming organic compounds;

  • increased ventilation and high-efficiency filters to increase the flow of fresh air;

  • upgrading all systems beyond standards required by building codes to maximize efficiency of the systems.

    The health facility is the 61st CDCR-owned facility to be LEED-certified and the 10th to be certified at the Gold level. In 2008, CDCR adopted an environmental sustainability program to reduce emissions and its carbon footprint, to conserve water and to generate energy from renewable sources. (Source: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PR, corrections.com, 21 Feb, 2019) Contact: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, www.cdcr.ca.gov; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Increased EIB Funds for EU Residential Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    European Local Energy Assistance
    Date: 2019-02-22
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility will receive €97 million in new EC funding to support residential building energy-efficiency investments in both privately and publicly owned housing. The ELENA facility is focused on accelerating the energy-efficiency refurbishment of housing.

    Project development services will mostly be directed towards households and homeowner associations and other organizations, such as financial institutions (including commercial banks). Public entities may also be supported with the implementation of large-scale energy rehabilitation programs. The grants are distributed through commercial banks.

    In December, 2018, EU member states agreed to cut energy consumption by 32.5 pct by 2030 compared to 1990. The target implies huge investments, especially in residential buildings, which account for around 40 pct of the EU's final energy demand.(Source: EIB, Budapest Business Journal, Feb., 2019)Contact: European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA), www.eib.org/en/products/advising/elena/index.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EIB,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Spain adds new 392 MW of wind power capacity in 2018

    Date: 2019-02-22
    February 21 (Renewables Now) - Spain increased its wind power capacity by 392 MW, or 1.69% on the year, to a total of 23,484 MW in 2018, according to data provided by the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) on Wednesday. The Canary Islands led the last year’s growth by installing 190 MW of new capacity, followed by Aragon with 90 MW, Galicia with 68 MW, Andalusia with 30 MW, Castile-La Mancha with 10.37 MW and Catalonia with 2.35 MW. Castile and Leon takes the first spot among all reagions in Spain with an installed capacity of 5,595 MW and 244 wind parks in operation. Castile-La Mancha and Galicia rank second and third with 3,817 MW and 3,422 MW, respectively. The Community of Madrid, Spain’s North African enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, the Balearic Islands and Extremadura are at the bottom of the ranking. Last week, Extremadura switched on its first wind farm, the 40-MW Merengue park built by Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY). Spain has 23,308 wind turbines spinning across 1,123 wind parks distributed over 807 municipalities. Wind power generated 48,902 GWh in 2018, a 2.9% year-on-year increase, covering 19% of demand, the AEE said, citing data by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE). The association expects more than 3,000 MW on new capacity to be connected over the course of 2019, based on the ecological transition ministry’s data on approved facilities.


    Fossil Fuel Soot Contributes to Arctic Ice Melting (Ind. Report)
    Black Carbon
    Date: 2019-02-22
    According to the US EPA, black carbon (soot), which originates from the burning of fossil fuels, directly absorbs incoming sunlight and heats the atmosphere. In snowy places, soot deposits can absorb the sun's heat, rather then deflect it back into the atmosphere, and thus increase the rate of Arctic melting.

    Now, a new 5-year search study has found that fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon 9ssot). The research, which collected raw data in Alaska, Russia, Canada, Sweden, and Norway, found that fossil fuel combustion was responsible for most of the black carbon in the Arctic, annually around 60 pct. The findings are an important call to decrease worldwide fossil fuel consumption.

    The study is published in the journal Science Advances, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Interesting Engineering, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: American Association for the Advancement of Science, www.aaas.org

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


    Restalk Plans California Cannabis Waste Bio-Refinery (Ind. Report)
    Restalk,Circular Systems
    Date: 2019-02-22
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles-based Restalk Inc., a company focused on diversifying technologies and applications for cannabis bio-waste, reports the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Circular Systems, a social purpose company focused on transforming food crop waste into high value fiber for various industrial applications.

