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PCJ Touts Upcoming Biofuel Crop RFP (Ind. Report)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2019-06-14
In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in cooperation with the Urban Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Jamaica, reports it will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the possible cultivation of biofuel feedstock crops at the Font Hill location by year end.

Font Hill has been used by the PCJ for research over the years, including experimentation on various biofuel crops -- including castor and jatropha -- between 2010 and 2017. Each of the 2,200 acre Font Hill plots to be available are conservatively expected to produce approximately 600,000 litres of oil annually for total revenue of $81 million, based on current ex-refinery diesel prices of $135 per litre. (Source: PCJ, Jamaica Gleaner, June, 2019) Contact: PCJ, Dr Peter Ruddock, Manager of Special Projects, www.pcj.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Biofuel Crop,  Castor,  Jatropha,  


SGRE Launches Seven-Day Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-06-14
Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the official launch of its Electric Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) pilot project in Hamburg, Germany.

The SGRE system heats volcanic rocks to 750C using a resistance heater and blower, which can be powered by wind turbines. The heat can then be used to generate steam. SGRE notes the pilot can store 130 MWh of energy for up to one week. SGRE claims the technology offers a second-life option to existing power plants as it uses standard components.

SGRE is partnering with local utility Hamburg Energie -- which will market the stored electricty -- and the Hamburg University of Technology on the pilot, which received funding from the German government. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Windpower, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Wind ,  Siemens Gamesa,  


HPC Project Aims to Optimize Wind Power Production (Int'l)
University of Nottingham
Date: 2019-06-14
In the UK, the University of Nottingham is reporting a two-year High Performance Computing (HPC) project to optimize the sustainable exploitation of wind power.

The project will involve 13 partners from across Europe and Brazil with a proven track record of HPC hardware, wind energy, numerical methods, software development and industrial applications.

With £2 million in Horizon 2020 funding, the High Performance Computing for Wind Energy (HPCWE) project will deliver a step change in the application of HPC on wind flow simulations and reshape almost every stage of wind energy exploration. The HPCWE aims to address the key open challenges in applying HPC on wind energy, including efficient use of HPC resources in wind turbine simulations, accurate integration of meso- and micro-scale simulations, and optimization. (Source: University of Nottingham, AAAS, June, 2019) Contact: University of Nottingham, Dr Xuerui Mao, Faculty of Engineering, +44 0 11574 86020, Xuerui.Mao@nottingham.ac.uk, www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/people/xuerui.mao

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Software,  


Social Properties Energy Efficiency Funding Lauded (Int'l, Funding)
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Date: 2019-06-14
In Glasgow, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is lauding the Scottish Government's announced £3.5 million funding package for social (low income) landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

The funding is being provided for measures such as insulation and internal improvements to social rented accommodation. To qualify for funding, projects must also include initiatives to reduce a building's carbon footprint, such as ground source heat pumps, biomass energy fand/or solar panels. By the end of 2021, the Scottish Government will have allocated more than £1 billion since 2009 to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency, making homes warmer and cheaper to heat, according to government data. (Source: Scottish Housing News, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Sally Thomas, CEO, +44 141 332 8113, www.sfha.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quote -- Elon Musk Talks Solar Shingle Prices
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-06-14
"I am very excited about version 3 of solar roof. We have a shot at being equal to a comp shingle roof plus someone's utility cost or being lower than that. That's one of the cheapest roofs available. So you can have a great roof with better economics than a normal fairly cheap roof and your utility bill." -- Elon Musk, Tesla, CEO

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla's next generation of solar roof tiles will be even less expensive than initially announced after Tesla's 2017 merger with Solar City. Today, a standard asphalt shingle roof can cost as little as $4 per square foot. In 2018, the Solar City solar tiles cost about $21.85 per square foot.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale. (Source: Tesla, ZME Science, June, 2019)Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar City,  Solar,  Solar Shingles,  


Aemetis India Touts Monthly Domestic Biodiesel Revenue (Int'l)
Aemetis,
Date: 2019-06-14
Following up on our 22nd May coverage, Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its Aemetis Universal Biofuels India subsidiary achieved record domestic biodiesel revenues in May as shipments commenced under the previously announced $23 million biodiesel supply contract to the three government-owned Oil Marketing Companies.

The Aemetis biodiesel plant in India recently completed the installation and commissioning of a pretreatment plant and related utilities upgrades to convert waste feedstocks into distilled biodiesel to supply the approximately 25 billion gpy diesel market in India.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Canadian Biomass, 13 June, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Aemetis India,  


Battle Creek YMCA Scores PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Funding)
PACE
Date: 2019-06-14
Austin, Texas-based Petros PACE Finance, LLC reports it has closed a $1.3 million Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) transaction to finance energy efficiency upgrades for the Battle Creek, Michigan YMCA.

C-PACE is a low-cost financing product secured as a property tax assessment that allows building owners to invest in energy efficiency or renewable energy with little or no up-front costs.

The YMCA will use the funds to upgrade inefficient and outdated electrical and mechanical systems, for new, more efficient lighting, and other energy-saving property enhancements that are expected to reduce electricity use by as much as 47 pct. Over the 22-year life of the loan, energy-efficient features will generate $3,233,342 in savings and a CO2 reduction of 68,384,274 pounds -- roughly equivalent to the amount of emissions from driving 6,586 passenger vehicles for a year.

The YMCA project is Petros' eighth deal in Michigan. (Source: Petros PACE Finance LLC, PR, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Petros PACE Finance LLC, Mansoor Ghori, CEO, (512) 599.9038, (512) .532.0792 -- fax., info@petrospartners.com, www.petros-pace.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  PACE Financing,  Energy Efficiency,  


Engie, Djibouti Announce 30 MW PV Power Agreement (Int'l Report)
Engie,Greene Ensys
Date: 2019-06-14
The government of Djibouti through the country's electricity utility Electricite de Djibouti (EDD) is reporting a framework agreement with French company Engie for construction of a 30 MW PV power plant in the Grand Bara region, south of Djibouti.

