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Improving, Managing Wind Power Energy Production (Int'l Report)
National Science Foundation
Date: 2019-05-20
Portuguese scientists have released the first of several reports with findings that could help officials manage wind power facilities more efficiently and increase renewable energy production.

Among the findings, Perdigao, a field experiment in Vale do Cobrao, a valley in eastern Portugal, shows that the speed and direction of wind over complex terrain at the height of wind turbine hubs differ by as much as 40-50 pct from standard weather forecasts that wind turbine operators rely on to bring facilities online and supply wind power to the grid, according to a report published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

To be useful, wind power forecasts need to be made at least six hours in advance so electric grid operators can balance loads effectively. The Perdigao study aims to improve such forecasts by improving "microscale" models which capture the details of flow surrounding a wind turbine providing wind information at points separated by 100 meters compared to tens of kilometers in standard weather prediction models.

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. (Source: NSF, 19 May, 2019) Contact: NSF Public Affairs, (703) 292-8070, media@nsf.gov; www.nsf.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  National Science Foundation,  


Sistema.bio Secures $11.863Mn for Kenyan Biogas Adoption (Int'l)
Sistema.bio,
Date: 2019-05-20
Kenyan social enterprise firm Sistema.bio, the largest biogas company in Africa, reports it plans to impact 100,000 farmers in Kenya with cook-stove and biodigester technology over the next three years. To that end, the company has closed on a KShs 1.2 billion ($11.863 million) Series A investment round led by international investors ENGIE RDE, EU Electrifi Fund, AlphaMundi, Triodos-Hivos Fund, Dila Capital, EcoEnterprises and other investors.

The move is intended to reduce carbon emissions and promote recycling of waste amongst farmers. Kenya has targeted a 30 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. In 2017 the Sistema.bio Kenya office secured financing from the Kenya Climate Ventures, Factor[e] and the Shell Foundation to start up its Kenyan operations. (Source: Sistema.bio, Soko Directory Team, 18 May, 2019)Contact: Sistema.bio, Alex Eaton, CEO, Co-Founder, http://sistema.bio/ke

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biodigester,  


DOE Celebrates Better Buildings Partners Success (Ind Report)
DOE
Date: 2019-05-20
The U.S. DOE has announced the progress made by the more than 900 public- and private-sector organizations leading the U.S. in energy efficiency through their participation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Better Buildings Initiative.

Together, Better Buildings partners have saved 1.38 quadrillion BTUs, equivalent to $8.4 billion in energy and cost savings. These market leaders are adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency. The 2019 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress and specific accomplishments in the commercial, industrial, residential, and public sectors to improve energy productivity.

Download the 2019 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE Better Buildings Initiative Release, 17 May, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Initiative, betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Initiative,  


Dalhousie Researcher Touts Perovskite Solar Cell Progress (R&D)
Dalhouse University
Date: 2019-05-20
In Halifax, Dalhousie University assistant professor Ghada Koleilat, one of eight early-career Dalhousie researchers awarded $375,000 in grant funding over three years from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's new frontiers in research fund, is working with perovskite to produce economical and more energy-efficient cells than existing silicon solar cells. Koleilat's solar cell can be used on a wide variety of applications and can be painted on many surfaces.

According to Koleilat, the problem with perovskite cells is their durability when exposed to oxygen and humidity. To address the issue, Koleilat and her team designing an environmentally friendly, hybrid organic-inorganic material with perovskite that can stand the test of time.

Koleilat's lab can produce more than 10 solar cells in 3 hours from perovskite film than can be created in just 15 minutes. Koleilat aims to perfect the molecular recipe of her hybrid material over the next few years. (Source: Dalhousie Univ., CBC, 19 May, 2019) Contact: Dalhousie University, Ghada Koleilat, Assist. Professor of Engineering, (902) 494 4177, ghada.koleilat@dal.ca, www.koleilatresearchgroup.com; www.dal.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Cell,  perovskite ,  


Wabash Valley Resources Developing US CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Wabash Valley Resources
Date: 2019-05-20
In Terra Haute, Wabash Valley Resources (WVR), an affiliate of Phibro LLC, reports the closing of an investment from OGCI Climate Investments to develop a 1.5-1.75 million tpy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project near West Terre Haute, Indiana.

The project will capture and sequester virtually all of the plant' facilitate the production of fertilizer, from the co-located WVR plant, with a very low carbon footprint. Wabash Valley Resources LLC acquired the plant in 2016, with plans to convert it to an ammonia production plant and CCS project. (Source: Wabash Vallet Resources, May, 2019) Contact: Wabash Valley Resources LLC, www.wvresc.com; Philbro LLC, Simon Greenshields, Pres., CEO, www.phibro.com; OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, http://oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wabash Valley Resources,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


Japan's Orix Acquiring IL&FS Indian Wind Plants (M&A, Int'l)
Orix,Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services
Date: 2019-05-20

Japan's Orix Corporation reports it will purchase the remaining shares in seven Indian wind power plants totaling 874 MW in the form of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) from Mumbai-based Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Wind Energy Limited (IWEL). Orix already holds 49 pct of the seven wind farms.

