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HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Companies
Date: 2019-07-19
In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Companies,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  


Kansas City Brewery adds 200-kW Rooftop Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Artisun Solar
Date: 2019-07-19
In the Show Me State, the Boulevard Brewing Company is reporting Artisun Solar has completed the installation of a 200-kW rooftop solar array at its Kansas City brewery facility.

The new solar installation was financed with CleanView Capital and is additional to Boulevard's existing solar portfolio. (Source: Boulevard Brewing Company, ClearView Capital, PV World, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Boulevard Brewing Company, www.boulevard.com; Artisun Solar, Kirk Kreisel, Pres., 816-265-1786, info@artisunsolar.com, www.artisunsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Artisun Solar,  Solar,  


NZ Considering Bldg. Energy Efficiency Rating System (Int'l)
NABERSNZ
Date: 2019-07-19
The New Zealand Government, with more than 1.2 million square metres of office and other space, is looking at ways to increase the energy efficiency of the offices it owns and leases. To that end, the Government now requires any new building developed for Government office accommodation to be measured for a 4-star NABERSNZ energy efficiency rating.

NABERSNZ , the tool used to measure energy efficiency in office buildings, was developed in Australia, adapted for New Zealand and introduced here in 2013. Its use is funded by the Government and promoted by Government organizations like EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) to private businesses.

Although seldom used in New Zealand, the system is mandatory for large office buildings in Australia where it has reportedly accounted for more than $750 million of energy savings. (Source: Stuff NZ, 18 July, 2019) Contact: NABERSNZ, www.nabersnz.govt.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News NABERSNZ ,  Energy Efficiency,  


South African Carbon Tax Now In Force (Int'l Report)
Carbon Tax,South Africa
Date: 2019-07-19
In Johannesburg, South Africa, the Southern Courier is reporting that country's recently enacted carbon tax is now fully in force. The 120 Rand ($8.63 US) per tonne carbon tax is intended to penalize large South African emitters of greenhouse gase and thus help . minimize the climate risks that hydrocarbon fuels present, being a major cause of air pollution and global warming.

According to the International Monetary Fund, carbon tax is the best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions as it allows for a reduction in energy consumption. (Source: Southern Courier, 18 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  GHG Emissions,  CO2,  South Africa Carbon Tax,  


Mothballed Aussie Biodiesel Plant Back in Production (Int'l Report)
Just Biodiesel
Date: 2019-07-19
In the Land Down Under, Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. is reporting the re-launch of the 13.2 million gpy biodiesel production plant at Barnawatha, Victoria State, formerly owned by Australian Renewable Fuels (ARF) and Biodiesel Producers (BPL).

The plant processes locally sourced tallow and used cooking oil into biodiesel and is now supplying B5 and B20 fuel through distribution partners Refuelling Solutions and Viva Energy. The company also plans to begin exporting its product to the U.S. market in California in August.

The reopening of the formerly bankrupt plant is seen as a possible renaissance for the low-carbon alternative fuel which fell out of favour earlier in the decade due to falling conventional diesel prices, new federal governments excise of biofuels and the hangover from reliability and quality issues among some suppliers. (Source: Just Biodiesel, PR, ATN, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Justr Biodiesel, Greg Boyall,General Manager, +61 0401 700 543, greg.boyall@justbiodiesel.com.au, www.justbiodiesel.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


CCS Market to Boom by 2025, says Report (Ind. Report)
CCS
Date: 2019-07-19
g The recently released global Carbon Capture and Sequestration Market Report analyzes various trends, obstructions, and challenges faced by the leading CCS players and competitors in the global and regional markets.

The report delivers an in-depth analysis of the industrial value chain, Information and data by manufacturer, by type, application and others.

Download CCS report sample HERE. Access CCS report details HERE. (Source: Market Research Pioneer, 18 July, 2019) Contact: MR Pioneer, Elvis Fernandes , 513. 549. 5911 (U.S.) , +44 203 318 2846 (U.K.) , sales@marketresearchvision.com, www.marketresearchvision.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


Aries NJ Biosolids Gasification Plant Construction-Ready (Ind Report)
Aries Clean Energy
Date: 2019-07-19
Franklin, Tennessee-based Aries Clean Energy -- fka PHG Energy -- is reporting receipt of all required approvals and permits for construction of New Jersey's first biosolids-only gasification facility. The Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility, which will process about 400 tpd of biosolids into clean renewable energy for in-house use and biocharcoal, will be located in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex, 20 miles from Manhattan.

The plant will utilize Aries patented fluidized bed gasification system specifically designed for processing biosolids. (Source: Aries Clean Energy LLC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Aries Clean Energy LLC, Gregory Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, Info@AriesCleanEnergy.com, www.ariescleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aries Clean Energy ,  Biosolid,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Bright Biomethane Opens First North America Office (Ind. Report)
Bright Biomethane
Date: 2019-07-19
In the Netherlands, Enschede-headquartered membrane separation biogas to biomethane upgrading systems specialist Bright Biomethane is reporting the opening of its first North American office in NYC, NY.

