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Bipartisan Energy Innovation, Carbon Dividend Act Tabled (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-12-10
Last week in the nation's capital, members of the U.S. House Climate Solutions Caucus introduced the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act to clean up America's energy. Introduction of the bill follows on the heels of the Trump administration's report -- the report that both Trump and EPA acting director Wheeler have confessed to not reading -- confirming that climate change is a real and growing threat caused primarily by the use of fossil fuels that emit heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Economists believe that a revenue neutral carbon tax-fee-and-dividend policy that puts a price on carbon pollution and returns all net revenues to American families is the best way to accelerate our transition to cleaner energy. It's simple, comprehensive and effective, targeted to cut emissions by 40 pct within 12 years and 90 pct by 2050. Under the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act , the fee is assessed as close to the source as possible (at the well, mine, or port), starts small and increases predictably each year. A border adjustment ensures that importers pay their fair share and American exporters stay competitive. The bill supports the larger goal of keeping carbon in the ground, such as a rebate for carbon capture and storage and special provisions to support agriculture.

Download Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act details HERE (Source: Various Media, Daily Sentinel, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Citizens Climate Lobby, https://citizensclimatelobby.org

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


Long Island's Second Iargest Solar Array Online (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,PSEG,Invenergy
Date: 2018-12-10
Duke Energy subsidiary PSEG is reporting the official launch of the 150-acre, 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons solar array in Shoreham, New York.

Shoreham Solar Commons was developed by Invenergy and sold to Duke in 2017. The project generates sufficient energy for 3,500 homes while costing ratepayers about $177 million during its 20-year contract with LIPA. The project has been producing power since July.

Duke Energy Renewables presently has wind and solar projects in 22 states amounting to about 3,000 MW. MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PSEG, NewsDay, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Jim Parmalee, Dir. Power Resources, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com/renewable; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Solar,  Duke Energy Renewables,  ,  PSEG,  


SoCal Gas Launches NatGas Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Company
Date: 2018-12-10
Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) is touting the launch of its "Dial it Down" program designed to teach customers how to conserve energy and natural gas this winter when heat is in high demand. SoCalGas will release the "Dial It Down" alerts through either social media or the radio as the weather dictates.

According to SoCalGas, the program will increase energy reliability, save customers money, and reduce emissions related to climate change.

SoCalGas is also launching a "Smart Therm Program" under which participants set their "Smart Thermostat" to automatically adjust when energy conservation is needed; rebates are available for purchasing the thermostat.

SoCalGas offers more than 90 energy efficiency programs to keep natural gas consumption and costs low and realistic for Southern Californians.(Source: Southern California Gas Co, Santa Barbara Independent, 9 Dec., 2018)Contact: Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SoCal Gas,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Thermostat,  


ADB Touts $4Mn Facility to Help Asia Meet Climate Commitments (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2018-12-10
Reporting from Manila, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is heralding the launch of the $4 million, Article 6 Support Facility to help developing member countries (DMCs) in Asia and the Pacific combat climate change.

Funded by ADB, the Government of Germany, and the Swedish Energy Agency, the facility will provide technical, capacity building, and policy development support to help the DMCs meet Article 6 of the Paris Agreement under which countries voluntarily committed to lower their carbon emissions.

The Article 6 Support Facility is intended to help DMCs achieve expertise, draw lessons from pilot activities, and enhance their preparedness for participation in carbon markets beyond 2020, while contributing to international negotiations.(Source: ADB, Modern Diplomacy, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Asian Development Bank,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Posco Daewoo Constructing Solar Plant in Myanmar (Int'l)
Posco Daewoo
Date: 2018-12-10
Posco Daewoo, the trading unit of Posco, reports the groundbreaking for a solar plant that it will build for free of charge on an island in Myanmar. The project, which was undertaken at the request of Myanmar's Ministry of Electricity and Energy, will supply sufficient electricity to about 1,000 households on Manaung Island, the company said.

The new solar facility, complete with a 500-kilowatt solar power generator and energy storage system, is slated for completion in the first half of 2019. (Source: Posco Daewoo, Korea Herald, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Posco Daewoo, Kim Young-sang, CEO, www.daewoo.com/eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Peoria Intros Community Energy Savings Initiative (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-10
On Saturday in the Land of Lincoln, representatives from the Peoria Citizens Utility Board, the Sierra Club, Elevate Energy and Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance launched the Community Energy Savings Initiative.

Under the new initiative, utility customers participating in the program the program will no longer pay a flat rate for every kilowatt-hour used but rather the actual market rate for energy. The price increases during peak usage hours to as much as 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, and decreases during low usage hours to as low as 2-cents per kilowatt hour.

The Peoria initiative includes a Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program that could save low income residents $700 or more on their winter heating bill.

Program details are available at www.pcceo.org/pages/Energy-Assistance. (Source: Ameren, Journal Star,PCCEO, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: PCCEO, (217) 481-4781, www.pcceo.org

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


Iran Boasts Rapid Renewable Energy Sector Growth (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-12-10
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Mohammad Sadeqzadeh, director of Iran's Renewable Energy and Electrical Energy Efficiency Organization, a subsidiary of the Energy Ministry, claimed both private Iranian citizens and the private sector have made significant investments in the renewable energy industry in recent years, despite "cruel" U.S. sanctions. The minister added that local investments have outstripped foreign investment in the renewable energy sector.

