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Wash. DC Adopts Renewable Energy, Carbon Tax Bill (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-12-21
This week in Washington, D.C. became the only jurisdiction in the country that has enacted a concrete, mandatory, detailed, comprehensive law to reduce emissions at a pace compatible with keeping global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The legislation puts a price on carbon and requires the city to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2032. It also require existing buildings to meet certain energy efficiency standards, levies an extra tax on the purchase of gas-guzzling cars and use the money to make electric vehicles more affordable. It also requires the city to operate 100 pct electric buses by 2030, and mandates the DC Public Service Commission to prioritize addressing climate change.

This climate victory in the nation's capital is the result of a 3-year effort by grassroots organizers, engaged constituents, a coalition of 100 faith leaders, businesses, low income advocates, climate groups, and neighborhood associations. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Red, Green & Blue, 15 Dec., 2018) Contact: Citizen's Climate Lobby, Max Broad, Washington DC Chapter, dc@citizensclimatelobby.org, www.citizensclimatelobby.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Citizens Climate Lobby,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  Renewable Energy,  


8 New RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications Since 10 Nov. (Ind. Report)
RFS
Date: 2018-12-21
In Washington, the US EPA is reporting receipt of seven new Renewable Fuel Standard “hardship” waiver petitions for the 2018 compliance year and one new petition for the 2017 compliance year as of Nov. 10 , 2018

For the 2017 compliance year, the EPA has received 37 small refinery petitions, up from the 36 it had received as of Nov. 10. Twenty-nine of the 37 petitions have been approved , 7 ar pending and 1 was withdrawn. The 29 approved petitions exempted 13.62 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.

Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: EPA, Dec. 20, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel Blending,  


India Claims 20 pct Cut in Emissions Intensity (Int'l Report)
Carbon Emissions, India
Date: 2018-12-19
The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency reports India has achieved a 20 pct reduction in its emissions intensity against the 33 pct level India committed to attain by 2030 at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The government's programmes on energy conservation and efficiency including the star labelling programme, energy savings scheme for industrial units, LED lamps distribution and efficient buildings code are being credited for the reduction in carbon emissions. Other energy saving initiatives include a campaign to make default temperature setting of air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius and a push for cleaner transportation.

At COP15 in Paris, India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level. It also pledged to shift 40 pct of its installed power generation capacity to non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Economic Times India, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, www.beeindia.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Intensity,  UNFCCC,  


Bank of America Stadium Energy Efficiency Lauded (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-19
TRANE, a global indoor energy services provider, reports it has recognized the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, with its Energy Efficiency Leader Award. The award is in recognition of the stadiums recent energy efficiency upgrades that are expected to save the facility as much as $80,000 per year in energy costs. (Source: TRANE, WCNC, Dec. 18, 2018) Contact: TRANE, (844) 883-0698, www.trane.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trane,  Energy Efficiency,  


NYPA OKs $600Mn Energy Efficiency Finance Credit Line (Ind. Report)
New York Power Authority
Date: 2018-12-19
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports its board of trustees has approved a $600 million revolving credit facility to support the Authority's issuance of commercial, short-term paper notes to support its present customer energy-efficiency programs.

NYPA offers various energy-efficiency programs for its customers, including universities, municipalities, school districts and largest cities. The NYPA programs are design-build energy project services, digital energy management and demand response capabilities.

The new revolving credit facility will replace an existing revolving credit agreement set to expire on Jan. 18. NYPA currently has $531 million of series 1, 2 and 3 commercial paper notes outstanding to support numerous projects across the Empire State.

NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines (Source: NYPA, Niagara Frontier Publications, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Power Authority,  Energy Efficiency,  


MEO Issues Matching Funds Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2018-12-19
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) is reporting the issuance of a matching $9,750 rebate for energy efficiency improvements to Independent Machine Co. in Escanaba.

To qualify for the rebate, the company installed a power monitoring and control system across their manufacturing operations to implement a range of energy saving procedures including soft motor starts, energy efficient LED lighting, and others. The company estimates it will shave 26,000 kilowatt-hours at a cost savings of $4,000 off its annual energy consumption and costs.

Details on the MEO Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program are HERE. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, www.michigan.gov/energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Crown Touts Biodiesel Manufacturing Process Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Crown Iron Works
Date: 2018-12-19
In Blaine, Minnesota, Crown Iron Works, a leader in the oilseed processing industry, is reporting a new process upgrade for biodiesel manufacturers -- advanced catalyst reduction and economization (ACRE).

ACRE allows biodiesel processing plants to run at the lowest operating cost and highest efficiency by adding a third transesterification reaction step while also delivering an energy-efficient design for reduced cooling load and steam use with a variety of feedstocks. Plants using ACRE are achieving 40-plus percent catalyst reduction and experiencing savings of 3 cents per gallon, according to the company. (Source: Crown Iron Works, PR, Biodiesel Mag., December 17, 2018) Contact: Crown Iron Works, www.crowniron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Oilseed ,  


New Jersey Planning to Rejoin RGGI Pact (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2018-12-19
In Trenton, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy (D) reports the Garden State's Department of Environmental Protection has formally proposed two rules intended to ease New Jersey's re-entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In 2011, former Republican governor and presidential wannabe Chris Christie pulled the state out of the pact at an estimated loss of $154 million in potential revenue.