The project, which will be the first large-scale solar power plant in the country, is part of a much larger project -- the construction of a 300 MW solar complex.

Phase one of the project was initially awarded to Green Enesys, a Swiss company. The overall investment is expected to amount to US $406 million. The country aims to have 100 pct renewable and local energy by 2020.

Also in Djibouti, French firm Blue Shark Power is developing a 120-MW tidal power project. (Source: Construction Review. 13 June, 2019) Contact: EDD, www.edd.dj; Engie, www.engie.com/en; Greene Ensys, www.greenenesys.com; Blue Shark Power, www.bluesharkpower.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Solar,  PV,  Greene Ensys,  


CellCube, Immersa Ink $6Mn Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
CellCube,Immersa
Date: 2019-06-14
Toronto-headquartered CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. reports it has sealed a $6 million Commercial Framework Agreement with Immersa Ltd. for CellCube's new generation of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery System. The system is slated for delivery within 24 months.

CellCube's integrated energy storage system solutions features 99 pct residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles and larger scale containerized modules. Basic building blocks consist of a CellCube unit family with 2-16 hours variation in energy capacity.

Immersa Ltd. develops large scale utility projects throughout UK and Europe. CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems on the basis of vanadium redox flow technology and has over 136 project installations. (Source: CellCube, PR, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Immersa Ltd., Robert Miles, CEO , www.immersa.co.uk; CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Stefan Schauss, CEO, 800-882-3213, info@cellcubeenergystorage.com, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vanadium Redox Flow Battery,  CellCube Energy,  Energy Storage,  Immersa,  


Virginia School Board Questions LEED Standards ROI (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-06-14
In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond Free Press reports the Richmond Public Schools' COO Darin Simmons has advised the Richmond School Board that Huguenot High and three other schools that are under construction to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold standard has not resulted in "significant" savings.

The schools are now projected to cost a collective $148 million, or $38 million more than originally estimated. The board was told that adhering to the lesser LEED Silver standard would add 8 pct to the cost, or about $12 million. Eliminating LEED standards in the construction would save possibly $3 million of that because money would still need to be spent energy efficient doors, windows and lighting. All three schools are to be equipped with solar energy panels, now seen as more effective in cutting energy costs than building to LEED standards. The buildings are slated to open in 2020. (Source: Richmond Free Press, Jeremy Lazarus, 14 June, 2019) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Finns Advised to Cut Logging to Preserve Carbon Sink (Int'l)
Finland Natural Resources Institute
Date: 2019-06-12
In Helsinki, Finland's Natural Resources Institute (Luke)reports it has revised its benchmark assessment of target carbon sink levels and now says Finland will need to raise its carbon sink sequestration numbers by another 10 percent -- lowering forest logging volumes by another 1-2 million cubic metres for a ceiling of 81-82 million cubic metres for the 2012-2025 period. Luke says its previous calculation amounted to 3 million tonnes of CO2.

The EU has also committed to reducing its GHG emissions by at least 40 pctt by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. EU directives require that logging activities relative to the tree population remain unchanged and EC has accordingly asked Finland to specify future logging amounts and assess whether its current calculations for wood use are appropriate in light of alarming rises in GHG emissions. (Source: Finland Natural Resources Institute, Barents Observer, YLE News, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Finland Natural Resources Institute, Prof. Aleksi Lehtonen, +358 29 532 6000, www.luke.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Forest Carbon Sink,  


Devon Cutting Natural Gas Production Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
Devon Energy
Date: 2019-06-12
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-headquartered Devon Energy Corp. is reporting it plans to further cut methane emissions from its U.S. oil and natural gas production sites by at least 12.5 pct in six years. For 2018, the company's methane intensity rate was an estimated .32 pct which is now expected to be cut to .28 pct or less by 2025, according to the company release. The company release also noted that employee and top-level executive compensation levels will be tied to meeting its new methane reduction goals. (Source: Devon Energy, The Oklahoman, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Devon Energy, Dave Hager, CEO, (405) 235-3611, www.devonenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Devon Energy,  Methane Emissions,  GHGs,  Natural Gas,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-12
"While the EU has a set of binding emissions targets for 2020 and 2030, we must now plan for full decarbonisation of our European economies by 2050, encouraging the rest of the world to follow suit, and urging in the strongest possible terms the USA to reconsider its regressive and pernicious decision to leave the global Paris agreement." -- Irish President Michael T. Higgins, 5 June, 2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement news,  Trump news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  

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

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


Siemens Gamesa Claims EDF 126 Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa,EDF Renewables
Date: 2019-06-12
Wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of three new contracts that include service and maintainence from EDF Renewables for its new 4.5-MW turbine which will be manufacture in Hutchinson.

The most recent award was the 232 MW Milligan project, located in Milligan County, Neb. For the project, Siemens will build 30 SG 4.5-145 and 36 SG 2.7-129 wind turbines. The 4.5-145 features a 71 meter or 233-foot long blade. With these recent orders, Siemens Gamesa eclipsed the 1-gigawatt mark for its SG 4.5-145 turbines sold worldwide. The other new projects are the 241 MW Coyote wind project in Texas, and 246 MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico. Coyote, located in Scurry County, Texas, will feature 48 SG 4.5-145 and 11 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Project completion is targeted for the summer of 2020.

The Oso Grande wind project will also utilize 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Located about 43 miles southeast of Roswell, N.M., commissioning of this wind farm is slated for Q4, 2020.