IL&FS expects deal to be closed by the end of June 2019, subject to compliance and regulatory approvals. (Source: IL&FS, PTI, !8 May, 2019) Contact: Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services, www.ilfsindia.com; ORIX, www.orix.co.jp/grp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orix,  Wind,  


Saudis Unveil Seven Solar Projects Worth $1.5Bn (Int'l. Report)
Saudi Arabia,Solar
Date: 2019-05-20
In Saudi Arabia, as part of the country's Vision 2030 economic diversification push, seven photovoltaic solar power projects totaling 1.52 GW and worth $1.51bn (SAR5.6bn) have launched on the side-lines of the recently concluded Saudi Elenex exhibition.

Saudi Arabia plans to use renewable energy such as solar (40 GW), wind (16 GW), and concentrated solar (3 GW) through large-scale investments by 2030, according to a report by state news agency, SPA. Speaking in Abu Dhabi on 15 January, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, said at least 12 renewable energy projects would be launched in 2019 as the kingdom diversifies its energy sector away from petrodollars. (Source: SPA, Middle East Utilities, May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Arabia,  Solar,  


Cemex Invests in Swiss Energy Storage Startup (Ind. Report)
Cemex,Energy Vault
Date: 2019-05-20
Mexican materials Cemex has invested in Californian startup Energy Vault, a firm that has found a way to store energy inside concrete blocks using a system inspired by pump-storage hydroelectric plants. Energy Vault’s solution uses the same fundamentals of physics and kinetic energy as pumped hydro but replaces the water with custom made cylindrical blocks. According to Energy Vault, the low-cost blocks, combined with a patented system design and some control software, has allowed Energy Vault to deliver all the benefits of a pumped hydro system but at a much lower price, starting size and without the need for hard to find topography.

The tie-up with Cemex will provide Energy Vault with a network to distribute its “storage towers”. Gonzalo Galindo, Cemex Venture’s chief executive, said: “Energy storage that enables power to be delivered for less than the cost of fossil fuels is critical as the world shifts away from its reliance on carbon-based fuels to renewable energy. (Source: CEMEX, Global Construction Review, 20 May, 2019) Contact: Energy Vault, Robert Piconi, CEO, 1.626.535.2726, media@energyvault.ch, https://energyvault.ch; CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX USA, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Vault,  Cemex,  


Nexamp, Radiance Complete Georgia Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Nexamp, Radiance
Date: 2019-05-20
Under the Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), Georgia Power is adding more solar power to the grid with new commercial and industrial solar installations.

Two of these new installations, owned and operated by Nexamp Inc. and developed jointly with Radiance Development LLC, are now in operation. The projects, located in Bainbridge and Leesburg, are generating more than 2 MWs of power feeding into the Georgia Power utility grid under the terms of PPAs.

The 7.5 acre site in Bainbridge site includes more than 3,400 panels and generates over 1.2 MWs of power. The site in Leesburg generates over 1.1 MWs of power from its roughly 4.2-acre plot that includes more than 3,100 panels. Both sites came fully online in the past few weeks.

Nexamp worked closely with Radiance Development LLC on the projects. Radiance led the local development permitting and property leasing while Nexamp handled the construction and will provide all ongoing operations and maintenance support. (Source: Nexamp. RP. 19 May, 2019) Contact: Nexamp Inc., Zaid Ashai, CEO, Keith Hevenor, (617) 431-1440, www.nexamp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Nexamp,  Radiance Solar,  


Shipping Will Meet 2030 CO2 Target, says ICS (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2019-05-20
In Bonn, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a maritime shipping industry group, reports it remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the IMO targets to reduce shipping greenhouse gas emissions.

According to ICS Secretary General Guy Platten, the ICS is "keen to see further progress on developing more short term measures to help the existing fleet reduce its emissions and are optimistic that IMO Member States can agree some additional regulations, during 2020, combining prescriptive and goal based approaches that will deliver further GHG reductions before 2023."

"While short term measures are important, ICS continues to assert that IMO needs to move quickly onto considering the critical long term measures that will help the industry to deliver the very ambitious target of a 50 percent total cut of GHG emissions by 2050 regardless of trade growth. This can only realistically be achieved with the introduction of commercially viable zero -- or near zero -- CO2 emitting propulsion systems, which means that accelerated research and development programs have to be at the center of the IMO strategy," Platten added. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Various Media, MarEx, 18 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, Secretary General, Guy Platten, www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Fairfax Launches Energy Efficient LED Light Exchange (Ind. Report)
Energy Action Fairfax
Date: 2019-05-20
In the Old Dominion State, Fairfax County is touting the launch of its Energy Action Fairfax program aimed at increasing energy efficiency. The no-cost program collects incandescent light bulbs and exchanges them for energy efficient LED lights. The U.S. DOE notes that the Energy Star LED lights used in the exchange program use 75 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs and could save users around $75 per by replacing five incandescent light bulbs. (Source: Energy Action Fairfax, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Jessica Lavender, Fairfax County Senior Energy Analyst, Energy Action Fairfax, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/energy/energyactionfairfax

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


JCI Power Solutions Relaunches as Clarios (Ind Report)
Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Date: 2019-05-20
In the Badger State, Clarios, formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions, today launches as a new entity and leader in advanced energy storage solutions.

