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EU Lifts Duties on Argentinian Biodiesel Producers (Int'l Report)
Argentina Biodiesel
Date: 2019-02-13
Reuters is reporting Argentina and the 28-member EU have agreed to end a dispute over biodiesel exports and eight Argentinian biodiesel producers will now be permitted to export to the EU duty-free as long as a minimum price is maintained, according to the EU's Official Journal.

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,  


Palm Oil Still in EU Transportation Fuel Mix (Int'l Report)
ePure
Date: 2019-02-13
Reporting from Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it has gone most of the way toward banning the use of unsustainable palm oil in EU transport, but it hasn't quite closed the deal. Instead of acting on the RED II agreement and removing "high-ILUC-risk" biofuels from the 28-member trading bloc's transport mix, it has left a door open, according to a release.

"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, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

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


energyOrbit to Automate LES' Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Lincoln Electric System,energyOrbit
Date: 2019-02-13
In the Cornhusker State, the Lincoln-headquartered publicly owned utility Lincoln Electric System (LES) reports it is tapping San Francisco-based cloud energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) specialist energyOrbit to automate and streamline its Sustainable Energy Program among LES' 135,000 customers.

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,  


Notable Quote
Green New Deal,American Institute of Architects
Date: 2019-02-13
"We applaud the efforts of Congress and its committees to find new ways to support achieving a carbon neutral future by 2030, which is critical to our global future. By investing in infrastructure, upgrading the existing building stock and improving resilience in the built environment, we can make progress towards AIA's 2030 Commitment goals. However, there's a great deal of work that needs to be done. AIA encourages Congress to swiftly enact public policies today that will address the dire consequences we're facing." -- William Bates, Pres., American Institute of Architects commenting on the recently proposed Green New Deal. Contact: American Institute of Architects, William Bates, Pres., www.aia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  American Institute of Architects,  


Hydrostor Touts Aussie Compressed Air Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Hydrostor,ARENA
Date: 2019-02-13
Toronto-headquartered advanced compressed air energy storage (A-CAES) specialist Hydrostor Inc. is reporting its subsidiary, Hydrostor Australia Pty Ltd, has been awarded a combined total of $9 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Government of South Australia in support of the 5 MW project. Australia's first A-CAES project is slated for construction at the site of a mothballed mine near Adelaide.

(Source: Hydrostor, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO. www.hydrostor.ca; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  Hydrostor,  Compressed Air Energy STorage,  


"Green" Building Knowledge, Demand on the Rise (Ind. Report)
American Institute of Architects ,World Green Building Council,
Date: 2019-02-13
According to a recent poll of more than 2,000 building contractors, engineers, architects, investors, and owners from 86 countries, the worldwide demand for "green" buildings has been steadily rising and is expected to soon account for the majority of new building construction.

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 ,  


Carbon Capture Modernization Act Tabled in DC (Reg. & Leg.)
Carbon Capture
Date: 2019-02-13
In Washington, Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) have introduced the Carbon Capture Modernization Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel producers by creating additional incentives for utilities to install carbon capture and storage technology.

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,  


Brown Univ. Aspiring to 100 pct Renewables by 2020 (Ind. Report)
Brown University
Date: 2019-02-11
In Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is reporting the inking of agreements with two developers for the development and implementation of sufficient wind and solar power to offset all of the Ivy League school's electric power requirements by the year 2020.

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,  


U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production Falls in February (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2019-02-11
On February 7th the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported US fuel ethanol production averaged 967,000 bpd in the week to February 1, 2019. This is the lowest since mid-April 2018.

Download the US EIA Biofuels: Ethanol and Biodiesel Explained report HERE.

Access EIA Monthly Reviews HERE. (Source: US EIA, Feb, 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration ,  Ethanol,  


Statkraft Growing European Renewable Market Access (Int'l)
Statkraft,Valeco
Date: 2019-02-11
Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS reports it is seeking to expand its European renewable energy activity through a series of new projects and power purchase agreements (PPAs), including a recently inked five-year wind energy PPAs and capacity certificates from three French wind energy projects being developed by the French developer Valeco Groupe and slated for commissioning in May and September 2019.

