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Seajacks Scores Formosa 2 Turbine Installation Contract
Seajacks International,Siemen Gamesa,Swancor Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-10
Following up on our May 4th coverage, Great Yarmouth, U.K.-based offshore installation contractor Seajacks UK Ltd reports receipt of a conditional contract from Siemens Gamesa for the transport and installation of wind turbines at the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm being developed by Macquarie Capital and Taiwan-based Swancor Renewable Energy, off the coast of Taiwan.

The 376MW Formosa 2 project will incorporate 47 SG 8.0 - 167 Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines. The contract is subject to Siemens Gamesa receiving the firm order from consortium partners Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy. Installation is slated for the summer of 2021. (Source: Seajacks, offshorewind.biz, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Seajacks UK Ltd., +44 1492 841400, www.seajacks.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Seajacks,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  


VERBIO Completes Atlantic Biodiesel Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Verbio,Atlantic Biodiesel
Date: 2019-07-10
Further to out May 3rd coverage, Leipzig, Germany's Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie Group subsidiary VERBIO Diesel Canada reports it has completed its previously announced purchase of Dain City, Ontario-based Atlantic Biodiesel.

The biodiesel plant has an annual capacity of approximately 150,000 tonnes of biodiesel and 18,000 tpy of raw glycerine. Operations are expected to resume in August 2019. With the purchase, VERBIO has increased its total biodiesel production capacity to approximately 620,000 tpy. (Source: VERBIO, Biofuel Int'l, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Atlantic Biodiesel, (888) 339-3132, www.atlanticbiodiesel.com; VERBIO, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verbio,  Atlantic Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


Taiwanese Offshore Wind Farm Secures €2.7Bn Financing (Int'l)
Sojitz Corp
Date: 2019-07-10
In Taiwan, the largest offshore wind farm in Asia-Pacific is reported to have reached financial closure on €2.7 billion.

The 80 Siemens Gamesa turbine, 640 MW Yunlin Offshore Wind project project located eight kilometers off the coast of Yunlin County in western Taiwan, is being developed by Bremen, Germany-based WPD AG in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to be commissioned by 2020 and the second phase in 2021. WPD AG will own 73 pct of the project and the remaining 27 pct will be held by a Tokyo-based Sojitz Corp.-led consortium. (Source: Asia & Pacific Legal Chronicle. Other Media, July 9, 2019) Contact: Sojitz Corp., www.sojitz.com/en; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WPD,  Yunlin,  Offshore Wind,  


Longroad Nails 243 MW Texas Wind Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
Longroad Energy
Date: 2019-07-10
Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy is reporting the financial close and construction startup of its $335 million El Campo wind farm in Knox County, Texas. The Danish pension funds PKA and PenSam, represented by their investment manager AIP, have invested in the project which is expected to achieve commercial operation by July of 2020, Longroad Energy's affiliate, Longroad Energy Services, will provide construction management, asset management, operations and maintenance, and remote monitoring services to the project over a 20-year term.

Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC owns 684 MW of operational wind and solar projects across the U.S. Its services affiliate, Longroad Energy Services, operates and manages 1.49 GW comprised of these projects in addition to 805 MW of wind and solar projects on behalf of third parties. Longroad is owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Infratil Limited, and Longroad's management team. (Source: Longroad Energy, PR, Contact: Longroad Energy, Paul Gaynor, CEO, www.longroadenergy.com; linkedin.com/company/longroad-energy-partners

More Low-Carbon Energy News Longroad Energy,  Wind,  


FIMER SpA Acquring ABB's Solar Inverter Business (M&A)
ABB,FIMER SpA
Date: 2019-07-10
Zurich-headquartered ABB and Italy's FIMER S.p.A are reporting an agreement that will see FIMER acquire ABB's solar inverter business. The transaction is expected to close in Q1, 2020, subject to certain conditions.

ABB's solar inverter business has approximately 800 employees in more than 30 countries, with manufacturing and R&D facilities in Italy, India and Finland. The business offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, systems, and services for various types of solar installations. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, Contact: ABB, Tarak Mehta, President ABB Electrification Business, www.abb.com; FIMER, www.fimer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Solar,  Solar Inverter,  


Ameren Missouri Plans $1Bn Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-07-08
In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan, www.ameren.com/missouri

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ameren Missouri Touts Smart Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-07-08
In St. Louis, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, reports it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) to decrease electric rates as part of the company's $5.3 billion Smart Energy Plan.

The Smart Energy Plan, which includes $1 billion investment in wind energy as well as a "Smart Savers" rate for off-peak energy use, is the largest energy efficiency plan in the company's history and provides customers with more ways to manage and reduce their energy usage, the company said. The company also plans to roll out the first of its new generation of smart meters starting in 2020. (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 5 July, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri Smart Energy Plan, Tara Oglesby, VP, www.ameren.com/Missouri/company/smart-energy-plan

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Energy Efficiency,  


Repsol Announces Spanish Wind, Solar Acquisitions (M&A, Int'l)
Repsol
Date: 2019-07-08
In Madrid, Spanish energy major Repsol SA is reporting the acquisition of two wind projects and one solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme totaling 794 MW. The company also announced it will develop the 335-MW Delta wind project in Zaragoza, Aragon, as well as a 255-MW wind project in the provinces of Palencia and Valladolid, Castilla y Leon, bought from Iberen and the 204-MW Sigma solar project in Cadiz, Andalucia. The three projects will be managed by Repsol Electricidad y Gas and are expected to come on line in the coming four years.