REGGI members New England states working to reduce carbon-dioxide gas emissions from the energy sector through a cap-and-trade auction process that encourages more market efficiencies, invests in renewable energy, and improves power-plant technology. New Jersy was a founding member of RGGI. Present membership includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Virginia is planning to join RGGI.

The first of the two proposed rules establishes the mechanisms for rejoining RGGI and sets the initial carbon-dioxide cap for the state's electricity generation sector at 18 million tons in 2020. The 18-million-ton CO2 cap in the Emissions Trading Rule proposal is below the estimated actual emissions of 20.6 million tons in 2020. The cap will decline 3 pct per year through 2030 with other adjustments that are standard to all member states.

The second rule establishes the framework for how the state will spend proceeds from RGGI carbon-dioxide allowance auctions.

Access the rule proposals HERE. Information on New Jersey's re-entry to RGGI is HERE. (Source: State of New Jersey, Office of Gov. Phil Murphy, PR, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Office of the Governor, (609) 292-6000, https://nj.gov/governor; RGGI, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  New Jersey RGGI,  


Black Hills Energy Planning $57Mn Wyoming Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy
Date: 2018-12-19
Rapid City, South Dakota-based Black Hills Energy reports it is seeking South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approval for a Renewable Ready Service Tariff to offer renewable energy resources to large commercial and industrial customers and government agencies.

The proposal would give large scale customers the option of purchasing renewable energy resources through a subscription program to fulfill up to 100 percent of their electricity needs for periods ranging from 5 to 25 years.

Additionally, Black Hills Energy is seeking to construct a 40-MW wind-energy facility near Cheyenne, Wyoming. If approved, the $57 million Corriedale Wind Energy Project would come online in the fall of 2020. Black Hills Energy's utility and power-generation subsidiaries operate 89 megawatts of wind-generation facilities that serve utility customers in Colorado. Another 60-megawatt wind project in Colorado is expected to be in service by the end of 2019. (Source: Black Hills Energy, Rapid City Journal, 17 Dec., 2018)Contact: Black Hills Energy, www.blackhillsenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Hills Energy,  Wind,  


EU NoPs Agree on Auto Emission Reduction Targets (Int'l. Report)
EU
Date: 2018-12-19
This week in Brussels, EU parliamentarians (MoPs) reportedly agreed on a 37.5 pct reduction in automobile and van CO2 emissions by 2030. Previously, the European Commission proposed a 30 pct reduction rate for both vehicle types, while Parliament called for 40 pct cuts.

The agreed upon target will be calculated based on 2021 emission levels, with an intermediary step of 15 pct CO2 cut for both cars and vans to be reached by 2025. The new targets are subject to EU member state approvals. (Source: EurActiv, 17 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Vehicle Emissions,  


Duke's 2018 Solar Rebates Total $10Mn (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-12-19
Duke Energy says it expects rebates for rooftop solar panels in North Carolina to total about $10 million this year. Applications for the second year of the five-year program will be available beginning Jan. 2. Duke will hand out a total of $62 million in solar rebates over the five years under the program required by a 2017 state law. Homeowners can get up to $6,000 in rebates, businesses up to $50,000 and nonprofits up to $75,000.

The $10 million in rebates for 2018 includes about $6 million paid to 1,300 property owners, plus money still to be paid for systems installed this year. About 96 pct of the rebates were paid to homeowners to cover approximately one-third of the cost of a typical solar installation, according to the Duke press release.

Access information on the Duke Solar Rebate program HERE. (Source: Duke Energy, NPR, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com

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


Clenera, CIPCO Announce Major Iowa Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Central Iowa Power Cooperative,Clenera LLC
Date: 2018-12-19
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is reporting a partnership with Boise, Idaho-based solar energy specialist Clenera LLC to develop the Wapello Solar project which it claims will be the Hawkeye State's largest solar project.

Under the terms of their agreement, CIPCO will purchase 100 pct of the proposed 100 MW solar project's output for 25 years.

Clenera will develop and operate the Wapello Solar project and retain all associated renewable energy credits. The project is expected to come online in December, 2020. (Source: Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Solar Industry, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Bill Cherrier, CEO, Exec. VP, (319) 366-8011, www.cipco.net; Clenera LLC, Jason Ellsworth, CEO, 208-639-3232, lenera.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Central Iowa Power Cooperative,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Greengate's Stirling Wind Project Wins AESO Contract (Ind Report)
Greengate Power Corporation
Date: 2018-12-19
Calgary, Alberta-headquartered Greengate Power Corp. is reporting that its 113 MW Stirling Wind Project has been awarded a 20-year, guaranteed price Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA) by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).

