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REMS Launches GreenSpace Sustainability Program (Ind. Report)
Colliers Real Estate Management Services
Date: 2018-12-05
In Canada, Colliers Real Estate Management Services (REMS) has announced the launch of its GreenSpace sustainability program offering a holistic solution to building sustainability needs. With buildings contributing up to 35 pct of Canada's carbon emissions, GreenSpace affirms its commitment to helping reduce carbon, waste, and water footprints.

The REMS sustainability team plans on launching an internal change management platform, along with a monthly corporate health and wellness newsletter, as part of the GreenSpace program. (Source: REMS, PR, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Colliers Real Estate Management Services, Phillip Raffi, national energy & sustainability manager, Real Estate Management Services. www2.colliers.com

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


Albany Borrowing $29.3M, for LED Streetlighting (Ind. Report)
City of Albany
Date: 2018-12-05
In New York State, the city of Albany reports it will borrow up to $29.3 million to purchase and install energy-efficient LED lighting as well as additional equipment that could pave the way for citywide internet.

The 15-year borrowing includes $9.4 million to purchase the streetlights from National Grid, which owns the lights and charges the city for maintenance, various parts of the light as well as usage. Albany is charged separately for cement foundations, poles and cross arms, among other items that are non-energy related.

The city presently spends $4.3 annually for its streetlights, with about 65 pct of those costs specifically for maintenance and operation, while the remaining 35 percent comes from energy usage and delivery. City officials anticipate savings with the purchase and LED switch within the first year. (Source: City of Albany, Albany Times Unions, 4 Dec., 2018)

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


Lockheed Martin Invests $4Mn in Forge Hydrocarbons (Ind. Report)
Forge Hydrocarbons, University of Alberta,Lockheed Martin Canada
Date: 2018-12-05
Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons Inc., a University of Alberta spinoff company producing the next generation of renewable fuels, reports receipt of a $4-million investment from Lockheed Martin Canada. The funding is intended to support a $25-million production facility in Sombra, Ontario.

The new facility is slated to be operational in late 2019 and produce 19 million litres of renewable biofuel annually.

Forge Hydrocarbons uses technology developed by University of Alberta bioresource scientist David Bressler. Bressler's technology heats waste lipids such as cooking oil, animal renderings and crop seed oil, with water at a high temperature, creating fatty acids and glycerol. The glycerol is removed and the fatty acids are heated at more than 400 degree C until the oxygen within is released. This turns the acids into hydrocarbons that are separated into various fuels, including gasoline and diesel. The result is a drop-in biofuel that doesn't need to be blended with petroleum-based fuel and can produce renewable fuel with 90 pct less greenhouse gases than conventional fuel. (Source: Univ. of Alberta, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, (780) 492-4986, dbressle@ualberta.ca; Forge Hysdrocarbons Inc., (905) 815-7786, thaig@forgehc.com, www.forgehc.com; Lockheed Martin, www.lockheedmartin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons.Crop-in Fuel,  Lockheed Martin,  


COP24 Climate Talks Underway in Poland's Coal Capital (Int'l)
COP24
Date: 2018-12-05
Envoys from 200 countries have gathered a day ahead of schedule in Katowice, Poland, to follow up on the COP15 Paris climate change summit.

In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has only 8 years left to limit climate change catastrophe and that drastic cuts in carbon emissions will be needed if the world is to reach the COP15 pledge of keeping temperatures between 1.5C and 2C. Unfortunately, CO2 emissions hit a record high in 2017.

Although Poland has reduced its share of coal in power generation, the country still gets close to 80 pct of its electricity from the fossil fuel. Even so, Poland is planning construction of another major coal-fired power plant that the Environment Ministry promises will be the last. However, some observers are skeptical since the the country's most recent energy plan would basically see the amount of coal in the energy mix remain unchanged at 80 pct until 2030, when coal reserves are expected to run dry. Even so, Polish authorities are calling for a "just transition" for fossil fuel industries like coal which are facing closures as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: REMI rfi, Others, Dec. 3, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP24,  Coal,  Climate Change,  


Earth CO2 Highest in 3,000.000 Years, says WMO Report (Int'l)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2018-11-30
The UN weather agency -- the World Meteorological Organization -- is reporting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached record levels as the highest in 3 million or more years, with no sign of reversal.

According to the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin there has been a 41 pct increase in the warming effect by the various greenhouse gases on the climate, known as "radioactive forcing", since 1990. CO2 specifically accounts for about 82 pct of the increase in radioactive forcing over the past decade, according to figures quoted in the WMO report. The new report adds yet another building block of scientific evidence to inform decision-making at the upcoming UN COP24 climate change conference in Poland. The key objective of this meeting is to adopt an implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement.

In its 2017 Statement on the State of the Global Climate, WMO said "We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa. This is part of a long-term warming trend." (Source: World Meteorological Organization, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: WMO, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cliame Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COP15,  Paris Climate Agreement,  World Meteorological Organization,  Climate Change,  


Orsted Sets Ambitious Offshore Wind Target (Int'l. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2018-11-30
Danish energy major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting a new offshore wind target as part of a its updated strategic plan. By 2025, the Copenhagen headquartered company wants to increase its offshore wind capacity from 11GW to 15GW.

