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Alexandria Minn. Claims Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-06-26
In Minnesota, the Alexandria City Council reports its 2016 energy efficiency project completed by Anoka, Minnesota-based Efficiency Solutions has yielded the city of approximately 14,000 residents more than $230,000 in energy and repair/maintenance costs in the first year and $232,764 in the second year.

The 2016, $5.6 million project included $1.4 million in general improvements, such as replacing street lights and traffic lights with LED lighting, and sealing walls, doors, ceilings and windows, and about $4.2 million in refrigeration and capital upgrades mainly at the Runestone Community Center. The total cost is expected to be recouped through energy savings in about 14 years. (Source: Alexandria Minn. City Council, Echo Press, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Apex Efficiency Solutions, 763-201-8950, www.apex-co.us; City of Alexandria, www.alexandriamn.city

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Climate Investor One Closes $850Mn Fund (Int'l Report, Funding)
Climate Investor One
Date: 2019-06-26
Cooperative Climate Fund Managers U.A. (CFM) is reporting closing of Climate Investor One's Development Fund and Cooperative Construction Equity Fund U.A. at a combined $850 million, $20 million above its targeted $830 million.

Climate Investor One is the inaugural facility managed by CFM and the first of an intended series of "blended finance" investment vehicles focused on providing capital to climate mitigation and renewable energy sectors in developing countries.

As a catalytic driver of scale to Climate Investor One, GCF has unlocked further funding opportunities for new and existing commercial and institutional investors. The GCF investment in Climate Investor One will be routed via the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, in the capacity as GCF Accredited Entity (AE), according to the CFM release.

Climate Investor One will utilize a whole-of-life financing approach to deliver low-carbon energy infrastructure projects across Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. (Source: Climate Investor One , ESI Africa, 25 June, 2019) Contact: Climate Investor One, Ben Broche Global Lab Program Manager, ben.broche@cpiclimatefinance.org, www.climatefinancelab.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  


Notable Quote -- "Volkswagen Committed to Paris Climate Agreement"
VW,Volkswagen
Date: 2019-06-26
"Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. CNG has an important role to play in the alternative drive systems strategy that runs alongside the Group's electrification offensive. It is sufficiently proven, immediately available, efficient and cost-effective.

"Furthermore, CNG cars are not affected by driving bans in city centers. Refueling with biomethane or e-gas results in an even better CO2 balance. Both can easily be fed into the gas network and mixed with any amount of fossil natural gas." -- Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group

More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Recent Developments & Emerging Trends to 2026 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Cellulosic
Date: 2019-06-26
The recently released Global Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Report from Reports & Data offers market insights of the cellulosic fuels market and industry.

The Cellulose Fuel Ethanol Market Report analyses key global geographies, technologies, leading players and production capacities, utilization ratio, consumer base, demand, and supply chain, profit margin, and merchants and related factors and data.

Request a FREE sample copy report HERE. Browse full report description, TOC, Table of Figure, Chart, etc. HERE. (Source: Reports & Data, TheIndustryAnalysis June 25, 2019) Contact: Reports & Data, (212)710-1370, sales@reportsanddata.com, www.reportsanddata.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulose Fuel Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  


StorTera, Equilibrium Engineering Lands $2.6Mn for Energy Storage Pilot Project (Ind. Report)
Equilibrium Engineering,StorTera
Date: 2019-06-26
Edinburgh, Scotland-based energy storage specialist StorTera, together with its Kentville, Nova Scotia-headquartered partner Equilibrium Engineering, report receipt of $2.6 million Cdn (£1.6 million) to implement its pilot Alba Nova: A Smart Grid Pilot Using Advanced Battery Storage system.

The funding from the Power Forward Challenge, a joint initiative between the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Natural Resources Canada, will support the implementation of commercial and domestic battery systems with in-built artificial intelligence that can increase uptake of renewables, save money for customers and utilities, and accelerate carbon reductions by boosting the use of electric energy.

Alba Nova is run in partnership with the Nova Scotian town of Berwick and the Renewable Energy Storage Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax. (Source: StorTera, The Scotsman, 25 June, 2019)Contact: Equilibrium Engineering, (902) 482-0811, www.equilibrium-engineering.ca; StorTera, +44 131 569 0727, www.liquid-batteries.com


Notable Climate Change Quote -- "The Biggest Story of Our Lives"
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-26
"This is an opportunity to maximize our ability to cover the biggest story of our lives -- the threat of climate change." -- Julie Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel, 25 June, 2019

Climate change is the story of Florida's future. No other state has as much at risk. That's why six of the Sunshine State's major news organizations -- Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, the Palm Beach Post, the Orlando Sentinel and WLRN Public Media -- are cooperating and working together to report on the complex challenges of climate change, according to the Miami Herald. (Source: Miami Herald, 24 June, 2019 Contact: Julie Anderson, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, janderson@sun-sentinel.com


EPA Admonished to Update Ethanol, GHG Emissions Science ( Ind. Report, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
EPA,Ethanol
Date: 2019-06-26
In response to the Trump administration EPA's rejection of calls to update GHG calculations based on technological advancements in ethanol production, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators led by Chuck Grassley (R. Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D. Ill.) -- both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry -- issued the following statement urging the EPA to update an outdated environmental analysis on ethanol in order to "improve foreign sales opportunities."

"During the past five years, ethanol has been the fastest-growing agricultural export. As more nations adopt policies for lower-emission vehicle fuels, domestically produced ethanol can provide an immediate solution for their goals. We assert that there is little justification for EPA to maintain such an outdated calculation that otherwise could be easily corrected with existing, available analysis -- and straightforwardly address an unnecessary obstacle to international trade," the Senators wrote.