The Iranian governments is seeking to have 5,000 MW of renewable energy on line by 2020, with more than 4,000 MW expected to come from wind power. The country presently has approximately 141 MW of installed wind power. (Source: Tasmin News Agency, 9 Dec., 2018)

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


New Energy Blue Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Advancing (Ind. Report)
New Energy Blue
Date: 2018-12-10
In Spiritwood, North Dakota, New Energy Blue LLC reports it is near completion of engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant project that would t plant would process 33 tph of biomass -- wheat straw, corn stover , barley straw -- into 16 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol for the California market. The plant will also produce also produce 110,000 tpy of lignin -- an organic polymer found in the rigid cell walls of plants. The New Energy Blue plant expects to build near the Spirit AgEnergy corn-ethanol plant, and to begin production in 2021. Midwest AgEnergy will manage to New Energy Blue plant.

New Energy Blue is working through a firm in New York City to issue renewable bonds at the end of their development period. North Dakota has $300 million in tax-free renewable municipal bonds that could be used for projects that turn a "waste material," in this case residue, to a "special need renewable product," such as fuel and power, according to New Energy Blue. (Source: New Energy Blue LLC, AgWeek, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, Stephen Rogers, Pres., 717.626.0557, www.newenergyblue.com; Spiritwood,MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Spiritwood ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  ,  


Singapore Fifth in Green Office Space Certifications (Int'l)
CBRE
Date: 2018-12-10
A recently released report from CBRE Research placed Singapore in fifth place across the six major gateway cities in Asia Pacific (APAC) in terms of the largest volume of green office space with approximately 13 million sq-ft. Shanghai topped the list with more than 20 million sq-ft or around 80% of new office buildings certified as green spaces, followed by Hong Kong with 19 million sq-ft, Beijing registered 16.5 million sq-ft followed by Tokyo with an estimated 4.9 million sq-ft of certified green space.

The 2014 Singapore Green Building Master Plan targeted the the local Green Mark standard for 80 pct of all buildings by 2030. It's adoption rate presently stands at 27 pct as of 2018. (Source: CBRE Research, Singapore Business, Dec., 2018) Contact: CBRE Research, www.cbre.com/research-and-reports

More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE Research,  Green Office,  Energy Efficiency,  


WSU Researchers Find Carbon Reserve Underfoot (R&D, Ind. Report)
Washington State University
Date: 2018-12-07
According to research from Washington State University at least a quarter of all the carbon stored in Earth's soil is found locked up in minerals roughly six feet beneath the surface. But new research suggests this unique carbon reservoir will become less efficient at carbon storage as the planet warms. The research details the way carbon physically and chemically binds to minerals in soils across the globe.

The new data showed minimal amounts of carbon are stored in the sediments of deserts and dry forests, but roughly six feet beneath the surfaces of wet forests, scientists found an abundance of carbon bound to reactive minerals. The persistence of water and decaying organic matter on the forest floor helps leach carbon from above and transport to minerals buried below.

According to the new research, global warming won't impact the carbon that is already stored beneath the surface of wet forest floors, but it will alter the pathway by which new carbon gets stored. Temperature increases are likely to minimize the amount of water running through forest soil, even if precipitation levels remain stable.

The results of the survey were published in the journal Nature Climate Change HERE. (Source: Washington State University, Vancouver, UPI, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: Washington State University, Vancouver, Assoc. Prof. Marc Kramer, Environmental Chemistry, marc.kramer@wsu.edu, https://labs.wsu.edu/kramerlab/marc-g-kramer

More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington State University,  Carbon Storage,  


Orbital Marine Power Demo Set for Morlais Tidal Energy (Int'l)
Orbital Marine Power
Date: 2018-12-07
In Scotland, Orbital Marine Power -- fka Scotrenewables Tidal Power -- is reporting an agreement to demonstrate its recently unveiled "O2" 2MW tidal turbine technology at the Morlais Tidal Energy Project in Anglesey. Orkney-based Orbital claims its "O2" 2MW tidal turbinewill be the most powerful tidal generating platform in the world - with each 2 MW unit capable of producing electricity equivalent to the demands of 1,500 typical UK homes.

Orbital has also launched a £7 million crowdfunding effort. (Source: Orbital Marine Power, insider.uk.co, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Orbital Marine Power, Andrew Scott, CEO, office@orbitalmarine.com, +44 0 1856 851641, +44 0 1856 851642, www.orbitalmarine.com; Morlais Tidal Energy Project, www.wavehub.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scotrenewables Tidal Power,  Orbital Marine Power,  Tidal Power,  


Notable Quotes from COP24
Climate Change
Date: 2018-12-07
"We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change. It is hard to overstate the urgency of our situation.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption." -- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaking this week at the opening of the COP24 U.N. climate conference in Poland

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


Boston Law Firm Touts Renewable Energy Practice (Ind. Report)
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Date: 2018-12-07
In the Bay State, the Boston-based legal firm Sherin and Lodgen LLP is reporting the expansion of its Solar Energy practice and created a national Renewable Energy Practice Group to meet the needs of the accelerating renewable energy and energy storage industries. The he new group's services will include:
  • Purchase and sale of renewable energy projects at all stages of development/operation;

  • Securing easement and leasing rights in connection with solar and wind farm assemblages, collection systems, and transmission;

  • Structuring debt financing for solar project portfolios;

  • Engineering, procurement, and construction contracts with third party contractors for both solar and storage development;

  • Environmental issues related to the development of ground mounted facilities on landfills, brownfields, and Superfund sites;

