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Trump Expands on DoE Light Bulb Standard Rollback (Notable Quote}
Trump
Date: 2019-11-06
"The light bulb. People said what's with the light bulb. I said here's the story, and I looked at it. The bulb that we're being forced to use. Number one, to me, most importantly, the light's no good. I always look orange. And so do you. The light is the worst." -- Pres. Donald Trump.

Commenting on the President's dodgy logic, Alex Young of Consequences of Sound Radio noted: "So to recap, we're killing the environment to suffice the fragile ego of a man who made himself orange because he used a garbage tanning bed and now he can't handle being called a Cheeto." (Source: Consequences of Sound Radio, 14 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lightbuld news,  Trump news,  


NRDC Fighting DoE Lightbulb Standards Rollback (Reg. & Leg.)
NRDC,Earthjustice
Date: 2019-11-06
The NYC-headquartered Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and others have filed suit against the US DoE for its rollback of established light bulb efficiency standards in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. According to the NRDC, the "DOE's latest rollback follows a pattern of repeatedly delaying, stalling, and weakening energy efficiency requirements."

In 2007, Republican President George W. Bush signed bipartisan legislation to phase out inefficient incandescent and halogen light bulbs by 1 January 2020. The first tier of standards (phased in between 2012 and 2014) required light bulbs to use 25 to 30 pct less energy than old-style incandescent bulbs. The second tier was due to become effective in 2020, requiring everyday "general service" light bulbs to use about 65 pct less energy.

The lawsuits contend the Trump administration's DoE acted illegally in reversing its 2-year-old rules expanding the types of bulbs required to become more energy efficient as of 1 January 2020, under a law passed by Congress in 2007.

DOE announced this year that it was reversing that decision even though almost 64,000 comments were registered against the rollback, including 37 major electric utilities serving 55 million customers in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Five lighting companies, and their trade association support the DoE's rollback. (Source: NRDC, Smart Energy, Nov., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Kit Kennedy, Snr. Dir. Climate and Clean Energy Programme, 212.727.2700, nrdcinfo@nrdc.org, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Earthjusice,  Light Bulb Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


I-80 Alt. Fuels Corridor Wins Federal Support (Funding Report)
Illinois DOT
Date: 2019-11-06
The Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting receipt of federal funding for an alternative fuel -- natural gas, electric vehicle -- corridor on Interstate 80 from New Jersey to the Iowa-Nebraska border.

The $70,000 in federal funds will be combined with $10,000 each from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The money will be used to identify gaps along Interstate 80 where fueling and charging facilities aren't available, and to help provide those options, according to the Illinois DOT release. (Source: Illinois DOT, Chicago 5, 2 Nov., 2019) Contact: Illinois DOT, www.idot.illinois.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  


Global Energy Efficiency Growth Falls to Decade Low (Int'l. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-11-06
According to Energy Efficiency 2019, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the rate of progress in global energy efficiency for 2018 was the lowest in a decade. At the same time, global primary energy intensity improved by just 1.2 pct, the slowest rate since the start of this decade.

The rate of improvement has now declined for three years in a row, leaving it well below the 3 pct minimum that is central to achieving global climate and energy goals, according to an IEA statement.

The IEA report finds the recent deceleration in efficiency progress is a result of social and economic trends, combined with some specific factors such as extreme weather. At the same time, policy measures and investments are failing to keep pace with the rising energy demand. This means that new ways of policy thinking that move beyond traditional approaches are required, particularly to maximize the potential efficiency gains from the rapid spread of digital technologies throughout economies and energy systems.

The report includes a special focus on the ways in which digitalization is transforming energy efficiency and increasing its value. By multiplying the interconnections among buildings, appliances, equipment and transport systems, digitalization is providing energy efficiency gains beyond what was possible when these areas remained largely disconnected, according to the report. (Source: International Energy Agency, Economic Times, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Energy Efficiency,  


Allied Irish Bank Offers Lower "Green" Mortgage Rate (Int'l.)
Allied Irish Bank
Date: 2019-11-06
In Dublin, Allied Irish Bank (AIB) reports it is offering a low-rate mortgage for energy efficient homes. The five year fixed rate green mortgage will be available to the bank's new and existing mortgage holders whose homes have a building energy rating of between A1 and B3. The rate charged on the loan will be 2.5% for 5 years -- 0.35 pct lower than a similar AIB mortgage on a property that doesn't meet the energy efficiency requirements. The "green" mortgage product is only available for private dwelling houses and not investment or commercial properties. (Source: AIB, RTE, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: Allied Irish Bank, +353 1 6600311, www.aib.ie

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


Urbantech Supports Sustainable Cities Focused Startups (Int'l.)
Urbantech
Date: 2019-11-06
In Denmark, ten startups ranging from energy-producing windows to geotechnical analysis systems development, have been selected by Danish companies to participate in the Urbantech Program supporting the development of new solutions for the cities of the future.

The goal is to help these startups scale-up their businesses and make construction, buildings and energy systems more efficient and flexible, and public spaces more multifunctional. The ten startups selected for the program include:

  • Next Energy Technologies, a US firm whose cutting edge solar technology transforms windows into energy producing assets with unsurpassed aesthetics, performance, and economics.

  • Luxembourg's AIRBOXLAB's Foobot, which monitors 24/7 indoor air pollution and creates Demand Control ventilation, filtration and purification through algorithms.

  • Spanish SAALG Geomechanics, a software solution based on inverse analysis, cloud computing and machine learning algorithms to minimize geotechnical uncertainties.

  • Anyware Solutions from Denmark, which offers a unique Customer Engagement and Analytics Platform for partners based on data collected by the award-winning Smart Adaptor.