Stirling Wind, near the city of Lethbridge, is jointly-owned by Greengate, Potentia Renewables Inc. and Paul First Nation with Potentia owning a majority interest.

Privately-held Greengate has developed 480 MW of operating wind energy projects in Alberta and Ontario, Canada representing approximately $1 billion of investment. (Source: Greengate, PR, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Greengate Power Corp., Dan Balaban, Pres., CEO, Dan Phaure, VP Bus. Dev., (403) 930-1300,www.greengatepower.com; Alberta Electric System Operator, David Erikson, CEO, www.aeso.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greengate Power ,  Wind,  


Canmore Considers Energy Efficiency, PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-19
In Alberta, the town of Canmore (pop. 14,00 +-) town council reports it has approved a Climate Action Plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. By 2030, the plan proposes that the community will reduce its GHG emissions by 30 per cent below 2015 levels and 80 pct below 2015 levels, which is aligned with Federal GHG emission targets.

In anticipation of the potential risks and opportunities presented by these changes, the Plan proposes retrofits to 80 pct of existing buildings to improve energy efficiency. Proposed improvements include the installation of weather stripping, extra insulation and high efficiency windows, energy efficient appliances and lighting, the adoption of electric or hybrid vehicles, as well as significantly cutting solid waste and moving forward with an organics collection system.

The city is also considering a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) bylaw allowing city residents to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes, or install solar PV systems, and finance these through their property tax payments. (Source: Town of Canmore, PR, Crag & Canyon, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Town of Canmore, Lori Rissling Wynn, Sustainability Coordinator and Development Planner , (403) 678-1500, https://canmore.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  PACE,  


Aussie Hardwood Waste-to-Renewable Diesel Explored (Int'l)
BORAL,ARENA
Date: 2018-12-19
Further to our 27th August report, In the Land Down Under, lumber and building materials supplier BORAL and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are reported to have joined forces to fund a $1.2 million (AUS) feasibility study of a proposed a second-generation woody biomass biorefinery in New South Wales (NSW).

The study will explore the potential conversion of up to 50,000 tonnes of sawmill hardwood residues from a BORAL owned sawmill near Port Macquarie, NSW, into renewable transport-grade diesel and bitumen using world-first technology. The study will consider a mechanical catalytic conversion technology, developed by Spanish-based Global Ecofuel Solutions, combined with the potential biorefinery. The process has never before been used in a production-scale facility.(Source: BORAL, ARENA, AggNet, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au; Boral Limited, www.boral.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  ARENA,  BORAL,  


Pa. Petition Offers Pathway to RGGI Carbon Cap-and-Trade Participation (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2018-12-19
In the Keystone State, a recent petition signed by 60 or more legal scholars, environmental organizations, clean energy players and others could give the state an opening to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)-- a cap-and-trade effort among nine northeastern states to lower carbon emissions and drive clean energy investments.

The petitioners argue Pennsylvania regulators have the legal authority and constitutional duty to address climate change and ask them to create an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, using California as a model. The move triggers a legal process to which the state is required respond.

Petitioners claim the state's Air Pollution Control Act allows for such an action, and the state's Environmental Rights Amendment requires it. The petition is now being reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and will then go before the state's Environmental Quality Board, which can decide whether to move forward with it or not.

A report published by RGGI last year said participating states were able to cut power sector carbon pollution over 45 percent since 2005, while the region’s economy grew. The Investment of RGGI Proceeds in 2017 report is HERE. (Source: RGGI, Energy News, Dec., 2018) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

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


Neste, ScanOcean Partner on Marine Fuel Distribution (Int'l)
Neste
Date: 2018-12-19
In Helsinki, Finnish renewable fuel producer Neste reports it is partnering with bunker and marine fuel supplier ScanOcean AB to deliver and resell Neste's low-sulfur marine fuel in the Stockholm area on the east coast of Sweden.

With this agreement, Neste's marine fuels are now available at all Finnish ports and through ScanOcean cooperation, according to the press release. (Source: Neste, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 18 Dec., 2018)Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , Jacob Granqvist, Marine Fuels & Services Manager, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; ScanOcean AB, Jonatan Karlstrom, GM, www.scanocean.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewabole Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  Neste,  Marine Fuel,  Biofuel,  


TOTAL S.A. Fighting Climate Change with CCUS (Int'l. Report)
TOTAL
Date: 2018-12-19
Government Europa is reporting TOTAL S.A., a major energy operator, is inviting stakeholders to join its Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) research community which is seeking new energy sector approaches and policies to deal with growing carbon emissions and climate change.

TOTAL aims to reduce the carbon emissions produced by its facilities and reduce the carbon intensity of the products it produces. To that end, TOTAL S.A.plans to earmark up to 10 pct of its R&D budget to the progress of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). TOTAL is a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the seven "Supermajor" oil companies in the world (Source: TOTAL, Government Europa, 18th December , 2018) Contact: Government Europa, +44 (0)1260 273 802, info@governmenteuropa.eu; TOTAL, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL S.A.,  CCS,  CCU,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


American GreenFuels' Bioheat® Reduces CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
American GreenFuels
Date: 2018-12-19
New Haven, Conn.-based biodiesel producer American GreenFuels, LLC is touting its You Are What You Heat campaign to promote their biodiesel Bioheat® blended heating oil -- a renewable, lower carbon cleaner-burning alternative to diesel fuel.

