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NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
Date: 2019-02-18
The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  


Agawam, Mass. Energy Efficiency Challenge Launched (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Bay State, the Hampton County town of Agawam -- pop. 28,400 -- and the 12-member Agawam Energy Commission is touting the Agawam Cooler Community Challenge, a broad effort to improve community-wide energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and reduce the community's carbon footprint.

The Cooler Community Challenge is modeled after a similar successful effort in the town of Concord.

The Agawam initiative, which is supported by ener-G-save, a program supported by the Howard Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, hopes is to reach people who have not been active in "green" efforts previously, and to engage young people in energy and climate change issues. Agawam is a Massachusetts Green Community program member.(Source: Town of Agawam, MassLive, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Green Community, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Massachusetts Green Community,  


Kissimmee Touts Energy Efficiency, Eco-Friendly Effort (Ind. Report)
Kissimmee
Date: 2019-02-18
The City of Kissimmee, Florida, a member of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda and the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy Endorsement, reports it is partnering with the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) to power 100 pct of its facilities with solar energy beginning in 2020. When fully implemented, Kissimmee will be the Sunshine State's first city to have all public facilities powered by solar energy.

The partnership between the City of Kissimmee -- pop, 71,100 -- and KUA allows the City the opportunity to secure a fixed energy rate for the next 20 years, independent of the fluctuating costs associated with typical power generation. The city is also replacing inefficient lighting with LED units at athletic fields within City limits. The city is also installing electric vehicle charging stations, upgrading its recycling program and deploying hydraulic-hybrid sanitation vehicles that rely less on fossil fuels. The city is also making structural modifications to select facilities to improve energy efficiency and various automated HVAC systems have been replaced to lower energy consumption. (Source: City of Kissimmee, Osceola Gazette, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Kissimmee, Jose Alvarez, Mayor, (407) 518-2120, www.kissimmee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  


Tampa Electric Switching to Itron Smart Street Lighting (Ind Report)
Itron,Tampa Electric
Date: 2019-02-18
In Florida, the investor-owned Tampa Electric Company reports it is working with Itron to deploy a smart lighting solution to allow streetlights to communicate with the utility. The Itron initiative is line with the utility’s streetlight replacement programme to convert traditional lighting infrastructure to energy-efficient LED technology, Tampa Electric will install more than 260,000 Itron smart photocells in the next five years.

With Itron's smart streetlight solution, the utility can remotely control streetlight fixtures using advanced capabilities, such as dynamic dimming. Itron’s network also give the utility a foundation for future distribution automation and smart city applications, such as air quality management or smart parking. (Source: Tampa Electric, Smart Cities News, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com; Itron, Steve Hambric, VP, www.itron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  Tampa Electric,  


Passive Energy Housing on the Shores of Lake Erie (Ind. Report)
GMA Management Development Group
Date: 2019-02-18
GMA Management Development Group reports it is developing a $12 million, "passive" energy-efficient 36-unit housing project on Parade Street in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The project incorporates "passive housing" standards for energy efficiency and features extra insulation, high-quality windows, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery for greater energy efficiency and minimum energy consumption. The aim is to maintain constant inside temperatures in

The 5.9-acre property is being developed by PSC East LLC, an affiliate of GMA Management Development Group and Mstick Construction, and financed via housing tax credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, as well as $10 million in financing from Citizens Bank. (Source: City of Erie, GoErie.com, Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Erie, Chris Groner, Economic Dev. Director, (814) 870-1272, cgroner@erie.pa.us, www.erie.pa.us; GMA Management Development Group, (312) 690-4205, info@griggsandmitchell.com, www.gmaconstructiongroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Passive Housing,  Energy Efficiency,  


Shell Acquiring Home Solar Battery Manufacturer (Int'l, M&A)
Sonnen,Shell Overseas Investment
Date: 2019-02-18
Oil giant Shell Overseas Investment B.V. -- Shell New Energies reports it will acquire German battery maker Sonnen and roll it into a wholly owned subsidiary that will accelerate both company's integrated energy services and electric vehicle charging solutions. As previously reported Shell invested in Sonnen in 2018.

According to Sonnen, 40,000 of its SonnenBatterie systems have been installed world wide, 3,000 of which are in Australia. Sonnen was the first battery manufacturer to participate in South Australia's Home Battery Scheme and the company has set up battery assembly operations in Adelaide.

Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, SolarQuotes Blob, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Shell New Energies, www.shell.ca/en_ca/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; Sonnen Inc., www.sonnen-batterie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Battery,  Solar Battery,  Energy Storage,  Shell,  


Scottsbluff Neb. Plans Second Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Community Soler
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Corn Husker State, the city of Scottsbluff reports it plans to build a second community solar project following on the heels of a sold-out, 128-kilowatt array in 2017. The 2017 array at the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) office in Scottsbluff was sold out within days and Since going online has generated more than 350,000 kWh of electricity.

After the success of the first project, the city has approached NPPD with a second, 4.6 MW project to be developed by SolSystems. If the project is agreed upon, construction would begin at the end of spring with an operational date sometime in Q4, 2019.