"Peer-reviewed science conducted by the USDA has affirmed that U.S. ethanol lowers greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 39-43 pct versus gasoline. EPA has rejected all calls to update these calculations, instead using nearly 10-year-old data, which ignores the technological advancements in ethanol production", the Senators said.

The Senators called for the EPA to adopt the scientific model Greenhouse Gas & Regulated Emissions & Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) developed by the DOE Argonne National Laboratory, after studying 100 fuel production pathways and 85 vehicle systems to measure the life-cycle carbon emissions of vehicle fuels. More than 30,000 organizations worldwide use the updated GREET model, including the FAA, NASA, Ford and GM, BP and others. EPA does not use the updated model. (Source: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),Feedstuffs, 25 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Chuck Grassley,  GHGs,  Ethanol,  


Sempra OKs NeoVolta NV14 for Grid Interconnection (Ind. Report)
Sempra Energy,NeoVolta
Date: 2019-06-26
Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), is reporting approval of NeoVolta's NV14 home energy storage system for grid operations.

NeoVolta designs, develops and manufactures utility-bill reducing residential energy storage systems based on Lithium-Iron Phosphate chemistry.

The NV14 is equipped with a solar rechargeable 14.4 kWh battery, a 7,680-Watt inverter and a web-based energy management system with 24/7 monitoring. (Source: Sempra, PR, June 25, 2019) Contact: NeoVolta, Brent Willson, CEO, (858) 239-2029, IR@NeoVolta.com, www.NeoVolta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  NeoVolta,  Energy Storage,  


Permafrost Collapses 70 Yrs Early (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-24
"Climate scientists have been warning about the dangers of global warming for decades. Now, it's happening, in spades. It should be noted that America's politicians are guilty of ignoring warnings by their own scientists. Those warnings officially started 31 years ago when Dr. James Hansen, then head of NASA Institute for Space Studies, testified before the Senate[ in 1988: 'If the current pace of the buildup of these gases (GHG) continues, the effect is likely to be a warming of 3 to 9 degrees F from the year 2025 to 2050, according to these projections. This rise in temperature is not expected to be uniform around the globe but to be greater in the higher latitudes.'

"Global warming is prominent throughout the North. Ergo, climate news doesn't get much worse (well, actually, it could, and will) than the collapse of permafrost in the Canadian High Arctic's extreme coldest region (where): 'Observed maximum thaw depths at our sites are already exceeding those projected to occur by 2090. The aforementioned study, from 2003-2016, found permafrost melt up to 240 pct more than previous years. In geological terms, that's like winning the Indy 500, hands down. That permafrost had been frozen solid for 'thousands of years.' Accordingly, scientists predicted the permafrost 'wouldn't melt for another 70 years.' Yet, the landscape has already collapsed by up to three feet.

"Bottom line, the top 25 pct of the Northern Hemisphere, where permafrost is ubiquitous, is coming apart at the seams, and climate scientists are behind the eight ball while America's politicians deny the legitimacy of science and openly spit on the underlying thesis of anthropogenic global warming. In point of fact, Farquharson's '70-yr too early permafrost collapse' makes the onset of RGW look like a dead-ringer, but when?

"There's no getting around the fact that ecosystems are collapsing. The evidence is too palpable to ignore. It's serious; it's deadly, and it could be too late to do much to stop it, other than a last-ditch WWII Marshall Plan Worldwide Consortium dedicated to converting the world to renewable energy, and forcing removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, yet, those solutions take years and years of planning, setup, construction, and billions upon billions of funding. It's not happening.

Meanwhile, carbon that has been trapped in and under permafrost over eons readies to escape to turbo-charge an already over-saturated turbo-charged climate. It's literally happening right now. The waiting room is already full. Farquharson's study proves it, and Alaska's permafrost carbon emissions that compete with U.S. commercial CO2 emissions prove it, as sled dogs wade through it." (Source: Dissident Voice, Robert Hunziker, 21 June, 2019)

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


DRAX, Deep Branch Biotech to Turn CO2 into Animal Feed (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2019-06-24
In the UK, power plant operator DRAX and Nottingham-startup Deep Branch Biotechnology, a lab located at DRAX's giant power station in Yorkshire, reports the two organizations will explore ways to capture and process CO2 into protein for sustainable animal feed.

Deep Branch Biotechnology is to run the new pilot project within the DRAX power plant's Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Incubation Area. For the pilot project, scientists will gather waste CO2 from energy generation and feed it to microbes which will use it to make single-cell proteins that could replace soy and fish meal in fish and livestock feeds.

Deep Branch claims it can convert "up to 60-70 pct of CO2 into protein, helping to both minimize the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere during power generation and other industrial processes, whilst producing protein for animal feeds which will help reduce the impact of agricultural sectors on the environment as well."

The Deep Branch pilot, which is slated to get underway this autumn, aims to capture enough CO2 to produce 100kg of protein. If successful, Deep Branch Biotechnology plans to build a larger production facility by 2020. DRAX has been capturing CO2 since February through its Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project, which uses technology developed by Leeds University spin-out company C-Capture. (Source: Deep Branch Biotechnology, DRAX, June, 2019) Contact: Deep Branch Biotechnology, Peter Rowe, CEO, info@deepbranchbio.com, www.deepbranchbio.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; C-Capture, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, Tel/Fax +44 0 113 245 0418, www.c-capture.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-Capture,  CCUS,  DRAX,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


Empire State Passes Carbon-Neutral 2050 Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
New York State
Date: 2019-06-24
Last Thursday in Albany, New York state legislators passed the Climate and Community Protection Act, one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing GHG emissions to zero by 2050. If signed into law by Governor Cuomo, the legislation would make New York the nation's second state -- after California -- to pass carbon-neutral economy legislation.