    Under the LoI, the two companies will undertake multiple joint venture projects to facilitate the development and scaling of Circular Systems' "Agraloop™" biomass processing technologies.

    The "Agraloop-Restalk" joint venture's primary activity will be processing cannabis and other agricultural waste biomass starting with waste generated within the Americas, particularly Northern California. The Agraloop Bio-Refinery pilot mill will develop strategically geolocated infrastructure. Which includes mobile and regional processing equipment to provide value added bio-mass focusing on up-cycling female cannabis waste as well as other regional biomass feedstocks including: industrial hemp, soy straw, wheat straw, rice straw, almond shells/hulls, and wool.

    The initial project is being coordinated with the assistance of the University of California, as well as Fibershed, a non profit organization focused on propelling sustainable and regenerative fiber production. (Source: Restalk Inc., Feb., 2019 Contact: Restalk Inc., Lucas Hildebrand, Pres., info@restalk.org, www.restalk.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cannabis,  Biomass,  Bio-waste,  


    TOTAL Plans Major Offshore Wind Energy Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    Elicio,TOTAL,Orsted
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The Paris-headquartered French oil giant TOTAL reports it has teamed up with Denmark's Orsted and the Belgian firm Elicio NV in a bid for a 600 MW farm in the English Channel, off the coast of Dunkirk. The acquisition, which would be the oil major's first major foray into wind power after past investments in solar, is in line with its "strategy to develop low-carbon electricity business in Europe," the company said. (Source: TOTAL, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Elicio NV, +32 59 56 97 00, +32 59 56 97 01-fax., info@elicio.be, www.elicio.be/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Total,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    German Wind Tower Specialist Goes Broke (Int'l Report)
    Ambau
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Cuxhaven, Germany=based on- and offshore wind tower manufacturer Ambau reports it has applied to the Cuxhaven District Court to open insolvency proceedings. Ambau maintains plants at the port of Cuxhaven in Lower Saxony and Grafenhainichen in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. The company shuttered its facility in Bremen in October, 2016.

    The company is reportedly still seeking investors to enable the continuance of business including a May, 2018 order for 50 onshore wind turbine towers from from Nordex. (Source: Ambau, Various Media, Windpower Monthly, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ambau, +49 4721 5912-400, sales@ambau.com, www.ambau.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ambau,  Wind,  Wind Tower,  


    McGill Biomass Cluster Scores $7Mn for Biomass R&D (Funding)
    BioFuelNet Canada,McGill
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In Montreal, McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is reporting receipt of a $7 million investment in the Biomass Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Cluster, which is led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network, will include an additional $3.1 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $10.1 million for biomass R&D.

    BioFuelNet Canada is a network that brings together the Canadian biofuels research community to aggressively address the challenges impeding the growth of an advanced biofuels industry, while focusing on non-food biomass as biofuel feedstocks. BioFuelNet includes renowned, multi-disciplinary experts from academia, government, industry and investment working together in a concerted and synergistic way. This group is working to develop and apply novel and innovative science, engineering and socio-economic strategies that will enhance environmental sustainability for future generations. (Source:BioFuelNet Canada Website, , McGill University, Montreal Gazette, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: McGill University, 514.398.4455, www.mcgill.ca; BioFuelNet Canada, Dr. Donald L. Smith, CEO, (514) 398-7861, www.biofuelnet.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioFuelNet Canada,  Biomass,  


    EU Agrees on Heavy Truck Emissions Standards (Int'l, Reg & leg)
    EU
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The EU's 28 member states have reportedly reached a provisional agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks by 30 pct by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. If formally approved, the rules would be the first-ever standards governing truck pollution in the bloc.

    With this agreement, overall truck emissions will now have to be slashed by 30 pct by the end of the next decade, with a 15 pct benchmark as a stepping stone in 2025. Manufacturers failing to meet the goals will be fined an "emissions premium" penalty.

