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US Virgin Island Adding Renewables in Modernization (Ind. Report)
NYPA,Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-14
The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) is announcing the support of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to restore, improve and modernize the islands' electric grid and incorporate a significant renewable energy -- wind and solar -- capability into the island's energy mix. To that end, the two agencies have inked a MoU under which NYPA will provide technical consulting support for the continued rebuilding of the WAPA grid.

VIWAPA is making investments in upgrading the generation, transmission and distribution systems to improve reliability, as well as incorporating a practical approach to renewable energy to help reduce VIWAPA's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: NYPA, The St, John Source, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov; Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, (346) 773-2250, www.viwapa.vi

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


Bahrain Tendering 100MW Solar Energy Project (Int'l Report)
Electricity and Water Affairs Minister of Bahrain
Date: 2019-01-14
In the capitol city of Manama, the oil-rich Kingdom of Bahrain has issued a call for tender bids for a new 100MW solar power plant.

The tender is in line with the country's energy plan to source 5 pct of its energy from renewables by 2025. In announcing the tender call, the Electricity and Water Affairs Minister noted that the move towrd renewable energy is critical to ensuring sustainable development and providing safe energy sources for the country's future. . (Source: Electricity and Water Affairs Minister of Bahrain, ME Construction News, 13 Jan., 2019)Contact: Electricity and Water Affairs Minister of Bahrain, Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, +973 1751 5555, www.ewa.bh


CSE Scores £80,000 Grant to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
Energy Saving Trust
Date: 2019-01-14
In the UK, the Somerset-based not-for-profit Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is reporting receipt of £80,000 ($102,800) in grant funding from the Energy Saving Trust, which redistributes voluntary payments from UK energy companies.

The funding will help the charity work with 2,000 vulnerable households and landlords to provide advice on energy bills and on improving the energy efficiency of rented properties.

CSE aims to reduce carbon emissions through advising households and empowering people to change the way they think about and consume energy. (Source: Centre for Sustainable Energy, Energy Saving Trust, Somerset County Gazette, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, Mike Thornton, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk; Centre for Sustainable Energy, www.cse.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Saving Trust,  


Nigerian Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Production Set to Begin (Int'l)
Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council
Date: 2019-01-14
In Abuja, the Nigerian Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC) reports Nigeria will soon begin the production of ethanol and glucose syrup from sweet sorghum for for industrial and energy uses.

The RMRDC aims to develop a sweet sorghum value chain in Nigeria and to promote the venture as small/medium enterprises in rural areas using the village model system.

Nigeria imported over 71,900MT of ethanol between 2011 and 2017 for various industrial applications. (Source: Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC Nigeria Daily Trust, Jan., 2019) Contact: Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council, +234 70988 05375, ceo@rmrdc.gov.ng, www.rmrdc.gov.ng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Rwanda Launches Global GHG, Ozone Measurement Project (Int'l)
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Date: 2019-01-14
The Rwanda Ministries of Education, Environment, the Rwanda Meteorological Agency in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, are reporting the launch of the first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped with the "Medusa System" that will measure more than 50 gases that deplete the ozone layer. The $2 million project, which will be based at the University of Rwanda's College of Science and Technology, will measure Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that deplete the ozone layer as well as other Rwandan and regionally emitted GHGs.

Rwandan and regional policy makers will have access to and use of the data in their efforts to control power plant and transportation emissions, curb deforestation and encourage more tree planting, reduce fossil fuel use, develope smart green cities and other efforts. (Source: Rwanda Environment Management Authority, The New Times, Rwanda, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rwanda Environment Management Authority Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General, +250 25 258 9191, www.landportal.org/organization/rwanda-environment-management-authority

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ozone,  HFC,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote
Jay Inslee
Date: 2019-01-14
"That's what's at stake here (climate change). A fundamental continuation of life and civilization as we've become accustomed to." -- Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (D). Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emission,  


Shell Cansolv Quits SaskPower Carbon Capture Facility (Ind Report)
Saskpower, Shell Cansolv
Date: 2019-01-14
Following up on our August 7, 2018 coverage, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, SaskPower is reporting Shell Cansolv has wrapped up its work at the carbon capture test facility in the Shand Power Station. Shell Cansolv, which had been working with SaskPower to test new improvements on the Cansolv technology at the test facility,noted it will be available to consult with SaskPower and support their products in use at the CCS plant.

SaskPower reports it is not currently soliciting new tenants to replace Shell Cansolv for the test facility, but would welcome offers regarding the use of the facility. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, Jan., 2019)Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Shell Cansolv, www.shell.com/business-customers/global-solutions/gas-processing-licensing/licensed-technologies/shell-cansolv-gas-absorption-solutions.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saskpower,  Shell Cansolv,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


VTA Ups Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Commitment (Ind Report)
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Date: 2019-01-14
In the Golden State, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors is reporting approval of a new Green Building Policy. The policy, which will apply to all VTA owned infrastructure and programs, is intended to encourage greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

VTA instigated a Sustainability Program and established a goal to incorporate green building principles into VTA projects in 2008. The program included new or renovated buildings or other facilities such as parking garages or bus rapid transit stations. VTA has since constructed and renovated several buildings with renewable energy, water and energy efficient fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and other green building features.