Orsted's portfolio currently includes 11.9GW of offshore and onshore wind farms and biomass-fired combined heat and power plants that are either in production, under construction or have been given final investment decision (FID). It also has projects with a capacity of 4.7GW awaiting FID.

From 2019-2025, the company expects total gross investments of approximately DKK 200 billion ($30 billion)75-85 pct of which will be in the offshore wind sector. (Source: Orsted, MarEx,Other, Dec., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Orsted,  


German Consultancy Exploring Iranian Energy Efficiency Market (Int'l)
DIW Econ
Date: 2018-11-30
In Tehran, DIW Econ, a Berlin-based subsidiary consultancy company of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), reports it has been investigating possible low carbon economy and energy efficiency projects in PSEEZ in Assaluyeh and have developed business and financing plans for at least two projects designed for Iran's existing infrastructure and compliant with energy consumption and industry regulations.

The company also developed bankable pre-feasibility studies for energy efficiency projects and for the derived market for energy and environment and elaboration of financing concepts for these projects. The German company is also planning similar projects in the southwestern Iranian city of Bushehr. (Source: DIW Econ, Tehran Times, 25 Nov., 2018)Contact: DIW Econ, +49 30-20 60 972-0, www.diw-econ.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Madison PD Scores $17,000 Energy Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency,
Date: 2018-11-30
The Madison Wisconsin Police Department is reporting receipt of more than $17,000 in incentives from Wisconsin Focus on Energy for energy-efficient features built into the new Midtown District police station. The new station's energy efficient features include: inside wall insulation, lighting occupancy sensors, high-efficiency HVAC and boilers, and other energy saving features that are expected to save the department more than $22,000 per in energy costs.

Focus on Energy is an energy efficiency and renewable resource program that offers monetary incentives and energy expertise to residential, business and government customers across Wisconsin. A spokesperson from the program says Madison Gas & Electric is one of the 107 statewide utilities that fund it. A recent evaluation report found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy programs creates $5.93 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs, and reduced pollution. (Source: Wisc. Focus on Energy, PR, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800)762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Wisconsin Focus on Energy,  


Pattern Offloads Stillwater Montana Wind Farm Interest (M&A)
Pattern Energy
Date: 2018-11-30
San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development)is reporting the sale of its entire ownership in the 31-turbine, 79.75-MW Stillwater Wind Farm in Montana. The project was commissioned in October.

Pattern Energy Group Inc notes it purchased 51 pct of the class B interests in the Stillwater facility for $23 million in cash. The acquired interest is equal to a 35-MW owned interest in the facility. The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) purchased the remaining 49 pct of class B interests. Pattern Energy will operate the wind farm. (Source: Pattern Energy, 25 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com; Public Sector Pension Investment Board, www.investpsp.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy ,  Wind,  


EC Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 (Report Attched)
European Union, European Commission
Date: 2018-11-30
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets the goal to contain the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C.

To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.

The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.

Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.

Download the EU Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE. (Source: EU, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  Climate Change,  


China's Carbon Market Trades Exceed $863Mn (Int'l Report)
Ministry of Ecology and Environment
Date: 2018-11-30
China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's seven fledgling pilot carbon trading schemes reached $863.9 million as total of 250Mt of CO2 changed hands on the exchanges by the end of October.

China's pilot CO2 trading schemes cover the cities of Beijing, Tianjan, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen, and the provinces of Guangdong and Hebei. In 2017, the cities-regional schemes were replaced by a national scheme which has to date made limited progress, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CemNet, Others, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, http://english.mee.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  


"Anticipated House Carbon Tax Bill is Climate Denial, Not Climate Action" -- (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Food & Water Watch
Date: 2018-11-30
In Washington, D.C., Food & Water Watch is commenting on a bipartisan carbon tax proposal tabled by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.): "With an increased national focus on the perils of climate change in recent weeks, it comes as no surprise that stale ideas would be trotted out anew in hopes of demonstrating an adequate response from lawmakers. Yet carbon pricing schemes like this one are false solutions to climate change, and they provide a dangerous distraction from the bold policies required to avoid the worst effects of climate chaos in decades to come.

"This carbon tax bill amounts to climate denial, not climate action. Emissions pricing schemes like this one are actually supported by the world's largest oil and gas corporations because they do nothing more than entrench the status quo -- an economy dependent on polluting fossil fuels. This particular bill is potentially even more egregious, as it would reportedly roll back existing environmental regulations on carbon emissions, amounting to a shameful, self-defeating giveaway to the industry.

"As Democrats look to formulate a strategy on climate for a new Congress, it is imperative that they flatly reject carbon pricing schemes that increase costs for consumers while cementing a future of fossil fuel business-as-usual.

