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U.N. Sec Gen. Wants EU Emissions Target Raised (Int'l Report)
European Union
Date: 2019-06-19
Reuters is reporting U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -- in excess of the 28 member trading bloc's present 40 pct reduction target. The Secretary General also asked EU leaders to phase out burning coal and approval of new coal-fired power plants beyond 2020.

The European Parliament and the EU's climate chief Miguel Arias Canete have called for the bloc to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, saying legislation passed since the Paris Climate Agreement puts the EU on track to surpass its current emissions reduction target.

Poland and other EU member states that rely on coal for power production , along with Germany and its its powerful automotive sector, balk at deeper emission cuts. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, CNBC, June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  EU,  


Notable Quote -- "Carbon Offsets Not Silver Bullets"
Carbon Offsets
Date: 2019-06-19
"UN Environment supports carbon offsets as a temporary measure leading up to 2030, and a tool for speeding up climate action. However, it is not a silver bullet, and the danger is that it can lead to complacency.

"The October 2018 report by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that if we are to have any hope of curbing global warming we need to transition away from carbon for good: by traveling electric, embracing renewable energy, eating less meat and wasting less food." -- Niklas Hagelberg, UN Environment Climate Specialist. Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

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


Conservative Groups Urge Carbon Tax Rejection (Reg. & Leg.)
Goldwater Institute
Date: 2019-06-19
More than 70 leaders from Americans for Tax Reform, the Goldwater Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Independent Women's Forum, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and other conservative-leaning organizations have written an open letter urging the U.S. Congress not to impose carbon taxes.

"We oppose any carbon tax. A carbon tax raises the cost of heating your home in the winter and cooling your home in the summer. It raises the cost of filling your car. A carbon tax increases the cost of everything Americans buy and lowers Americans' effective take home pay. A carbon tax increases the power, cost, and intrusiveness of the government in our lives", the letter claimed.

The letter was reportedly a reaction to mainstream Republican Sen. Mitt Romney's comment on possibly co-sponsoring a $15 per ton carbon tax bill with Delaware Democrat Cris Coons. If Romney were to co-sponsor carbon tax legislation, he would likely be the only Republican senator openly supporting it. (Source: Goldwater Institute, The Hayride, 15 June, 2019) Contact: Goldwater Institute, 602-462-5000, www.goldwaterinstitute.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


740 Sq-Km of Amazon Lost in May (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Amazon Deforestation
Date: 2019-06-19
Reuters is reporting the Amazon Rainforest -- aka the "Lungs of Earth" due to its capability of absorbing about 25 pct of the earth's total carbon dioxide emissions -- lost 740 sq-km (285 sq-miles) of forest, roughly the size of New York City and all of it's five boroughs, during the 31 days of May, 2019 due to human deforestation activity, according to data from an early-warning satellite system.

The May 2019 deforestation is 25 pct higher than in May 2018, May, and twice that of May, 2017.

Earlier this year, Brazil's freshman President Jair Bolsonaro's administration was reportedly planning to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and pull Brazil out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In his first 5 months in office, Bolsonaro abolished the ministries that dealt with climate change, trimmed the remaining agencies' budgets and now wants to privatize vast areas of the Amazon rain forest for agribusiness, timber and mining interests. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon Deforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Deforestation,  


Federal Bldg. Energy Efficiency Legislation Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
Federal Energy Management Program
Date: 2019-06-19
Last week in Washington, US Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) tabled the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019 (S. 1857) authorizing the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establishing energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildings. The act -- S.1857 -- would require:
  • Establishment of energy use reduction goals of 2.5 pct per year for 10 years (2020 to 2030) in federal buildings;
  • Establishment of water use reduction goals of 54 pct in federal buildings by 2030 relative to 2007;
  • Codification of FEMP and detail its directives and the duties of its director; and
  • Provide authorizations for FEMP through fiscal year 2030.

    As an existing program within the DOE, FEMP works with agencies and stakeholders to identify and establish affordable solutions that facilitate energy and water savings through public-private partnerships. FEMP also provides training, guidance, and technical assistance to enable federal agencies to meet energy-related goals.

    Download FEWMPA background and details HERE. (Source: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Big Island Now, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Phone: (202) 224-6361, Fax - (202) 224-2126, www.hirono.senate.gov; Federal Energy Management Program, www.energy.gov/eere/femp/federal-energy-management-program

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Federal Energy Management Program,  Energy Management,  


  • Broadwind Wins $29Mn in New Wind Tower Orders (Ind. Report)
    Broadwind Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Cicero, Illinois-based wind turbine tower specialist and wind industry supplier Broadwind Energy Inc is reporting receipt of new wind tower orders totaling $29 million from multiple customers. Production of the new orders is slated to begin in Q4, 2019 for completion in 2020. (Source: Broadwind, PR, Renewables, 17 June, 2019) Contact: Broadwind Energy, Stephanie Kushner, CEO, (708) 780-4800, info@bwen.com, www.bwen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Broadwind ,  Wind,  Wind Tower,  


    First Solar Offloading 45-MW Indian PV Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    First Solar
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc is reported to be seeking a purchaser for a 45-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant portfolio in the Indian state of Karnataka, according to liveMINT.

