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Oil-Soaked Alberta Ditches Provincial Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
Alberta Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-06-07
On the Canadian prairies, the province of Alberta reports it has officially approved legislation to kill the self-imposed provincial carbon tax which came into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The oil-soaked province's newly elected Conservative Premier Jason Kenney had vowed to eliminate the carbon tax in his election campaign.

The province had stopped charging the tax last week, although it is still imposed on large CO2 emitters.

Alberta's action will automatically trigger a Canadian liberal government imposed carbon tax of C$20 ($14.91) per ton, increasing by C$10 ($7.46) per year to a high of C$50 ($37.28) per ton in 2022. (Source: CBC News, Kallanish, Various Cdn. Media, 6 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  


UK Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 Target Costs Widely Varied (Int'l)
Carbon Brief,Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2019-06-07
Following up on our 6th May report, the UK, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Treasury) Philip Hammond has reportedly warned outgoing prime minister Theresa May that reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 could cost the UK over £1 trillion, according to the Financil Times newspaper. The Chancellor also noted the target would render some industries "economically uncompetitive without huge government subsidies." adds the FT.

The 2050 net-zero target was recently recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's independent climate advisory body which estimated that reaching net zero would come in at £50 billion a year. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy puts the figure at £70 billion, according to the FT.

The Chancellor and Under-Treasurer of Her Majesty's Exchequer, commonly known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or simply the Chancellor, is a senior official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of Her Majesty's Treasury. The office is a British Cabinet-level position. (£1 = $1.27 US) (Source: Financial Times, Carbon Brief, Various Media, June, 2019) Contact: The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP - GOV.UK www.gov.uk/government/people/philip-hammond; Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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


Forest "Glow" Reveals CO2 Storage Capacity (Ind. Report)
University of Utah
Date: 2019-06-06
Researchers from the University of Utah report they’ve found a way to monitor the total amount of Gross Primary Production (GPP), the chemical energy produced by the process of photosynthesis which can be tracked by satellites in evergreen forests to measure seasonal changes that impact leaf growth and color.

Forests can store large amounts of carbon and so monitoring photosynthesis is an accurate way to track global carbon levels and measure how much CO2 is being stored. For evergreen trees which remain green all year round, it’s challenging to measure photosynthesis and carbon uptake. In the new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found a way to use solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) emitted by evergreen trees to monitor seasonal changes in photosynthesis and GPP. SIF occurs when chlorophyll levels return from a dormant state, and a photon is emitted which produces a faint “glow” not visible to the naked eye. Satellites can now detect SIF glow, and the researchers used scanning spectrometers to measure SIF in an evergreen forest in Colorado. The team found that fluorescence was a reliable indicator of seasonal chlorophyll changes matching the same patterns found in deciduous forests. Having a way to monitor GPP in both evergreen and deciduous forests will help researchers understand how climate change is impacting forests over a large scale.

“Ultimately, measuring the small fluorescent glow from plants will allow us to see exactly timing and magnitude of carbon uptake from the terrestrial biosphere. This will help us understand how forests are responding to climate change and suggest how they might respond to future climate change,” said Troy Magney, research scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a lead author of the study. (Source: University of Utah, earth.com, May, 2019)

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

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

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


Vidul Woody Biomass Power Plant Commissioned in Sri Lanka (Int'l)
Vidullanka PLC
Date: 2019-06-05
In Sri Lanka, Vidullanka PLC is reporting the commissioning and grid connection of its 3.3MW Dehiattakandiya Dendro power plant through its joint venture company, Vidul Biomass (Pvt.) Ltd. The facility will use only locally sourced , fast growing gliricidia -- aka "qickstick" -- as a feedstock.

The project is a Rs.1.45 billion investment jointly undertaken by Vidullanka and OC Energy Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Japanese construction giant, Obayashi Corporation. The investment in Vidul Biomass (Pvt.) Limited is the first of its kind for the Japanese conglomerate in Sri Lanka. The power plant is expected to supply 22 GWh of annual energy to the national grid. (Source: Vidullanka PLC, Daily Mirror, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Vidullanka PLC , Chamil Silva, CEO, + 94 11 4760000 + 94 11 4760076, info@vidullanka.com, www.vidullanka.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Energy,  


HM3 Bioenergy Biomass Plant Plan Scores USFS Funding (Funding)
USFS,HM3 Energy,
Date: 2019-06-05
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is reporting the issuance of grant funding to Gresham, Oregon-based HM3 Energy, a company focused on biomass energy, for a feasibility study for a $4 million woody biomass fired power plant in northern Arizona.

HM3 Energy's torrefaction technology converts biomass such as wood or grain into a coal-like material, according to the company.

The number of unnaturally severe wildfires in forests and range lands has dramatically increased in recent years, with devastating impacts on forests, wildlife, watersheds and communities. By culling out small diameter trees and performing prescribed burns, forest managers are trying to restore forests back to their former natural state, before all wildfires were suppressed. Progress, however, is painfully slow. With little to no market for the slash left after thinning operations, it is usually piled and burned. These pile burns cost forest managers money and severely impact surrounding air quality in rural communities.

