The EU imposed anti-dumping duties on Argentina, the world's top producer of soyoil, the main ingredient used to make biodiesel, in 2013, but lifted most suties in March 2018 after they were successfully challenged at the World Trade Organization and the European Court of Justice.
According to the EC, with the lifted duties the EU's annual biodiesel imports would equal approximately 10 pct of the trading bloc's biodiesel consumption per year from 2014 to 2017.
The price would be linked to the average monthly soybean price quotations published by Argentina's agriculture ministry, which reflect the inclusion of the export tax.
The duties and the minimum price scheme is now in effect. (Source: EC, Successful Farming, Reuters, 12 Feb., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Argentina Biodiesel, Biodiesel,
"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," said Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association. "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 EC is making a mockery of the agreed RED II compromise," the ePure Secretary General added.
European renewable ethanol is made from European feedstock and delivers high greenhouse-gas reduction and is not associated with deforestation. Its use cuts GHG emissions by more than 70 pct on average compared to fossil petrol. (Source: ePure, EC, Feb., 2019)
Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com, www.epure.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil, Biodiesel , ePure, Biofuel,
With energyOrbit's "Salesforce" platform, LES can more effectively report energy efficiency savings and incentive programs offered to customers and make better informed operational decisions for effective management of their programs. Similarly, the scalable nature of the energyOrbit platform can also open the opportunity for managing future energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.
According to energyOrbit, its platform has enabled similar utilities to improve efficiency and DSM operational savings by up to 75 pct, lower overhead costs and ultimately gain a unit of energy savings. f
(Source: energyOrbit, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: energyOrbit, Udi Merhav, CEO www.energyorbit.com; Lincoln Electric System, Marc Shkolnick, Manager, Energy Services, www.les.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Electric System, energyOrbit,
(Source: Hydrostor, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Hydrostor,
Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO. www.hydrostor.ca; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://arena.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA, Hydrostor, Compressed Air Energy STorage,
The research was published by Dodge Data & Analytics on behalf of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the World Green Building Council, and other green building groups.
The poll noted "a significant change in the perceptions surrounding green buildings" with more than one-half of the poll respondents expecting at least 60 pct of their project pipeline to involve green building--green construction by 2021. The poll also noted the number of survey respondents who believe that green construction costs more than traditional building methods has decreased from over 75 pct in 2012 to less than 50 pct in the most recent survey.
(Source: AIA, CRL, Jan., 2019) Contact: AIA, www.aia.org; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, American Institute of Architects ,
The bi-partisan Act, which is cosponsored by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Barrasso (R-Wy), Jon Tester (D-Mont), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Steve Daines (R-Mont), updates the tax credit system for coal producers and incentivizes underground carbon sequestration rather than releasing carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
"Climate change will continue to threaten our economy and our future if we don't find ways to decrease our nation's carbon footprint, While we continue to transition to clean and affordable forms of energy, this legislation helps ensure that carbon dioxide released by fossil fuel power plants is captured and stored before it can be emitted into the atmosphere. This bill supports the good work that Minnesota Power, Minnesota's rural electric co-ops, and other utilities in our state are doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Sen. Smith stated in a release.
(Source: Various Media, Brainerd Dispatch, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn), www.smith.senate.gov/content/about-tina; Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), www.hoeven.senate.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The bulk of Brown's planned renewable energy will be supplied by a 50-MW solar array planned for a former gravel pit in North Kingstown. The project, proposed by Providence-based Energy Development Partners, in partnership with national energy provider Constellation, will be the largest solar project in the state.
The solar project is expected to offset about 70 pct of the university's energy usage. The remainder will be offset under the terms of a 25-year PPA for an 8-MW portion of a large onshore wind farm presently being developed in Texas.
Brown has also pledged to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2040 and, to that end, has taken steps to cut emissions by 75 pct below 2017-18 levels by 2025.
(Source: Brown University, Providence Journal, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Brown University, www.brown.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Carbon Neutral, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy,
Download the US EIA Biofuels: Ethanol and Biodiesel Explained report HERE.
Under the terms of their agreement, Valeco will operate the three wind projects in northern France from its HQ in Montpellier, with support from technicians based in Amiens.