    The planned sale, which is expected to raise approximately $43 million, would be the company's second such sale in India. In 2017 the company sold 190 MW of PV assets across seven sites in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to IDFC Alternatives. (Source: First Solar, liveMINT, June, 2019) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


    Brazil Allows Tax-Free Ethanol Sector Investments (Int'l)
    Brazil Ethanol
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Sao Paulo, the Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque has announced the government will allow companies in the sugar and ethanol sector to raise capital for investments through the issuance of income tax exempt notes, according to a Reuters report. Purchasers of the notes will not be charged income tax on the yields.

    The notes are expected to raise as much as $3.33 billion) per year in coming years. (Source: Brazilian Mines and Energy Ministry, Reuters, June, 2019)Contact: Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque, www.brazil.gov.br/government/ministers/mines-and-energy

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


    EC Warns EU Nations Missing 2030 Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
    European Commission
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Brussels, the European Commission is warning the 28-member European Union trading bloc will miss its binding target to improve its energy efficiency by 32.5 pct by 2030. The EU 2030 energy efficiency target is based on energy savings compared with a business as usual projection, and translated to a target cap of 1.273 billion mtoe for primary energy use and 956 million mtoe for final energy use.

    According to the EC report, most EU countries proposed modest or low contributions to the overall EU target and must now raise their commitments which are due to be submitted to the EC before the year end. (Source: EC, S&P, 19 June, 2019) Contact: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  EU ,  


    NYPA Seeks LED Street Lighting Service RFP (Ind. Report)
    NYPA
    Date: 2019-06-19
    The New York Power Authority administered Smart Street Lighting NY program has released a request for proposals (RFP) for multiple contractors to provide routine and on-call maintenance services for LED street lighting fixtures installed by NYPA throughout the state. The new service program will be available to municipalities that have engaged NYPA to implement a LED street lighting conversion and have elected to install an asset management controls system on their street lighting system, which is designed to reduce the number of failures and repairs needed after the installation is complete.

    NYPA is working with cities, towns, villages and counties throughout the Empire State to fully manage and implement a customer's transition to LED streetlight technology. The agency provides upfront financing for the project, with payments to NYPA made in the years following from the cost-savings created by the reduced energy use of the LED streetlights, which are 50 to 65 pct more efficient than alternative street lighting options.

    Established in 2018, Smart Street Lighting NY calls for at least 500,000 street lights throughout the state to be replaced with energy-saving LED technology by 2025. To date, NYPA has installed, or is installing, more than 128,000 LED street lights at municipalities statewide.

    The RFP can be viewed at www.nypa.gov/procurement. (Source: NYPA, June, 2019) Contact: NYPA, www.mypa.gov; Smart Street Lighting NY, www.nypa.gov/services/customer-energy-solutions/smart-street-lighting-ny

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  Smart Streetlight,  


    150 Green Bldg. Certified Apts. Completed in Miami (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Affordable housing developer Housing Trust Group (HTG) is reporting completion of Princeton Park, a new, $36 million, 150-unit affordable housing community consisting of four buildings in south Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    All residential buildings in Princeton Park complex are National Green Building Certified and offer energy star appliances and other energy efficient features, as well as access to services and programs, including literacy training, family support coordinators, employment assistance, health and wellness services, and extracurricular activities such computer classes, game and movie nights and other events. . (Source: Housing Trust Group, PR, 19 June, 2019) Contact: Housing Trust Group, Rieger, President and CEO, (305) 663-3543, www.htgf.com; Contact: Florida Green Building Coalition, www.floridagreenbuilding.org

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


    Vestas Verfies Brazilian 445 MW Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
    Casa dos Ventos,Vestas
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Madrid-headquartered Vestas Mediterranean is reporting receipt of an order for 106 units of its V150-4.2 MW wind turbines totaling 445 MW from Brazilian wind energy developer Casa dos Ventos for installation at its project in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

    Under the contract, Vestas will supply, install and commission the wind turbines, as well as provide a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. The project is expected to become operational during the second half of 2021. (Source: Vestas Mediterranean, Casa dos Ventos, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Vestas Mediterranean, +34 932 41 98 00, Fax: +34 932 41 40 80+34 649294007. Andms@vestas.com, www.vestas.com, www.twitter.com/vestas; Casa dos Ventos, Debora Nogaroli dnogaroli@llorenteycuenca.com, 11 3054 3339, www.casadosventos.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Casa dos Ventos,  Vestas,  Wind,  


    Iberdrola Announces €100Mn Irish Wind Energy Investment Plan (Int'l)
    Iberdrola,ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Spanish utility company Iberdrola reports will begin selling electricity to Irish residential customers this week. The firm also notes it will invest €100 million on renewing three of its wind farms with newer, more efficient wind turbines to boost their power generation capacity.

    Iberdrola has been operating in Ireland for 20 years through its UK business ScottishPower, which owns several Irish wind farms, including Barnesmore in County Donegal. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Irish Times, reve, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Iberdrola] Ireland, Colin McNeill, CEO, Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; ScottishPower, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  ScottishPower,  


    SGRE Scores 47-Turbine Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Order (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)reports receipt of a conditional order from Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. to supply offshore wind turbines , including a 20-year full parts, tools and service agreement, for the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project in Taiwan.

    The 376 MW project will incorporate 47 units of Siemen Gamesa's SG8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. Construction is slated to get underway in 2020. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Offshore Engineering, 18 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

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


    GreenSpur's New Offshore Wind Generator Set for Testing (Int'l)
    GreenSpur, ORE Catapult
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In the UK, Essex-based GreenSpur Renewables is touting what it claims is the world's largest ferrite-based direct drive permanent magnet generator (DD-PMG) for offshore wind turbines. The new unit, which the company says produces 250kW without the need for large quantities of rare earth magnets, is now at Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in Blyth for several months of system testing.