Community solar projects are not subsidized and communities that choose not to participate do not pay costs associated with the facilities that do. Currently, NPPD rates in Scottsbluff for community solar programs are the lowest in the state. NPPD's Sunwise Community Solar program currently includes a 98-kilowatt unit operating in Venango and a 5.7-megawatt facility in Kearney, which is currently the largest solar facility in Nebraska. NPPD is also close to finishing community solar projects in Norfolk, Chadron, O'Neill, Ainsworth ,Pawnee City and Loup City. (Source: Scottsbluff Star-Herald, NPPD, Other media, Feb. 17, 2019) Contact: City of Scottsbluff, www.scottsbluff.org; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NPPD,  Community Solar,  


NY Universities Tout Renewables Purchasing Consortium (Ind. Report)
SUNY,Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Empire State, 21 public and private universities including the State University of New York (SUNY) system's 16 campuses, Cornell University in Ithaca and other private universities report they are partnering to form the New York Campuses' Aggregate Renewable Energy Solutions Consortium (NYCARES).

The new group aims to lower the costs of renewable energy procurement through combined purchasing power, solicit new renewable energy opportunities and projects, promote the development of a "green" low-carbon economy, and support the state's commitments to source 50 pct of New York's energy requirements from renewable sources by 2030. The consortium will also focus its efforts on projects that will be ready for operation no later than 2020. (Source: NYCARES, CleanTechnica, Feb., 2019) Contact: SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY,  Renewable Energy,  


Kresge Supporting Climate Change-Health Initiatives (Funding)
Kresge Foundation
Date: 2019-02-18
In the belief that Climate Change is "the greatest public health threat of the twenty-first century" the Kresge Foundation is accepting applications for its Climate Change, Health and Equity initiative.

Through the initiative, grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to as many as fifteen community-based nonprofits working to implement solutions that address the links between climate change, health, and equity. Eligible programs must be rooted in racial equality and social justice.

The initiative supports programs at the local, regional, and/or state level that have the potential to advance the adoption and implementation of climate mitigation, climate adaption, and climate resilience policies. Following a fourteen-month planning phase, up to twelve organizations will be invited to apply for multiyear implementation grants.

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through gran-tmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. In 1924, with an initial gift of $1.6 million, Sebastian Spering Kresge established The Kresge Foundation in Detroit. He did this to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the S.S. Kresge Company, which began as a single five-and-10-cent store -- a revolutionary merchandising idea at the time -- and grew into a nationwide chain of stores. (Source: Kresge Foundation, Philanthropy News Digest, 16 Feb., 2019) Contact: Kresge Foundation, (248) 643-9630, {startlink]www.kressge.org{endlink]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


VW Plans Internal Carbon Levy, Carbon-Neutral Production (Int'l)
Volkswagen
Date: 2019-02-18
German auto juggernaut Volkswagen reports it plans to introduce an emplyee incentives plan and an internal CO2 levy as part of its effort to reduce the company's carbon footprint and carbon emissions. The internal levy would be set on the use of electricity, heat and fuel, and the carbon pollution from flights will have to be compensated.

The company also notes that its first electric car, the ID, will be "CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle," including all manufacturing. The electric car is expected to go into production at the end of this year. At the end of last year, Volkswagen announced that it will convert several production sites into pure e-car factories and will invest over €40 billion in future technologies in the next years.

"The Volkswagen Group will be a climate-neutral company by 2050 at the latest," according to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. (Source: VW, Der Spiegel, Electrek, Bloomberg, Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Volkswagen ,  Carbon Emissions,  


Half Amazon's Shipments to be Carbon-Neutral by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2019-02-18
Internet giant Amazon is touting the launch of its Shipment Zero initiative that aims for net zero carbon emissions for deliveries. While it doesn't have a timetable for achieving perfectly carbon-neutral shipping, it expects half of shipments to be net zero by 2030. It believes the rise of aircraft biofuels, electric vehicles, renewable energy and reusable packaging will make that possible. To help mark its progress, Amazon plans to publish its overall carbon footprint later in 2019. (Source: Amazon, engadget, Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


Global Fuel Ethanol Market Worth Over $186Bn by 2022 (ZMR Report)
Zion Market Research
Date: 2019-02-18
Fuel Ethanol Market for Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Feedstock, and Automotive and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016 -- 2022, the latest research report from Zion Market Research (ZMR) provides information on ethanol pricing, market analysis, shares, forecast, and company profiles for key industry participants and other.

The report also identifies and analyzes products, applications, manufacturers and end-users, and major regions on the basis of form and type of product or service, processing technology involved, applications of the end-product, and others, including geographical categorization. The global Fuel Ethanol Market report also provides detailed information regarding specific business and financial terms, market strategies, expected market growth and more.

Additional report information is at www.zionmarketresearch.com/inquiry/fuel-ethanol-market; Request a free sample report at www.zionmarketresearch.com/sample/fuel-ethanol-market; Download Free PDF Report Brochure www.zionmarketresearch.com/requestbrochure/fuel-ethanol-market. Source: Zion Market Research, Feb., 2019) Contact: ZMR, www.zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Ethanol,  Fuel Ethanol,  



Date: 2019-02-16



Orsted, Eversource Announce Offshore Wind Partnership (Ind. Report)
Orsted, Eversource
Date: 2019-02-15
Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted and New England energy company Eversource are reporting their 50-50 partnership for offshore wind assets in the U.S. Northeast.