  • German Moeco is a blockchain-powered platform designed to provide global IoT connectivity

  • Norwegian startup Bimsync by Catenda saves time, money and the environment. It is the next generation cloud based collaboration platform where construction information comes alive.

  • Danish PurCity has developed a self-cleaning and highly-efficient air purification system that can be easily integrated into any new or existing building and turn them into large scale air purification systems.

  • German startup RYSTA facilitates sustainable protection of real estate assets by providing a modular IoT monitoring solution to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

  • German startup Powerfox provides a solution that makes household energy data available for various parties on a scalable platform.

  • UK-based OrxaGrid provide smart solutions through retrofitting IoT sensor devices on critical grid nodes and predicting efficiency improvements.

    The Urbantech Program is a collaboration between private companies and is supported by the philanthropic association Realdania and The Danish Industry Foundation. Urbantech is run by Rainmaking in collaboration with BLOXHUB, Danish Design Centre, Danish Architecture Center and Amazon Web Services. (Source: Urbantech Program, EU-Startups, Nov., 2019) Contact: Urbantech Program, urbantech@rainmaking.io, www.urbantechprogram.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainability,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine Expected on Line This Year (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Windplus,ABS,Principle Power
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP, ENGIE and Repsol along with clean energy firm Principle Power, is touting the development of an 8.4MW floating offshore wind turbine to be deployed in Viana do Castello, Portugal. The turbine is expected to come online before the year end.

    The wind turbine has been developed by ABS Group and is the first of three ABS-classed, SEMI Submersible Type units that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. (Source: Principle Power, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  ABS Group,  Windplus,  Repsol,  Windfloat Atlantic,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    ENGIE Africa Commissions 262.5MW Egyptian Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    ENGIE Africa,Ras Ghareb Wind Energy
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Independent energy producer, ENGIE Africa is reporting the ahead of schedule commissioning and grid connection of the 262.5MW Ras Ghareb wind farm on the Gulf of Suez. The project's power is being sold to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) under a 20-year PPA .

    The project New Cairo-based company, Ras Ghareb Wind Energy SAE is 40 pct owned by ENGIE, 40 pct by Toyota Tsusho Corporation/Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation and 20 pct by Orascom Construction.

    The $380 million project is the first wind farm tendered on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) scheme and is part of the Egyptian government's drive to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix with a target wind generation capacity of 7GW by 2022. (Source: ENGIE Africa, ESI Africa, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: ENGIE Africa, www.engie-africa.com/en; Ras Ghareb Wind Energy, +20 12 00 00 28 76, www.rgwe.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE Africa,  Wind,  Egypt Wind,  


    $1Bn Chinese LNG Terminal Plan Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Suntien Green Energy Company
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Hong Kong-headquartered independent natural gas distributor and wind energy developer Suntien Green Energy Company is reporting plans to construct a 5 mtpa, $1 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in northern China by 2023. The project is backed by the Hebei provincial government,

    The project will initially incorporate 8, 200,000 cubic meter storage tanks and berthing for LNG tankers between 80,000 and 266,000 cubic meters, according to Kallanish Energy coverage. (Source: Suntien Green Energy Company, Kallanish Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Suntien Green Energy Company, www.marketscreener.com/CHINA-SUNTIEN-GREEN-ENERG-6782039/company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  


    Terrapin Geothermics AB Geothermal Tests Approved (Ind Report)
    Terrapin Geothermics
    Date: 2019-11-06
    On the Canadian prairies, Edmonton, Alberta-based Terrapin Geothermics is reporting Alberta's first geothermal power plant has been given the nod by the government of Alberta to begin testing the geothermal potential for its Greenview geothermal power project in the Municipal District of Greenview.

    The testing will allow Terrapin to apply for required provincial regulatory approvals for the project, the first of its kind in the province.

    The $50 million (Cdn) project is being partially funded by Natural Resources Canada and is expected to be completed in three years. The 5 MW project is a joint venture between Terrapin Geothermaics, PC Construction and the Municipal District of Greenview. (Source: Terrapin Geothermics, Hydrogen News, Nov., 2019) Contact: Terrapin Geothermics, (780) 232-0339, www.terrapingeo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


    UK Carbon Credit Scheme to Incentivize Tree Planting (Int'l)
    DEFRA
    Date: 2019-11-06
    In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is launching a new £50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme to boost tree-planting rates to combat climate change. The scheme promises landowners and farmers a long-term income stream to encourage them to create new woodlands.

    The government is committed to planting 11 million trees by 2022, as part of its effort to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 to tackle climate change.

    Under the new scheme, farmers can sell the carbon dioxide they capture by growing trees in the form of Woodland Carbon Units (verified carbon credits) to the government for a guaranteed price every five or 10 years up to 2055/56. (Source: DEFRA, Farmers Weekly, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Woodland Carbon Guarantee, www.gov.uk/guidance/woodland-carbon-guarantee; DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

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


    EDF Acquiring UK Battery Energy Storage Startup (M&A, Int'l.)
    EDF Energy,Pivot Power
    Date: 2019-11-06
    EDF Group reports it is acquiring UK battery energy storage startup Pivot Power on undisclosed terms. Pivot is developing 40 sites of 50MW storage capacity, each combined with rapid charging services for the road transport network.

    Under the deal, the Pivot Power brand and name will continue as a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, and will be steered by its existing management team. (Source: EDF Group, Network, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: Pivot Power, Matt Allen, CEO, www.pivot-power.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy ,  Pivot Power,  Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    GEVO to Supply Renewable Isobutanol to Seattle Fleet (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Englewood, Colorado-based renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports winning a 4 year contract, with 3, two-year extensions, to supply 200,000 gpy of renewable isobutanol and 600,000 gpy renewable isooctane to the City of Seattle. The deal is part of the city's Green Fleet Action Plan (GFAP) to tackle its fleet emissions .