Clarios was acquired by Brookfield Business Partners and operates as a global energy storage business generating $8 billion in revenues with 56 facilities worldwide. The company plans to build on its vehicle battery technologies -- producing one-third of the automotive industry's total output per year -- while exploring fast-growing energy storage opportunities. Clarios will maintain its current global manufacturing and operations footprint, including its corporate headquarters in Glendale, Wisconsin. (Source: Clarios, newKerala, May, 2019) Contact: Clarios, Joe Walicki, Pres., Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Survey Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2019-05-20
In its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, Johnson Controls noted more than half of global organizations planned to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months -- 2019. The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations planned to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures in 2019.

Survey organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.

In Johnson Control's 2008 survey, under 10 pct of respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future. Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

The survey also notes a year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability, www.linkedin.com/in/clay-nesler-171a133, www.johnsoncontrols.com/corporate-sustainability/reporting-and-policies/business-and-sustainability-report/environmental-leadership/sustainable-solutions, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  


WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
WattTime,World Resources Institute
Date: 2019-05-20
WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will track carbon emissions from all the world's large power plants using artificial intelligence (AI). The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge.

The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that maintains a comprehensive global power plant database.

(Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877, www.watttime.org; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,www.wri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute ,  Carbon Emissions,  Google,  


Scottish Cities Chasing Ist Place in Net-Zero Emissions Race (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-20
Like most city-dwellers, Scots travel in polluting vehicles, use fossil fuels to heat their homes and work in an economy that produces greenhouse gases. But Scotland's two largest cities -- Glasgow (pop. 596,000) and Edinburgh (POP. 482,000) -- are racing to become the UK's first city with net-zero emissions.

To that end, both cities have set targets exceeding the Scottish government's 2045 net-zero target and that set by the UK government's Committee on Climate Change of 2050.

Achieving net-zero status involves more than reducing emissions, it also involves offsetting greenhouse gases released with initiatives such as planting trees.

Glasgow City Council is working with Scottish Power, the energy provider in charge of the UK's largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow. Glasgow's energy sector is dominated by wind power and continued investment in the electricity grid has allowed the city to focus on other parts of the economy such as transport and heating.

Edinburgh's carbon emissions have fallen by about a third since 2005, and the city council aims to continue that momentum by boosting renewable energy, making the city centre a low-emissions zone and encouraging low-carbon design for construction projects. The city also has schemes in place to reduce waste and increase recycling. Additionally, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport will have better access to the city centre, which will be off-limits to most cars to help cut emissions. (Source: World Economic Forum May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote -- JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon's Thoughts on "Green"
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-20
"So here's my view: -- at JPMorgan we have risk committees, and green stuff. And we're going to be 100 percent green ourselves. We're very careful who we do -- how we do it. I didn't pick it up because it's hard to have a policy around that. So here's my own view, OK, is that I believe that this carbon dividend, carbon tax -- which some of you may have seen George Shultz and Jim Baker and, like, eight secretaries of state, former secretary of trade signed onto it. I think it's brilliant. And that is the solution. And so I personally would support something like that. And the company may say we support proper policy to start reducing CO2. I do think it's an issue." -- Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JP Morgan Chase

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


Aemetis Scores Indian Mining Co. Biodiesel Contract (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-05-20
Cupertino, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Aemetis Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multi-site mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in southern and central India. Shipments have already begun to the mining customer under the supply agreement and will be expanded to additional mines as on-site biodiesel storage is installed.

Distilled biodiesel is a lower cost fuel than diesel, reduces particulate emissions by 90 percent and significantly reduces carbon emissions. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 20 May, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l. Report)
Finland Ukraine Trust Fund
Date: 2019-05-17
The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) established in 1990 through an intergovernmental treaty between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is touting the Finland Ukraine Trust Fund.

The Fund facilitates investments related to green growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation globally, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea, Arctic and Barents regions. The Fund provides project grant financing in the following areas: renewable energy and waste-to-energy; power and heat generation; district heating networks; energy efficiency in buildings and industry and other related area.

To qualify for grant funding, projects must: be innovative; build on well-known and proven technology; be cost efficient; increase energy efficiency on system, sub-system or component levels; be environmentally sustainable; be financially sustainable after grant support; be examples of best practices and best available technologies (BAT); and be replicable.

Grant funding can be provided to both public and private demonstration projects and is available for disbursement until the end of 2021.