Repsol aims to operate 4,500 MW of low-emissions generation by 2025 and when those three new projects are put on stream it will have achieved 90% of that objective. The company presently has 2,952 MW of installed low-emission capacity. (Source: Repsol,Renewables Now, July, 2019) Contact: Repsol SA, (+34) 91 7538100 / 91 7538000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  


Ardagh Group's Energy Star Plant Adds Solar (Ind. Report)
Ardagh Group
Date: 2019-07-08
Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Ardagh Group, a supplier of sustainable packaging, is reporting its US DOE Energy Star Certified glass manufacturing facility in Bridgeton, N.J., is now powered by a 5.5-MW, 15,930 photovoltaic array expected to produce approximately 7.5 kWh of renewable electricity in the first year.

The Bridgeton, N.J., facility was awarded Energy Star plant certification for superior energy performance and is the only U.S. glass container manufacturer to earn this recognition.

The company's facilities in Dunkirk, In., and Madera, Calif., have also received the Energy Star award for energy efficiency perform within the top 25 pct nationwide for energy efficiency. Additionally, all 13 of the company's manufacturing facilities in North America are ISO 14001 certified. (Source: Ardagh Group, Commercial Prop.Exec, July, 2019) Contact: Ardagh Group, www.ardaghgroup.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Star,  Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  


Toyota Developing Solar Powered Prius (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Toyota, Solar
Date: 2019-07-08
Japanese auto giant manufacturer Toyota reports its Prius PHV has been developed into a demo vehicle with solar panels installed on roof, hood and rear panels. The automaker has tied up with NEDO, Sharp Corporation for the installations which are expected to increase the electrified vehicle's cruising range and efficiency. The demo employs a system that charges the vehicle's driving battery while in operation or parked.

Toyota is planning trial runs for the demo to gather data the vehicle's solar panel power generation and the amount the drive battery is charged when driven or stationary. The data gathered will be used to further develop an onboard solar recharging system. (Source: Toyota, Various Media, ET Auto, 7 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Toyota,  


China Boosting Cooling Energy Efficiency Efforts (Int'l Report)
Energy Foundation China
Date: 2019-07-08
In Beijing, Energy Foundation China is reporting China -- the world's largest manufacturer, consumer and exporter of cooling products with an annual output worth $116 billion -- has committed to multiple efforts to promote green and efficient cooling products. To that end the government has implemented rebate programs including Energy Saving Subsidy and Green for Old to encourage consumers to purchase more environmentally friendly cooling products. Additionally, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic regulator, is aiming to strengthen research and development in key cooling technologies, climate friendly refrigerants, and promote the harmless disposal and reuse of refrigerants.

Under the plan, major cooling products energy efficiency is expected to improve by at least 30 pct by 2022, while energy efficiency in large public buildings will increase 30 pct by 2030.

In 2018, Energy Foundation China and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program China launched a program aimed at cutting energy consumption in residential and commercial air conditioning, focusing on developing energy-efficiency standards and labels in China from 2018 to 2020. The foundation has since been working with Chinese government agencies, research institutes, and air conditioner manufacturers to improve cooling efficiency and promote green products, in keeping with the government's commitment to a greener economy. (Source: Energy Foundation China, China Daily, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Foundation China, +86-10-5821-7100, china@no spamefchina.org, www.efchina.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Foundation China,  


UK Unveils Green Finance Net-Zero Emissions Strategy (Int'l)
Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth
Date: 2019-07-08
In London, the UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Hon. Chris Skidmore, is reporting the release of the government's Green Finance Strategy, outlining how the finance sector and better climate disclosure from publicly-listed corporations can drive progress towards wider action on climate change and the push towards net-zero emissions by the year 2050.

The strategy features investment and funding increases into green projects, infrastructures and homes and is built on findings from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The strategy calls corporations and asset owners to disclose climate risk and impact data by 2022 and to work with regulators as to whether this becomes a mandatory requirement.

In addition, a £5 million Green Home Finance Fund has been established for green finance education, home energy efficiency grants, green mortgages and other green finance mechanisms. An additional £5.8 billion has been set aside for international climate finance to encourage other nations to act on climate collaboratively.

More than 780 organizations reportedly support of the TCFD, including the world's largest banks, asset managers and pension funds, responsible for assets of $118trn, highlighting the appetite for green finance. (Source: UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, edie News, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Chris Skidmore, www.gov.uk/government/people/chris-skidmore

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


Major Tree Plantings Recommended to Fight Climate Change (Int'l.)
ETH Zurich
Date: 2019-07-08
A recently released study from the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich notes 0.9 billion hectares of land worldwide would be suitable for reforestation an the resulting capture of two thirds of human-made carbon emissions and would thus be the most effective method to combat climate change.

The study identified where -- excluding cities or agricultural areas -- in the world new trees could grow and how much carbon they would store. The researchers calculated that under the current climate conditions, Earth's land could support 4.4 billion hectares of continuous tree cover -- 1.6 billion more than the currently existing 2.8 billion hectares. Of these 1.6 billion hectares, 0.9 billion hectares fulfill the criterion of not being used by humans. This means that there is currently an area of the size of the US available for tree restoration. Once mature, these new forests could store 205 billion tonnes of carbon: about two thirds of the 300 billion tonnes of carbon that has been released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the Industrial Revolution.

The study identifies Russia (151 million hectares); the US (103 million hectares); Canada (78.4 million hectares); Australia (58 million hectares); Brazil (49.7 million hectares); and China (40.2 million hectares) as the countries with the greaterd forestation potential. (Source: ETH Zurch, PR, 4 July, 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, Prof. Tom Crowther, Institute for Integrative Biology, +41 44 632 4141, tom.crowther@usys.ethz.ch, www.hk.ethz.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  Forestation,  Reforestation,  Climate Change,  


Wood Products Mitigate Under 1 pct Global CO2 Emissions (R&D)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date: 2019-07-08
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an research analysis across 180 countries found that global wood products -- all the paper, lumber, furniture and more -- offset less than 1 pct of of annual global carbon emissions -- 335 million tons of CO2 in 2015, 71 million tons of which were unaccounted for under current UN standards.