"A Green New Deal that includes carbon pricing isn't green at all. The only legitimate path to moving off fossil fuels is to move off fossil fuels -- now."

Food & Water Watch is a non-governmental organization group focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and corporate overreach. (Source: Food & Water Watch, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Seth Gladstone, (917) 363-6615, sgladstone@fwwatch.org, www.fwwatch.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Food & Water Watch,  Climate Change,  


Federal Lands Fossil Fuel Extraction Emissions Fell in 2005-14, says USGS (Ind. Report)
US Geological Survey
Date: 2018-11-30
A just released US Geological Survey study reports the estimated emissions of the three main gases associated with climate change fossil fuel extraction on federal lands fell from 2005 to 2014 -- CO2 fell 6.1 pct to 1,279 million metric tons; methane emissions fell releases totaling an estimated 47.6 million tonnes of 10.5 pct and nitrous was 20.3 pct lower. Emissions from fossil fuels produced on federal lands represent, on average, 23 pct of national emissions, the study notes.

The USGS study's data are consistent with both rising US production and the increased use of gas to generate electricity, according to the American Petroleum Institute. (Source: US Geological Survey, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: US Geological Survey, 888-275-8747, www.usgs.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  GHG ,  Natural Gas,  Methane,  Carbon Emissions,  


NextEra, OSMPC Agree to Wind Farm Deadline Extension (Ind. Report)
NextEra
Date: 2018-11-30
In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) reports it has again granted a mitigation plan deadline extension for NextEra Energy's planned wind farm along a route of airspace the military uses for training west of Hinton.

As part of the extension, NextEra may resume construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA. OSMPC claims the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act requiring a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department before a wind farm is constructed or expanded. (Source: OSMPC, Enid News & Eagle, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Wind,  


Aemetis Newest Renewable Fuels Association Member (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association,Aemetis
Date: 2018-11-30
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is reporting Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. has been added to the RFA membership roster.

Aemetis operates a 60 million gpy ethanol and DDGs animal feed production facility in Keyes, California and operates a 50 million gpy distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin biorefinery on the East Coast of India. The company also maintains a research and development laboratory and holds granted patents on technology related to the production of renewable fuels and renewable chemicals. (Source: RFA, PR, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Aemetis,  


Roeslein Expediting Smithfield Foods' Biogas Program (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Foods,Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2018-11-30
As previously reported , Virginia-headquartered hog producer and processor Smithfield Foods plans to expand its Smithfield Renewables initiative aimed at cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 25 pct by 2025. To that end, the company plans to equip 90 pct its hog finishing operations North Carolina, Utah and Missouri with manure methane-to-energy systems.

St.Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy has spearheaded Smithfirld's efforts in Missouri and is equipping Smithfield's hog waste lagoons with covering systems that capture, clean and ultimately fed methane into a pipeline system that distributes natural gas nationally. Roeslein completed the first of its biogas projects for Smithfield in 2016 near Albany, Mo., and currently converts manure from its farms into enough energy to power 15,400 homes. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Smithfield Foods, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods news,  Roeslein Alternative Energy news,  Methae news,  Biogas news,  


Align RNG Hog Manure-to-Energy JV Announced (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Food,Dominion Energy
Date: 2018-11-30
In the Old Dominion State, Smithfield Foods Inc. reports it is partnering with Dominion Energy are forming Align Renewable Natural Gas (Align), a joint venture company that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into clean renewable energy for residential home heating and power for local businesses. The JV has also announced their first projects in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah.

The companies The new joint venture will leverage Smithfield's relationships with contract hog farmers and the company's "manure-to-energy" anaerobic digestion project experience and expertise. Once collected and processed, the methane will be transported to a central conditioning facility where it will be converted into RNG. (Source: Smithfield Food Co., 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Align RNG, www.alignrng.com; Smithfield Food, (757) 365-3000, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Dominion Energy, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Methane,  Smithfield Food,  Dominion Energy,  


Eos Energy Storage, Peaxy Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Eos Energy Storage
Date: 2018-11-30
San Jose, California-headquartered Peaxy Inc. reports it has contracted with Edison, New Jersey-based energy storage provider Eos Energy Storage to implement an integrated data strategy that lets Eos access advanced analytics to improve how its data supports business objectives.

Peaxy is adapting its asset management application, Peaxy Lifecycle Intelligence (PLI) will enable Eos to speed up its R&D efforts, minimize manufacturing variability, and more accurately predict maintenance needs. PLI uses machine learning to model battery degradation. (Source: Peaxy Inc., PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: EOS Energy Storage, Philippe Bouchard, SVP of Business Development, ; Peaxy, 408-441-6500, info@peaxy.net, www.peaxy.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eos Energy Storage,  


Engie Ups KiWi Power Stake (Int'l Report, M&A)
Engie SA, KiWi Power
Date: 2018-11-30
French electric utility Engie SA reports it has increased its ownership stake in UK distributed energy resource aggregator KiWi Power with the purchase of additional company shares from KiWi co-founders Yoav Zingher and Ziko Abram.