The SG 4.5-145 offers a flexible power rating, from 4.2 to 4.8 MW, depending on site conditions, the company stated in a release. It is optimized for medium wind onshore locations to maximize energy production with low noise emission levels. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Dodge City Daily Globe, 4 June, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, Pres. & CEO, Sandi Briner, (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind Turbines,  Siemens Gamesa,  


MP Power Seeks Indian Grid-Scale Energy Storage Bids (Int'l Report)
MP Power Management
Date: 2019-06-12
Reporting from Mumbai, MP Power Management Company, the Madhya Pradesh state government's holding firm for three power distribution companies , is calling for expressions of interest from domestic and global players for the establishment of 500 MW with 8 hours of continuous discharge of grid-scale energy storage service, microgrid and a storage manufacturing facility in the state. The tender call notes the energy storage options could be in the form of chemical batteries (lithium ion, advanced lead acid, sodium sulphur, flow batteries), pumped storage hydro, compressed air energy storage, flywheels or other forms of storage.

Out of Madhya Pradesh's total installed power capacity of 19,796 MW as of January 2019, 3,827 MW are from renewable energy sources. (Source: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., livemint, 11 June, 2019)Contact: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., +91-761-2661111, 2661106, 2661107, www.mppmcl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MP Power Management,  Energy Storage,  


Notable Quote -- The Donald Talks Climate Change and Weather
Donald Trump
Date: 2019-06-12
"I believe that there's a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don't forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn't working. Then it was called climate change. Now it's actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can't miss."

To help prove his point, the President noted several examples of past weather extremes: "Forty years ago, we had the worst tornado binge we've ever had. In the 1890s, we had our worst hurricanes." -- US Pres. Donald Trump, Good Morning Britain, 5 June, 2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump,  Climate Change,  


Gore Street Snares Irish Energy Storage Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
Gore Street
Date: 2019-06-12
In the UK, the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund reports it has inked an agreement to acquire a 160MW portfolio of battery storage projects in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, as well as a £30 million ($38.17 million) commitment from Ireland's National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), a sovereign wealth investor which manage's the state's strategic investment fund.

It estimates that the total funding required for those projects to be constructed, acquired and other associated Capex costs to be around £77 million. Gore Street also has an option to purchase a further 190MW worth of energy storage projects in Ireland, taking its potential pipeline to some 350MW.

The Irish projects are to be developed under a joint venture with renewables investor and large-scale energy storage specialist Low Carbon. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Energy Storage, June, 2019) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street,  Energy Storage,  


NJ PUC Aims for 100 pct Clean Energy by 2050. (Ind. Report)
NJ PUC
Date: 2019-06-12
The New Jersey Public Utilities Commission's NJPUC) recently released (NJ PUC) Energy Master Plan provides an initial blueprint for the total conversion of the Garden State's energy profile, calls for "carbon-neutral electricity generation and maximum electrification of the transportation and building sectors to meet or exceed the Global Warming Response Act greenhouse emissions reductions of 80 pct relative to 2006 levels by 2050.

The plan calls for reducing energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector, accelerating deployment of renewable energy, maximizing energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy use through decarbonization, modernizing the electric grid and utility infrastructure, as well as expanding clean energy job training opportunities and programs.

Download the NJ PUC Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan HERE. (Source: NJ PUC, NJ 101.5, June, 2019) Contact: NJ PUC, (800) 624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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


Manitoba Ups Emission Levels, Dashes Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
Manitoba Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-06-12
In Winnipeg on the Canadian Prairies, Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government reports it aims to reduce annual emissions by one megatonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2022 -- less than half of the previous government's 2017 targeted reductions. To that end, the provincial government announced it is reducing GHG emissions and eliminating a possible carbon tax.

In a statement the Manitoba Minister of Sustainable Dev elopement said; "We've removed the carbon-pricing (tax) element from our plan and are moving forward with getting real emissions reductions. (There are) several more initiatives to come that will help us transition to a low-carbon future without imposing a tax on Manitobans."<

In 2017, the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Manitoba's then proposed carbon tax was insufficient an demanded the province match the federal carbon tax of $20 a tonne rising to $50 per ton by 2022. To date, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have challenged the federal carbon tax plan. (Source: Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development, CBC, Canadian Press, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister, (204) 945-6784, www.gov.mb.ca/sd

More Low-Carbon Energy News Manitoba Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


ASHRAE, US DOE Ink Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2019-06-12
ASHRAE -- the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- reports the recenting inking of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) formalizing its co-operation with the U.S. government to implement numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency in buildings. ASHRAE and DOE seek to work cooperatively to:
  • Improve the efficient use of energy, building resiliency and improve building performance;

  • Encourage the continued development of voluntary consensus-based standards related to energy efficiency and encourage the adoption of technologically feasible and economically justified energy efficiency measures in each succeeding version of Standard 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) by states to ensure energy and cost savings;

  • Provide and encourage the use of clear and consistent information to the building industry about building energy rating and labeling;

  • Work within the building community and related professions to encourage the interoperability of building related software and integrated solutions. (Source: ASHRAE, Website, 28 May, 2019) Contact: ASHRAE, Sheila Hayter, Pres, (404) 636-8400, www.ashrae.org; US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  ASHRAE,  Energy Eficiency,  


  • NASA, SpaceX Report Green Propellant Infusion Mission (Ind. Report)
    NASA,SpaceX
    Date: 2019-06-12
    NASA is reporting development of a cost-effective, non-toxic fuel that will be used in a future Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) launch of Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon Heavy spacecraft.

    The safe to handle green fuel, which features a mixture of hydroxyl ammonium nitrate and an oxidizer, was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in California. The new fuel also delivers almost 50 pct better performance than hydrazine, allowing a spacecraft to travel for a longer period of time even with minimal fuel onboard.

