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India's CO2 Emissions Projected to Grow 6.3 pct (Int'l Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-14
The international interdisciplinary Earth System Science Data (ESSD) journal reports CO2 emissions in India grew at an average annual rate of 5.2 pct during 2008-2017 and are expected to grow even higher in 2018. Suggesting that this growth is higher than China's CO2 emissions, an increase of 3.0 pct. While the global average for the EU countries by 1.8 pct.

According to the study, over the past decade fossil fuel CO2 emissions decreased "significantly" in 25 countries -- Aruba, Barbados, Croatia, Czech Republic, North Korea, Denmark, France, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the US, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela. Notable was Germany, whose emissions did not decrease significantly.

The study notes that growth in global emissions of 1.6 pct in 2017 was within the range of the projected growth of 2.0 pct (range of 0.8 to 3.0 pct) based on national emission projections for China, the US, and India and projections of gross domestic product corrected for fossil fuel carbon intensity of the economy (IFF trends) for the rest of the world. (Source: Counterview News Blog, 11 Dec., 2018)

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


Climate Activist Al Gore Overheard at COP24 (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,Global CCS Institute
Date: 2018-12-14
US environmental activist Al Gore railed against carbon capture technology this week while at the UN COP23 climate conference in Poland. When quizzed by media on the urgency on cutting carbon emissions and eliminating fossil fuels, the former Clinton Administration VP shot back:

"What does that mean? Not getting off fossil fuels but reducing emissions? You're not buying the CCS (carbon capture and storage) nonsense are you? Are you? If you see a separation between getting off fossil fuels as one thing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as another, then the only way to reconcile those two positions is to believe in the tooth fairy."

"The window for action is closing fast -- we need to do more and we need to do it now." Gore added.

Note: According to the Global CCS Institute, 18 large-scale CO2 trapping facilities are in operation with five in various stages of construction, and another 20 in various stages of development worldwide. (Source: Daily Caller, Global CCS Institute, Various Media, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, www.globalccsinstitute.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Al Gore,  Global CCS Institute,  


Bay State Releases Comprehensive Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2018-12-14
After two years of study, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)on Wednesday released its long-awaited Comprehensive Energy Plan, to achieve a "clean, affordable, and resilient" in-state energy future by 2030.

The plan calls for aggressive and technology-based energy conservation, building energy efficiency, an increased reliance on renewable energy, increase transportation electrification, energy storage and other related measures. The plan also recognizes climate and energy achievements to date, but suggests more work to meet mandated emissions reduction goals and prevent winter price spikes in the power sector.

Access Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan details HERE. (Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassLive, Dec., 2018)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass DOER,  Clean Energy,  


Senvion Claims European Wind Turbine Contracts (Int'l Report)
Senvion
Date: 2018-12-14
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA reports it has inked four wind turbine supply contracts totaling more than 47 MW for projects in Belgium, France and Portugal.

In Belgium, Senvion concluded deals with EDF Luminus and Eoly for the Sint Gillis Waas and Rebaix wind farms, respectively. Four machines will be installed next summer including 3.4M104 and 3.4M114 models. Senvion will also provide maintenance for 20 years. Senvion will also supply four 3.4M114 turbines for the Aschere-le-Marche wind farm in France, which is being developed by ABO Wind and owned by CEZ Group. The deal includes a 15-year maintenance contract.

A deal has also been struck with Zurich utility EKZ for six 3.4M122 units for the Marvila 2 wind farm in Portugal for commissioning next autumn. (Source: Senvion, renews, 12 Dec., 2018)Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Neste Expanding Renewable Diesel Production in Singapore (Int'l)
Neste
Date: 2018-12-14
In Helsinki, Finnish biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste reports it will invest €1.4 billion to boost its biofuel production capacity in Singapore. The expansion will increase Neste's production capacity to 4.5 million tpy by 2022 from a current 2.7 million tonnes.

Neste currently produces biofuels in Singapore, Rotterdam and Porvoo, Finland. The new production line is due to start in 2022. (Source: Neste, Various Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Neste, Peter Vanacker, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Duke U. Acquires 10,000 acre Peatland for Carbon Farm (Ind. Report)
Duke University
Date: 2018-12-14
In Durham, North Carolina, Duke University reports it has acquired the rights to 10,000 acres of peatland in Hyde County for what may be the nation's largest "carbon farming" project that could propel the university to carbon neutrality by 2024.

Carbon farming uses land management and conservation to increase the amount of carbon that agriculture pulls out of the air and locks into the soil and vegetation. Existing carbon farming programs in California, the Midwest and other countries have shown that a 2.5 acre plot of pasture or rangeland can store about one metric tpy of carbon. The NC peatlands, once re-wetted, have much greater potential -- perhaps 15 to 20 times more -- meaning the land could yield hundreds of thousands of metric tpy of carbon.

The Duke project will launch with a 300 acre pilot which could be expanded depending on its results. To date, the university has invested approximately $300,000 on the project which could sell carbon credits to companies. (Source: Duke University, Triangle Business Journal, Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke University, Curtis Richardson, Dir., Wetland Center, ww.researchgate.net/profile/Curtis_Richardson

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peatland,  Peat,  Duke University,  CCS,  Carbon Emissiuons,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


Univ. Arkansas Nitrogen, Biofuel Production Research Funded (Funding)
University of Arkansas,National Science Foundation
Date: 2018-12-14
In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas is reporting Assoc. Professor Daniel Lessner has been awarded $686,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation to support research that could decrease the need for nitrogen agricultural fertilizers and boost the production of biofuels Lessner also received $397,000 from the U.S. DOE to study ways the technology can improve energy production.