  • Negotiating power purchase agreements with private, public, and municipal offtakers;

  • Negotiating ground, rooftop, and parking canopy leases for solar development;

  • Advice and consultation related to securing, documenting and preserving tax credits through federal and state incentive programs (includes Massachusetts SMART program) arising from renewable energy production;

  • Utility RFP bids for renewable energy;

  • Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements (PILOT) with Massachusetts municipalities;

  • Environmental regulatory matters related to Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, Massachusetts Chapter 91 (tidelands)and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act and other marine mammal protection regulations impacting offshore wind development;

  • Negotiation of energy savings agreements for manufacturing entities. (Source: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Bethany A. Bartlett, Renewable Energy Group Chair, (617) 646-2000, www.sherin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


  • Suez Gulf Offshore Wind Bidders Win Extension (Int'l Report)
    Vestas, Siemens, and Senvion
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Wind turbine manufacturers Vestas, Siemens, and Senvion -- the qualifying firm for a Suez offshre wind project -- report they requested and been granted an extension date for bid submissions to January 2019, instead of this December. The date was originally determined by the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA).

    The €260 million project is being financed by the German development bank, KfW Group. (Source: ,MENAFN, Daily News Egypt, Dec., 2018) Contact: Egypt New and Renewable Energy Authority, +20 2 22725891, www.nrea.gov.eg; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; KfW Bank, www.kfw.de/KfW-Group

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Siemens,  Senvio,  KfW Bank,  Wind,  Egypt Wind,  


    Celtic Renewables Partners with Indian Brewing Industry (Int'l)
    Celtic Renewables
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Edinburgh Napier University pin-out Celtic Renewables is reporting a partnership with New Delhi-based Indian renewables firm, Dross Energy Pvt. Ltd . The partnership will use Celtic's technology to convert whisky production residues into advanced biofuel transp[ortation fuel.

    A Dross Energy spokesperson said, "We are hugely excited to be the company to bring this ground-breaking technology to India. The technology is innovative and exciting, and we want to be the second country in the world, behind Scotland, to commercialise the process for the benefit of the environment." (Source: Celtic Renewables, insider.uk.co, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Celtic Renewables, Martin Tangney, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 141 548 4417, www.celtic-renewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Celtic Renewables,  Biofuel,  


    Biofuel Players Comment on New RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFS,Advanced Biofuels Business Council
    Date: 2018-12-07
    "Specifically, I'm glad levels for biodiesel are maintained and slightly increased. And although the levels for advanced biofuels and cellulosic biofuels don't represent the full potential of the industry, they are very promising and will help significantly." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov

    "It is time to get our America First fuel policy back on track, and we encourage the acting EPA administrator to hold oil refiners accountable and maintain the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard." -- Kyle Gilley, Snr VP External Affairs and Communications, POET, www.poet.com

    "The final targets open new possibilities for advanced and cellulosic biofuels, but without a check on abusive EPA waivers, we'll continue to see plants closing their doors or idling production. The agency cannot fulfill the president's commitments in the heartland without putting a lid on handouts to oil giants like Chevron and Andeavor." -- Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., Advanced Biofuels Business Council, www.advancedbiofuels.org

    "It reflects continued growth in the renewable natural gas industry. The growth in production of renewable natural gas and the completion of nearly 50 new production facilities from coast to coast since 2014 is proof positive that the RFS is working as intended for cellulosic and advanced biofuels." -- Johannes Escudero, CEO, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, www.rngcoalition.com

    "While the numbers are a positive step forward and they hold promise with a 15-billion-gallon commitment to starch ethanol and 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels, the billions of lost gallons due to excessive small refinery exemptions need to be accounted for." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  POET,  RFS,  Growth Energy,  


    EDF Redesigning Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    EDF Renewables UK
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Following up on our May 7th coverage, EDF Renewables UK reports it has obtained government approval for an improved design for the £1.8 billion NeartnaGaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm project in Scotland's Firth of Forth.

    The project, which originally included a maximum of 75 turbines, will now incorporate a maximum of 54 turbines generating a total 450 MW of power -- sufficient power for as many as 375,000 homes.

    EDF acquired the project from London-based Mainstream Renewable Power in May, 2018. The project is expected to come online by 2023. EDF Renewables UK presently Coperates more than 786MW of wind farms with battery storage and has over 2GW projects with consents and in development stages. (Source: EDF, Power Technology, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables UK, NnG project director Matthias Haag, +44 333 200 5105, www.edf-re.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables ,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    NYC Considers Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    NYC Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Members of the New York City Council have introduced a proposal to impose mandatory building energy efficiency standards. The standards, which vary by building type and use, would apply to buildings greater than 25,000 square feet, though rent-regulated buildings would be exempt.

    The standards are expressed as annual limits on carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, based on different emissions intensity limits applicable to different categories of buildings. The limits would first be effective in 2022, with increasingly stringent limits over time. There are variance provisions, including one related to economic hardship. (Source: Foley & Loag LLP. Pr, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency news,  NYC Energy Efficiency news,  


    Evonik Boosting Ala. Sodium Methylate Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Evonik
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries reports it plans to expand its production facility for sodium methylate -- used as a catalyst for large-scale production of the renewable fuel -- in Mobile, Ala. The expansion includes new infrastructure and logistics, rail transportation and storage facilities, according to the company release.