The Fund is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and managed by NEFCO. The local coordinator is the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE)There are blending opportunities of the grant with NEFCO's other financing tools. Project owner's contribution is required, however technical assistance, such as e.g. consulting and software, can be supported with a grant up to 100 pct cent of the cost. (Source: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund, May, 2019) Contact: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Coordination and Management Consultant: Project Director, Jarkko Olkinuora (Finland), +358 40 0805056, jarkko.Olkinuora@fcg.fi; Andrew Levkonyuk (Ukraine), +380 97 6405390, andrew.levkonyuk@fcg.fi; NEFCO, www.nefco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


Anbaric Updates Brayton Point Mass. Offshore Wind Transmission Center Progress (Ind. Report)
Anbaric Development Partners
Date: 2019-05-17
Further to our 20th February coverage, Anbaric Development Partners is reporting construction on the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at Brayton Point, Mass. is expected to get underway in 2021.

The facility, with a 1,200-MW high-voltage direct current converter and 400 MW of battery storage capacity, will serve as the "plug-in" between offshore wind turbines and the power grid from which local homes and buildings receive electricity. Between the 1,200 watts being converted onsite and the energy being stored, the facility's output would be "comparable" to a peak of 1,600 MW.

Anbaric estimates the project will come in at roughly $645 million.

Anbaric Development Partners creates new entities that transform old energy systems into more effective and resilient ones with an emphasis on clean energy. The company's financial partner is the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, a $189 billion public pension fund, according to the company website. (Source: Anbaric Development Partners, Providence Journal, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Anbaric Development Partners, Edward Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anbaric Development Partners ,  Offshore WindWind,  


Imperial County Extends Sugarcane Ethanol Plant Loan (Funding)
California Ethanol & Power LLC
Date: 2019-05-17
In the Golden State, Brawley-based California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE&P) reports the Imperial County Board of Supervisors has approved an extension to a $600,000 loan in support of the company's planned sugarcane ethanol and power plant in the county.

CE&P's mission is to produce sustainable renewable low-carbon energy in California from sugarcane using proven technologies. The company will own and operate the facility utilizing innovative renewable energy technologies to ensure a production process that is efficient and environmentally respectful, CE&P will convert sugarcane grown by CE&P into low carbon fuel-grade ethanol, renewable electricity, bio-methane and other valuable co-products. (Source: California Ethanol & Power LLC Contact: California Ethanol & Power LLC, Larry Gilbert, Executive VP Agricultural Operations, (760) 344-1004, www.californiaethanolpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sugarcane,  California Ethanol & Power ,  Ethanol,  


Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm Wins Conditional Permit (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-05-17
Meeting in Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission reports it has issued a conditional approval for construction of teh 310.1 MW Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm in Deuel County, South Dakota, being developed by Invenergy.

The proposed project is expected to include up to 112 wind turbines and associated facilities, including a 345-kilovolt transmission line with an associated 345-kV interconnection substation located in Glenwood Township. The $400 million project is expected to come online in 2020. A buyer for the power produced by the project has not been announced.(Source: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Capital Journal, May 15, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, https://puc.sd.gov; Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm, deuelwind.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Stanford Leads Pac-12 in EPA Green Power Challenge (Ind. Report)
Stanford
Date: 2019-05-17
In California, Stanford University reports it recently topped the list of participating Pac-12 schools in the U.S. EPA 2018-19 College and University Green Power Challenge. The Challenge tracks collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. According to the EPA, participating colleges in the Pac-12 conference produced a total of nearly 284 million kWh last academic year, with Stanford leading the way at nearly 160 million kWh of renewable energy.

Stanford's green power production currently makes up 57 pct of the school's electric power consumption -- sufficient power for more than 15,000 homes. In 2021, a second solar power generation station is scheduled to come online, bringing the university’s renewable energy portfolio to 100 pct. (Source: Stanford Daily, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Stanford University, www.stanford.edu; EPA Green Power Challenge, www.epa.gov/greenpower/college-and-university-challenge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Power,  Renewable Energy,  


Alt Fuel Vehicle Market Hits $592.30Bn by 2022 (Ind. Report)
Alternative Fuel
Date: 2019-05-17
According to Zion Market Research's Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Report, the alternative fuels market could reach approximately $592.30 billion by 2022.

The report provides all-inclusive, highly-effective, and thoroughly analyzed alternative fuel vehicle market coverage at both regional and global levels, identifies industry players, products, annual sales and revenues generated, markets and marketing trends and other relevant data.

Report details and Research Report Brochure HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, 16 May, 2019) Contact: ZMR, (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel Vehicles,  Alternative Fuel,  


"We Need a Green Economy, Not a Grey Economy." (Notable Quote)
Green Economy
Date: 2019-05-17
Speaking at the recent Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted the Pacific, sea-level rise in some countries is four times greater than the global average and is an existential threat to some island states. To address the problem, the Secretary-General recommended the following in his message to world governments:
  • Shift taxes from salaries to carbon -- "Tax pollution, not people."

  • End fossil fuel subsidies -- "Taxpayer money should not be used to boost hurricanes, spread drought and heatwaves, melt glaciers, and bleach corals."