According to American GreenFuels, Bioheat® provides greenhouse gas savings of minimum 78 pct up to 93 pct as compared with ultra low sulfur heating oil and meets ASTM D6751 specification standards. (Source: American GreenFuels, LLC, PR, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: American GreenFuels, Raf Aviner, Pres., www.AmericanGreenFuelsCT.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American GreenFuels,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Carbon Emissions,  


Green Plains Idling Otter Tail Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Green Plains
Date: 2018-12-19
NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Further to our 19th November coverage, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc plans to idle its 55 million gpy Otter Tail ethanol plant in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, until Spring 2019, amid weak margins, according to a Reuters report.

As previously reported, Green Plains has idled several plants and sold others, in response to a downturn in the ethanol market. (Source: Green Plains, Reuters, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter Tail,  Green Plains,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Ecolab, Clearway Energy Ink 100-MW Wind VPPA (Ind. Report)
Ecolab, Clearway Energy Group
Date: 2018-12-19
St. Paul, Minnesota-based water, hygiene and energy services provider Ecolab Inc is reporting the signing of a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Clearway Energy Group for 100 MW of wind energy from Clearway's proposed 419-MW Mesquite Star wind project in Fisher County, Texas. Construction is expected to get underway in the first half of 2019, according to the announcement.

Clearway presently has 4.1 GW of renewable energy projects, including 2.8 GW of wind, 1.1 GW of utility solar and more than 300 MW of distributed and community solar. This includes assets owned through affiliate Clearway Energy Inc. (Source: Ecolab,PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Ecolab Inc., https://en-ca.ecolab.com; Clearway Energy Group. John Woody, VP Bus. Dev., info@clearwayenergy.com, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clearway Energy Group,  Ecolab,  Wind ,  


GSA Foresees Improved Energy Efficiency within Decade (Ind. Report)
General Services Administration
Date: 2018-12-19
In Washington, the U.S. Energy Department and the General Services Administration (GSA) see an uptick in energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs), while the U.S. Army, the biggest adopter of ESPCs, looks to strengthen the resiliency of its electrical grid through these smart energy projects.

A bipartisan bloc of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have also found common ground on the contracting vehicle federal agencies can use to upgrade their offices with energy-efficiency technology. Through the indefinite delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) program manages, agencies have awarded more than 400 ESPC projects, invested more than $6 billion and saved nearly $14 billion in energy costs since 1998. In fiscal 2018 alone, federal agencies awarded $809 million in facility infrastructure investment, according to FEMP.

With ESPCs, contractors finance the upfront cost and certify that the upgrades will generate sufficient savings to cover the initial cost of the project. The agency pays an annual amount to the contractor for a fixed period of time, while the contractors get paid through the energy savings achieved by agencies. Across the government, agencies face a repair backlog of more than $150 billion, according to the GSA. (Source: GSA, Federal News, 18 Dec., 2018)Contact: GSA, Kevin Kampschroer, CSO, (202) 357-9582, www.gsa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Services Administration ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Allete Refurbishing 83-Turbine Oregon Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Allete Inc
Date: 2018-12-19
Minnesota-based Allete Inc. subsidiary Allete Clean Energy reports it is refurbishing its 50-MW Condon Wind power facility in Oregon as part of a fleet-wide optimization strategy.

The refurbishing, which will include new equipment and system upgrades, is expected to extend the operating life of the wind park and better position it for extending its existing contract with the Bonneville Power Administration when it expires in late 2022. (Source: Allete Clean Energy, PR, Various Media, Renewables, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Allete,  Wind,  Allete Clean Energy ,  


Solar-plus-Storage Added to O'ahu Renewables Lineup (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2018-12-19
In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) is reporting another solar-plus-storage project is now planned for O'ahu, joining three other grid-scale solar projects recently selected by HECO in a procurement effort to expand the Aloha State's renewable energy portfolio.

The 12.5-MW solar array will be in West O'ahu and include a 50-MWh storage system, details of which will be released at a leter date.

Hawaiian Electric is currently negotiating PPAs with developers of the solar projects to set the terms for them to sell electricity to the utility. The goal is to complete the agreements so the projects can take advantage of federal tax credits. Final terms will be announced when the agreements are submitted to the Public Utilities Commission for review.