    Evonik's project follows on the U.S. EPA's announced new renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2020 that changed the ways that refiners comply with the Renewable Fuels Standard. (Source: Evonik, PR, Powder & Bulk Solids, 4 Dec., 2018) Contact: Evonik,Andreas Kripzak, VP and GM for North America, www.evonik.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Evonik,  Renewable Fuel,  


    CleanBC Cimate Plan Stresses Renewable Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuel, Biofuel
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia's just released CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tonnes of GHG emissions reductions by 2030 , puts low-carbon biofuels at the forefront of the Province’s climate efforts. The CleanBC plan includes:
  • Strengthening the low carbon fuel standard to a 20 pct reduction in fuel carbon intensity by 2030;
  • Supporting the ramp-up of new renewable fuel production to 650 million litres by 2030;
  • Zero-Emission Vehicles to make up 10 pct of new light duty vehicle sales in 2025, 30 pct in 2030, and 100 pct in 2040;
  • 15 pct minimum renewable content in industrial natural gas consumption, and cleaner industrial operations through electrification, CO2 storage, and direct air capture.

    The 19 million tonnes of reductions in the CleanBC plan represent approximately 75 pct of the Province's overall emissions reduction goal in 2030. The remaining 25 pct of the reduction measures will be determined over the next 18 to 24 months and will include new clean energy options, waste management, and reducing emissions in forestry, land use and agriculture. The plan also suggests that by 2030, over 40 pct of diesel and 10 pct of gasoline could come from biofuels.

    Download CleanBC lan details HERE. (Source: Government of British Columbia, PR, EIN, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: Government of British Columbia, (604) 660-2421, www2.gov.bc.ca; Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, (604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  ,  


  • Trump's EPA Axing Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules (Ind. Report)
    Trump
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Washington, 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; EPA, Office of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    UN says Global Efforts to Curb CO2 Off Track (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-12-07
    According to a United Nations 2018 survey, in 2017 CO2 emissions rose for the first time in 4 years to a record high. The rise is attributed to global economic growth and a decreasing momentum in addressing the issue on national levels.

    From 2014 to 2016, CO2 emissions from energy production and industries held reasonably steady at stable limits and the global economy saw a modest growth. Emissions rose by 1.2 pct in 2017, pushed by greater GDP. Although this number nay be small, it isn't as far as IPCC report about keeping global temperature rise below 1.5C is concerned.

    Presently, the Earth is heading towards a 3.2C rise by the end of the century. By 2030, global greenhouse gases emissions must be reduced by 55 pct and countries must increase their emissions reduction targets five-fold.

    To meet the COP15 Paris climate change goals, global emissions must peak by 2020, which is unlikely even by 2030 when the current rise in emissions is taken into account.

    But according to the report, all hope isn't lost. Non-state actors like high education institutions, businesses, regional, local and city governments can make major contributions to solving the problem. About 6,000 companies and over 7,000 cities from 133 nations have pledged to take action with revenue worth $36 trillion. With more than 500,000 publicly traded companies around the world, more can be done. This sector has the potential to cut down CO2 emissions by 19gigatonnes equivalent every year by 2030, keeping the world on the 2C path. Carbon trading systems and taxes cover just 15 pct of global carbon output, according to the UN report. (Source: UN, Industry News Network, Mary Bronson, 6 December, 2018)

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


    CleanBC Climate Action Plan Targets Heavy Emitters (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the province of British Columbia's just released CleanBC Climate Action Plan aims to cut the province's emissions by 18.9 million tonnes over the next 12 years. To reach its goal, the plan calls for increasing the use of electricity by all sectors -- including heavy industry and transportation -- and boosting the use of low-carbon fuels.

    The plan depends most heavily on slashing industry emissions by 8.4 million tonnes, nearly half the total cuts planned -- achieving that with aggressive electrification, major new hydro transmission lines, and a $240-million a year technology fund.

    Another third of the cuts would come from greener transportation, particularly a ban on emission-producing new vehicles within 20 years, clean fuel car incentive incentives, and an increased reliance on renewable fuel.

    The plan also calls for increasing the provincial price on carbon emissions to $50 per tonne and ramping up buildings' energy efficiency each account for a further one-tenth emissions savings, the latter by retrofitting 51,000 provincially owned housing units and requiring at least 15 pct of natural gas use to come from renewable sources.

    In 2015, the province's emissions were 61.6 million tonnes net after offsets -- equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 13.4 million passenger vehicles. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Star Metro Vancouver, CBC, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Province of British Columbia, CleanBC Climate Action Plan, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/planning-and-action, www2.gov.bc.ca

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


    MidAmerican Energy's Wind XII Project IUB Approval (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Utilities Board,MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Des Moines, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reports approval of MidAmerican Energy Company's proposed $922 million, 591 MW Wind XII wind farm in the Hawkeye State.

    When completed in 2012, the wind project will give the utility company more than 6,600 MW of renewable generation in Iowa -- sufficient renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its customers' annual energy needs. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, https://iub.iowa.gov; MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Utilities Board,  MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


    Harvestone Adds Ethanol Plants to Marketing Platform (Ind. Report)
    Harvestone
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Franklin, Tenn.-headquartered Harvestone Group LLC reports the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform.

    The new facilities -- Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors -- produce a combined 210 million gpy of ethanol. These facilities will be exclusively marketed through the Harvestone platform under five-year agreements.