  • Stop building new coal fired power plants by 2020 -- "We need a green economy, not a grey economy. We have the blueprints, the frameworks and the plans. What we need is urgency, political will and ambition."

    (Source: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2019-05-14/secretary-generals-remarks-the-pacific-islands-forum-delivered

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Economy,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • Unilever HQ Scores LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Counci, LEED Certification
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-headquartered consumer goods giant Unilever North America reports it headquarters building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification sustainable buildings. he project was also recognized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Associate New Good Neighbor Award in support of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 pct while doubling its business.

    The HQ building design incorporates smart technologies by EDGE that record data and automate the building's features and functions, including Internet of Things (IoT) systems enabling the building to learn from occupants' behaviors and remember their preferences. (Source: Unilever, PR May, 2019) Contact: Unilever, Catherine Reynolds MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com, (201) 894-7760, www.unileverusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    NBI Offers 2019 Zero Energy Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-05-17
    According to the New Buildings Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database and information collected from thousands of low-energy project, there are 580 certified, verified, and emerging zero energy (ZE) buildings and projects in the U.S. and Canada in 2019 -- a 10-fold increase since NBI started tracking buildings in 2012.

    ZE is defined as ultra-low energy projects that consume only as much power as can be generated onsite by clean, renewable resources. This definition is, however, evolving to consider multiple buildings in a campus or neighborhood that use a larger, central solar array.

    In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI has released a new online tool offering information about the ZE buildings: HERE.

    Download the 2019 Getting to Zero Project List HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, PR, 15 May, 2019) Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Brookfield Acquiring Indian Wind Farms (M&A, Int'l)
    Brookfield Asset Management,Axis Energy Group
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc is reported to be acquiring two fully contracted Indian wind farms totaling 210 MW from Hyderabad-based Axis Energy Ventures for Rs 500 crore ($71,115,660). The acquisition would be Brookfield's first in the renewable energy space in India.

    Axis Energy Ventures, the flagship company of Axis Energy Group, develops renewable and clean energy projects and has committed to develop 12,500 MW of renewable energy projects by FY 2022. (Source: Brookfield Asset Management, Economic Times India, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com; Axis Energy Group India, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/axisenergygroup, www.axisenergy.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axis Energy Group,  Brookfield Asset Management,  Wind,  India Wind,  


    Oregon's Oldest Large Wind Farm Slated for Refit (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2019-05-17
    NextEra Energy Resources' 43-turbine Stateline Wind Farm, one of the state's oldest, could soon be getting an upgrade, subject to regulatory approval. The upgrade is expected to take up to 4 months to complete.

    The Stateline Wind Farm would be the first wind-energy operation under Oregon's Energy Facility Siting Council jurisdiction to be re-powered. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Northwest Public Broadcasting, May 15, 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy,  Wind,  


    LEEDCo Making Progress in Battle of Lake Erie Wind (Ind. Report)
    Erie Energy Development Corporation
    Date: 2019-05-17
    The week in Clevelad, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) reported it has reached an agreement with the Ohio Power Siting Board, laying the foundation to build its long-delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind energy project approximately 8 – 10 miles off of Cleveland. The project would include an 11.8-mile long submerged electric line to transmit power to Cleveland Public Power's onshore Lake Road substation. Under the agreement, LEEDCo will not begin construction until it has a signed Interconnection Service Agreement with PJM Interconnection, LLC, to link its wind 3.45-MW turbines into the regional transmission system. LEEDCo must now get approval for a permit from the Siting Board to move forward with construction, which could begin as early as 2021.

    The project has already earned approvals from 13 local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a host of environmental and other requirements. Several environmental groups including Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council are supporting Icebreaker Wind.

    In August 2009, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was created by the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (GLEDTF), and developed and launched by NorTech Energy Enterprise, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties (Ohio). LEEDCo was founded as a private, nonprofit regional corporation to initially erect wind turbines in Lake Erie, and eventually to help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry in the Great Lakes.

    LEEDCo is a regional economic development public-private partnership that has brought together important project stakeholders from the City of Cleveland, the Port Authority, and coastal counties, according to the company website. (Source: LEEDCo, wkyc3, 15 May, 2019)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Erie Energy Development Corporation ,  LEEDCo,  Offshore Wind,  


    Bi-Partisan U.S. Bill Aimed at Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the nation's capital, in a rare display of bi-partisan cooperation, Rep.. Earl L. Carter (R-GA) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) have tabled the All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act designed to enhance federal building energy efficiency.