Lessner is investigating how methanogens, organisms similar to bacteria, use nitrogen directly from the atmosphere to live and grow. Understanding the mechanism that enables methanogens to access nitrogen from the atmosphere also holds promise for more efficient production of biofuels, methane and hydrogen, according to the press release. (Source: University of Arkansas, PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Lessner, Biological Sciences, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, (479) 575-2239, dlessner@uark.edu, www.uark.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Nitrogen,  National Science Foundation,  


Philadelphia Eagles Football Stadium Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-12-14
In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Eagles football club is reporting its home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

The stadium's energy efficiency and LEED qualifying feature include: operating 100 pct on clean energy, motion controlled LED lighting and HVAC, diverting 99 pct of waste from landfills, a comprehensive on-site anaerobic digestion composting program, the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, and phasing out plastics at concession stands. The facility also produces one-third of its annual power needs from its 11,108 solar panels and 14 wind turbines and sources its remaining remaining energy by purchasing credits from suppliers that use renewable energy. The stadium owners also created a 6.5-acre forest in Bensalem and planted 5,900 trees with help from the Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Source: Lincoln Financial Field, Inquirer, philly.com, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


680 GW of New Wind Power by 2027, says Report (Ind. Report)
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
Date: 2018-12-14
More than 680 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power is expected to come online around the globe in the next decade, according to new research from the international energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Wood Mackenzie announced this week that it had upgraded its Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q4 2018 by 2 pct compared to only a quarter ago, with the majority of the expected growth to occur in the medium-term, boosting annual capacity additions from 2020 to 2023 by an average of 2.7 GW.

In the long term, Wood Mackenzie forecasts that more than 680 GW of new on- and offshore wind power will be brought online through 2027. (Source: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, CleanTechnica, Others, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, (617) 500- 4257 -- Boston Office, www.woodmac.com/research/products/power-and-renewables

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.Wind,  


Finland Recalculates Forest Carbon Sink Capacity (Int'l Report)
Carbon Sink
Date: 2018-12-14
In Helsinki, the Finnish Natural Resources Institute is reporting Finland could safely consume over 80 million cubic meters of its forest wood annually without disturbing the forest's carbon storage capacity.

The Institute notes that earlier assessments of the size of the country's forest carbon sink had been underestimated and did not take the faster growth rate of forests under the influence of global warming and a warmer climate. The Institute added that even though the Finnish carbon sink will shrink because of wood usage, it would not be reduced to a critical level any time before 2050. The current level of forest use is roughly 70 million cubic meters annually. The government has aimed at an increase up to 80 million.

The Institute study was in compliance with EU land usage decree requirements that members inform the EC by the end of 2018 about estimated carbon sink levels of their forests in 2021-2025. They will then be analyzed by experts from the EU and members. The EU Commission will define the final values in 2020. (Source: Finnish Natural Resources Institute , Xinhua, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnish Natural Resources Institute, +358 29 532 6000, www.luke.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sink,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Emissions,  Forest Carbon,  


Snowy Hydro Expanding Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l)
Snowy Hydro
Date: 2018-12-14
In the Land Down UNder, Cooma, NSW-based Snowy Hydro Limited reports its board has approved a final investment decision to proceed with the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage hydro expansion, subject to shareholder approval.

Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.

Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia. (Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888, info@snowyhydro.com.au, www.snowyhydro.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro,  Hydro Energy Storage,  Pumped Energy Storage,  


NY State Upping Energy Efficiency, Storage Targets (Ind. Report)
York State Public Service Commission
Date: 2018-12-14
In a bid to tackle climate change more quickly, the New York State Public Service Commission reports it has approved initiatives aimed at more than doubling energy efficiency progress by 2025 and setting the Empire State on course to construct 1.5GW of storage by 2025 increasing to up to 3GW by 2030. The Commission also directs New York State's six major electric utilities to hold competitive procurements for 350MW of large-scale energy storage systems.

The energy storage goal is intended to enable renewable energy resources to meet periods of peak demand. The efficiency target is expected to cut the state's energy consumption by the equivalent of fueling and powering 1.8 million homes through building retrofits, upgrades to heating and cooling equipment and innovative technologies like heat pumps. (Source: New York State Public Service Commission, Energy Live, Dec., 2018) Contact: New York State PSC, (518) 474-7080, www.dps.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News York State Public Service Commission,  Energy Storage,  


UMass Wood Byproducts Renewable Fuel Additive R&D Funded (R&D)
US DOE
Date: 2018-12-14
The US DOE Co-Optima initiative has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers led by a UMass Lowell for the development of renewable fuel additives from sawdust and other wood byproducts. The University of Maine and Rockledge, Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. are also participating in the project.

The additive is intended to be mixed with diesel and other petroleum-based fuels to displace some volume of diesel with something renewable and help cut down the vehicle's carbon footprint. The biofuel-blend formulation will offer the same engine performance, but will ideally be easier and more environmentally friendly to produce. (Source: U Mass, US DOE, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: UMass, Prof. Hunter Mack, Research Team Leader, http://uml.academia.edu/JohnHunterMack; Mainstream Engineering, (321) 631-3550, Fax: (321)631-3552, info@mainstream-engr.com, www.mainstream-engr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Anaergia's Anaerobic Digestion Rialto Bioenergy Facility Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Anaergia Inc
Date: 2018-12-14
Anaergia Inc. is reporting construction is underway at the Rialto Bioenergy Facility east of Los Angeles, California. The facility will divert 300,000 tpy of organic waste from landfills and, using Anaergia's anaerobic digestion technology, produce the equivalent of 13 mw of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy.