Statkraftnotes it is Europe's largest provider of market access for, mainly, renewables generation, amounting to 18.2GW.
As previously reported, Statkraft exited the offshore wind industry and is now focused on expanding in onshore wind, solar and hydropower facities and activities.
(Source: Statkraft, WindPower, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00, Clement Perchat, Bus. Dev for France, www.statkraft.com; Valeco, +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 00,
Fax: +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 05,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Valeco, Statkraft, Wind, Renewable Energy,
Through Veteran Founder Lab, EMPEQ, a NYSERDA and LaunchNY portfolio company, will receive help funding its energy efficient project financing business globally.
The Founder Lab is a virtual advisory program that helps early-stage startups raise seed funding, improve their "pitch" materials, build an investor pipeline, negotiate terms, and generate strong investor interest. Veteran-led startups also gain access to the combined global networks of the Founder Institute and Vet-Tech to scale their companies using corporate partnerships, customer introductions, and a network of startup talent as part of the initiative's global network.
EMPEQ helps businesses access commercial energy efficiency equipment, such as LED lighting, air source heat pump systems and related equipment without upfront costs.
(Source: EMPEQ, Business Journal News Network, 9 Feb., 2019) Contact: EMPEQ, Herbert Dwyer, CEO, 347-903-6737, empeq.co
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Etihad ESCO enables the energy performance contracting market in Dubai and has retrofitted more than 2,000 facilities delivering average savings of close to 35 pct -- more than 88 GW of electricity, 246 million IG of water and offset more than 407,000 tpy CO2 emissions, according to the release.
Vision Invest is a 2002 vintage Saudi investment and development holding company focused on investments in utilities, industrial gases, logistics and social infrastructure, as well as other sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Source: Etihad, arabianindustry.com, 10 Feb., 2019), Contact: Vision Invest, www.vision-invest.eu; Etihad ESCO, +971 (0) 4 322 03 83www.etihadesco.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad, Energy Efficiency,
The fund, which invests the revenues of Norway's oil and gas production, has also developed in-house software that uses non-financial data, such as CO2 emissions, and trading and earnings data to project future company performance. In 2018, the new software reportedly helped 30 companies complete informed divestments Two of the 30 divested companies were involved in palm oil; one in rubber; ten in coal-based power; and one in "CO2 intensity".
In 2018, the Norwegian fund emitted 107 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents via its ownership stakes -- roughly twice the amount emitted by Norway in 2017 -- according to the fund's recently release annual report. (Source: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Reuters, euronews, Feb., 2019)Contact: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Yngve Slyngstad,
Great River Energy has inked a 25-year PPA for 100 pct of the project's approximately 300 MW capacity. The state presently boasts roughly 3,150 MW of wind energy capacity.
(Source: North Dakota Public Service Commission, reve, 10 Feb., 2019)
Contact: North Dakota Public Service Commission, www.psc.nd.gov; NextEra Energy Resources, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, NextEra Energy Resources ,
The lawsuit seeks both a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop NPPD from terminating the agreements on the grounds that a "premature termination of the PPAs would effectively destroy each plaintiff's wind energy project as a going concern." The suit also claims the early PPA terminations would have a material effect on the wind farms because it would put them in default with their creditors, potentially triggering foreclosure actions.
All three plaintiff wind farms are owned or partially owned New York-based Global Investment Partners. (Source: The Sioux City Journal, Feb., 2019) Contact:
Global Investment Partners, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sk-investment-partners; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, NPPD,
Xeric AB offers technologies that can capture methane gases from existing landfill areas ton be sold as methane gas fuel or used for on site electric power generation.
The free pre-feasibility study will help the city comply with a proposed ecological solid waste management program including a landfill gas recovery and energy production facility. (Source: Xeric AB, Negros Chronicle, !0 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xeric AB , Ulf Malmerberg, CEO, +46 8 752 1900,www.xeric.se
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane.Lasdfill Gas,
Energy efficiency project being considered include LED street lighting, and facility window and door efficiency upgrades.
The NOPEC grant is expected to be used in 2019.