Current U.N. guidelines only allow countries to count the carbon stored in wood products created from domestic timber harvests, not the timber grown locally and shipped internationally, nor products produced from imported lumber. These regulations create a gap between the actual amount of carbon stored in the world's wood products and what is officially counted.

The researchers asked the question, can we continue to consume wood products and have climate change benefits associated with that consumption?" To address that question, the researchers developed a consistent, international analysis of the carbon storage potential of these products, which countries must now account for under the global Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

They used data on lumber harvests and wood product production from 1961 to 2015, the most recent year available, from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The researchers modeled future carbon sequestration in wood products using five broad models of possible economic and population growth, the two factors that most affect demand for these products. In 2015, that gap amounted to 71 million tons of CO2, equivalent to the emissions from 15 million cars. If those guidelines remain unchanged, by 2065 another 50 million tons of CO2 may go unaccounted for due to this gap. But this additional, uncounted carbon does not significantly increase the proportion of global emissions offset by wood products, according to the study.

Craig Johnston, a professor of forest economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Volker Radeloff, a UW-Madison professor of forest and wildlife ecology, published their findings July 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: WU-Madison, PR, July, 2019) Contact: WU-Madison, Craig Johnston, (608) 890-3609, craig.johnston@wisc.edu, www.wisc.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Storage,  


Are EPA's Proposed RFS 'Obligations' Actually Just Suggestions?" asks RFA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
RFA, RFS
Date: 2019-07-08
By neglecting to prospectively reallocate small refinery exemptions and blatantly ignoring a court order to restore improperly waived gallons, the U.S. EPA's proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) completely betrays President Trump's commitment to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

"As long as EPA continues to dole out compliance exemptions to oil refiners without reallocating the lost volume, the agency may as well start referring to the annual RFS levels as 'renewable volume suggestions' rather than renewable volume 'obligations'. It is a complete misnomer to call these blending volumes 'obligations' when EPA's small refinery bailouts have essentially transformed the RFS into a voluntary program for nearly one-third of the nation's oil refineries.

"In its announcement today, EPA has proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 20.04 billion gallons, of which 5.04 billion gallons are advanced biofuel, including 540 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. That leaves, on paper, a 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol, unchanged from 2019.

"Most notably, EPA failed to prospectively account for any expected small refinery exemptions in the 2020 proposal, even though it is almost a foregone conclusion at this point that the Agency will continue to grant more exemptions.

"Congress gave EPA the direction and tools necessary to ensure that the statutory RFS volumes are enforced, and that includes prospectively reallocating exempted volumes to non-exempt parties. Instead, EPA has chosen to continue its demand destruction campaign that has been crippling to both ethanol producers and the farmers who supply our industry. Enough is enough.

"EPA approved 54 exemptions for 2016 and 2017 and an additional 38 requests for 2018 exemptions are pending. Not a single exemption request has been denied by EPA since 2015. The exemptions effectively lowered the total RFS requirement for 2017 by 1.82 billion gallons and cut the 2016 requirement by nearly 800 million gallons.

"Making matters worse, EPA's proposal continues to flout the D.C. Circuit Court's 2017 order requiring the Agency to restore 500 million gallons of renewable fuel obligations that it inappropriately and illegally waived from the 2016 RVO. Unbelievably, the Agency is proposing to snub the court's ruling by refusing to restore the 500 million gallons remanded volume. EPA's stubborn refusal to obey a court order to restore lost demand is yet another kick in the teeth to U.S. renewable fuel producers and farmers already facing the worst market conditions in a generation. EPA's suggestion that following the court's directive would place an 'additional burden' on obligated parties is an insult and an affront to the farmers and ethanol producers who trusted this administration would follow the law. The RFS wasn't intended to make oil refiners comfortable; it was intended to change the status quo by guaranteeing renewable fuels would have access to a marketplace otherwise closed to competition.

"EPA appears to be selling out to oil refiners -- again -- at the expense of rural America. The court found in favor of renewable fuel producers in 2017 because it was clear our industry had been harmed by EPA's illegal use of a general waiver -- now EPA is doubling down on that harm to the ethanol industry and farmers.

"Today's proposal undermines the pledge President Trump made to farmers and renewable fuel producers that his administration would enforce the statutory RFS volumes. By failing to prospectively reallocate, failing to commit to a more judicious and restrained approach to refinery waivers, and failing to follow a court's order to restore lost demand, EPA is blatantly undercutting President Trump's commitment to ethanol, which he restated less than a month ago when he visited the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol plant. We urge the President to resolve the disconnect between the oval office and EPA and get the RFS back on track." (Source: RFA, PR, 8 July, 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  RFS,  


WE Energies Stymies Third-Party Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Eagle Point Solar
Date: 2019-07-08
Dubuque, Wisconsin-based Eagle Point Solar reports its planned partnership with the city of Milwaukee to power seven municipal buildings with solar energy is being opposed by the public utility We Energies which claims Eagle Point would essentially be illegally selling electricity to the city within We Energies' legally monopolized service area. Under Eagle Point Solar's plan, it would help finance the city's solar project, taking advantage of federal tax breaks for which local governments do not qualify.

Eagle Point, which is suing the public utility for refusing to connect a series of solar arrays, has also sued the Public Service Commission (PSC) which declined to take up its complaint against We Energies and avoided the bigger question of the extent the state's utilities can control third party provision of solar energy. Eagle Point's position is that it is not a utility and is therefore not in conflict with WE Energies.