The Rialto projectis being developed in collaboration with Waste Management, Republic Services, Southern California Edison, Anaheim Public Utility, Southwest Gas Utility, City of Rialto, the Sanitation Bureau of the City of Los Angeles, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and of Orange County. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, State of California and significant private investment. (Source: Anaergia Inc., PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Anaergia Inc., Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 -- Burlington Ontario, info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biofuel,  


Storelectric Raises £1Mn for Compressed Air Energy Storage (Int'l)
Storelectric
Date: 2018-12-14
Lancashire, UK-based compressed air energy storage specialist Storelectric Ltd. is reporting receipt of £1 million in additional funding from green tech investors 350PPM alongside employees from a major US institution.

According to the company's website, Storelectric's Compressed Air Energy Storage enables a surplus of wind or solar power to be stored underground where the surplus energy is used to store air in salt caverns, a type of underground reservoir. (Source: Storelectric, UKTN, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Storelectric Ltd., Jeff Draper, CFO and co-founder, +44 0 7919 536551, jdraper@storelectric.com, www.storelectric.com; 350PPM, https://350.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Compressed Air Energy Storage,  ,  


Navigant Expands Global Energy Segment Team (Ind. Report)
Navigant Consulting
Date: 2018-12-12
In Chicago, Navigant Consulting, Inc.is reporting the addition of four senior-level industry professionals to the company's growing global Energy segment.

Burrell Kilmer, managing director, along with Sebastian Foot, James Freyre, and Wesley Thomson, directors, are well-versed in the changing market demands, evolving policies and regulations, and disruptive technologies ushering in an era of transformation for the energy industry. In their new roles, they will work side by side with clients to help develop and implement strategies for the Energy Cloud, a framework developed by Navigant to describe a more sustainable, highly digitized, and dynamic energy system.

With over 600 consultants, Navigant's global Energy segment is the largest energy and sustainability consulting team in the industry. The company's clients include the world's 50 largest electric, water, and gas utilities; the 20 largest independent power generators; and the 20 largest gas distribution and pipeline companies. (Source: Navigant, PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: Navigant, Kyle Bland, Investor Relations, (312) 573-5624, kyle.bland@navigant.com, www.navigant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Consulting,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Steel Giant Calls for Green Border to Address Climate Change (Int'l)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2018-12-12
Belgium-based iron ore, metallurgical coal and steel producer ArcelorMittal is calling for Europe to introduce a green border adjustment whereby steel imported into Europe has the same standards applied on CO2 as European-produced steel under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) regime. The adjustment would mandate any shortfall in CO2 emissions be compensated by the importer thus incentivising effective reduction in carbon emissions, ArcelorMittal maintains.

ArcelorMittal notes it is investigating new technologies such as carbon capture, storage and use; using renewable carbon such as renewable biomass; and replacing carbon with renewable sources of power. The company also notes that investment from both public and private sources for the demonstration, scale-up and commercialization of these breakthrough technologies will be required, as was the case in the European energy sector which on average has received government support equivalent to an annual subsidy of over €50/t of CO2 emissions avoided. (Source: ArcelorMittal S.A., PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal, David Clarke, VP Strategy, Paul Weigh, +32 9 347 31 11, paul.weigh@arcelormittal.com, www.corporate.arcelormittal.com

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


Univ. of Illinois Pitches $40Mn Carbon Capture Project (R&D)
University of Illinois
Date: 2018-12-12
In the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports it is seeking the Springfield City Council support on a $40 million pilot project that would retrofit City Water, Light and Power's (CWLP) newest power plant to capture CO2.

The 4 year project would study the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the CWLP's method of capturing CO2 emissions, would be 100 pct grant funded through a U.S. DOE, and would break ground in 2021.

The DOE grant requires that all proposed projects be undertaken in cooperation with a coal-fired power plant producing at least 10 MW of electricity. CWLP meets the requirement. (Source: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Univ. of Illinois, State Journal Register, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Kevin O'Brien, Dir., (217) 333-8940, www.istc.illinois.edu; City Water, Light and Power, www.cwlp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Illinois ,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


Altus Power Snares 2.2-MW Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
Altus Power America
Date: 2018-12-12
Greenwich, Conn.-based Altus Power America Inc. is reporting the acquisition of a 2.2 MW, multi-state portfolio of operating rooftop and carport solar assets. The portfolio sells renewable energy to off-takers, including a charter school and private corporations, in Colorado, New Jersey and New Mexico. Altus acquired the portfolio from an undisclosed renewable energy services provider specializing in distributed generation solar projects.

Altus Power invests in, owns and operates clean energy projects that serve commercial and public-sector clients. (Source: Altus Power, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Altus Power, Gregg Felton, Managing Partner, (203) 698-0090, www.altuspower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Altus Power America ,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Geronimo Plans Second Mankato, Minnesota Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Geronimo Energy
Date: 2018-12-12
In Minnesota, Geronimo Energy is reporting plans for the construction of a 19-acre solar array in the city of Mankato. Construction is expected to get underway in 2020.