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, contact@groupevaleco.com, www.groupevaleco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valeco,  Statkraft,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


EMPEQ Energy Efficiency Startup Selected for Veteran Founder Lab Program (Ind. Report)
EMPEQ
Date: 2019-02-11
In the Empire State, Ithaca-based energy efficiency project investment and asset management startup Empower Equity (EMPEQ) reports it has been selected to join the Veteran Founder Lab program of the Founder Institute, a Palo Alto, California-based pre-seed startup accelerator.

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, Vision Invest Launch Saudi Energy Efficiency JV (Int'l)
Etihad
Date: 2019-02-11
Reporting from Riyadh, Saudi holding company Vision Invest and the UAE's Etihad Energy Services (ESCO) are reporting the formation of a joint entity to provide energy efficiency solutions.

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,  


Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Pushing for Climate Data (Int'l)
Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund
Date: 2019-02-11
Reporting from Oslo, th $1 trillion Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, reports it will encourage the roughly 9,000 firms across 72 nations in which it has invested to disclose more data on their greenhouse gas emissions and their climate change adaptation plans.

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, CEO,www.nbim.no


NDPSC Greenlight's NextEra 123-Turbine Wind Project (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Public Service Commission,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2019-02-11
The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) is reporting approval of NextEra Energy Resources' planned Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center northeast of Linton, ND. When constructed, the $415 million, 123 wind turbine project will generate nearly 300 MW of power.

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 ,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-02-11
"The international community needs more political will to undertake climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate finance activities. We are losing the race for climate change, which could be a disaster for Africa and the world. Africa will pay even higher price because of the dramatic impact in the continent even though Africa doesn't contribute much to the warming of the planet." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the 32nd ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). (Source: IANS, 9 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


NPPD Sued Over Wind PPA Terminations (Reg. & Leg., Ind Report)
Global Investment Partners
Date: 2019-02-11
Three wind farms in the Cornhusker State -- Laredo Ridge Wind LLC, Broken Bow Wind LLC and Crofton Bluffs Wind LLC -- are reported to have filed legal action against Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) for allegedly attempting to prematurely cancel existing 20-year PPAs 10 years ahead to their expiration date.

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,  


Coal is Still King in Kentucky -- Notable Quote
Coal
Date: 2019-02-11
"Coal is the No. 1 contributor to the production of energy in the world and will continue to be in the lifetimes of everyone standing here now." -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) 10 Feb., 2019 Contact: Gov. Matt Bevin, https://governor.ky.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  


Xeric Offers City Free Landfill Gas Feasibility Study (Int'l)
Xeric AB
Date: 2019-02-11
Stockholm-headquartered landfill methane gas technology and capture specialist Xeric AB reports it will conduct a free pre-feasibility study on the possible construction of a landfill gas recovery plant for energy production in Dumaguete City, the Philippines. The city produce about 80 tpd of landfill waste.

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,  


Fairview Park Granted $68,000 for Energy Efficieny Projects (Funding)
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council
Date: 2019-02-11
In the Buckeye State, the City of Fairview Park, near Cleveland, reports it has been awarded $68,400 in Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) grant funding for as yet to be determined energy efficiency and/or energy infrastructure projects in the community.

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,  


Ireland Bemoans Lack of Solar Progress (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2019-02-11
In Dublin, the Republic of Ireland Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment reports that despite its approval of more than 80 solar projects between 2015 and 2018, there are currently no operational commercial-scale solar farms on the Emerald Island.

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,  


CO2 Now Being Captured in DRAX Biomass CCS Pilot (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2019-02-11
In the UK, DRAX, the UK's biggest renewable power generator is reporting the first BECCS demo pilot project of its kind in the world has begun capturing carbon dioxide at its biomass-fired power station near Selby in North Yorkshire. The pilot project uses proprietary solvent technology developed by University of Leeds spin-out C-Capture. The pilot project is the first-time CO2 has been captured from the combustion of a 100 biomass biomass feedstock anywhere in the world.