Wisconsin is one of 15 states that have not clarified whether they will allow such third-party solar arrangements. Five states prohibit it, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, a state-funded research group.

The city of Milwaukee wants to grow its solar power use to 25 pct of consumption by 2025 through public utility-run programs as well as with companies like Eagle Point Solar which planned to install, maintain and finance the solar equipment, lowering the overall cost of the project by taking advantage of a 30 pct federal solar energy tax credit. (Source: NPR, AP, Eagle Point Solar, Telegraph Herald, 6 July, 2019)Contact: Eagle Point Solar, Barry SHear, CEO, 563-582-4044, www.eaglepointsolar.com; City of Milwaukee, Erick Shambarger, Director of Environmental Sustainability, www.city.milwaukee.gov/sustainability/About-Us/ErickShambarger.htm

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


Biodiesel Buses Trim Tehran's Transportation Emissions (Int'l)
Biodiesel
Date: 2019-07-08
In Tehran, the Biotechnology Development Council, affiliated to the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology, is reporting the first phase of the city of Tehran's three-year pilot project using biodiesel in the city of 8.3 million residents bus transport fleet. The use of locally produced biodiesel cut carbon emissions by 160,000 kilograms, according to the release.

In the pilot project, 20 of the city's 300 diesel buses were operated on biodiesel through the first phase of the scheme. To date more than 60,000 liters of biodiesel have been produced and consumed in the pilot project. (Source: MEHR, Tehran Times, 7 July, 2019) Contact: Biotechnology Development Council, www.nti.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote -- "Natural Gas Has Its Place"
Natural Gas
Date: 2019-07-08
"Natural gas has its place on the road to less carbon-intensive energy options. It's a necessary transition phase until renewable energy sources and carbon capture and storage (CCS) become commercially viable for large-scale implementation." -- Professor Francesco Cherubini, NTNU Trondheim - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Natural Gas,  Climate Change,  


EPA's RFS Obligations Another Setback for American Farmers, says NFU (Ind. Report)
RFS,EPA,National Farmers Union
Date: 2019-07-08
Last Friday, the EPA released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020. The proposal 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.

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, 8 July, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News "Hardship Waiver",  RFS,  National Farmers Union,  Biofuel,  Ethanol Blend,  


Enlight Touts Spanish Solar Energy Project Plans (Int'l Report)
Enlight Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-08
Tel Aviv-based Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd. is reporting it will collaborate with Spanish entrepreneurs to develop clusters of wind energy and solar energy projects in Spain. The first new development will be located nearthe company's existing wind farm in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain, in operation since last summer, Enlight said.

Under the agreement, Enlight is expected to provide guarantees totaling €40,000 ($44,925) per megawatt. The company expects the projects to yield 300-600 megawatts in total. Enlight has also announced talks to acquire a 100 pct stake in an unnamed wind energy venture in northwest Europe. (Source: EnLight Renewable Energy Ltd, PR, 7 July, 2019) Contact: EnLight Renewable Energy Lrd., Gilad Yavetz , CEO, +972 3 9008700 , +972 3 9008701 -- fax, www.enlightenergy.co.il/eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enlight Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Wind,  


EID Parry's Ethanol-from-Molasses Production Underway (Int'l)
EID Parry
Date: 2019-07-08
Chennai, India-based East India Distilleries Parry Limited (EID Parry) is reporting plans to begin ethanol production at its facilities has been approved "in principle" by the Indian federal government Department of Food and Public Distribution. The agency will also supply financial assistance for the project, according to EID Parry.

In accordance with its plan, the company's Sankili unit (Srikakulam) has begun producing Ethanol from B Heavy molasses.

EID Parry Limited is a 225 year old sugar focused public company. (Source: Business Standard, PTI, 7 July, 2019) (Contact: E.I.D. Parry India Inc., www.eidparry.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Sugar Ethanol,  India Ethanol,  


Ukraine Invests $313Mn in Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
Ukraine State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving
Date: 2019-07-08
In Kiev, Ukraine, the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reports that the agency invested the equivalent of $313 million in building insulation and other energy efficiency-saving measures from the end of 2014 to 2019.

The agency also reported 1,020 apartment building co-owner associations attracted major insulation and other energy efficiency investments. (Source: UkrInform, July, 2019) Contact: Ukraine State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, www.saee.gov.ua/en


Albany Adds $55Mn to Long Island Energy Storage Push (Funding)
NYSERDA,PSEG-LI
Date: 2019-07-08
In the Empire State, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo having previously committing $400 million for energy-storage technologies, the Governor has added $55 million over the next five years in support of cutting-edge energy-storage efforts specifically on Long Island.

The funding -- essentially, a collaboration between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and PSEG-LI -- is intended to promote the deployment of "solar-plus-storage" technologies while also supporting the governor's comprehensive energy plan which includes statewide storage of 3,000 MW -- enough to power 40 pct of statewide residences -- by 2030.

The first $15 million tranche is now available to residential and commercial customers who install standalone energy-storage systems or systems paired with solar power technologies.

For commercial customers, the funds will support new grid-connected energy-storage systems holding up to 5 MW. Eligible energy-storage systems include chemical, thermal or mechanical systems, to be compensated under a PSEG-LI tariff or load-relief program, according to the release. (Source: NYSERDA, 8 July, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo; PSEG-LI, www.psegliny.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG-LI,  Energy Storage,  NYSERDA,  Cuomo,  


$84.9Mn Green Climate Funding Announced (Int'l. Report)
Green Climate Fund,UNDP
Date: 2019-07-08
Meeting in Songdo, Korea, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports its commitment of more than $84.9 million towards United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in Bhutan, Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands and Ecuador.

