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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.citizensclimatelobby.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Citizens Climate Lobby, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Tax, Renewable Energy,
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 Twenty-nine of the 37 petitions have been approved , 7 ar pending and 1 was withdrawn.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,
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,
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,
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,
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 ,
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
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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
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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,
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
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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
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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,
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
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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, email@example.com, http://arena.gov.au; Boral Limited, www.boral.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel, Biofuel, Renewable Fuel, ARENA, BORAL,
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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org; TOTAL, www.total.com
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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
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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,
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., email@example.com, www.clearwayenergygroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clearway Energy Group, Ecolab, Wind ,
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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.allete.com
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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,
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board.Low Carbon FUel,
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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum Bioenergy, Waste-to-Biofuel,
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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, email@example.com, www.womeninrenewableenergy.ca
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"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.
More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC, Paris Climate Agreement, COP15, COP24, Climate Change,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.benefuel.net
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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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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'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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