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MERCOSUR, EC Deal Opens South American Biofuels Market (Int'l)
European Commission,MERCOSUR
Date: 2019-07-15
The European Union's European Commission (EC) is reporting a trade deal with the South American Mercosur trading bloc that will open the European market to more imports of ethanol and crops that are used to make high-emitting biofuel.

Under the deal crops and ethanol produced in MERCOSUR member countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay -- could be used to meet the EU's green transport fuel targets. The agreement also allows for a lower tariff rate on ethanol imports to be phased in over five years: a quota of 200,000 tonnes with an in-quota rate of one-third of the current high duty of up to €19/hectolitre will be opened for fuel and other uses beyond the chemical industry, according to a EC briefing. The agreement also reduces or eliminates duties that MERCOSUR currently imposes on exports of soybean products to the EU, the Commission said. This could make soy a more attractive feedstock for biodiesel producers in Europe.

Argentine soy diesel, imports of refined biodiesel tripled from 2017 to 2018, with palm oil and soy accounting for around 86 pct of all biodiesel imports. (Source: EU EC, Transport & Environment, 11 July, 2019) Contact: MERCOSUR, www.mercosur.int/en/about-mercosur/mercosur-countries

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


GE Plans Chinese Offshore Wind Manufacturing, R&D Centers (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
GE Renewable Energy is reporting it will open a new offshore wind manufacturing facility in Jieyang , Guangdong province as well as an Operation and Research and Development Center in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Construction on the manufacturing plant is expected to break ground before the year end for startup in Q2, 2021. GE's new Operation and Development Center in Guangzhou will be the regional Sales and Project Management office for GE Renewable Energy's Offshore Wind business. GE's offices in Nantes, France will remain the company's global offshore wind headquarter. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, offshoreWIND 12 July, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Ofshore Wind,  


Heerema Contracts for Vineyard Wind Project Work (Ind. Report)
Heerema Marine Contractors, Vineyard Wind
Date: 2019-07-15
Leiden, the Netherlands-based offshore contractor Heerema Marine Contractors reports it has contracted to help construct the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project 14 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Vineyard Wins is first U.S. utility-scale offshore wind energy project and is expected to come online in 2021.

Under its contract, Heerema will transport and install 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms near the island of Martha's Vineyard. The construction is slated for 2020. (Source: Heerema Marine Contractors, PR, Offshore Engineering, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Heerema, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO, www.hmc.heerema.com; Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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


GHGs Rising in Abu Dhabi, says EAD Report (Int'l. Report)
Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
Date: 2019-07-15
In UAE, a recently release report from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) notes that greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) have risen 36.6 pct between 2010 and 2016, an average rise of more than 6 pct per year in Abu Dhabi over the past years.

The report notes that key greenhouse emissions resulting from human activities, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs), were driven by a surge in the demand for water and energy due to the emirate's rapid economic and population growth.

The report projected that sustainable development strategies in the emirate will help to achieve significant reduction in emission indicators by 2030. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is currently collaborating with the local authorities to develop a comprehensive inventory map of GHG sources and concentrations across the UAE with the aim of identifying emission hotspots and supporting mitigation actions. (Source: Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, MENAFN - Khaleej Times, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, Sheikha Al Hosani, Exec. Dr., Environment Quality Sector, +971 2 693 4444, www.ead.ae/SitePages/home.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Climate Change,  COs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Abu Dhabi,  


Universal Solar Tech Confirms Alt. Energy Strategy (Ind. Report)
Universal Solar Technology
Date: 2019-07-15
Houston-headquartered Universal Solar Technology reports it is partnering with Entrex Capital Markets and its Blockchain enabled trading platform and other associated partnerships in solar utility sectors.

To that end, the company's strategic plan for the second half of fiscal year 2019 includes: completion of the next round of funding for Entrex Carbon Markets and other partnerships; moving from strategic startup phase to functional operating phase by Q4 2019; recruiting the necessary executive leadership; take steps to develop first entry into Diversified Solar Utility; formalize investor relations efforts to stay in front of news cycles and improve accountability to shareholders; and target upgrading the stock from OTC Pink to OTC QB within the next 18 months. (Source: Universal Solar Technology Inc., PR, EIN, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Universal Solar Technology Inc., Paul D. Landrew, (832) -229-7046, www.universalsolartechnology.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Solar Technology,  Solar,  


EBRD Financing Ukraine Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Farm (Int'l, Funding)
EBRD
Date: 2019-07-15
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), under its Ukrainian Sustainable Energy Lending Facility III (USELF III), is confirming a €250 million facility to partially finance construction of the 110-MW Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Power Station LLC wind farm in Oleksandrivka, Ukraine.

Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Power Station LLC is owned by Akuo Energy SAS (France), Saffelberg Investment NV (Belgium) and Aeolus Invest NV (Belgium). The 25-turbine Dnepro-Bugsky project is expected to come in at €188.64 million. Nordex is supplying the turbines. (Source: EBRD, Interfax-Ukraine, 13 July, 2019) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Dnepro-Bugsky Wind Power Station LLC, www.dbwes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Wind,  Ukraine Wind,  


USDA REAP Announces New Renewable Energy Funding (Funding)
Rural Energy for America Program
Date: 2019-07-15
The USDA Secretary for Rural Development, Joel Baxley, reports the agency's awarding of 58 grants for projects in 17 states to help reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency for small rural businesses, farmers and agricultural producers. The grants are being issued through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for which Congress appropriated $50 million in fiscal year 2019.