Bright Biomethane North America will supply biogas upgrading systems with membrane separation technology for the refining of biogas from biomass to biomethane, and is working on the first five renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, all of which being realized in the Northeast of the U.S. (Source: Bright Biomethane, PR, Cdn. Biomass, Others, June, 2019) Contact: Bright Biomethane, Herman Klein Teeselink, CEO, +31 53 460 9088, info@brightbiomethane.com, www.brightbiomethane.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bright Biomethane,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Small Refiners Threaten "Hardship Waivers" Legal Action (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2019-07-19
In Washington, Reuters is reporting a coalition of small U.S. refineries are planning on legal action against the the US EPA unless the agency issues issue its decisions on 2018 petitions for "hardship waivers" from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) within 60 days.

The Trump administration EPA has more than quadrupled the number of waivers it has granted to refinerswhile at the same time raising the ire of the corn industry who claim the move threatens ethanol demand.

The small refinery coalition's letter to the EPA said the "EPA is required to act on a petition within 90 days after receipt" and that it also failed to issue decisions on the outstanding 40 petitions for 2018 by March 31, 2019, which the letter said was the compliance deadline.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 18 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  Ethanol Blend,  


EPA's RFS Obligations Another Setback for American Farmers, says NFU (Ind. Report)
NFU,EPA,RFS
Date: 2019-07-19
The US EPA's recently proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020 would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year's 19.92 billion gallons. The difference is primarily attributable to an expansion of cellulosic biofuel, from 420 million to 540 million gallons. The rule maintains the current 15-million-gallon target for corn ethanol, according to a NFU release.

In the face of the EPA's proposal, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has expressed its disappointment in the almost unlimited issuance of RFS refinery "hardship waivers", the newly released RVO's and the that the agency's failure not only to factor the lost demand into its proposed RVOs but to increase biofuel use at all. "At every turn, EPA and this (Trump) administration have undermined the intent of RFS and destroyed demand for billions of gallons of ethanol", NFU President Roger Johnson added. (Source: The Cattle Site, National Farmers Union, PR, July, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  NFU news,  National Farmers Union news,  "Hardship Waiver" news,  


UK NFU Calls for E10 Ethanol-Petrol Blend (Int'l Report)
UK NFU
Date: 2019-07-19
In Warwickshire, the UK National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for the introduction of E10 -- ethanol from wheat and sugar beet -- petrol. This is opposed to the current proportion that limits the content of bioethanol to a maximum of 5 pct (E5).

The call comes as an All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol (APPG) issued a report urging the Department of Transport to prioritize the introduction of E10.

According to NFU Combinable Crops board chairman Tom Bradshaw, "Increasing the bioethanol content in fuel is a win-win for the environment, farmers and the economy. The industry is desperate to see both Vivergo and Ensus plants back up and running so they can continue to convert British wheat into bioethanol. But at the moment there simply isn't enough demand to keep these plants going." Bradshaw added, "Now is the time for legislative action. Farmers want to help deliver renewable fuel for the nation but the government needs to step up and provide supportive policy, especially if we are to hit their target of becoming a net zero economy by 2050." (Source: FarmingUK, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019) Contact: UK NFU, +44 024 7685 8500, www.nfuonline.com; All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  Biofuel Blend,  


Georgia Power Plan Boosts Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2019-07-19
Kallanish Energy reports Georgia state regulators have approved Georgia Power's plan to expand renewable energy generation and develop up to 80 MW of energy storage, while closing 5 coal-fired units at 2 power plants. Georgia Power will also invest in five hydropower projects and retire three other hydro dams under the 20-year plan. The plan calls for 2,260 MW of new capacity from wind, solar and biomass, increasing those resources to 22 pct of its overall generation capacity, increasing to 5,380 MW -- 72 pct -- by 2024.

Southern Company-owned Georgia Power notes that 25 pct of its power production is presently coal fired down from 52 pct in 2005. Natural gas produces 45 pct of power, up from 27 pct in 2005. (Source: Georgia Power, Kallanish, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Georgia Power, Allen Reaves, VP, Senior Production Officer, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Renewable Energy,  


Sunrun Scores Aggregated Home Solar, Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Sunrun,East Bay Community Energy
Date: 2019-07-19
In Alameda County, Oakland, California-based energy aggregator East Bay Community Energy (BCB) reports it has approved a 10-year contract under which it will pay San Francisco-based solar installer Sunrun for 500 KW of solar capacity from residential solar-plus-storage, starting in 2022.

The contract marks a second win for Sunrun's theory of using aggregated residential energy assets for grid services. The company won its first virtual power plant contract in February to supply ISO New England with 20 MW by 2022.

Whereas the 20-MW battery will literally replace the peaker turbines, the Sunrun deal will provide 2 MWh of energy storage -- 500 KW with 4-hour duration -- throughout the service territory, primarily in West Oakland where the company will install the equipment on low-income single-family and multifamily homes.