According to the GCF release, Ecuador the second country to receive financial resources from the GCF for having successfully reduced its deforestation and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is expected to help in reducing emissions by 20 pct from the forest and land-use sector by 2025.

Bhutan, the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and Timor-Leste -- among the Asia-Pacific region's most vulnerable countries to climate change -- received grants for climate adaptation initiatives. In Bhutan, with GCF funding over 118,000 people are expected to benefit from more sustainable land and water management, more climate-resilient agriculture and reliable climate-resilient irrigation schemes. In Timor-Leste, GCF funds will be used to "climate-proof" key rural infrastructure and improve policies and planning for a national response to the impacts of climate change.

With the approval of the four new projects, UNDP has supported a total of 23 countries to access more than $785.7 million in GCF finance for full-sized climate change projects.

The GCF supports developing countries efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change, limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote low-emission and climate-resilient development. (Source: UN Development Programme, PR, July, 2019) Contact: UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, www.undp.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  UNDP,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  CO2,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


Wind, Solar Expected to Generate Half of World's Electricity by 2050, says BloombergNEF Report (Ind. Report)
BloombergNEF
Date: 2019-07-03
According to a new report from BloombergNEF, solar, wind, and battery energy storage will enable the power sector to "meet its share of emission cuts required under the Paris climate agreement, at least until 2030" by which time the demand for electric power will increase 62 pct. The world will get about half of its electricity from solar, wind, and battery storage by 2050, the report notes. By 2050, solar and wind will supply almost one half of the world's electricity, with hydro, nuclear and other renewable energy resources providing another 21 pct with geothermal, tidal, hydrogen and others filling the balance, according to BNEF. (Source: BloombergNEF, Utilities, 23 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BloombergNEF,  


Teesside Clean Gas, CCS Project Awarded £3.8 Mn (Int'l Funding)
OGCI Climate Investments
Date: 2019-07-03
In the UK, Teesside's Clean Gas project on the former SSI steelworks site could become the world's first gas-powered energy plant using carbon capture and storage (CCS)technology at scale with £3.8 million in funding from the federal government. The £18 million project was announced in November by OGCI Climate Investments.

Phase one is a huge power plant, which will run on natural clean gas and could be operational as early as 2024 or 2025. Construction is slated to get underway in 2020.

The UK Government has laid out plans for the UK to be a world-leader in the field of CCS, with its Clean Growth Strategy and last November's CCUS Action Plan.

OGCI companies set a target to reduce the collective average methane intensity of our aggregated upstream gas and oil operations to below 0.25 pct by 2025, with the ambition to achieve 0.20 pct. Starting from a baseline of 0.32 pct in 2017, reaching the 0.20 pct target would translate into greatly reducing our collective methane emissions by more than one-third -- approximately 600,000 tpy of methane -- by the end of 2025, according the OGCI website. (Source: Teeside Live, 27 June, 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  OGCI Climate Investments ,  


California Community Wind, Solar Projects Approved (Ind Report)
East Bay Community Energy
Date: 2019-07-03
In the Golden State, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a community choice energy provider, reports approval of two power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 157.5 MW from new wind and solar facilities, along with 30 MW of battery energy storage, to be built in Alameda and Fresno counties in California. The approved contracts include:
  • the Summit Wind Project -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 57.5 MW of wind from the Altamont Winds LLC project, near Livermore in Alameda County, from San Diego-based Salka LLC in partnership with a global private equity firm. The project will see the repowering a 569, 100 kW turbines with 23 modern turbines at a former Altamont Pass wind farm and is expected to be completed in late 2020.

  • Sonrisa Solar Park -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of energy storage from the Sonrisa Solar Park, located in Fresno County and owned/operated by EDP Renewables North America. Construction on the Sonrisa solar project will begin as early as December 2021. It is expected to be operational in 2022.

    As one of 19 community choice aggregation programs operating in California, EBCE will provide clean energy at competitive rates and will reinvest earnings back into the community. (Source: East Bay Community Energy, NA Windpower, 24 June, 2019) Contact: East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Community Wind,  Community Solar,  


  • Flint Hills Closes Beatrice Neb. Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Flint Hills Resources
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Citing "tough economic times", Flint Hills Resources reports it is closing its 50-million gpy biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska. The plant, which produces biodiesel from waste fats and oils, tallow, and distillers' corn oil, is at an unusual competitive disadvantage to plants that use lower priced soybean oil.

    The 2008 vintage, $50 million plant was acquired by Flint Hills for $5 million at a 2011 and began production in 2016 after Flint Hills spent roughly $100 million to retrofit the facility to use corn oil and grease. In a 2016 news release, the company touted what was the first commercial-scale application of Benefuel Inc.'s ENSEL technology. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, DTN, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Benefuel,  Beatrice,  Flint Hills Resources,  Ethanol,  


    Total's La Mede Biorefinery Production Underway (Int'l Report)
    Total
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In Paris, energy major Total reports it has begun production at the La Mede biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting the former oil refinery into a new energies complex.

    Launched in 2015, the Mede biorefinery can produce 500,000 tpy of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a premium biofuel, as well as biodiesel and biojet fuel for the aviation industry. The facility was specifically designed to process all types of oil. Its biofuels will be made: 60 to 70 pct from 100 pct sustainable vegetable oils (rapeseed, palm, sunflower, etc.), and 30 to 40 pct from treated waste (animal fats, cooking oil, residues, etc.).