    Harvestone Group, and its affiliated companies, is a global commodity merchant focused in the biofuels sector. The company is backed by a community of producers representing over 1.3 billion gpy in partnership with strategic commodity investors in the energy and agriculture sectors. Harvestone transacts across the supply chain to include production, marketing, storing, distributing, and trading as well as invests in physical assets that create meaningful long-term value. (Source: Harvestone Group, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Harvestone Group, (615)716-1020 , info@harvestonegroup.com, www.harvestonegroup.com; Iroquois Bio-Energy, www.ibecethanol.com; Quad County Corn Processors, www.quad-county.com; Red River, www.ibecethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Harvestone,  Siouxland,  Quad County Corn Processors ,  Energy,  Red River Energy,  Iroquois Bio-Energy,  ,  


    Chinese Researchers Advance Biomass Transformation Process (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
    Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Biomass can serve as a renewable source for both energy and carbon. ABE (acetone, n-butanol, and ethanol) fermentation broth as a biomass-derived source of fuels and chemicals contains low concentrations of oxygenates, limiting its practical applications. Thus, it is pivotal to develop a highly efficient water-resistant catalyst to directly and selectively convert crude aqueous oxygenate mixtures to value-added chemicals -- water-immiscible ones (easy separation after reaction) are especially of great importance.

    Prof. Wang Feng from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his colleagues from Peking University have reported an efficient and novel catalytic method for the conversion of aqueous biomass fermentation broth to a water-immiscible product. They developed a strategy capable of transforming 70 pct of carbon in an aqueous ABE fermentation mixture to 4-heptanone (4-HPO), catalyzed by tin-doped ceria (Sn-ceria) with a selectivity as high as 86 pct. While Sn-ceria is a versatile catalyst for dehydrogenation, the Guerbet alcohol reaction, condensation, and esterification reactions involving acid-base catalysis and redox ones, relay and generate 4-HPO with high selectivity 4-HPO is a value-added intermediate and can be used to produce jet fuel and fine chemicals.

    Furthermore, water, which is detrimental to the reported catalysts for ABE conversion, was beneficial for producing 4-HPO. The catalytic performance of tin-doped ceria is due to the highly dispersed tin species and oxygen vacancies of ceria.

    The research was supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Key R&D Program of China, and the Natural Science Foundation of China. (Source: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, SCienmag, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, WANG Yongjin, wangyj@dicp.ac.cn, www.dicp.ac.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    NC Report Explores Energy Storage Options (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-12-07
    NC State University and N.C. Central University have released a report detailing energy storage options that the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) can use to inform energy policy.

    The report addresses how energy storage technologies may or may not provide value to North Carolina consumers based on capital investment, value to the electric grid, net utility savings, net job creation, impact on consumer rates and service quality, or other factors related to deploying one or more of these technologies. The study also addresses the feasibility and various services that energy storage could provide for the state and makes recommendations accordingly.

    In terms of costs, the report evaluates the presently available technologies based on current data. The report also considers a range of potential benefits associated with varying degrees of energy storage capacity.

    The report also identifies a range of policy options that fall into three broad categories stakeholders and decision-makers may wish to consider:

  • Prepare -- These policies aim to help address potential gaps or areas of uncertainty that might otherwise hinder the deployment of cost-effective energy storage.
  • Facilitate -- These policies are focused on helping either increase the value or decrease the cost of energy storage in the near-term.
  • Accelerate -- These policies could substantially increase the pace of energy storage deployment in the state. (Source: NC State University, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: NC State Univ., NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Steve Kalland, Dir., NC Energy Storage, https://energy.ncsu.edu/storage

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


  • "The Donald" Consoles Macron on Flummoxed French Fuel Tax (Int'l)
    Fuel Tax
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Paris, following on French president Macron's first major political setback and the suspension of vehemently opposed fuel tax increase aimed at cutting diesel and gasoline fuel consumption and thus fighting climate change, the every empathetic Donald Trump reportedly consoled his French counterpart with his previous remark:

    "The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters in the world."

    Macron was no doubt comforted by Trump's warm-hearted comments. (Source: Various Media, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Trump,  


    France, India Partner on Energy Efficiency, Conservation (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-07
    The Press Trust of India is reporting the Indian Union Cabinet has approved an energy efficiency and energy conservation technology cooperation agreement with France.

    The pact , which involves knowledge exchange, technical assistance and cooperation , is expected to advance the exchange of information on policies, programmes and technologies relating to enhanced energy efficiency and demand side management. It will lead to awareness creation on energy efficiency, development of tools for collection, use and analysis of CO2 emissions and GHG data for tracking global emissions . It will promote research and development and demonstration of energy efficient technologies, the development of sustainable mobility with specific focus on electric transportation. (Source: PTI, 6 Dec., 2018)

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


    Rwanda Advancing First Green City Pilot Project (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Kigali, the Rwandan government reports it has granted 620 hectares of land in the Gasabo District on the outskirts of the capital city for the establishment of the country's first green city pilot project.

    The project is expected to deliver a paradigm shift in green urbanization, and the adoption of sustainable development principles and new policy frameworks for green building standards and electric mobility, The pilot project will also lead the way for further scaling up of green building and green urban planning projects characterized by low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways.

    The first phase of the housing development will include 410 “green”, affordable homes that incorporate up to date energy efficiency and sustainability features. The last phase will include commercial and office buildings that are expected to attract innovative green businesses. (Source: Xinhua, 7 Dec., 2018)

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


    RealTerm Energy, Municipalities Partner on LED Light (Ind. Report)
    RealTherm Energy
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In the Empire State, RealTerm Energy reports it has partnered with the municipalities of Great Neck, Newark, Nyack, Goshen, Florida and Piermont to convert their current HID (high intensity discharge) streetlights to high efficiency LED technology. The conversions are expected to save the municipalities an estimated collective $475,000 per year and reduce their energy consumption by nearly 1,700,000 kWh annually.