Including the latest project, there are now five major grid-scale projects announced for O'ahu in recent weeks, part of the largest infusion of renewable energy in state history. The projects -- four solar and one wind project -- are designed to generate 186 megawatts, displacing an estimated 800,000 barrels of oil annually. Previously announced projects on O'ahu include: Kunia Solar, 52 MW with 218 MWh storage; Mililani Solar, 39 MW with 156 MWh storage; Waipio Solar, 36 MW with 144 MWh storage; and Palehua Wind, 46.8 MW. Several other major renewable projects totaling 154 MW are under construction or awaiting permitting on O'ahu. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


Bosselman Opens New E-15, E-85 Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Bosselman
Date: 2018-12-17
Grand Island, Nebraska-headquartered Bosselman Enterprises is reporting the opening of its new E15 and E85 retail facility in Iowa. With the opening, the 75-year old company now has 45 outlets spread across 22 states.

There are 25 ethanol plants producing approximately 2.5 billion gpy of ethanol from more than 700 million bushels of corn grown by Nebraska farmers. (Source: Bosselman Enterprises, Grand Island Independent, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Bosselman Enterprises, (308) 381-2800, www.bosselman.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Ehanol Blend,  


Sempra, ConEdison Completes Renewable Energy Assets Sale (M&A)
Sempra Energy,CopnEdison
Date: 2018-12-17
Further to our 24th Sept. coverage, Sempra Energy reports the closure of the sale of its U.S. operating solar assets, solar and battery storage development projects, and ownership interest in one wind facility to Consolidated Edison Inc. for approximately $1.6 billion in cash, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

The transaction included Mesquite Solar 2 and 3 in Arizona, Copper Mountain Solar 1 and 4 in Nevada, Great Valley Solar in California, and solar and battery storage development projects. Additionally, Con Edison acquired Sempra Energy's interest in jointly owned facilities, including Mesquite Solar 1; Copper Mountain Solar 2 and 3; the Alpaugh, Corcoran and White River solar facilities in California; and the Broken Bow II wind facility in Nebraska. The sale represents approximately 980 MW AC of installed capacity.

Sempra Energy intends to use the sale proceeds for debt reduction and to expand its regulated Texas utility platform through Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC's pending acquisition of InfraREIT Inc. (Source: Sempra Energy, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com; Sempra Energy, Inv. Relations, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  ConEdison,  


Global CO2 Emissions Rise to Record High in 2018 (Int'l)
Climate Cgange
Date: 2018-12-17
According to the recent IPCCC report, global CO2 and other GHG emission spiked to record highs in 2018, despite remaining relatively flat between 2014 and 2016. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 pct and is projected to rise 2.7 pct in 2018 bringing fossil fuel and industrial CO2 emissions to a record high of 37.1 billion tpy. The rise is being widely attributed to being driven by nearly 5 pct emissions growth in China, over 6 pct in India, and in many other nations. U.S. emissions grew 2.5 pct while EU emissions dropped just under 1 pct. (Source: IPCCC, Portland Press Herald, 5 Dec., 2019)

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


Canadian Solar Closes on 68-MW Mexican Solar Finance Pkg (Int'l)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2018-12-17
Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. is reporting closure on $69 million in non-recourse project financing for the 67.8-MWp Aguascalientes solar project in Mexico. The financing package, which was arranged with Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior SNC (Bancomext) and Banco de Sabadell SA in Spain, includes a USD-53.2-million long-term loan, a $5.6-million letter of credit facility and a $10.2-million Value Added Tax (VAT) short-term loan. The long-term loan will be used to re pay a $45-million construction loan obtained from Natixis, a unit of Groupe BPCE, in August.

The Aguascalientes solar park is expected to start commercial operations by the end of the month.

Canadian Solar claims a 436 MWp late-stage pipeline with contracted PPAs in the country. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, NASDAQ, 14, Dec., 2018) Contact: Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  


US Offshore Wind Auction Draws $405Mn in Bids (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-12-17
In Washington, the US Department of Interior (DoI) is reporting its recent offshore wind lease auction of about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts has drawn a record $405 million in winning bids from Equinor Wind, Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind.

If fully developed, the three parcels near Martha's Vineyard and Block Island could generate about 4.1 gigawatts of energy -- sufficient power for as many as 1.5 million homes.

There are currently 15 active wind leases in federal waters that have generated more than $473 million in winning bids for nearly two million acres in federal waters, according to BOEM. (Source: US DoI,Workboat,Various Media, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Equinor Wind,(508) 717-8964, Vineyard Wind, www.equinor.com;www.vineyardwind.com

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


WBCSD Launches New Energy Solutions Project (Int'l Report)
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Date: 2018-12-17
The Swiss-headquartered World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is reporting the December 10th launch of its newest project, New Energy Solutions.

By facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration, the project aims to scale up pre-commercial and/or proven low-carbon technologies that are being deployed too slowly across the transportation and other energy sectors.

The New Energy Solutions project aims to help commercial and industrial companies from all sectors make headway with proven technologies and low-carbon fuels, the uptake of green bonds for renewable fuels and projects, corporate renewable power purchase agreements, and low-carbon microgrids for commercial and industrial customers.

Together, project members are identifying and implementing technologies, fuels and solutions that help companies transition to low-carbon energy sources in line with the Paris Agreement. (Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Climate Home, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: WBCSD, Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director, www.wbcsd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Business Council for Sustainable Development,  


Golden State Mandating Carbon-Free Buses by 2029 (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-12-17
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board unanimously agreed last week to require all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. Environmental advocates project that the last buses emitting greenhouse gases will be phased out by 2040.