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,  


Green Bond Raises $410Mn for Asian Low Carbon Projects (Int'l)
AC Energy,Ayala
Date: 2019-02-11
In the Philippines, AC Energy, the energy platform of one of the largest conglomerates located in the Philippines, Ayala Corporation, reports it raised $410 million (US) in its first Climate Bond Initiative listed on the Singapore Exchange. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, provided an anchor investment of $75 million to complete the public placement of the bonds. AC Energy added a private placement of $110 million in climate bonds for 10 years and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) invested $20 million in the transaction, which is paying a coupon of 5.25 pct.

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,  


USGBC Touts Top LEED Green Buildings States for 2018 (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-02-11
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has officially revealed the Top 10 states for LEED certification. The states that led the country in LEED standards constructed over 468 million square feet of green building space for a population of 128 million people.

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,  


IEA Touts New Biofuture Platform Facilitator (Ind. Report)
IEA,Biofuture Platform
Date: 2019-02-11
The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports it has officially taken on the role of Facilitator of the 20-member nation Biofuture Platform -- Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands.

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,  


DRAX Biomass Carbon Capture Pilot Now in Action (Int'l Report)
DRAX
Date: 2019-02-11
In the UK, the nation's largest renewable power energy generator DRAX is reporting the nation's first Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project at its power station near Selby in North Yorkshire has begun capturing carbon dioxide.

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,  


$1Bn Green Bond to Fund Verizon Energy Efficiency, Green Building Initiatives (Ind. Report)
Verizon
Date: 2019-02-11
Verizon is reporting the issuance of $1 billion in green bonds, the proceeds from which will fund various sustainability initiatives including renewable energy, green buildings, energy efficiency, and other initiatives over a ten year period.

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,  


RFA 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook -- Powered with Renewed Energy Guide Attached (Ind. Report)
RFA
Date: 2019-02-11
The RFA's 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide -- the go-to sources for reliable information and data on America's ethanol industry -- is now available.

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,  


Wisc. Board Lifts Not-on-Our-Time Climate Change Rule (Reg. & Leg.)
Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands
Date: 2019-02-11
In the Badger State, the newly elected Democrat dominated Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands reports it has lifted an obscure 2015, Republican instituted ban on its nine employees working on climate change issues while working on state time on the grounds that it was "completely reckless."

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,  


RFS2 Emissions Reductions Beat EPA Expectations (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard ,Renewable Fuels Association, RFA
Date: 2019-02-08
A recently released Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) commissioned study claims the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with nearly 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction since 2007 -- surpassing the EPA original expectations of 422 million metric tons, according to the study. The analysis was conducted by Life Cycle Associates, a California-based scientific consulting firm, and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF).

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 ,  


Wheat Straw Isobutene Demo Scale Success Reported (Ind. Report)
Global Bioenergies ,Clariant
Date: 2019-02-08
Evry, France-based Global Bioenergies is reporting the successful production of cellulosic isobutene using wheat straw hydrolysate provided by its partner Clariant at its Leuna Demo Plant. The initial demo plants runs were part of OPTISOCHEM (OPTimized conversion of residual wheat straw to bio-ISObutene for bio based CHEMicals), a 2017 project with €9.8 million in grant funding from the Bio Based Industry- Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) as part of the H2020 program.

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:

  • Conversion of straw into glucose- and xylose-rich hydrolysates by Clariant sunliquid technology:

  • Fermentation of the straw hydrolysates into bio-isobutene by Global Bioenergies;

  • Conversion of bio-isobutene into oligomers and polymers by INEOS;

  • Preliminary engineering of an hydrolysate-to-isobutene plant and overall integration with a straw-to-hydrolysate plant, by TechnipFMC and IPSB, (France), and

  • Assessment of the sustainability and environmental benefits by the Energy Institute at the JKU Linz (Austria).

    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,  


  • DoE to Fund $28Mn for Floating Offshore Wind R&D (Funding)
    DOE Wind
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Washington, the U.S.DOE reports it will provide $28 million in funding for a research program that aimed at developing new technologies for floating offshore wind turbines.

    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,  


    Daimler Predicting Rising Vehicle Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Daimler
    Date: 2019-02-08
    German auto juggernaut Daimler is reporting its average emissions levels in Europe will rise in 2019 due to stricter anti-pollution testing rules that have revealed higher emissions results.