Sunrun draws on funds from California's Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program and works with building owners to deliver solar at no cost to tenants. (Source: Sunrun, gtm, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EBCE, Nick Chaset, CEO, www.ebce.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


CAT Offerings Green Building MSc Degree Program (Int'l Report)
UK Centre for Alternative Technology
Date: 2019-07-19
In Powys, Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is offering a new building design and energy efficiency degree program to help tackle the environmental impacts of buildings and the construction industry.

The MSc Green Building program, which starts this September and now open for applications, allows students to specialize in sustainable construction, providing a broad overview of climate change and environmental degradation, and exploring the range of effective solutions.

As well as providing a deep understanding of sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, the course covers the selection and use of materials, energy flows, site selection and preparation phases, waste management and project management. Regulatory and legal requirements and the social, political and economic aspects of green building are also explored. (Source: Centre for Alternative Technology, Dr Adrian Watson, Head of Graduate School of the Environment, +44 (0) 1654 705950, www.cat.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenBuilding,  Energy Efficiency,  


India's Renewables Installations Capacity Tops 80GW (Int'l Report)
India Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-19
In New Delhi, the Indian Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power has announced his country's cumulative installed renewable energy capacity hit 80.46 GW as of 30 June, 2019. The Minister added renewable energy projects of 26.62 GW capacity were under various stages of implementation and 43.84 GW capacity is presently under different stages of bidding.

"The Government is confident of meeting the target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022: solar will be 100 GW; wind 60 GW; biomass 10 GW; and small hydropower 5 GW. (Source: India Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power, IndiaCSR, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Indian Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy and Power, R.K. Singh, https://twitter.com/officeofrksingh?lang=en

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  


Notable Quote from Microsoft Energy Manager
Microsoft
Date: 2019-07-19
"It's important that what we build leaves a positive legacy, that we don't build it on the back of fossil fuels, but rather, we build it on the back of the next generation of energy technology of wind and hydro and solar." -- Brian Janous, Microsoft Lead Energy Manager

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Microsoft news,  


Politicians Prodded to Address 'Killer Heat' (Opinions & Asides)
Climate Change,Global Warming
Date: 2019-07-19
Killer Heat in the United States, a recently released report from the Union of Concerned Scientist predicts a lot more days of extreme heat -- so much that they're being called "killer heat" days. The study was released in part to spur action on the part of both politicians and business leaders.

According to the report, "The United States federal government needs to continue with the (Obama) Clean Power Plan and not dismantle it, as the current (Trump) administration is attempting to do, to significantly reduce emissions from the power sector, which accounts for roughly 40 pct of the U.S. emissions footprint."

The UCS scientists are asking the federal government to not only wean the nation off of fossil fuels, but develop plans for people to adapt to extreme heat. "The clock is ticking to reduce emissions. If nothing is done, we may have to get ready for an unrecognizably hot future" the report says.

To make the needed deep emissions cuts, the reports recommends the U.S. implement a suite of federal and state policies, including: an economy wide price on carbon; policies to cut transportation sector emissions, including increasing fuel economy and heat-trapping emissions standards for vehicles; increased investment in low-carbon public transportation; policies to cut buildings and industrial sector emissions; policies to increase carbon storage in vegetation and soils, including through climate-friendly agricultural and forest management practices; increased investment in emissions and climate change related R&D; measures to cut methane, nitrus oxide, and other major non-CO2 heat-trapping emissions; and policies to help a rapid transition to low-carbon economies.

Download the Killer Heat in the United States -Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days report HERE (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, wusf Public Media, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Union of Concerned Scientists, Ken Kimmell, Pres., (617) 547-5552,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Union of Concerned Scientists,  Climate Change,  


Nation's Mayors Applaud Energy Block Grant Renewal (Reg & Leg)
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Date: 2019-07-19
On Wednesday in Washington, the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved HR 2088. The bill is aimed at renewing and re-funding the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a legislative priority of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). As approved, this legislation would commit $3.5 billion annually -- $17.5 billion over five years -- in formula-based grants allocated directly to cities, counties, tribal governments and states.

The legislation, as existing law provides, continues to extend flexibility to local and state governments to invest these new resources across 14 categories of eligible projects and programs, including the development of comprehensive energy conservation and efficiency plans; conversion of street lighting to highly efficient LED lighting; installation of renewable energy technology (e.g., solar, wind, fuel cell and biomass energy) on municipal and other qualifying buildings; and weatherization of government buildings.

Under the bill, the Department of Energy retains responsibility for implementing the program, as it did in the 2009-2010 period when the first round of EECBG funding was appropriated and provided to local and state governments. The EECBG Program, which was authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 enacted by President George W. Bush, was first funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). (Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, 18 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/about-energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Conference of Mayors,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


KeyBank, Dividend Finance Partner on Residential Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report, Funding)
Key Bank,Dividend Finance
Date: 2019-07-19
Cleveland-headquartered regional banker KeyBank and Dividend Finance, a San Francisco-based national provider of solar and home improvement financing solutions, are reporting a new partnership to finance residential solar and energy storage systems.