    RealTerm Energy will be responsible for the removal of existing fixtures, the installation of new technology, the provision of customized lighting designs and supporting the municipalities in their selection of new LED light fixtures based on products that best suit their needs. RealTerm will also be offering financing and ongoing maintenance options. To date, RealTerm Energy has designed, procured, installed or is in the process of installing more than 250,000 streetlights nationwide. (Source: RealTerm Energy, PR, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: RealTerm Energy, Rebecca Handfield , Marketing Manager, (866) 422-5201, www.realtermenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  LED Streetlight,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    California Wildfires Released 68 Mn Tons of COS (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Date: 2018-12-05
    According to a new analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this years forest fires in California released 68 million tons of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to the amount produced to power all of the state's electricity for one year.

    The Golden State's governor Jerry Brown (D) said the wildfires were likely connected to the intensifying effects of climate change. As expected, Pres. Trump blamed Brown and the Democrat's poor forest management practices and their failure to rake the leaves for the death of 91 people. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey, The Hill, 2 Dec., 2018) Contact: U.S. Geological Survey, (703) 648-5953, www.usgs.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Geological Survey,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    Ontario Upping Biofuels Blend to E15 as soon as 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Ontario, E15
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The province of Ontario is touting its "Greener Gasoline" plan to move from a E5 blend to a E10 ethanol fuel blend by 2020. Key elements of the Greener Gasoline plan include: increasing renewable fuels content in gasoline to 15 pct as early as 2025; the increased use of renewable natural gas and other lower-carbon fuels will be encouraged; large emitters will be subject to emission performance standards; and a $350 million Carbon Trust Fund and a $50 million Ontario Reverse Auction Fund will provide financial assistance for emission reduction initiatives.

    The plan builds on the amended Ethanol in Gasoline & Greener Diesel regulations that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

    Download details of Canada's Clean Fuel Standard HERE. (Source: Prov. of Ontario, Farm Progress, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  E15,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    RFA Helps Consumers Track Flex Fuel Models, Stations (Ind. Report)
    RFA
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports there are now more than 24 million flex fuel vehicles (FFV) vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV) capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). To assist FFV owners and drivers,the RFA has updated its annual FFV brochure that compiles FFV models available in the current model year (MY2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY1998.

    According to the brochure, "There are now approximately 4,500 retail stations throughout the country that offer E85 or other ethanol flex fuel blends, at least 500 more than last year and growing every week."

    Consumers can locate E85 stations to fuel their FFVs at E85prices.com, and also view what pricing experiences other users have reported. RFA offers hard copies of the brochure to fuel retailers and member companies at no cost.

    View a copy of the brochure HERE (Source: Renewable Fuel Association, 4 December, 2018) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Ind. Relations, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  ,  Biofuel,  Flex Fuel,  


    Vancouver Commercial Tower to Pilot Green Standard (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-12-05
    Oxford Properties Group is touting its 36-storey, 161.5-metre Stack office tower as the tallest and first net-zero carbon emissions commercial building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 540,000 sq-ft building is scheduled for completion by 2022.

    The Canada Green Building Council estimated that in the past 14 years it has certified over 3,600 LEED buildings nationwide and registered over 7,600 buildings. (Source: Oxford Properties Group, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Oxford Properties Group, www.oxfordproperties.com; Canada Green Building Council, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council GBC,  


    DOE Selects Pumped Storage Projects for Study (Ind. Report)
    US DOE, Energy STorage
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced selections for its Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA) to perform techno-economic studies to evaluate the long-term value of two selected pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) projects. While PSH projects were initially built to balance the electricity system between period of high demand during the day and low demand at night, increases in variable renewable generation have changed how plants are operated and the value they provide to the grid. For example, instead of generating during the day and pumping at night, many plants now change operational modes multiple times per day and are relied on to provide quick ramping or frequency response.

    Determining the value of PSH under these changing grid conditions is a significant challenge that requires new modeling tools and analysis. These studies will provide PSH developers with improved capabilities to estimate the value of a proposed PSH project and compare financial revenue streams under current market structures relative to the economic value of PSH projects to the grid.

    The techno-economic studies for the two selected projects will be carried out by a Technical Assistance team comprising subject matter experts from the following DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

    The studies will support a larger multi-year research strategy to define the capabilities and estimate the value that hydropower and PSH resources contribute to electric grid resilience and reliability and how those contributions could be optimized for a rapidly evolving grid.

    The Technical Assistance team has developed draft guidance -- a step-by-step methodology that can be used by PSH developers, plant owners and operators, and other stakeholders to assess the economic value of existing or planned PSH projects. The methodology will be applied at the two sites below to evaluate and demonstrate the potential economic and financial value of the proposed projects. Through these studies, the team will test and refine the valuation guidance, after which the guidance and valuation tools will be made publicly available for use by the hydropower industry.

    GridAmerica Holdings' proposed Goldendale project would be located on the border of Oregon and Washington at the northern terminus of the Pacific AC and DC intertie transmission lines. This project, if constructed, could facilitate the storage and export of the growing amount of wind energy available in the Northwest to nearby states.