London-based KiWi Power said on Monday that this latest share-purchase transaction marks the start of the next phase of growth for the UK firm. (Source: Engie, Renewables, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, www.engie.com; KiWi Power, +44 (0)207-183-1030, +44 (0)845-805-6205, info@kiwipowered.com, www.kiwipowered.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie SA,  KiWi Power,  Wind,  


Acting EPA Administrator Backs the Boss -- Notable Quote
US EPA,National Climate Change Assement
Date: 2018-11-30
On Wednesday in Washington, after admitting he'd not read his agency's just released National Climate Change Assessment report, EPA Acting Administrator and former coal industry lobbyist extraordinaire Andrew Wheeler immediately trumpeted the Trump Administration for a decline in carbon emissions.

"In the first year of the Trump administration, we've seen a 2.7 pct reduction in CO2 from 2016 to 2017. I'm not aware of a formal process within the administration" (to incorporate it into decision-making) Wheeler said. Wheeler noted "a 14 pct reduction in CO2 emissions in the United States since 2005," a time frame dominated by the 2009-2017 Obama administration which implemented strict environmental policies that influenced the reversals that the Trump administration seeks to take credit for while at the same time seeking to amend, reverse or eliminate.

"I think we really need to take a hard look at where the markets are going, where technology is going, where innovation is going, and what has driven the reduction in CO2, and we need to give credit for that CO2 reduction," Wheeler said.

Wheeler added that although he respects the efforts of career government scientists who worked on the report, he noted that the work was begun under the Obama administration and that the Trump administration did not play a part in the work. "We did not review it. I did not see the National Climate Change Assessment report until it was released," Wheeler proclaimed, the implication being that it was in some way lacking in credibility with the the Trump administration's touch.

Download the National Climate Assessment report HERE. (Source: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  National Climate Change Assesment,  


Renewable Fuels Standard "Hardship" Waivers on Hold (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Fuels Standard
Date: 2018-11-30
It is being widely reported that the Trump Administration is reconsidering and temporarily frozen Renewable Fuels Standard "hardship" waivers exempting small oil refineries from biofuel blending requirements.

Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: Various Media, 28 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Hardship Waiver,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Blend,  


USC Wrigley Institute Investigating Kelp Biofuel Sustainability (R&D)
USC Wrigley Institute
Date: 2018-11-30
In Southern California, researchers at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental are working on a project to convert open-ocean kelp into a biofuel that could someday replace gasoline.

Kelp, a species of macroalgae, is turned into a biofuel through a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. This involves drying the kelp, then processing the biomass in an extremely hot, pressurized and wet environment for long periods of time to allow the breakdown of the solid chemical structure to produce a biocrude which can be further distilled or processed into a fuel that can be used just like any petroleum-based fuel.

Researchers at Wrigley and partners at Marine BioEnergy Inc. have come up with an innovative open ocean "kelp elevator" to farm the massive amounts of kelp necessary for a commercialized fuel source. The current "kelp elevator" prototype models use PVC pipes in the ocean to grow and cycle kelp from the surface where the light is to the deep water where the nutrients are.

Under optimal conditions, giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera, which is used to generate a biofuel, can grow up to three feet per day without fresh water, fertilizer, pesticides or fertile land. These attributes make kelp a viable potential substitute for traditional fuels, as it can be sustainably farmed, harvested and converted into biofuel. (Source: USC Wrigley Institute, Daily Trojan, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: USC Wrigley Institute, Diane Kim, Associate Director , (310) 510-0811, www.usc.edu/wrigley; Marine BioEnergy Inc., www.marinebiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Kelp,  


First Ethiopian Commercial Biodiesel Plant Set for Launch (Int'l)
API Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-30
Stamford, Conn.-based API Renewable Energy PLC is reporting next weeks official lauch of Ethiopia's first commercial-scale biodiesel refinery in the Adama Industrial Zone.

The new commercial-scale biorefinery targets annual biodiesel production of over 70 million litres. The company plans to construct and commission nine additional biodiesel plants with total estimated capacity of 730 million lpy by the year 2025. (Source: API Renewable Energy, PR, 26 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News API Renewable Energy,  Biodiesel ,  


UKGBC Launches Net-zero Carbon Buildings Group (Int'l Report)
UKGBC
Date: 2018-11-30
UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is reporting the launch of a new industry task group of more than 30 experts from across the building value chain to develop an industry-led definition for net-zero carbon buildings. The task group is being supported by 12 leading industry bodies.

The UKGBC initiative is a global campaign led by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), calling for all new buildings to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2030 and all existing buildings to achieve this standard by 2050. The initiate is expected to released in spring 2019. (Source: UKGBC, pbctoday, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, +44 (0) 7580 0623, www.ukgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UKGBC,  Green Building,  Net-Zero Buiulding,  Energy Efficiency,  


Kokam Claims 40 MWh Battery Energy Storage Contracts (Int'l)
Kokam Battery
Date: 2018-11-30
Seoul-based South Korean lithium-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions provider Kokam Co Ltd reports receipt of a supply order for 40 MWh of energy storage systems linked to solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Korea. The capacity is split between two projects totaling 12 MWh and 28 MWh, respectively, and is expected to be put on stream by the end of this year.