    According to Sacramento-headquartered Aeorojet Rocketdyne, the company that developed the propulsion system for the GPIM, the company will focus on building similar systems that can cater the new green fuel. (Source: NASA, International Business Times, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Aeorojet Rocketdyne, Fred Wilson, www.rocket.com; NASA, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov, www.nasa.gov; SpaceX, www.spacex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aeorojet Rocketdyne,  NASA,  


    Rocky Mtn. Power's Energy Vision 2020 Plan Underway (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports its Energy Vision 2020 plan for the construction of three wind parks, the re-powering of two existing wind farms and the installation of a new high-voltage transmission line is underway in Wyoming.

    The projects include the Ekola and TB Flats I & II wind farms in Wyoming's Carbon County and the Cedar Springs wind park in Converse County, totaling 1,150 MW. The re-powering projects will upgrade existing wind turbines in Converse and Carbon counties, and the Gateway West Transmission project will install a 140-mile (225km) transmission line in Sweetwater and Carbon counties. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Renewables, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  


    Minn., German Cities Collaborate on Climate Smart Municipalities, Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Projects in six Minnesota cities participating in the Climate-Smart Municipalities program are being reviewed this week by visiting German climate and energy leaders as part of multiyear collaborations between Minnesota cities and their German counterparts seeking to expand the use of renewable energy and increasing building energy efficiency.

    The western German city of Arnsberg was paired up with Warren, Minn., three years ago as part of the Climate-Smart Municipalities program. It was using planes equipped with thermal imaging cameras to see which buildings were losing the most energy.

    Related Minnesota programs and initiatives include the use of drones to measure building emissions and heat loss, solar energy installations, energy-efficient lighting, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and others. The program is directed through the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in St.Paul. (Source: MPR News Update, June, 2019) Contact: University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, Jessica Hellman, Dir., (612) 624-6973Fax: (612) 626-5555 -- fax, ione@umn.edu, www.environment.umn.edu Climate-Smart Municipalities, environment.umn.edu/grant/climate-smart-municipalities

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


    £22Mn UK Energy Storage R&D Centers Announced (Int'l)
    University of Warwick
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In the UK, the University of Warwick has announced a £22 million project that will establish two research centres for sustainable electrical and thermal energy technologies. The project will funded by the government via the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) -- a £60 million project funded by Innovate UK.

    ERA works with the government, industry and the higher education sector to undertake research, develop the next generation of energy leaders, and demonstrate low-carbon technologies that help shape the UK's energy landscape. ERA consists of eight Midlands universities that are part of the Midlands Innovation partnership, together with the British Geological Survey. (Source: University of Warwick, Insider Media, June, 2019) Contact: University of Warwick, Prof Pam Thomas, www.warwick.ac.uk; ERA, Prof Martin Freer, Dir, enquiries@era.ac.uk, www.era.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Novozymes Touts New Liquefaction Platform (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Biofuel technology provider Novozymes reports the launch of Fortiva, a new alpha-amylase technology that helps customers avoid having to choose between maximizing enzyme performance and operational efficiency. In yeast, Force continues to deliver on the promise to quickly bring innovative, robust, and reliable biological solutions to the market from the Innova yeast platform established last year.

    Fortiva is added into liquefaction the same as traditional alpha amylase technologies, but once introduced, it solubilizes more difficult starch than all other amylases on the market

  • It does this through both the efficient operational use of temperature, as well as the enzyme itself, leading to the highest conversion of starch to dextrins in the market and creating the highest returns on investment. Novozymes sees this proven time and again through an average 20 pct reduction in ethanol plants' residual starch.

  • Fortiva advances plant efficiency. The fuel ethanol industry initially operated at high liquefaction temperatures (195F/91C) known to better solubilize starch to dextrins, but during this time, enzyme efficiency was limited and required excessive use of chemicals to enable the high operational temperature. Novozymes advancements in enzyme technology (Liquozyme SC) allowed for the removal of unnecessary chemicals (lime) required but required an operational change to more typical operating liquefaction temperatures seen in the fuel ethanol industry today (185F/85C)

  • Fortiva again allows the ethanol industry to engage very efficient, high temperature liquefactions (195F/91C) while also bringing to market the most advanced alpha amylase to work in this ideal environment, solubilizing more starch without the need for additional chemicals, yielding the highest ethanol production in the market (+1 pct ethanol yield).

    Novozyme's Innova Force targets ethanol plants seeking flexibility to achieve operational targets without sacrificing performance. It allows producers to achieve throughput and yield targets without losing ethanol yield to common stressors, such as high temperature and organic acids. Force gives producers the flexibility to push for yield without compromise, and to choose the format that best fits their operation, dry or cream.

  • Innova Force expresses multiple starch-degrading enzymes for tailored substrate activity, ensuring solubilization and conversion for the lowest residual starch and most optimal fermentation kinetics. Paired with novel glucoamylases, the result is the lowest stress and high performing yeast kinetics and fermentations for exceptional efficiency.

  • Force is proven to handle tough challenges: Exceptional robustness to high ethanol concentrations, high dry solids -- up to 38 pct temperature excursions up to 104 degree F, and lactic acid excursions up to 0.6 pct. Force expresses multiple enzymes to maximize substrate and starch conversion, and is available in two formats (cream and dry) making it the most advanced dry yeast on the market.