    Gevo has partnered with two local certified veteran and minority-owned small businesses to coordinate the blending, logistics, and delivery of the final product to the City of Seattle. (Source: GEVO, PR, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Seattle, Philip Saunders, Green Fleet Program Manager, www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/FAS/FleetManagement/2019-Green-Fleet-Action-Plan.pdf; Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol.Renewable Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Its Offical! US Begins Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Ind Report)
    COP15, Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2019-11-06
    On Monday, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The withdrawal will come into effect on Nov. 4, 2020.

    The notification comes more than two years after Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the agreement becuase it "imposed an unfair burden on the U.S. and (was) doing little to halt climate change." The agreement aims to limit global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius, with each country setting its own nonbinding emission targets and reporting on its progress to reduce them. (Source: Various Media, 4 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Canada Pension Plan Snares Pattern Energy (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2019-11-06
    San Francisco-based wind energy developer Pattern Energy reports it has agreed to be taken private by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

    at $26.75 per share, valuing the company at around $2.6 billion, or $6.1 billion including its debt. The deal is expected to close in Q2, 2020, subject but remains subject to shareholder approval.

    Pattern was launched on the public markets six years ago as a "yieldco" focused on the low-risk business of operating wind farms. (Source: Pattern Energy, PR, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, www.cppib.com; Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy Group,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Clean Energy Fuels Announces Calif. RNG, CNG Contacts (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp
    Date: 2019-11-06
    In the Golden State, Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting a major fueling infrastructure upgrade for trucks operating in the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach -- the country's largest maritime port complex.

    Also in California, the company reports the City of Ontario has inked a 5-year RNG supply contract for roughly 3 million gallons of Redeem™; Nationwide Environmental Services, based in Norwalk, hasinked a 5-year maintenance and RNG supply contract for an anticipated one million gallons of Redeem; the Ccity of Sacramento has contracted for an expected 650,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel approximately 100 solid waste vehicles; Ruan Transportation Management Systems has contracted for an approximate 450,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel an additional 20 CNG tractors for its dairy operations; the City of Commerce has extended its operations and maintenance agreement for six years; and bus and rail service provider Omnitrans has signed a 5-year O&M agreement for two CNG stations that dispense an approximate 4 million gpy of fuel.

    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. provides natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel with a network of approximately 540 stations across North America. The company builds and operates CNG and LNG stations and delivers more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, CEO, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.CleanEnergyFuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


    China, India, Indonesia Account for 40 pct of Future Biofuel Production, says IEA (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2019-11-06
    China, India and Indonesia will account for 40 pct -- 15 billion litres -- of biofuel production growth between 2019 to 2024, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Oct 21, report. The report also notes crude oil import dependency was also set to increase in the three countries in the forecast period due to higher vehicle ownership, with fuel demand from petrol vehicles rising by 32 billion litres in China and by over 12 billion litres in India, and with Indonesian fuel demand for diesel vehicles increasing 2 billion litres.

    In energy terms, biodiesel consumption in Indonesia already resulted in a notably higher share of domestically produced fuel supplies in 2017. By 2024, its contribution could expand to offset 17 pct of diesel demand. In 2017, ethanol use had only a minor effect on domestic fuel supplies in China and India. However, if nationwide E10 was achieved, its contribution would be much more visible in 2024, replacing 6 pct of petrol demand.

    Nevertheless, the IEA said the countries would still remain reliant on imported oil to meet transport fuel demand.

    Replacing imported oil with domestically produced biofuels also improved national trade balances. Blending E10 with petrol in 2024 would improve China's trade balance by $$4.9 billion and India's by $1.2 billion, while meeting 20 pct of road transport diesel demand with biodiesel would improve Indonesia's trade balance by $1.3 billion, the report notes. (Source: IEA, Oil & Fats Int'l., 5 Nov., 2019)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  IEA,  


    Shell Acquiring Floating Offshore Wind Developer Eolfi (M&A, Int'l)
    Eolfi,Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Paris-headquartered French floating offshore wind and solar energy developer Eolfi reports it is being acquired by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

    EOLFI has a global presence and covers all stages of the value chain including project development, financing, construction and operation, according to the company website. (Source: Eolfi Website, Nov., 2019) Contact: Eolfi, +33 1 40 07 95 00, www.eolfi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Eolfi,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Planned Newfoundland Wood Pellet Plant Still Inactive (Ind. Report)
    Active Energy
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Following up on our 24th May, 2017 coverage, London, UK-based Active Energy PLC's planned and long delayed proposed woody biomass-pellet plant on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula is "far from a done deal but isn't dead in the water", according to Provincial Minister Gerry Byrne.

    Active Energy's Newfoundland subsidiary Timberlands secured timber rights a year ago but to date no timber has been cut or delivered to the proposed project which has not yet broken ground. The provincial government issued two five-year commercial cutting permits to the company in November 2018 to harvest 100,000 cubic mpy of timber for the wood pellet plant in Hawke's Bay.

    Active energy is best known for its CoalSwitch product which is made from woody biomass including pulp and saw mill by-products such as bark, sawdust and thinnings, and wood which is over-age, under-quality, blow-down, beetle-kill, forest-fire damaged, or industrial waste. CoalSwitch can be burned by old, coal-fired generation facilities without the need for a retrofit. (Source: Active Energy, CBC, Nov., 2019) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  Biomass,  


    Study Finds Lower Deforestation Net-Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Ohio State University, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-06
    A joint study from Ohio State and Yale universities is reporting the environmental burden of deforestation might not be as bad as previously thought. Previous estimates show that 27 pct of man-made net carbon emissions were from deforestation, but the study determined that number is actually closer to 7 pct.