The 28 MWh project was awarded by Korea Midland Power Co Ltd will be installed at nine sites across the country and incorporated with 10 MW of PV systems. Both projects will use Kokam’s high energy lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (HE NMC) battery technology, according to the release. (Source: Kokam, 27 Nov., 2018)Contact: Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kokam,  Battery,  Energy STorage,  


Important Notice -- Publications Schedule
Publication Schedule
Date: 2018-11-30
This LC Energy Report will not be published on Monday, 3 December, 2018. We will resume our regular publication schedule on Wed., 5 December, 2018.

We apologize for the disruption and any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you.


Georgia 35th in National Energy Efficiency Rankings (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-11-28
The financial analysis website WalletHub's recent examination of residential energy efficiency across U.S., the Peach State came in at No. 35. According to the U.S. DOE, the average U.S. family spends $2,000 or more per year on utilities -- heating and cooling accounts for more than half the bill PLUS another $1,968 on transportation fuel and oil.

The DOE estimates that home energy efficieny measures could cut a family's utility costs by 25 pct or more and that driving fuel-efficient vehicle could save the average driver about $708 per year. (Source: WalletHub, AllOnGeorgia, 26 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


EU Renewable Energy Progress Adoption Slows (Ind. Report, Int'l)
European Environment Agency
Date: 2018-11-28
In a just released report, the European Environment Agency (EEA) notes that the EU's progress towards increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing and putting its ability to meet its 2020 and 2030 targets at risk.

According to the report, renewable energy, such as wind and solar, accounted for a 17.4 pct share of gross final energy consumption in the EU last year -- up from 17.0 pct in 2016. This indicates that the EU remains on track to reach its target of a renewables share of 20 pct by 2020, although at a slower rate of growth. Preliminary EEA data for 2017 showed 20 member states were on track to reach their individual targets on renewable energy by 2020, a drop from 2016 when 25 countries were on track.

On energy efficiency, both primary and final energy consumption were above the trajectory needed to reach targets 2020. The continued growth in energy consumption, particularly in transport but also in other sectors, made achieving the 2020 target increasingly uncertain, the report said.

Download the full report HERE (Source: European Environment Agency, Reuters, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


NBB Supports Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Proposal (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-11-28
In Washington, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, is reported to have proposed a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit at its current rate of $1.00 per gallon for 2018 through 2021 but gradually reduce it to $0.33 per gallon by 2024, and then allow it to expire

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomes Brady's proposal: "The biodiesel industry has long advocated for a long-term tax extension to provide certainty and predictably for producers and feedstock providers. Too often, the credit has been allowed to lapse and then reinstated retroactively, which does not provide the certainty businesses need to plan, invest, and create jobs. We (MBB) appreciate the recognition that the biodiesel industry is integral to our domestic energy needs through this long-term extension. We look forward to working with our supporters on Capitol Hill to ensure that consumers, producers and marketers benefit from a long-term, forward-looking pro-growth tax policy," according to NBB VP for Federal Affairs, Kurt Kovarik. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, Ohio AG, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit ,  


DRAX Woody Biomass Power Plant CCS Pilot Underway (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2018-11-28
Further to our August 20th coverage, in the UK DRAX Energy reports it has begun work on a pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions at its biomass plant in North Yorkshire. The facility burns woody sawdust pellets to operate the world's first carbon negative power station, according to DRAX.

The UK aims to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct compared with 1990 levels by 2050. (Source: DRAX, Investing.com, 26 Nov., 2018))Contact: DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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LADWP Awards $1.4Mn in Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Date: 2018-11-28
In the Golden State, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reports its Community Partnership Outreach Grants Program for 2018 has awarded $1.4 million to 24 nonprofit organizations to support water conservation and energy efficiency programs and initiatives.

The grants program assists nonprofit organizations in connecting with LADWP customers that may not be reached through traditional communication strategies, with a goal of helping reduce energy and water use. Over the past seven years, the program provided more than $8 million in funding for more than 140 projects. (Source: LADWP, MyNews LA, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com

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Botetourt County Va. Wind Farm Project Seeking PPA (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based Apex Clean Energy reports it is seeking a PPA for its planned 75-MW, Rocky Forge wind farm to be located in Botetourt County. All required local, state and federal permits have been issued. If and when constructed, the project will the state's first commercial wind farm. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Nov., 2018) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Charlie Johnson, Dev. Manager, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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USGBC Launches LEED Zero for Green Building Projects (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-11-28
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is touting the launch of LEED Zero, a new program to address net-zero operations and resources in green building projects. LEED Zero recognizes specific achievements in building operations and rewards projects that have used LEED as a framework to address important aspects of green buildings and taken their buildings to the next level by designing and operating toward net-zero goals.

LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places that will contribute to a regenerative future. This is part of a vision to ensure the next phase of USGBC's efforts will be LEED Positive, where buildings generate more energy than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce. (Source: USGBC, The Construction Specifier, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED Zero, new.usgbc.org/leed-zero

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Wichita County OKs Ameresco Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2018-11-28
In Texas, Wichita County Utility reports it is in talks with Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco on integrating more efficient utility and electrical systems in commercial, government and industrial buildings. The county presently spends about $560,000 for electricity, natural gas and water.

Upgrades such as energy-efficient lighting, thermostat controls, window tinting and faucet aerators could save the county more than $113,000 each year. An additional $116,000-$117,000 per year in outdated equipment operation and maintenance could also be saved by the upgrades. Upgrading would also qualify the county for a one-time $22,000 incentive from Oncor. (Source: City of Witchita Falls, Wichita Falls Times Record News , 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Witchita Falls, www.wichitafallstx.gov; Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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LEED-Certified Buildings Eligible for 3-yr Recertification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-11-28
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports it will begin offering LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects. For recertification, projects must submit 12 months of data demonstrating continued or improved performance and meet the standards of the newest available version of LEED. The recertification will be valid for three years. (Source: USGBC, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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350.org Comments on National Climate Change Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Climate Change Assessment
Date: 2018-11-28
In Washington, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve released the following comments on the Trump administration's just release National Climate Change Assessment:

"Not even the Trump Administration's own climate assessments can deny the severity of the climate crisis, as well as the risks for future generations. They can try to bury the findings of this report by releasing it quietly the day after Thanksgiving with hopes that people won't notice, but the realities of the climate crisis are stark and being felt by communities all over the country and the world right now.

"This report (National Climate Change Assessment) acknowledges much of what was outlined in the UN's IPCC report, noting that current efforts to mitigate climate change are not meeting the scale of the crisis. Yet, the report falls short of calling out the true culprit of the climate crisis: the fossil fuel industry. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration continues to roll back climate policy and prop up Big Oil, offering the fossil fuel industry tax subsidies at the cost of creating further conditions for devastating climate impacts.

"All the reports released this year point to the need for bold climate action now. For any shot at averting further climate catastrophe, all elected officials must reject dirty fossil fuel money and fight for a Green New Deal that puts climate and communities first. It's not enough to acknowledge the reality of climate change -- we need our members of Congress to walk the talk and support equitable solutions to this global crisis that lead to 100 pct renewable economies with no new fossil fuel projects."

350.org is U.S.-based, not-for-profit international environmental organization addressing climate change with the goal of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350ppm from the current level of 400 ppm.

Download the National Climate Assessment report HERE (Source: 350.org, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: 350.org, (413) 678-5160, www.350.org.com

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Banco Azteca Lauded for Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
Mexico City-based banking major Banco Azteca, S.A. reports 11 of its branches it have been recognized by the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in Buildings -- aka E4.

The E4 program recognizes real estate assets commited to the sustainable use of energy to reduce operating costs and minimize carbon footprints. (Source: Banco Azteca, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Grupo Salinas, Bruno Rangel, +52 55 1720 9167, jrangelk@gruposalinas.com.mx, www.gruposalinas.com.mx; Grupo Elektra, S.A.B. de C.V., Rolando Villarreal, +52 (55) 1720-9167, rvillarreal@gruposalinas.com.mx; National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy, https://eulacfoundation.org/en/mapeo/national-commission-efficient-use-energy-conuee

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Notable Quotes
Johnson Controls
Date: 2018-11-28
"Organizations are more interested than ever in leveraging energy efficiency, energy storage and distributed generation technologies to deliver smarter, safer and more sustainable buildings,” said “U.S. organizations are especially bullish about the future impact of systems interoperability, systems integration and cybersecurity technologies, leading all other countries.” -- Clay Nesler, vice president, Global Sustainability, Johnson Controls.

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Kenya Abandons Thermal Power for Wind Energy (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2018-11-28
Due to In Nairobi, Kenyan Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter reports the government will scrap three thermal power plants totaling 190MW. The thermal power plant closures, which are expected to cost approximately $88 million, are due to the recently connected 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Farm project.

The closures include the Iberafrica Power Plant's 56MW contract, set to end in October next year, Tsavo Power's 74MW contract ending in September 2021, and Kipevu Diesel's 60MW contract which ends in July, 2023.

Kenya runs 23 diesel power plants that account for 25 pct (700MW) of the total installed capacity of 2,800MW. Eliminating the thermal plants is part of the government's plan to phase-out expensive diesel power generators as it moves to provide cheaper and cleaner renewable energy. (Source: ESI Africa, Daily Nation, 27 Nov., 2018)

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Alcazar's 86.1MW Jordanian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l Report)
Alcazar Energy,EBRD
Date: 2018-11-28
Further to our March 3o coverage, Alcazar Energy, an independent renewable energy producer is reporting the completion and start of commercial operation of the Al Rajef wind farm in Jordan.

The plant includes a substation and 41 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with a total combined capacity of 86.1MW.