The new VTA Green Building Policy is intended to help reduce energy consumption and costs and to formalize green building principles into all aspects of its infrastructure for greater environmental, social and economic responsibility. To date, the Santa Clara County VTA has implemented sustainability features such as solar panels at bus terminals, EV charging stations, low-flow plumbing equipment, solar-powered trash and recycling containers, transit platforms lit by natural light and water recycling as well as repurposing cut trees into retaining walls and mulch. (Source: Santa Clara County VTA, Silicon Valley Voice, 12 Jan., 2019)Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org

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


Conn. Firm Developing New Bio-Residual Oil (Ind. Report)
Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp
Date: 2019-01-14
Conn.-based Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp. is touting BRO, a new bio-residual oil produced from recycled vegetable grease and animal fat that it is using to power its 50,000-square-foot plant in Danbury this winter. The company is further developing the bio-residual oil on behalf of and in cooperation with Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REGI).

According to REGI, BRO produces up to 135,000 BTUs per gallon, a higher BTU value than coal or wood-fiber material, with approximately 100 to 125 pct more energy per pound than wood chips or pellets and burns cleaner by creating less particulate matter and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to alternative fuels. BRO also has the lowest carbon intensity of any commercially available liquid fuel.

Commercialization of the product could begin within a couple of years. Preferred notes it would partner with REGI to sell the product and that it previously worked to develop a "liquid wood" burner system for Canadian biocrude producer Ensyn Corp.,

Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation is an engineering-based manufacturer of products for commercial, institutional, industrial and nuclear power facilities. Products include fuel oil handling systems and components, boiler instrumentation and controllers, high quality burners and nuclear power plant outage reduction tools and component parts. (Source: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., Jan., 2019) Contact: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., David Bohn, Pres, CEO, (203) 743-6741, www.preferred-mfg.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewable Energy Group,  ,  Biodiesel,  


Palm Oil Producing Countries Comment on Biofuels, Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2019-01-14
A recent meeting of the Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) , issued the following policy developments in the EU on biofuel:
  • Under the proposed Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the Commission of the European Union is mandated to establish criteria to help distinguish between high and low risk Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) across the vegetable oil sector in general used for biofuels;

  • There are several EU models for ILUC that have been proposed none of which, nor could provide definitive evidence that would allow for a clear distinction between high and low risk ILUC. Nevertheless, the Commission is mandated to establish criteria by February 2019 to allow for such a distinction to be made;

  • The ILUC concept is of US and EU origin, but it is not a globally accepted approach or standard for assessing the impact of ILUC on climate change. It helps underpins EU policy, but it is not an international norm upon which palm oil producing countries could or should build their environmental policies;

  • CPOPC draws attention to the fact that there is over 1.7 billion hectares of land devoted to the production of crops globally, of which only 4 pct is devoted to biofuel. In our view, the very marginal use of land for biofuel calls in to question the very basis premises of indirect land use change resulting from the cultivation of vegetable oils for biofuel;

  • While CPOPC considers that the scientific community of palm oil producing countries should engage with the Commission, the Governments in the developing world should be fearful of being drawn in to acknowledging, accepting or offering legitimacy to the ILUC scheme within the RED II;

  • Palm oil producing countries should also be mindful in the weeks ahead of the objectiveness of the criteria being established and whether they are being applied impartially across all vegetable oils. In this respect, there is concern that palm oil will be targeted as several EU models are associated with the conversion of forests and peat lands with ILUC;

  • CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory principles upon which the WTO multilateral system is based; and that any related EU regulation or decision would likely constitute a Technical Barrier to Trade;

  • CPOPC does not necessarily subscribe to this concern, but we believe that criteria established by the EU should also address carbon retention in lands that have been converted from forests and peat in Europe; as well as to take account of the relative productivity of vegetable oils and the importance that this plays in protecting the global land bank;

  • There are wider concerns that have been expressed by palm oil producing countries that criteria should also take into-account the historical impact of mass deforestation in Europe;

  • CPOPC supports the UN global agreement to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs);

  • CPOPC considers that the SDGs does not mean a trade off between social and economic progress and the environment, but rather the need to balance out these aims and CPOPC and other Palm Oil Producing countries are willing and open to engage with trading partners and stakeholders on how to achieve the SDGs in the vegetable oil sector;

  • In contrast to the direction of EU RED II, CPOPC believes that the promotion of first generation biofuel is an essential element for achieving the SDGs in palm oil producing countries. The use of vegetable oils in biofuel is essential to combating climate change and it is also important for all Governments in Palm Oil Producing Countries to reassure and give certainty to our industries that biofuel investment will not be undermined as is the case in the European Union. (Source: CPOPC, Neutral English, Oct, 2018) Contact: CPOPC, Mahendra Siregar, Executive Director, +62 21 391 5160, +62 21 391 3961, secretariat@cpopc.org, www.cpopc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  Climate Change,  


  • Fraunhofer Offers PV Energy Storage Alternative (New Prod & Tech)
    Fraunhofer
    Date: 2019-01-14
    In Germany, Hemsdorf-headquartered Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) is touting its newly developed "cerenergy" ceramic high-temperature battery for stationary battery energy storage.