  • Force eliminates the need for yeast food (100 pct) required by other yeasts, a $300,000 savings (100+MGY plants). Based on plant trials to date, there is potential for significant urea reduction, up to 75 pct depending on individual plant conditions. For every 500lbs of urea reduced, plants can save approximately $130,000 (100+MGY plant). Innova Force eliminates these hidden costs with its flexibility, robustness, and opportunity to run a plant as needed (high throughput or yield): $500,000 savings in nutrients (urea reduction, and 100 pct elimination of yeast nutrients); $280,000 cost reduction related to poor performing fermentations caused by lack of robustness; 33 pct DS -- plants using advanced yeasts struggle running high dry solids, according to the Novozymes release. (Source: Novozymes, Trade Release, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP, Biofuels Commercial North America, Peder Holk Nielsen, Pres. and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Ethanol,  Yeast,  


  • UK's £1bn Bioethanol Ind. at Risk, claims APPG Report (Int'l Report)
    All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol is reporting release of its its interim Introducing E10 in the UK report considering the to barriers to the introduction of E10 ethanol blended transportation fuel into the UK. The report notes:
  • The UK economy will likely lose its £1 billion ($1,272,225,000 US) bioethanol industry without the introduction of E10 by 2020 at the latest, and will continue to decline and likely disappear.

  • Introducing E10 would help the UK meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, saving the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road.

  • Petrol fuel sales volumes in the UK are now increasing, due to the decreasing popularity of diesel cars. With widespread adoption of electric vehicles still decades away, the use of increasing blends of biofuels in petrol to make cars greener and cleaner must be a priority.

  • E10, or a higher blend of bioethanol, could help tackle the UK's air quality problems and health issues caused by high particulate levels.

  • If the British bioethanol industry is lost, the UK is unlikely to attract further investment, including for the next generation of biofuels and enhanced animal feed co-products, which would deliver further economic and environmental benefits.

  • Lose of the UK Biofuels industry could also increases the country's dependence on imported biofuels, force British farmers to source animal feed from less sustainable sources, and contribute the the UK missing its fuels quality directive target -- 4 pct rising to 6 pct in 2020 -- and miss its GHG emissions targets. (Source: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, June, 2019) Contact: All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com/about-the-appg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


  • US Drivers Cover 10 billion Miles on E15 Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2019-06-12
    According to Growth Energy, US drivers have logged more 10 billion miles on American highways using E15 fuel which has just been approved for year-round sales by the US EPA. Growth Energy notes the E15 – aka Unleaded88 – is available at mobe than 1,800 filling states across 31 US states.

    (Source: Growth Energy, Various Media, June, 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Bioproduction Plant Transitions to Renewable Electricity (Ind. Report)
    ATUM
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Newark, California-based bioengineering and bioproduction specialist ATUM is reporting completion of a $1.5 million 26,000 sq. ft solar panel installation at its corporate headquarters and manufacturing site. The solar panel installation will generate sufficient electric power for all of ATUM's needs. Pleasanton, California-based Cool Earth Solar is providing the majority of the new capacity.

    In addition to the recently completed solar array, the site features LED lighting throughout, energy efficient elastomeric acrylic roofing, and a water recycling system. ATUM also participates in a cost-neutral waste to energy program and a composting program. Employees have access to free solar-powered car charging stations, as well as carpool and other incentives. (Source: ATUM, PR, SCNow, 11 June, 2019) Contact: ATUM, Jeremy Minshull, CEO, (650) 853 8347, Nicole Litchfield, www.atum.bio

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


    Notable Quote -- Natural Gas "Bridge" Fuel Questioned
    Natural Gas,Oil Change International
    Date: 2019-06-12
    "Gas is not a viable bridge fuel toward a carbon-free energy system and is one of the 'dumbest partners' in energy generation alongside renewable."

    "Gas is not a transition or bridge fuel, it is an old dirty fuel from the 20th century and we need a real transition to renewable. There is no way the world can achieve the Paris goals if we keep adding more oil, coal, and gas to the system." -- Gregg Muttitt, Oil Change International Think Tank, Green News.ie, June, 2019) Contact: Gregg Muttitt, (202) 518-9029 , greg@priceofoil.org, www.priceofoil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Fuel,  ,  


    USDA Funds Hoosier Farms, Ag Producers Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In Indianapolis, the USDA State Director for Indiana is reporting a total of $109,195 in grant funding fto eight businesses for projects that will reduce energy costs in the Hoosier state. Among the recipients:
  • Commercial real estate leasing firm Home Sweet Home Properties, LLC will receive $1,669 for LED lighting upgrades and $14,109 for the purchase and installation of a 22.44 kwh solar array

  • Premier Roofing & Construction, LLC $14,476 for a 12.6 kW solar array.

  • The 18-member Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative will receive $25,000 for various energy efficiency projects throughout central and southern Indiana.

  • N & L Pork, Inc. will receive $20,000 for a 111-kW solar array.

  • The Darrel G. Erb farm will receive $12,441 to make energy efficiency improvements and Bowman & Bowman Farms, Inc. will receive $20,000 for a 37-kW solar array.

    The grants are funded through the 2002 U.S. Farm Bill Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). (Source: USDA, www.rd.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  


  • Senators Call for RFS "Hardship Waiver" Halt (Reg. & Leg.)
    RFS,"Hardship Wsivers"
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Last week in Washington, a dozen Democrattic US Senators wrote to the Trump Administration appointed EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler advising that the small refiner "hardship waiver" provision was NOT intended to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Accordingly, the Senators added,

    "We request that you cease issuing any further small refinery exemptions, immediately reallocate the remaining gallons, and make public the information regarding any recipients of these exemptions

    "We are extremely concerned about the EPA's recent actions to continue to improperly grant small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS. EPA's continued manipulation and misuse of the small refiner waiver authority is undermining the integrity of the RFS and disadvantaging farmers. Rather than follow congressional intent in the RFS and follow through on the promises made to rural America, the EPA and the (Trump) Administration are providing waivers, in secret, to help some of the largest oil companies and refiners evade their compliance obligations under the Clean Air Act.