    Replacing scarce £40 per kg rare earth magnets with cheap and abundant ferrite magnets at £1 per kg is expected to deliver a generator CAPEX saving of about 33 pct. The modular design allows the new generators to be constructed in stages and stacked for additional cost savings. (Source: GreenSpur, offshorewind.biz, 18 June, 2019) Contact: GreenSpur, Andrew Hine, Commercial Director, +44 20 3368 8960 enquiries@greenspur.co.uk, www.greenspur.co.uk; ORE Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, www.ore.catapult.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  GreenSpur,  


    Oregon House Passes HB 2020 Carbon-Reduction Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Salem, the Oregon House is reporting passage of House Bill 2020, a long-awaited effort to meet the state's carbon emission reduction goals. The legislation is now awaiting state senate approval.

    If approved by the Senate, HB 2020 would raise gasoline prices by 22 cents per gallon by 2021 and by $3 a gallon by 2050. The goal is to reduce emissions by least 45 pct below 1990 emissions levels by 2035 and to at least 80 pct below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. (Source: Various Media, Willamette Week, 17 June, 2019)

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


    NJ Sets Rules for Rejoining RGGI GHG Initiative (Reg. & Leg.)
    RGGI
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Following up on our 19 Dec., 2018 report, in the Garden State capital of Trenton, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reports the adoption of rules for how the state will implement a cap-and-trade program to limit carbon dioxide emissions and for rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

    The first rule sets a CO2 cap for the state's electricity generating sector at 18 million tons for 2020. The state's cap on carbon emissions will decline by 30 pct through 2030. According to the DEP, electricity generation produced 20.7 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2016.

    The second rule focuses on how the Department of Environmental Protection will spend proceeds from the sale of RGGI power plant carbon allowances on environmental justice projects. As of Jan., 2018, RGGI auctions raised $2.7 billion that is being used to fund clean-energy and energy efficiency programs.

    New Jersey was a founding member of RGGI, but Republican Gov. and former presidential hopeful Chris Christie pulled the Garden State from the agreement in 2012 on the grounds that it had "no discernible or measurable impact upon our environment." RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NJTV News, 17 June, 2019) Contact: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, www.nj.gov/dep; RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  RGGI,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  


    €8.1Mn Serbian Biomass-Fired Power Plant Planned (Int'l)
    MK Group
    Date: 2019-06-19
    In Belgrade, privately held Serbian diversified conglomerate MK Group reports it plans to invest €8.1 million ($9.1 million) in the construction of a 20,000 MWh biomass-fired power plant in Vrbas, in the northern part of the country.

    The project will be carried out by MK Biogas, a subsidiary of MK Group, while the plant will be designed by the German company Wabio Technologie GmbH. The project is expected to break ground in September.(Source: MK Group, PR, 18 June, 2019) Contact: MK Group, +381 21 4878 418, fax: +381 21 6616 850, info@mkcommerce.rs, www.mkcommerce.rs; Wabio Technologie GmbH, www.wabio.de/englisch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


    Ontario Woody Biomass Fuel Facility Now Operating (Ind. Report)
    Biothermic,Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Thunder Bay, Ontario-based woody biomass heating systems and wood chip for heating supplier Biothermic is reporting the construction and startup of Ontario's first wood fuel facility for processing and storing locally-sourced wood chips -- a major step forward in helping make low-carbon, low-cost energy a reality in Canada.

    The Biothermic facility received $168,500 in grant funding from the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE), an independent non-profit corporation that supports the development and commercialization of bioenergy and biomass. (Source: Biothermic, Canadian Biomass, June, 2019) Contact: Biothermic, Vince Rutter, Pres., (807) 355-5519, vince@biothermic.ca, www.biothermic.ca; CRIBE, Chris Walton, CEO, 807.344.1180, ceo@cribe.ca, www.cribe.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


    Nautilus Nails Orange County Community Solar Project (Ind Report)
    Nautilus Solar Energy
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Summit, NJ-based solar energy developer Nautilus Solar Energy LLC has announced the ribbon cutting for its first of three community solar projects serving Orange and Rockland's utility service territory. Located in the hamlet of Westtown in Orange County, New York, the 2.83 MW community solar garden will provide energy cost savings to 300 homes while advancing New York's nation-leading renewable energy goals.

    Utilizing its full-service platform, Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, long-term asset management and maintenance services for the projects. The energy generated by the Westtown solar project will directly benefit qualified residential community solar subscribers who are situated within the Orange and Rockland utility service territory. A limited number of residential subscriptions to the system are currently available through a partnership with Onesta Solar at www.chooseonestasolar.com. The project reached commercial operation May 8, 2019. Nautilus's other solar projects in the towns of Greenville and Chester are scheduled to open by 3Q 2019. This project received over $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through NY-Sun. (Source: Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Nautilus Solar, Jim Rice, CEO, www.nautilussolar.com

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


    Taiwan Offers Energy Efficient Appliance Tax Rebates (Int'l Report)
    Taiwan,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Taipei, the Taiwan Ministry of Finance reports purchasers of new energy-saving home appliances between now and June 2021 will be eligible for a rebate of the excise tax paid on the items purchased.