Eversource is paying roughly $225 million for a 50 pct interest in Orsted's Revolution Wind and South Fork Wind Farm projects, as well as the 257-square-mile tract off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island where the wind farms will be built. In addition to the ocean tract, the partnership will include Revolution Wind --700 MW -- roughly 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast, will deliver 400 MW of power to Rhode Island and 300 MW to Connecticut. Revolution Wind is expected to be commissioned in 2023.

The partnership also includes the South Fork Wind Farm -- 130 MW -- 35 miles east of Long Island which will deliver power to households under a long-term PPA with the Long Island Power Authority. South Fork is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2022. (Source: Eversource, Orsted, Kallanish Energy, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Eversource, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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


Good Energy Announces UK Energy Storage Partners (Int'l Report)
Good Energy,Belectric
Date: 2019-02-15
The U.K.-based renewable energy supplier Good Energy reports it is partnering with the renewables manufacturing firm Powerstar and engineering tech provider Belectric to advance its commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage offerings in the UK.

The two firms will be tasked with helping Good Energy design, install, operate and maintain commercial and industrial-scale battery storage projects in the company's pipeline.

Powerstar, which manufacturers a containerized battery storage solution alongside voltage optimizers and distribution transformers, will supply equipment for the installations while Belectric will provide design and engineering services.

As previously reported, Good Energy raised more than £10 million ($12.81 million) in mid-2017 and unveiled plans to install a 250kW C&I project on behalf of Eden Project. (Source: Good Energy, Energy Storage, Feb., 2019) Contact: Belectric, https://belectric.com/international; Powerstar, www.powerstar.com; Good Energy, www.goodenergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Belectric,  Good Energy,  Energy Storage,  ,  


Univ. of Colorado CASE Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-02-15
In Boulder, the University of Colorado is reporting its recently opened Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification

The latest recognition brings to 27 the total number of CU Boulder buildings with LEED certification either for new construction or major renovations.

CASE building LEED qualifying features include: electrochromic glass that self-dims as sun exposure increases, minimizing heat gain and glare; strategic building layout to maximize campus green space; LED lighting throughout; low-flow plumbing features; 67 pct of construction waste diverted from landfills; HVAC and envelope designed to provide a comfortable thermal environment, and others. (Source: University of Colorado, PR, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


CIP Unloads Equity Stake in Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm (M&A)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-02-15
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through the fund CI-II, is reporting the divestment of its 23,4 pct stake in the Veja Mate offshore wind farm alongside its co-shareholders Highland Group Holdings and Siemens Financial Services to a European consortium of investors composed of funds managed by Commerz Real, wpd invest, KGAL, and the Ingka Group.

Siemens Financial Services will retain a 20 pct ownership in the project company and CI-II will remain a lender to Veja Mate which is located in the German North Sea. The 67, 6.0-MW Siemens turbines totaling 402 MW project is one of the largest offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

CIP manages four funds totaling approximately €6.8 billion. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhage Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  


CIP's Mitchell Solar Portfolio Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-02-15
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports construction is underway on the Mitchell portfolio of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in North Carolina on behalf of the Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) fund.

The project portfolio is geographically diversified across the state and will be implemented in multiple phases over the coming years starting with five projects. Mitchell represents CIP's first investment into Southeastern United States.

The first phase of Mitchell consists of five utility-scale solar PV projects totaling 23 MWAC. First Solar, Inc. will supply solar modules and provide ongoing operation and maintenance services. The projects, which will generate sufficient electric power roughly 5,000 homes, are slated to begin commercial operation in Q3 and have long-term PPAs with Duke Energy. The projects in the next phases of the Mitchell portfolio are expected to start construction later in 2019 to 2020. The Mitchell solar PV project portfolio is part of CIP's approximately 1.1 GWAC US solar PV portfolio. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, 8 Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen +45 70 70 51 51 cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Solar,  PV,  


Growth Energy Suing Over RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg)
Growth Energy
Date: 2019-02-15
Ethanol trade association Growth Energy, the ethanol trade association reports it has taken legal action challenging the US EPA's (EPA) "disingenuity" and "failure" to address small refinery "hardship" exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its 2019 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rulemaking.

According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, the "EPA's inaction on addressing lost gallons due to small refinery exemptions in this rulemaking is a clear violation of law. In doing nothing to remedy these and other deficiencies, EPA has again failed to meet its statutory obligation to ensure that annual RVOs are met each year. Today's filing calls for greater accountability from EPA to ensure that every renewable fuel obligation is fulfilled as the law intended."

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Growth Energy, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS Hardship Waiver,  RFS,  EPA,  


Boston Univ. Plan Calls for Carbon Neutrality by 2040 (Ind Report)
Boston University
Date: 2019-02-15
In the Bay State, Boston University -- 32,500 enrollment -- is touting its Dec., 2017 Climate Action Plan calling for the school to slash its greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon-neutral by 2040.

The plan outlines strategies for the university to reach its sustainability goals, including cutting energy consumption, building energy efficient and weather-resilient infrastructure, and an increased focus on wind and solar renewable energy which, according to a BU release, could cut emissions from energy consumption by 31 pct by 2032.

Download the Boston University Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: Boston University, The Daily Free Press, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Boston University, sustainability@bu.edu, www.bu.edu

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


Netherlands Eyes Rotterdam PORTHOS CCUS Project (Int'l Report)
GASUNIE
Date: 2019-02-15
In the Netherlands, the state gas transmission system operator GASUNIE reports it is joining the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the state-owned producer EBN to prepare a sub-sea carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) project under the name PORTHOS -- Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.