    The Act, if passed into law, would remove the present ban on the use of fossil fuels in federal buildings while implementing energy efficiency targets. Under the legislation, federal facility managers could choose the energy mix that best meets their efficiency goals and saves on a building's operating costs as well as ensure significant renovations to existing facilities achieving 30 pct less energy use than the current requirements. (Source: Various Media, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Rep. Earl L. Carter, (202) 225-5831, www.congress.gov/member/earl-carter/C001103; Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), (202) 225-9897, https://veasey.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Whitefox Tech Touts E Energy Adams Installation (Ind. Report)
    Whitefox
    Date: 2019-05-17
    UK-based engineering and membrane technologies specialist Whitefox Technologies Limited is is reporting its sixth start-up of its Whitefox ICE™ system at E Energy Adams in Adams, Nebraska. This is Whitefox's first installation in Nebraska,

    E Energy Adams is a 2005-vintage, 50 million gpy ICM- designed dry mill ethanol plant in southeast Nebraska. The plant produces modified wet and dry distillers grain (DDG) feed products for local and regional markets and is the seventh highest producing plant in Nebraska.

    The Whitefox ICE™ system is sized to produce 75,000 gpd of 200 proof by taking various recycle streams from the current plant, including the molecular sieve regenerate stream.

    Whitefox provides membrane solutions for fuel ethanol, other biofuels, and industrial alcohol production in the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. (Source: Whitefox, PR, 16 May, 2019)Contact: Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 -- Alberta Office, solutions@whitefox.com, www.whitefox.com; E Energy Adams, Carl Sitzmann, CEO, (402)988-4655, www.eenergyadams.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitefox,  Ethanol,  E Energy Adams ,  


    Oman Algae Farm Attracts $440Mn Seed Algae Investment (Int'l Report)
    Feed Algae
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the UK, London-based Feed Algae Ltd. reports it plans to invest $440 million in the development of the 100,000 tpy Al Sharqiyah Algae Farm in the Sultanate of Oman's Sharqiyah Governorate.

    The Al Sharqiyah Algae Farm is expected to be one of the world's algae farms when fully operational in 2022. (Source: Oman Daily Observer, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Feed Algae Ltd., https://ca.linkedin.com/company/feed-algae-limited

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  


    Gevo Providing ATJ Fuel to Avfuel Corp. (Ind. Report)
    Gevo,Avfuel
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports it will once again provide its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation.

    To date, Avfuel, has received commitments from high-profile OEMs including Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Dassault to use Gevo's ATJ blended with standard jet fuel. This blend not only meets ASTM D1655, but also for every one million gallons produced, approximately 10 million pounds of animal feed and protein goes back into the food chain, according to Gevo. (Source: Geco, Pr, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, pgruber@gevo.com, Avfuel, Keith Sawyer, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com/Fuel/Alternative-Fuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Avfuel,  


    Bronx Passive House Project World's Largest (Ind. Report)
    Passive House
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the Big Apple, Park Avenue Green, a new $48.4 million 15-story, 154-unit mixed-income community development in the South Bronx is being lauded as the largest Passive House certified project in North America.

    Developed by Omni New York LLC, Park Avenue Green completes a two-phase development that started with Morris Avenue Apartments, a neighboring LEED Gold-certified community. To ensure that the project met Passive House standards, the firm brought in Bright Power, a Manhattan-based energy consultant. Meeting Passive House standards increased construction cost approximately 5 pct, according to the developer. (Source: Omni New York LLC, Commercial Property Exec., 16 May, 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association, www.passivehouse-international.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Passive House Certification,  


    Bates Achieves Carbon Neutrality Ahead of 2020 Goal (Ind. Report)
    Bates College
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In Lewiston, Maine, Bates College reports it has achieved carbon neutrality one year ahead of its own commitment. The college reduced its campus carbon emissions by 95 pct and will account for its remaining footprint through the purchase of carbon offsets.

    Out of some 700 U.S. colleges and universities to sign a carbon neutrality pledge in 2007, Bates is one of only seven to date that have reached that goal. Bates cut its carbon footprint by: reducing energy consumption through efficiency measures; strengthening the culture of sustainability on campus and changing behaviors in concrete ways; and switching to renewable energy sources -- specifically, Renewable Fuel Oil (RFO), a wood-derived liquid that serves as the primary fuel for the college's central heating plant. (Source: Bates College, PR 16 May, 2019) Contact: Bates College, Marjorie Hall, (207) 786-8248, mhall@bates.edu, www.bates.edu

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


    Otter Tail Power, Crookston Promoting Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Otter Tail Power
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Fergus Falls, Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Company and the city of Crookston are partnering with Minnesota's Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to reduce energy use and save on energy costs. Otter Tail Power provides rebates, grants, education, and special programs to encourage individuals and businesses to use electricity wisely

    According to Otter Tail Power, businesses will be able to sign up for free energy-saving LED light bulbs, linear LED lamps, vending machine controllers, and onsite energy assessments, all of which will deliver immediate bill reductions. The no cost assessments will offer detailed recommendations to help small businesses save energy and money and connects them to program and rebate options that meet their specific needs.

    Otter Tail Power is an investor owned utility that provides electricity and energy services to over 250,000 customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Crookston Times, May, 2019) Contact: Otter Tail Power, www.otpco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter Tail Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Dominion Energy Supports Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy,CEO Climate Dialogue
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy, which relies heavily on nuclear power and is rapidly expanding its solar portfolio, reports it is joining the CEO Climate Dialogue, a coalition of corporations and environmental groups in support of a carbon tax and other measures designed to reduce CO2 emissions.