HM3 Energy's torrefaction and densification technologies provide a solution to this "biomass bottleneck" by creating a profitable market for the forest slash, turning it into energy dense torrefied wood briquettes that can directly replace coal or wood pellets for dispatchable, baseload electric power generation. The ability to use biomass instead of clean wood chips makes TorrB® torrefied briquettes competitive in price with raw pellets at the coal-fired plant burner tip, according to the company website. (Source: HM3 Energy, KJZZ/Rio Salado College, 3 June, 2019) Contact: HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara, CEO, (503) 674-3380, www.hm3energy.com; U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.fed.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News HM3 Energy,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  USFS,  


Aussie Study says Soil Condition Key to Carbon Storage (Int'l)
Curtin University
Date: 2019-06-05
In the Land Down Under, a just released study from Curtin University in Western Australian has found that the rate at which carbon is stored and released from soil differs vastly depending on a range of factors, across different regions and continents.

"Regionally, the effect of climate on soil carbon storage is dependent on interactions with soil properties, mineralogy and topography. In some regions, climate does not play a role. This shows the need for localized assessments of soil carbon dynamics and a more effective approach to carbon management at local scales."

"To slow the accumulation of greenhouse gases and help mitigate global warming, a better understanding of the factors controlling soil organic carbon storage, its composition and its vulnerability to loss is needed," lead researcher Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel said. (Source: Curtin University, Xinhua, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Curtin University, Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel, +61 8 9266 9266, Fax: +61 8 9266 3131, www.curtin.edu.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Johnson Controls Releases Enterprise Management 2.0 Platform (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2019-06-05
In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting the release of Enterprise Management 2.0, an open, scalable, comprehensive analytics platform with cloud-based versatility that enables enterprises to take a proactive approach to managing a building or an entire portfolio from a single pane of glass.

Enterprise Management is an energy, asset, occupant and tenant billing management system that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to proactively analyze building data across the enterprise to identify opportunities to save money and streamline operations. Some features of the updated platform include:

  • Energy Management: Energy use -- thermal, water, electrical, storage, carbon -- can be tracked, analyzed and managed, allowing users to forecast energy usage in advance and adjust behavior accordingly.

  • Space Performance: Start with data for real understanding of building spaces and how they are used. Uncover underutilized spaces or get the true story behind complaints about conference room overbooking.

  • Data Visualization Widgets: Define a dashboard or use one of the available templates. This puts the power to predict, prioritize, perform, analyze, manage, question and share in the customer's hands.

  • Financial Health & Utility Bill Management: Track and manage each enterprise location with a broad view of costs and returns related to utility consumption, people services (such as cafeteria), space / infrastructure services (such as waste management), plus capital expenses -- all in one easy-to-use app.

  • Asset Performance & Maintenance Management: The Asset Performance App uses Fault Detection & Diagnostics to generate and track work orders, review equipment fault trends, and improves customer experiences. (Source: Johnson Controls, Contractor Business, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • Hawaiian Geothermal Well Permits Under Review (Reg. & Leg.)
    Puna Geothermal Venture
    Date: 2019-06-05
    In the Aloha State, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald is reporting the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources is reviewing Puna Geothermal Venture's applications for two new geothermal wells at the site of a power plant damaged by the 2018 Kilauea eruption. The applications are part of the company's attempt to resume operations after damage to its 38-MW geothermal power plant in Puna on the Big Island.

    According to Department of Land and Natural Resources, the damaged plant produced 31 pct of the island's power and about half of its renewable energy in 2017. (Source: Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, AP, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Puna Geothermal Venture (Ormat), www.hawaiianelectric.com/.../geothermal/puna-geothermal-venture-(pgv); Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources, (808) 587-0400, dlnr.hawaii.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal. Ormat Technologies,  


    Scout Completes MMPA Three Waters Wind Farm PPA (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy,Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy, a Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners portfolio company, reports the inking of 200 MW PPA with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) for the entire renewable energy capacity of the Three Waters Wind Farm in Jackson County, Minnesota.

    The project, which will incorporate up to seventy-one, 2.82 MW GE wind turbines, is expected to begin construction and startup in 2021. Three Waters is being developed and will be owned and operated by Scout Clean Energy.

    Scout is presently developing 2,400 MW of wind energy projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, info@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook, www.quinbrook.com; Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, (507) 285-0478, www.mmpa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    WPD Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Financing Arranged (Int'l Report)
    WPD
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Bremen, Germany-headquartered wind power developer WPD reports receipt of NT$74.2 billion ($2.36 billion) loan for a 640-MW offshore wind farm incorporating 80 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines to be developed 8km off Taiwan's central county of Yunlin. Fifty-four pct of the loan is secured export credit lines at an annual interest rate of 1.7 pct provided by Denmark's EKF, Germany's Euler Hermes and the Netherlands' Atradius, with the remaining 46 pct unsecured project financing from 15 foreign and four Taiwan banks.