    The study, which appeared Monday in the Journal of Forest Economics, takes into account the planting of new trees and forest management practices that eased environmental impacts. Previous studies did not take those factors into account. "There was a significant shift toward treating forests as a renewable, rather than nonrenewable, resource in the last century, and we estimate that those reforestation and forest management efforts have led to a far smaller carbon burden on the environment," Prof. Brent Sohngen said. (Source: The Ohio State University, PR, Columbus Dispatch, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ohio State University, Prof. Brent Sohngen, Environmental and Resource Economics, 614-688-4640, sohngen.1@osu.edu, www.aede.osu.edu/our-people/brent-sohngen

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ohio State University,  Deforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  


    Pennsylvania Slashed Emissions 92 pct Since 1990 (Ind. Report)
    Consumer Energy Alliance
    Date: 2019-11-06
    According to a Consumer Energy Alliance the Keystone State reduced its emissions by 92 pct since 1990, despite growing energy demand, production increasing by 11 times over, and an increase in natural gas plant processing 8 times between 2010 and 2017. Key findings of the study include:
  • 72 pct reduction in nitrogen oxides, a 92 pct decrease in sulfur dioxide, a 53 pct reduction in volatile organic compounds and a 17 pct drop in carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Pennsylvanians spent $3,108 for their energy needs in 2016 with at 25.6 pct of their income going to energy expenses. Residents saved more than $30 billion owing to clean energy and energy efficiency programmes, according to CEA's Energy Savings Report for Pennsylvania report.

    Review study analysis HERE. (Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Nov., 2019) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, www.consumerenergyalliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Consumer Energy Alliance,  


  • Nova Scotia Touts Tough 10-Year Emissions Target (Reg. & Leg.)
    Coal,Climate Change,Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Reporting from Halifax, the province of Nova Scotia nvironment Ministry reports the introduction of legislation aimed at cutting the province's greenhouse gas emissions by 53 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 as well as moving the province to a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.

    The new legislation updates the 12-year-old Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act which lays out new goals to fight climate change and grow the green economy. The legislation also requires the government to develop a province-wide plan with specific targets to reduce emissions by the end of next year. The legislation also calls for a government fund to support community projects aimed at climate change mitigation. (Source: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Halifax Herald, Nov., 2019) Contact: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Hon. Gordon Wilson, (902) 424-3600, www.novascotia.ca › nse

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


    UK Labour Promises £250Bn Energy Efficiency Program (Int'l.)
    UK Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the UK, the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is promising an astounding £250 billion investment in housing energy efficiency to cut carbon emissions and household energy costs nationwide -- the largest such upgrade to UK housing since the Second World War -- if elected PM.

    Labour's Warm Homes for All program would cover the installation of loft insulation, double glazed windows and green technology in almost all of the country's 27 million homes by 2030. The program would also create 450,000 jobs across the economy, cut carbon emissions by 10 pct only cost the central government £60 billion , with most of the funding coming from savings to household energy bills. (Source: The Independent, Various UK Media, 3 Nov., 2019) Contact: Jeremy Corbyn, en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Jeremy_Corbyn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Mayflower Set to Begin Mass. Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Mayflower Wind Energy
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the Bay State, Boston-based Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC (EDPR), reports it will supply 804 MW of offshore wind -- sufficient power for approximately 500,000 Massachusetts homes -- from its Mayflower Wind project 20 miles south of Nantucket.

    The project is expected to come online in 2025 and to eliminate 1.7 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions -- the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

    Shell New Energies and EDPR reportedly have over 18,000 U.S. employees between them, a supply chain of more than 5,000 U.S. companies, $400 billion in market capitalization, experience operating 6,300 mw of onshore wind in the U.S. and ongoing development and construction of 2,700 mw of offshore wind projects in France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Scotland that are anticipated to be operational between now and 2023. (Source: Mayflower Wind, Composites World, 1 Nov, 2019) Contact: Mayflower Wind, John Hartnett, Pres., 508-589-3557, info@mayflowerwind.com, www.mayflowerwind.com; Shell New Energies US, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; EDPR Offshore North America, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mayflower Wind Energy,  Offshore Wind,  ,  


    Spark Power Snares One Wind Services (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Spark Power
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Oakville, Ontario-headquartered Spark Power Group Inc. parent company of Spark Power Corp. is reporting the $17 million (Cdn) acquisition of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based One Wind Services Inc. and San Benito, Texas-based One Wind Services (US), Inc.

    One Wind specializes in delivering operations and maintenance (O&M), and construction-related services to renewable asset owners, OEMs, and developers. Approximately 80 pct of One Wind's revenue comes from the US market and Eastern Canada .

    One Wind is a renewables services provider with a focus on wind power operations and maintenance (O&M) and construction related services, primarily doing business in Texas and Canada's east coast markets.(Source: Spark Power Group Inc ., PR, CNW, 1 Nov., 2019) Contact: One Wind, Paul Pynn , Pres., www.onewindinc.com; SparkPower Group Inc., Jason Sparaga , Co-Founder and Co-CEO, www.sparkpowercorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spark Power ,  


    Renewables Supply Near Half German Power Consumption (Int'l.)
    Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg (ZSW)
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Data from the Stuttgart, Germany-based Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) is suggesting that if wind and solar energy yields in Q4 this year equal the average of the last few years, renewable energy could amount to 42 pct of the country's energy consumption in 2019 -- a nearly 5 pct increase over the same period in 2018 (38.1 pct).