The New York act mandates reducing emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15 pct , making the state carbon neutral. The Act calls for reducing emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and using only carbon-free sources such as solar and wind to generate electricity by 2040. (Source: Business Day, Various Media, Reuters, 20 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


NJ Offshore Wind Solicitation Goes to Orsted (Ind. Report)
Orsted,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2019-06-24
Sitting in Trenton, the The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) report it unanimously granted the Garden State's first award for a 1,100 MW offshore wind project to Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted.

The 1,100 MW project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits.

The project is single largest award for offshore wind in the country to date and marks further progress toward meeting New Jersey's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJBPU, 23 June, 2019) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Offshore Wind,  


NH Farm Community Solar Project Announced (Ind. Report)
Monadnock Sustainability Network, ReVision Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
In New Hampshire, the Monadnock Sustainability Network and South Portland, Maine-based ReVision Energy report plans are afoot for a community-supported 95-KW solar array on Sun Moon Farm in Rindge, in the Moanadnock Region.

The community solar aray's expected yearly output is divvied up into shares of 5,000 kWh per year selling for $6,200 per share.

The array will initially be owned by investors, and farmers will buy power at a discounted rate. Then, after six years, the farmers buy out the investors and own the solar array and then get electricity from the solar array for free.

ReVision Energy will install the array later this year. (Source: Keene Sentinel, 21 June, 2019) Contact: ReVision Energy, Dan Weeks, Dir. Market Development, (207) 221-6342, Fax - (207) 358-7944, www.revisionenergy.com; Monadnock Sustainability Network, www.greenmonadnock.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  Monadnock Sustainability Network and ReVision Energy,  


GE Tapped as Scottish Tidal Project Systems Supplier (Int'l)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
In Edinburgh, SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (Atlantis) reports the selection of GE's Power Conversion business as preferred supplier for electrical systems that will power the tidal stream turbines for the MeyGen tidal power project second phase in the Pentland Firth, north of Scotland.

The MeyGen project is the only commercial multi-turbine array to have commenced construction and has been generating power for the UK grid for more than a year, after Atlantis completed installation of four generating units at the site in 2017, according to a GE release. (Source: GE, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Hydro Review, 21 June, 2019) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Drew Blaxland, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisbahamas.com; GE Power Conversion, www.gepowerconversion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Simec,  MayGen,  Tidal Power,  


Marine Energy R&D Legislation Tabled (Ind. Report, R&D)
US DOE
Date: 2019-06-24
In Washington DC, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), have reintroduced the Marine Energy Research and Development Act intended to increase ocean wave and tidal power production. The Act provides federal resources to encourage private investments in marine renewable energy and reauthorizes marine renewable energy programs at the U.S. DOE.

The Act, which includes national marine renewable energy research, development and demonstration centers nationwide,directs DOE to investigate ways to build a stable marine energy supply chain in the U.S. and ways to harmonize marine energy development with ocean navigation, fisheries and critical infrastructure such as undersea cables.(Source: Various Media, Hydro Review, 24 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Power,  


Sun Sets on Alberta Solar Energy Ind. Incentives (Ind. Report)
ALberta
Date: 2019-06-24
On the Canadian prairies, Alberta's newly elected United Conservative Party (UCP) government of Premier Jason Kenney has axed to the previous NDP government's financial initiatives to stimulate the growth of renewable energy industries in the oil-soaked province.

The NDP initiatives included the Residential and Commercial Solar Program which offered rebates covering up to 35 pct of the cost of installation of home and business solar projects.

According to a study commissioned by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta, the solar industry has the potential to add close to 10,000 jobs in Alberta over the next decade. The report, prepared by Solas Energy Consulting in November 2018, estimates that Alberta's solar industry could be worth $4 billion in 2030. (Source: Solar Energy Society of Alberta, CBC News, 22 June, 2019) Contact: Solar Energy Society of Alberta, (780) 443-7788, www.solaralberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Alberta Renewable Energy,  Solar Incentives,  


UK Sourcing More Green Than Fossil Fuel Energy (Int'l Report)
National Grid UK
Date: 2019-06-24
In the UK, the National Grid is reporting 48 pct of the country's electricity is now being sourced from wind and solar, 47 pct from natural gas and coal with the remaining 5 pct being generated by biomass.

National Grid notes it is the first time since the Industrial Revolution that more electricity has been produced from zero and low-carbon sources rather than fossil fuels. It also notes the majority of energy imported from Europe this year has also come from carbon free sources, at an estimated 63 per cent. The bulk of this has come from nuclear power stations in France. Imported power coming from greener sources is only set to increase with the UK seeking to acquire more energy from hydropower generators in Norway. (Source: National Grid UK, BBC, The Parliamentary Review, 22 June, 2019)Contact: National Grid UK, John Pettigrew, CEO, ttps://twitter.com/nationalgriduk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  National Grid UK,  


$50Mn Green Hydrogen Fuel Plant Slated for New Zealand (Int'l)
Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Hiringa Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
In New Zealand, Tauranga-based Ballance Agri-Nutrients and New Plymouth-headquartered fueling infrastructure specialist Hiringa Energy Ltd. have confirmed a joint development agreement for a $50 million clean-tech project to produce green hydrogen using renewable energ at Ballance's Kapuni ammonia-urea plant in Taranaki .