    Absaroka Energy's proposed Banner Mountain project in central Wyoming along the proposed route of the Energy Gateway West 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which would enable it to serve additional areas in the western and southwestern U.S.. Banner Mountain would be a closed-loop facility that would include three ternary units -- a PSH technology that enables rapid switching between generating and pumping modes -- for a total capacity of 400 MW.

    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2018) Contact: EERE Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/notice-opportunity-technical-assistance-techno-economic-studies-pumped-storage; OEERE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  Pumped Energy STorage,  


    S. African CSP Project Finds $220Mn ADB Funding (Int'l. Report)
    African Development Bank,Eskom
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The African Development Bank (ADB) reports it has approved $220.1 million in debt for construction of the 100-MW Redstone concentrating solar power (CSP) project in Postmasburg, near Kimberley, South Africa. The project will incorporate molten salt energy storage capacity, a 1322-kV switching station and a 34-km (21.1-mile) transmission line.

    The companies behind the project are Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power, US-based SolarReserve and state-owned Central Energy Fund of South Africa, which joined the scheme this summer. The project has a 20-year PPA with South African utility Eskom. (Source: African Development Bank, Dec., 2018) Contact: African Development Bank, www.afdb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  African Development Bank ,  CSP,  Solar,  


    Solar Alliance, Onni Group Ink 519 kW Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Solar Alliance
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Vancouver-based Solar Alliance Energy Inc. reports it has entered into a definitive agreement with a division of Onni Group for the design, procurement and construction management services for a 519 kW combined rooftop and carport solar installation at Manhattan Beach Towers' multi-tenant office building owned by the Knoxville-based developer. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

    The Manhattan Beach Towers solar project will utilize LG NeON 2 solar modules, Solar Edge inverters and Solar Edge module optimizers. (Source: Solar Alliance Energy Inc., PR, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Solar Alliance, Jason Bak, CEO, (604) 288-9051, jbak@solaralliance.com, www.solaralliance.com; Omni Group, www.omni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Alliance,  


    Nordex Using Software AG for Wind Turbine Management (Ind. Report)
    Software AG
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Darmstadt, Germany-based Software AG reports wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group has selected its Cumulocity IoT platform to manage its onshore wind turbines. Nordex plans to connect and monitor its 6,800 existing wind turbines using Cumulocity IoT as a platform for digitizing its wind farms.

    Software AG's Cumulocity IoT is an open, independent, device agnostic platform supporting more than 150 pre-integrated devices and 300-plus industrial protocols. It is fully distributed and available across cloud, on-premises and edge. (Source: Nordex, PR, Windpower Dev., 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Software AG, Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO, www.softwaread.com; Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Software AG ,  Nordex,  Wind Software,  Wind,  


    Schneider Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In London, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports it is accelerating its contribution to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.To that end, the company is strengthening its commitments to fighting climate change, based on the following complementary initiatives:
  • Before 2020: meet the 21 new commitments of the 2018-2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact barometer, outline a specific trajectory based on the assumption that Earth will breach the 2 degree C warming limit by 2050 and validate it through the Science Based Targets initiative, signed by the Group in 2016.

  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 at its plants and sites, in a cohesive industry ecosystem encompassing both suppliers and clients. To that aim, the Group will; quantify carbon emissions saved by its customers thanks to its EcoStruxure offers; switch to 100 pct renewable electricity, use 100 pct recyclable or reusable packaging, and recover 100 pct of its industrial waste, and; double its energy productivity against a 2005 baseline.

  • Beginning immediately and by 2050 cut its scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions by more than 50 pct vs. 2015, in line with the guiding principles of the Science Based Targets initiative. (Source: Schneider Electric, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior VP , www.schneider-electric.com/uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


  • Stanford Planning 100 pct Solar Energy by 2021 (Ind. Report)
    Recurrent Energy
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the Golden State, Stanford University is reporting a second solar-generating plant that is slated for construction within the next three years will complete the university's transition to clean power and further shrink campus greenhouse gas emissions.

    To that end, Stanford has contracted with Recurrent Energy for an 88-MW solar photovoltaic plant to be constructed in central California, near Lemoore. The plant is scheduled to go online in late 2021. The new solar plant, to be known as Stanford Solar Generating Station #2, is projected to reduce GHG emissions to 80 pct below peak levels four years ahead of the university's long-range plan.

    California enacted legislation earlier this year that requires electricity to be 100 pct carbon-free by 2045. (Source: Stanford University, Dec., 2018)Contact: Stanford University, E.J. Miranda, University Communications: (650) 724-9161, ejmirand@stanford.edu, www.stanford.edu; Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, www.recurrentenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  


    US-Israel Clean Energy Projects to Receive BIRD Funding (Int'l)
    BIRD
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The U.S. DOE, the Israel Energy Ministry and the Innovation Authority are reporting the selection of seven American-Israeli clean energy projects to receive $6 million in funding under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. Founded in 2009, BIRD Energy is part of the BIRD Foundation, formed by US and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between companies in both countries. Since its establishment, BIRD Energy has granted $34 million in funding to 43 joint projects. Projects currently valued at $12.4 million and set to benefit from BIRD Energy's latest investment include solar, microgrid, energy storage and energy efficiency.