    The project, which has a 10-year PPA with state-run Taiwan Power Company, is slated for completion by year-end 2021. WPD holds a 73 pct stake in the wind farm and a Japan-based consortium of Sojiitz, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Chugoku Electric Power, Chudenko and Shikoku Electric Power hold the remaining 27 pct stake. (Source: WPD Taiwan Energy, DigiTimes Taiwan, 3 June, 2019) Contact: WPD, www.wpd.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  WPD,  


    World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Operation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Orstad,Hornsea
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Danish offshore wind farm developer Orsted reports it has begun operations on the 1,214-MW Hornsea One -- the largest offshore wind farm in the world at 1,218 MW capacity.

    The project, which is located 120 km off the Yorkshire Coast, will incorporate 174 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines, 50 of which are currently operational. The wind farm is expected to be fully online in 2020. (Source: Orsted, Windpower Enc., 3 June, 2019)Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Hornsea,  


    RFA Congratulates Husker Ag on Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2019-06-05
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated member company Husker Ag LLC, as it recently produced its one-billionth gallon of corn ethanol. The Plainview, Nebraska facility presently produces over 300,000 gpd of ethanol.

    The Husker Ag facility was originally built by Fagen Inc. and designed by ICM of Colwich, KS. Husker Ag expanded its operations in the fall of 2007 and as of 2017 utilizes more than 26 million bpy of corn to produce about 76 million gpy of denatured ethanol and about 450,000 tpy of modified wet distillers' grain (DDG) for cattle feed. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Husker Ag, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Husker Ag, Seth Harder, Gen. Mgr., (402) 582-4446, www.huskerag.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Corn Ethanol,  Husker Ag,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


    Attis Completes Sunoco Corn Ethanol Plant Acquisition (M&A)
    Attis Industries,Sunoco LP
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Milton, Georgia-headquartered Attis Industries Inc is reporting completion of its $20 million acquisition of Sunoco LP's 100 million gpy corn ethanol plant and grain malting operation in Fulton, New York.

    The transaction includes a 6-month transition services agreement as well as a 10-year offtake agreement for the ethanol produced at the facility.

    According to an Attis release, "today, the United States consumes roughly 19 billion gallons of renewable fuel on an annual basis; however, Attis believes firmly that through the deployment of its innovative and transformative suite of green technologies, yearly production can nearly double while taking advantage of more carbon neutral feedstocks. Desperately needed innovation is required to realign existing production to the Renewable Fuel Standard's goal of 36 billion gallons by 2022." (Source: Attis Industries, Inc. , Website 3 June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisind.com; Sunoco LP, www.sunocolp.com

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


    Delta Acquires Amerlux to Enhance Energy Solutions Offerings (M&A)
    Amerlux
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Fremont, California-based Delta Electronics, Inc., a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, reports closing on its acquisition of Oakland, New Jersey-based LED architectural lighting specialist Amerlux LLC. Under the terms of the transaction, Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta, acquired 100 pct of Amerlux's interests.

    The acquisition will expand Delta IoT-enabled smart green solutions for sustainable buildings and cities, building automation, energy management, commercial and industrial LED lighting, surveillance and indoor environmental quality systems. (Source: Delta Electronic, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Delta Electronics, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, www.amerlux.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delta Electronics.LED Light,  Amerlux,  


    Equinor Pursuing Canary Island Floating Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian energy company Equinor is reportedly interested in developing an €860 million, 200-MW floating wind farm offshore Spain's Gran Canaria island, according to various media.from the coast of Juan Grande.

    Equinor expects to start working on obtaining the necessary permits for the project by the end of the year and to put the wind farm into operation in 2024. If selected, the project is expected to be similar to Equinor's 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm operation. (Source: Equinor, Offshore Wind Biz, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind Farm,  


    Glennmont Raises €850 Mn for Renewables Investments (Int'l)
    Glennmont Partners
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Reuters is reporting London, UK-headquartered fund manager Glennmont Partners has raised €850 million ($947 million) at the final close of its third clean energy fund, which will invest in renewables projects in Europe and Britain.

    Glennmont, which has €2 billion in assets under management, claims to be the world's largest fund manager in terms of investment in clean energy infrastructure. It had aimed to raise €600 million through the Clean Energy Fund III but exceeded the target. (Source Glennmont Partners, Reuters, 3 June, 2019)Contact: Glennmont Partners, www.glennmont.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Glennmont Partners,  Renewable Energy,  


    Va. Public Power Cities Seek Solar, Storage RFPs (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-06-05
    In the Old Dominion State, the Virginia public power cities of Danville and Martinsville, along with Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, are seeking proposals from developers for stand-alone solar, stand-alone energy storage or a combination of solar and storage under a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on May 31.

    Central Virginia Electric Cooperative anticipates participation in a total of 10 MW (AC) of solar and 2--3 MW of storage and to that end may participate in multiple project options. Danville anticipates participation in up to two facilities of 2--3 MW of stand-alone storage only, while Martinsville is interested in 5 MW (AC) of stand-alone solar and 5 MW (AC) of solar and 2--3 MW of storage.