The PORTHOS project is being developed as an open access transport and storage infrastructure which can be used by multiple parties to store CO2. The project is presently seeking expressions of interest from potential users to determine The expression of interest process is part of the preparations for the project. A decision about the realization of the PORTHOS project is expected sometime in 2020.

The concept is based on a collective pipeline that runs through Rotterdam's port area. This pipeline will serve as a basic infrastructure that a variety of industrial parties can connect to in order to dispose of the CO2 captured at their facilities. Most of the collected gas will be transported via a pipeline to an empty gas field in the North Sea where it will injected into an empty natural gas field under the seabed consisting of sandstone reservoir rock. By 2030, the project expects to sequester between 2 and 5 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Rotterdam CCUS Website, Nat. Gas World, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: GASUNIE, www.gasunie.nl/en; Rotterdam CCUS, +31 6-22466553, info@rotterdamccus.nl, https://rotterdamccus.nl/en/the-project, https://rotterdamccus.nl/en/customers; Port of Rotterdam, https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  


Danube, Johnson Controls Tout UAE Energy Efficiency Deal (Int'l)
Danube Properties
Date: 2019-02-15
In Dubai, UAE-based property developer and owner Danube Properties reports it has entered into an alliance with global energy management and efficiency specialist Johnson Controls to ensure all Danube Properties projects incorporate the latest energy efficiency technology products.

The buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for 36 pct of global final energy consumption and nearly 40 pct of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions, stated the company, citing the data from International Energy Agency (IEA). (Source: Danube Properties, Trade Arabia, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Danube Properties, www.danubeproperties.ae; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  


EPA Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Sinks --1990 - 2017 (Report Attached)

Date: 2019-02-15
According to the US EPA's most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory, in 2017 the U.S. total gross greenhouse gas emissions were 6,472.3 million metric tons (MMT) CO2 equivalent, a decrease of 0.3 pct from 2016, driven in part by a decrease in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion.

The decrease in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion was a result of: a continued shift from coal to natural gas; increased use of renewables in the electric power sector; milder weather that contributed to less overall electricity use, and other factors.

Relative to the 1990 baseline, gross emissions in 2017 were higher by 1.6 pct, down from a high of 15.7 pct above 1990 levels in 2007. Overall, net emissions in 2017 were 12.7 pct below 2005 levels, according to the report.

Download the EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory HERE. (Source: EPA, Green Car Congress, 14 February 2019)

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


Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis (Report Attached)
Heinrich Boell Foundation
Date: 2019-02-15
Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis, a new report from the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Heinrich Boell Foundation exposes how a growing belief that geoengineering is needed to address climate change could actually undermine climate goals while locking in fossil fuel infrastructure for decades to come.

The report highlights how the urgency and scale of the climate crisis are being exploited to push ideas like carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM) -- once relegated to the fringes of the climate debate -- into the mainstream. It examines the fossil fuel industry's long history and continued role in the development and promotion of key geoengineering concepts and technologies, and it exposes the numerous ways these technologies serve to protect the industry and promote new emissions from fossil fuels. Among its findings:

  • Analyses suggest 85 pct of US subsidies for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and Direct Air Capture would flow to Enhanced Oil Recovery;

  • Proponents believe investments in CCS could spur consumption of 40 pct more coal and up to 923 million additional barrels of oil in the US alone by 2040;

  • Energy-intensive DAC projects will be used primarily to produce hydrocarbon fuels that will themselves be burned, resulting in either net carbon emissions or massive diversions of renewable energy for uncertain benefits, while simultaneously slowing the transition away from internal combustion engines;

  • Industry advocates openly believe CCS and CDR are essential to save coal, insure the future of oil and gas, and "unlock" unburnable carbon;

  • Despite IPCC's warnings that the world must reach net zero emissions by 2050, oil companies argue that CDR will enable heavy reliance on oil and gas until at least 2100.;

  • For decades, proponents of Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) have cited the potential to delay or minimize climate mitigation measures as a primary justification for its use;

  • SRM proponents assume humanity will inject sulfate or other aerosols into the skies for decades to centuries to come and deploy CDR to bring emissions back down;

  • As other forms of climate denial are discredited, opponents of climate action are exploiting geoengineering as a new argument for delaying serious climate action;

  • The world must and can keep warming below 1.5C without relying on geoengineering.

    The report also exposes how current industry support of geoengineering fits into a pattern of denial and opposition to action by the fossil fuel industry and a network of well-funded think tanks and front groups. With surprising consistency, geoengineering proponents argue that economic, technological, ethical, and environmental realities of geoengineering technologies should be assumed away, even as they argue that scaling up existing and proven renewable technologies is unrealistic.

    Faced with the urgent realities of climate change, even committed activists and researchers are exploring the possibility that humanity can mask climate impacts with new and profoundly risky technological fixes. Both abundant evidence and history show that this approach is at best a risky distraction and at worst profoundly dangerous for people, ecosystems, and the planet.