    The 2030 target will now be a binding goal but a review will be made in 2022, where Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and clean mobility advocates will hope for more ambitious reductions. (Source: DW, EURACTIV, Others, 19 Feb., 2019)

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    JERA Investing in UK Battery Energy Storage Specialist (Int'l)
    Zenobe Energy,JERA Co.
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In the Land of the Rising Sun, Tokyo-based JERA Co, a fuel trading JV between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, reports it is partnering with TEPCO Power Grid and will invest £25 million ($32 million) in London, UK-headquartered battery storage specialist Zenobe Energy.

    Zenobe Energy supplies, finances, owns and operates battery storage assets and is one of the largest owners and operators of battery storage in Britain, with a capacity of approximately 73 MW, according to JERA. (Source: JERA Co. Website, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: JERA Co., www.jera.co.jp/english; Zenobe Energy, contact@zenobe.co.uk, +44 (0) 2039127853, www.zenobe.co.uk

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    E.ON Announces Major Hungarian Solar Installation (Int'l)
    E.ON
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Utility giant E.ON is reporting plans to construct and operate Europe's largest photovoltaic system on the rooftops of two Audi Hungaria logistic centres in Gyor, Hungary. The installations will incorporate 35,000 solar cells covering about 160,000 square meters, and generate more than 9.5 GWh of electricity -- sufficient electric power for 5,000 households. (Source: E.OM, Emerging Europe News, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, Karsten Wildberger, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com

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    AREAM Snares Windwaerts' 11.75-MW German Wind Park (M&A, Int'l)
    Windwaerts Energie GmbH
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Hanover, Germany-headquartered renewables developer Windwaerts Energie GmbH is reporting the sale of its 11.75-MW, Enercon turbine equipped Dueste II wind farm in Lower Saxony to a fund run by German asset manager AREAM GmbH. Dueste II is an extension to the Dueste wind farm previously acquired by AREAM.

    AREAM will manage the Dueste II facility while Windwaerts will be in charge of the technical management under a long-term contract. The five-turbine extension came online in mid-January 2019 and has a long-term PPA secured in one the Federal Network Agency's (BNetzA) regular renewable energy tenders. Dueste and Dueste II together can generate approximately 50 million kWh per year while offsetting 26,350 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Windwaerts Energie GmbH, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Windwaerts Energie GmbH, +49 511 1235730, www.windwaerts.de: AREAM, +49 211 3020 6040, www.aream-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind M&A,  


    EIB, CaixaBank Partner to Finance Climate Change Projects (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank,CaixaBank
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Valencia-based CaixaBank S.A., formerly Criteria CaixaCorp,reports it is partnering with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to launch its first credit line of up to €30 million to finance climate action-focused projects.

    The new loans are intended for individuals, the self-employed, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), mid-caps, and public sector bodies. The credit line has been set at €12.5 million for SMEs and individuals, and a maximum of €25 million for mid-caps, with maturity periods between two to eight years. (Source: European Investment Bank, CleanTechnica, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org; CaixaBank, www.caixabank.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Climate Change,  


    Vineyard Wind Proposes 1,200MW NY Offshore Project (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-02-20
    US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting a new "Liberty Wind", 1,200 MW offshore wind project proposal in response to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) solicitation of offshore wind project proposals.

    The new proposal includes project size options of 400 MW, 800 MW, and 1,200 MW -- with the 1,200 MW project described by the company as "the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers and one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world."

    The proposed project would be sited 85 miles offshore from the nearest New York shoreline and be sub-sea connected to an existing Long Island substation. Vineyard Wind is collaborating with Wakefield, Massachusetts-based transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners.

    Vineyard Wind is an offshore wind development company 50 pct owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and 50 pct owned by Avangrid Renewables, part of the IBERDROLA Group. (Source: CleanTechnica, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Anbaric, Ed Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Vineyard Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Asia-Pacific Installed 24.9 GW new Onshore Wind in 2018 (Int'l)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-02-20
    According to recent data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the total installed onshore wind power capacity in the Asia-Pacific region is now 256 GW. Leading countries in the region for onshore wind turbines installations in 2018 were China (21.2 GW) and India (2.2 GW). The surge for wind energy in Asia-Pacific is expected to continue with GWEC forecasting over 145 GW of new onshore wind farm capacity to be installed by 2023.