Although previously limited to commercial projects, KeyBank's partnership with Dividend will now allow homeowners to invest in solar energy and create potential long-term savings by cutting energy costs. The KeyBank-Dividend Finace partners services will be offered in 35 states. (Source: KeyCorp-KeyBank PR, July, 2019) Contact: KeyCorp-KeyBank,, Chris Manderfield, Head of Product Management, www.key.com; Dividend Finance LLC, (415) 805.7000, www.dividendfinance.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy,  Dividend Finance Storage,  Solar,  KeyBank,  


250.5-MW Triple H Wind Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-19
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reporting conditional approval of a construction permit for the 250.54 MW Triple H Wind project southwest of Highmore in Hyde County. The 92-turbine, 27,247.5-acre project must adhere to 41 conditions dealing with: wind blade shadow flicker; sound levels; post-construction land restoration; potential impacts to whooping cranes; ice throw and others. The PUC also required an escrow account specifically designated for the future decommissioning of the project.

Triple H has inked PPAs with Walmart and a confidential institutional buyer. The $300 million project is expected to be complete in 2020. (Source: South Dakota PUC, WindPower, 18 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Triple H Wind,  Wind,  South Dakota Public Utilities Commission ,  


"Riding Sunbeams" UK Railway Solar Energy Pilot Announced (Int'l)
Community Energy South and Network Rail
Date: 2019-07-17
In the UK, South Western Railway (SWR) is touting the upcoming August launch of Riding Sunbeams, a pilot solar energy project that will see solar panels to be connected directly into the network to provide traction current.

The "Riding Sunbeams" project, which was developed in partnership with not-for-profit 10:10 Climate Action is aimed at developing renewable energy sources to reduce emissions and cut future transport running costs. The pilot project 136 solar panels to an ancillary transformer on the traction system to power lights and signalling equipment near Aldershot Station on the London Waterloo-Alton line. Data from the project will be used to design and test systems that can directly supply solar power to the DC traction network. According to 10:10, solar traction power could provide 10 pct of the energy required to power trains on the UK's third-rail 750V DC electrified lines every year.

Innovate UK and the Department for Transport are funding the project. (Source: Community Energy South and Network Rail, Railway Technology, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Community Energy South and Network Rail, www.communityenergysouth.org; 10:10 Climate Actio, www.1010uk.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Innovate UK,  


Climate Emergency Declaration Triggers £500Mn Divestment (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-07-17
Last month in the UK, sfter declaring a "Climate Emergency" the Welsh city of Swansea's pension fund management reports it is moving £500 million of it £2 billion pension fund to Blackrock's ACS World Low Carbon Equity Tracker Fund -- a low-carbon index by the end of this month, July, 2019.

The Swansea City and Council Pension Fund, the largest in Wales, is the latest local authority pension fund to divest from fossil fuels, with plans to reduce its exposure by up to 50 pct by 2022. The fund seeks to invest in green infrastructure projects -- renewable energy, alternative fuels and clean technology -- that both optimize returns and deliver positive environmental outcomes. (Source: Swansea City and Council Pension Fund, Pensions Expert, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Swansea City and Council Pension Fund, www.swanseapensionfund.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy
Highview Power
Date: 2019-07-17
In the U.K., London-headquartered cryogenic energy storage system specialist Highview Power reports it has contracted with Texas-based energy management firm Tenaska Power Services Co. to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the U.S. over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

At giga-scale, Highview Power's long-duration energy storage systems paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to thermal and nuclear baseload power. Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ is currently the only long-duration energy storage solution that is locatable and offers multiple gigawatt-hours of storage, representing weeks' worth of storage, rather than hours or days. (Source: Highview Power, PR, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, info@highviewpower.com, www.highviewpower.com; Tenaska Power Services, www.tenaska.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Powe,  Energy STorager,  


First BREEAM USA Goes to The Landmark @ One Market (Ind. Report)
BRE Global
Date: 2019-07-17
San Francisco-based real estate investment firm American Assets Trust, Inc. (AAT) and BRE Global, a world leading, multi-disciplinary building science organization, are reporting the historic, 1916-vintage, The Landmark @ One Market property is the first building in San Francisco to be certified using the BREEAM USA standard for existing buildings.

Developed in 1990 by BRE Global, BREEAM is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method with over 2,250,000 registered projects and 565,000+ certified buildings worldwide across more than 83 countries.

Focusing on assessing and rating the performance of existing buildings, BREEAM USA In-Use has been adapted from BREEAM In-Use International to reflect differences in American standards and practices while still providing the global comparability. (Source: BRE Global, American Assets Trust, Yahoo, 16 July, 2019) Contact: American Assets Trust, www.americanassetstrust.com; BRE Global, www.bregroup.com/about-us/bre-global; BREEM USA, www.www.breeam.com/usa

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


Anchorage Hosts Alaska's Largest Rooftop Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Rooftop Solar
Date: 2019-07-17
In Alaska, the municipality of Anchorage has unveiled the state's largest, and the municipality's first, rooftop solar project at the Egan Civic and Convention Center.