California presently has 153 zero-emission buses on the road now with hundreds more on order. Most of them are electric, though technology also exists for buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Existing state and federal subsidies are available to help transit agencies absorb some of the higher costs of carbon-free buses, along with money from the state's settlement with Volkswagen over the German automaker's emission-cheating software.

The transportation sector accounts for 40 pct of California's greenhouse gases, and those emissions are rising even as electrical emissions have fallen substantially. California needs to drastically reduce transportation emissions to meet its aggressive climate change goals. (Source: CARB, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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House Republicans Call for Axing RFS Ethanol Mandate (Reg & Leg)
RFS
Date: 2018-12-17
The Houston Chronicle is reporting US House Republicans are pushing to eliminate the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandating the blending of ethanol into the nation's fuel supply by 2032 in favor of a requirement that cars built from 2023 on run only on gasoline with a minimum octane level of 95.

The new octane requirement is being pitched as a fuel-neutral mechanism that would retain demand for ethanol into the future while improving vehicle engine efficiency.

Under present legislation the EPA would take over the RFS in 2022 with authority to reduce the ethanol mandate first set by Congress in 2005. Industry players have described the Republican proposal as "unworkable" especially with the possibility of Trump winning a second four-year term. (Source: Various Media, Houston Chronicle, 12 Dec., 2018)

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Fulcrum Commits to $600Mn Centerpoint Biofuels Plant (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2018-12-17
California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. reports it will invest an estimated $600 million in a 50-acre trash-to-biofuels plant in northwest Indiana. The 50-acre Centerpoint Biofuels facility will process 700,000 tpy of garbage into approximately 33 million gpy of transportation fuel.

The project will receive $2.1 million support from the state' Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) conditional tax credits as well as local incentives. Construction is expected to break ground in 2020. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy, WBAA, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

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Canadian Solar Touts 10-Yr Italian PPA (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2018-12-17
Canadian Solar Inc. reports it entered into a 10-year PPA for 100 pct of the electric power produced by a 17.6 MWp solar PV plant portfolio in Sicily, Italy. The portfolio is 51 pct owned by Canadian Solar (51% stake) and 49 pct owned by Verona, Italy-based Manni Energy, a renewable energy engineering, O&M servicesand energy efficiency firm which is part of Manni Group, which will also provide turnkey EPC services for the project. Under the PPA, TrailStone will also act as market representative for the portfolio on the Italian wholesale market. The solar PV portfolio is expected to start producing electricity in Q2, 2019. (Source: Canadian Solar, Street Insider, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Trailstone Group, John Redpath, CEO, + +44 203 959 1815, www.trailstonegroup.com; Manni Energy, +39 045 808 8911, www.mannienergy.it; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

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RENEW Wisc. Supports Nonprofit Organizations' Solar Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Badger State, Madison-based RENEW Wisconsin is reporting 36 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations -- including churches and schools -- are inline to receive $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy, increasing energy efficiency and cutting electric power costs. RENEW Wisconsin supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles.

The program is primarily funded by philanthropists Cal and Laurie Coulliard of Deerfield. In two earlier rounds of funding, RENEW Wisconsin issued more than $200,000 in grants, assisting 23 Wisconsin nonprofits invest in more than $1.67 million in solar projects that totaled 730 kilowatts of electricity. The grants fund up to 20 pct of a not-for-profit organization's solar installation costs. (Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec., 2018)Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

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India Planning 5,000 Compressed Biogas Plants by 2023 (Int'l)
Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry
Date: 2018-12-17
In the sub-continent, the Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry is reporting the planned construction of 5,000 compressed biogas-from-agricultural waste and municipal solid wastes (MSW) plants nationwide by 2023. The proposed facilities will have an estimated CBG production of 15 million tpy. The initiative is intended to boost the availability of affordable transport fuels, to better use agricultural residue, and provide additional revenue for farmers. The initiative would also increase the share of natural gas in India's energy mix from present 6-7 pct to 15 pct by the year 2022. (Source: Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, Press Trust of India, 16 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, www.petroleum.nic.in


EU Earmarks €54 Mn for Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
Ukraine
Date: 2018-12-17
The European Union (EU) reports it is providing the second tranche of financial assistance amounting to €54 million to support the activity of the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund. These funds are added to the first tranche worth EUR 50 million that Ukraine received from the EU for the Fund's activity in June.

The EU support is aimed at implementing the programs that include the provision of non-refundable grants to the apartment building co-owners associations for taking energy efficiency measures, technical support for the apartment building co-owners associations in preparation of applications to the Fund, as well as assistance in the training of energy auditors who will work in all the regions of Ukraine. (Source: UKRINFORM, 17 Dec., 2018)

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Black Hills Pitches Energy Benchmarking to Pueblo (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Energy
Date: 2018-12-17
Rapid City, South Dakota-based Black Hills Energy report it has pitched its B3 Benchmarking energy efficiency program to the city of Pueblo, Colorado. The program is aimed at identifying buildings that are underperforming and improving them, which they said would result in money savings.