    According to the GWEC, the top three onshore wind farm markets in Asia-Pacific in 2018 were: China -- 21.2 GW (preliminary); India -- 2.2 GW, and Australia -- 0.549 GW.

    China installed the most onshore wind farm capacity during 2018 in Asia-Pacific and globally. GWEC expects China to remain the largest onshore wind turbines market in the future. However, other markets are developing and with auctions progressing in India, new onshore wind power capacity installations could exceed 5 GW annually in India. The GWEC's full Global Wind Report report is slated for release this coming April. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, reve, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Global Wind Energy Council,  


    Utility Touts Jackson Smart Energy District Project (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2019-02-20
    Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is touting plans for the Jackson Smart Energy District, an efficient, affordable, clean energy hub aiming to achieve the utility's 2040 Clean Energy goals 15 to 20 years ahead of schedule.

    To that end, Consumers will work with private businesses and the city of Jackson to reduce the four square block Jackson Smart Energy District's carbon emissions by 90 pct by using on-site solar panels, battery energy storage, energy management, EV charging and advanced energy efficiency technologies.

    Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, recently dedicated Michigan's first rooftop solar array and battery storage system in the Circuit West energy district of Grand Rapids.

    Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, supplies natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million Michigan residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.ConsumersEnergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/jacksonenergydistrict

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy ,  


    Eni, RenOils to Promote Waste Cooking Oil Biofuel (Int'l)
    Eni, RenOils
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In Italy,Rome-headquartered biofuel producer Consorzio Eni reports it has inked a letter of intent (LOI) with RenOils to collaborate on the recovery of used vegetable -- cooking oils for biofuel production. The LOI includes information and environmental education campaigns to outline and promote the benefits of reusing oil to produce fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels.

    The deal is intended to increase collection and proper disposal of used household oils that are currently wasted. In 2018 almost 75,000 tonnes of food service and industrial waste food and cooking oils were collected -- about 25 pct of oil produced in Italy, according to Eni which operates biorefineries in Venice, at Porto Marghera, and Gela. (Source: Eni, Biofuels Int'l, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: RenOils, +39 02 4570 3058, www.renoils.it; Eni, +39 06 598 21, Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en_IT/innovation/technological-platforms/waste-to-fuel.page

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RenOils,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Mercurius Biorefinery Slated for Queensland, Australia (Int'l)
    Mercurius
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In the Land Down Under, the Queensland State government reports it has given the nod and has funded a biorefinery pilot plant in Gladstone. The 3-month pilot biorefinery will be the trail site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural and forestry waste. Construction is due to begin this month and will be carried out by Bellinham, Washington-based Mercurius Biofuels LLC.

    Depending on the pilots success, Mercurius plans to construct a larger demonstration plant, which would scale up production of biofuels and bio-chemicals, according to a company statement.

    Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA.

    REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include waste from municipalities (e.g. biogenic portion of MSW), forestry and agriculture. (Source: Mercurius, Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mercurius , Karl Seck, Res., CEO, (360) 941-7207, www.mercuriusbiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercurius,  Cellulosic,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    South African National Assembly Adopts Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
    South Africa
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The National Assembly of South Africa reports it has adopted a Carbon Tax Bill that, if approved by the National Council of Provinces, will come into law beginning 1 June, 2019.

    The Carbon Tax Bill follows the "polluter-pays" principle and will ensure that the cost of damage caused by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are included in the price of high carbon-emitting goods and services. Under the bill, a number of tax-free allowances will apply during the first phase and will be capped at 95 pct. An initial headline tax rate of 120 Rands (1 Rand = $0.71 US) per tonne CO2 equivalent (CO2e) and various tax-free allowances will thus result in an effective tax rate that will vary between R6 and R48 per tonne of CO2e.