    The data noted that solar, wind and other renewable sources generated around 183 billion kWh of electricity in the first three quarters of 2019. Renewables accounted for nearly 50 per cent more energy production than lignite and bituminous coal, which contributed 125 billion kWh to the total. Onshore wind power remained the leading source of renewable energy in the period under review with nearly 72 billion kWh followed by PV at 41 billion kWh. (Source: Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg, Power Engineering, 2 Nov., 2019)Contact: Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg (ZSW), +49 (0)711 78 70-0, +49 (0)711 78 70-100 - fax., info@zsw-bw.de, www.zsw-bw.de; German Association of Energy and Water Management, en.dwa.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Germany Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Hawaiian Counties Drive to Renewable Fuels Funded (Funding)
    Kauai County
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Several counties in the Aloha State are getting $316,494 in Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement funds and $474,474 in cost sharing funds under the $2.5 million EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) to boost their municipal fleets transitions to 100 pct renewable energy and fuels.

    The DERA grant is part of more than $9 million in nationwide funding to replace older diesel school buses with newer, cleaner fuel vehicles.

    Converting vehicles away from diesel and updating fleets is another step toward the state's goal of running municipal fleets on 100 pct renewable fuels and energy. In December 2017, four counties committed to make the move toward 100 pct renewable fuel sources in fleets, and three of those counties upped the time frame by 10 years during that agreement. Kauai County committed to transition away from the use of fossil fuels by 2035 and also committed to funding an EV charger incentive program in 2020 to help encourage installation of EV chargers around the island. (Source: The Graden Island. 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: Kauai County, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator Ben Sullivan, 808-241-4188, www.kauai.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable fuel news,  


    Korean Corporations Urged to Cut GHG Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Korea
    Date: 2019-11-04
    The Korean Times is reporting Korean companies consume over 50 pct of the electric power generated from coal-fired power plants and contribute 30 to 40 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. The Times notes that Korean companies, the main consumers of electricity generated by the coal-fired plants, need to transition to renewables but to date have been largely noncommittal to dropping fossil fuels.

    According to Kim Ji-seok, a climate and energy specialist at Greenpeace Seoul, "there are two ways for local companies to replace their energy sources with renewable energy. One is to build their own power plant and the other is to purchase the energy from a renewable resources power generator. However, the latter is not legal here. Besides, electric power generated by such plants accounts for only 3.5 pct of the total electricity used in Korea, which is way too small to meet market demand," Kim said.

    The state-run Korean Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), which controls the majority of the country's electric power generation, is reportedly slow to adopt renewables. Another major factor attributing to high rate of greenhouse gases in Korea is the auto industry with Hyundai and Kia Motors emitting 401 million gross tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2018. (Source: Korea Times, Nov., 2019)

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


    Acwa Power Inks Egyptian 200MW Solar Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Acwa Power
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power is reporting a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Egyptian government to develop, finance, construct, and operate the 200MW Kom Ombo photovoltaic plant. The plant is expected to generate sufficient power for 130,000 households and offset 280,000 tpy of CO2 when fully operational. The project is expected to break ground soon for completion during Q1 2021.

    Egypt aims to increase the overall capacity of its renewable energy to 20 pct by 2020 (Source: ACWA Power Egypt, ME Construction News, 3 Nov., 2019) Contact: Acwa Power, Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, +966 11 2835555, fax-+966 11 2835500, www.acwapower.com; Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, www.moee.gov.eg/english_new/minister.aspx

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    Dominion Investing in Pittsylvania Va. Solar Farm (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy,Open Road Renewables.
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the Old Dominion State, Duke Energy is reporting plans to invest roughly $330 million in two Pittsylvania County renewable energy projects.

    Of the total, $200 million is earmarked for a 500 mw combustion turbine power plant at the Southern Virginia Megasite at Berry Hill, in Pittsylvania County. The power plant is slated for completion and startup by April 2022.

    A second investment of approximately $130 million is targeted for the 120 mw Maplewood Solar project northwest of Chatham. Dominion purchased the Maplewood Solar project from Austin, Texas-based Open Road Renewables which had obtained the necessary special use permit from Pittsylvania County zoning, but still requires Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approval. (Source: Dominion Energy, Danville Register & Bee , 3 Nov., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com; Open Road Renewables, 512-524-1195, www.openroadrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Open Road Renewables.Solar,  


    Rail Upgrades to Service Red Rock Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Red Rock Biofuel
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In Oregon, Lake County reports it has secured $5.6 million in grant funding for railroad line upgrades in Lake County in anticipation of Red Rock Biofuels beginning operations next spring.

    The CRISI grant requires a $5 million match, $1.4 million of which is dedicated from construction of a new rail spur connecting to the main line at the currently under construction Red Rock Biofuels facility on the south end of Lakeview.

    The State of Oregon has already invested heavily in the Red Rock Biofuels project, approving $245 million in bonds last year for construction of the plant which is expected to ship roughly 15 million gpy of biofuels on the Goose Lake line when fully operational in April, 2020. Red Rock is expected to produce 10 rail cars per week of biodiesel processed from locally sourced ag waste, forest-thinning and other bio materials. (Source: Red Rock Biofuel, Herald & News, 3 Nov., 2019) Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Red Rock Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    DOI Announces $5Mn for US Territories Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    US DOI
    Date: 2019-11-04
    U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is reporting over $5 million in fiscal year 2019 funding under the Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) program to support a variety of energy retrofitting and efficiency projects that are estimated to provide thousands in savings for the residents of the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    The Energizing Insular Communities grants for energy efficiency and related projects are going to:

  • American Samoa Power Authority -- $1,876,325 to conduct a retrofit and replacement of all 5,792 high pressure sodium street lights in the territory with LED fixtures over the next two years for an expected annual savings of $347,233.26 in electricity .

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands -- $785,000 for LED light systems on public buildings and pathways on the island of Tinian.

  • The Rota Commonwealth Utility Corporation -- $222,988 for a feasibility study for a 2 mw battery energy storage system and $160,000 to provide a PV system for the Rota aquaponics program site.