Geronimo previously developed the Corvus solar farm Mankato which was sold to Berkshire Hathaway Energy. (Source: Geronimo Energy, Mankato Free Press, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Geronimo,  


Seraphim Planning 500 MW South African Solar Cell Plant (Int'l)
Seraphim Solar
Date: 2018-12-12
The solar cell facility will start commercial operation in Q3 2019 Chinese solar cell manufacturer Jiangsu Seraphim Solar Syste Co. Ltd. has announced to open a 500 MW solar cell factory in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The new factory is being co-developed by Seraphim and Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) and will begin commercial operation in Q3 2019.

Seraphin is also planning a 200 MW half-cell module assembly expansion in Eastern Cape. (Source: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar, Mercom, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: Seraphin, +86-519-68788166, Fax: +86-519-8878-6181, info@seraphim-energy.com, www.seraphim-energy.com; Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, www.idc.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Seraphim Solar,  Solar,  


China Plans Tripling of Ethanol Production (Int'l Report)
China Ethanol,China National Renewable Energy Centre
Date: 2018-12-12
According to the China National Renewable Energy Centre in Guangzhou, China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020 to meet an expected surge in demand for clean fuels. The country is currently building or seeking approval for new ethanol plants totaling 6.6 million tpy capacit.

China produced 2.8 million tonnes of ethanol in 2017. Current capacity is estimated at approximately 3.38 million tonnes, including recently approved plants still under construction. Of those, corn-based ethanol capacity is around 1.45 million tpy, followed by cassava, wheat, sorghum and rice. (Source: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Reuters, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Dou Kejun, Researcher, www.cnrec.org.cn/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  China National Renewable Energy Centre,  


Indian State Plans Cashew Ethanol, CNG Pilot Projects (Int'l)
Ethanol
Date: 2018-12-12
The government of the west-central Indian state of Maharashtra is reporting a proposal to produce ethanol and compressed natural gas (CNG) from the fermentation of cashew apple and cashew apple cake and has, to that end, has identified several regional large-scale cashew nut producers to establish two pilot projects. The government also established a ten-member committee comprised of industry players, academics and others to make recommendations and to see the projects to completion.

Maharashtra state produces approximately 2.5 lakh tpy of cashew cake and 22 lakh tpy of cashew apple, as well as 60,000 tpy of cashew nuts. It has been estimated that the state can produce nearly 4.5 lakh lpy of ethanol. (Source: Gov. of Maharashtra, DNA, Dec., 2018) Contact: Gov. of Maharashtra, www.maharashtra.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  India Biofuel,  CNG,  Biofuel,  


EU in Disagreement on Auto CO2 Emission Limits (Int'l Report)
European Union
Date: 2018-12-12
On Tuesday in Brussels, European Union (EU) member countries were reportedly unable to reach a compromise on significant curbs to carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans.

The EU executive initially proposed that emissions decline by 30 pct by 2030, compared to 2021 levels. Germany backed that plan, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target to 35 pct. There is also an intermediate target for 2025. EU parliamentarians endorsed a 40 pct reduction in October, which was endorsed by the Netherlands, Sweden, and other member states. (Source: EU, Automotive News Europe, 11 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Transportatio Emissions,  


UK Adds £100Mn to Sub-Saharan Renewable Platform (Int'l)
Renewable Energy Performance Platform
Date: 2018-12-12
From COP24 in Poland, the UK government reports it will provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023.

The funding, which triples the overall funding for the REPP, could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa over the next five years, according to a release from UK Energy and Clean Growth minister Hon.Claire Perry.

The new investment adds to the £48 million previously committed to the REPP programme, which is already supporting 18 renewable energy projects in a range of countries from Tanzania to Burundi.

REPP is an innovative funding platform created by the European Investment Bank and the UNEP, and funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. REPP provides early-stage funding, advisory services, and results-based finance for the development and construction of small and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, Hon. Claire Perry, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Renewable Energy Performance Platform, www.africa-eu-renewables.org


Finnair Touts Biofuel, CO2 Emissions Offset Service (Int'l)
Finnair,Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-12-12
Further to our July 30th coverage, Finland's national air carrier Finnair reports it will offer a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels, beginning in early 2019. Finnair's partners for its offset service will include Dutch SkyNRG company and for emission reduction projects, Finnairand the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states.

The Helsinki-headquartered airline is part of an initiative driven by Shell, SkyNRG, World Energy, San Francisco Airport and several other airlines, which aims to pave the way for a longer term, more resilient supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, and thus supporting the aviation industry's common CO2 emission reduction targets. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnair, Kati Ihamaki, Director, Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org; www.nefco.org; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Finnair,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  ,  


Greenland Ice Melt Leading Source of Sea Level Rise (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-12-12
According to a recent article in the Guardian, Greenland contributes 20 pct of overall sea-level rise, which is running at 4mm per year , and if the vast northern ice sheet were to completely melt, it would raise global sea levels by 7 meters.