The tool helps identify under performing buildings with the highest potential for energy savings and provides input to help understand the way buildings are using their energy.

The B3 tool works by customers inputting basic data about facilities, such as what the building is used for, overall square footage, number of floors/rooms, hours of use and number of employees, among other data. The information is then uploaded to B3 and then compared to similar buildings within its database. A results report is then generated. (Source: Black Hills Energy, Pueblo Chieftain 16 Dec., 2018) Contact: Black Hills Energy, Jim Dillon, Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency, www.blackhillsenergy.com

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COP24 Approves Rulebook to Govern COP15 Paris Accord (Int'l)
COP15,COP24
Date: 2018-12-17
The AP is reporting the delegates of from nearly 200 countries -- including the US despite Trump's disagreement -- meeting at the COP24 meeting last week in Katowice, Poland, have agreed on guidelines to govern the 2015 (COP15) Paris Climate Agreement.

The newly adopted Paris Accord Work Programme outlines the ways in which countries are required to count and report their greenhouse gas emissions as well as what they are doing to reduce emissions.

The deal, struck after an all-night bargaining session, will ultimately require every country in the world to follow a uniform set of standards for measuring their planet-warming emissions and tracking their climate policies. And it calls on countries to step up their plans to cut emissions ahead of another round of talks in 2020. It also calls on richer countries to be clearer about the aid they intend to offer to help poorer nations install more clean energy or build resilience against natural disasters. And it builds a process in which countries that are struggling to meet their emissions goals can get help in getting back on track.

A further agreement to pledge more aggressive action to fight global warming and to the market for international carbon emissions trading was postponed until a U.N. summit in New York in September, 2019) (Source: Weather Channel, Environmental Defense Council, UPI, NYT, Various Media, 15 Dec., 2018)

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Cox Phoenix Facility Wins Green Business Certification (Ind. Report)
Green Business Certification,USGBC
Date: 2018-12-17
Atlanta-headquartered Cox Communications reports that its area fulfillment center (AFC) in Phoenix has scored Gold level under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) certification system for waste reduction efforts.

Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource and energy efficient. The program aims to change the way materials flow through society so that all products are reused and diverted from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. TRUE provides best practices and training that helps businesses, property managers, schools, government agencies and nonprofits rethink how resources are used.

Cox Conserves is Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program focused on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries -- Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group -- and encourages eco-friendly practices. The company's sustainability goals are to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED green building rating systems, as well as the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), TRUE Zero Waste Certification, Parksmart, the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org. (Source: Cox Enterprises, PR, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Cox Enterprises, Cox Conserves, Meredith Lindvall, Recycling Waste Diversion Program Manager, www.coxenterprises.com; GBCI, www.gbci.org; : USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Company eyes far SW Indiana county for wind farm project
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America
Date: 2018-12-17
MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — A Texas company is eyeing southwestern Indiana for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm. E.ON Climate & Renewables North America wants to erect up to 81 wind turbines in Posey County in the state's far southwestern corner. Karsen Rumpf is the wind development manager for the Austin, Texas-based company. He says the project's scope and timetable depends on how many landowners are interested in leasing property for the turbines and the right-of-way for access roads to them.Construction of the wind farm could begin in 2020 , subject to Posey County planning authority approval. Karsen Rumpf is the wind development manager for the Austin, Texas-based company. He says the project's scope and timetable depends on how many landowners are interested in leasing property for the turbines and the right-of-way for access roads to them. Rumpf tells the Evansville Courier & Press it would take an estimated 47 to 81 wind turbines for the proposed farm to generate 200 megawatts of power. (Source: Evansville Courier Press, 16 Dec., 2018)

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Mich. Machine Company Scores Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2018-12-17
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) reports it has awarded Independent Machine Co. in Escanaba a $9,750 rebate for energy efficiency improvements.

The company matched the rebate to install a power monitoring and control system across their manufacturing operations to implement a range of energy saving procedures, such as soft motor starts and efficient LED light operation. The company's estimated annual electricity usage savings is 26,000 kWh at a cost savings of $4,000.

Details on the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program are HERE. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, www.michigan.gov/energy

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SwRI Granted $2Mn for Innovative Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report)
Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Lone Star State, the San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports receipt of $2 million in grant funding from the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop an advanced pumped heat electricity storage (PHES) system. This system offers twice the energy density of a lithium ion battery and is based on an innovative thermodynamic cycle to store energy in hot and cold fluids.