    Access the report HERE. (Source: Center for International Environmental Law, Public Release, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: CIEL, Carroll Muffett, Pres., Amanda Kistler, Report Author, (202) 742-5832, akistler@ciel.org, CIEL HQ, (202) 785-8700, Fax: (202) 785-8701, info@ciel.org, www.ciel.org; Heinrich Boell Foundation, Lili Fuhr, International Environmental Policies Division, www.boell.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Fossil Fuel,  


  • Sterlite Power Bids on Salt River BESS Projects (Ind. Report)
    Sterlite Power, Salt River Project
    Date: 2019-02-15
    India's Sterlite Power, an integrated power transmission developer and solutions provider, reports it has submitted bids for two Salt River Project (SRP) energy storage projects. The bids are the company's first foray into grid connected battery energy storage systems (BESS).

    According to the company, BESS systems provide critical services like peak load shaving, energy and ancillary services that will be increasingly needed in a renewable-heavy grid.

    Sterlite Power is a leading global developer of power transmission infrastructure with projects of over 12,500 circuit kms and 20,500 MVA in India and Brazil. (Source: Sterlite Power, NewsBarons, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Sterlite Power, Pratik Agarwal, Group CEO, +91 11 4996 2200 www.sterlitepower.com; SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sterlite Power,  Salt River Project,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    India Third in National LEED Green Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-15
    According to the US Green Building Council's latest national listing, India is ranked third with more than 899 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 24.81 million gross square meters of space. The leading LEED nations are Mainland China, Canada, India, Brazil, ,Republic of Korea, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan and Sapin, in that order.

    The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2018 and represents 7,797 certified projects totaling more than 210 million gross square meters of space.

    LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world's most widely used green building program with 96,275 registered and certified projects in more than 167 countries and territories. (Source: US Green Building Council, Various Media, Moneycontrol, Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    Springfield Launches Energy Efficiency, Resilience Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In the Bay State, the City of Springfield -- pop. 154,700 -- is promoting its Strong, Healthy and Just Climate Action and Resilience Plan aimed at increasing energy efficiency. The plan, which offers free home energy audits and financial aid for energy efficiency improvements, provides a blueprint for the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050, according to the city's release.

    As part of the plan, thermal images were taken of more than 6,500 single-family homes in Springfield to detect heat leakage. Home owners were then notified of the imaging's findings and advised where their homes were wasting energy and money. With the scanning results in hand, omeowners can apply for an energy audit and then consider energy conservation incentives available from utility companies. (Source: City of Springfield, MassLive, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ener-G-Save, www.ener-g-save.com, www.springfield-ma.gov

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


    UK CCUS Research Study Scores £150,000 Funding (Int'l Report)
    Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In the UK, the Edinburgh-headquartered Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) project is reporting the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have committed £50,000 each to support the UK's largest research, industry and government partnership in carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS).

    The SCCS is a 2005 vintage research and knowledge exchange partnership between Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, and the British Geological Survey, intended to support the development of CCUS.

    SCCS assisted in bringing Scottish experts to the ACT Acorn Project. Lead by energy consultants Pale Blue Dot Energy, the Acorn project is working to develop the UK's first operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, Gas World, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, Dr Philippa Parmiter, Project Manager, philippa.parmiter@sccs.org.uk, +44 (0)131 651 4647, +44 (0)131 651 4647, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  CCS,  Carbon Capture and Storage,  


    Renewables World's Main Power Source by 2040 (BP Report Attached)
    BP
    Date: 2019-02-15
    According to the UK-based energy giant BP, wind, solar, bioenergy and other renewables will account for roughly one-third of the world's electricity supplies by 2040, and as high as 50 pct in Europe and some other regions.

    The attached BP Report notes that while oil took almost 45 years to go from 1 pct of global energy to 10 pct, and gas took more than 50 years, renewables are expected to do so within 25 years. In the event of a faster switch to a low carbon economy, that period comes down to just 15 years, according to the report.

    Download the BP Energy Outlook 2019 HERE. (Source: BP, Feb., 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Bioenergy,  Renewable Energy,  BP,  


    Notable Quotes
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2019-02-15
    "Organizations are more interested than ever in leveraging energy efficiency, energy storage and distributed generation technologies to deliver smarter, safer and more sustainable buildings. U.S. organizations are especially bullish about the future impact of systems interoperability, systems integration and cybersecurity technologies, leading all other countries." -- Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls,,VP, Global Sustainability, Dec., 2018

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  


    AgriChemWhey Claims Innovative Dairy Biorefinery (Int'l Report)
    AgriChemWhey
    Date: 2019-02-15
    EU-funded AgriChemWhey reports it is testing and proving the techno-economic viability of converting agriculture and agri-food waste into sustainable lactic acid at a first-of-a-kind 25,000 tpy dairy-waste biorefinery in Ireland.

    Representing the first major industrial venture to convert residues from food processing, the Irish plant will scale-up a unique fermentation processes of WP/DLP-to-lactic acid by reducing the fermentation time to a 12-hour process, optimize the upstream processes of DLP and WP and optimize the downstream steps for simplified novel LA purification to industrial scale. AgriChemWhey will also develop a blueprint of an economic sustainability concept so that other EU regions can replicate the plan.

    The project will establish a new value chain for industrial symbiosis with other local actors and create several added value products for the global market. (Source: AgriChemWhey, Canadian Biomass, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: AgriChemWhey, info@agrichemwhey.com, www.agrichemwhey.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefinery,  


    Canadian Solar's 68-MWp Mexican PV Park Now Online (Int'l Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2019-02-15
    Canadian Solar is reporting its 68-MWp Aguascalientes solar project in central Mexico is now online. The facility's electric power and clean energy certificates (CELs) will be sold to Mexican state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and a 20-year CEL contract.