The array's 216 solar panels are expected to generate sufficient power for up to 10 pct of the convention center's annual electric power consumption and to save the center between $20,000 and $25,000 per year in energy costs. The $200,000 installation was handled by Arctic Solar Ventures. (Source: Municipality of Anchorage, AP, KSFA-FM, July, 2019) Contact: Municipality of Anchorage, www.muni.org; Arctic Solar Ventures, Stephen Trimble, CEO, 907-268-4188, www.arcticsolarventures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  


German North Sea Wind Power Output Rising (Int'l Report)
TenneT
Date: 2019-07-17
The North Sea "wind harvest" of the first half of 2019 exceeds the first half of 2018 by 16 percent. According to a transmission grid operator TenneT Holding press release, wind energy transmitted from North Sea offshore wind operations to land rose to 9.51 terawatt hours (TWh) in the first half of 2019 -- a 16 pct increase compared with the first half of 2018 (8.17 TWh). TenneT operates in the Netherlands and parts of Germany.

TenneT was recently awarded a contract for the construction of the offshore converter platform and the land station for DolWin5 in May, achieving cost savings of around 10 pct compared to the previous DolWin6 project, according to the release.

"According to all international studies and scenarios, the current roll-out rate of offshore wind in Europe is not sufficient to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement for Europe. An accelerated and large-scale roll-out is necessary. A future internationally coordinated approach could implement the connection and integration of a roll-out of large-scale offshore wind energy more effectively and at considerably lower costs of up to 30 pct than with continued individual national planning," the release added.

The current maximum infeed performance of offshore wind farms in the North Sea reached 4,989 MW on 24 March 2019 at. The capacity expansion of the offshore wind farms in the North Sea amounted to 5,577 MW on 30 June 2019. TenneT's offshore transmission capacity is 6,232 MW, according to the company. (Source: TenneT Holdings, Offshore Engineer, 16 July, 2019)Contact: TenneT, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

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


Global Automotive Biofuels Market 2019 (Ind. Report)
MRS Research
Date: 2019-07-17
MRS Research Group has announced the availability of its Global Automotive Biofuels Market 2019 report.

The study examines important changes in consumer behavior and its business impact by market participants on development strategies. It also provides detailed information on automotive biofuel market trends, industry associations, global market players by size, market share and related standards and factors.

Request a report sample HERE. Access Full Report With TOC HERE. (Source: MRS Research Group, 16 July, 2019)Contact: MRS Research, www.mrsresearchgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Transportation Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Malaysia Plans Challenge to EU Palm Oil for Biofuels Curbs (Int'l)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-07-17
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian President Joko Widodo last week declared palm oil as a "strategic commodity" for his country and that the government would lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the European Union's plan to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels.

The Southeast Asian country is the world's second largest palm oil producer after Indonesia and would be hit hard by the EU's plan to cut its use in biofuels by 2030.

In March, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned the EU attempt to curb palm oil in biofuels "risks opening up a trade war with Malaysia." (Source: Gov. of Malaysia, Al Arabiya, Others, AFP, 16 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Malaysian Palm Oil,  


Indonesia Foresees 10 pct Biodiesel Blend Rise in 2020 (Int'l)
Biodiesel
Date: 2019-07-17
Reporting from Jakarta, the Indonesian Deputy Energy Minister Arcandra Tahar has announced that the government plans a mandatory increase in biodiesel-gasoline blend rate from the present 20 pct (B20) to 30 pct (B30) in 2020. The Deputy Minister also foresees a 55 pct rise in unblended biodiesel consumption in 2020.

Indonesia is the world's leading palm oil exporter and consumer at an estimated 2.89 million kl of un-blended biodiesel in H1 2019. (Source: Indonesian Energy Ministry, Successful Farming, Reuters, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Indonesian Energy Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian,  Biodiesl,  Biodiesel Blend,  


US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Fall (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2019-07-17
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reported to be forecasting a 2.2 pct decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019, due primarily to fewer emissions from coal consumption while natural gas CO2 emissions increase and petroleum CO2 emissions remain virtually unchanged.

For the remainder of 2019, EIA expects relatively mild forecast temperatures will keep energy demand and resulting energy-related CO2 emissions below 2018 levels. Accordingly, the agency forecasts CO2 emissions from coal will decrease by 169 million metric tonnes (MmMmt) in 2019, the largest decrease in CO2 emissions from coal since 2015.

On the other hand, natural gas CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 53 Mmmt, largely due to forecast changes in the electric power generation mix as natural gas continues to grow as the most prevalent electricity generation fuel. Power generation consumes nearly 92 pct of the coal used in the U.S..