In this new system, electric energy from the grid is converted into thermal energy and stored as a thermal potential. At full capacity, the system can store energy for hours or up to several weeks before converting it back to electrical energy. The system can then provide greater than 10 hours of electricity at rated power. Tom adds that the capacity of the system can be easily extended by increasing the volume of the storage tanks. Additionally, this form of storage offers a low-cost solution when compared to the costs of operations like "peaker" plants, which generate and provide electricity during the peak demand hours of the morning, later afternoon and evening. (Source: SwRI, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Danny Deffenbaugh, VP Mechanical Engineering Division, www.swri.org/industries/machinery; DOE ARPA-E, https://arpa-e.energy.gov

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WIRE-A Touts Women's Role in Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Women in Renewable Energy Association
Date: 2018-12-14
The Toronto-based Women in Renewable Energy Association (WIRE-A) is reporting an initiative aimed getting women more involved in the solar and renewable energy industry.

In a recent WIRE-A event entitled Advancing the Role of Women in the Renewable Energy Space, the Association encouraged a number of women and stakeholders in attendance to look at the challenges, opportunities and to become involved in the renewables sector.

The event's keynote speaker, Prince Adeshina Ademuyewo, of the Advisory Board of the Council for Renewable Energy (CREN), took participants through the interventions, opportunities, need for collaborations and how women can become involved and make a remarkable change in the sector. (Source: Women in Renewable Energy Association, The Nation, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Women in Renewable Energy Association, info@womeninrenewableenergy.ca, www.womeninrenewableenergy.ca

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UN Sec. Gen. Guterres Spurs On Flagging COP24 Climate Talks (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
COP24, Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-14
"We're running out of time. To waste this opportunity would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change. It would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal.

"The IPCC special report is a stark acknowledgment of what the consequences of global warming beyond 1.5 degrees will mean for billions of people around the world, especially those who call small island states home. This is not good news, but we cannot afford to ignore it." -- UN secretary general Antonio Guterres commenting on the slow progress of the COP24 talks centered on devising a rule book for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement and raising countries' level of ambition to counter climate change.

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Benefuel Planning British Columbia Biodiesel Facility (Ind Report)
Benefuel
Date: 2018-12-14
Coppel, Texas-headquartered Benefuel Inc. reports it is investigating several locations in British Columbia, Canada, for a new 150 million lpy state-of-the-art biodiesel facility.

Benefuel's process is one of the most capital efficient refining solutions for carbon reduction in liquid transportation fuels. The fuel produced at this facility will have a negative carbon intensity score and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 550,000 metric tpy -- roughly equivalent to 10 pct of British Columbia's 2030 target reduction for transportation. (Source: Benefuel, Canadian Biomass, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

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Norwegians Ban Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Palmoil
Date: 2018-12-14
In Oslo, the Norwegian parliament has voted to ban the country's biofuel industry from purchasing palm oil and other dangerous biofuel feedstocks and biofuels that are linked to deforestation and harmful environmental practices, effective 1 Jan., 2020. The EU has also banned palm oil biofuels beginning in 2030.

Norwegian palm oil consumption reached an all-time high in 2017 when fully 10 pct of the country's diesel consumption was based out of palm oil. (Source: Good News Network, 12 Dec., 2018)

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Notable Quote
University of New Mwxico
Date: 2018-12-14
"There are profound socio-economic challenges associated with a really serious transition to renewable (energy). We better start thinking about that really fast because, like it or not, the movement to renewables is already happening. This energy shift is going to accelerate no matter what noise we hear out of the Federal government. As a state, we need to think about new revenue streams." -- Professor David Gutzler Climatologist, University of New Mexico Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, www.unm.edu/faculty-and-staff/gutzler

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Prince George Scores Biomass,Bioeconomy Award (Ind. Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-12-14
At the 3rd annual Biomass North Awards ceremonies in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the British Columbia city of Prince George (pop. 74,500} was lauded with the Municipal Leadership in the Bioeconomy award for its efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Specifically, the city was recognized for its business district central biomass energy system.

The award recognizes a community whose biomass initiative has made an outstanding contribution to reducing emissions. Source: City of Prince George, CKPG, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: City of Prince George, (250) 561-7600, www.princegeorge.ca; Biomass North Forum, www.bndc2018.biomassnorth.org

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Inslee Calls for Reduced Energy Consumption, Increased Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Jay Inslee
Date: 2018-12-14
In Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (DEM) has unveiled a plan that the governor claims would drive a dramatic reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.

Inslee's proposal is designed to accelerate the innovation and efforts already underway across the economy to transition to 100 pct clean energy, construct ultra-energy efficient buildings, establish a clean fuel standard, electrify the state's transportation system and phase down super-pollutants in certain products -- all of which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state to 25 pct below 1990 levels by 2035. To achieve that goal, the state needs to further reduce emissions by nearly 16 million metric tpy, according to a release. The transition to 100 pct clean energy would place Washington among the first states to end all coal-fired electric power consumption by 2025, transition toward carbon neutral electricity in 2030, and lay the groundwork to eliminate all fossil fuels in electricity generation by 2045.

Inslee is also calling for a 40 pct increase in the state's Clean Energy Fund, a comprehensive clean energy and energy efficiency building package; a clean fuel standard; support for electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure; and a reduction in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- a super-pollutant that is thousands of times more damaging than carbon. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, PR, The Hill, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: US Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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