    The tax incentive is limited to the purchase of new refrigerators, air conditioners/heaters, or dehumidifiers that meet either the Level 1 or 2 energy-saving standard as specified under the Bureau of Energy's energy efficiency rating program. These home appliances must also be strictly for personal use and not for resale. The incentive package comes as part of an amended Commodity Tax Act, which cleared the Legislative Yuan on May 24. (Source: Taiwan Ministry of Finance, Taiwan Central News Agency, 15 June, 2019) Contact: Taiwan Ministry of Finance, www.mof.gov.tw/Eng/Home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  


    Rutgers, Duke Farms Partner on NJ Carbon Sink Project (Ind. Report)
    Rutgers
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In the Garden State, Rutgers University and Duke Farms in Hillsborough Township report they are collaborating on a study to develop 2,700 acres as an experimental carbon sink to absorb and store atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Higher levels of carbon dioxide are a factor in global warming and climate change.

    The Rutgers University researchers, from the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses, will conduct monitoring and research at the largely wooded Duke Farms over five years. The study will begin by compiling baseline data on the presence of carbon in various land types and land management protocols. The Rutgers scientists will then create strategies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in soil and vegetation. The study will also determine the greenhouse gas emissions supporting the Duke Farms operations compared to the carbon stored on the property. (Source: Rutgers, Bridgewater Courier, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Rutgers Climate Institute, Marjorie Kaplan, Assoc. Dir., (848) 932-5739, www.climatechange.rutgers.edu; Duke Farms, Michael Catania, Exec. Dir., www.dukefarms.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  


    India Working to Meet Paris Agreement Targets (Int'l Report)
    Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministr
    Date: 2019-06-17
    At the weekend F20 meetings in Nagano, Japan, India's Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh noted that his country is "inching" towards meeting its Paris Agreement targets and, to that end, is implementing major renewable energy expansion and energy efficiency programmes.

    During his comments, Singh highlighted the country's achievements in household electrification and energy access. He also said he was confident that India will achieve a 40 pct renewable in the energy mix by 2030. (Source: India Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministry, Business Standard, 16 June, 2019) Contact: India Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministry, https://powermin.nic.in/en/content/contact-us-0

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


    22Mn Trees Help Scotland Combat Global Climate Change (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change, Woodland Trust
    Date: 2019-06-17
    The Woodland Trust reports in 2018 Scotland planted over 22 million trees in a 11,200 hectare reforestation project aimed at addressing climate change. Scotland's reforestation effort surpassed anywhere else in the UK. England planted just 1,420 hectares of woodland in 2018, despite a target of 5,000 hectares being set.

    The percentage of woodland cover in the UK remains at 13 pct; England has 10 pct, while Wales and Scotland have 15 and 19 pct respectively. All of this is part of the country's effort to battle climate change, with the increased number of trees being described as a "critical contribution to the global climate emergency."

    Even so, studies show there's now so much CO2 in the atmosphere that an area larger then the entire US would have to be reforested just to capture 10 pct of the world's annual CO2 emissions.

    The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the United Kingdom concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage. It has planted over 43 million trees since 1972. (Source: Woodland Trust, UNILAD News, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Woodland Trust, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodland Trust ,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  


    Petosky Considering 100 pct Renewable Energy Shift (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Public Power Agency
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Michigan, the City of Petoskey City Council reports it has been working with the Michigan Public Power Agency, which distributes electricity to municipal utilities, to increase the community of 6,000 +- residents renewable energy portfolio with the goal of transitioning to 100 pct renewable energy by 2040.

    According to the plan, the city will incrementally achieve 100 pct renewable energy in the next 20 years: 2020 --15 pct; 2025 -- 25 pct; 2030 -- 40 pct; 2035 -- 70 pct; and 100 pct by 2014. The plan also stresses citizen participation in the development and financing of energy infrastructure and enables low-income citizens to participate.

    In April, the city launched its green pricing program, allowing electrical customers to earmark 25, 50, 75 or 100 pct of their electrical usage to come from renewable energy. The program focuses on public education, environmental sustainability policies, and transitioning to green infrastructure for environmental and cost-saving considerations. (Source: City of Petosky, Petosky News Review, 14 June, 2019)Contact: City of Petosky, www.petoskeyarea.com; Michigan Public Power Agency, 517-323-8919, www.mpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Miramar's $1.4M Alt. Fuels Program Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In the Golden State, San Diego Miramar College, a public community college, is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $1.4 million contract from the California Energy Commission to develop the Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Training Enhancement Program to help participating students enter the alternative fuels, energy and technology fields.

    Students will receive workplace "on the job" training for jobs focusing on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles. The program will be additional to the college's existing automotive technology program. (Source: Miramar College, City News Service, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Miramar College, www.sdmiramar.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Alternative Fuels,  


    EIA Report Issues Biomass 2019-20 Stats, Projections (Ind Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In its just released June Short Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting non-hydropower renewables will provide 11 pct of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 pct in 2020.

    Non-hydropower renewables provided 10 pct of electricity generation in 2018. Of that total, woody biomass is expected to generate 113,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 115,000 MWh per day in 2020. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 57,000 MWh per day of electricity in both 2019 and 2020.

    In the electric power sector, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 48,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020. Generation from wood biomass is expected to reach 37,000 MWh per day this year, increasing to 39,000 MWh per day in 2020. Across other sectors, waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 76,000 MWh per day in both 2019 and 2020, with wood biomass used to generate 9,000 MWh per day in both years.