EIA also projects CO2 emissions from petroleum consumption, which have risen every year for past six years, will be virtually flat in 2019. Petroleum accounted for 45 pct of energy-related CO2 emissions in 2018. (Source: Energy Information Administration, Kallanish Energy, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide Emissions,  EIA,  


Morocco's Midelt Solar Project Phase Two Launched (Int'l Report)
African Energy Live Data
Date: 2019-07-17
Further to our 24th May report, African Energy Live Data is reporting pre-qualification has begun for phase two of the giant Midelt solar project in Morocco. The project, which is part of the Noor programme managed by the Rabat-based Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), incorporates both concentrated solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

The first 800MW phase was awarded to a consortium of France's EDF, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR), and Green of Africa in May. Initial plans were for the first phase to consist of two separate hybridised CSP and PV plants. The CSP component of each project was planned to be around 150-190MW and the PV component 150-210MW, making a maximum of 400MW for each plant. A similar structure was contemplated for the second phase but this appears to have been rejected in favour of a single plant.

The second phase preferred bidder will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the plant, which will be constructed roughly 20 km north of Midelt on plains around the Moulouya River.

The project company will also sign a 25-year PPA with MASEN and will be owned by a lead member, expected to hold at least 35 pct , as well as a technical member holding 5 pct. MASEN will likely take a 25 pct stake in both the project company and the operations and maintenance company. The second phase is expected to be built on a turnkey basis through a lump sum fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract.

MASEN notes the Noor-Ouarzazate I solar project achieved 32 pct industrial integration, while Noor Ouarzazate II and III both reached 35 pct. (Source: African Energy Live Data, ESI Africa, July, 2019) Contact: African Energy Live Data, www.africa-energy.com/live-data; Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma/en; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noor Solar,  MASDAR,  


Pacific Ethanol, CoBank Extend Credit Agreements (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2019-07-17
In the Golden State, Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Pacific Ethanol Pekin, LLC (Pekin) has extended the terms of its credit agreements with CoBank, ACB. The amended agreement will extend the payment and covenant terms of Pekin's credit agreements with CoBank, ACB to November 15, 2019. (Source: Pacific Ethanol PR, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

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Ceres Power, Doosan Partnering on Fuel Cell Systems (Ind. Report)
Ceres Power,Doosan
Date: 2019-07-17
UK-headquartered Ceres Power, a developer of low-cost, next-generation fuel cell technology, and Seoul-headquartered Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Corporation are reporting they will jointly develop solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) distributed power systems initially targeted at the Korean commercial building market. To that end, Doosan will license Ceres' proprietary SteelCell SOFC technology to develop a low carbon 5-20kW power system.

The South Korean government recently announced initiatives to promote increased use of renewable generation and hydrogen technology and is targeting fuel cell manufacture for power generation to reach an output of 15 GW by 2040, up from 300 MW today, according to a release.

Doosan is adding Solid Oxide technology to its existing portfolio of fuel cell technologies. In 2018 the company's existing stationary fuel cell business exceeded $850 million , including licensing, technology transfer and engineering services. (Source: Ceres Power, Green Car Congress, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Ceres Power, +44 (0)1403273463, www.cerespower.com; Doosan, www.doosanheavy.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ceres Power,  Doosan,  Fuel Cell,  Energy Storage,  


Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" by 2050, says UK National Grid (Int'l)
UK National Grid
Date: 2019-07-17
According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, ReNew Economy, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


Notable Quote from the Hawkeye State
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-07-17
"I am incredibly disappointed to see that the EPA has failed to reallocate the millions of lost gallons due to their brazen and unprecedented use of small refinery exemption ("hardship") waivers. A robust RFS (renewable fuel standard) is essential to a healthy ag economy in Iowa and across the country." -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), July, 2019 Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship Waiver",  


Vestas Wins 415 MW Saudi Wind Park Order (Int'l. Report)
Vestas Mediterranean,EDF Renewables , Masdar
Date: 2019-07-17
Madrid-headquartered Vestas Mediterranean is reporting a consortium formed by EDF Renewables and Masdar has placed a 415 MW order for the Dumat Al Jandal wind park in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia -- the country's first utility-scale wind park. The order is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the supply and installation of 99 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park.

The Dumat Al Jandal project was awarded to the consortium by the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) in January 2019 by the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM). Once operational, it will produce electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC). (Source: Vestas Mediterranean, PR, 16 July 2019) Contact: Vestas Mediterranean, Eduardo Medina, Andres Dominguez, Communications Consultant, +34 649294007 ANDMS@vestas.com, www.vestas.com, www.twitter.com/vestas; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas Mediterranean,  Wind,  EDF Renewables,  Masdar,  


Univ. Va. Lauded for Energy Efficiency Progress (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Challenge
Date: 2019-07-17
In the Old Dominion State, the University of Virginia (UV) in Charlottesville reports it has been recognized for energy efficiency by the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge. As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, UV, with 500 buildings, is committed to improving its energy performance by 20 pct in 10 years across 15.3 million square feet.