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) -- and $152,393 for professional services to update the CNMI's Strategic Energy Plan, last published in 2013. The Strategic Energy Plan, once updated, will continue to guide CNMI's overall efforts to reduce costs of energy in the territory and explore the best options for energy production in the territory.

  • Guam Power Authority -- $1,729,815 -- $620,428 to install solar arrays estimated to produce 93,072 kilowatt hours per year, which represents four percent of GPA's annual energy consumption, and roughly $36,000 in annual savings.

  • Bringing Energy Savings To Schools Program -- $586,771 for an LED lighting retrofit at the Agueda I. Johnston Middle School. The program is a collaborative effort between the Guam Power Authority and the Guam Department of Education to find ways to reduce costs of energy consumption at Guam’s public schools. Once the retrofit is completed, Johnston Middle School is expected to realize an annual savings of $49,763 in utility costs. An additional $522,616 to fund a LED lighting retrofit at the Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School which is expected to contribute to $38,946 in annual savings for the school.

  • U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Office -- $625,500 for the design, material procurement, and installation of a solar plus-storage micro-grid pilot project at the St. Croix Educational Complex's emergency hurricane shelter.

    . The Energizing Insular Communities grant program provides funding for energy strategies that reduce the cost of electricity and reduce the cost of energy to consumers. Funds under this program are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress. (Source: US DOI, Marianas Variety, 3 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  US DOI,  


  • Fed. Grants Support Alabama Energy Efficiency Projects (Funding)
    Alabama, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In Montgomery, the office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) has announced nearly $370,000 in federal money is going to help improve energy efficiency at 18 local governments, public schools and nonprofits around Alabama.

    The grants will support indoor lighting and street lighting upgrades, a wastewater treatment plant, and others. (Source: Gov. Kay Ivey's office San Francisco Chronile,2 Nov., 2019) Contact: Office of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, www.governor.alabama.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Va. Citizens Climate Lobby Supports Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
    Citizens Climate Lobby
    Date: 2019-11-04

    In Blacksburg, Virginia, the global not-for-profit, nonpartisan Citizens Climate Lobby of the New River Valley has come out in support of the recently tabled Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act [H.R. 763], a national carbon tax as introduced in the US the House of Representatives.

    The Act imposes a fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions assessed on fossil fuels as far upstream as possible. It is estimated that the policy will reduce America's CO2 emissions by 40 pct within the first 12 years and will create 2.1 million new jobs.

    The Citizens Climate Lobby aims to empower citizens to create political will and address the climate crisis with a national carbon tax and dividend policy through a program of "levers of political will" -- government lobbying, media relations, grassroots outreach and chapter development. (Source: CCL, Roanoake Times, 3 Nov., 2019) Contact: CCL, www.citizensclimatelobby.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Citizens Climate Lobby,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  


    St1 Selects AF Poyry for Swedish Renewable Fuel Project (Int'l)
    AF Poyry,St1
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Helsinki-headquartered St1 reports it has awarded Gothenburg, Sweden engineering firm AF Poyry with engineering contracts for a new renewable fuel production plant to be built in Gothenburg, Sweden. At a cost of SEK 1.5 billion ($156.2 million), the project is St1's largest ever.

    AF Poyry's services includes all engineering, procurement and scheduling services. The project consists of new units, revamp of existing units and new storage facilities. The new plant will produce approximately 200,000 tpy of renewable fuel in the form of HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils), a renewable transport fuel that can be blended into diesel or replace diesel. Production is expected to start early in 2022.

    St1 Nordic OyThe Group researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy solutions. St1 focuses on fuels marketing activities, oil refining and renewable energy solutions such as waste-based advanced ethanol fuels and industrial wind power. The Group has 1300 St1 and Shell branded retail stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway. (Source: AF Poyry, PR, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: AF Povry , www.poyry.com; St1 Nordic Oy, www.st1.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St!,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Holland Fine-Tunes Climate Change Plan with Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Holland Michigan
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In Michigan, the city of Holland (pop. 35,000 +-) reports it is upgrading its Community Energy Plan -- the city's strategy to bring per capita GHG emissions down to 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita over 40 years.

    With the recent the decommissioning of the coal-powered James DeYoung power plant and the opening of the Holland Energy Park natural gas plant, the city has already cut emissions from 24 metric tons per capita in 2010 to an estimated 17 metric tons as of 2017. Moving forward the the city plans retrofitting all city buildings for better energy efficiency, replacing streetlights with LEDs to cut energy costs, further cutting the use of fossils fuels and increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, and refining its Energy Plan to include:

  • reaching a total of 1,000 homes retrofitted through the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit program

  • growing capacity so that an additional 250 homes can be retrofitted annually

  • create local residential, commercial and industrial Energy Waste Reduction programs to replace expiring state programs

  • pilot and then study district heating at the Holland Civic Center to determine its effectiveness

  • achieve the highest rate of per-capita electric vehicle ownership in the state, twice the state average

  • draft a five-year plan for adapting the city's infrastructure for autonomous vehicles

  • secure a $3 million endowment for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

    If all interim goals for 2021 are met, the changes are predicted to bring CO2 emissions levels down to 15.75 metric tons per capita. With 82 percent of the city's electricity delivered to commercial or industrial facilities, Holland's business sector will be key to the continued progress toward its goals. (Source: City of Holland, Holland Sentinel, 3 Nov., 2019)

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


  • DC Passes Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    DC Green Building Advisory Council
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the nation's capitol, the city of Washington's recently passed Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act's Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) madates that beginning in 2021, owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet that are below a specific energy performance threshold will be required to improve their energy efficiency over the next 5 years.