    The plant incorporates more than 200,000 poly modules CS6U-P with an expected output of 145 GWh -- sufficient power for 20,690 local households. Canadian Solar is also providing operations and maintenance (O&M) services. (Source: Canadian Solar, Renewables, Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  


    SunPower Seeks Solar Cell Manufacturing Expansion Investor (Ind. Report)
    SunPower Corp
    Date: 2019-02-15
    San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp reports it is seeking non-equity strategic partner funding for expansion of its Next Generation Technology (NGT) solar cell manufacturing capacity.

    In 2017 SunPower began ramping up its second manufacturing line that will more than double its NGT nameplate capacity to over 250 MW by the end of 2019. (Source: SunPower, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower Corp.,  Solar ,  


    Montana State Investigates Algae Biodiesel Production Costs (R&D)
    Montana State University
    Date: 2019-02-15
    With $3 million in US DOE grant funding, researchers at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman are reporting they are in the early stages of a three-year project focused on developing a potential breakthrough in producing biofuels from algae.

    Despite promising technology surrounding the conversion of algae oil into biodiesel, the costs of supplying the algae with supplemental CO2 have hampered commercial production. Researchers now believe SLA-04, a recently discovered strain of algae, could be cultivated using only the ambient CO2 of the atmosphere. SLA-04 was discovered in an eastern Washington lake containing high levels of carbonate minerals similar to baking soda. In the lake's unique environment, these algae have been shown to metabolize ambient CO2 very efficiently.

    Assoc. Prof. Blake Wiedenheft in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science, will explore the use of the genome editing technique called CRISPR for enhancing the algae's ability to produce the oils desired for biofuel production. (Source: Montana State University, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Montana State Univ., Prof. Brent Peyton, Director, MSU Thermal Biology Institute, Prof. Robin Gerlach, Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, www.montana.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Oil,  Algae Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    GTI Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes Study Released (Report Attached)
    GTI
    Date: 2019-02-15
    The Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has released a site-specific engineering design titled Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes, a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock.

    New RNG production facilities using the commercial technologies outlined in the analysis could reduce criteria pollutants by approximately 99 pct compared to existing operational biomass power plants and produce a very low carbon fuel in the base case and below zero in the case including carbon sequestration technologies, according to the study.

    The engineering design illustrated in the report was performed by GTI, Black & Veatch, Andritz, and Haldor Topsoe. The engineering design study was funded by California Air Resources Board (CARB), PG&E, SoCalGas, Northwest Natural and SMUD.

    Download Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes report HERE. (Source: GTI, Feb., Green Car Congress, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: GTI, Vann Bush, VP Technology Technology Development and Commercialization, (847)768-0500, www.gastechnology.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GTI,  RNG,  Woody Biomass,  Rnewable Natural Gas,  


    Congress Lobbied to Reinstate Alt-Fuel Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
    Alternative Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-15
    More than 700 transportation fuel related industry organizations representing users, retailers, customers, fleet managers, utilities, and producers of clean alternative transportation fuels submitted the following Chairmen Grassley and Neal, and Ranking Members Wyden and Brady:

    "We ask your support for including a reinstatement of the $0.50/gallon alternative fuels tax credit (AFTC) in a fiscal year 2019 government spending package. The AFTC is a credit of $0.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of certain transportation fuels, including natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, P Series Fuels, liquefied hydrogen and others.

    " Extending the AFTC retroactively for 2018 and prospectively for 2019 will allow businesses and customers to continue to deploy cleaner alternative fuel technologies. A full five-year extension of the AFTC would provide business certainty along with a significant contribution to our nation's economic growth.

    "Unfortunately, the credit has currently lapsed as of December 31, 2017 and many fleets, businesses, and manufacturers are unable to plan future investments as they manage current uncertainty. Immediately reinstating the AFTC for 2018 and 2019 is necessary to encouraging further deployment of new, clean transportation technology.

    " Extending the AFTC will bring significant environmental benefits, improved air quality, and enhance our energy independence by lowering our dependence on foreign oil. Renewal of the AFTC also promotes increased private sector investment in infrastructure and equipment, which leads to more jobs and economic output." (Source: NGT News, Various Other Media, 15 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Alternative Fuel Tax Credit,  


    Dandelion Raises $16Mn for Home Geothermal Systems (Ind. Report)
    Dandelion Energy
    Date: 2019-02-13
    New York-based geothermal startup Dandelion reports it has secured $16 million in financing from GV (fka Google Ventures) and Comcast Ventures, with participation from Lennar Corporation and previous investors NEA, Collaborative Fund, Ground Up, and Zhenfund, among others. The new funding, which brings the company's total capital raised to $23 million, will be used for R&D, the opening of a warehouse and to fuel growth.

    The Series A funding comes after Dandelion's acquisition of Geo-Connections, a geothermal software-as-a-service company that develops the underlying technology used in geothermal systems, and precedes the broad launch of Dandelion's "Dandelion Radiate" product that works with traditional radiators. According to Dandelion, its system is four times more efficient than furnaces, almost twice as efficient as traditional air condition systems, and costs between $20,000 to $25,000 to install. (Source: Dandelion, Contact: Dandelion, Kathy Hannun, CEO, info@dandelionenergy.com, https://dandelionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Dandelion Energy,  


    $1Bn Green Bond to Fund Verizon Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Verizon
    Date: 2019-02-13
    NYC-headquartered telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. is reporting the issuance of $1 billion in green bonds , the proceeds of which will fund various sustainability initiatives including green buildings, energy efficiency, and other initiatives over a ten year period.