    As part of May, 2018 agreement with the French Government, Total has pledged to process no more than 300,000 tpy of palm oil -- less than 50 pct of the total volume of raw materials needed -- and at least 50,000 tpy of French-grown rapeseed, creating another market for domestic agriculture. All the oils processed will be certified sustainable to European Union standards.

    Total is also examining different biomass conversion pathways, such as thermochemical, biotechnology and algae, and is working in its own laboratories and via R&D partnerships with manufacturers, start-ups, universities and private laboratories, including BioTfueL, Novogy and Renmatix. (Source: Total Website, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Total, Investor Relations: +44 (0 )207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com

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


    Vanderbilt Scores LEED Gold for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Vanderbilt,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Tennessee reports its engineering and science building and Eskind Biomedical Library have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for environmental initiatives and energy efficiency. Twenty other buildings on the Vanderbilt campus are LEED certified.

    The university with 12,600 students is launching a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing its environmental footprint, sourcing 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy, and achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050. (Source: Vanderbilt University, CleanLink, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, (615) 322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Neoenergia Claims Brazilian Wind Power Contracts (Int'l Report)
    Neoenergia,Iberdrola
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Neoenergia, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, reports it has contracted with its subsidiary company Fuerza Eolica del Brasil S.A. to sell 30 pct of the wind energy it will produce in two new wind farms in Piauí State, northeastern Brazil.

    The two wind farms totaling 74 MW of installed power capacity are expected to come in at roughly $77 million and come on line in mid 2022.

    The Neoenergia group has 17 wind farms that produce 516 megawatts (MW) and is constructing another 15 with capacity to produce 545 MW. (Source: Neoenergia, PR, reve, 29 June, 2019) Contact: Neoenergia, Alexandre Medeiros, Sustainability Mgr., +55 21 96723-4385 +55 21 3235-9880, alexandre.medeiros@neoenergia.com, www.neoenergia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoenergia.Iberdrola,  Wind,  


    SG Claims MidAmerican Wind Repowering Project (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy, Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy is reporting the selection of Siemens Gamesa (SG)for the repowering of its 429.3-MW Rolling Hills wind power project in Iowa.

    The project will utilize 163, SG 2.7-129 and 18 previously sold SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines including blades, hubs, and nacelles as well as the top tower sections for the SG 2.7-129 units. Commissioning of the project is expected for late 2021. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, PR, July, 2019) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


    Lincoln Clean Energy Acquires 103-MW S,Dakota Wind Project (M&A)
    Lincoln Clean Energy,Pattern Energy,Orsted
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Danish energy company Orsted A/S owned Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) is reporting the purchase of Pattern Energy Group's a 103-MW shovel-ready wind project in Butte County, South Dakota. Financial details were not disclosed.

    The facility is expected to be completed and online in Q4, 2020. (Source: Lincoln CLean Energy, Renewables Now, July, 2019) Contact: Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com; Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Lincoln Clean Energy,  Orsted,  Wind,  


    BEIS Promoting Green Mortgages for Energy Efficient Homes (Int'l)
    UK BEIS
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of a £5 million fund for the financial sector to develop green mortgages and a £10 million innovation fund to cut the costs of retrofitting the UK's housing stock. The funds are part of a new Green Finance Strategy.

    Green mortgages give customers discounted mortgage rates after they have upgraded the energy rating of their homes. Britain's 17 million homes are currently responsible for around 15 pct of the country's carbon emissions, according to BEIS. (Source: UK BEIS, Energy Live, June, 2019) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK BEIS,  Energy Efficiency,  


    July 4th Holiday Publications Schedule

    Date: 2019-07-03
    In celebration of the U.S. July 4th holiday, and the past July 1st Canada Day, we will not be publishing on Friday, July 5. Thanks you and have a safe holiday weekend.


    ExxonMobil, Global Thermostat Partner on CCS Tech (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Irving, Texas-headquartered U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil is reporting an agreement with NYC-based Global Thermostat to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that can capture and concentrate CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and industrial sources with the goal of slowing climate change.

    Should the technical readiness and scalability of the technology be determined, pilot projects at ExxonMobil facilities could follow, according to a MobilExxon press release.

    As previously reported, ExxonMobil recently committed to spending as much as $100 million over 10 years with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on research to bring lower-emission tech to commercial scale. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 1 July, 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Global Thermostat, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO, 646-798-6217, www.globalthermostat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  CCS,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    Senators Want Ag Sec. Out of RFS "Hardship Waiver" Decision Process (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFS
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Following up on our June 12 coverage, DTN Progressive Farmer is reporting thirteen Republican senators from oil-producing states are calling for President Trump to keep Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue out of EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery "hardship waiver" decision-making process which the Senators claim the Agriculture Secretary has no authority. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA administrator decides, after consulting with the Energy secretary, which refiners receive or are denied a hardship waiver, the Senators note.

    "We strongly oppose giving the Secretary (Perdue) any role in the decision-making process over the petitions. We would view any decisions to further delay, reduce, or deny hardship relief to small refineries, or reallocate the obligations of small refineries to other refineries, as the result of the Secretary of Agriculture's impermissible interference. We are confident that others, including the federal courts, would do the same," the thirteen Senators wrote.

    The small-refinery exemptions have reduced ethanol use by about 2.6 billion gallons, and 38 refiners are waiting for EPA to decide on new exemptions.