The $185 million project, which was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Proparco and DEG, is in line with Jordan's renewable energy targets and could save more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2 and 380,000 cbm of water per year. Alcazar Energy will oversee and manage the wind farm operation and maintenance (O&M) through O&M contractors Elecnor/Siemens Gamesa. (Source: Alcazar Energy, ME Construction News, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alcazar Energy, Daniel Calderon, CEO, +962 6 461 4005, www.alcazarenergy.com; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

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Greenbacker Acquires Rights to 21.8 MW of NC Solar Capacity (M&A)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
Kansas City, Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC reports that through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has purchased the rights to a 21.8 megawatt portfolio of three solar energy projects in Camden, Jamesville and Martin counties, North Carolina from SunEnergy1 LLC. Construction of the facilities has commenced, with closings to take place upon their reaching mechanical completion. All three facilities are expected to achieve commercial operations in early 2019.

The Company is currently working to arrange back leverage financing as well as tax equity financing. Once operational, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all power generated to an investment grade utility off taker through a 15-year fixed price PPA.

With the addition of the SE Solar Portfolio assets, the Company will own approximately 278.7 MW of generating capacity (including assets in development and construction) comprising 61.5 MW of wind facilities and 217.2 MW of commercial and residential solar facilities. (Source: : Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. LLC., Charles Wheeler, CEO, (888) 292-3718, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com; SunEnergy1, David Sher, (917) 309-1234, www.sunenergy1.com

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Chinese Carbon Trading Transactions Top $860Mn (Int'l Report)
China Carbon Market,Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment
Date: 2018-11-28
In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's carbon trading transaction values have exceeded 6 billion yuan ($860 million) since June 2013, with traded emission quotas exceeding 270 million tonnes.

The agency noted that "China's carbon emission declined both in intensity and amount in the pilot carbon trading areas. The carbon market has fulfilled its role in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and promoting low-carbon development." The agency added that China will advance the construction of carbon trading market and gradually expand the number of industries, trading entities and categories that participate in the national carbon market which was launched in 2017.

The Chinese carbon emissions trading system includes power generation, iron and steel production and cement manufacturing sectors in seven provinces and municipalities.

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, China will cut its carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level. By the end of 2017, China had cut CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 46 pct from 2005 levels, fulfilling its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 to 45 pct from the 2005 level by 2020. (Source: Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Xinhua, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn; Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

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AFT Affirms Commitment to Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
American Farmland Trust
Date: 2018-11-28
Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) is reporting new commitments to combating climate change, including the addition of Jennifer Moore-Kucera as director of its "Farmers Combat Climate Change" initiative. AFT also reiterated its support of the US Climate Alliance's Natural and Working Lands Challenge in developing policies and programs to increase carbon sequestration and reduce GHGs on farm and ranch land to combat climate change.

The US Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of U.S.states and unincorporated self-governing territories that are committed to upholding the objectives of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (COP15).

The initiative supports farmers and ranchers in adopting climate-smart farming practices on land they own and rent, encourages smart growth and protecting farmland to reduce transportation emissions and expands renewable energy siting while protecting productive, versatile and resilient farmland. "The goals and strategies outlined in the Farmers Combat Climate Change Initiative will play a critical role in helping farmers, ranchers, and urban growth planners develop and implement practices that can reduce greenhouse emissions, sequester carbon, and help mitigate, if not begin to reverse the negative impacts predicted by climate change models," according to Jennifer Moore-Kucera. (Source: American Farmland Trust, The Fence Post, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, John Piotti, Pres., CEO, Jennifer Moore-Kucera, Carbon Initiate Dir., (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org; US Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org

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Notable Quote -- Trump Dumps on National Climate Assessment Report
Trump
Date: 2018-11-28
"No, no, I don't believe it. You're going to have to have China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries, you know. It addresses our country.

"Right now, we're at the cleanest we've ever been. And that's very important to me. But if we're clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good. So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important." -- U.S. President Donald Trump commenting on the just released National Climate Assessment of which he acknowledged only reading "some" and that it was "fine."

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Sino-Dutch Researchers Tout Cleaner Coal-to-Liquid Fuel (Int'l)
Eindhoven University of Technology
Date: 2018-11-28
In Beijing, the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands are touting a breakthrough which they claim cuts and captures the CO2 emissions and improves the financial viability of coal to liquid (CTL) fuels.

The key is a new type of catalyst to be used in the Fischer-Tropsch reactor, the part of the process in which carbon monoxide and hydrogen are converted into liquid hydrocarbons. In the CTL process coal is first converted to syngas -- a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen -- and then to a liquid. Some of the CO is taken out of the syngas by converting it to CO2, in a process called water-gas shift. The researchers discovered that the CO2 release is triggered because the iron-based catalysts in the reactor are not pure. Accordingly, the researchers developed an alternative catalyst using a type of iron carbide -- epsilon iron carbide -- which they say generates almost no CO2 at all. Any that is been produced can be easily removed at the water-gas shift stage.

