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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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, email@example.com, https://labs.wsu.edu/kramerlab/marc-g-kramer
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44
0 1856 851641, +44
0 1856 851642, www.orbitalmarine.com; Morlais Tidal Energy Project, www.wavehub.co.uk
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"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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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 , email@example.com,
www.harvestonegroup.com; Iroquois Bio-Energy, www.ibecethanol.com;
Quad County Corn Processors, www.quad-county.com; Red River, www.ibecethanol.com
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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,
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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:
"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."
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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.advancedbiofuels.ca
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.solaralliance.com; Omni Group, www.omni.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nordex-online.com
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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, email@example.com, www.stanford.edu;
Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, www.recurrentenergy.com
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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'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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.icao.int
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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
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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
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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
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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.
"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 ,
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
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