(Source: Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, Cleveland.com. 11 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Fairview Park, Shawn Leininger, Director of Public Service and Development,www.fairviewpark.org;
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, www.nopec.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
And, according to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, solar power accounted for under 0.03 pct of Ireland's overall energy supply for electricity consumption in 2017. The department also confirmed that it supports solar PV through the SEAI-led Better Energy Communities and pilot Deep Retrofit Scheme.
Under its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland is required to generate a minimum of 16 pct of its energy requirement from renewable sources by the year 2020. (Source: Republic of Ireland Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Agriland, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: Republic of Ireland Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, www.dccae.gov.ie
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Renewable Energy,
Drax has invested £400,000 in the pilot, which could be the first of several projects undertaken at the power station to deliver a rapid, lower cost demonstration of BECCS. According to the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, BECCS could enable the capture 50 million tpy of CO2 by 2050 -- approximately half the UK's emissions target.
As previously reported, DRAX converted two thirds of the Selby Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal making the plant the country's largest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.
C-Capture designs world-leading, patented chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal.The company's solvent-based technology offers a safe, low-cost way to remove CO2 from emissions sources such as power stations, industrial plants and anaerobic digestion.
(Source: DRAX, PR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: University of Leeds, www.leeds.ac.uk; C-CAPTURE, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, www.c-capture.co.uk; DRAX , Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX, Carbon Capture, C-CAPTURE, CO2, CCS,
Proceeds from the bond offering are earmarked for AC Energy's low-carbon energy projects in the Asia-Pacific region. The bonds received pre-issuance certification as climate bonds under the Climate Bonds Standard (CBS).
(Source: AC Energy, Asset ESG Forum, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: AC Energy , Eric Francia, Pres., CEO, www.acenergy.com.ph; Ayala, www.ayala.com.ph/ac-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ayala, AC Energy, Climate Change, Green Bond, Renewable Energy,
Illinois led the pack of the top 10 LEED states with 172 projects that adhered to LEED standards. Massachusetts came in second followed by Washington, New York, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Virginia, California and Maryland.
Several of the top 2018 LEED states -- Illinois, Maryland, New York, Colorado, Virginia, California and Maryland -- were also in the top 10 in 2017.(Source: US Green Building Council, Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, LEED Certification, Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
The Biofuture Platform organization aims to accelerate development and deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, chemicals, plastics and other bioenergy sectors.
Since its launch in November 2016, the Biofuture Platform Platform has worked with the IEA on various initiatives including analysis and promotion of innovative bioenergy technology, effective policies, sustainability governance and multilateral collaboration. In 2018, the IEA identified modern bioenergy as the "overlooked giant among renewables" noting that it corresponds to 50 pct of the total consumption of renewable energy.
In addition, the IEA will expand and strengthen collaboration with bioenergy frontrunners under its Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme.
(Source: Biofuture Platform, IEA, Modern Diplomat, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: Biofuture Platform, www.biofutureplatform.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy, IEA, Biofuel, Biochemical,
The "first of its kind" demonstration plant uses innovative technology developed by Leeds University spin-out C-Capture to capture CO2 from the combustion of a 100 pct biomass feedstock. The pilot plant was commissioned last November.
Drax has invested £400,000 in the pilot, which could be the first of several projects undertaken at the power station to deliver a rapid, lower cost demonstration of BECCS. According to the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, BECCS could enable the capture of 50 million tpy by 2050 -- almost half of the UK's emissions target.
Drax operates electric power generation and compressed wood biomass pellet production operations across the UK, including the woddy biomass-fired Selby, North Yorkshire plant which supplies fully 6 pct of the country's electricity needs.
C-Capture's proprietary solvent-based chemical processes removes CO2 from emissions sources such as power stations, industrial plants and anaerobic digestion.
(Source: DRAX, PR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: University of Leeds, www.leeds.ac.uk; C-CAPTURE, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering , www.c-capture.co.uk; DRAX , Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX, Biomass, Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet,
Additionally, the company
recently implemented 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
recently announced goal sourcing 50 pct -- about 2,000 MW -- of its electric power consumption from renewable generation by 2025. (Source: Verizon, Fierce Telecom, 11 Feb., 2019) Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.verizon.com/about/our-company/verizon-corporate-headquarters
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond, Energy Efficiency, Verizon, Green Building,
The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary on what to expect in 2019. The publication also features a detailed listing of every fuel ethanol plant in the country, along with production capacity.