    The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.269 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, increasing to 0.27 quad next year. The sector is also expected to consume 0.221 quad of wood biomass in 2019, increasing to 0.232 quad in 2020. The industrial sector is expected to consume 0.169 quad of waste biomass in both 2019 and 2020, along with 1.439 quad of wood biomass in 2019 and 1.401 quad of wood biomass in 2020. The commercial sector is expected to consume 0.044 quad of waste biomass and 0.084 quad of wood biomass in both 2019 and 2020, while the residential sector is expected to consume 0.492 quad of wood biomass this year, falling to 0.488 quad next year.

    Across all sectors, waste biomass consumption is expected to reach 0.482 quad in 2019 and remain at that level into 2020. The consumption of wood biomass is expected to reach 2.238 quad this year, falling to 2.205 quad next year. Biomass capacity in the electric power sector is expected to reach 7,071 MW by the end of this year, including 4,141 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,930 MW of wood biomass capacity, falling to 7,052 MW by the end of 2020, including 4,080 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,972 MW of wood biomass capacity. Biomass capacity across other sectors is expected to reach 6,657 MW by the end of 2019, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,791 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity is expected to fall slightly to 6,649 MW by the end of 2020, including 866 MW of waste biomass capacity and 5,784 MW of wood biomass capacity. (Source: US EIA, June, 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    Shuttered BC Sawmill Slatted for Wood Pellet Production (Ind. Report)
    Boreal BioEnergy,
    Date: 2019-06-17
    A sawmill in McBride, B.C., that shutdown 13 years ago is getting a new life as a wood pellet plant. Vancouver-headquartered forestry company Boreal BioEnergy Corp. is reporting the acquisition of a long-shuttered saw mill facility in McBride, B.C. for redevelopment into a torrefied (black) wood biomass pellet production plant.

    Construction is slated to get underway early next year for startup and production in late 2020. When fully operational the plant will produce up to 250,000 tpy of "black pellets." The plant's first shipment of wood pellets is scheduled to arrive in Japan in 2021. (Source: Boreal Bioenergy, CBC News, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Boreal Energy, Bruce Halase Managing Director Business Development, (604) 324-9916 ext. 104, bruce.halase@borealbioenergy.com, www.borealbioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boreal BioEnergy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card , says UN Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Offsets,UN Environment
    Date: 2019-06-17
    According to the UN Environment's Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card Report , buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while burning fossil fuels is under fire by private citizens, scientists and activists concerned with the way carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction.

    Annual emissions have to reduce by 29-32 gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) by 2030 to maintain a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degree C -- a five-fold increase on current ambitions, the report notes.

    According to the report, carbon offset schemes were set up to allow the largest polluters who exceed permitted emissions’ levels to fund projects, such as reforestation, that reduce CO2 in the air, essentially balancing out their emissions equation. The types of carbon offset projects that are implemented range from forestry sequestration projects to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (which reduce future CO2 emissions in the atmosphere).

    Carbon offsets are useful while infrastructure and industry make the transition to electric mobility, alternative energy and the new technology necessary for low- and zero-carbon lifestyles. Where there are no viable alternatives in the short term, an offset scheme promises to cancel out the emissions in one place with emission-reducing actions in another.

    Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits have also come under fire with a 2016 study found 85 pct of the offsets had a "low likelihood" of creating real reductions, and the UN has struggled to reconcile its support for offsets with evidence that they are problematic.

    Download the UN Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card report HERE; (Source: UN Environment, Pro Publica, 10 June, 2019) Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDM,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  


    AutoGrid, ENERES Announce Virtual Power Plant Agreement (Ind. Report)
    AutoGrid, ENERES
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Redwood City, California-headquartered AutoGrid, the leader in flexibility management software for the energy industry, reports its latest project in Japan, which will be the largest storage-virtual power plant (VPP) in the world by asset volume. The project anticipates adding more than 10,000 assets to the VPP between 2020-2021, with rapid scaling in subsequent years.

    Under the partnership, AutoGrid will supply Japanese energy services and trading company ENERES Co., Ltd. with VPP and customer engagement software to aggregate, dispatch and market energy from demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DERs). The partnership will enable ENERES to combine DR resources into large enough blocks of energy to sell into capacity markets.

    AutoGrid will supply a custom-branded, cloud-based software solution that will allow ENERES to manage all aspects of the VPP, including program configuration, customer enrollment, monitoring and forecasting, event dispatch, event notifications, and measurement and verification (M&V). ENERES will use the AutoGrid Flex™ platform for AI-driven DER management, and it will use AutoGrid Engage™ to support customer marketing, signup and participation. AutoGrid's activity in Japan has increased as the new energy market's generation targets have driven rapid adoption of storage and as the industry races to integrate more renewable and storage into the mix to achieve 2030 goals.