    Verizon recently implemented several strategies to increase energy efficiency in its larger wireless core data centers, including uninterruptible power supplies, high-efficiency motors, and whole-building control systems. The move is in keeping with the company's goal of sourcing 50 pct -- about 2,000 MW -- of its electric power usage from renewable generation by 2025. (Source: Verizon, Fierce Telecom, 11 Feb., 2019) Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.linkedin.com/in/james-gowen-6b4619143, www.verizon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Verizon,  Green Bond,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Renewables Power Northwestern Chinase Province (Int'l Report)
    Qinghai Electric Power Company.
    Date: 2019-02-13
    China's State Grid Qinghai Electric Power Company reports clean energy is powering the economy of northwest China's Qinghai Province with a total installed power generating capacity of nearly 28 million kilowatts, or 86 pct of the province's energy consumption. The province's installed solar power capacity reached 9.6 million KW, wind power hit 2.7 million KW while hydropower capacity reached 11.9 million KW, according to the company release. Additionall, Qinghai province has two, 10 million kilowatts renewable power generating bases under construction. (Source: Qinghai Electric Power Company, China.org.cn, Xinhua, February 10, 2019) Contact: Qinghai Electric Power Company, en.chinapower.com.cn/tag/qinghai-electric-power

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Prairie States Lacking Climate Change Action Plans (Ind. Report)
    Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
    Date: 2019-02-13
    In Lincoln, Nebraska state environmentalists and legislators are reportedly huddling to prepare an action plan to address the potential disastrous effects of climate change.

    A plan under consideration would have the University of Nebraska estimate the state's total greenhouse gas emissions, outline goals to reduce them, and identify the positive and negative impacts of climate change on the state's economy. With that data, the University would then develop a plan for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. The University would receive $250,000 for the plan which would be presented to the legislature for consideration and possible action by Dec. 15, 2020.

    The predominantly conservative states of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming are all without a formal climate change action plan, according to the Arlington, Virginia based not-for-profit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. (Source: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 1011 Nov, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, (703) 516-4146, www.c2es.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. ,  


    USDA Commits to $125Mn Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery (Funding)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2019-02-13
    Following up on our 24th January coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the USDA has issued a Conditional Commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to company's cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California. The Riverbank plant is designed to convert orchard, forest and other biomass waste into cellulosic ethanol with below zero carbon emissions.

    The Riverbank biorefinery project recently won a $12 million California state tax waiver and a $5 million California Energy Commission Notice of Proposed Award. Preliminary engineering for the project has been completed and construction is expected to get underway in mid-2019. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Riverbank ,  Aemetis,  USDA,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Virgo, Punjab Confirm Indian Biofuel Project MoU (Int'l Report)
    Virgo Corporation
    Date: 2019-02-13
    The Punjab government Monday signed an MoU with the Delhi-based engineering products and services company Virgo Corporation for a Rs 630-crore ($88,389 million, &euro:77.931 million) biofuel project that will use Honeywell technology to produce renewable fuel from waste rice stubble and husks. The Punjab State agricultural sector generates approximately 20 million metric tpy of paddy straw.

    The new biofuel facility will create a new market cash flow for Punjab farmers as well as support the national government's biofuel blending and air quality targets. (Source: Energy InfraPost, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Virgo Corporation, +91 11 43588335-37, +91 11 43588338 - fax, virgo@vsnl.com, www.virgogroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Virgo Corporation,  India Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    Global Biomass Pellets Market Hits $15.9Bn by 2022, says Report (Report Available)
    Biomass Pellet
    Date: 2019-02-13
    Zion Market Research is reporting the avaiability of its The Biomass Pellets Market for Industrial Applications and Residential Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016 – 2022 report comprising detailed information about the global Biomass Pellets Market.

    The report provides a complete structural outline and description of the Biomass Pellets Market, estimated growth patterns, market trends, production technologies, and product modifications. The report also offers a wide spectrum of opportunities to product developers and services providers and identifies the major market players -- Energex Corporation, Forest Energy Corporation, Helius Energy, New England Wood Pellet, Woodstone, Forth Energy, International Woodfuels and MGT Power, as well as markets by region and other related pellet industry information and data.

    Request a free Biomass Pellets Market Report sample at www.zionmarketresearch.com/sample/biomass-pellets-market

    Download Free PDF Report Brochure www.zionmarketresearch.com/requestbrochure/biomass-pellets-market

    Report details www.zionmarketresearch.com/inquiry/biomass-pellets-market. (Source: ZMR Research News, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: ZMR, www.zionmarketresearch.com

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


    Shuttered Georgia Coal Plant to Host Solar Demo (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Public Service Commission
    Date: 2019-02-13
    In keeping with its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan, Georgia Power is reporting plans to decertify its coal-fired Plant Hammond before the year end, subject to Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approval. In the meantime, the utility is planning to develop a demonstration of solar power demo of up to 10 MW on closed coal ash ponds at Plant Hammond.