    The projects, which will be located behind the distribution meter at various utility substations, are intended to reduce transmission and capacity demand. In addition to capacity and transmission cost reduction, the solar generation is expected to reduce the load requirements for Martinsville and Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and provide solar renewable energy certificates.

    Download RFP information HERE. Proposals are due July 1, 2019. ( Source: American Public Power Assoc., 3 June, 2019)


    Aggreko Delivers Energy Storage for National Grid US (Ind. Report)
    Aggreko,National Grid US
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Glasagow, Scotland-based Aggreko reports the installation of a 2MW/3.8MWh battery storage system for National Grid US in Pulaski, New York. The system, which is the first of its kind in National Grid's U.S. service area, will provide supplementary electricity load relief at peak demand times, lower customer energy costs and enhance grid stability in the upstate New York area.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. (Source: Aggreko, National Grid US, Smart Energy, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Aggreko, www.aggreko.com; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid US,  Aggreko,  Energy Storage,  


    Duquesne Acquires TEN Energy Efficiency Solutions Provider (M&A)
    Duquesne Light Holdings
    Date: 2019-06-05
    In the Steel City, Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. (DLH), the parent company of Duquesne Light Company (DLC) and DQE Communications LLC, has announced the acquisition of the majority equity interest of TEN Inc., a Pittsburgh-based provider that enables large bisiness, governments and institutions meet their energy efficiency and sustainability goals. TEN's client list includes multiple projects for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Energy Savings Program.

    Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. is an energy services holding company formed in 1989 to serve as the holding company for Duquesne Light Company, a regulated electric public utility, Contact: DLC, DLH, Steve Malnight, Pres. and CEO, www.duquesnelight.com; TEN, Troy Geanopulos, CEO, www.tensaves.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duquesne Light Company,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Netherlands Calls for Minimum CO2 Emissions Price (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-06-05
    In Amsterdam, the Government of the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte has proposed legislation setting a minimum price of €12.30 per tonne of CO2 emissions by electricity producers. If approved by parliament, the law would come into force in Jan., 2020, rising to €31.90 in 2030. The Dutch carbon tax would supplement the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS). (Source: Gov. of the Netherlands, Reuters, June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Candidate Biden Touts Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 Climate Plan (2020 Climate Change Campaign Report)
    Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Democratic former Vice President and 2020 Presidential hopeful this week launched his Climate Plan to attack climate change. The Biden climate plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal money along with a mix of executive orders and legislation that would transition the U.S. to net-zero emissions "no later than 2050" while also protecting workers' rights to organize and a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities of color. In short, Biden's plan is in line with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal and various climate plans released by other presidential wannabes and contenders.

    "The Biden plan will be paid for by reversing the excesses of the Trump tax cuts for corporations, reducing incentives for tax havens, evasion, and outsourcing, ensuring corporations pay their fair share," according to a Biden campaign press release.

    Download Biden's Climate plan outline HERE. (Source: Joe Biden Presidential Campaign, Various Media, Earther, 4 June, 2019)

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


    Climate Change Pres. Deal Maker/Breaker (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Recent polls suggest that climate change will be a central issue for voters in the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Thirty-eight pct of poll participants indicated that the topic is "very important" for their decision, according to a George Mason University poll, the results of which are consistent with similar polls by Manmouth University and CNN.

    A CNN poll found 82 pct of Democrats say it is "very important" that candidates take aggressive action to combat the climate crisis.

    In 2016, no candidate had a specific climate platform, but reports indicate that this year, candidates will need to detail specific action plans if they hope to be taken seriously. Many progressive democrats are demanding candidates formally endorse the Green New Deal, while others expect candidates to refuse campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. (Source: Inhabitat, CNN,Reuters, 20 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


    Enviva Resets Global Sourcing Policy (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings, LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, reports it is enhancing its responsible sourcing policy to better accomplish its commitment to the highest possible standards in sustainability.

    In resetting its sustainability goals, Enviva solicited feedback from independent organizations, including NGOs, state wildlife agencies, foresters, and other stakeholders, including the Longleaf Alliance, which is dedicated to restoring the longleaf ecosystems in the Southeastern U.S., and the Earthworm Foundation -- fka the Forest Trust. The various group's input is being considered in a pilot project near Enviva's new Hamlet plant in Richmond County, North Carolina.

    Through the new responsible sourcing policy, Enviva will enhance and expand its High Conservation Value (HCV) forest policy and practices to ensure that Enviva is protecting and/or improving the wide range of HCV forests in its sourcing regions. (Source:: Enviva Holdings, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP and CSO, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Schneider Electric eyeing Greece’s EUR 1.5 billion smart meter project
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-06-04
    Schneider Electric has contacted the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) to express interest in the replacement of around 7.5 million conventional electricity meters with smart meters, The project to replace conventional electricity meters with smart meters, implemented by HEDNO, whose Greek acronym is DEDDIE, is worth €1.5 billion, the portal wrote. Schneider Electric, which is already cooperating with HEDNO on other projects, is now waiting for the Greek power grid operator to announce the details regarding tendering for the smart meter project, in which it will be participating, according to the report. According to the report, the scenarios on the table include the implementation of the project via private funds, through a public-private partnership (PPP), and by a strategic investor. The most likely scenario, presented in late April to the board of Public Power Corporation (PPC), envisages the creation of a subsidiary to which the existing analog meters will be passed on, and then the entry into that entity of a strategic investor with a 49% stake so as to ensure the financing of the project, the portal wrote.