    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,  


    Aussie Solar-plus-Storage Projects Advancing (Int'l Report)
    Energy Projects Solar
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, South Australia, the nation's renewable energy leader, reports it may soon host two of the country's largest utility-scale solar arrays -- a 500 MW solar farm co-located with a 250 MW/1 GWh battery storage capacity, and a construction-ready 200 MW PV project with 120 MWh of storage that forms part of the Solar River Project, near Robertstown.

    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,  


    Europe's Offshore Wind Capacity Steadily Rising (Int'l Report)
    WindEurope
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In its annual report, the Brussels-based wind industry group WindEurope is reporting Europe's offshore wind capacity grew by 18 percent in 2018 with the installation of 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy, raising total capacity to 18.5 GW. Of the total, Britain and Germany accounted for 85 pct of the new capacity, adding 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.

    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, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Meyer Burger Offloads Wafering Business for $49Mn (Int'l, M&A)
    Meyer Burger ,Precision Surfacing Solutions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Switzerland-based PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger is reporting the sale of its photovoltaic, semiconductor and sapphire wafering business to Rendsburg, Germany-headquartered Precision Surfacing Solutions (PPS) for $49.8 million in cash. The deal is slated to close towards the end of Q1, 2019.

    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, sales@meyerburger.com, www.meyerburger.com; Precision Surfacing Solutions, www.precision-surface.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger,  Solar,  Solar Wafer ,  


    Delaware Univ. Offers Professional Offshore Wind Training (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-02-08
    The University of Delaware, in partnership with the Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark, reports the launch of the Offshore Wind Skills Academy offering wind energy industry training to professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, the investment community and others.

    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,  


    Pacific Bioenergy, Skeena Ink Wood Pellet Off-Take Deal (Ind. Report)
    Skeena Sawmills, Pacific BioEnergy
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Following up on our 30th July, 2018 coverage, Terrance, British Columbia, privately owned and funded Skeena BioEnergy/Skeena Sawmills Ltd. and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. (PacBio) are reporting a long term off-take agreement for 100 pct of the woody biomass pellets produced at Skeena Sawmills' new, $20 million pellet plant, in support of PacBio's long term supply agreements with power producers in Japan.

    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, info@pacificbioenergy.ca, 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,  


    Alabama CFC to Lobby Feds on Alternative Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (CFC) reports it will join other clean transportation leaders representatives next week in Washington D.C. in an effort to educate and lobby federal policymakers on the benefits of expanding alternative fuels.

    "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,  


    Finns Legislate 30 pct Biofuel Vehicles by 2029 (Int'l Report)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Helsinki, in keeping with its effort to lower carbon emissions and fight climate change, the Parliament of Finland has voted to increase the percentage of biofuels powered vehicles on the country's highways to 30 pct by 2029. The Parliament also approved similar legislation on "light" heating oil and other bio-based fuel oil starting in 2021.

    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,  


    "Green New Deal" Calls for Increased Renewable Energy (Reg & Leg.)
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Washington, DC, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem -NY) and Mass. Sen. Ed Markey (Dem) have released their "Green New Deal" legislative proposal that sets broad goals to address climate change, cut carbon emissions, create jobs and boost the economy nation wide.

    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:

  • upgrading the energy efficiency of all existing buildings in the country;

  • working with farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to the degree technically possible;

  • an overhauling of transportation systems to reduce emissions -- including expanding electric car manufacturing, building charging stations, and expanding high-speed rail to "a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary";

  • a guaranteed job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security for all Americans; and

  • high-quality health care" for all.

    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 https://twitter.com/AOC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Carbon Emissions,  Low Carbon Energy,  Sen. Ed Markey ,  


  • MO. Utilities Consider PAYS Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind Report)
    Ameren Missouri,Empire District Electric
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Show Me State, Missouri's three investor-owned utility companies -- KCP&L, Ameren Missouri and Empire District Electric Co. -- are reportedly studying a potential "Pay As You Save" (PAYS) program that would let customers pay for energy efficiency projects through their monthly power bills.