    ENERES , a subsidiary of KDDI Corporation and an affiliate of Power Development Co., Ltd., will develop an "Energy as a Service" model that optimizes power for corporate power users, utilizing AI-driven management of distributed energy resources. including weather driven demand and power forecasting. www.eneres.co.jp (Source: AutoGrid, PR, 17 June, 2019) Contact: AutoGrid, . Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO, ,(415) 820-4176, www.auto-grid.com; ENERES, Masahiro Kobayashi, Pres., www.eneres.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AutoGrid,  ENERES,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


    Calendar Update -- UN Environment Climate Action Summit 2019
    UN Environment
    Date: 2019-06-17
    The UN Climate Action Summit will take place in New York City on 23 September 2019 to increase ambition and accelerate action on the global climate emergency and support the rapid implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

    The 2019 UN Climate Action Summit is hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Source: UN Environment, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Conference details, Climate Action Summit 2019, www.un.org/en/climatechange


    Unapproved Coventry RI Solar Project Denied (Ind. Report)
    Rhode Island Department of Planning & Development
    Date: 2019-06-17
    The Rhode Island Department of Planning & Development reports the issuance of a cease-and-desist order to 394 Carr's Realty LLC and WED Coventry Seven LLC -- a subsidiary of Green Development LLC (fka Wind Energy Development LLC), for an unauthorized solar installation in the community of Coventry.

    The order was issued after a recent site inspection by two members of the Department of Planning & Development found "hundreds of piles had been driven into the ground commencing construction of a proposed solar generating facility that had been denied development plan approval by the Coventry Planning Commission" had not received local or state development, engineering or building approvals. The developers were ordered to remove all of the unauthorized pilings within 20 days. (Source: eco'RI News, June, 2019) Contact: Green Development LLC, (401) 295-4998, info@green-ri.com, www.green-ri.com; Rhode Island Department of Planning & Development, 401-680-8400, www.planning.ri.gov

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    VT. Communities RAMP up Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,ermont Council on Rural Development
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Vermont, the towns of Marshfield and Plainfield are reporting the launch of RAMP -- Revitalizing All Marshfield and Plainfield -- a new building energy task force as part of a year-long push to build a robust economy in the face of climate change, cut carbon emissions and cut energy consumption and costs.

    Following the communities of Pownal, Randolph, Middlebury, and Swanton, RAMP is the fifth community participant in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program at the not-for-profit Montpelier-based Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), which works to connect rural economic development to climate change responses.

    The RAMP campaign encourages commercial building and homeowners to install solar panels, convert from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, weatherize their buildings and otherwise save money while saving energy and reducing emissions. (Source: The Bridge, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Vermont Council on Rural Development, 802-223-6091, www.vtrural.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    SkyNRG, Univ. Limerick Ink Aviation Biofuel MoU (Int'l Report)
    SkyNRG, University of Limerick
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Ireland, the University of Limerick Bernal Institute reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Netherlands-based SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

    Under the term of the MoU, the Bernal Institute and SkyNRG will collaborate to explore the potential of a regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain in Ireland and "expand the relationship for research cooperation on environmental, technological, societal and market development of sustainable aviation biofuels in the Irish context." The collaboration emerged from the industry drive for the development of SAF production capacity and an EU-wide call to reduce aviation emissions. (Source: University of Limerick, Limerick Leader, 15 June, 2019) Contact: University of Limerick, Dr. Mary Shire, VP Research, vpresearch@ul.ie, +353 (0) 61 213005, www.ul.ie/research/content/research-office; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Woodstock Urged to Try Sixth Solar RFP (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-06-17
    In the Empire State, the Town of Woodstock Environmental Commission Chairman David Gross is urging the Town Board to issue yet another RFP for a solar array that can produce at least enough electricity to cover municipal operations.

    Unlike the previous 5 solar RFP -- all of which came to naught -- the sixth RFP would allow a developer to include 4 existing small solar arrays directly tied to the meters of the town's four biggest users of electricity in calculations of energy savings by the town.

    Woodstock Town Supervisor Bill McKenna, who apparently opposed another solar RFP, noted the town's recent decision to buy electricity from Natural Power Group has provided a way to increase its renewable energy resources, reduce costs and move toward a reduction in the town's carbon footprint. (Source: Town of Woodstock, Daily Freeman, 16 June, 2019) Contact: Town of Woodstock, Town Supervisor, Bill McKenna, 845-679-2113 ext. 17, supervisor@woodstockny.org, www.woodstock.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Kinetrex Touts Indiananapolis Landfill RNG Plan (Ind. Report)
    Kinetrex Energy
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Indianapolis-headquartered LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy is reporting it will capture landfill gas -- methane from the city of Indianapolis South Side Landfill and processes it into a fuel for shipping companies like UPS. The facility will be the company's first renewable natural gas (RNG) plant although it already fuels its trucking customers with gas purchased from other states.

    The company estimates estimates that the RNG produced by the Indianapolis plant will replace more than 8 million gallons of diesel fuel.

    Kinetrex Energy supplies a portfolio of liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipeline natural gas, and renewable natural gas energy solutions in the Midwest. It serves customers in the transportation, commercial, industrial, agricultural, gas utilities, power generation, asphalt, and commercial and industrial markets, as well as churches, hospitals, and schools. (Source: Kinetrix Energy, Lakeshore Public Radio, 14 June, 2019)Contact: Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, Pres., CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  


    Target Targets 100 pct Renewable Electricity by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Target
    Date: 2019-06-17
    Minneapolis-headquartered big-box retailer Target reports it has committed to sourcing 60 pct of its electricity for its U.S. outlets from renewable energy sources by 2025, rising to 100 pct by 2030.