    Cerenergy is a 5 kWh battery with 20 cells which, at the cellular level would cost less than €100/kWh -- about half those of lithium-ion battery cells. Overall efficiency is reported to be more than 90 pct and energy density is 130 W/kg. Storage costs using sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells are said to be 50 pct lower than those of lithium-ion. The Cerenergy battery, which reportedly sets a world record for sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells, is said to be ready for production within the months ahead. (Source: Fraunhofer IKTS, PV Mag., Jan., 2019)Contact: Fraunhofer IKTS, +49 36601 93010, www.ikts.fraunhofer.de/en.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Headwaters Wins Otter Tail Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Otter Tail Power
    Date: 2019-01-14
    Fergus Falls, Minnesota-headquartered Otter Tail Power Co. reports it has issued a roughly $7,000 rebate to Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji for recently completed energy-efficient upgrades, including WiFi-enabled smart thermostats, new heat pumps and furnaces with energy-efficient motors, and others.

    Otter Tail Power Co. provides rebates, grants, education, special programs, and financing to encourage individuals and businesses for energy efficiency and energy management.

    Otter Tail Power is an investor-owned electric utility that provides electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Bemidji Pioneer, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Otter Tail Power, Roger Garton, Energy Management Representative, (218) 739-8200, www.otpco.com; Headwaters Science Center, (218)444-4472, www.hscbemidji.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter Tail Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    TOTAL Cautions Consequences of French Palm Oil Ban (Int'l Report)
    Total,Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-01-14
    According to a recent release from Paris-headquartered French energy giant TOTAL, a move by lawmakers to exclude palm oil as an approved feed stock for biofuel production would put its La Mede facility in southern France in serious jeopardy.

    In 2018, TOTAL won government approval for the use of palm oil at its former crude oil refinery at La Mede, which it is converting into a biofuel production site.

    In December, 2018, French lawmakers voted to remove palm oil from the country's biofuel scheme as of 2020, following longstanding controversy swirling about the environmental and climate change related impact of palm oil which is produced primarily in Asia.

    TOTAL previously pledged that palm oil would account for less than half of raw material used, with French rapeseed crops and recycled oil also being used.

    Editor's note; See the following Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries previously published response to French and EU palm oil -- climate change concerns. (Source: TOTAL, Star online, 12 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


    First Saudi Utility-Scale Wind Power Project Awarded (Int'l.)
    Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office
    Date: 2019-01-11
    A consortium led by France's EDF Energies Nouvelles and Abu Dhabi's Masdar reports the Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office has awarded it the $500 million Dumat Al Jandal wind project -- Saudi Arabia's first utility-scale wind farm. When completed, the 400 MW wind farm will generate sufficient power for as many as 70,000 Saudi households.

    The kingdom's 2017 renewable energy development strategy, which plans to generate 10 pct of the country's power from renewable sources by 2023, calls for the developement of 30 solar and wind projects across the country at an expected cost of between $30 billion to $50 billion. (Source: Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office, Gulf Business, 10 Jan., 2019) Contact: Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office, www.powersaudiarabia.com.sa; EDF Energies Nouvelles, ; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Wind,  EDF Energies Nouvelles,  


    Vestas Claims Over 100 GW of Wind Turbine Installations (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has achieved 100 GW of installed wind turbines with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW wind turbine at MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI wind farm project in Iowa. Since 1979, Vestas has installed over 66,000 wind turbines worldwide and been a major player in taking wind energy from niche to mainstream. Vestas has also helped remove more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. (Source: Vestas, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Anders Runevad, Pres., CEO, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbines,  


    Aussie Agencies Bemoan Building Code Energy Efficiency Delays (Int'l)
    Australia
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the Land Down Under, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council has reportedly deferred a decision to increase the decade old and outdated energy efficiency requirements within the National Construction Code.

    The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council's (ASBEC) Built to Perform Report, produced in partnership with ClimateWorks Australia, found that stronger energy standards could reduce residential and commercial energy bills by up to $900 per year, increase stress on the electric grid and result in greenhouse gas emissions that would otherwise have been avoided. According to the ASBEC, a three-year delay in strengthening the Building Code could lead to $2.6 billion in wasted energy expenditure, while locking in an additional $720 million of electricity network investments and 9 million tonnes of emissions by 2030. (Source: ASBEC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: ASBEC, www.asbec.asn.au; COAG, www.coag.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Wind Energy, CO2 Emissions Savings (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    CO2,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Based on EPA data on global average electricity, 100 GW of wind energy saves approximately 129 million tpy of CO2 equaling the CO2 emissions from:
  • 33 coal-fired power plants;
  • 298 million barrels of oil; 141 billion pounds of burned coal;
  • Annual electric power consumption of 22.54 million U.S. homes;
  • and the carbon sequestered from 152 million acres of forest. (Source: EPA, Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


  • Duke Touts N. Carolina Solar Rebate Program Success (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Duke Energy North Carolina is reporting its $62 million rebate program in North Carolina is driving both residential and commercial solar adoption statewide.