    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 Quits UK Energy Efficiency Investments Fund (Int'l)
    Earth Capital
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Earth Capital reports its Nobel Sustainability Fund has exited the UK Energy Efficiency Investments Fund (UKEEI) through the sale of the Fund's assets via a December, 2018, £100 million IPO.

    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, info@earthcapital.uk, www.earthcapital.uk/nobel-sustainability-growth-fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Earth Capital,  


    Corvus Snares Norwegian Li-Ion Marine Battery Specialist (M&A, Int'l)
    Corvus Energy
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Richmond, British Columbia-based marine propulsion and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) specialist Corvus Energy is confirming an acquisition agreement to purchase all shares in Skien, Norway=headquartered Grenland Energy. Grenland develops and produces lightweight lithium-ion batteries for offshore, maritime and subsea industries.

    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, post@grenlandenergy.com, www.grenlandenergy.com; Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion Battery,  Corvus Energy,  Energy STorage,  Battery,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2019-02-08
    "Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us. It ( the Green New Deal) could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal." -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem -NY) Contact: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter https://twitter.com/AOC

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


    Australia to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Target (Int'l)
    Australian National University,Australia Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, a study from the Australian National University reports Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris climate accord well before 2030. Under the Paris Climate accord, Australia committed to cut CO2 emissions by 26 to 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    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, andrew.blakers@anu.edu.au, +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,  


    Oil Soaked Alberta Funds 11 GHG Reduction Techs (Funding)
    Government of Alberta
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Edmonton, the Government of Alberta is reporting the granting of up to $70.2 million in funding for 11 projects developing technologies to reduce GHGs from industrial development.

    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:

  • Energreen Solutions: Strathcona Works - Waste Heat to Power Project -- ERA funding: $10.0 million;

  • Lafarge Canada: Lower Carbon Fuels Project -- $10.0 million;

  • TAQA North: Crossfield Gas Plant Energy Efficiency and GHG Reduction Project -- $10.0 million;

  • TransCanada: Supercritical CO2 Waste Heat Recovery and Utilization Technology -- $8.0 million;

  • ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc.: Crossfield Energy Centre Hybrid Fuel Project -- $7.284 million;

  • Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries: Kraft Pulp Mill Flue Gas Energy Recovery Project -- $6.0 million;

  • ConocoPhillips Canada: Field Pilot of Multilateral Well Technology to Reduce GHG Intensity of SAGD -- $6.0 million;

  • Imperial Oil: Kearl ConDex Flue Gas Heat and Water Recovery Project -- $6.0 million;
  • Athabasca Oil Corporation: Energy Intensity Reduction through Flow Control Devices and Non-Combustible Gas -- $4.336 million;

  • Suncor Energy: Digital Optimization using Advanced Process Control in an In Situ Facility -- $1.43 million;

  • Repsol Oil and Gas Canada: Demonstration of the Transition from Hydrocarbons to Inert Gas Technology for Gas Blanketing and Purge in the Gas Processing Industry -- $1.14 million.

    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,  


  • Acciona Completes South African CSP Solar Project (Int'l Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In South Africa, Acciona Industrial and Sener is reporting construction of the 100MW Kathu concentrated solar plant (CSP) has been completed and commercial operations are now underway. Construction of the plant, owned by an Engie-led consortium, started in 2016.

    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

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    Montana Legislature Considering State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Montana Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Helena, Montana lawmakers are reported to be considering a $10-per-ton tax on carbon dioxide from various sources, including coal-fired power plants, including the Colstrip Power Plant facility.

    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)

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


    Ice Energy SCE Energy Storage Installation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Costa Mesa, California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions specialist Ice Energy is reporting completion of the first stage of its Ice Bear systems under a 21.6-MW energy storage contract with Southern California Edison (SCE).

    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, info@ice-energy.com, www.ice-energy.com; Southern California Edison, www.sce.com/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Ice Bear,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    Notable Quote
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2019-02-08
    "The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been an unmitigated success, helping to clean the air, boost rural economies, lower fuel prices, and break up the oil industry's near monopoly at the pump." -- Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  RFA,  

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