Runoff from Greenland, currently the biggest single source of meltwater adding to the volume of the world's oceans, is 50 pct higher than pre-industrial levels and increasing exponentially as a result of man-made global warming, the article warns. Based on UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data, almost all of the increase has occurred in the past two decades. (Source: Conservation Int'l. HumanNature Blog, 11 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


NREL, Forest Concepts Collaborate on Biofuel Feedstocks, Biomass Conversion (R&D, Ind. Report)
Forest Concepts
Date: 2018-12-12
Recognizing the importance of enhancing biomass conversion processes for industry, a team of NREL scientists partnered with Auburn, Washington-based Forest Concepts to perform detailed thermochemical conversion simulations for biomass feedstocks. The simulations relate feedstock attributes to expected product yields and necessary pyrolysis conversion process conditions. The work by NREL will allow Forest Concepts to better convey the value of their feedstocks to biorefinery customers.

Forest Concepts, a manufacturer of precision woody and herbaceous feedstocks for bioenergy and bioproduct applications, leveraged NREL's capabilities in biomass conversion modeling to help quantify the impact of their feedstock characteristics based on various particle shapes and sizes. The NREL team is part of the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC), which uses high-performance computing to support the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).

Prior to the development of the NREL models, Forest Concepts provided feedstock pricing based on volume and size of the biomass particle. Using the NREL models, Forest Concepts can now provide information to their customers such as standardized performance, required conversion conditions, and expected yields based on the size and shape of feedstock particles.

BETO recognized early on the value of developing detailed biomass feedstock particle models to understand how the properties of each particle impact the yield and composition products from the conversion process. Moving forward, these capabilities will be leveraged by the newly established Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) whose mission is to quantify, understand, and manage variability in biomass from field through downstream conversion and to understand how biomass composition, structure, and behavior impact system performance.

FCIC is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks and understanding how biomass properties influence collection, storage, handling, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. (Source: NREL, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: NREL, Peter Ciesielski, Scientist, www.nrel.gov; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Forest Concepts, James H. Dooley, CTO, (253) 333-9663, www.forestconcepts.com; Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, https://fcic.inl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Forest Concepts,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  BETO ,  


Notable Quote
IEA
Date: 2018-12-12
"Ethanol is very important because it is part of the solution in terms of reducing the oil import dependence of many countries. At the same time, ethanol will help reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector as well as other sectors." -- IEA Exec. Dir. Fatih Birol, speaking on the sidelines of the COP24 in Katowice in Poland.

The IEA, a Paris-based intergovernmental organization, was established in the framework of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. (Source: EIA, Various Media, 10 Dec., 2018)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Ethanol,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote
Natural Resources Defense Council.
Date: 2018-12-12
"All in all, rural renewable energy projects are laying the foundation for a clean energy economy that meets the needs of local communities and provides clean and affordable energy throughout the (mid-western) region. Federal leaders should increase funding for clean energy research, development, and demonstration projects that will continue to bring down the costs of clean energy and allow more people to gain access." -- -- Arjun Krishnaswami, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council, www.nrdc.org

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8minutenergy, J.P. Morgan, Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners Tout Solar JV Agreement (Ind. Report)
8minutenergy
Date: 2018-12-12
California-headquartered 8minutenergy Renewables, the largest privately-held developer of solar PV and storage projects in the U.S., is reporting a solar energy development joint venture agreement with NYC-based Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners and banking giant J.P. Morgan.

8minutenergy Renewables presently has 10.7 GW of solar and storage under development in California, the Southwest, Texas, and the Southeast, and has developed over 1,100 MW of solar power plants in operation. The company also developed the 800 MW Mount Signal solar farm in California, the nation's largest solar farm.

NYC-based Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners is an independently-owned private investment firm focused on diversified North American infrastructure private equity investments in the middle market. Upper Bay targets both mature, stable assets and growth-oriented infrastructure investments in partnership with leading operators and developers. (Source: 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, CEO, Helena Kimball, hkimball@8minutenergy.com, www.8minuteenergy.com; Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners, www.ubaycap.com

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Switzerland Climbs in NGO Climate Performance Ranking (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-12
SwissInfo is reporting Switzerland has jumped three places to 9th in a ranking of country climate performance as determined by three NGOs -- Germanwatch, CAN Europe and the New Climate Institute. The ranking is intended to put political and social pressure on countries to take more ambitious action on climate protection.

The index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 56 countries and the EU that are, together, responsible for nearly 90 pct of global GHG emissions. The index uses 14 indicators covering GHG emissions, renewable energy and energy use along with the compatibility of national climate targets with the Paris Climate Agreement. The rating only evaluates CO2 emitted domestically. If emissions from consumption were measured, Switzerland would be ranked lowerg as the country imports large quantities of CO2-intensive products, creating more CO2 emissions abroad than at home.

According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Switzerland's total CO2 emissions, calculated in terms of its carbon footprint, was 116 million tonnes in 2015. Of these, 76 million tonnes were produced abroad. Switzerland is one of the few countries that relies more on purchasing climate certificates to offset emissions than on reducing its own emissions. (Source: SwissInfo, 10 Dec., 2018)

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Arizona Utilities Encouraged to Increase Energy Efficiency Investments (Ind. Report)
US PIRG, Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2018-12-12
With just days before the Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote on Tucson Electric Power's (TEP) Demand-Side Management Plan, Tucson business owners are encouraging the Commission to increase investment in energy efficiency. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, who have been speaking with business owners across Tucson, are hopeful the Commission will restore and increase energy efficiency funding for TEP ratepayers.