    Duke Energy claimed 5,000 rooftop solar customers in Jan, 2019, but now has approximately 9,000. Since January 2, 2019, the company's solar rebate program has received more than 2,000 applications.

    The rebate program helps customers with the upfront costs of installing on-site solar. With the program, nonresidential customers are eligible for a rebate of 50 cents per watt. Church, scholl, and other Nonprofit customers are eligible for 75 cents per watt for systems of 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater are eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for nonresidential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers. Customers also have a solar leasing option. (Source: Duke Energy, Energy Manager, Jan., 2019)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Rebate details www.duke-energy.com/home/products/renewable-energy/nc-solar-rebates

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Solar Rebatesa,  


    Enel's 450 MW Texas Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Enel Green Power North America reports construction is underway on its $600 million, 450-MW High Lonesome Wind Farm in Upton and Crockett Counties, West Texas. When fully operational by the year end, the project will be the company's largest wind farm. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Kallanish Energy, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Enel Green Power North America,  


    Ground-Breaking Thermal Energy Storage at Newcastle Univ. (Int'l)
    Newcastle University
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the UK, the Newcastle University Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is reporting the world's first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage system is now up and running at the university's National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage.

    The system, which has a maximum power output of 150kW and a storage capacity of 600kWh, could offer a low-cost method of storing large volumes of excess renewable electricity. (Source: Newcastle University, Utility Week, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Newcastle University Swan Centre , Tony Roskilly, Dir., +44 191 208 6000, Andrew Smallbone, Newcastle University National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage, www.ncl.ac.uk/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Newcastle University,  Energy Technologies Institute,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    WEC Energy Takes Major Stake in 97-MW Wind Project (M&A,
    WEC Energy Group,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group Inc. is reporting its $145 million acquisition of an 80 pct stake in the 39-turbine Coyote Ridge Wind Farm in Brookings County, South Dakota.

    The 97-MW Portland, Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables project is presently under construction for an expected commissioning by the end of 2019. Avangrid Renewables will operate the wind farm which has a PPA with Google Energy. WEC Energy reportedly plans to invest $1 billion in renewable energy power generation through 2019-2023. (Source: WEC Energy, Zacks, 9 Jan., 2019)Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane , ceo, www.avangridren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  Avangrid Renewables,  


    Citec, Highview Power Partner on Cryogenic Energy Storage (Int'l)
    Highview Power
    Date: 2019-01-11
    London-headquartered energy storage solutions provider Highview Power reports it has partnered with Vassa, Finland-based engineering firm Citec to modularize its gigawatt-scale cryogenic (liquid air) energy storage system. With a simplified design and streamlined engineering from Citec, a standard plant configuration of 50 MW/500 MWh can be easily and cost-effectively scaled up to multiple gigawatt hours, or down, without limitation.

    The first modular solution will be designed with a standard configuration of 50 MW/500 MWh. Work is expected to get underway this year. (Source: Highview Power, Alt Energy Mag, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javiar Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com; Citec, Johan Westermarck, CEO, +358 6 324 0700, www.citec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  Energy Storage,  


    ConEdison Selects Sunverge for Smart Home Rate Project (Ind. Report)
    ConEdison,Sunverge
    Date: 2019-01-11
    New York utility ConEdison reports the selection of San Francisco-based Sunverge's intelligent energy storage system and dynamic Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform for its new Smart Home Rate demonstration project.

    The demo is designed to test an advanced residential rate design in conjunction with battery storage technology and solar PV. The rate will have dynamic, time-varying components that closely reflect the various cost drivers of the electric power supply and delivery system to determine how this rate performs in conjunction with near real-time price responsive control and automation technology.

    The Sunverge integrated and dynamic platform will help customers get the most out of complex, dynamic rates that includes time-variant supply charges, a daily demand charge, and event-based coincident demand charges. The Sunverge platform will receive the hourly energy prices and demand events, and automatically manages power flows behind the meter to optimize the use of grid power, battery storage, solar self-generation, and smart appliances in the home to reduce customer energy bills and improve efficiency.

    Sunverge Energy provides the leading open, dynamic platform for Virtual Power Plants (VPP), a grid-aware and dynamic power source built from the aggregation of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources (DERs). The VPP platform provides intelligent dynamic, near real-time control over decentralized energy resources that is efficient, reliable, and responsive to utilities and their customers. (Source: Sunverge Energy, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Sunverge Energy, Martin Milani, CEO, (415) 795- 3660, www.sunverge.com; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ConEdison,  Sunverge,  Energy Storage,  


    75-MW Duke Energy Florida Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Florida
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the Sunshine State, Duke Energy Florida reports its 74.9-MW Hamilton Solar Power Plant is now in operation and providing electric power to approximately 20,000 area 20,000 homes. The project was originally developed by Kansas-based Tradewind Energy and was completed by Duke Energy.