The researchers expect the new catalyst will play a role in the future energy and basic chemicals industry. The feedstock will not be coal or gas, but waste and biomass. Syngas will continue to be the central element, as it is also the intermediate product in the conversion of these new feedstocks. (Source: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy Cosmos, Oct., 2018)Contact: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy, www.nicenergy.com/en; Eindhoven University of Technology, www.tue.nl/en

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CO2 Neg. Elephant Grass Briquette Biofuel Touted (New Prod & Tech)
NextFuel
Date: 2018-11-28
Stockholm-headquartered NextFuel is touting a new energy solution to climate change that is CO2 negative, cheap, profitable and massively scalable in the form of a briquette made from elephant grass. The briquette is cheaper than and oil and coal in most markets and can be used to replace some or all of the coal normally used by a coal plant. It has already been tested and proven and the first operational plant has been opened by NextFuel in Austria. The company is currently implementing its first large projects in East Africa and South America.

Elephant grass can grow up to four meters in just 100 days and yields several harvestable crops per year. NextFuel's patented technology -- a rotary drum indirectly heated and operated with a low oxygen atmosphere -- requires very little energy to transform the elephant grass into a briquette form. While inside that drum, volatile elements are separated from the grass, and the physical properties together with the energy content are transformed in less than 30 minutes to a clean copy of fossil fuel. The fuel is then "densified" and turned into briquettes for industrial and electric power production. (Source: NextFuel, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextFuel, www.nextfuel.com

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Toshiba Plans $176Mn Japanese Biomass Power Investment (Int'l)
TOshiba
Date: 2018-11-28
In Tokyo, Toshiba Corp reports it will invest ¥20 billion ($176 million) in a planned biomass power plant to be constructed by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp's subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. in the city of Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture.

The plant will be operated by Sigma Power Ariake Corp. Construction is slated to get underway in the autumn of 2019 for commissioning and operation early in 2022, according to a company statement. (Source: Toshiba Corp., PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Toshiba Corp, www.toshiba.co.jp

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EPA to Hold the Line on 2019 RFS Biofuel Blend Quotas (Ind. Report)
RFS,Renewable Fuels Standatd
Date: 2018-11-28
Bloomberg is reporting the Trump administration will likely order refiners to use 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels in 2019 despite oil industry pressure to lower the mandate, The slate of biofuel blending targets, which are expected to be released on Friday, are unlikely to placate biofuel and agricultural interests that have denounced the EPA's generous issuance of RFS "hardship" waivers to small refineries. To date, 15 refineries have reportedly applied for "hardship" waiver relief from the 2018 quotas.

The EPA had proposed requiring refiners to blend 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels next year, a 3.1 pct increase over current quotas. That target included a 15 billion gallon quota for corn-based ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels, the maximum allowed under federal law and the same amount required in 2018. The agency also is set to finalize a 2020 requirement for using biodiesel, after proposing a 15.7 pct increase in the target.

The EPA reportedly plans to establish new biofuel blending targets for 2020 through 2022 and is poised to lower congressional goals for cellulosic biofuels as part of the RFS "reset" process. (Source: EPA, Bloomberg, Farm Journal, 27 Nov., 2018)

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AIC Energy Corp. Planning North Dakota Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
AIC Energy
Date: 2018-11-28
Las Vegas-based Air Solutions Group -- AIC Energy Corp. -- has reportedly filed an application with Williams County planning and zoning officials for a 28,000 bpd biodiesel facility to be known as the Bakken Oil Refinery southwest of Trenton North Dakota, near the Montana border. Project detail have not been released. (Source: AIC Energy Corp., Grand Forks Herald, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: AIC Energy, John Melk, Pres., 702-685-1118, info@aicsolutionsgroup.com, www.aicsolutionsgroup.com

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Imperial College London Researchers Enhance Bioprocessing for Biofuels Production (Int'l Report)
Imperial College London
Date: 2018-11-26
In the UK, according to an Imperial College London study aimed at enhancing bioprocessing for cheap and environmentally friendly production of biofuels, plant-based biomass can be broken down 30 times faster than it is usually done.

In the study, the glucosidase enzyme that helps break down the complex carbohydrates present in biomass was modified the chemical structure of the enzyme to let it withstand heat of up to 137 degree C so that it can be used in ionic liquids instead of the usual water. The scientists found that the combined effect of heat resistance and solubility in ionic liquids increased the glucose output 30-fold. If the technique is taken up on a large scale, fuel-related carbon emissions could fall by 80-100 per cent.

According to researcher Dr. Alex Brogan, "We've made bioprocessing faster, which will require less equipment and will reduce carbon footprint. One major advantage of this will be increased biofuel production -- potentially helping biofuels become more widespread as a result. Furthermore, this alteration can be applied to a wide variety of enzymes, for various applications such as making fuels from waste and recycling plastics, thereby making bioprocessing more efficient." (Source: Imperial College London, Coherent Times, 24 Nov., 2018)Contact: Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Alex Brogan, +44 (0) 20 7594 9028, www.alexbrogan.co.uk

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