Under the present announcement, USDA is investing $1 million in renewable energy projects. The REAP grant funding can be used for energy audits and renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower and solar, or for energy efficiency improvements to HVAC systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration, and others. (Source: USDA, Elko Daily Free Press, 11 July, 2019) Contact: USDA Rural Energy for America Program, www.rurdev.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rural Energy for America Program,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Bay of Funding Tidal Power Permits Issued in NS (Ind. Report)
Nova Scotia
Date: 2019-07-15
In Halifax, the government of Nova Scotia is reporting the issuance of two Bay of Fundy tidal power permits to Calgary, Alberta-based Jupiter Hydro. The province also uthorized a PPA that allows the company to sell the power it generates to Nova Scotia Power for 50 cents per kWh.

The first permit allows the company to test a 1-MW prototype that is not connected to the electricity grid. A second five-year permit for up to 2-MW is renewable if the company meets performance standards, environmental requirements and community engagement conditions. The Jupiter Hydro installation will be located near the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the Minas Passage and will use existing electricity grid connections.

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia notes by 2040, the tidal energy industry could contribute up to $1.7 billion to Nova Scotia's gdp. Presently, more than half of the province's power is fossil fuel generated.

The company has developed a patented tidal and river technology it believes will prove to be the most cost effective marine energy conversion technology in the world, according to its website. The company's helical turbines have demonstrated consistent performance characteristics at high rates of efficiency under controlled testing. Development of the technology in tidal, river and other flows for commercial production are now an engineering and industrial design exercise, where the company is utilizing innovative combinations of traditional materials, commercial off the shelf components, the latest generation of lightweight highly efficient generators and new high-tech sustainable materials. After tests prove the functionality of the EB2X10.5 300 kW turbine unit, the company plans to build and deploy the same unit scaled up to produce 1 MW -- increasing to 2 MW, 3 MW and even 4 MW in a modular fashion, according to the company's website. (Source: Jupiter Hydro, GlobalNews, Cdn Press, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Jupiter Hydro, Ross Sinclaire, Co-CEO, (403) 888-6543, ross.sinclaire@gmail.com, www.jupiterhydro.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Tidal Energy,  Nova Scotia Tidal ,  


S. Koreans Touting Coffee Waste Biofuels Process (New Prod & Tech)
Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials
Date: 2019-07-15
In Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea, the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials reports it has developed a way to use the coffee waste using a new technology to convert coffee grounds into biofuel.

The new Korean process uses a reactor that vaporizes coffee grounds by heating them at 500 degrees Celsius. The technology can convert 200 kilograms of coffee grounds into approximately 2.p tonnes of bio-fuel per hour, according to the release which also claims the technology is "mature enough" for immediate commercialization. (Source: Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Arirang News, 14 July, 2019) Contact: Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Cho Sung-min, +82 42-868-7114, www.kimm.re.kr/e_main

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coffee Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


San Mateo Reviewing Green Building, Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
San Mateo,Green Building
Date: 2019-07-15
In the Golden State, the city of San Mateo (pop. 105,000 +-) is considering new construction energy efficiency incentives to encourage new construction developers to electrify their buildings, install solar panels, expand EV charging capacity and other initiatives in an effort to increase energy efficiency, cur energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.

For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.

The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.

If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019) Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building

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


Notable Quote -- BEIS on Energy Efficiency, Climate Change
BEIS
Date: 2019-07-15
"We've always needed to get to net zero. The question has always been when, not if, We need an investment of £22/23 billion in business energy efficiency by 2030 to help deliver climate change. If we deliver that, we could wipe £6 billion off business energy costs in 2030.

"UK emissions have already fallen by 40 pct since 1990, while the economy has grown by over 70 pct. It will get better, and we]ve accepted the challenge to act on climate change. The government can help to make it easier and simpler for UK businesses to change for example, by making renewables and electric vehicles cheaper." -- Ben Golding, Dir., UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Contact: Ben Golding, Dir, DEIS, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  Energy Efficiency,  


Schneider Electric Touting 'Rethink Energy' Initiative (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-07-15
In the UK, Telford-based Schneider Electric UK his reporting the launch of its 'Rethink Energy" initiative aimed at changing business, consumer and government attitudes to energy waste and help combat climate change.

A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed that just 10 pct of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74 pct believe they already do enough. 68 pct of business leaders reported their organizations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space, while 43 pct of corporate CEOs said their organization had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018.

The 'Rethink Energy' initiative is focused on: the role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon economy by 2050; £1 trillion price tag -- cost or opportunity; and what will drive change in the UK's demand for energy.

"HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but it's not about cost, it's about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge," according Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland (Source: Schneider Electric UK, PR, voltimum, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, +44 0870 608 8608, gb-customerservices@gb.schneider-electric.com , www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Climate Change ,  


Wastewater Plant Scores $941,000 Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2019-07-15
In Idaho, the City of Jerome (pop. 11,600} has been recognized by $931,400 in incentives from Idaho Power for its commitment to energy efficiency through upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

In 2014, Jerome joined Idaho Power's wastewater energy efficiency cohort which aims to bring together city employees to reduce energy use through a series of innovative workshops using no- and low-cost energy-saving techniques and organizational strategies.