    Projects below the performance threshold will be able to choose between a performance pathway, which requires that they document a 20 pct reduction in energy usage over the 5 year compliance period, or complete a prescriptive list of required energy efficiency measures. Under the Act, buildings are required to report energy usage and then meet new standards for energy performance or face fines. (Source: GlobeSt.com, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: DC Green Building Advisory Council, Anica Landreneau, (202) 535-2600, doee.dc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DC Green Building Adory Council,  Green Bvisuilding,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Guterres Exhorts ASEAN-UN Summit to Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Speaking in Bangkok, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the negative impact of climate change on the sustainability at the press conference after the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in the capital city of Thailand.

    The UN Chief noted "Climate change is running faster than we are, and we all see the impact of climate change in natural disasters." He said that the sea level is rising much faster than expected and new research forecast that 300 million people will be flooded by sea water in 2050 if climate change can not be contained.

    The UN chief pointed out that efforts were needed to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century and to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 pct in the next decade. "If we miss these objectives, the situation will be catastrophic", Guterres said.

    Founded in 1967, the ASEAN includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (Source: ASEAN Summit Report, Xinhua, 3 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,  Climate Change,  


    BHE Seeks Rattlesnake Ridge Wind AUC Approvals (Ind Report)
    BHE Canada
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Calgary, Alberta-based BHE Canada, through its subsidiary BHE Canada Rattlesnake GP Inc.,reports the filing of a facility application with the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for the construction and connection to the grid of its proposed $200 million, 28-turbine, 117.6 MW Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project in Medicine Hat. The project will generate approximately 475 GWh of energy per year -- sufficient 79,000 homes.

    Pending AUC approvals, construction of the wind farm could get underway in Q4, 2020 with completion before December, 2021. (Source: BHE Canada, PR, Globe Newswire, Yahoo, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: BHE Canada, Scott Schreiner, William Christensen, Vice President Corporate Development of BHE Canada (403) 880-0275, mediareleations@bhe-canada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BHE Canada ,  Wind,  Rattlesnake Ridge,  


    B.C.Introduces Climate Change Accountability Act (Reg & Leg)
    British Columbia, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-01
    On Wednesday in Victoria, the British Columbia NDP Environment Minister George Heyman is reporting recently introduced legislation could, if passed, require annual reports on how much the province is spending to fight climate change, and whether that money is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new Climate Change Accountability Act would also lead to interim greenhouse gas emission targets and sector-specific targets with a goal of keeping B.C. on track to meet its 2030 CleanBC greenhouse gas reduction commitments. The legislation would also establish an independent advisory panel to the minister.

    The NDP government's CleanBC climate change plan targets a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2030, increasing to60 pct by 2040 and 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Office of B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, The Province, Post Media, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, (604) 775- 2453, george.heyman.mla@leg.bc.ca, www.georgeheymanmla.ca

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


    SGRE Confirms 376 MW Taiwan Offshore Wind Turbine Order (Int'l.)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) reports receipt of an order from Macquarie's Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy for 47 units of its SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines to be installed at the 376 MW Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project off the coast of Miaoli county, in Taiwan.

    Construction is slated to get underway in 2020. The park is situated close to the site of the first commercial offshore wind power plant in Taiwan, Formosa 1, which consists of a total of 22 SGRE offshore wind turbines with Phase 1 and Phase 2 combined. (Source: SiemensGamesa, reve, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Seimens Gamesa, Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Offshore Head of Technology, www.siemensgamesa.com

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    Study Calls Tropical Forest Climate Change Damage "Carbon Time Bomb" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    University of Queensland
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Research led by the University of Queensland in Australia has found the climate impact of selective logging, outright clearing and fire in tropical rainforests between 2000 and 2013 was conservatively underestimated by 6.53 billion tonnes of CO2. The study did not include emissions from other woodlands or the massive boreal forests in the high latitudes of the northern hemisphere.

    According to study co-author professor James Watson of the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society, "We have been treating forests as pretty one-dimensional, but we know degradation impacts carbon. The bottom line is that we knew the numbers would be big, but we were shocked at just how big. This is a carbon time bomb and policymakers have to get to grips with this."

    The study notes that when countries declare greenhouse gas emissions from changes in forests, they do not account for the CO2 that forests would have continued to soak up for decades had they not been cleared or damaged. This is a measure known as 'forgone removal'. The study , which accounted for those emissions up to the year 2050, found 6.53 billion tonnes of CO2 for foregone emissions and the impacts of other damage that wasn't being counted. In total, the world's forests absorbed roughly 28 pct of human-caused emissions between 2007 and 2016, with tropical forests accounting for about half that absorption.

    Study details HERE. (Source: University of Queensland, Science Advances, Guardian, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Queensland, Prf. James Watson, +61 7 334 61645, james.watson@uq.edu.au, www.uq.edu.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  CO2,  Rainforest,  


    Alliance Touts Energy Efficiency Incentives Programs (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Alliance (pop. 9,500 +-) reports it is partnering with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) to provide financial incentive for home energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades including: attic insulation; smart thermostat program, cooling system tune-up program; and a commercial LED lighting program.

    The Attic Insulation Program provides cash incentives of $0.15/per square foot with a maximum incentive of $300 per existing residential dwelling for attic insulation. (Source: City of Alliance, Star Herald, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficiency Program Details, City of Alliance, Kirby Bridge, (308) 762-1907, www.cityofalliance.net; Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraskawww,mppenergy.org/mean

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    AirCarbon Touts New Digital Carbon Credits Exchange (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Credit, AirCarbon Pte
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In Singapore, AirCarbon Pte Ltd. reports its newly launched global blockchain-based AirCarbon Exchange will provide a ready supply of credits (EEUs) to airlines and other corporate buyers wishing to acquire CO2 offsets for compliance and voluntary purposes.