The project, which aims to develop a sustainable green hydrogen market in New Zealand is expected to generate sufficient green hydrogen to fuel as many as 6,000 buses and trucks per year . (Source: Gas World,PR 24 June, 2019) Contact: Hiringa Energy, Andrew Clennett, CEO, cclennett@hiringa.co.nz, www.hiringa.co.nz; Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Mark Wayne, CEO, www.ballance.co.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen news,  Green Hydrogen Fuel news,  


SRP 2035 Sustainability Goals Stress Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Salt River Project
Date: 2019-06-24
Earlier this month, Salt River Project (SRP} reported its 2035 Sustainability Goals increasing its commitments to energy efficiency and improved sustainability. SRP' 2035 Sustainability Goals include:
  • Expanding funding for energy efficiency to $50 million by 2020 and $55 million by 2025 to help ratepayers cut energy waste and save money on monthly electric bills.
  • Keeping 95 pct of SRP's operational waste -- including office furniture, electronics, power poles, cable and equipment -- out of our landfills;
  • Reducing water consumption at its facilities by at least 45 pct;.
  • Support the necessary infrastructure for at least 500,000 electric vehicles in SRP's service territory by 2035:
  • Communicating progress on sustainability initiatives to SRP customers and stakeholders in a proactive and transparent manner. (Source: Salt River Project, East Valley Tribune, 23 June, 2019) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Cyprus Moving to Net-Zero Energy Buildings Goal (Int'l Report)
    Net-Zero Energy
    Date: 2019-06-24
    The Eastern Mediterranean island country of Cyprus reports the incorporation of EU Directive -- 2010/31 / EU -- which aims to improve the energy performance of buildings while taking into account the external climatic conditions and indoor climate requirements.

    Under the new legislation, photovoltaic (PV) systems will be mandatory in homes, business and government buildings to hlp Cyprus meet energy consumption and near zero-energy goals.

    Buildings constructed after 31 December 2018 are required to hold an Energy Performance Certificate classifying them as Energy efficiency class B. This means that buildings will have to be built with materials insulating the interior and generate part of their energy needs from renewable energy sources. Housing units built after the end of 2018 should be producing up to 25 pct, blocks of flats 3 pct and other building types 7 pct -- rising in 2020 when all buildings must be classified as class A. This entails high-performance thermal insulation (walls, ceilings, windows, exposed floors), very low heating requirements, and have a primary annual energy consumption of under 100 kWh per m2. (Source: Cyprus Energy Ministry, Financial Mirror, June, 2019) Contact: Cyprus Energy Ministry, +357 22 867100, www.mcit.gov.cy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Kemira Participates in Bio-based Chemicals Project (Int'l)
    Kemira Oyi
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper firm Kemira Oyi reports it has joined a four-year, EU funded project to develop 100 pct bio-based chemicals from renewable raw materials. The project aims to develop and improve woody biomass production efficiency at pulp mills.

    The project, which was launched in May 2019, received €5.9 million funding from the EU's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The €9.6 million project is one of several undertakings aimed at developing a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe.

    Ecohelix , Avantium Chemicals BV, Metgen Oyi , Novamont Spa , Fundacio Universitaria Balmes , Graanul Biotech Ou , and Spinverse are also participating in the four-year project in which members will conduct demo-scale trial runs at a dissolving pulp mill in Europe. The aim is to develop fully bio-based polymeric chemistries for paper and cardboard production to complement and even replace polymers that are derived from petroleum. (Source: Kemira Oyi, PR, GlobalNewswire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Kemira Oyi, +358 10 8611, Fax. +358 10 862 1119, www.kemira.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kemira Oyi,  Biochemical,  


    ASEAN Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation Capacity (Int'l)
    Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    Date: 2019-06-24
    On Saturday in Bangkok, the Assoc. of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos -- reports it's member states have agreed to share information and best practices and strengthen climate change mitigation capacity, build climate-resilient communities, address natural disasters in a "timely and systematic manner" and enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to build climate resilient communities in Southeast Asia. The bloc also intends to advance ASEAN's concerns based on consensus on common interests on climate change through joint statements in the upcoming climate summits in New York and Santiago, Chile.

    The ten-nation ASEAN bloc supports the conservation and sustainable use of ASEAN's coastal and marine environment and is committed to promote biodiversity conservation and management and endeavor to mainstream biodiversity into the organization's various development processes. (Source: ASEAN, AFP, Manila Bulletin, 23 June, 2019) Contact: ASEAN, www.asean.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Association of Southeast Asian Nations,  ASEAM,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Clearwater Paper Lauded for Improved Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Clearwater Paper
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Lewiston, Idaho-based tissue and cardboard manufacturer Clearwater Paper reports it has been recognized with the Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency for reducing its annual energy consumption by 7.7 million kWh -- sufficient energy for 740 homes per year -- at its Lewiston manufacturing facility.

    The company's energy efficiency efforts included: replacement of fan pump motors with more efficient units, retrofitting a fixed-speed water pumping system with a variable speed unit; adjustment of paper machine pulper agitators to run at lower speeds 40 pct of the time when the pulper is idling; and other upgrades and improvements. (Source: Clearwater Paper, Lewiston Tribune, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Clearwater Paper Corp., www.clearwaterpaper.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    MD. Green Registry Leadership Award Goes to CBMM (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-06-24
    In St. Micheal's on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has been recognized a Maryland Green Registry 2019 Leadership Award recipient. The awards recognize a commitment to sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance.