The recently completed wastewater treatment plant upgrades includes: new clarifiers; a new aeration basin; new energy efficient anaerobic digesters; energy-efficient turbo blowers with controls; LED lighting and efficient HVAC units. The energy efficiency measures are expected to save the plant more than 5,193,000 kWh per year. ( Source: Idaho Power, MagicValley.com, Jerome News, 14 July, 2019) Contact: City of Jerome, Wastwater Dept., : 208-324-7122, www.ci.jerome.id.us/201/Wastewater-Department

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


Increased Efficiency with Economic Growth Predicted (Ind. Report)
RwC
Date: 2019-07-12
A new report from international accountancy and consulting giant PriceWatershouse Coopers (PwC) predicts that energy efficiency should continue to grow in the build up to 2040 even as the global economy grows. The trend is the result of technological progress and structural change as many economies have moved away from manufacturing and towards services, which by its nature is more energy efficient, according to PwC.

The PwC report notes the UK is among the economies with the most improvement since 1990, while the greatest strides have been seen in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Download the report HERE. (Source: PwC, Energy Voice, 11 July, 2019) Contact: PwC UK, Mike Jakeman, Snr. Economist, www.pwc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PwC,  Energy Efficiency,  


Keeling Curve Prizes for CO2 Reduction Tech Awarded (Ind. Report)
New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2019-07-12
The Keeling Curve Prize is reporting two San Francisco Bay Area organizations -- Opus 12, based in Berkeley, and the Oakland-based New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund (NEX/CalCEF) -- have been awarded $25,000 apiece for developing promising global warming solutions.

The Keeling Curve Prize recognizes ideas in the areas of Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), Energy Access, Transportation, Finance, and Social & Cultural Impacts, that either effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake, according to a June 28 Keeling Curve Prize press release.

The Opus 12 team was one of the Carbon Capture & Utilization winners, and the NEX/CalCEF team was one of the Finance winners. The Opus 12 award-winning device takes CO2 and water and produces high-value chemicals and fuels that are conventionally made with petroleum. The technology diminishes emissions and produces the "critical products that are the building blocks of modern civilization." The process can generate 16 different products, including ethylene, a precursor for most plastics, methane and syngas, according to the Opus 12 website.

The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.

The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website. (Source: Keeling Curve Prize, PR, Daily Californian, 11 July, 2019) Contact: New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund, hello@newenergynexus.com,www.newenergynexus.com; Keeling Curve Prize, Jacquelyn Francis, Dir., director@kcurveprize.org, www.kcurveprize.org; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Climate Change,  


Green Biologics Shuttering Minn. Biobutanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Green Biologics
Date: 2019-07-12
UK-headquartered biochemicals producer Green Biologics reports it is shuttering its Little Falls, Minnesota plant due to cash flow problems. The modified Little Falls ethanol plant produces acetone and 1-butanol via fermentation. Approximately 50 employees will be affected by the shutdown, the company said.

The company raised roughly $100 million from investors in 2015. (Source: Green Biologics, Chemical & Engineering News, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Green Biologics, 320-632-1614, www. greenbiologics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Biologics news,  Biobutanol news,  Biofuel news,  


Methane Emission Cuts Could Trigger Climate Cooling, Oxford Prof. Suggests (Int'l. Report)
University of Oxford,
Date: 2019-07-12
In the UK, according to Myles Allen, a professor of Climate Dynamics at the University of Oxford, farming can become completely "climate neutral" if agricultural methane emissions are reduced by just 20 pct over the next 30 years.

Prof. Allen claims UK farmers have been cutting methane emissions by 10 pct every 30 years, through measures such as better slurry storage and application, and didn't need to reach the Government's net-zero by 2050 target to stop, or actually reverse, warming caused by agriculture. This is because when methane is released into the atmosphere, it has a much stronger warming impact than the same amount of CO2, but unlike CO2 or nitrous oxide, which have a constant warming effect even when emissions fall to zero, cutting the amount of methane -- which is far more potent the CO2 -- emitted will actually cause global cooling, Prof. Allen suggests.

Prof Allen contends that cutting agricultural methane emissions to zero over the next 35 years would cause global cooling, taking the industry's contribution to global warming back to the level it was in the 1960s. (Source: University of Oxford, Farmers Guardian, 11 July, 2019) Contact: University of Oxford, Prof. Myles Allen, +44 (0)1865 275895. myles.allen@ouce.ox.ac.uk, www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/mallen.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Climate Change,  Emissions,  Global Warming,  


Brookfield Considering Suzlon Energy Acquisition (M&A, Int'l.)
Brookfield Asset Management,Suzlon Energy
Date: 2019-07-12
Bloomberg is reporting Toronto-based investment firm Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is considering and undertaking due diligence for the acquisition of a majority stake in Hyderabad, India-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Ltd.