    The commitment to renewables Is in keeping with the company's 2017 climate goals which includes reductions to the company's Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions -- 25 pct below 2015 levels by 2025. (Source: Target, CleanTechnica, Others, June, 2019) Contact: Target, www.corporate.target.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Norwegians Stiffening Wind Power Licensing Conditions (Int'l)
    Wind
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Oslo, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Borge Freiberg is reporting a tightening of regulations relative to wind farm construction deadlines. Presently wind developers are allowed five-years to move their project from permitting to construction startup,and that deadline is often extended upon request.

    The processing of 24 new licenses is put on ice until Oct. 1, when the present five-year government consultation deadline for the wind power framework expires. During the consultation period, 39 out of 244 wind project applications have been approved. (Source: Aftenposten, Xinhua, 16 June, 2019)

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    80-Turbine Reno County Wind Farm Nixed (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In the Sunflower State, the Hutchinson Kansas News is reporting the Reno County Commission has denied Florida-based NextEra Energy's proposed 80-turbine, 200-MW wind farm in the southern part of the county.

    Supporters of the project said the wind farm would bring economic and energy benefits to the county while naysayers claimed it could hurt property values, generate noise and kill birds that fly into turbines. (Source: KOAM News, AP, 14 June, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

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    AEE Program to Reduce Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency Project Costs (Ind. Report)
    Alliance for Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-06-17
    The Washington, DC-based Alliance for Energy Efficiency (AEE) is reporting the launch of a new, wide-ranging program for commercial building owners to reduce energy demand and, as a result, significantly decrease the need for utilities to build new generating capacity or purchase expensive outsourced power to meet future energy demand.

    Central to the program is AEE's partnerships with trade associations in a wide range of industries, whose membership encompasses virtually every segment of the marketplace and collectively represents enormous purchasing power. These trade associations have established relationships and channels of communication with their members and are able to create broad scale awareness of economically compelling energy reduction opportunities.

    The massive, collective buying power of the trade associations has motivated installation contractors and manufacturers of energy products to offer substantially lower costs to complete projects. As a result, commercial building owners can complete projects to reduce energy cost by up to 80 pct at no cost at all, or costs so low to often be recovered through energy savings in as little as 3 to 12 months, according to the AEE.

    Despite the wide range of available energy-saving technologies and compelling economics, the broad marketplace still has little awareness of the opportunity, and has done little to participate, he said. The Alliance for Energy Efficiency focus is to change that by commercializing energy efficiency through this program.

    The AEE program includes a full range of energy technologies, including, but not limited to LED lighting, HVAC, controls, building management systems, demand control ventilation, variable frequency drives, window films and power factor correction. (Source: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, PNR, New Kerala, PR. 16 June, 2019) Contact: Alliance for Energy Efficiency, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance for Energy Efficiency,  


    Brazilian State Considers Switch to Biogas Transport Fuel (Int'l)
    CIBiogas
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Brazil's Parana State Governor Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior government reports the state will investigate the benefits and challenges of using biomethane-biogas as transportation fuel in public transportation in some of the state's smaller cities. The study will be undertaken by Parana's gas and sanitation companies, Compagas and Sanepar.

    According to the Brazil International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas), the cost per kilometer of running on ethanol is around BRL 0.40 ($0.10) while the cost of running on biomethane-biogas could drop by about one-third to BRL 0.24, . (Source: CIBiogas, Parana, Renewables Now, 13 June, 2019)Contact: CIBiogas, +55 45 3576-7166, cibiogas@cibiogas.org, www.cibiogas.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  


    Enel Nails Brazilian 29.4-MW Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l Report)
    Enel SpA
    Date: 2019-06-14
    The renewables subsidiary of Rome-headquartered, Italian utility Enel SpA reports it has connected its 209.4-MW Delfina Wind Farm to the Brazilian grid Brazil with the completion of $40 million, a 29.4-MW expansion.

    With the expansion, the wind farm is expected to offset the emission of over 580,000 tpy of CO2. The wind farm's expansion output will be sold on the spot market from 2019 to 2022. The original Delfina wind farm became operational in 2017 with an installed capacity of 180 MW. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 13 June, 2019)Contact: Enel SpA, www.enel.com

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    CO2 Emissions Rise at Fastest Rate since 2011 (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Oil industry giant British Petroleum's (BP) just released 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy -- in its 68th year of publication -- notes that as energy consumption has grown, greenhouse gas emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which account for around two-thirds of total emissions, rose by 2 percent in 2018 -- equivalent to driving an extra 400 million combustion engine cars onto the world's highways.

    According to the report, energy consumption growth was driven by natural gas, which contributed more than 40 pct of the increase. All fuels grew faster than their 10-year averages, apart from renewables, although renewables still accounted for the second largest increment to energy growth.

    The report found the rapid increase in carbon emissions was at least partially due to the sharp increase in abnormally hot and cold days around the world, which in turn led consumers to use more energy for cooling and heating. China, the US, and India together accounted for more than two-thirds of the global increase in energy demand, with US consumption expanding at its fastest rate for 30 years.

    Download the BP 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy HERE. (Source: BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, Digital Journal, June, 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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    U.S. Pentagon Creates More GHG Emissions than Sweden (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions,Pentgon
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Cost of War, a recently released study from the Watson Institute at Brown University has found that the Pentagon emits more GHG in one year than several industrialized countries, including Sweden and Portugal.

    The Defense Department -- the Pentagon -- is the world's single largest consumer of oil and 55th largest GHG emitter, releasing 59 million metric tons of CO2 and other GHGs into the atmosphere in 2017 alone.