    CBMM sustainability achievements include efforts supporting energy efficiency, clean marina and boating practices, and the addition of rain gardens, swales, and a living shoreline to reduce stormwater runoff into the Miles River and Chesapeake Bay, while providing habitat for wildlife. (Source: Maryland Green Registry, Star Democrat, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Maryland Green Registry, .www.green.maryland.gov; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, (410) 745-2916, www.cbmm.org


    £160Mn Welsh Waste Wood, Woody Biomass Plant Now Online (Int'l)
    Glenmont Partners,Stobart Energy
    Date: 2019-06-24
    In the UK, London-based Glenmont Partners reports its 250,000 tpy Margam Green waste wood-fuelled biomass plant has entered commercial operation in South Wales.

    The £160 million plant's feedstock will be supplied by Stobart Energy with locally sourced Grade-C waste wood from local authorities, civic amenity sites and commercial and industrial sources across South Wales and the South West of England. (The plant will generate sufficient power for as many as 75,000 homes. (Source: Glenmont Partners, LetsRecycle, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Glenmont Partners, +44 (0)20 3725 8318, info@glennmont.com, www.glennmont.com; Stobart Energy, www.stobartgroup.co.uk/divisions/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stobart Energy,  Woody Biomass,  


    Centrica, NREL Partner on Hybrid Battery Storage (Ind. Report)
    Centrica,NREL
    Date: 2019-06-24
    Centrica Business Solutions -- Centrica's distributed energy and power business -- reports it has joined forces with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study the integration of energy storage technologies.

    Research will be conducted at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) where the focus is on developing and demonstrating innovative energy systems and "second life" battery storage technologies. Second life batteries include batteries previously used in electric vehicles as a single unit for disparate applications. (Source: Centrica, NREL, newKerala, 23 June, 2019) Contact: Centrica Business Solutions, Fabio Mantovani, Director of Technology Strategy and Innovation, www.centrica.com; NREL, Martha Symko-Davies, Laboratory Program Manager, ESIF, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica,  NREL,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Air Travelers Prefer Aviation Biofuels Over Env. Tax (Int'l)
    International Air Transport Association
    Date: 2019-06-24
    According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) commissioned research, air passengers support the development of new technologies and sustainable aviation biofuels to reduce aviation carbon emissions rather than the imposition of an "environmental" tax on airline tickets.

    The commercial air transport industry is targeting a cap of CO2 emissions through carbon neutral growth from 2020 and aims to halve emissions by 2050, compared to 2005 levels, ensure the aviation industry's compatibility with the Paris climate agreement goals. (Source: International Air Transport Association, Biofuels Int'l, 24 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Carbon Tax news,   news,  


    Photosynthesis Transforms CO2 into Liquefiable Fuels (R&D)
    University of Illinois
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Chemists at the University of Illinois – Chanpaign are reporting the production of fuels using water, CO2 and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting CO2 into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess CO2 to store solar energy in the form of chemical bonds.

    There are several ways in which the energy stored in bonds of the hydrocarbon fuel is freed. However, the easy conventional method of combustion ends up producing more CO2 -- which is counterproductive to the notion of harvesting and storing solar energy in the first place, according to research tem leader Prof. Prashant Jain,

    Plants use sunlight to drive chemical reactions between water and CO2 to create and store solar energy in the form of energy-dense glucose. In the new study, the researchers developed an artificial process that uses the same green light portion of the visible light spectrum used by plants during natural photosynthesis to convert CO2 and water into fuel, in conjunction with electron-rich gold nanoparticles that serve as a catalyst.

    "The goal is to produce complex, liquefiable hydrocarbons from excess CO2 and other sustainable resources such as sunlight. Liquid fuels are ideal because they are easier, safer and more economical to transport than gas and, because they are made from long-chain molecules, contain more bonds and pack energy more densely," according to Jain.

    The research was supported by The Energy and Biosciences Institute, through the EBI-Shell program. Download the paper Plasmonic photosynthesis of C1–C3 hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide assisted by an ionic liquid HERE. (Source: University of Illinois, PR, June, 2019) Contact: University of Illinois, Prof. Prashant Jain, (217) -333-3417; jain@illinois.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Illinois news,  CO2 news,  


    Centrica Expands US Presence with SmartWatt Acquisition (M&A)
    Centrica,SmartWatt
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, Centrica reports it has agreed to the $37 million (£29 million) acquisition of U.S. based energy services and solutions provider SmartWatt. With the acquisition, SmartWatt will become part of energy giant Centrica's distributed energy and power unit, Centrica Business Solutions. The transaction is expected to close on 1 July 2019.

    SmartWatt, which is headquartered in Albany, New York, focuses on combining lighting retrofits, energy efficiency upgrades, HVAC, building automation and on-site renewables for C&I customers. The company has 14 offices throughout the US, and has completed installations for major companies including FedEx, Nestle and Pepsi. (Source: Centrica, Current+-, 20 June, 2019) Contact: SmartWatt, Chris Covell, CEO, (518) 406-5079, www.smartwatt.com; Centrica, +44 (0) 1784 843000, +44 (0)1753 494000. media@centrica.com, www.centrica.com

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    Kuala Lumpur Upgrades 212,639 Street Lights to LED (Int'l. Report)
    Tenaga Nasional Berhad
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Malaysian utility company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Kuala Lumpur reports it has replaced almost 60 pct of the city's 367,000 street light bulbs with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.

    The utility replaced 212,639 units of the old High Pressure Sodium Vapour (HPSV) bulbs with a capacity of 150 Watts with LED lights with a capacity of 90 watts, with the remaining HPSV united scheduled for replacement in December, 2020.