To that end, Brookfield is reportedly in discussions with Suzlon's creditors and may purchase new shares issued by the company, followed by purchasing stocks from the existing holders under an open offer. (Source: Brookfield, Bloomberg, liveMint, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com; Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon Energy,  Wind,  Brookfield Asset Management,  


TRCA Touts New Energy Efficient HQ Building (Ind. Report)
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Date: 2019-07-12
In Ontario, Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority which manages the city of Toronto's watershed and ravine system in an effort to ensure that the ongoing effects flooding and water pollution and climate change are mitigated, is reporting the ground breaking for a new, energy efficient "state of the art" headquarters building.

The building will be an eco-friendly structure with the highest "green" certifications and low-carbon footprint. The building is aiming for Canada Green Building Council )CaGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification as well as WELL Building certification. (Source: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Downsview Advocate, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, 416-661-6600, info@trca.on.ca, www.trca.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org; International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED,  Well Building,  


CCS Market Analysis, Trends, Top Manufacturers, Share, Growth, Statistics,Opportunities & Forecast to 2024 (Ind. Report Available)
Carbon Capture and Storage
Date: 2019-07-12
The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market is projected to grow at moderate CAGR during the period 2018-2024, according to this research report which provides granular analysis of market share and market dynamics, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market.

Review report details HERE.

Request a sample Report HERE. (Source: Market Study Report, PR, July, 2019) Contact: Market Study Report LLC, (302) 273-0910, sales@marketstudyreport.com, www.marketstudyreport.com

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


Montpelier Drafting Energy Efficiency, Consumption Disclosure Rules (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-07-12
In Montpelier, the mayor of Vermont's capital city and the City Council report they are creating mandatory residential building energy efficiency standards that homes and apartments will have to meet before they can be listed for sale or rent.

Under the city's proposed standard, real estate agents and landlords will be required to inform potential purchasers and renters how the property they're interested in compares with other similar properties in terms of energy consumption and energy related operating costs. (Source: City of Montpelier, mychamplainvalley.com, 10 July, 2019)

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


NREL Wind-Wildlife Mitigation Efforts Funded (Ind. Report)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: 2019-07-12
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it is one of nine organizations to receive US DOE funding to explore and develop technologies to reduce the environmental impacts of wind energy.

NREL will investigate and improve the effectiveness of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents that emit frequencies perceptible to bats to discourage them from approaching wind turbines.

Other technological innovations include thermal imaging cameras and specially developed radar technologies that detect and deter bats and other wildlife from approaching wind-turbine blades.

Identifying the best wind-wildlife mitigation technologies will enable more efficient and cost-effective wind energy projects. (Source: NREL,WindPower, 10 July, 2019) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  Wind,  


GE Supplying Turbines to 220 MW Polish Wind Project (Int'l Report)
GE Renewable Energy ,EBRD
Date: 2019-07-12
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply 81 onshore wind turbines along with a five-year service agreement to power the 220 MW Potegowo Wind Project in Northern Poland. This is the first project between GE Renewable Energy and Potegowo Mashav Sp Z OO. With a current installed base of 580 MW in Poland, GE Renewable Energy will increase its installed base to 800 MW in the country, once the project is commissioned.

The 81 turbines for the Polish project will be manufactured at GE Renewable Energy's facility in Salzbergen, Germany. GE will also provide a five-year Full Service Agreement (FSA) offering data-driven insights, expert recommendations, and advanced field services.

The Polish project, which is supported by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is expected to help save 480,000 tpy of carbon dioxide. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, reve, 11 July, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy , Peter Wells, Onshore Wind CEO for Europe and SSA, www.ge.com/renewableenergy; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Potegowo Mashav, Mashav Energia, office@mashavenergia.com, www.mashavenergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Turbine,  


Vattenfall Scores Dutch Offshore Wind Tender (Int'l Report)
Netherlands Enterprise Agency ,Vattenfall
Date: 2019-07-12
At The Hague, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency reports it has awarded Vattenfall a tender to construct and operate the Hollandse Kust 3 & 4 offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea.

Hollandse Kust 3 & 4 are 350 MW each and will start operating in 2023. They are the latest in a series of 700 MW annual offshore wind power auctions in the Netherlands. (Source: Netherlands Enterprise Agency, PR, reve, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Netherlands Enterprise Agency, +31 70 379 80 00, www.english.rvo.nl; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  


Notable Quote -- Obama Clean Power Plan v.s. Trump Affordable Clean Energy Plan
Obama Clean Power Plan
Date: 2019-07-12
"You can see just with that comparison (with the Obama Clean Energy Plan) that the Trump (Affordable Clean Energy) plan is actually designed to do almost nothing to deal with carbon pollution from the electric power sector.

"It's very interesting that a rule that purports to be trying to reduce pollution -- by their own projection -- might increase it. There is a part of the proposal that would allow coal plants to update, allowing them to run longer without putting any pollution controls on. That's kind of a life extension project for coal plants.

"So a policy that says that it's supposed to be reducing pollution actually increases it under certain projections. And I think a court might have a hard time with that and say how could this be defended as a rational plan." -- Jody Freeman, Former Obama White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change; founder of the Harvard University Environment and Energy Law Program (Source: NPR News, 12 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plam news,  Trump Afordable Clean Energy Plan news,  


Yorkshire UK Biomethane Plant Set for Startup (Int'l Report)
Energy Assets Utilities
Date: 2019-07-12
In the UK, Energy Assets Utilities (EAU) is reporting an unnamed biomethane plant near Pontefract in West Yorkshire is set to begin production and to meet the energy needs of around 6,000 homes, thanks to a 3km directionally drilled pipeline installed by EAU. The plant is due to come on stream in October.