    The report notes the majority of the Pentagon's energy consumption is related to maintaining 560,000 buildings at 500 military installations and the jet and diesel fuel used to move soldiers and weapons.

    Download the Brown University Cost of War study HERE. (Source: Brown University, The Week, June, 2019)Contact: Brown University, 401-863-1000, www.brown.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carrbon Emissions,  


    Williams Joins One Future to Cut Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
    Willioams,Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Tulsa, Okloahoma-headquartered midstream giant Williams reports it has become the 17th member of the Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition (One Future), a Houston-based natural gas industry-led organization dedicated to voluntarily achieving meaningful reductions in methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.

    In August 2018, Williams and other members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America pledged to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations. The companies pledged to achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions to 1 pct or less of total natural gas production by 2025. Williams owns and operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines. (Source: Williams, Kallanish Energy, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Our Nation's Energy Future Coalition, www.onefuture.us; Williams, Alan Armstrong, CEO, www.williams.com; Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, 202-216-5900, www.aga.org

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


    Ammonia Considered as Alternative Marine Fuel (Ind. Report)
    C-Job, Marine Fuel,Alternative Fuel
    Date: 2019-06-14
    According to research from the Netherlands-based ship design and engineering firm C-Job Naval Architects, ammonia can be used as an alternative marine fuel to reduce harmful maritime ship emissions. The research is based on a new concept design of an ammonia carrier powered by the gas as its own cargo.

    In 2017, C-Job Naval Architects established a consortium with Proton Ventures and Enviu to investigate ammonia as marine fuel. It further joined Ammonia Energy Association in 2018 to study the topic. With the completion of this theoretical research, C-Job Naval Architects is now moving towards the next phases, which includes laboratory testing, pilot and evaluation.

    C-Jobs Naval Architects noted that with the IMO aiming to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008 and eventually fully eliminate harmful emissions, the global maritime industry will need to seriously look into renewable fuels like hydrogen, ammonia and methanol. (Source: C-Job Naval Architects, Seatrade, 13 June, 2019) Contact: C-Job Naval Architects, Niels de Vries, +31 (0)88 02 43 700, info@c-job.com, www.c-job.com; Proton Ventures, +31 10 426 7275, www.protonventures.com/en; Ammonia Energy Association, www.nh3fuelassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Amonia,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Amonia,  


    Trina Touts N-type i-TOPCon Bifacial Solar Modules (New Prod & Tech)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited reports it has begun mass production of its N-type i-TOPCon double-glass bifacial modules. The best front side power output of a module with 144 half-cut i-TOPCon cells reaches 425 Wp, and the best module efficiency reaches 20.7 pct.

    The new i-TOPCon double glass PV modules integrate N-type bifacial i-TOPCon cells with over 80 pct bifaciality, multi-busbar (MBB) design, full square monocrystalline cells, dual-side and half-cut technologies. The highly efficient modules feature a lower temperature coefficient and low light induced degradation (LID), greatly improving the actual power output. They also provide an extra 5 pct to 30 pct power generation from their back side, and feature a 30-year linear power warranty. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, Trina Solar Co., Ltd., 13 June, 2019) Contact: Trina Solar, www.trinasolar.com

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    Jan De Nul Group Eyes Drop-in Biofuel to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
    Jan De Nul Group
    Date: 2019-06-14
    The Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group reports it has been selected by the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK) within the Department of Mobility and Public Works, for its focus on drop-in biofuel to achieve CO2 reduction targets.

    Under the Paris Climate Agreement, the Netherlands committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 15 pct by 2020.

    Jan De Nul Group provides maritime construction and maintenance services internationally.(Source: Jan DeNul Group, Wikipedia, Biofuels Digest, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 -- fax., info@dmmlux.com, www.jandenul.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Drop-in Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Avantium Plans 2023 Bioplastics Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
    Avantium
    Date: 2019-06-14
    In the Netherlands, Amsterdam-based renewable chemicals specialist Avantium reports it is advancing its planned production of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylene furanoate (PEF) bio-based polymers at a new bioplastics plant that is slated for opening in 2023.

    Avantium's YXY plant-to-plastics process catalytically converts plant-based sugars into a wide range of chemicals and plastics, such as bio-based PEF.

    Avantium also notes it has assumed full ownership of the Synvina bioplastics business from joint venture partner, the German chemicals giant BASF, and has rebranded the operation as Avantium Renewable Polymers. Synvina was formed in 2016 to commercialise the YXY technology developed by Avantium to produce PEF-building block FDCA. (Source: Avantium, BioMarket Insights, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Avantium, Tom van Aken , CEO, +31 (0)20 586 8080, www.avantium.com; Synvina, hello@synvina.com, www.synvina.com

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    Indonesia Ups Palm oil Biodiesel Blend Rate to B30 (Int'l Report)
    Jakarta Biodiesel Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-06-14
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry reports it has begun a four month test of palm oil biodiesel and petroleum diesel blended B30 transportation fuel. If the tests prove successful, the intent is to increase the present mandated B20 blend rate to B30 beginning in 2020.

    The increase is seen as an effort by the world's top palm oil exporter to increase the domestic demand for palm oil. It is hoped the move will increase consumption of bio-content made from palm oil from an estimated 6.2 KL in 2019 to as much as 9 million kilolitres (KL) per year. (Source: Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Reuters, June, 2019) Contact: Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en

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