Access the RFA 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook -- Powered with Renewed Energy
HERE. (Source: RFA, Feb., 2019) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Ind. Relations, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA, Renewable Fuels Association, Ethanol, Biofuel,
The board, which provides money from a $1.2 billion endowment fund for school libraries and makes loans to municipalities and school districts, also manages 77,000 acres of timber land.
A spokesperson for the board said the "climate change ban was making it hard for them to make sound decisions about state lands. Removing it is about fulfilling a responsibility to manage state assets properly."
(Source: Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, My Plainview, 8 Feb., 2019) Contact: Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, (608) 266-1370, bcpl.wisconsin.gov/Pages/Home.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands , Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The study credits the larger-than-expected GHG reductions to: the adoption of technology improvements in the production of corn-based ethanol, resulting in far greater GHG reductions than originally estimated by EPA; the GHG emissions of petroleum are higher than the baseline estimates originally projected by EPA; and advanced biofuels like biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas have contributed additional GHG reductions, even though actual cellulosic biofuel production has been lower than initially projected. The study also notes that the conventional ethanol consumed in 2018 reduced GHG emissions by 43 pct compared to EPA's initial projections that conventional ethanol would achieve only a 20 pct GHG reduction versus petroleum.
Download the study HERE. (Source: RFA, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG Emissions, Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels Association, Climate Change, RFA ,
The project aimed to demonstrate a new value chain combining Global Bioenergies bio-Isobutene process with technologies developed by Clariant and INEOS, two of Europe's leading chemical companies. OPTISOCHEM focuses on:
The BBI-JU, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-Industries Consortium (BIC), is dedicated to realizing the European bio-economy potential, turning biological residues and wastes into greener everyday products through innovative technologies and bio-refineries expected to become the heart of the bio-economy.
(Source: Global BioEnergies, 7 Feb., 2019)Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, www.global-bioenergies.com; INEOS, www.ineos.com; Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Whest Straw, INEOS, Clariant, Global Bioenergies , Isobutene,
The department is seeking proposals using control co-design methodologies, bringing together disciplines from across the realm of engineering, sciences and technology to work concurrently on designing lighter, more powerful floating turbines.
According to the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program,
U.S. offshore wind energy potential is estimated to be equivalent to 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but nearly 60 pct of that wind energy -- the equivalent of the entire U.S. annual electricity consumption -- blows across waters more than 200 feet deep, an area that cannot presently be economically accessed.
(Source: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Offshore Engineer, 6 Feb., 2019)Contact: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.energy.gov/science-innovation/innovation/arpa-e
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, Floating Offshore Wind, DOE,
European Union lawmakers are demanding that automakers cut average CO2 emissions levels by 40 pct between 2007 and 2021, a goal that has become harder to attain after WLTP emissions tests were introduced in 2018.
Daimler AG is a German multinational automotive corporation, headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg. Daimler-Benz was formed with the merger of Benz & Cie and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft in 1926. (Source: Daimler, euronews., 7 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, CEO, www.daimler.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Daimler, Transportation Emissions,
The first project, proposed by Energy Projects Solar, would be constructed in stages and get under way before the year end. The second scheme planned for the same region is the Solar River Project is presently preparing to break ground.
The privately funded, $450 million Solar River Project comprises 200 MW of solar PV generation capacity plus 120 MWh of battery storage capacity.
The two projects with their energy storage facilities are among the largest in Australia's development pipeline.
(Source: Energy Projects Solar, PV Mag., February 5, 2019) Contact: Energy Projects Solar, www.renewablessa.sa.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia, Solar,
The report notes that another six offshore wind farms are currently under construction and another 12 new offshore wind projects are at the final investment decision stage.
WindEurope boasts 400-plus members including turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, wind energy developers and electric power producers and suppliers. (Source: WindEurope, Reuters, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1890,
More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope, Wind, Offshore Wind,
PPS will retain
around 70 employees involved in the wafering technology portfolio at the thun facility which Meyer Burger will rent to PPS on a long term basis. (Source: Meyer Burger, PV Tech, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Meyer Burger, Hans Brandle, CEO, +41 33 221 28 00, email@example.com, www.meyerburger.com; Precision Surfacing Solutions, www.precision-surface.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger, Solar, Solar Wafer ,
The new courses, which began last week, will provide instruction in the basics of wind power, offshore wind turbines, and the development of offshore wind projects.