    Replacing the analog meters with digital ones will allow for the management of energy both by the grid operator and by consumers, while efficiently dealing with the problem of electricity theft for good, according to the report.

    Schneider Electric recently installed an energy management system in the network of Italian power company Enel, which has led to savings of some 30%, the report adds. (Source: Schneider Electric, Balkan Green Energy News, 4 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric news,  


    Velocys Proposed Natchez Biorefinery on Track (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2019-06-03
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting its proposed biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi, has completed the environmental assessment required under the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as approximately 1,000 hours of integrated demonstrations processing dry Southern yellow pine wood chips to fuels in North Carolina at a rate of 4 metric tpd.

    According to the company, the wood chip-to-fuel demonstration allowed it to demonstrate actual biofuel yields from representative feedstock and actual syngas composition. The proposed 20 MMgy Natchez facility is expected to begin operations in 2024. (Source: Velocys, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    Slovenian Eco Fund Biomass Heating Grants Expanded (Int'l Report)
    Woodd Biomass
    Date: 2019-06-03
    Slovenia's Environmental Public Fund (Eko Sklad) reports it has expanded it grants program for the installation of woody biomass fired heating equipment to replace inefficient old oil and gas-fired heating devices in residential buildings. Previously, the same grants were available in municipalities but are now offered nationwide. The grants cover 100 pcy of installation costs and are available to both low-income building owners and tenants, according the the release. (Source: Eko Sklad, Balkan Green Energy News, 30 May, 2019)Contact: Eko Sklad, +386 1 241 48 20, Fax - +386 1 214 48 60, ekosklad@ekosklad.si, www.ekosklad.si

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


    Aussie Super Fund Buildings Rated Carbon Neutral (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Neutral
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In the Land Down Under, the $11 billion Local Government Super superannuation fund reports its buildings portfolio has achieved carbon neutral certification by NABERS, a New South Wales Government administered building environmental rating program. To meet the requirements of the standard, Local Government Super purchased dual credit offset units supplied by Greenfleet, which will result in 5000 native trees being planted in Eastern Australia. In 2017, Local Government Super achieved a separate five star "green" rating for its direct property portfolio's energy efficiency -- first property portfolio to achieve that rating in Australia.

    Local Government Super's property portfolio is the first NABERS rated portfolio to achieve carbon neutral certification against the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings. (Source: Local Government Super Financial Standard, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Local Government Super, www.lgsuper.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


    Aussie Super Fund Buildings Rated Carbon Neutral (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-06-03
    In the Land Down Under, the $11 billion Local Government Super superannuation fund reports its buildings portfolio has achieved carbon neutral certification by NABERS, a New South Wales Government administered building environmental rating program.

    To meet the requirements of the standard, Local Government Super purchased dual credit offset units supplied by Greenfleet, which will result in 5000 native trees being planted in Eastern Australia.

    In 2017, Local Government Super achieved a separate five star "green" rating for its direct property portfolio -- it was also the first property portfolio to achieve that rating in Australia.

    Local Government Super's property portfolio is the first NABERS rated portfolio to achieve carbon neutral certification against the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings. (Source: Local Government Super Financial Standard, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Local Government Super, www.lgsuper.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  


    Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2019-06-03
    "In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

    "There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

    "Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

    "The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Xcel Energy Carbon Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In its recently released annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy reports that it reduced carbon emissions 38 pct from 2005 levels -- ahead of industry reductions -- as it aims by 2050 to deliver 100 pct carbon-free electricity. The company notes it is currently on pace to reach its interim goal to cut carbon 80 pct by 2030.

    Xcel Energy's annual Corporate Responsibility Report tracks non-financial performance and includes information related to environmental impact, safety, economic development, community giving and workplace programs.

    Download Xcel Energy's Destination 2050: Building the Future -- 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report HERE. (Source: Xcel Energy, PR, BusinessWire, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy Media Relations (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com

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


    EPA Now Allows E15 Ethanol Blend Summer Sales (Reg & Leg Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-06-03
    Today in Washington, the US EPA announced the ending a summertime ban on the E15 blend imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the higher ethanol blend. Until the change, the only ethanol blend fuel typically found in summer months was a 10 pct (E10) ethanol blend . The move may well be challenged by environmental groups on the grounds that the U.S. Clean Air Act disallows year-round E15 sales over smog and air quality concerns.