    South Africa's emissions are expected to peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau between 2025 and 2035, and decline thereafter.(Source: BusinessLive, BusinessDay, 19 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Notable Quote, Carbon Tax
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-02-20
    "Climate change poses the greatest threat to humankind and SA (South Africa) intends to play its role as part of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement." -- Mondli Gungubele , South Africa Deputy Minister of Finance

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Top 10 Cities with World's Largest Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim has compiled a list of the carbon footprints of 13,000 cities worldwide, determining that the emissions are highly concentrated in a small number of crowded, high-income cities and affluent suburbs. The Global Gridded Model of Carbon Footprints study, released in 2018, can help identify where actions to combat climate change are more desperately needed, says Dan Moran, lead author and principal investigator on the

    In first place, the city with the world's largest estimated carbon footprints is: Seoul, South Korea -- pop. 21,254,000; followed by in descending order Guangzhou, China -- pop. 44,309,000; New York City, U.S. -- pop. 13,648,000, Hong Kong, China -- pop. 6,029,000; Los Angeles, California, U.S. -- pop. 13,482,000; Shanghai, China -- pop. 23,804,000; Singapore, Country of Singapore -- pop. 5,235,000; Chicago, U.S. -- pop. 7,260,000; Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan -- pop. 32,999,000; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- pop. 5,747,000, in 10th place.

    Download report details HERE. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, US News, Feb., 2019) Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, https://www.ntnu.edu

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


    PNNL Seeking Algae Bioenergy, Biofuel Collaborations (Ind Report)
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The U.S. DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reports it is seeking algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks.

    PNNL leads the Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Verification (DISCOVR) project that employs the unique complementary capabilities of the four participating national laboratories -- Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratorie -- sand the outdoor testbed at the Arizona Center for Algal Technology and Innovation to identify and test high productivity microalgae strains for year-round outdoor cultivation. The goal is to provide a framework to accelerate meeting DOE's advanced biofuel goals with microalgae.

    "A key cost driver for algae biofuels is productivity, which is directly tied to which algae strain is chosen and how it's cultivated," said Taraka Dale, a scientist at LANL. "By collaborating with industry and academia, we aim to bring together the best of the best strains and cultivation strategies to rapidly boost productivity and reduce costs."

    "So far, we have tested more than 40 new microalgae strains and identified strains with up to 34 percent greater biomass productivity than benchmark strains," said Huesemann. "The success of the DISCOVR strain down selection and testing pipeline was demonstrated in 2018 by achieving more than 13 pct improvement in outdoor pond productivity relative to 2017, reducing the biomass selling price by about 10 pct."

    The goal of the call for collaboration is to solicit algae strains, tools and techniques from the algae community to further boost algae productivity. This call gives industry and academia an opportunity to partner with the four national laboratories in DISCOVR, as well as AzCATI. (Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: PNNL, Michael Huesemann, DISCOVR Consortium leader, discovr.algae@lanl.gov, https://discovr.labworks.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ,  


    Montreal Offers Substantial Green Building Subsidies (Ind. Report)
    LEED
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In Quebec, Canada, the City of Montreal reports the launch of a subsidized land decontamination program aimed at protecting the environment and stimulating the economy, and program to encourage "green" building construction.

    The green building program is funded by the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation which is providing $43.6 million for sustainable construction projects until 2030. About $7 million will be available per year for the first three years of the program. To be eligible for that subsidy, the project must have a sustainable development certification such as LEED. (Source: City of Montreal, CBC News, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation, www.economie.gouv.qc.ca

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


    Saft ESS Spinning Reserve Supports Bermuda Electric (Int'l)
    Saft
    Date: 2019-02-20
    French battery energy storage specialist Saft reports it is supplying a turnkey Energy Storage System (ESS) to Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO). The system will provide up to 10 MW power for "spinning" reserves and frequency response to maintain grid stability.