    The letter's signatories included Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Farm Journal, Various Media, AgPro, 11 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  "Hardship Waivers" ,  Andrew Wheeler,  


    Melrose, Mass. Reboots CEA Green Energy Program (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In the Bay State, the City of Melrose (pop. 28,367) reports it has rebooted the Community Energy Aggregation (CEA) program which is intended to provide price stability for National Grid customers in Melrose and to increase the percentage of renewable energy used by Melrose residents and businesses.

    The CEA program, which was created under Massachusetts General Law, allows a municipality to arrange for electricity supply on behalf of consumers in a city or town. Melrose launched its first CEA program in January 2016 but the program was discontinued in June 2017 after an analysis of available supplier rates determined it was in the best interests of Melrose residents to terminate the program . Melrose residents who did not opt out will be enrolled in the Melrose Local Green option which provides customers with 5 pct more renewable energy at a slightly lower cost than current National Grid rates. The Melrose CEA Program supplier is Next Era Energy Services. (Source: Melrose Energy Commission, 11 June, 2019) Contact: City of Melrose, Melrose Energy Commission, Martha Grover, Energy Efficiency Manager, (781) 979-4195, mgrover@cityofmelrose.org, www.melrose-cea.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


    Ameresco Transforming Mass. Landfill into Solar Site (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., reports it has inked an agreement with the Town of Westport (pop. 15,500+-) to install a 622 KW-DC ground-mounted solar panel system at the city's closed landfill.

    Ameresco will design, construct, operate and maintain the solar facility at its own expense. Ameresco is leasing the site from the city and making an annual Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the town. The regional utility Eversource will purchase renewable energy from the project which is expected to come online this August. (Source: Amerseco, PR, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Town of Westport: Tim King, Selectman, Energy Committee, (508) 636-1150, kingt@westport-ma.gov; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , Leila Dillon, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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


    U. Minn. Soy-Biodiesel Innovation Campus Funded (Funding)
    University of Minnesota
    Date: 2019-06-07
    The University of Minnesota reports $5 million in government funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel facility for the Soy Innovation Campus in Crookston has been approved, effective July, 2020.

    The Soy Innovation Campus will include a specialty crushing facility conducive to educational purposes. (Source: University of Minnesota, Crookston Times, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Soy Innovation Campus University of Minnesota Crookston, www.mnsoybean.org, mnsoybean.org/blog-msga/soy-innovation-campus-gaining-traction-in-st-paul

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soy,  Biodiesel,  


    Boeing Environmental Plan Advances Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    Boeing
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Aviation industry giant Boeing reports the release of its 2019 Global Environment Report highlighting how the company is building cleaner, more fuel-efficient airplanes and finding innovative ways to recycle and conserve resources.

    In 2018, Boeing unveiled its new environment strategy through 2025 with ambitious goals to innovate products for environmental performance, reduce emissions, waste, and water and energy consumption at work sites, and to work with communities around the globe. Report highlights include:

  • Working with Etihad Airways to fly a 787 Dreamliner powered partly by biofuel made from desert plants irrigated with seawater;
  • Catalyzing development of sustainable aviation fuel and offering customers the option of using biofuel on delivery flights;
  • Surpassing 2018 targets, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 7.3 pct at work sites, and others. (Source: Boeing, 5 June, 2019) Contact: Boeing Environment, Bryan Scott, VP, Environment, Holly Braithwaite, Mobile: +1 206-900-3962, holly.braithwaite@boeing.com, www.boeing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boeing,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


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    Date: 2019-06-07
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    Attis Creating NY Ethanol Plant Green Tech Campus (Ind Report)
    Attis Industries
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Following up on our previous coverage, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports its recently acquired Sunoco LP's nameplate 100-million gpy corn ethanol plant and grain malting operation in Fulton, New York, will become the centerpiece of its proposed Green Tech Campus. The company will focus on byproduct optimization of the corn ethanol plant and the new production of advanced biofuels and biobased products while also looking to generate "green" power, thus reducing the overall carbon footprint of the Fulton campus and taking advantage of valuable carbon credits to increase the site's profitability.

    Attis plans to immediately begin the process of deploying its patented biorefinery technology to further diversify the biofuel and biobased product manufacturing at the campus. Attis will convert extracted locally sourced woody biomass pulp into cellulosic fuels and lignin into bioplastics, carbon fiber and advanced biofuels like renewable diesel and jet fuel.

    Attis also aims to improve the quality and volume of co-products currently being produced at the Fulton ethanol plant by implementing its patented and licensed corn oil extraction technology that will almost double the current corn oil production yields at the plant and provide an augmented revenue stream. (Source: Attis Industries, DTN, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Ethanol,  Sunoco LP,  


    Tesoro Fined for Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations (Ind Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing LLC -- now Marathon Petroleum Corp. -- for misreporting 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol, including under-reporting 403 million gallons of LCFS deficit-generating fuels, thus violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

    The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports.

    The LCFS, which encourages the use of cleaner, low-carbon fuels, is one of several programs developed under The Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B.32). It works with other A.B.32 programs, such as cap-and-trade, the zero-emission vehicle program and the renewable portfolio standard, to achieve California's GHG-reduction goals. (Source: CARB, 31 May, 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  


    Renew Missouri Seeking PSC Solar Rules Update (Reg. & Leg.)
    Renew Missouri
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In the Show Me State, the not-for-profit renewable energy focused organization Renew Missouri is asking the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) to change its rules pertaining to solar investments and give utility-scale solar companies more access in Missouri.