    The conversion to LED, which is under the Incentive-Based Regulation (IBR) initiative for the period 2018 to 2020, is expected to deliver street light energy cost savings of between 30 and 40 pct as well as maintenance cost savings. (Source: TNB, Edge Source, 21 June, 2019) Contact: Tenaga Nasional Berhad, www.tnb.com.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Street Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    $186Bn Global Fuel Ethanol Market Valuation by 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Zion Market Research
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Zion Market Research's recently released Fuel Ethanol Market for Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Feedstock, and Automotive and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2016 – 2022 offers a resourceful means to assess the Fuel Ethanol Market with all-inclusive market data analysis and upfront statistics.

    The report encompasses the leading market players across the globe with insights into products and specifications, market share, company profiles, sales, and contact details along with an objective estimation and analysis of prospects in the Fuel Ethanol Market. with systematic market study report containing several other market-allied factors. The report also encompasses wide-ranging data on market strategies, specific business and financial terms, projected growth of the market, and others complete with flowcharts, figures, and graphs.

    Request Free Sample Fuel Ethanol Market Report HERE. Download Free PDF Report Brochure HERE; Report details and general information HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, June, 2019) Contact: ZMR, (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

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    REC Solar to Save Calif. School District Millions (Ind. Report)
    REC Solar, Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the Golden State, Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary REC Solar reports it is working with the Pleasanton Unified School District in Pleasanton, Calif., to utilize solar-plus-energy storage solutions to significantly cut emissions and save on energy costs.

    The project will install 1 MW of solar carports and a 660 kWh battery energy storage system at Pleasanton Unified's Amador Valley High School for a $2.2 million projected energy costs savings over the term of a 25-year PPA. The installation will be financed by Duke Energy Renewables.

    Duke Energy Renewables operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PR, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; REC Solar, Matt Walz, CEO, 805.471.0085, www.recsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REC Solar,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Duke Energy Renewables,  


    Atlanta's State Farm Arena Scores USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED Certification
    Date: 2019-06-21



    Norway Proposing North Sea Offshore Wind Sites (Int'l Report)
    Norway
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Further to our 18 Dec, 2017 report -- the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces it will open one to two offshore areas for the development of floating wind power demonstration projects -- the Ministry is now proposing to open two permanent, non-floating offshore wind power sites in the North Sea.

    The Utsira Nord site could reportedly accommodate turbines producing 500 MW to and 1,500 MW capacity, while the larger Sorlige Nordsjo II site could handle between 1,000 MW and 2,000 MW capacity. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Kallanish, 20 June, 2019)Contact: Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/oed/id750

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    Solarize Yakima Helping Residential Solar Investments (Ind. Report)
    Yakima
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In Washington State, the Yakima City council reports the city is joining with Seattle-based not-for-profit Spark Northwest for the Solarize Yakima Project. Spark Northwest works to make it easier for Washington State residents to invest in solar energy by teaching homeowners and business owners about solar power.

    The project could start as soon as July and at no cost to the City of Yakima. (Source: Yakima City Council, KIMA, 19 June, 2019) Contact: Spark Northwest, 206.328.2441, Fax: 206.770.6570, connect@ sparknorthwest.org, https://sparknorthwest.org; City of Yakima, (509) 575-6000, www.yakimawa.gov; Solarize Yakima Project, www.solarizenw.org

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    Eolus, Vestas Ink 13 Turbine Wind Wall Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Eolus Vind
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Hassleholm, Sweden-headquartered wind energy developer Eolus Vind AB, through it's Eolus Vind North America unit, reports inking an agreement with Vestas for the delivery of up to 13, Vestas model V126 wind turbines totaling up to 47 MW, plus a 10 year service agreement, for the Wind Wall 1 wind farm near Tehachapi, California.

    Eolus North America holds 60 pct interest in Wind Wall Development, LLC that owns the rights to the Wind Wall 1 Project. Commercial operation is planned for 2020. Eolus North America, Inc has also entered into a long-term PPA with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company. The wind farm is projected to generate sufficient energy for up to 14,000 U.S. homes for a year.

    Eolus presently has aabout 800 MW of assets under the full scope of management contract and will reach over 1,200 MW over the next few years. (Source: Eolus Vind AB, PR, ClobalNewsWire, Yahoo, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Eolus Vind AB North America, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02 www.eolusvind.com; Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736., chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Eolus Vind,  Wind,  


    Tesco, SEEIT Ink Rooftop Solar INstallation, PPA (Int'l Report)
    Tesco
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) reports it will install 5 MW of rooftop solar at retail grocery chain Tesco stores across the country.

    Under the deal, SEEIT will install, own, and operate up to 5MW of new rooftop solar capacity at Tesco buildings across the UK, with the retailer drawing down the power via a PPA for each site. Renewables developer Kingspan will collaborate on financing, building and operating the sites. Financial terms for the deal were not disclosed.

    Tesco is targeting a switch to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, as part of its Science-Based Target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: TESCO, BusinessGreen, 20 June, 2019) Contact: SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust, Jonathan Maxwell, CEO, www.sdcleeit.com

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    HP Targeting 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    HP,Science-Based Target
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In its latest Sustainable Impact Report, San Jose, California-headquartered computing and business machine giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced a portfolio of environmental pledges.