    Projects qualifying for funding must include one American and one Israeli company, or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research institution from the other. Projects must involve energy innovation and be of mutual interest to both countries. Under the program, selected partnerships must contribute at least 50 pct to project costs. BIRD funding is repaid as royalties should the project enjoy commercial success. (Source: BIRD, JPost, 2 Dec., 2018) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

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    Heathrow Unveils Carbon Neutral Growth Plan (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Heathrow, ICAO
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In a first for the UK aviation industry, London's Heathrow Airport has revealed its four-part action plan to reduce and offset the growth in emissions from a planned carbon-neutral expansion in summer 2019

    Heathrow's plan builds on the momentum of technological change within the aviation industry to make travel more sustainable. The plan outlines action on four key areas including: cleaner aircraft performance and technology; improvements to airspace and ground operations; increased use of sustainable aviation fuels; and developing and promoting new carbon offsetting technologies and options. Additionally, Heathrow is calling on the ICAO -- the UN body for international aviation -- to develop global goals for the uptake of sustainable alternative fuels, and calling for the UK Government to engage ICAO and fellow member states to agree on a 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal for international aviation. (Source: Heathrow Airport, Various Aviation Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye, CEO, +44 0 8443 351801, www.heathrow.com; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  


    Notable Quote
    ICAO
    Date: 2018-12-05
    "If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 (carbon) emitters." -- ICAO Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  ICAO news,  


    IKEA Pledges New Carbon Emissions Target (Int'l. Report)
    Ikea
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Swedish home funishings manufactuere and retail giant IKEA reports it will cut carbon emissions from its direct suppliers and company owned and operated production facilities by 80 pct in absolute terms by 2030 from their 2016 levels. In 2016, IKEA claimed its direct suppliers and factories released 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents.

    Ikea produces around 10 pct of its product range itself while the rest are sourced from suppliers. To achieve its new target, the company plans to: increase plant and energy efficiency, shift to a greater reliance on renewable energy, shift towards more lightweight materials and new glues which could shave off up to 6 pct from its emission levels. (Source: IKEA, Retail Gazette, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: IKEA, www.ikea.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


    British Airways Announces Sustainable Fuels Challenge (Int'l)
    British Airways
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the UK, air carrier British Airways, In collaboration with Cranfield University, is touting its new "BA 2119: Future of Fuels" challenge aimed at encouraging academics across the U.K. to develop a sustainable alternative fuel able to power a commercial aircraft on a long-haul flight, with up to 300 customers and zero net emissions. BA's challenge is the first time the industry has tasked experts from both aerospace and fuel fields to work in collaboration to tackle this environmental issue.

    The Challenge winning team will receive £25,000 ($31,000) to support further research and a commitment from British Airways to work together to advance the idea. Nominations will be judged by a panel of industry experts based on the potential carbon reduction, innovation, value to the U.K. economy and feasibility of the idea.

    As an early proponent of renewable jet fuels, IAG -- BA's parent company -- has committed to invest as much as $400 million on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years -- the highest ever financial commitment from an airline group. (Source: British Airways, Airline Geeks, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: British Airways, www.britishairways.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    World Bank Earmarks $200Bn for Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The World Bank has announced its investment of $200 billion over 5 yrs to fund the fight against climate change. The funding is for a new set of climate targets for 2021-25.

    The $200 billion across the Group is comprised of approximately $100 billion in direct finance from the World Bank, and approximately $100 billion of combined direct finance from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and private capital mobilized by the World Bank Group. (Source: World Bank, Various Media, Climate Action, 4 Dec., 2018)Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  


    EPA 2019 Final Renewable Fuel Standards Quota (Summary Report)
    EPA,RFS
    Date: 2018-12-05
    On November 30, 2018, the US EPA finalized volume quotas under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, total renewable fuel, and biomass-based diesel for 2020.

    In brief,the conventional renewable fuel quota, which is met primarily by corn-based ethanol, will be maintained at 19 billion gal in 2019, while required advance biofuel volumes will climb by 630 million gal from 2018 to 19.92 billion gal. The 2019 quota for cellulosic biofuels increased nearly 130 million gal to 418 million gal.

    Download the EPA RFS summary HERE. (Source: EPA, Dec., 2018) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Industry Comments on New RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association , National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-12-05
    "Without reallocation of small-refinery exemptions, the numbers released today may look good on the outside, but just like the chocolate bunnies my children open up on Easter morning, they are hollow on the inside. While any increase is better than a flatline, these modest increases vastly underrate the potential of advanced biofuels." -- Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

    "EPA's failure to properly account for small refinery exemptions will continue to destroy biodiesel demand. EPA recognizes that the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is producing fuel well above the annual volumes. The industry regularly fills 90 percent of the annual advanced biofuel requirement. Nevertheless, the agency continues to use its maximum waiver authority to set advanced biofuel requirements below attainable levels. The method is inconsistent with the RFS program's purpose, which is to drive growth in production and use of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel." -- National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    "Of the 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel called for in the RFS, the vast majority, 388 million gallons, are requested from biogas and that represents a 45 pct increase in production from the 2018 volumes." -- American Biogas Council, Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, (202) 640-6595, www.americanbiogascouncil.org

    "When the EPA continues to grant waivers and does not account for those volumes in this rule, domestic demand for our crop is lost, impacting farmers' livelihood and the economy of rural America." -- National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), Lynn Chrisp, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Biogas Council,  NCGA,  ,  RFS,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  National Biodiesel Board ,  


    Henderson Texas USGBC LEED for Cities Certified (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the Lone Star State, the City of Henderson reports it has become one of 75 US Green Building Council LEED certified cities.

    The LEED for Cities program addresses concerns of transparency and information about the places residents live, work, learn and play on a global scale in key areas ranging from transportation and education to energy and water use. (Source: USGBC, KSNV, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certificatrion,  LEED Cities,  

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