At one building, Clark Hall, UV implemented a combination of energy and water conservation upgrades including: converting 5,000 interior and exterior fixtures from fluorescent lamps to LED; installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators; recalibrating air handling units; and upgrading HVAC controls. As a result, Clark Hall achieved an annual energy savings of $750,000 and an annual water savings of $22,000, relative to their pre-retrofit baseline. (Source: US DOE, University of Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Challenge, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Absaroka Montana Pumped Hydro Project Secures Funding (Funding)
Absaroka Energy
Date: 2019-07-17
Bozeman, Montana-based Absaroka Energy reports it has secured financing for a planned 400 MW pumped hydro project near Martinsdale, Montana, through an equity investment from Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

The $1 billion closed loop Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project, which previously secured construction and operation permits from FERC, is designed to help integrate more renewable energy onto the Pacific Northwest electrical grid and could start work in 2020. GE Renewable Energy will supply the pump and turbine equipment for the project. (Source: Absaroka Energy, AP, Utility Dive, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Absaroka Energy, Carl Borgquist President and CEO, Eli Bailey, VP Bus. Dev., 406-585-3006, www.absarokaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Absaroka Energy,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Maritime Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l)
Maersk
Date: 2019-07-17
As previously reported, Maersk, the world's largest maritime container shipping company, has committed to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The shipping giant, which operates nearly 700 global vessels, has already substantially cut emissions and spent $1 billion to date in efficiency improvements aimed at the intermediate target of cutting emissions by 60 pct by 2030. To date, Maersk has reduced CO2 emissions by 46 pct -- roughly 9 pct more than the industry average.

Maritime emissions were not covered by the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Maersk, ZME, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  


Aemetis India Expands Revenues to $50Mn Per Year Run Rate (Int'l)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-07-17
Following up on our 22nd May coverage, Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary in Hydrbad ramped revenues to over $50 million per year run rate after biodiesel shipments commenced in May -- pursuant to a previously announced $23 million biodiesel supply contract to the three India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies (OMC's).

In late 2018, the three India OMC's that supply about 70 pct of the country's domestic diesel issued purchase requests for about 260 million gallons of biodiesel for year 2019 -- equal to India's total biodiesel production capacity.

As previously reported, the Aemetis biodiesel plant in India recently completed the installation and commissioning of a pre-treatment plant and related utilities upgrades to convert lower cost, waste feedstocks into high quality distilled biodiesel to supply the approximately 25 billion gallon diesel market in India. (Source: Aemetis, PR, EIN, 16 July, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Aemetis India,  


AEP Utilities Seeking 1,485 MW New Wind Generation (Ind Report)
American Electric Power,Public Service Co. of Oklahoma
Date: 2019-07-17
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP) reports two of its companies -- Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) -- are seeking regulatory approvals for the approximate $2 billion purchase of three Oklahoma wind projects totaling 1,485 MW.

The projects, under development by Invenergy, include a 999 MW facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287 MW facility being built southwest of Enid and a 199 MW facility being built south of Alva. Collectively, the three facilities would provide more than 5.7 million MWh of new wind energy annually to serve customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

AEP notes it recently added 724 MW of wind and battery generation to its contracted competitive portfolio and has proposed adding more than 9,100 MW of new wind and solar generation and nearly 2,300 MW of new natural gas generation to its regulated power plant fleet by 2030. (Source: AEP, NA Windpower, 16 July, 2019)Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com; Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, www.psoklahoma.com; Southwestern Electric Power Co., www.swepco.com

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


SaskPower Boundry Dam CCS Facility at High Capacity (Ind. Report)
SaskPower
Date: 2019-07-17
On the Canadian prairies, SaskPower reports its Boundary Dam Power Station carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility captured 81,417 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) this past June. The facility was online 99.4 pct of the month, as opposed to the previous 12 months when it was online only 40.7 pct of the time.

The facility's volume of CO2 captured last month meant the facility was operating at 84 pct capacity, compared to the 12-month average of about 44.6 pct. Since its October 2014 opening, the facility has captured a total of 2,725,661 tonnes of CO2, according to SaskPower. (Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 16 July, 2019) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  SaskPower,  Boundry Dam,  


Biofuels in Canada 2019 Report Released (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2019-07-17
Vancouver-based Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABC) reports the release of its Biofuels in Canada 2019 report prepared by Navius Research Inc. (Navius). Advanced Biofuels Canada is a national industry association established to: promote the production and use of advanced biofuels in Canada; collaborate with other stakeholders to expand market access for sustainable low-carbon biofuels in Canada, and; collaborate broadly to de-carbonize transportation.

This 2019 analysis updates the Biofuels in Canada 2016, 2017 and 2018 reports, and is intended to evaluate and communicate the impact of renewable and low-carbon fuel policy in Canada by: quantifying the volumes of renewable transportation fuels consumed in each Canadian province(i.e. biofuel), characterized by fuel type, feedstock, and CI. The biofuels include ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogenation derived renewable diesel (HDRD); estimating their impact on GHG emissions and; estimating their impact on energy costs, now with an additional focus on how fuel taxes affect these costs.