    By 2035 all of HP's global operations will be powered by 100 pct renewable electricity and the amount of recycled plastics used in HP personal computers and printers will hit 30 pct by 2025, according to the report. HP also says its sustainable impact programmes drove almost $1 billion of new revenue in 2018 -- up 35 pct on 2017. In addition, HP noted that it has an approved Science-Based Target (SBT) in place to cut its direct GHG emissions 25 pct by 2025, against a 2015 baseline, alongside a goal to cut emissions associated with the use of its products by a quarter by 2020. The company also plans to cut its supply chain emissions by 10 pct by 2025, against a base year of 2015. (Source: HP, BusinessGreen, 15 June, 2019) Dion Weisler, HP's president and CEO www.hpe.com; Science-Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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    RTPI Launches Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign (Int'l)
    Royal Town Planning Institute
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign is calling for "radical" government action to help local planning authorities tackle climate change and reduce emissions generated in the built environment. Local planning departments are key to devising and implementing policies to rid the country's buildings, transport and infrastructure of greenhouse gases, as well as making projects carbon neutral. To that end, government departments at every level need the funding, resources and national policies to do the job, according to RTPI.

    Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:

  • Reintroduce the requirement that all new-build homes are zero carbon and that measures and resources are put in place for existing homes to be zero carbon;

  • Develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;

  • Ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;

  • Give more resources to local planning authorities and empower devolved local and national governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them the resources to do so;

  • Invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the business, transport and housing/communities ministries.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment. (Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, contact@rtpi.org.uk, www.rtpi.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Town Planning Institute,  Climate Change,  


  • Renewable Energy Group DFT's Newest Member (Ind. Report)
    Diesel Technology Forum, Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Washington, D.C.-headquartered not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) is reporting Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI)has joined its ranks.

    The Diesel Technology Forum promotes the use of the newest clean diesel technologies, including biodiesel and advanced renewable diesel fuels in the U.S. and worldwide.

    Since its founding in 1996, REGI has produced more than 2 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel -- biodiesel -- fuel; constructed or acquired commercial-scale biofuel refineries across the United States and in Europe; and established a delivery and supply network for biodiesel and other renewable fuels. The company operates 14 active biorefineries, technology development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio.

    The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, PR, Global News Wire, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum , Allan Schaffer, Exec. Dir., Sarah Dirndorfer, 301-668-7230, sdirndorfer@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; REGI, Gary Haer, VP, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Diesel Technology Forum ,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Net Zero - UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming (Int'l Report)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In London, the UK's top climate change advisory body, The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) May report calls for "clear" climate change leadership across all government departments and agencies with delivery in partnership with businesses and communities.

    According to the report, emissions reductions "must be vital to the whole of government and to every level of government in the UK. Policies must be fully funded and implemented across all sectors of the economy to drive the necessary innovation, market development and consumer take-up of low-carbon technologies, and to positively influence societal change."

    Download the CCC Net Zero-- The UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    Attis Praises EPA's Approval of Year Around E15 Dales (Ind. Report)
    Attis Industries
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Milton, Georgia-headquartered corn ethanol producer and technology holding company Attis Industries Inc. is lauding the Trump Administration's May 30th approval of the expansion of 15 pct (E15) ethanol blends in on-road transportation fuels. Previously, the sale of E15 was restricted to just eight months of the year.

    The rule change has the potential to create a significant increase in market demand for corn-based ethanol as well as other advanced fuels such as cellulosic ethanol. Even so, the administration continues to undermine the enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through its abuse of the small refiner "hardship" exemptions (SREs) which have had a drastic effect on renewable fuel demand over the past two years, according to Attis. "Attis encourages the Administration to continue its support of the nation's farmers and renewable fuel producers by limiting SREs to those refiners who truly have encountered hardships by complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard," the Attis release notes.

    Attis Biofuels, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Attis Industries Inc., currently operates a 100 million gpy corn-based ethanol facility in Fulton, NY and has plans to expand the production of renewable fuels to include cellulosic ethanol and various other advanced biofuels, according to the release. (Source: Attis Ind., PR, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., David Winsness, President of Attis Innovations, Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Biofuel,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  RFS,  


    CalBio, Chevron Partner on Dairy Biomethane Projects (Ind Report)
    CalBioGas
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the Golden State, Visalia-headquartered California Bioenergy LLC and oil giant Chevron are reporting a joint investment in CalBioGas LLC, a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a transportation fuel in compliance with California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

    CalBio will help dairy farmers build digesters and methane capture projects to convert methane into renewable natural gas (RNG). Chevron will fund as many as 18 digesters across three geographic "clusters" in Kern, Tulare and Kings counties. The three clusters of digesters have been awarded California Department of Food and Agriculture grants which must be augmented with additional capital to complete the projects. (Source: California Bioenergy, PR, Chevron, Renewable Energy, 20 June, 2019) Contact: CalBioEnergy, N. Ross Buckenham, CEO, 559-667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  California Bioenergy,  Chevron,  Biogas,  Methane,  Biomethane,  


    Notable Quote -- Carbon Sequestration
    IndigoAg
    Date: 2019-06-21
    "If we took every cultivated acre on earth, which is about 3.5 billion acres, and got it back to 3 pct, that would take 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and it hold it in the soil. A trillion tons of carbon dioxide happens to be the increase that we've had in the atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.” -- David Perry, CEO, IndigoAg Contact: Indigo Ag, David Perry, CEO, (844) 828-0240, info@indigoag.com, www.indigoag.com

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    IndigoAg Offers Farmers Incentives to Capture Carbon (Ind Report)
    IndigoAg
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Boston-based Indigo Ag is touting the June 12th launch of its Terraton Initiative carbon sequestration program that will pay farmers to use regenerative farming practices and remove carbon from the atmosphere. Since its launch, farmers have pledged more than 700,000 acres to the program. Indigo provides seed treatments and electronically connects grain growers and buyers.