    CEO Climate Dialogue is aiming for economy-wide carbon emission reductions of 80 pct or more by 2050, with aggressive near- and mid-term emission reductions commensurate with that goal.

    The group also "aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that will increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets." BP, Shell, BG&E, DTE Energy, Exelon and other energy majors are among the group's membership. (Source: Dominion Energy, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, CEO, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com; CEO Climate Dialogue, http://business.edf.org/blog/tag/ceo-climate-dialogue

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Carbon Tax,  CEO Climate Dialogue,  


    EU Dumps 9.5 pct Duty on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l Report)
    uropean Commission
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In Brussels, the Europen Union Commission reports it has ended a 9.5 pct anti-dumping duty on U.S. imports. The European Union Commission reports it has canceled a 2013, 9.5 pct ethanol anti-dumping duty against imports from the United States. In ending the duty, the Commission concluded that "removing the duty would not increase the likelihood of dumping of U.S. ethanol on the EU market" and noted "it found no evidence that U.S. ethanol exports have increased because of lack of growing domestic demand and not because of growing demand in other countries."

    The 9.5 pct duty was originally imposed as a result of a complaint filed by the EU's largest ethanol producer group, European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePure). (Source: EUROPA - EU Newsroom, DTN Progressive Farmer, 16 May, 2019)Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org; European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  European Commission,  Ethanol,  ePure,  


    AMS, 38 Degrees North Report Solar, Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    AMS
    Date: 2019-05-15
    San Francisco-based energy management services provider AMS reports it is establishing a solar and storage energy partnership with 38 Degrees North and the $2 billion John Hancock Infrastructure Fund. The partnership acquired an initial set of four battery and solar facilities in California with rights to additional projects in 2019 and 2020.

    AMS's financial performance contract addresses customer concerns with traditional solar PPAs by providing a higher degree of certainty that savings will be delivered for the customer. AMS's AI software platform continuously optimizes solar systems, batteries, and retail energy rates to actively respond to evolving energy market conditions and achieve the lowest energy costs over the life of the system. (Source: AMS, PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: AMS, Susan Kennedy, CEO , www.advmicrogrid.com; 38 Degrees, www.38degreesn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Energy Storage,  


    CO2 Solutions Completes Que, Carbon Capture Project (Ind Report)
    CO2 Solutions
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Further to our March 15th coverage, Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions is reporting completion of its first CO2 capture unit installation at the Resolute Forest Products (RPF) pulp mill in Saint-Felicien, Que. The unit is expected to produce a minimum of 30 tpd of captured CO2 which will be used by Serres Toundra greenhouses. The unit is expected to be operating at full commercial capacity within weeks, according to a release.

    CO2 Solutions notes the installation is the first commercial deployment of an enzymatic carbon capture process, the first carbon capture unit in the forest industry, the first carbon capture from unpolished emissions of a lime kiln, and the first unit to make extensive use of C-PVC as a low-cost material in a carbon capture unit.

    The Saint-Felicien CO2 capture plant received grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a loan from Canada Economic Development (DEC), and financial support from the Green Fund through the Technoclimat program of Quebec Energy Transition. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Greenhouse Canada, 14 May, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions ,  Carbon Capture,  


    IEA Pushing for Offshore Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    At a recent high-level workshop on offshore wind energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) noted technological improvements for offshore wind are improving performance and lowering the costs of the electricity it produces, and thus drawing interest from global markets. IEA added that tapping the potential of offshore wind alongside other low-carbon technologies will be critical to achieving global sustainable development goals.

    The workshop covered the current status of and regional policy plans for the development of offshore wind, along with the key opportunities for accelerating deployment and the main challenges constraining growth. It took place in support of the first in-depth look at offshore wind in the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the IEA's flagship publication. (Source: International Energy Agency, OE Digital, 13 May, 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Notable Quote from the IEA
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    "We must accelerate the deployment of all low-carbon technologies, from renewables to nuclear power to carbon capture, utilization and storage." -- Dr Faith Birol, Exec. Dir. International Energy Agency, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Low-Carbon Energy news,  International Energy Agency news,  


    Uinv. of Sheffield Touts New 3D Solar-Cell Design (New Prod & Tech)
    University of Shefield
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the UK, scientists at the University of Sheffield are touting a 3D PV-cell design which they say drives down the costs of solar cell manufacturing by cutting the number of steps required in present photovoltaic (PV) module production.

    The 3D design eliminates high-cost bright, conductive oxides, the use of natural and low-value electrical interconnections and allows the flexibility to tune electrical output to match consumer necessities. (Source: University of Sheffield, Renewable Energy Zone, 4 May, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffield, Division of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. David Lidzey, +44 (0) 114 22 23501; d.g.lidzey@sheffield.ac.uk, www.sheffield.ac.uk

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    CARB Certifies Edeniq Customers for Corn Fiber Ethanol (Ind Report)
    Edeniq,Siouxland Ethanol
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Visalia, California-headquartered cellulosic ethanol process specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane as its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber.