    Duke Energy Florida plans to acquire or install 700 MW of solar energy in the state through 2022. The utility presently has about 300,000 solar panels in operation totaling 100 MW across its territory. (Source: Duke Energy Florida, PR, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Florida, Catherine Stempien,Pres., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Energy_Florida; Tradewind Energy, Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tradewind Energy ,  Duke Energy Florida,  Solar,  


    Sprouts Adopts BioHiTech Anaerobic Digester System (Ind. Report)
    BioHiTech Global
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Chestnut Ridge, New York-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc. is reporting the installation of a BioHiTech Revolution Series™ Digester at Pheonix, Arizona-headquartered Sprouts Farmers Market's first store in Philadelphia, Pa.. The BioHiTech technology is being used in 18 Sprouts locations nationally.

    BioHiTech's cost effective Revolution Series™ Digesters technology platforms can virtually eliminate landfill usage through real-time data analytics to reduce waste generation, biological disposal of food waste at the point of generation, and the processing of municipal solid waste into a valuable renewable fuel. (Source: BioHiTech Global, PR, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367-0603, rgalterio@biohitech.com, www.biohitech.com: Sprouts, www.sprouts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BioHiTech Global,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Macau Int'l Airport Cuts CO2 Emissions 41 pct (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-01-11
    The Macau International Airport reports it cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 41 pct in 2018 compared to 2012. The airport's goal was to cut CO2 emissions by 20 pct when compared to 2012, when 19,300 tonnes of CO2 were emitted at the airport, including those produced in the movements of vehicles, aircraft and air conditioning.

    According to the latest Report of the State of the Environment of Macao in 2017, CO2 emissions in the territory rose by 6.2 pct between 2007 and 2016. (Source: Macau International Airport, Macau News Agency, Jan., 2019) Contact: Macau International Airport, www.macau-airport.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Emissions,  


    Iowa Sets Record Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2019-01-11
    The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is reporting 2018 ethanol production in the Hawkeye State came in at 4.35 billion gallons in 2018, up slightly over 2017 production by still below the 4.5 billion gpy capacity of the states ethanol producers.

    The IRFA credits the increase to record ethanol exports, refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the trade dispute with China. Iowa's ethanol is projected to make up 27 pct of total U-S ethanol production.

    On Jan. 4 we reported the Iowa's 12 biodiesel plants produced a record-breaking 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018. The record production is due in part to the plummeting level of biodiesel imports following a verdict against Argentina and Indonesia for illegally subsidizing imports to the U.S. According to the IRFA, Iowa's biodiesel production is expected to make up nearly 20 pct of total U.S. production for 2018. The IRFA also emphasized that the state could do even more if the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) level for biodiesel was set to at least mirror projected U.S. biodiesel consumption and not undermined by small-refinery exemptions. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  


    FuelCell Energy Scores $3.76Mn Calif. SCAQMD Award (Funding)
    FuelCell Energy,SCAQMD
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. is reporting receipt of $3,767,380 in funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to enable the development of a renewable fuel cell project that will renewable hydrogen and power from onsite biogas while avoiding nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino countries. The 10,743 square mile area is home to over 16.8m people. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy, PR, SCAQM, Jan., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Chip Bottone, Pres., CEO, (203) 830-7494, ir@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com; SCAQMD, http://yourstory.aqmd.gov/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  SCAQMD ,  Biogas,  


    St. Pete Codifying Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the Sunshine State, City officials in St. Petersburg are considering an ordinance that would require newly constructed and renovated city buildings and new city infrastructure costing more than $2 million to meet a "green" standard. The ordinance would "codify" 2017 vintage rules and further the city's commitment to "green" and energy efficiency standards.

    Specifically, the ordinance would require all new and significantly renovated city buildings of more than 5,000 square feet to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certified. (Source: City of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Coal-Biomass Excluded from Japanese FiT Scheme (Int'l Report)
    Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In Tokyo, the Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry (Meti) reports it plans to exclude a new biomass- and coal-fired power generation project from its feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme from the April 2019-March 2020 fiscal year.

    The exclusion is in response to a recent Meti study finding that overall costs to maintain a co-fired power plant are lower compared with a dedicated biomass power plant that uses woody biomass, liquid biomass or construction waste. Biomass such as pruned branches, wood shavings, paper, food debris, waste cooking oil and black liquor will be excluded from the FiT scheme from 2021-22 for co-firing with coal.

    The decision, if approved by the government, will be applied to the country's biomass power tender for 2019-20, which will exclude projects co-fired with coal. (Source: Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, LinkedIn, Argus, Jan., 2019) Contact: Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry , www.meti.go.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Coal,  


    Carbon Engineering Claims Major New Investors (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Squamish, British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) is reporting receipt of equity investments from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chevron Corporation's Chevron Technology Ventures. Carbon Engineering's proven Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology removes CO2 directly from the air and subsequently synthesizes it into clean transportation fuels.