    The change removes a barrier to wider sales of E15 and is expected to expand the market for ethanol -- although immediate effects on the market are expected to be minimal since only about 1,000 to 1,500 of more than 150,000 U.S. gas stations currently sell the higher-ethanol blend, according to the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. (Source: EPA, PBS New, 31 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E15 news,  Ethanol Blend news,  


    New Credit Card Limits Climate Impact (Ind. Report)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2019-06-03
    Swedish financial company Doconnomy is touting a new credit card that allows consumers to track and offset the emissions related their purchases.

    The card uses the Aland Index to quantify consumers' carbon footprint and compute offset costs using the World Bank's carbon price. Consumers can use the data supplied to either reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change, or to buy offset credits from UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions.

    Users can also directly compensate for their GHG emissions, through projects meeting the criteria of UN-certified green projects. To identify the carbon dioxide (CO2) impact of each transaction, the Do card uses the Aland Index, developed in 2017 by Bank of Aland in Finland.

    Partnering with the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the initiative encourages users to compensate their carbon footprints in UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions. The projects are implemented in developing countries and are rewarded with Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) as well as Gold Standard. Ranging from cleaner-burning cook stoves to wind-generated electricity and clean waste disposal, all projects contribute to global emissions reductionsA savings product by the company offers an interest rate that includes investment in climate-friendly projects. (Source: UNFCCC Press Release, 30 April, 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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


    RI PUC OK's Nat. Grid, Revolution Offshore Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Revolution Wind Farm
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In Warwick, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports its unanimous approval of the 20-year PPA under which National Grid will buy power from the 400-MW Revolution Wind Farm being developed in Rhode Island Sound by Danish-owned Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Boston-based energy company Eversource.

    National Grid will pay 9.8 cents per kilowatt-hour as part of a deal that state energy officials estimate could save Rhode Island electric consumers $90 million over the life of the contract -- roughly 50 cents per month for the typical customer.

    The Revolution project is expected to generate sufficient energy for approximately 270,000 homes when it comes online in 2023. (Source: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Fall River Herald, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, (401) 941-4500, www.ripuc.org; Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, danil@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Revolution Wind Farm,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    Dallas Renewables Contract Cuts Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    City of Dallas
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In the Lone Star State, the City of Dallas reports entered into a new 10-year contract with TXU Energy that will power all city facilities with 100 pct offsite wind and solar energy at a 26 pct lower energy rate than the city previously paid.

    The projected new contract is valued at $472.6 million, including energy costs and regulated Oncor transmission and distribution costs.

    The new contract is expected to save nearly $80 million in energy costs over the 10-year term of the contract compared to the current contract. This includes a projected $3.66 million savings in the current budget year between June 1st and September 30th, and $7.85 million overall projected savings annually in the next budget year and beyond. (Source: City of Dallas, PR, 29 May, 2019) Contact: City of Dallas, T.C. Broadnax, City Mgr., www.dallascityhall.com; TXU Energy, www.txu.com

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


    Renewable Energy in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
    Sustainable Pittsburgh
    Date: 2019-06-03
    "In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

    "There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

    "Just recently, a bipartisan group of state senators announced legislation that would update Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to include a target of 30 pct energy from Tier 1 renewable sources by 2030. This piece of legislation, Senate Bill 600, is growing in support and has a House companion bill, House Bill 1195.

    "Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

    "The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

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


    UK Waste Wood Biomass Demand Soars (Int'l. Report)
    Wood Recyclers Association
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In the UK, the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) is reporting the amount of processed waste wood in the UK being used in the biomass energy sector jumped by 24 pct to 2.1 million tonnes in 2018. But, less waste wood is arising overall with total volumes falling by 500,000 tonnes last year to 4.5 million tonnes.

    The WRA data is seen as giving the clearest indication of the waste wood market as there is no government data and members of the Association represent more than 90% of the market. Total waste wood on the market fell by 500,000 tonnes in 2018, the WRA statistics show

    The data shows that biomass for energy now accounts for more than 56 pct of the processed waste wood market usage, up from 46 pct in 2017. With the export market taking 8 pct of production primarily for biomass, the overall amount of waste wood going for burning in biomass plants now represents nearly two thirds of all waste wood processed in the UK. (Source: Wood Recyclers Association, Lets Recycle, June, 2019) Contact: Wood Recyclers Association, Jill Turner, +44 0 330 325 0490, director@woodrecyclers.org, www.woodrecyclers.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Recyclers Association,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    Potentia Acquiring Goldwind Montana Wind Facility (M&A Report)
    Goldwing, Potentia Renewables
    Date: 2019-06-03
    Goldwind is reporting the sale of its 20 MW Musselshell Wind Project in Montana to Toronto-headquartered Potentia Renewables. The project features a total of 14 Goldwind 87/1.5 MW permanent-magnet direct-drive turbines which will be serviced and maintained by Goldwind.