The cirriculum will focus on how wind power works, the logistics of building a wind power project, and the details of planning a wind power installation. There will also be information specific to the United States market including permitting, environmental assessments, and working with local suppliers.
Technical information on contracts, feasibility studies, logistics and more will be taught by instructors from the Danish Energy and Climate Academy. Other courses under development will address topics including engineering, financing and construction planning. (Source: University of Delaware, Clean Technica, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Willett Kempton, John Madsen, (302) 831-2792, www.udel.edu; Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark, www.dbdh.dk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,
The new plant is slated to begin production in Q1 2019.
(Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corp., Biomass Mag., 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Pacific BioEnergy, John Stirling, Pres., 604.602.1099,
604.602.1089 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; Skeena BioEnergy, Roger Keery, VP, Rick Harris, VP Sales & Marketing, www.skeenasawmills.com/bioenergy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Skeena Sawmills, Pacific BioEnergy, Wood Pellet, Woody Biomas,
"Despite the recent drop in gasoline prices, gas prices remain extremely volatile and we continue to send more than $200 billion per year to OPEC and other nations for oil," said Mark Bentley, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition's executive director. "We are going to Washington to help our representatives understand that Alabama and the United States must aggressively expand our use of alternatives to petroleum-based fuel if we are to stabilize gas prices, decrease our reliance on foreign oil and maintain and create domestic jobs in the transportation energy industry."
There are approximately 1.8 million alternative fuel vehicles currently on the road in the United States and nearly 70,000 alternative fueling stations, according to the US DOE. (Source: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Alabama Reporter, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Mark Bentley, (205) 402-2755, www.alabamacleanfuels.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Alternative Fuel,
The legislation is inline with the government's commitment to lower transportation emissions over the next decade.
(Source: Gov. of Finland, Various Media, EnergyLIve, 7 Feb., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend, Biofuel Vehicles,
In broad strokes, the Green New Deal sets goals for measures to cut carbon emissions from electric power generation to transportation to agriculture. The bill calls for a "10-year national mobilizations" toward accomplishing a series of goals, including "meeting 100 pct of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy. Specifically, the Green Deal calls for:
The non-binding, Green New Deal framework 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.
Download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: Various Sources, NPR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact:
Sen. Ed Markey, 617-565-8519, www.markey.senate.gov;
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal, Carbon Emissions, Low Carbon Energy, Sen. Ed Markey ,
Under PAYS, the utility provides the funds and owns the energy upgrades until they've been paid off typically over 10 or 12 years and are incorporated into the utility bill. When a customer moves, the payments -- along with the energy savings -- accrue to the next renter or owner.
The program requires that the financial savings of energy upgrades exceed the cost enough so that the average monthly utility bill is about 20 pct lower than previously.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has indicated support for PAYS but to date the PAYS program has been primarily used by rural electric cooperatives.
An alternative financing model, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), is available to homeowners in Missouri but is not an option for renters.
(Source: Missouri Public Service Commission, Energy News, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri
Empire District Electric Co., www.empiredistrict.com; Missouri Public Service Commission, https://psc.mo.gov; KCP&L, Kim Winslow, Dir. of Energy Solutions, www.kcpl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, KCP&L, Ameren Missouri,
Earth Capital's Nobel Sustainability Fund was invested in UKEEI alongside the Green Investment Bank, Earth Capital investee SDCL EEco (SDCL), the European Investment Bank and other institutional LPs.
Earth Capital made a series of pioneering investments in the UK Energy Efficiency market including LED lighting, Combined Heat and Power and biomass heat. Companies in the UK benefiting from the Fund's investment include Santander Bank, Citigroup, Moy Park, NCP, and St Bartholomew's Hospital, all of which had energy efficient products installed by the Fund.
(Source: Earth Capital, Private Equity Wire, 7 2019) Contact: Nobel Sustainability Growth Fund, Earth Capital UK Ltd., Gordon Power, CEO, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Earth Capital,
The acquisition expands Corvus' existing portfolio of large-scale maritime ESSs into lightweight and subsea batteries, strengthening the company's position in as a seaborne battery supplier.