    CE has been developing DAC technology since 2009 and capturing CO2 from the atmosphere at a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C. since 2015. The DAC plants are location-independent and can be co-located with an oilfield operation for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Carbon Engineering's complementary AIR TO FUELS process combines CO2 from DAC with clean hydrogen from water electrolysis to provide a second pathway for reducing transportation emissions by synthesizing ultra-low carbon intensity liquid fuels.

    CE's AIR TO FUELS products are fully compatible with existing cars, trucks, ships and planes, allowing existing vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions without modification. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Green Car Congress, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering. Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  EOR,  CHevron,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    Canada Int'l Renewable Energy Agency's Newest Member (Int'l)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has announced that Canada has joined the 159-menber International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) as its newest member.

    According to the release, IREA membership means Canada will promote its expertise in the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies and increase the presence and visibility of its cleantech sector internationally and demonstrate its leadership in renewable energy. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canadian Biomass, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: International Renewable Energy Agency, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  


    Praj Launches Compressed Biogas Technology Demo (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Praj Industries is reporting the ground-breaking of its integrated Compressed Biogas (CBG) demo plant at the Shreenath Mhaskoba Surgar Factory, adjacent to the existing 2nd Gen Bio-Refinery facility . The demo project is in coordination with three bio refinery projects on proprietary 2G technology.

    Praj's demo plant will test, improve and optimise production of CBG from woody biomass, agricultural waste, paper mill pith, a other biomass feedstocks, according to a company filing. Praj Industries Ltd. is a process and project engineering company, headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, India, with offices in South Africa, North America, Latin America & Caribbean, Thailand, Philippines and UAE. (Source: Praj Industries, India Infoline News, 11 Jan., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Biogas,  


    South Louisiana Methanol Plans $2Bn Methanol Plant (Ind Report)
    Methanol,South Louisiana Methanol
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Austin, Texas-headquartered South Louisiana Methanol is reporting the revival of a 2013 plan to construct $2.2 billion methanol complex in the Port of South Louisiana district. South Louisiana Methanol is a partnership between New Zealand-based Todd Corporation and Saudi state-owned petroleum firm SABIC. As originally announced, the project was a joint venture between Todd Corporation and Texas-based ZEEP, Inc. and would produce an estimated 2 million metric tpy of methanol.

    The revived plan is eligible for a $5 million performance-based grant from the state as well assistance from the state's LED FastStart, and Industrial Tax Exemption and Quality Jobs programs. (Source: South Louisiana Methanol, MarEx, 9 Jan., 2019)Contact: South Louisiana Methanol LP, Paul Moore, CEO, (512) 394-7352, info@southlouisianamethanol.com, www.southlouisianamethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  South Louisiana Methanol,  


    Aemetis' Indian Biodiesel Expansion Completed (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,Universal Biofuels
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Cupertino, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its Kakinada, India biodiesel and glycerin plant.

    The upgrades included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process lower-cost and waste feedstock into oil; expansion of boiler and other utility capacities; and the implementation of environmental systems to enable full production of 50 million gpy of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., PR, 10 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Universal Biofuels,  


    France Ups 2019-20 Biofuel Blending Mandate (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2019-01-11
    In Paris, the French government has lifted the minimum mandatory blending rate of biofuels blended into gasoline to 7.9 pct in 2019 and 8.2 pct in 2020.

    In 2019, the minimum blending rate for biodiesel and ethanol was 7.5 pct. The bleand rate target for 2030 is 15 pct. (Source: Various Media,Renewables Now, 10 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  


    Equinor Licensed to Build Norwegian Seabed CO2 Storage (Int'l)
    Equinor
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In Oslo, Reuters is reporting the Norwegian Oil Ministry has awarded a license to Oslo-headquartered Equinor to develop carbon dioxide (CO2) storage under the North Sea. The company is now expected to submit a development plan for the Norwegian parliament's approval in 2020 or 2021. The preliminary estimates from 2016 showed it could cost approximately $852 million to establish a full CCS chain, including CO2 transportation by ships and the sub-sea storage.

    The planned storage will be located near Norway's largest oil and gas field, Troll, and aims to be able to receive CO2 from onshore power, cement plants and sources. About 1.5 million tpy of CO2 could be stored beneath the seabed during the first phase of the project, according to Equinor.

    If approved, the storage operation is expected to begin operations operations in 2023 or 2024. (Source: Equinor, Gassnova, Reuters, 11 Jan., 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Carbon Sequestration,  CO2,  Carbon Storage,  


    Sungrow Supplying Solaria Energia Spanish Solar Parks (Int'l)
    Sungrow Power Supply
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Sungrow Power Supply Co., a Chinese inverter solution supplier for renewables, reports it is supplying its 1500V inverters to Pamplona, Spain's Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente (Solaria) for 12, 400 MW solar PV parks presently under construction in Spain. The 12 power plants will incorporate more than 1,100,000 photovoltaic solar modules and generate sufficient electric power for 150,000 residences.