The plant's four, 6,800 cubic-meter capacity digester tanks will create methane from chicken litter, food waste and other organic matter produced by local farms. The gas will be purified and fed into the national grid. The gas will also power the site's combined heat and power (CHP) unit, while the digester waste will be turned into fertiliser. (Source: Energy Assets Utilities, Bioenergy Insight, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Assets Utilities, +44 0 1254 819 600, www.energyassets.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Canfor Temporarily Curtailing BC Pulp Production (Ind. Report)
Canfor Pulp Products
Date: 2019-07-12
In British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver-based Canfor Pulp Products reports it will be implementing "phased summer curtailments" in July and August at its Intercontinental and Northwood (NBSK) pulp mills in Prince George, British Columbia (BC) -- due to a significant deterioration in market conditions, fibre supply constraints and higher fibre costs resulting from recent sawmill curtailments across the BC industry.

The curtailments will reduce Canfor Pulp's production output by approximately 75,000 tonnes of NBSK pulp. The Company intends to resume full production in September. (Source: Canfor Pulp Products, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Canfor Pulp Products, (604) 661-5241, info@canfor.com, www.canfor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canfor Pulp Products,  


Sunworks, Bright Power Announce Calif. Residential Rooftop Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Sunworks,Bright Power
Date: 2019-07-12
Roseville, California-based solar power specialist Sunworks, Inc. reports receipt of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Bright Power to develop a 567 kilowatt roof-top solar PV project for a Northern California residential complex.

Bright Power, which specializes in multifamily apartment buildings, works with building owners to increase their net operating income through energy and water savings while decreasing negative impact on the environment. The project is slated for completion in Q4, 2020. (Source: Sunworks, PR, Yahoo, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Bright Power Inc., 212.803.5868, 415.914.7171, www.brightpower.com, Sunworks, Chuck Cargile, CEO, (866) 600-6800, www.sunworksusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Sunworks,  Solar,  Bright Power,  


ECP Snares Energy Storage Specialist Convergent (M&A)
Energy Capital Partners,Convergent
Date: 2019-07-12
Private equity firm Energy Capital Partners (ECP) and energy storage development business Convergent Energy + Power are reporting ECP's acquisition of New York-based Convergent.

Convergent develops, owns and operates large-scale energy storage for industrial customers and utilities. The company self-fund its projects, raising $70 million to do so. Convergent also took the title for largest commercial and industrial storage project, with a 10-megawatt/20-megawatt-hour system in Ontario, Canada.

ECP acquired Convergent as part of its Fund IV. The company has been investing in a range of energy companies, including gas generator Calpine and residential solar company Sunnova. Financial details of the acquisition have not been revealed. (Source: Energy Capital Partners , Website, 10 July, 2019) (Contact: Energy Capital Partners, Andrew Gilbert, info@ecpartners.com, www.ecpartners.com; Convergent, Johannes Rittershausen, (917) 508-0190, jrittershausen@convergentep.com, www.convergentep.com

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SD PUC OKs 300 MW South Dakota Wind Project (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-12
On Tuesday in the state capitol city of Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SD PUC) reports the approval of a permit with conditions for construction of the Crowned Ridge Wind Farmin the northeastern part of the state. The proposed $400 million wind farm will incorporate up to 130 wind turbines and generate as much as 300 MW of power which will be purchased by Northern States Power Co., dba Xcel Energy. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. (Source: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Brookings Register, AP, 10 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

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Chinese Carbon Markets Trading Hits 337Mn Tonnes by June (Int'l)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2019-07-12
In Beijing, China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment reporting China's carbon emissions allowances trading reached 337 million tonnes at the country's nine carbon markets with a turnover of 7.3 billion yuan ($1.06 billion) by the end of June.

In June alone, the trading at nine carbon markets across the country were up 81.3 pct and 38.3 percent month on month, respectively, Xinhua said. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Xinhua, 11 July, 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

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Cielo Opens First Alberta Waste-to-Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Cielo Waste Solutions
Date: 2019-07-12
Red Deer, Alberta-based Cielo Waste Solutions is reporting the opening of its first Alberta biorefinery in the community of Aldersyde, Southern Alberta, where it will turn locally-sourced landfill household waste into renewable diesel transportation fuel. The company plans to open four additional refineries in the municipalities of Brooks, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat, sometime in 2020.

According to Cielo, their technology creates "high-grade, low-cost renewable diesel fuel" that differs from other traditional biofuels that come from food sources. Cielo also claims its product can be blended and sold on the Alberta government's mandated renewable diesel market. It also produces virtually no emissions, the company says. (Source: Cielo, GlobalNews, 11 July, 2019)Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Don Allan, President & CEO, (403) 348-2972 Ext. 101, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

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Scottish Scheme Helps Household with Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Home Energy Scotland
Date: 2019-07-12
Since its launch nearly four years ago the Scottish Government's flagship residential energy efficiency Warmer Homes Scotland scheme has helped 15,000 qualifying householders with an average grant of £4,000 for home energy saving improvements such as central heating, boilers, renewables systems and insulation measures.