    The organization claims the current PSC rules keep the amount of solar power that can be put into the grid too low, and claims an increase would benefit the solar industry as well as promote infrastructure development, create jobs and increase the stste's competitiveness in terms of solar production. Renew Missouri is calling for the PSC to change the standard offer cap for purchases from a qualifying facility by an electric utility to 20,000 kilowatts, up from 5,000, to be updated annually. (Source: Renew Missouri, Missouri Times, 5 June, 2019) Contact: Renew Missouri, James Owens, Rxec. Dir., (573) 303-0394, www.renewmo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renew Missouri,  Solar,  


    Bank Of America Banking on On-Site Solar Savings (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Bank of America is reporting plans to install more than 60 new on-site solar installations over the next three years. The program is expected to generate more than 25 MW of renewable electricity, which will directly power the bank's operations with clean energy and help it meet 100 pct renewable energy by the year 2020 goal, cut energy costs and save an estimated $50 million over 25 years.

    In 2018, Bank of America's total sourcing of renewable electricity was 1.8 million MWh -- equivalent of powering 153,000 homes for one year, according to the release. (Source: Bank of America, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Bank of America, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/bank-of-america-corporation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bank of America,  Solar,  


    Built Green Canada Issues Sustainable Bldg Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Concurrent with National Environment Week, Built Green Canada announces its sixth annual challenge to municipalities across the country to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable building practices, to challenge municipalities to encourage green building, and to highlight those builders leading the way.

    The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities who have proclaimed June 5 as BUILT GREEN Day. This reflects the growing concern faced by public and private industry on climate change and the heightened expectations of the municipality's role in addressing this social problem. In response to meeting environmental targets, all orders of government are developing climate mitigation strategies, while for those working in the residential building industry, increased energy performance and other regulations continue to change.

    The increased stringency of codes and standards is driving costs up for the industry -- the unintended consequence is the further deterioration of housing affordability. With the intersection of these two social problems, there is possibility for further collaborative actions between government and industry collaboration that considers the environment, costs, and the pace of change given realizing sustainability targets requires the support of private industry.

    Built Green Canada works with its builders to support the successful certification of their builds, assist them in meeting compliance requirements, while its programs' four levels of certification offer industry a means to voluntarily stay ahead of code and incrementally improve in preparation to be net-zero energy ready for 2030 regulations.

    Though some municipalities are exclusively focused on energy performance, Built Green's programs are complementary as they take a more holistic approach that may reduce the load on civic infrastructure including water, power, and waste. Built Green recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one program over another and therefore encourages municipalities to include its programs, alongside others, as an option to endorse.

    Meanwhile, Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder® Coalition to bring the first performance-based water rating to Canada through the water conservation section of their builder programs. Though parts of Canada, and the world, are increasingly experiencing droughts, and freshwater ecosystems are shown to be under stress, water conservation in the residential building industry has not received the attention energy efficiency has, though they are both connected and significant. The Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) is based on measurable parameters, along with a scoring scale that considers indoor and outdoor water use, reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations.

    Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national, non-profit organization offering programs for residential building. Since its inception, builders have worked with Built Green to complete over 32,750 certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario -- including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 36,090. At the end of 2018, the cumulative impact of these single family certified homes translated into more than half a million (588,505.29) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions saved (up to December 31, 2018). (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, (855) 485- .0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

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


    Nordex Launches Argentine Wind Turbine Plant (Int'l Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Hamburg, Germnay-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group and Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) are reporting the official opening of Nordex Group's Argentinian production plant in Cordoba.

    The plant began production in mid-April with the first AW132/3300 nacelles for projects for the power utility AES Generacion S.A. The plant's nacelles and hubs assembly shop is designed for an annual capacity of up to 500 MW. Nordex is also establishing three plants for concrete towers.

    FAdeA is a listed aviation company under the auspices of the Argentinian Ministry of Defense.

    Nordex has installed more than 25 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and has joint manufacturing capacity factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India, Argentina and in the near future Mexico. (Source: Nordex, PR, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1000. +49 - 40 - 300 30 -1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com; FAdeA, www.fadeasa.com.ar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  wind Turbine,  Wind Tower,  


    Vestas, Rusnano Collaborate on Russian Made Wind Components (Int'l)
    Vestas, Rusnano
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has inked a pact with Moscow-based Rusnano with the aim of increasing the production of wind turbine components, supply chain optimization and wind energy related equipment in Russia. Vestas notes it is also considering deploying technologies developed by Rusnano portfolio companies in the manufacturing process.

    The goal of the agreement is to strengthen both Vestas' and Rusnano's positions in the Russian sustainable energy market, according to the Vesta's release. (Source: Vestas, Renewables Now, 6 June, 2019)Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736., chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Rusnano, +7 495 988 5388, (65) 681 0747 - US Office, https://en.rusnano.com

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


    Hannon Armstrong, Summit Ridge Partner on Community Solar Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    Hannon Armstrong,Summit Ridge
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions, and community solar specialist Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) are reporting they will jointly invest in community solar projects across several US markets including Maryland, where the initial solar power plants will come online in Prince George's and Baltimore Counties this summer.

    As part of the agreement, Hannon Armstrong will provide long-term financing to community solar projects developed and acquired by Summit Ridge Energy across multiple states. Summit Ridge is targeting construction of over 250 MW of community solar power over the next few years.

    Hannon Armstrong investments are focused on climate change solutions, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainable infrastructure markets. (Source: Summit Ridge Energy , CleanTechnica, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Hannon Armstrong , Jeffrey Eckel, Pres., CEO, Gil Jenkins , (443) 321-5753, media@hannonarmstrong.com, www.hannonarmstrong.com; Summit Ridge, Steve Raeder, CEO, www.srenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hannon Armstrong,  Community Solar,  Solar,  


    Solar-Powered Poultry House Best Practices Studied (Ind. Report)
    Auburn University, Southern Solar Systems
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Auburn University's National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) and Tyson Foods, Inc report the opening of a 27,000 sq-ft stand-alone solar powered poultry house to be operated completely off the grid in Cullman County, Alabama. A second facility will also be operated exclusively by solar power.