    The Sungrow SG3125HV Central Inverter with advanced three-level technology has a maximum efficiency of up to 99 pct and is an ideal match for Spain's climate conditions and the complex requirements of the Spanish grid code. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd, PR, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply, Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, https://en.sungrowpower.com; Solaria Energia, www.solariaenergia.com

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    SWEPCO RfP Seeking 1.200 MW of Wind Power (Ind. Report)
    SWEPCO
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Shreveport, La.-based South Western Electric Power (SWEPCO) has issued an RfP for up to 1,200 MW of additional wind energy to be used by December 15, 2021. SWEPCO presently sources 469 MW of wind energy from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas through multiple power purchase agreements.

    Proposals under the RfP must have a minimum nameplate rating of 100 MW and must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

    SWEPCO is seeking to acquire new or existing projects that qualify for at least 80 pct of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and are located in, and interconnected to, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional grid in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas or Oklahoma. Projects selected through the RFP process will be reviewed for regulatory approval by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Louisiana Public Service Commission, Public Utility Commission of Texas and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    RfP application forms and additional information can be found at www.SWEPCO.com/RFP. (Source: SWEPCO, Nexstar, Jan., 2019) Contact: SWEPCO, Malcolm Smoak, Pres., CEO, www.swepco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SWEPCO,  Wind,  


    Nordex Supplying Turbines to French Wind Energy Projects (Int'l)
    Nordex Group
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered Nordex SE reports receipt of French orders totaling more than 84 MW in Q4, 2018. The company will be delivering 27 wind turbines for four wind farms to various customers including EDF Renewables and Eurowatt.

    Nordex has installed more than 23 GW of wind energy capacity in over 25 markets and has factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. (Source: Nordex SE, PR, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, www.nordex-online.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex Group ,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


    UAB to Complete LEED Certified Buildings by 2020 (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, University of Alabama
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Following their new sustainability strategic plan released in November, the University of Alabama (UAB) in Tuscaloosa is reports plans to complete the construction and US Green Building Council LEED certification of three campus buildings -- the new College of Arts and Sciences building, a Residence Hall, and the Snoozy Book Store -- by the year 2020.

    With the addition of the state's recently enacted new building energy efficiency code, UAB expects to achieve an additional 9.1 pct energy cost savings above the savings anticipated with the LEED certification. The state's new construction energy efficiency code is considered one of the nation's most stringent, according to the UAB release. (Source: UAB, PR, Bham Now, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: UAB, Melody Gillezeau, Sustainable Development Project Manager , (205) 348-6010, www.ua.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Innergex Inks Hawaiian Solar-plus-Storage PPAs (Ind. Report)
    Innergex Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc is reporting the signing of a PPA for two solar-plus battery energy storage projects with a combined photovoltaic (PV) capacity of 45 MW in Hawaii.

    The PPAs with the Hawaii Electric Light Company and the Maui Electric Company are for the 30-MW Hale Kuawehi and Paeahu projects which are scheduled for completion in 2022. The Hale Kuawehi PV park will will generate an average of 92,000 MWh of electricity per year and will incorporate 120 MWh of battery storage capacity. The 15-MW Paeahu solar plant in Maui will include a 60-MWh energy storage system and have an average annual output of 45,000 MWh. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, Renewables Now, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Innergex Renewable Energy, Michel Letellier, CEO, (450) 928-2556, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com

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


    Tata Green Bond Raises $25.9Mn for Renewables Projects (Int'l)
    Tata Cleantech
    Date: 2019-01-09
    India's Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd, a Tata Capital and the International Finance Corp (IFC JV), reports its first Green Bond offering has raised $25.9 million (€22.7 million). The funds from the five-year securities were raised from FMO, and the Netherlands Development Finance Company, Tata Cleantech will go for eligible green energy projects, renewables in particular, that contribute to the environmental sustainability.

    Tata Cleantech operates on the clean technology market by extending financing and providing advisory services for renewable energy, energy efficiency and water management projects and has participated in the funding of over 5.2 GW of renewables projects, according to the company website. (Source: Tata Cleantech Capital, Renewables, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tata CLeantech Capital, www.tatacleantechcapital.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Cleantech,  Green Bond,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Pratt, Kansas Solar Farm On Line and On Time (Ind. Report)
    City of Pratt,Inovateus Solar
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In Kansas, the City of Pratt is reporting the city's 22,200-plus panel Pratt Solar Farm is now online in test phase and feeding electricity into the city's power grid.