    Senators writing the letter included Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as well as senators representing Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

    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: Various Media, DTN, Progressive Farmer, July, 2019) Contact: Office of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue,(202) 720-2791, feedback@oc.usda.gov, www.usda.gov/contact-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  RFA,  Sonny Perdue,  


    Dominion's Offshore Wind Project Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy,Orsted
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In Virginia, Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports construction is underway on its $300 million offshore wind project in federal waters, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

    The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project's two 6 MW offshore turbines will be supplied by Orsted and will generate sufficient power for up to 3,000 homes when fully online in 2020. (Source: Dominion Energy, Virginia Business, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy Power Generation Group , Paul Koonce , CEO, www.dominionenergy.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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


    Insurer Dropping Climate Endangering Coverage Line (Int'l. Report)
    Chubb
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In Zurich, the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company Chubb Limited, is reporting the adoption of a new policy concerning coal-related underwriting and investment. Accordingly, Chubb will no longer underwrite the construction and operation of new coal-fired plants or new risks for companies that generate more than 30 pct of their revenues from coal mining or energy production from coal.

    Insurance coverage for existing coal-plant risks that exceed this threshold will be phased out by 2022, and for utilities beginning in 2022. In addition, Chubb will not make new debt or equity investments in companies that generate more than 30 pct of revenues from thermal coal mining or energy production from coal, according to a company release. (Source: Chubb Limited, PR, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Chubb Limited, Evan G. Greenberg, CEO, www.chubb.com

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


    Mayor Lauds London Climate Action Week Campaign (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Along the banks of the River Thames, in launching the London Climate Action Week campaign , London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for stricter carbon standards for the city's buildings and stronger government intervention on climate change.

    The Lord Mayor's call reflects the growing pressure facing the building services sector in looking at new approaches to providing key functions such as heating and cooling that will be better able to mitigate or offset carbon emissions.

    The Climate Action Week campaign also calls for the UK government to declare a "climate emergency" and to establish a comprehensive new green deal policy to transform buildings, infrastructure and transport in the country. (Source: RAC, Times, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    Charlottesville Aims for Carbon-Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Charlottesville Climate Collaborative,
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Old Dominion State, the not-for-profit Charlottesville Climate Collaborative is lauding the City of Charlottesville's commitment to reducing the city's emissions 45 pct by 2030, and becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

    Charlottesville is the first city in the Commonwealth of Virginia to announce this ambitious goal of community-wide carbon neutrality, affirming its commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change and to mitigate the most significant consequences of a warming planet.

    Other Virginia cities including Alexandria, Richmond, and the Town of Blacksburg, have set aggressive goals of reducing 80 pct of their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Outside of Virginia, only nine US cities have reported community-wide carbon-neutrality goals.

    The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative aims to build a Charlottesville culture of climate action through community-wide collaborations and programs that reduce climate pollution and advance the city's identity to include climate leadership. (Source: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Blue Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Susan Cruse, Exec. Dir., (434) 202-7993, www.cvilleclimate.org


    Kontrol Scores $550K Real Estate Energy Mgmt. Contract (Ind Report)
    Kontrol Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Vaughn, Ontario-headquartered energy management and efficiency software specialist Kontrol Energy Corp. reports it has been selected to provide a turn-key energy management installation valued at approximately $550,000 for an unidentified Canadian company that operates which operates a portfolio of multi-residential properties. In addition, the Company has received a 6-year contract for approximately $24,000 per annum to manage, monitor and maintain the energy system in real-time.

    The installation, which is slated to begin in Q3 2019 and be completed by Q4 2019, is expected to save the customer approximately $1 million in energy costs over the next 7 years and significantly reduce their overall building emissions, Kontrol Energy notes. (Source: Kontrol Energy, PR, Accesswire, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp, Paul Ghezzi,, CEO, (905) 766-0400, admin@kontrolenergy.com, www.kontrolenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Software,  


    Cowichan Co-op Expands Biodiesel Pumping Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In British Columbia, Duncan-based biodiesel producer Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op is reporting the opening of its second Green & Go blending pump in the Cowichan Valley. The installation came in at about $100,000, $20,00 of which The co-op, which was founded in 2005, produces biodiesel from locally sourced recycled waste cooking oil. collected from Vancouver Island restaurants since 2005. The cost of installing the new pump was approximately $100,000, with $20,000 coming from the Municipality of North Cowichan's Climate Action & Energy Plan. (Source: Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op, PR, Lake Cowichan Gazette, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Cowichan BioDiesel Co-op, Brian Roberts, Pres., (250) 748-2604, www.cowichanbiodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op,  


    Legrand UK Offers Navigating Through the Energy Efficiency Maze Guide (Int'l. Report)
    Legrand UK
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Birmingham, UK-based Legrand UK is reporting the launch of Navigating Through the Energy Efficiency Maze, a new guide that outlines the key efficiency drivers and the range of products and solutions offered to help project specifiers select from the available options, relative to their budget.

    The guide provides a simple four-step vision of how to approach an energy efficiency plan complete with the information project specifiers need to find the right solutions for a project. Legrand also offers an energy efficiency CPD seminar.

    Download Legrand's Navigating Through the Energy Efficiency Maze HERE. (Source: Legrand UK, July, 2019) Contact: Legrand UK, Mitra Goodger, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Manager, +44 (0) 370 608 9000, +44 (0) 370 608 9004 - fax, www.legrand.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Legrand UK,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Greenbelt, NARE Announce Bioproducts Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt Resources ,New Age Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation is reporting a technology collaboration with King Ferry, New York-based New Age Renewable Energy, LLC. (NARE), an innovator in dairy waste processing projects, combining the NARE fermentation formulation with Greenbelt's ECOsystem technology to provide a cost-effective solution to convert dairy processing wastes such as "cheese whey" into ethanol and other valuable bioproducts.