Home Energy Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust, with a mission to help people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their bills and help tackle climate change. (Source: Energy Savings Trust, Stornoway Gazette, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Home Energy Scotland, Alison Craig, +44 0 808 808 2282, www.homeenergyscotland.org

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Sudbury Considering Green Building Incentives (Ind. Report)
City of Sudbury
Date: 2019-07-10
The Northern Ontario city of Sudbury Council is reported to be considering a motion that if passed would direct city staff to "produce a report in the third quarter of 2019 describing steps required to introduce incentives, such as rebates equivalent to a portion of development charges paid, for green development (energy efficiency) initiatives for multi-residential and non-residential buildings."

The city of 165,000 +- residents recently announced it was reducing by one-half several development charges for select multi-unit residential buildings. Council also voted to incentivize the construction of energy efficient homes of less than 1,000 square feet. The city said "It is hoped that developers will incorporate green building technologies into new builds in order to reduce future CO2 emissions." (Source: City of Sudbury, Sudbury Star 8 July, 2019) Contact: City of Sudbury, 705-671-2489, www.greatersudbury.ca

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Tennessee's "Outdated" Energy Standards Questioned (Ind. Report)
Southern Environmental Law Center
Date: 2019-07-10
The Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is reportedly questioning proposed building codes issued by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office which the SELC says fail to help residents with high energy bills.

Based on an early draft shared with stakeholders, SELC contends "the Fire Marshal's Office appears poised to propose adoption of largely adopt outdated residential energy efficiency standards, despite obvious advances in building technology." SELC also contends the Fire Marshal's Office fails to address "appropriate standards" as outlined in the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. The SELC says by maintaining the status quo, the Fire Marshal's office would "discriminate against techniques and materials that further energy efficiency."

Tennessee has the 12th highest residential average of energy consumption in the nation, with an average monthly bill of $123.30, according to the SELC. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

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New York's "Green New Deal" Awaits Cuomo's Signature (Reg & Leg)
Clean New Deal,Cuomo
Date: 2019-07-10
In Albany, the New York State legislature is reporting the passage of SB 6599/AB 8429, the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act (CCPA) requiring the Empire State to source 100 pct carbon-free electricity by the year 2040 and reach net-zero carbon emissions across the state's entire economy by 2050.

Under the CCPA, electric utilities will be forced to purchase around 9,000-megawatts of clean energy by 2035. The capital development and construction work related to converting the existing capacity to wind, solar and other clean and renewable sources will fall under the regulatory purview of the act which will make it illegal for hydroelectric power to receive subsidies because wind and energy will not be able to compete if long-term savings and reliability are taken into account..

"The [bill] will virtually eliminate New York's greenhouse gasses, foster renewable energy production, create green jobs, invest in lower-income communities, and protect our planet," according to the bill's sponsor and chair of the NY Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D). Both chambers of the state Legislature passed CCPA and it now awaits the expected signature of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Source: Various Media, Post Journal, 7 July, 2019) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

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Mangrove "Blue Carbon" Sequestration Endangered (Int'l Report)
Methane,Climate Change
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Land Down Under, researchers from Southern Cross University are reporting their research has revealed that dead mangrove trees released us much as 8 times more of the potent greenhouse gas methane than living mangrove trees. The research was brought about by a recent catastrophic climate-induced coastal mangrove die-back in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The findings, published in the international journal New Phytologist, have implications for scientific understanding of how mangrove systems sequester "blue carbon" -- CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere and locked up in coastal wetlands such as mangroves. (Source: Southern Cross University, mycg.com.au, 7 July, 2019)Contact: Southern Cross University, Luke Jeffrey, Phd. Candidate, +61 1800 626 481, www.scu.edu.au

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DOE Releases Better Buildings Progress Report (Ind. Report)
US DOE,
Date: 2019-07-10
Today, Energy Secretary Rick Perry kicked off the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit by recognizing more than 20 Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners and allies who achieved their energy, water, or financial goals for 2019 and five who have recently set new Challenge goals after meeting their initial goals. These goal achievers are part of the hundreds of organizations that work with the U.S. DOE in the Better Buildings Initiative and are featured in the annual Better Buildings Progress Report.. The Secretary also announced the launch of the Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot.

In 2018, Better Buildings Initiative partners and allies saved 1.38 quadrillion BTUs and $8.4 billion in total energy costs. These organizations are leading the U.S. in energy efficiency by adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency.

The Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot was launched to address the 2.7 billion tons of industrial solid waste and more than 260 million tons of municipal solid waste the U.S. generates annually. By reducing waste, organizations also save energy. Manufacturers, companies, schools, and governments across the country can strengthen their competitiveness and sustainability by setting and realizing robust waste reduction goals. DOE will work with organizations who have signed up for the pilot to determine the appropriate metrics, goals and opportunities for different sectors.

Through the Better Buildings Initiative, DOE aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 pct more energy efficient over the next decade. Greater energy efficiency saves billions of dollars, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and creates U.S. jobs.

Download the Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Solution Center., betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

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BP, Bunge Considering Brazilian Ethanol JV (Int'l Report)
Bunge,BP
Date: 2019-07-10
Bloomberg is reporting UK oil giant BP and White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. are in preliminary discussions on a possible sugar and ethanol joint venture in Brazil -- a major sugar and ethanol producing country.