    With this acquisition, Potentia now has over 850 MW of operating, under-construction and long-term contracted wind and solar assets in Canada, United States and the Caribbean, according to the company. (Source: Goldwind, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Potentia Renewables, Jeff Jenner, CEO .(416) 703-1911, www.potentiarenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwing,  Potentia Renewables,  Wind,  


    Siemens Adding Battery Storage to BASF Gas Power Plant (Int'l)
    Siemens,BASF
    Date: 2019-06-03
    Siemens will install a battery storage system as part of the overhaul of a gas power plant for chemicals giant BASF. As well as replacing the gas turbines at the industrial power plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, a SIESTART battery system has been installed to provide blackstart capabilities. Siemens will also provide a 15-year service contract.

    The battery system will be provided by Fluence, the joint venture between AES and Siemens. The company said BASF will benefit from blackstart capabilities, islanding, if required, and a more reliable power supply. (Source: Siemens, Energy Storage News, 30 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens news,  Energy Storage news,  BASF news,  


    CDN Carbon Tax Funds Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna is reporting the launch of launching a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses to get back up to half the cost of buying more energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

    It's expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.

    A separate program will allow businesses to apply to get rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million. The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20-a-tonne carbon price imposed April 1, 2019. (Source:Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada Press, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Catherine McKenna,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


    Bipartisan Building Energy Efficiency Legislation Tabled (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In Washington, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) have introduced the Commercial, Low Emissions and Net Energy Reduction (CLEANER) Buildings Act of 2019 which would extend the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings. If this incentive is renewed, the deduction -- aka 179D -- could generate thousands of new design and construction jobs and contribute millions to the gross domestic product, according to the release.

    Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.

    Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, www.vandrew.house.gov; Rep Mike Kelly, https://kelly.house.gov; Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Alliance to Save Energy,  


    NRStor Acquires Ontario Energy Storage Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
    NRStor,Temporal Power
    Date: 2019-06-01
    Toronto-based energy storage specialist NRStor Inc. is reporting its acquisition of a 5MW connected energy storage facility, located in Clear Creek, Ontario. The Clear Creek facility was originally built by Mississauga-based Temporal Power to showcase its industry-leading flywheel energy storage technology. With this acquisition, NRStor expands its flywheel energy storage portfolio, which already includes Canada's first grid-scale flywheel energy storage facility in Minto, Ontario. NRStor expects to have the full hybrid battery and flywheel system operational in 2020.

    The facility is optimally located adjacent to a 20 megawatt (MW) wind farm and existing Hydro One electrical infrastructure. With support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Hydro One, the facility originally demonstrated the effectiveness of distributed energy resources (DERs) and successfully completed reactive power validation and power quality testing. Ten 500 kilowatt (kW) flywheels were deployed in a modular arrangement to deliver 10 MW of flexible range (+/-5 MW) to the Ontario grid. (Source: NRStor Inc., PR, 30 May, 2019) Temporal Power, (905) 581-4474, www.temporalpower.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRStor news,  Energy Storage news,  Flywheel news,  Temporal Power news,  


    Ottawa Announces $30Mn in Clean Energy Investments (Funding)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2019-05-31
    . On Monday in Vancouver, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Hon. Amarjeet Sohi announced a new $30-million clean energy investment fund, $15.5 million of which will support remote First Nations communities that rely largely on diesel power.

    The largest investment is $10.4 million in Haida Gwaii, B.C. where the villages of Old Masset and Skidegate are planning to transition to 100 pct renewable energy -- increased power production from an existing hydro dam, and installation of 2 megawatts of solar power and power storage. Other funding a includes a $1.5 million woody biomass heating project; a $2.1 million college building energy retrofit project; and $1.5 million to Carbon Upcycling Technologies for a carbon capture and reuse project in Calgary. The Minister noted the federal government earmarked $1 billion in the last federal budget for energy efficiency initiatives. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, JWN, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. Minister, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    1,000-MW Utah Energy Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Holloday, Utah-based Magnum Development are reporting plans to develop 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy storage in a Magnum-owned salt cavern in central Utah.

    The two firm's Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project will deploy four types of energy storage technologies at utility scale, which include renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells.

    The project is sited adjacent to the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project and will connect with the Western US power grid using existing infrastructure, according to the company. (Source: Magnum Development , Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Energy Manager, 29 May., 2019) Contact: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, www.amer.mhps.com; Magnum Development, Craig Broussard, CEO , (801) 993-7001, www.magnumdev.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems,  Energy Storage,  


    CO2 Emissions Monitoring Satellites to Launch in 2025 (Int'l)
    European Space Agency
    Date: 2019-05-31
    In Paris, the European Space Agency (ESA) is reporting plans to launch three satellites to monitor world-wide carbon emissions collate emissions and climate change data for the UN global assessment of greenhouse gas emissions in 2028. The planned 2025 launch will form the world's first planet-wide emissions observation system.

    Currently, CO2 emissions are measured by conducting "inventories" of fuel burning on a country-by-country basis which, while it can provide a workable estimate of global emissions figures, is affected by poor measuring and reporting protocols by a number of national governments. It is also limited by the scope of the observation equipment used on satellites presently used to measure emissions and track climate change. The new satellites will orbit the planet 14 times a day, passing over each individual source of CO2 emissions approximately every two to three days. (Source: European Space Agency, Government Europa, 29 May, 2019) Contact: European Space Agency, Mark Drinkwater, +33 1 53 69 76 54, www.esa.int

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


    Smartcool Systems Launches German Subsidiary (Int'l Report)
    Smartcool Systems
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Vancouver-based Smartcool Systems Inc. is reporting the launch of Smartcool Systems GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary in Germany, that will sell and service Smartcool's services, proprietary optimization technology and products directly to the German market.