In a letter to the Commission, three dozen business owners cited the return on investment, the creation of local jobs and reduced energy waste attributed to energy efficiency. According to the letter, since 2010, energy saving programs implemented by TEP and Arizona Public Service Company (APS) deliver approximately $3.90 in benefits for every $1 invested by ratepayers. Additionally, the APs and TEP energy-saving programs have cut energy waste by delivering demand savings greater than eight 100MW peaker power plants. (Source: US PIRG, PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: US PIRG, Aaron Kane (602) 252-9227, https://uspirg.org; Arizona Corporation Commission, www.azcc.gov; Tucson Electric Power, (520) 571-4000, www.tep.com; Arizona Public Service Company, www.aps.com

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UK's Quimera Energy Efficiency Enters US Hotel Market (Int'l.)
Quimera Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-12
London, UK-based energy efficiency specialist Quimera Energy Efficiency, which designs and delivers energy efficiency and smart building solutions for hotels around the world, reports it has taken its first step into the US market after winning a new seven-figure export contract to install its systems in all three Marriott hotels operated by the MDM Hotel Group in Miami. Quimera is also exploring a new joint venture with Hyatt Hotels in Chicago and is in discussions with a further 30 hotels across the US market, which could deliver up to £6 million in revenue between 2019 and 2022, the company says.

With growing overseas prospects, particularly in the US and China, the company expects to see its total revenue increase by 200 pct to more than £2.6 million over the coming year, reaching £35.4 million by 2024. The company currently generates 70 pct of its turnover from overseas sales in Germany, the UAE, Oman, China, India , the Dominican Republic and other markets.

The company boasts the global energy efficiency sector's first revenue model based entirely on the performance of its solutions, taking a share of the energy cost saved by its partners instead of charging up-front for its services, according to the release. (Source: Quimera Energy Efficiency, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Quimera Energy Efficiency,, John Chambers, Bus. Dev, www.quimeraee.com

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First UK Energy Efficiency Income Trust Fund Launched (Int'l)
SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust
Date: 2018-12-12
Further to our 26th November coverage, in a London launched IPO, shares in London's first listed energy efficiency fund -- SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) -- began trading yesterday as the firm raised £100 million. Proceeds from the IPO will go towards acquiring a seed portfolio, which will invest in energy efficiency related projects.

The SEEIT fund is hoping to capture the move towards carbon footprint reduction and decentralized energy generation. SEEIT is targeting £150 million and a total return of 7 pct to 8 pct per year, with a targeted initial dividend yield of 5 pct , rising to 5.5 pct in the year ending March 2021. (Source: SEEIT, Energy Voice, Dec. 11, 2018) Contact: SEEIT, Jonathan Maxwell, CEO, +44 (0) 207 287 7700, Fax - +44 (0) 207 806 8100, info@sdcl-ib.com, www.sdcl-ib.com

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Stamford Health CT's First LEED Certified Hospital (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-12-12
In Conn., Stamford Health reports it has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Healthcare Certification for its 650,000-square-foot Stamford Hospital which was completed in 2016. Stamford Health is one of only 86 projects worldwide to be certified under the LEED healthcare system rating. It is also the largest LEED for healthcare certified project in the nation.

In the project, the Stamford Hospital focused on air flow, energy consumption and air quality. The project's LEED qualifying features included:

  • 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;

  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens;

    courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;

  • green roofing system was implemented to provide a heat island effect, sending less heat into the atmosphere;

  • sustainably sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were regional sourced;

  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were installed throughout the building; and

  • an advanced facilities and energy management system was installed. (Source: Stamford Health, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Stamford Health, Stamford Hospital, Michael Smeriglio, Executive Director, Facilities Management, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • NATSO Comments on Draft Legislation to Reform Renewable Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    NATSO,RFS
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered truck stop and travel plaza industry group NATSO testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Congress on Tuesday to discuss new legislation that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and transition the gasoline market to a high octane fuel performance standard.

    In his testimony, NATSO VP of Government Affairs David Fialkov focused on the diesel market and the opportunities for policymakers to incentivize diesel retailers to incorporate increasing amounts of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into the nation's diesel fuel supply.

    "NATSO supports the provisions of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act that would facilitate market conditions and opportunities for its members to lower prices for consumers for advanced biofuels. Fialkov also recommended revisions to the draft legislation that would eliminate unnecessary obstacles to market investment in renewable fuels infrastructure and that undermine the returns on those investments that industry has already made.

    "Specifically, Fialkov testified in favor of the provisions that would extend the advanced biofuels mandate for another decade. But Fialkov strongly urged lawmakers to revise the draft legislation to address NATSO's concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) practice of issuing small refinery waivers that exempt small refineries from their obligations under the RFS, including small refineries that are owned by profitable refining entities.

    "The bill's rules-based Renewable Volume Obligations system will only achieve the objectives of enhanced certainty and less volatility if it addresses the Program's current flawed small refinery exemption regime," Fialkov testified. "The fact that the Legislation is silent on this topic is a real flaw. Any legislation to reform the RFS must remedy this situation." (Source: NATSO Inc. , PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

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    NBB Seeks Long-Term Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    NBB,Biodiesel
    Date: 2018-12-12
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and its affiliated organizations delivered the attached letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to enact a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive before Congress adjourns for the year.

    Congress retroactively extended the tax incentive for 2017 in February 2018, leaving it expired for this year and beyond. The letter welcomes a recent proposal for a seven-year extension of the tax incentive.