    The Terraton Initiative is a global effort to capture 1 trillion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by using agricultural plants and then storing that carbon in the soil. Through farming practices, such as cover crops, no-till, crop rotations and complimentary livestock enterprises, farmers can develop carbon-enriched soils, the company says. Basically, more plants equal more photosynthesis, which captures more carbon and creates healthier soil for better crop yields, the company says.

    As part of the Terraton Initiative, Indigo created Indigo Carbon, which is the platform that will pay farmers for increasing the carbon content of their soil and reducing overall emissions. Farmers joining Indigo Carbon within the first 12 months are eligible to receive a minimum of $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide sequestered. Most farmers can sequester 2 to 3 tons per acre per year, which would be an added revenue of $30 to $60 per acre, the company adds.

    Indigo's Terraton Initiative details are HERE. (Source: IndigoAg, PR, AgPro, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Indigo Ag, David Perry, CEO, (844) 828-0240, info@indigoag.com, www.indigoag.com

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    EPA Rolls Back Obama's Coal-Plant Clean Power Plan (Reg. & Leg.)
    Obama Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2019-06-21
    The Republican Trump administration's EPA has over ruled former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the introduction of its Affordable Clean Energy rule allowing states to set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.

    As absurd and politically motivated as it may appear, the EPA's new rule could, by the agency's own admission, result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace.

    The Obama Clean Power Plan, which was never officially implemented, would have prevented 3,600 premature deaths a year, 1,700 heart attacks and 90,000 asthma attacks, as well as cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32 pct compared to 2005 levels, according to analysis conducted by the Obama era EPA.

    The Trump administration's plan is a shamefully thin- veiled move to support the coal industry, as promised in his election campaign. Environmental groups and several states who see Trump's action as detrimental to clean air and efforts to fight the climate crisis have already given notice of impending action against the Trump plan. (Source: EPA, Various Media, 19 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Humber College Building Zero Carbon Design Certified (Ind Report)
    CsGBC
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Toronto, Ontario's Humber College reports its newly retrofitted NX building has been awarded Zero Carbon Building Design Certification by the Canada Green Building Council -- the first such certification in Canada. With the retrofit, the North Campus building will use 70 pct less energy than previously consumed, making it the college’s most energy efficient building, and one of the most energy efficient in North America, according the the Canada Creen Building Council.

    Energy efficiency work on the NX building included: a complete envelope retrofit that is highly insulated and airtight; new triple-pane windows; energy efficient LED lighting upgrades; HVAC systems upgrades; the addition of a new 25kW Solar PV system.

    The work, which was undertaken by BIRD Construction, is slated for completion this summer. (Source: CaGBC, PR, Humber College, 20 June, 2019) Contact: 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; Humber College, (416) 675-3111, www.humber.ca

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    Missouri Offering Energy Efficiency Loan Program (Ind. Report)
    Missouri Division of Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Jefferson City, the Missouri Division of Energy reports it is accepting applications for low-interest loans as incentives to fund energy efficiency projects and improvements such as high-efficiency lighting, HVAC systems, renewable energies, insulation, and other improvements.

    The loans, which are repaid through the energy savings achieved from the upgrades, are available to schools, government entities, airports, hospitals, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. The loans range in size from $10,000 to $500,000. www.energyloan.mo.gov. (Source: Missouri Division of Energy, KRMS, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Missoiuri Division of Energy, 573-751-2254, https://energy.mo.gov; Energy Loan Program , www.energyloan.mo.gov

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    Neste, LyondellBasell Tout Joint Bioplastic Production (Ind. Report)
    LyondellBasell, Neste
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Rotterdam, Netherlands-based chemicals and plastics manufacturer LyondellBasell (LYB) and Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel maker Neste have jointly announced the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene from sustainable bio-based raw materials at a commercial scale.

    The joint project combined Neste's renewable feedstock and LyondellBasell's technical capabilities. LyondellBasell's cracker flexibility allowed it to introduce a new renewable feedstock at its Wesseling, Germany site, which was converted directly into bio-based polyethylene and bio-based polypropylene. (Source: LyondellBasell, PR, CISION, 18 June, 2019) Contact: LyondellBasell , www.LyondellBasell.com; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    Global Methanol Market to Surpass $91.53Bn by 2026 (Ind. Report)
    Polaris Market Research
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Methanol Market Share, Size, Trends, & Industry Analysis Report, anew study from Polaris Market Research, estimates the global methanol market could reach $91.53 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 9.8 pct during the forecast period.

    The report provides an extensive analysis of present market dynamics and predicted future trends. In 2018, the natural gas feedstock segment dominated the market, in terms of revenue. In 2018, North America accounted for the majority share in the global market.

    Methanol is one of the largely produced chemicals in bulk by making use of feedstock such as natural gas and coal. Approximately 200,000 kilo tons per day of methanol is being consumed for the production of various chemicals or as transportation fuels. The global methanol industry is anticipated to witness moderate growth rates during the forecast period due to maturity in direct gasoline blending and moderating growth rates of MTO projects, especially arising from the Northeast Asia, according to the report.

    Request a reports sample HERE. Browse a report summary and other report details HERE. Contact: Polaris Market Research, (Source: Polaris Market Research, May, 2019) Contact: Polaris Market Research, (646) 568-9980, sales@polarismarketresearch.com, www.polarismarketresearch.com

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