    In their collaboration, each ECOsystem solution would likely have a capacity between 400,000 and one million gpy of ethanol production per year. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., Yahoo, 2 July, 2019) Contact: New Age Renewable Energy, (315) 314-8077, eduard@narenewableenergy.com, www.narenewableenergy.com; Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, 888-995-4726 x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources ,  anaerobic digestion,  New Age Renewable Energy,  


    U.S. Mayors Pressure Congress on Carbon Tax, Climate Lawsuits and a Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Reporting from the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Honolulu, the mayors of hundreds of U.S. cities are calling for federal carbon tax price "sufficient enough to reduce carbon emissions in line with ambitions detailed in the Paris Agreement on climate change."

    The mayors also voted in support of a resolution endorsing the idea of a Green New Deal, called for Congress to adopt "a comprehensive national response" to climate change, The mayors also voted to oppose President Donald Trump's plan to freeze vehicle fuel economy standards, and to endorse individual cities' right to sue over climate change damages and protect taxpayers from related mitigation and adaptation costs. The mayors also oppose any action by Congress or in state legislatures "to limit or eliminate cities' access to the courts by overriding existing laws or in any way giving fossil fuel companies immunity from lawsuits over climate change-related costs and damages."

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors includes the leaders of about 1,400 cities with populations greater than 30,000. about 1,400 cities. (Source: U.S. Conference of Mayors, Inside Climate News, 2 July, 2019) Contact: U.S. Conference of Mayors, www.usmayors.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Conference of Mayors,  Climate Change,  Green New Deal,  


    Global Solar Energy Storage Market Surging (Ind. Report)
    Solar Energy STorage
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Energy market research firm Technavio is projecting the global solar energy storage market is expected grow by 24.32GW -- 63 pct -- between 2019 and 2023. The year-over year- growth for 2019 is estimated at 48.92 pct with the Asia Pacific region accounting for 44 pct of the growth. The APAC region led the market in 2018, followed by the Americas and EMEA, respectively (Source: Tachnavio, Smart Energy, 27 June, 2019)

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


    India Lowest Per-Capita G20 Emissions Emitters (Int'l)
    G20
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In India, the Hindu is reporting a 5 pct rise in India's overall CO2 emissions from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported 2076.83 million tonnes in 2016 to around 2,299 million tonnes in 2018. In 2016, India was the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China and United States. On a per capita basis, India is the lowest emitter among the G20 nations while Saudi Arabia is highest.

    Out of 32,314.20 million tonnes of emissions in the world in 2016, G20 nations contributed around 27,000 million tonnes -- roughly 80 pct. (Source: G20, The Hindu, Money Control News, 28 June, 2019) Contact: G20, www.g20.utoronto.ca; OCED, : +33 1 45 24 82 00, www.oecd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2Carbon Emissions,  


    PSEG Claims Among Lowest Power Producer CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Garden State, Newark-based power producer Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is touting its record as having one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation's largest power producers, according to Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States , a recently released report by M.J. Bradley & Associates, Bank of America, CERES, Entergy, Exelon and NRDC. According to the report:
  • In 1993, PSEG became the first electric utility in the U.S. to volunteer to participate in the Climate Challenge Program; PSEG successfully met this goal and stabilized carbon dioxide emissions from its New Jersey plants to 1990 levels by 2000.

  • In 2002, PSEG joined EPA's Climate Leaders program to reduce the six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this program, PSEG committed to reduce its CO2-equivalent GHG emissions on a pound-per-mWh basis by 18 pct from 2000 levels by Dec. 31, 2008. PSEG surpassed this goal by achieving a 31 pct reduction, due primarily to the fact that more than half our power comes from nuclear generation.

  • In 2009, PSEG established a new goal of reducing company-wide GHG emissions by 25 pct from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met this goal 14 years ahead of schedule. PSEG achieved this goal through implementation of energy efficiency programs, deployment of renewable energy, increasing nuclear output and building clean, efficient natural gas generation.

  • Since 2010, PSEG has invested approximately $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions in hospitals, multifamily housing and buildings occupied by nonprofits and government agencies.

  • In 2018, PSEG announced its new goal of eliminating 13 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new goal expands upon previous reduction goals, including efficiency upgrades of existing combined-cycle natural gas fleets and the retirement of the company's New Jersey and Connecticut coal plants.

  • PSEG has invested $1.7 Billion in 625 MWs of solar, including 211 MWs in New Jersey and 23 projects in 14 states totaling 414 MWs. PSEG is New Jersey's leading developer of solar energy resources and is an active supporter of efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

  • Supplying more than 90 pct of the state's emissions-free power, PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants play a key role in supporting New Jersey's clean energy goals.

    Download the Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States report HERE. (Source: PSEG, CSRWire 28 June, 2019) Contact: PSEG, PSE&G, PSEGPower, www/investor.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG),  Carbon Emissions,  


  • S. Korea Near Bottom for Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    KEPCO,OECD
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In South Korea, the KEPCO Management Research Institute in Seoul recently reported that South Korea ranked 33rd out of the 36 member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states with an exorbitant energy basic unit of 0.159 -- which refers to the primary energy consumption rate required to generate added value that is equivalent to US$1,000 of GDP.

    An energy basic unit is used to measure the level of energy efficiency -- the higher the value the lower the efficiency of the energy consumed.

    South Korea's energy basic unit is four times higher than Ireland, which ranks first among OECD states for energy efficiency.

    The KEPCO institute noted low electricity bills were a factor leading to the over consumption of electricity and energy inefficiency, and called for the South Korean government to boost energy efficiency efforts and introduce policies to raise electric power prices to lessen consumption. (Source: KEPCO Management Research Institute, Korea Bizwire, 1 July, 2019) Contact: KEPCO Management Research Institute, www.kepco.co.kr/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  KEPCO,  

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