    Download the NBB letter HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  RFS,  National Biodiesel Board,  


    Brandeis University Switches to LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Brandeis University
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Waltham, Mass., Brandeis University is reporting completion of the retrofitting of much of its campus lighting to energy efficient LEDs which are expected to cut the school’s energy costs by 78 pct for an annual savings of $32,000.

    Providence, Rhode Island-based Energy Source completed an LED retrofit project for Brandeis University. According to Energy Source, it has completed similar energy efficiency work with 13 New England universities. (Source: Brandeis University, Waltham Patch, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Brandeis University, www.brandeis.edu; Energy Source, (401) 490-7805, info@energysource.com, www.energysource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  Energy Efficient Light news,  Energy Source news,  


    Freddie Mac Green Advantage® Cutting Low- and Middle-Income Renters Utility Costs -- White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
    Freddie Mac
    Date: 2018-12-10
    MacLean, Virginia-headquartered Freddie Mac is touting the release of its Green Improvements in Workforce Housing white paper on the impact of its Green Advantage® program.

    The program provides incentives to multifamily housing borrowers to make energy efficiency improvements. The program aims to lower expenses for workforce housing tenants.

    To date, Freddie Mac's Green Advantage® has financed $36 billion in loans to lower utility costs for 367,000 units nationwide. The Green Improvements in Workforce Housing white paper key findings include:

  • Green Advantage is financing upgrades to hundreds of thousands of units nationwide: With over $36 billion in loans purchased across nearly 367,000 units, broad borrower adoption has established the market for energy and water efficiency improvements for multifamily properties.

  • Green Advantage serves low- and middle-income families: Freddie Mac Green Advantage loans serve workforce housing. Properties are mostly garden style apartments, on average 33 years old with 89 percent of units being affordable to households at 100 percent area median income or less.

  • Water improvements are projected to save 3.6 billion gallons in water per year: This is enough water to fill 5,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools or the equivalent water usage for over 119 million loads of laundry. The most common water-saving improvements selected are showe rheads, bathroom aerators, kitchen aerators and toilets. Borrowers met program requirements by pursuing water improvements on 77 percent of loans.

  • Energy savings are projected to save 1.4 billion kBtu per year -- enough energy to power roughly 40,000 homes across America or enough power for 8,600 football stadiums. The most common energy-saving improvements selected are LED lighting for interior, exterior and common areas and HVAC thermostats.

  • Improvements cost less than $500 per unit. The projected average cost for improvements selected by borrowers is $470 per unit.

  • Improvements are projected to save on average $220 per unit per year. Loans average almost $61,500 of savings per year or $220 per unit.

    Freddie Mac Multifamily is the nation's multifamily housing finance leader. Historically, nearly 90 percent of the eligible rental homes we fund are affordable to families with low to moderate incomes. Freddie Mac's Duty to Serve plan aims to expand affordability and address America's most persistent housing problems. (Source: Freddie Mac, Dec., 2018) Contact: Freddie Mac, (703) 918-5851 Michael_Morosi@FreddieMac.com, www.FreddieMac.com

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  • Proposed Kalama Methanol Project Set for Hearings (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Innovation Works
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Washington State, Kalama-based Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is reporting its proposed $2 billion methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, Cowliz County, is set to begin public environmental hearings beofe the state Shorelines Hearings Board later this week.

    California-based Life Cycle Associates conducted the "cradle-to-grave" analysis of the impact the plant could have on worldwide carbon emissions from gas fields through its shipment of finished methanol to Asia. The study found that the plant would release about 1.1 million tpy of carbon at the Kalama site but would have a net decrease on carbon emissions worldwide, according to the study. Environmental groups have challenged the findings in the study. (Source: TDN, Longview Daily News, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: Northwest Innovation Works, (360) 673-7800, www.nwinnovationworks.com

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    200-MW Ohio Wind Farm Making Regulatory Progress (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Columbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports it has scheduled the required public meeting in the north-central Ohio Village of Green Springs for Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy subsidiary Republic Wind LLC's proposed 200-MW wind farm on 15,000 acres in Seneca and Sandusky counties.

    The $410 million Republic Wind facility is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 57,000 homes. (Source: Republic Wind, Kallanish Energy, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact; Ohio Power Siting Board, www.opsb.ohio.gov; Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Republic Wind Energy LLC, www.republicwindenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    China's 2018 Carbon Emissions on Dramatic Rise (Int'l Report)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In a recap of 2018, the biggest climate change-carbon emissions story may be that China, the world's single largest emitting country, grew its output of planet-warming gases by an estimated half a billion tons.

    The country's sudden increase in carbon emissions could be linked to a wider slowdown in the economy, environmental, some analysts say. According to China's top planning agency three areas -- Liaoning in the northeast Rust Belt and the big coal-producing regions of Ningxia and Xinjiang in the northwest -- failed to meet their targets to curb energy consumption growth and improve efficiency last year due to the current economic downturn but, the agency noted, these areas were not representative of the whole country.