    Siouxland Ethanol, a 90 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Jackson, Nebraska was certified on May 6 with a carbon intensity rating of 26.67 and Elite Octane, a 150 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Atlantic, Iowa was certified on May 7 with a carbon intensity rating of 30.32. Using Intellulose 2.0, the two plants achieved average corn kernel fiber ethanol production of 3% of total production, nearly triple the average performance traditionally associated with the benefits of Intellulose 1.0 that regulatory agencies had approved.

    Edeniq's Intellulose 2.0 technology typically achieves between 2 and 4.5 pct cellulosic ethanol production from the corn kernel fiber at existing corn ethanol plants without any capex requirements. The technology measures the amount of ethanol produced from multiple different molecules present in corn kernels and quantifies the individual contribution of each component. The technology builds on Intellulose 1.0, which measures the cellulosic ethanol produced from a single corn kernel component.

    Seven Edeniq Intellulose 1.0 customers were previously approved by the U.S. EPA for D3 RIN generation and/or by CARB for low-CI corn kernel fiber ethanol production. (Source: Edeniq Inc., PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Brian Thome, President and CEO, Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, lwachter@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Siouxland Ethanol, LLC , Nick Bowdish, President and CEO www.siouxlandethanol.com; Elite Octane, www.eliteoctane.net; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Corn Ethanol,  Edeniq,  Ethanol,  Siouxland Ethanol,  


    India's ReNew Power Claims LEED Gold Certification (Int'l Report)
    USGBC,ReNew Power
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the Sub-Continent, independent power producer ReNew Power Ltd. reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency and sustainable construction at the company's ReNew Hub corporate office in New Delhi.

    The ReNew Hub corporate office energy efficiency features include: CFC free refrigerants in the HVAC system; water efficient plumbing features that have cut water consumption by half; waste segregation measures; the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials; and other features.

    ReNew Power Limited develops, builds, owns and operates utility scale wind and solar energy projects as well as distributed solar energy projects that generate energy for commercial and industrial customers. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  ReNew Power Ltd,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Belarusians Seeking Swedish Renewables Expertise (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Minsk, the Belarus News (BelTA) is reporting the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in discussions with discussion with Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate on potential partnerships in environmental protection and climate change mitigation, as well as sharing Sweden's best practices in utilizing renewable energy and recycling household waste to produce energy.

    Details have not been announced. (Source: Belerus News, 14 May, 2019)

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    800,000 Year High Atmospheric CO2 Levels Recorded (Ind. Report)
    Mauna Loa Observatory
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Hawaii has recorded atmospheric CO2 levels at 415.26 ppm, marking a historic precedent in the last 800,000 years, since before the evolution of homo sapiens. There is more CO2 on the planet than ever since the dawn of humanity, according to a Hawaii observatory.

    According to Tech Wire, the last time the planet came close to matching the climate of today was during the Pliocene Epoch when the Arctic was covered in trees instead of ice and sea levels were roughly 20 meters higher than today.(Source: Mauna Loa Observatory, Various Media, Journal Pioneer, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Mauna Loa Observatory, (808) 933-6965, www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/mlo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    Ameren Missouri to Acquire 300 Missouri MW Wind Project (M&A)
    Ameren Missouri
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the Show Me State, Ameren Missouri is reporting it will purchase a planned 300 MW wind generation facility to be located in Atchison County, Missouri, from Enel subsidiary Tradewind Energy.When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for as many as 90,000 homes. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. (Source: Ameren, Hydrogen Fuel News, 14 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Wind,  


    UK Battery Energy Storage Specialist Raises $11Mn (Int'l)
    Moixa
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the UK, London-headquartered smart battery company Moixa Inc. reports its funding round has raised £8.6 million ($11 million) from global investors led by Japanese multinational Honda and Japanese investment house ITOCHU Corp, the second largest player in Japan's home energy storage market with a 17 per cent share.

    Moixa's GridShare technology currently manages home energy storage systems in 7000 homes in the UK and Japan. GridShare uses artificial intelligence to learn about individual home owner's energy use and develop a unique charging plan to meet their needs and maximize savings. (Source: Moxia, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Moxia, info@moixa.com, +44 0 207 734 1511, www.moixa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Tesco's Energy Efficiency Saves £37Mn (Int'l Report)
    Tesco
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Further to our 4th February report, UK grocery retailer Tesco reports its energy efficiency initiatives have delivered £37 million ($47,609,380) in savings over two years. Company wide, the retailer now procures 58 pct of electricity from renewables (up from 55 pct last year) against a target of 65 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. Meanwhile, Tesco has reduced carbon emissions by 31 per cent against a 2015/16 baseline. The company also committed to cut emissions 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct by 2050, according to the company's annual report. (Source: Tesco, PR, energyst, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Tesco, www.tescoplc.com

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