    These credits, when approved, will be eligible under the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) regime. Each tradable token will be backed by one equivalent tonne of CORSICA-compliant, highly liquid and tradable carbon credits. AirCarbon is applying for the recognized market operator (RMO) licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and aims for the exchange to be fully operational in 2020.

    AirCarbon also operates the AirCarbon Fund, an investment fund which invests in carbon-mitigating projects such as reforestation, methane capture and carbon emissions reduction. Through these projects, the fund intends to generate CORSIA-compliant tradable carbon offsets, which will then be listed on the exchange. (Source: AirCarbon Pte, Business Times, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: AirCarbon Pte Ltd., www.aircarbon.com

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    Maersk, Partners Developing Lignin-Ethanol Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Maersk,Copenhagen University,
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Maritime shipping giant Maersk reports it is working with Copenhagen University, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BMW Group, H&M Group, Levi Strauss & Co. and Marks & Spencer to explore a blend of lignin and ethanol (LEO) fuel for sustainable shipping.

    Lignin is isolated in large quantities as a by-product of lignocellulosic ethanol and pulp and paper mills. Copenhagen University is currently running the laboratory-scale development of LEO marine fuel with the project aiming to move into phase II -- testing the fuel on actual vessel engines -- in the second quarter of 2020. Following a successful phase II, phase III will begin -- the scaling up of LEO fuel production. (Source: Maersk, Container Management, Oct., 2019) Contact: Maresk, Soren Toft, CEO, www.maerskline.com; Copenhagen University, www.ku.dk

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    Kvaerner Claims Hywind Tampen Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Kvaerner,Equinor
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Oslo, Norway-based offshore engineering and construct firm Kvaerner reports it has contracted with Equinor to deliver 11 floating concrete hulls for offshore wind power turbines for Equinor's Hywind Tampen project off the coast of Norway -- the world's largest floating offshore wind farm.

    The NOK 1.5 billion ($164,964,000 - US) contract includes full project management, engineering, assembly site management, mooring system installation, units tow-to-field and installation of the floating wind turbine units. (Source: Kvaener, PR, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: Kvaener, Karl-Petter Loken, Pres., Torbjørn Andersen, IR & Communications, +47 928 85 542, torbjorn.andersen@kvaerner.com, www.kvaerner.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

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    Bipartisan Wind Energy R&D Act of 2019 Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
    US DOE Office of Wind Energy
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the nation's capitol. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has proposed the bipartisan Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019, S. 2660 aimed at establishing a grant program for wind energy research, development and demonstration.

    Collins also cosponsored an act to reauthorize and expand the DOE Office of Wind Energy and to award competitive grants to improve the energy efficiency, reliability, and capacity of wind energy generation.

    If enacted, the measure would direct the U.S. Energy Secretary to award competitive grants to improve land-based and offshore blade, generator, tower, and support designs and transformational technologies for harnessing wind energy, including airborne wind energy generators; increase recycling and reuse of wind-energy components; and reduce the costs of permitting, construction, and operation and maintenance of wind energy systems, among other provisions, according to a bill summary. (Source: Office of Sen. Susan Collins, Ripon Advance News Service , 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Wind Energy, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office; Sen. Susan Collins, www.collins.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Office of Wind Energy,  Wind,  


    Evanston Claims Climate Action Plan Success (Ind. Report)
    Evanston, Illinois
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the Land of Lincoln, the Cook County City of Evanston (pop. 75,000 +-) is touting the success of its recently enacted Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP).

    The plan calls for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. The "outcome-focused" plan tracks the city's success in public outreach, education and behavioral change as well as in greenhouse gas emissions reduction and increasing renewable energy use. (Source: City of Evanston, Daily Northwestern, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: City of Evenston, Bob Heuer, Climate Action Team Chairman, rjheuer@comcast.net, www.cityofevanston.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Growth Energy Calls on EPA to Fix Flawed RFS Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy, EPA, RFS
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In testimony before the US EPA on the agency's proposed supplemental rule on 2020 biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called on EPA to fix this flawed draft proposal and reverse the demand destruction that has shuttered biofuel plants across the heartland. "As drafted, EPA's plan fails to accurately account for lost gallons and betrays President Trump's promise to rural America. It cuts the fix we were promised in half, if not more, and destroys what may be our last chance to bring back the ethanol plants that have shut down and help ease the burden facing American farmers," Skor said.

    To begin repairing the damage, Skor called on the EPA to uphold the president's commitment to farmers and biofuel workers. "Midwestern lawmakers and governors have seen the damage firsthand and worked with the president to secure a deal that would start to undo the damage -- a deal that would honor this administration's commitments to farmers, biofuel producers, rural America, as well as small refineries. But instead, the EPA has undercut the president's promise and has yet again tilted the table in favor of the nation's largest oil companies -- all at the expense of the American farmer," Skor said.

    Skor urged regulators to use the rolling average of actual exempted volumes from the three most recently completed compliance years in the final rule, as promised by the administration. She also called on the agency to formally bind itself to the revised methodology for future years and expedite work to remove additional barriers to the sale of E15. "EPA must fix this rule immediately by properly accounting for exempted gallons and restoring lost demand. American biofuel producers and farmers cannot afford anything less," concluded Skor. (Source: growth Energy, PR, 30 Oct., 2019)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  


    $150Mn IFC Fund Supports Ukraine Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2019-11-01
    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, reports it is providing up to $150 million (€134,36 million) to assist sustainable energy investments in Ukraine. The IFC financing initiative follows the launch of a new Ukraine wholesale energy market in July 2019 -- a necessary move to qualify for EU Commission assistance. The energy market launch led to higher electric power costs for Ukraine's large and reportedly inefficient and outdated industrial sector. (Source: IFC, Smart Energy, 31 Oct., 2019)Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, Georgina Baker, VP Europe, www.ifc.org

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