    The 36-acre solar farm is a cooperative project between Kenyon Energy, South Bend Indiana-based Inovateus Solar and the city of Pratt. (Source: City of Pratt, Pratt Tribune, 7 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Pratt, Rick Eckert, City Manager, www.cityofprattks.com; Kenyon Energy, Clay Biddinger, CEO, (727) 216-4000, www.kenyonenergy.com; Inovateus Solar, https://inovateus.com

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    ACEEE Governors Toolkit for Energy Efficiency (Report Attached)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2019-01-09
    "Governors across the country share important priorities: economic progress, job creation, workforce development, improved public health, technological innovation, environmental protection, and saving taxpayers money. Conserving energy in our homes, businesses, and transportation systems has an enormous role to play in furthering these high-priority gubernatorial goals. Importantly, efficiency is a job engine, employing more than 2.25 million Americans. It also is the fastest-growing job market in the energy sector and employs twice as many workers across the nation as all fossil fuel sectors combined."

    The ACEEE notes the following ways that governors can increase energy efficiency across their state economies: develop and communicate an energy efficiency vision; drive energy efficiency in the utility sector; strengthen efficiency in the industrial sector; encourage energy-efficient transportation; scale up energy efficiency in buildings; Lead with efficient state operations; reach under served markets through state energy office programs; and move toward more efficient appliances.

    (Download the report HERE. Source: ACEEE, Jan., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Annie Gilleo, ACEEE, Senior Manager, (202) 507-4002, agilleo@aceee.org, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    US Carbon Emissions Hit 8 Year High (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-01-09
    According to NYC-based independent research provider the Rhodium Group, U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions spiked up 3.4 pct in 2018 -- the second-largest yearly gain in over two decades. The figures are based on "preliminary power generation, natural gas, and oil consumption data."

    Specifically, the transportation sector remained the largest source of emissions in the U.S. for the third consecutive year while a record amount of coal-fired power plants were shut in 2018, emissions from the power sector grew by 1.9 pct. The buildings and industrial sectors also showed year-on-year emissions gains. (Source: Rhodium Group, Various Media, CNBC, Jan., 2019) Contact: Rhodium Group,(212) 532-1157, www.rhg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    Manchester Plan Calls for All Net-Zero Bldgs by 2028 (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions,Greater Manchester Combined Authority
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In the UK, in its Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has pledged that all new buildings erected in the city region will be 'net-zero' carbon by 2028. The pledge is part of the GMCA's 20-year plan to decouple emissions from economic growth.

    More recently, the Government published its £420 million construction sector deal, outlining a course for halving building energy use and emissions by 2030. Even so, several industry bodies and corporations have argued that wider progress towards low-carbon infrastructure has been too slow -- particularly in light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) global warming report's conclusion that the world must achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change. (Source: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, edie News, 7 January 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, +44 161 778 7000, www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  


    Keystone State Governor to Set GHG Reduction Goals (Reg & Leg)
    Greenhouse Gas, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In Harrisburg, the office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (Dem) is reporting the governor is signing an executive order committing his administration to meeting certain targets to slash Pennsylvania's greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. The Keystone State is among the nation's major polluters.

    Governor Wolf wants to reduce emissions by 26 pct by 2025, based on 2005 levels, and by 80 pct by 2050, which is in line with 2015's Paris climate agreement. The governor's 2025's goal may be within reach, since federal data shows Pennsylvania's carbon dioxide emissions fell 20 pct between 2005 and 2016, due primarily to cleaner power generation. (Source: Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf , witf, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, (717) 787-2500, www.governor.pa.gov/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greehouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


    Tokyo Touts "Eco-Point" CO2 Emissions Cutting Plan (Int'l)
    okyo Metropolitan Government
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is reporting the upcoming October launch of its "eco-point" program. The program will grant points to consumers who replace older, inefficient home appliances with energy-efficient models. Refrigerators, air conditioners and water heaters will be covered by the program.

    Under the program, shoppers will gain one point for each 7 kg of CO2 emissions they are able to cut through replacing home appliances. One point will be worth ¥1 and exchangeable for gift tickets.

    The ¥4.5 billion program will be funded in the TMG's fiscal 2019 budget, and is intended to coincide with the Japanese central government's announced consumption tax increase from 8 pct to 10 pct, as well as to curb carbon dioxide emissions that lead to global warming.

    The program, which is expected to run until March 2021, is forecast to lower CO2 emissions by 140,000 tpy and reduce utility expenses by ¥6.9 billion. (Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Times, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, www.metro.tokyo.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Singapore's CO2 Emissions "Increasing at Decreasing Rate" (Int'l)
    Singapore
    Date: 2019-01-09
    According to the Government of Singapore's biennial report, as submitted to the United Nations on Dec 27, Singapore generated more than 50.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2014, the bulk of it from the burning of fossil fuels to generate energy for industries, buildings, households and transportation.

    Even at the high figure, Singapore is "well on track" to meet its 2020 pledge to reduce emissions by 16 pct below business-as-usual levels, the government claims. The government also noted that Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions are "increasing, but at a decreasing rate" in line with its 2030 climate target. (Source: Singapore Today, 8 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore Carbon Emissions,  Greenhouse Gas,  CO2,  

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