BP has been producing ethanol in Brazil since 2008 with three mills . Bunge has eight mills with capacity to process 22 million tons. (Source: Bloomberg, 19 July, 2019) Contact: Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com

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State Dept. Awards Green Bldg Systems Support Contract (Ind. Report)
Jacobs Engineering,USGBC
Date: 2019-07-10
Dallas-headquartered Jacobs Engineering reports it has been awarded a four-year, $25 million contract to provide commissioning services to the Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OSO).

Under the contract, Jacobs will offer engineering expertise to help OBO understand building system requirements, address issues and observe energy efficiency. Work will also support the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program that provides standards for environmentally-friendly buildings.(Source: Jacobs Engineering, ExecutiveBiz, July, 2019) Contact: Jacobs Engineering, Steven J. Demetriou, CEO, Pankaj Duggal,, Snr. VP, GM Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities, 214.638.0145, www.jacobs.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Canadian Climate Risks, Adaptations Identified (Ind. Report)
Council of Canadian Academies
Date: 2019-07-10
At the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's request, an expert panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has identified and prioritized Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

The panel's report identifies the following areas of risk: agriculture and food, coastal communities, ecosystems, fisheries, forestry, geopolitical dynamics, governance and capacity, human health and wellness, Indigenous ways of life, northern communities, physical infrastructure, and water. The report outlines a multi-layered method of prioritizing adaptation measures based on an understanding of the risk, adaptation potential, and federal roles and responsibilities.

Download the report HERE. (Source: Council of Canadian Academies, Eric M. Meslin, PhD, CEO, Tijs Creutzberg 613-567-5000 ext. 232, tijs.creutzberg@cca-reports.ca, info@cca-reports.ca, www.scienceadvice.ca

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EMPA Sets Flexible CIGS Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
Empa Laboratory
Date: 2019-07-10
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) researchers report they have broken their own record and achieved a flexible CIGS solar cell efficiency of 20.8 pct -- 0.4 pct higher than the previous mark. The technology of choice is copper indium gallium diselenide (Cu(In,Ga)Se2) or CIGS, which enables the manufacture of flexible, lightweight solar cells on polymer films.

Flexible CIGS solar modules are already commercially available, in particular from the EMPA spin-off Flisom AG in Niederhasli, Switzerland, which was co-founded by Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari. (Source: EMPA Laboratory, ChemEurope, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Empa Laboratory, Romain Carron, Head of CIGS Research, Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari, +41 58 765 11 11, Fax +41 58 765 11 22, ayodhya.tiwari@empa.ch, www.empa.ch; Filsom AG, +41 (0)44 824 3000, sales@filsom.ch, www.filsom.com

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Attis Industries Joins the Advanced Biofuels Assoc. (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries, Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2019-07-10
Milton, Georgia-headquartered Attis Industries Inc., a diversified innovation and technology holding company with a corn ethanol production asset in Fulton, NY, reports it joined the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA).

The ABFA supports and advocates for public policies that are technology neutral, utilize sustainable feedstocks, and offer subsidy parity to ensure all viable advanced biofuels can compete with the benefit of a level playing field. The ABFA engages government at all levels to secure support for the advanced biofuels industry, allowing its member companies to commercialize their technologies and bring products to market that are competitive and compatible with petroleum-based fuels and byproducts. (Source: Attis Industries, PR, Globe Newswire, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association

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Neb. Gov., Ethanol Board Slam EPA's RFS RVO Proposal (Ind Report)
Nebraska Ethanol Board
Date: 2019-07-10
The Nebraska Ethanol Board and the Cornhusker States Governor Peter Ricketts (R) have expressed their disappointment with the US EPA's recently proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2020 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

"While Nebraska appreciates the EPA's timely release of renewable volume obligations, this proposal does not reflect the agency's legal duty to enforce a robust RFS or the president's commitment to our farmers," Governor Ricketts said while urging the EPA to "reallocate waived gallons and ensure that the agency is giving our farmers and ethanol producers the predictability they need, especially during tough times for agriculture."

Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Roger Berry said the "Nebraska Ethanol Board is "extremely disappointed in the proposed Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) numbers released by the EPA. The fact that EPA did not account for any of the lost gallons due to Small Refiner Exemptions directly undermines demand for the quality fuel produced by our hard-working farmers and the 1,400 Nebraskans employed in the ethanol industry."

Nebraska is the second-largest ethanol producer in the U.S. with over 2 billion gallons production capacity from 25 ethanol plants processing over 700 million bpy of corn for a $5 billion per year economic impact in the state. (Source: Nebraska Ethanol Board, The Independent, 9July, 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts, www.governor.nebraska.gov; Nebraska Ethanol Board, Roger Berry, Administrator, (402) 471-2941, www.ne-ethanol.org

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Solarize Chicagoland Group Solar Program Launched (Ind. Report)
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Land of Lincoln, Cook County eports it is partnering with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and the Citizens Utility Board to make solar energy more accessible and affordable for Chicago-area residents.