    Spinning reserves refer to the historic practice of keeping generators idling with their internal components spinning enabling them to quickly ramp up to full power. The ESS spinning reserves allow the utility to switch off generators and save fuel. The ESS also provides frequency response services by injecting or absorbing energy to or from the grid within seconds to maintain consistent frequency and grid stability. In addition to the batteries, the ESS will integrate control and monitoring equipment, as well as power conversion components and switchgear supplied by ABB.

    As the turnkey supplier Saft is carrying out the design, delivery and installation of the ESS and connecting it to BELCO's grid.(Source: Saft, Renewable Energy Mag., 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Saft, +33 1 58 63 16 00, www.saftbatteries.com; BELCO, 441-295-5111, www.belco.bm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saft,  Energy Storage,  


    Illinois College Facility Wins LEED Platinum Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The 42,000 square-foot Science & Engineering Building on the Grayslake, Ill., campus of the College of Lake County reports it has been LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    The facility, which opened in January 2018, houses mechatronics, photonics and chemistry classrooms and laboratories and is College of Lake County's first LEED Platinum building.

    The facility's energy efficiency -- sustainability features include: photovoltaic solar panels, green roofs of planted vegetation, a geothermal heating and cooling system and energy efficient fume hoods in chemistry labs. Other features include LED lighting and daylight harvesting to reduce the need for electrical lighting. The building's rainwater recovery system collects rain in an underground tank and uses it for waste flushing and reduces potable water use by 41 pct.

    Overall, the Science & Engineering Building is designed to reduce building energy use by 66 pct compared with a standard science building of similar size. (Source: College of Lake County, American School and University, Feb., 2019) Contact: College of Lake County, www.clcillinois.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    Renovare Touts Biogas-to-Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
    Renovare Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In the UK, London-headquartered Renovare Fuels is touting a new technology that cost effectively converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels. The technology is presently being showcased for the first time at Alliance Dairies in Florida.

    "By using a specially developed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst and advanced process engineering techniques, Renovare Fuels' technology can efficiently turn biogas into middle distillate fuel. The feedstock is sourced locally to the site and classified as a waste product, so the production cycle is objectively carbon neutral," according to the company. The abundance of waste products means that the production of the biodiesel promises a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Renovare Fuels believes that the fuel could be priced at under 50 UK pence per litre in a quantity that could reshape the energy sector. Renovare Fuels' technology, which was developed at the University of South Florida in conjunction with NASA and the US DOE, was proved successful in converting biogas into usable diesel during a trial at a US landfill in 2017, according to the company. (Source: Renovare, EngineerLive, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Renovare Fuels, Devin Walker, CTO, +44 (0) 20 3874 8111, Fax +44 (0) 20 3874 8110, www.renovare-fuels.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Renovare Fuels,  Renewable Diesel,  Landfill Gas,  Fischer-Tropsch,  


    Malaysia Doubles Palm Oil Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l)
    Palm Oil Biofuel
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantations is reporting the Malaysian demand for crude palm oil is expected to rise by 1.3 million tons in 2020. The Ministry also notes it is increasing the transportation fuel palm oil biodiesel-to-petroleum fuel blend rate from B10 to B20 in an effort to stabilize palm oil supply, stockpiles and prices.

    Malaysia's palm oil inventory dropped 6.7 pct to 3 million tons in January from a month earlier and palm oil exports surged 21.2 pct to 1.68 million tons in January, 2019.

    Malaysia's neighbor Indonesia introduced B20 -- a blend of 20 pct palm oil and 80 pct fossil fuel -- to its transport sector in 2016. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, Nikkei, 12 Feb., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, www.mpoc.org.my

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    Vestas Commits to Aussie Wind Turbine Production (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In the Land Down Under, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting a partnership with Geelong-based Marand Precision Engineering for the production of wind turbine hubs and drive trains. Vests's commitment is aimed at helping its clients win round one of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target auction, where the state government intends to maximize local content and increase local investment and skills transfer.

    To that end, Vesta's will train Marand's Australian workers on its turbine production lines in Denmark before the Geelong plant begins production of Vesta's 4.2 MW turbines for the Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm projects in Victoria.