View the Biofuels in Canada 2019 report HERE (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, July, 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

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Entegrity Boasts Efficiency Upgrades, LEED Cert.(Ind Report)
Entegrity
Date: 2019-07-15
In Little Rock, Entegrity -- f.k.a. Viridian -- is reporting its recent $500,000 office building renovation saves or creates enough power to balance out all of its energy use.

With the energy efficient upgrades, the building has electrochromatic windows that tint at the command of a Wi-Fi signal; composting and recycling; high-control HVAC systems; a rooftop solar array; and all-LED lighting.

The building is "one of the only net-zero buildings in the state. and the second building in the world to get LEED Zero certification, and the first in the United States," according to Entigrity. (Source: Entegrity, USGBC, Arkansas Business, July, 2019)Contact: Entegrity Partners, Rob Guthrie, Bus. Dev., (800) 700-1414, info@entegritypartners.com, www.entegritypartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Entegrity Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


China's CO2 Emissions Taper Off by 2030, says Bloomberg NEF (Int'l)
Bloomberg NEF
Date: 2019-07-15
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF), Bloomberg's primary research service on energy, China's power sector carbon emissions will peak in 2027, down to 79 pct of that in 2005 by around 2030 to easily fulfill fulfilling the sector's carbon reduction commitments within the Paris Climate Agreement.

In 2050, carbon emission intensity or energy expenditure per unit of GDP in China's power sector, will decline to 5 pct of that in 2005, the Bloomberg report says. (Source: Bloomberg, China Daily, 10 July, 2019)

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


B&W Volund Delivers Welsh Woody Biomass Project (Ind Report)
Babcock & Wilcox, Margam Green Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
Barberton, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. is reporting its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S (Volund), has turned over a biomass-to-energy plant in Margam, Wales, to Port Talbot-based Margam Green Energy Ltd. Volund will operate the plant for its customer under a 15-year operations and maintenance contract.

The plant is designed to burn waste wood to generate approximately 40 megawatts of electricity and features Volund's patented DynaGrate® technology. (Source: B&W, PR, BusinessWire, 15 July, 2019) Contact: B&W, Kenneth Young, CEO, (330) 753-4511, Twitter @BabcockWilcox, www.babcock.com, Margam Green Energy Ltd., Paul Taylor, +44 01639 884256, www.margamgreenenergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox ,  Voland,  Woody Biomass,  


Ghana, World Bank Deal to Cut Deforestation, CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2019-07-15
In Accra, the World Bank (WB) has announced an agreement with the Ghana Forestry Commission to address the role of deforestation and forest degradation on climate change. Under the agreement, the World Bank five-year Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) will reward community efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Ghana is the third country to initiate the deal.

The Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) carbon fund, is administered by the World Bank and unlocks unlocks performance-based payments of up to $50 million for carbon emission reductions from the forest and land use sectors.

Under the ERPA, the FCPF carbon fund commits to making initial results-based payments for reductions of 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. The agreement also specifies on carbon emission baselines, price per ton of avoided CO2 emissions, and a benefit-sharing mechanism. Ghana's emission reductions programme area covers 1.2 million hectares of forest reserves and national parks.

In Ghana, forest degradation and deforestation are driven primarily by cocoa farm expansion, coupled with logging and a recent increase in illegal mining. (Source: World Bank, Ghana News Agency, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Ghana Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, CEO, +233 30 240 1210, www.fcghana.org; World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

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


Velocys Reports £7 Mn Funding Round Progress (Ind. Report)
Velocys PLC British
Date: 2019-07-15
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting British Airways and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have invested a combined £2.8 million in a £7 million fundraising round.

The proceeds will be used for front-end engineering design of Velocys' Mississippi biorefinery, to build on intellectual property, and to test catalyst and Fischer-Tropsch reactors. (Source: Velocys, Alliance News, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Synergy Launches 'Synergy Green Diesel' Biodiesel (New Prod & Tech)
Synergy
Date: 2019-07-15
In Uttar Pradesh, India's Synergy Teletech Pvt. Ltd is reporting the launch of its new 'Synergy Green Diesel', a distilled grade biodiesel fuel aimed at the "non-transport, B2B" market -- including MSMEs, hotels, RWAs, office complex, construction sites, telecom towers, etc.

The new fuel is also less costly than regular diesel ang be used in existing diesel engines without engine modifications, according to the company release. (Source: Synergy Teletech Pvt. Ltd, ET Auto, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Synergy Teletech Pvt. Ltd, Prasan Surana, Founder, +91 120 483 6000, www.synergyteletech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Green Diesel,  


Pinnacle Inks Japanese, Korean Biomass Pellet Deals (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc is reporting a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with Mitsubishi Corporation, a global integrated business enterprise in Japan and with GS Global Corporation, a biomass power producer in that country.

Under the terms of the Mitsubishi contract, Pinnacle will supply 110,000 to 120,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets beginning in 2021. For the Sout hKorean contract, Pinnacle will supply 100,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to GS beginning in 2022.

Pinnacle Renewable Energy is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer. The company produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets, according to the company. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, PR, Lesprom Network, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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

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