    Dr. Georg Hochwimmer will manage the subsidiary's operations and develop a German sales team, according to a company release. (Source: Smartcool, Streetwise Reports, Ap., 2019) Contact: SmartCool, Ted Konyi, CEO, James Martin, Bus. Dev, (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net

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    Big Pharma GHG Emissions Higher Than Auto Industry's (Ind Report)
    The Conversation
    Date: 2019-05-31
    A recent study from The Conversation, an Australian not-for-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from academics and researchers, notes that the "global pharmaceutical industry is not only a significant contributor to global warming, but it is also dirtier than the global automotive production sector."

    More than 200 companies represent the global pharmaceutical market, yet only 25 consistently reported their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions in the past five years. Of those, only 15 reported their emissions since 2012, the report notes.

    According to the report, the total global emissions of the pharma sector amounts to about 52 megatonnes of CO2e in 2015, more than the 46.4 megatonnes of CO2e generated by the automotive sector in the same year. The reports calculates the value of the pharma market is smaller than the automotive market the pharma market is 28 pct smaller yet 13 pct more polluting than the automotive sector. (Source: The Conversation, 27 May, 2019) (Contact: The Conversation, www.theconversation.com

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


    TOTAL's Palm Oil Biodiesel Plant Set for Startup (Int'l Report)
    Total
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Paris-headquartered French energy major TOTAL is reporting the impending start-up of its often delayed 500,000 tpy palm oil biodiesel refinery in La Mede in southern France. The facility is expected to begin production within "two weeks."

    TOTAL has committed to use less than 300,000 tonnes of crude palm oil per year at La Mede out of a total of 650,000 tonnes of feed stocks which could include oils from other plants, recycled animal fat, cooking oil and industrial oil. (Source: TOTAL, Indian Economic Times, May, 2019) Contact: TOTAL, Patrick Pouyanne, CEO, www.total.com

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    Risen Claims Multi-busbar Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Ind Report)
    Risen Energy
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Chinese solar technology specialist Risen Energy Co. Ltd. is reporting its proprietary cast-mono five-busbar cell has achieved an efficiency of 22.05 pct while its multi-busbar monocrystalline cell has realized a maximum conversion efficiency of 23.08 pct and an average efficiency of 22.73 pct.

    Risen's five-busbar cell includes double-sided passivation, antireflective films, electro-injection passivation and slurry improvement. This is the first time that a cast-mono five-busbar cell has successfully exceeded 22 pct in efficiency.

    Compared with the five-busbar cell, the multi-busbar monocrystalline cell features a more optimized metallized contact technology, which effectively reduces the shading area, enhances the ability to collect carriers while reducing the incidence of cracks, contributing to a significantly higher conversion efficiency. A further cost reduction is realized with decreased use of silver slurry. (Source: Risen Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Tel:0086-574-59953588, www.risenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    Glenwood Springs Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Glenwood Springs
    Date: 2019-05-31
    In Colorado, the Glenwood Springs City Council reports its unanimous approval of a resolution to purchase all of Glenwood Springs' electricity from clean wind energy from the city's power supplier the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN). With passage of the resolution the city of roughly 10,000 residents becomes the seventh city in the country to be powered 100 pct by renewable energy.

    MEAN is bringing the equivalent wind power onto its grid to provide for all of the electricity in Glenwood Springs. As other communities follow in Glenwood's path, MEAN will increase the total renewables on the grid, benefiting all the members.

    According to MEAN, move to 100 pct wind saves the environment 77,156 tpy of CO2 emission that the City of Glenwood Springs would have "created" using MEAN fossil fuel plants to generate power. (Source: MEAN, City of Glenwood Springs, PR, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, (402) 474-4759, www.nmppenergy.org/mean; City of Glenwood Springs, (970) 384-6400, www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Malaysian Palm Oil Biodiesel to be Tested in Beijing Pilot (Int'l)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2019-05-31
    In Beijing, 180 sanitary trucks will be fueled with Malaysian palm oil biodiesel in a 20 month pilot project carried out by Tsinghua University in collaboration with Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). The tests will be conducted with blended biodiesel containing 5 pct, 10 pct and 20 pct of palm oil respectively.

    Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy is a subsidiary of TUS Clean Energy, a commercial arm of Tsinghua University. Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy plans to invest in a project to modify an existing biodiesel plant in Malaysia using its enzymatic technology.

    . Malaysia has implemented a domestic 10 pct palm biodiesel and 90 pct petrol diesel (B10) program in its national transportation sector. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, The Star, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Tsinghua University, www.tsinghua.edu.cn; Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy, en.tusholdings.com/index.php/59682c1b03b?zid=3; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

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