    Eighty turbines are planned for Dundonnell and 43 machines for Berrybank. Vestas has committed to local assembly of 100 hubs and 50 drivetrains -- including bedplate, gearbox, driveshaft and generator. (Source: Vestas, ecogeneration, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Marand Precision Engineering, +61 3 8552 0600, www.marand.com.au; Vestas, Peter Cowling Clive, NZ and Australia Country Head, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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    Mass. Wood Pellet Startup Wins $1Mn in Grant Funding (Funding)
    TTC Energy
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In the Bay State, Windsor-based wood pellet startup TTC Energy LLC is reporting receipt of $1 million in matching grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Renewable Thermal Infrastructure Grant Program in support of the startup's $2.5 million facility to refine raw wood chips into pellets that can be burned in specialized heating systems.

    The grant money will be used to purchase equipment to process, handle and store dried wood chips, and two trucks able to pneumatically deliver the product. Pending approval from Windsor town officials, TTC Energy expects to be fully operational this fall. (Source: TTC Energy, Berkshire Eagle, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Saudi ACWA Power Considers Pakistan Renewables Investments (Int'l)
    ACWA
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In Riyadh, Saudi power developer and investor ACWA Power reports it is considering an investment in the range of $4 billion in Pakistan's renewable energy sector. ACWA's portfolio presently includes power generation and desalinated water production plants in the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Africa and the South East Asian region.

    In the long term, Pakistan is planning to increase the ratio of renewable energy in its energy mix from the present 4 pct to over 30 pct by the year 2030. (Source: ACWA, Business Recorder, PPA, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: ACWA Power, https://twitter.com/acwapower, www.acwapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA,  Renewable Energy,  


    ePURE Comments on EU Draft Regarding Palm Oil Use (Opinins, Editorials & Asides)
    ePure
    Date: 2019-02-18
    The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) secretary general Emmanuel Desplechin has responded to the EU Commission's draft surrounding high risk indirect land-use change (ILUC) biofuels and the shift of focus away from unsustainable sources of palm oil.

    The draft details curbing any biofuels with a high ILUC-risk and its amount of consumption in 2019 within the Member States. The EU also outlined an ambitious goal of reducing any high-risk biofuel's contribution to 0 pct by 2030.

    "Directive (EU) 2018/2001 also calls for a specific limit to conventional biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels with high ILUC-risk and for which a significant expansion of the production area into land with high carbon stock is observed, in the amount of their level of consumption in each Member State in 2019," the draft stated. "Starting from 31 December 2023, their contribution should be gradually reduced to 0 pct by 2030 at the latest."

    Despite the draft's promising changes to the uses of palm oil, ePure argues that the draft would still 'allow imported feedstock that violates spirit of RED II agreement.'

    "Making an exception for feedstock produced by smallholders isn't just allowing high-ILUC-risk biofuels such as palm oil into Europe through the back door, it's allowing it through the front door. The hard-won compromise reached on RED II couldn't have been clearer in its message that Europe should phase out biofuels associated with the significant deforestation and peatland drainage that has defined most palm oil expansion."

    "Low-ILUC-risk biofuels certified as such could escape from the phase-out, but these were clearly defined as either produced through improved agricultural practices or from unused land. By inventing a third, alternative criterion for smallholders, the Commission is making a mockery of the agreed RED II compromise," Desplechin claims. (Source: ePURE, Feb., 2019) Contact: ePURE Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePure,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    Enel's 140 MW Eastern Cape Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Enel Group,Eskom
    Date: 2019-02-18
    Italian energy specialist Enel Group reports construction of its 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Amatole district of South Africa is underway.

    The project, which is being constructed by Enel's renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA, is expected to generate approximately 460 GWh per when it begins operation operation in September 2020. It will be supported by a 20-year PPA agreement with the South African energy utility Eskom, as part of the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

    The $226 million Nxuba facility will be Enel's third wind farm in the Eastern Cape province. (Source: Enel Green Power, Construction Review, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; Eskom. www.eskom.co.za

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