    The first house's power will be generated by photovoltaic (PV) panels with a battery set and generator installed by Southern Solar Systems. On-site researchers from Auburn will compare the two poultry house's energy use with normal poultry house operations over a 12 month period to determine best practices for future similar solar installations. (Source: Auburn University, The Poultry Site, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Auburn University National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) , https://poul.auburn.edu/associates/nptc; Southern Solar Systems, (256) 883-9848, www.southernsolarsys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Auburn University,  Solar,  Tyson Food,  Southern Solar Systems,  


    Notable Quotes -- Two Presidents Comment on Climate Change
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-07
    "While the EU has a set of binding emissions targets for 2020 and 2030, we must now plan for full decarbonization of our European economies by 2050, encouraging the rest of the world to follow suit, and urging in the strongest possible terms the USA to reconsider its regressive and pernicious decision to leave the global Paris agreement." -- Irish President Michael T. Higgins, 5 June, 2019

    "I believe that there's a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don't forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn't working. Then it was called climate change. Now it's actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can't miss. Forty years ago, we had the worst tornado binge we've ever had. In the 1890s, we had our worst hurricanes." -- US Pres. Donald -- aka "The Donald" -- Trump, Good Morning Britain, 5 June, 2019

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


    Taipei Urged to Draft Decarbonization Climate Change Policy (Int'l)
    Taiwan,eep Decarbonization Pathways Project
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In Taiwan, the Taipei-based research university Academia Sinica has released its Taiwan Deep Decarbonization Policy White Paper as a recommendation to the Taiwanese government for developing relevant national strategies aimed at achieving a low carbon future.

    According to the report, Taiwan should follow the mindset of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), a global consortium formed in 2013. Although Taiwan is not a member of the DDPP, it could study the various open-source research and policy recommendations to reduce annual carbon emissions per person to 1.7 metric tons by 2050, which is also a goal set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

    Based on the progress of Taiwan's Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act, it is likely that the country will only be able to reduce carbon emissions per person to 5.4-6 metric tons by 2050, which is far higher than the figure set by the DDPP, the white paper cautioned.

    The study also recommends the government should revisit related government-led strategies concerning carbon trading, energy taxes and draft better incentives for industry and consumers.

    The government should also push a more comprehensive climate act to serve as a national guideline, an create an open and transparent platform so that stakeholders from the public and private sectors can exchange climate change related information.

    Academia Sinica, headquartered in Nangang District, Taipei, is the national academy of the Republic of China. It supports research activities in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from mathematical and physical sciences, to life sciences, the humanities and social sciences. (Source: Academia Sinica, Focus Taiwan, June, 2019) Contact: Academia Sinica, +886 2 2782 2120, www.sinica.edu.tw/en; Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, www.deepdecarbonization.org

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


    Finnish Cities Project Addresses Old Bldg Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Helsinki,Smart City
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In Finland, six housing construction companies in the cities of Helsinki (pop. 631,700) and Vantaa (pop. 217,000) are piloting an Internet of Thing- (IoT-) based solution to inpoyve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in blocks of older flats.

    The project's participating builders installed IoT sensors on several older buildings. Data from the sensors will be analyzed and used to identify the most cost-effective ways of increasing the buildings energy efficiency and thus cut the buildings energy consumption and costs.

    The pilot is part of the Climate-friendly Housing Companies joint venture project between the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and the Green Building Council Finland.

    The project will run until the end of 2020 and will publish a digital guide for housing companies. The project is funded by the 6Aika programme, a joint strategy focusing on sustainable urban development of Finland's six largest cities. (Source: City of Helsinki, Climate-friendly Housing Companies, Smart Cities World, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Climate-friendly Housing Companies, info@forumvirium.fi, www.forumvirium.fi/en/climate-friendly-housing-companies-energy-efficiency-through-data-utilisation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart City,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Greenko Raises $495 Mn for 2.4 GW of Energy Storage (Funding)
    Greenko
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In India, General Insurance Corporation (GIC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) are reporting an agreement to invest $495 million as primary equity in Hyderabad-headquartered renewable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings' planned installation of two 1.2 GW renewable energy storage projects in Pinnarpuram and Saundatti, in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

    The projects are slated for completion in 2022 at an expected cost of approximately $2 billion.

    Greenko aims to establish an efficient energy platform to generate round-the-clock (RTC) power is an attempt to create a reliable and schedulable power generation and eventually replace fossil fuels.The majority of Greenko's installations are in the wind, solar and hydro with a combined capacity of 4.2 GW. (Source: Greenko Energy, MERCOM, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Greenko Energy, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenko,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


    India Launches Emissions Cap-and-Trade System (Int'l. Report)
    Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In New Delhi, the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reporting the launch of a pilot, market-based air polltion and emissions cap-and-trade programme in Gujarat, State. The programme is being initiated in Surat, a heavily populated industrial centre with significant emissions and air pollution.

    The emissions trading programme incorporates continuous emissions monitoring systems to track industry emissions in real time. About 350 Surat area industries have installed continuous emissions monitoring systems, the data from which will be used to implement and carry out industrial pollution audits and set incentives to encourage compliance.

    The Gujarat programme is the first in the world to regulate particulate air pollution, the single-largest threat to human health globally according to the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI). (Source: Gujarat Pollution Control Board, livemint, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Gujarat Pollution Control Board, gpcb.gujarat.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  

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