To that end, the partnership is coordinating on Solarize Chicagoland, a group "volume" purchasing program for residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will counties. The program can significantly reduce the upfront costs of installing solar on homes. (Source: Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc., Daily Herald, July, 2019) Contact: Solarize Chicagoland, www.solarizechicagoland.com; Citizens Utility Board, Christina Uzzo, (312) 292-5871, cuzzo@CitizensUtilityBoard.org, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org; Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc., (414) 988-7963, www.midwestrenew.org

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FTSE Russell Launches New Climate Risk Gov. Bond Index (Int'l)
FTSE Russell
Date: 2019-07-10
London-headquartered global index provider FTSE Russell reports the launch of the FTSE Climate Risk-Adjusted World Government Bond Index (Climate WGBI) enabling investors to consider a quantitative measure of climate risk to sovereign debt for the first time, according to the release.

Derived from the firm's World Government Bond Index, the Climate WGBI will be available to investors as both a portfolio performance measurement tool and the basis of an investment portfolio.

FTSE Russell said the new index followed the same rebalancing mechanics of the standard index with respect to universe membership, but would tilt the market value weights of the standard index according to a country's climate scores, which are assessed according to that country's scores across three core climate risks -- transition risk, physical risk, and preparedeness and resilience to cope with climate change. Countries better prepared for the risks of climate change receive higher exposures, while those more threatened by the risks receive lower exposures. (Source: FTSE Russell, Financial Standard, 9 July, 2019) Contact: FTSE Russell, Mark Makepeace, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7866 1810, (866) 551-0617 - NYC, www.ftserussell.com

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Canadian PC Leader Vows to Scrap Clean Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
Clean Fuel,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2019-07-10
The CBC is reporting Progressive Conservative (PC) Party Leader and Prime Ministerial hopeful Andrew Scheer says a government led by him would scrap a "secret fuel tax" -- a plan by the sitting Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to improve fuel standards and cut emissions through regulatory changes that have not yet been finalized.

In addition to the existing carbon tax regime, the Liberal government aims to make the heating and transportation fuel supply cleaner to reduce carbon emissions and help Canada meet targets set under the Paris Climate Agreement.

According to a government backgrounder, fossil fuel suppliers will be able to meet the performance standard by "taking action themselves" to make fuels cleaner -- through improvements to the refining process, for example, or by purchasing credits from low-carbon-intensity fuel producers and other credit generators. (Source: CBC News, Various Media, 8 July, 2019)

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LA Touts Sustainability pLAn 2019 Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
LosAngeles
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Golden State, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is touting his Sustainability pLAn 2019, a "Green New Deal" to help the city of approximately 4 million residents deal with climate change.

The Los Angeles Green New Deal is intended to: reduce by 50 pct the number of census tracks lacking equity and environmental parity; create a $100,000,000 Transformative Climate Communities program; include an "Equity and Environmental Justice Impact Statement" in official City reports; and analyze the LADWP budget for environmental equity metrics. The program calls for both mitigation and/or adaptation measures to climate change impacts and will be folded into all other area climate emergency plans covering: energy and climate; climate change preparedness; green buildings; transportation; air Quality; environmental justice; urban greening; green economy; and others.

Additionally, Los Angeles City Council is creating a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization that will in turn will create a Climate Emergency Commission, hire a director for the new Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, and draft a Climate Emergency Declaration.

Download the Sustainability pLAn 2019 HERE. (Source: City of Los Angeles, City Watch, July, 2019)

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Sonoma Clean Power Offers Energy Efficient Equipment (Ind Report)
Sonoma Clean Power
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Golden State, the not-for-profit energy aggregator Sonoma Clean Power reports it is partnering with the California Energy Commission to free energy-saving equipment to commercial businesses and residential customers in exchange for data collection. Customers pay for installation costs, but the energy company will pay for such equipment as lighting, cooling and ventilation, water heating and more, according to SCP.

The data collected will provide insight into best practices for manufacturers and installers and to educate consumers on how upgrades can reduce utility bills.

In the commercial sector there is opportunity for three businesses to receive upgraded lighting; 10 businesses to receive new insulation; and two food service businesses to receive induction cooktops. SCP also has a loan program for residents to try out induction cooktops which the company believes are more energy efficient than standard appliances. For residential customers the company will accept 10 homes to receive cooling and ventilation; 10 homes for air sealing; and 10 homes for grid-integrated water heaters. (Source: Sonoma Clean Power, Index Tribune, 8 July, 2019)Contact: Sonoma Clean Power, (855) 202-2139, www.SonomaCleanPower.org

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$330Bn Indian Renewable Energy Investment Expected by 2030 (Int'l)
Mercom
Date: 2019-07-10
According to Mercom's Economic Survey 2018-19, India ranks fourth in terms of installed wind capacity globally and fifth in terms of installed solar capacity.

The Mercom survey notes that the share of renewable energy is progressively increasing in the Indian electricity mix and that the additional investments in renewable projects up to 2022 (excluding transmission) will be about $80 billion at today's prices and an investment of around $250 billion will be required for the period 2023-2030. ON an annualized basis, a $30 billion investment in renewable energy is expected over the next decade.

According to the survey, the cumulative renewable power installed capacity (excluding hydro of above 25 MW) has more than doubled from 35 GW on March 31, 2014, to 78 GW on March 31, 2019. The target is to achieve an installed capacity of renewable-based power of 175 GW by the year 2022. The share of renewables (excluding hydro above 25 MW) in the total generation was around 10 pct in 2018-19 compared to about 6 pct in FY 2014-15, the survey notes. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, July, 2019) Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

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