    The PSC previously approved the solar project to evaluate different solar technologies and to give the utility a hands-on detailed understanding of the requirements to permit and build commercial-scale solar generation facilities over closed solid waste sites, remediated sites and undeveloped plant properties. (Source: Georgia Power, Rome News-Tribune, IEEFA, Feb., 2019) Contact: Georgia Public Service Commission, www.psc.state.ga.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Solar,  


    B.C. Hidden Forest Carbon Emissions Questioned (Report Attached)
    Sierra Club
    Date: 2019-02-13
    On the Canadian West Coast, the Sierra Club B.C. is urging the province to measure and reduce "uncounted forest emissions" which, in BC, represent a major hole in the province's climate plan and show the need for a provincial forest emissions-reduction strategy.

    According to the attached Sierra Club BC report, climate-warming carbon emissions released from B.C. forests in both 2017 and 2018 were more than three times higher than emissions from all other sources combined in 2016 when the province pegged its carbon footprint from non-forestry sources at 61.3 million tpy.

    The report notes that forests can act as either a "carbon sink" that absorbs excess greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, or a source of carbon emissions if it releases more carbon than it absorbs, as occasioned by the recent major forest fires.

    The Sierra Club is calling on the province to produce an annual report measuring emissions from forests and to take steps to reduce forest carbon emissions, including banning slash burning, protecting old-growth forests and ramping up B.C.'s FireSmart program, which outlines best practices for reducing wildfire risk to properties in vulnerable communities.

    In January, the B.C. government introduced the Clean B.C. plan to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct by 2030, 60 pct by 2040 and 80 pct by 2050. The plan redirects revenue from the provincial carbon tax into incentives like rebates for the province's biggest industries to move to cleaner operations.

    Download the Sierra Club Hidden, Ignored and Growing:B.C.'s Forest Carbon Emissions report HERE. (Source: Sierra Club BC, CBC, Feb., 2019) Contact: Sierra Club BC, (250) 386-5255, info@sierraclub.bc.ca, www.sierraclub.bc.ca

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    Iberdrola Taps MHI Vestas for Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Iberdrola,MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-02-13
    Reporting from Berlin, Iberdrola has announced the selection of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred turbine supplier for its €2.5 billion, 476-MW, Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm off the island of Rügen in the German Baltic Sea.

    The contract will include up to 52 units of the V174-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine, the newly released version of the 9 MW platform from MHI Vestas. Delivery and installation is expected in 2022 / 2023.

    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). (Source: Iberdrola, PR, reve, Others, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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


    AEP Plans Sempra Energy Renewables Operations Acquisition (M&A)
    American Electric Power,Sempra Renewables
    Date: 2019-02-13
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power Company Inc (AEP) reports it plans to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC renewables business and its 724-MW portfolio of wind and battery storage capacity for $1.06 billion, subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other approvals. The acquisition is based on $551 million cash, $343 million in project debt assumption, approximately $162 million in tax equity obligations plus closing and working capital adjustments.

    AEP will absorb all of Sempra's shareholding in seven operational wind farms and a battery storage facility in Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. A Q2 closing is expected. (Source: AEP, Renewables, 13 Feb., 2019)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com; Sempra Energy, Inv. Relations, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  AEP,  Sempra,  Wind,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Velocys, Red Rock Amend Fischer-Tropsch Reactors Deal (Ind Report)
    Velocys,Red Rock Biofuel
    Date: 2019-02-13
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it and Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) have agreed to amendments in RRB's licensing of Velocys' Fischer-Tropsch reactors and proprietary catalyst for RRB's biorefinery which is under construction in Lakeview, Oregon.

    The amended agreement will see Velocys accelerate delivery of the first of four reactors and first four charges of catalyst. It will also reduce RRB's commitment for reactors from six to four but RRB will retain an option to acquire reactors 5 and 6 units at the existing price until the end of 2020. (Source: Velocys, Hydrocarbon Engineering, Others, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  Velocys,  Red Rock Biofuel,  


    IEA Confirms Ethanol's Role in Cutting Air Pollutants (Ind. Report)
    ePure,IEA
    Date: 2019-02-13
    In a recent report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that blending ethanol in petrol has an immediate impact on reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants from today's cars. The report also notes that E85 is one of the best overall performers in terms of reducing NOx and PM emissions in modern and older cars. The report adds that ethanol use reduces tailpipe emissions of carbon monoxide Accordingly, the report supports the need for higher ethanol blends as EU countries struggle to achieve their decarbonization targets.

    Other studies have demonstrated the role of ethanol in reducing emissions in heavy duty vehicles, notably through ED95 blend in dedicated engines. Comparing natural gas, diesel and ED95, the French environment agency ADEME indicated that ED95 vehicles were the best solution to reduce CO and NOx emissions and improve energy efficiency. And, on a full lifecycle analysis, ED95 reduced CO2 emission by more than 88 pct compared to diesel. (Source: IEA, ePure, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: ePure, www.epure.org; International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  ePure,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


    Notable Quote
    IEA
    Date: 2019-02-13
    "Ethanol is very important because it is part of the solution in terms of reducing the oil import dependence of many countries. At the same time, ethanol will help reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector as well as other sectors." -- IEA Exec. Dir. Fatih Birol, speaking on the sidelines of the COP24 in Katowice in Poland. Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  IEA news,  

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