    Coal accounts for approximately 60 pct of China's total energy consumption, but the government hopes to bring it down to 10 pct by 2050 through increased investment in renewables and green energy. China's carbon intensity declined by 46 pct by 2017 from 2005 levels. the Ministry of Ecology and Environment reported earlier this week. It had expected it would take until 2020 to reach the targeted 40-45 pct reduction. (Source: Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Dec., 2018) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

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    Greencoat Acquiring 45.2 MW in Irish Wind Farms (Int'l, M&A)
    Greencoat Renewables ,Blackrock
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it will acquire 45.2 MW of wind farms in Ireland from BlackRock Real Assets, a fund managed by BlackRock Inc .for total of €88 million ($100.5 million). The acquisition includes the 36-MW Monaincha and 9.2-MW Garranereagh facilities. Greencoat will finance the purchase with funds from its €380-million revolving credit facility and expects the deal to be completed by the end of this month. (Source: Greencoat, PR, Renewables, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, www.greencoat-capital.com

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    Trump's EPA to Axe Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules (Ind. Report)
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Washingtom, it is being widely reported that the Trump administration will scrap an Obama-era mandate that new coal-fired power plants be equipped with carbon-capture and storage (CCS) technology. According to the EPA, CCS technology hasn't "adequately demonstrated" it effectiveness as challenged by Murray Energy Corp. and coal industry associations.

    The Obama administration 2015 regulation imposed CO2 limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants that could not be met without installing some kind of carbon-capture technology. The Trump EPA proposed replacement would reportedly raise allowable CO2 emissions from new and modified coal power plants without employing CCS technology while ensuring utilities use other advanced technologies to ensure coal is burned cleanly and efficiently.

    Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states -- nearly 40 pct of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Bloomberg, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.energyandpolicy.org/american-coalition-clean-coal-electricity

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    Golden State Rooftop Solar Mandate Wins Final Approval (Ind. Report)
    California Rooftop Solar
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Following up on our May 11th coverage, in Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has given the final approval to the state's 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards requiring all new homes under three stories high install solar panels starting January 1, 2020. The solar solar systems must be sized to net out the annual kilowatt-hour energy usage of the dwelling.

    The codes also incentivize "demand responsive technologies" including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. Combined with a host of other energy efficiency upgrades, the revised building codes are expected to slash energy use in new homes by more than 50 pct. (Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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    VW Dumping Fossil Fuels Following $27Bn in Emissions Fines (Int'l)
    VW
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Wolfsburg, Germany-based auto juggernaut Volkswagen Group reports it plans to end production of petrol, biofuel and diesel powered vehicles for all of its auto marquees -- VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti and others -- from 2026.

    The decision to completely stop production of petrol and diesel powertrains showcases the company's shift in focus towards battery-driven vehicles.t may also be influenced by VW's recent "diesel-gate" emissions scandal that cost the company €27 billion in fines and penalties. (Source: VW, DriveSpark, Others, Dec., 2018)

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    Former INEOS Cellulosic Ethanol Assets Up for Grabs (Ind. Report)
    INEOS Bio Energy
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Following up on our 23rd February coverage, industrial auctioneer Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota, reports the former INEOS Bio Energy 8 MMGY Cellulosic Ethanol Plant and 6 MW Biomass Plant in Vero Beach, Florida will soon fall under the auctioneer's hammer.

    The sale includes INEOS' surplus land and equipment which will be offered first via a sealed bid auction process ending on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. If the equipment is not sold as an entirety with the real estate, the equipment will then be sold piecemeal via a timed online auction ending on January 15, 2019.

    The 2011 vintage, $230 million INEOS plant was a joint venture between Ineos Group LTD and New Planet Energy LLC. This first of its kind demonstration plant was designed to use an integreated biomass gasification and gas fermentation technology to convert cellulosic yard and vegetable waste into ethanol.

    The plant is adjacent to the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal LandFill with an existing gas line in place enabling the use of the landfill waste gases on the site. The plant also owns an additional 74.5 acre tract of land to the south of the main site.

    Frankens Energy purchased the property earlier this year and has begun deploying its plans to convert the site into an industrial eco-district, the first of its kind on the eastern seaboard. Once complete, the Indian River Eco-District will support and nurture an innovative eco-system of industrial businesses, while fostering sustainable competitive advantages, growth and success of each of its members.

    (Source: Maas Companies, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian River Eco District, www.irecodistrict.com; Maas Companies, (507)285-1444, www.masscompanies.com, www.ethanolplantauction.com; Frankens Energy, David Frankens, info@frankensenergy.com, www.frankensenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Frankens Energy,  INEOS Bio Energy,  Maas Companies,  


    Consortium Committed to European Transport BioLNG (Ind. Report)
    BioLNG
    Date: 2018-12-10
    EuroNet is reporting a European Union co-funded BioLNG consortium's commitment to the expansion of LNG as a road transport fuel and new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption across Europe.

    To that end, the consortium -- Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH Industrial Capital Europe under the trademark of IVECO Capital and Nordsol -- will each deliver separate activities that will see 2,000 more LNG trucks on the road, 39 LNG fueling stations and the construction of a BioLNG production plant in the Netherlands. The LNG Retail stations will form part of a pan-European network and be built in Belgium, France, Germany the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The stations will be located along core road network corridors from Spain to eastern Poland. (Source: BioLNG Euronet, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  


    Indian Ethanol Blend Rate Raised to 8 pct (Int'l Report)
    Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In New Delhi, the Indian Petroleum Ministry reports the "blending of ethanol with petrol has reached 4 pct from 1-1.5 pct in the last four years. In the 2018-19 sugar year (October-September), the blending level will reach 7-8 pct." The Indian government launched a pilot biofuel-petrol blending program to promote the use of alternative and environment-friendly fuels in 2003. The original programs 10 pct ethanol blend goal has not yet been met met. (Source: Indian Petroleum Ministry, PTI, First Post, 7 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Petroleum Ministry, petroleum.nic.in

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