Grenland Energy's current operations will continue as before, and both companies' customers are set to benefit from the merger. The Grenland office in Skien will continue in its current location and Grenland shareholders will continue as Corvus Energy shareholders.
(Source: Corvus Energy, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Grenland Energy, Roman Stoiber, +47 948 81758,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grenlandenergy.com; Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, email@example.com, www.corvus-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion Battery, Corvus Energy, Energy STorage, Battery,
The study attributes the country's progress to the increasing growth in wind and solar power nationwide. The country is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, the study said. The pipeline of new wind and solar systems is averaging about 6.3 GW a year, the study showed.
The report notes that each extra gigawatt of renewables displaces about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions from coal-fired power, implying that Australia's pipeline of renewables would cut emissions by about 12 million to 13 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. Assuming other sectors' emissions grow by 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, the net reduction would be about 10 million to 11 million tpy which would put Australia on track to meet its Paris target before 2030.
The study, which was based on data from Australia's Clean Energy Regulator, found that for Australia to meet its target, emissions would have to fall to between 430 million and 442 million tpy of CO2 equivalent.
However, as of the end of 2017, emissions had risen to 553.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to data from Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
(Source: Australian National University, SBS , Feb., 2019) Contact: Australian National University, Prof. Andrew Blakers, firstname.lastname@example.org, +61 2 612 55905, www.anu.edu.au;
Australia National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, ageis.climatechange.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, Carbon Emissions, GHG, Australia GHG, Climate Change,
The funding, which comes from the province's carbon levy on industrial emitters, is being awarded through Emissions Reductions Alberta's 2018 Industrial Efficiency Challenge which was designed to implement leading technologies in oil and gas, chemicals and fertilizers, cement and concrete, forestry and agriculture, electric power generation and manufacturing.
The following projects have received ERA funding commitments:
The 11 projects are anticipated to eliminate more than 5.3 million tonnes of CO2e by 2030 -- the equivalent of bringing more than 1,300 wind turbines online and significant reductions in operating costs are also expected. Funding will be distributed on a milestone-by-milestone basis, and the progress of each project is reported on until completion, according to a release. the province said. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, jwn, Feb., 2019)Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Emissions Reduction Alberta, www.eralberta.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas, GHG, Government of Alberta,
The Kathu facility, which incorporates Sener's parabolic trough collectors and a molten salt storage system, is part of the South African Department of Energy's Integrated Resource Programme 2010. The program aims to increase the country's power generation capacity to 86.8GW by 2030, of which 24 pct will be renewable.
(Source: Acciona, renews, 7 Feb., 2019)Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com; South African Department of Energy, www.energy.gov.za
More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona, CSP, Conentrated Solar Power,
The bill under consideration targets carbon emissions of 25,000 tons or more, meaning that small industrial polluters would avoid the tax. There are 22 major polluters in the state that would fall under the carbon tax. The businesses range from the Malteurop North America malting facility in Great Falls to the Colstrip Power Plant, tops the list at 14.3 million tpy of CO2, according to EPA pollution data. All told, 21 businesses subject to the tax produce 20.8 million tpy of CO2. The three biggest polluters after Colstrip are in the Phillips 66 refinery, Yellowstone Energy Limited Partners, CHS refinery and ExxonMobil refinery, all in the Billings area.
If mandated, the carbon tax is expected to add
about $210 million a year to the state's coffers, $21 million of which would be used to help affected communities transition away from fossil fuel-based economies.
(Source: Various Media, Billings Gazette, 7 Feb., 2019)
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The two-year project will ultimately incorporate over 1,200 Ice Bears, providing the utility with greater flexibility to reduce electricity load during peak demand periods.
Ice Energy's contract with SCE enables qualifying Southern California businesses to receive free, fully installed Ice Bears. The Ice Bear "thermal battery" system is connected to standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units.
Approximately 100 Ice Bear systems, including the newly available Ice Bear 40 model, have been installed at businesses across SCE's service territory to date.
(Source: Ice Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, email@example.com, www.ice-energy.com; Southern California Edison, www.sce.com/home
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