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Nordex Wins US Delta4000 Wind Turbines Order (Ind. Report)
Nordex
Date: 2019-05-15
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports receipt of an order for 74 wind turbines from the N149/4.0-4.5 Delta4000 series, for installation at a proposed 350-MW Oklahoma wind farm. The turbines are slated for delivery and installation in the spring of 2020.

The order includes supply and delivery of the wind turbines with an operation range between 4.0 and 4.8 MW. A Premium Service Agreement with a term of 5 years will also be included. (Source: Nordex, PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

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


Heidelberg Pledges Carbon Neutral Concrete by 2050 (Ind. Report)
HeidelbergCement
Date: 2019-05-15
The world's fourth largest cement company, HeidelbergCement reports it will slash direct emissions by 15 pct per tonne of its products by 2030 from 2016 levels. The initiative is in line with the company's vision to realize CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest. It is also in Keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement and asignal that the built environment is transitioning towards a zero-carbon future, the company said.

The cement sector accounts for around 7 pct of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Climate Home News, 13 May, 2019) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HeidelbergCement,  Carbon Emissions,  


Uruguayan Winery Wins USGBC LEED Silver for Efficiency (Int'l)
USGBC, Bodega Garzon
Date: 2019-05-15
Bodega Garzon, a 500-acre boutique winery in Uruguay claims to the first sustainable winery outside North America to be awarded US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

Throughout the LEED-certification process, the winery reportedly received the highest possible scores in water efficiency and design innovation. The facility uses 100 percent non-potable water for irrigation and implemented original wastewater technologies. The winery also features a green roof with native species, a rainwater harvesting and reuse system; and high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery for energy efficiency. (Source: Bodega Garzon, Commercial Property Exec, May, 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


"Your Polluting Buildings are Part of the Problem", de Blasio Tells Trump (Notable Quote)
Climate Change, Bill De Blasio
Date: 2019-05-15
"Our message is loud and clear. We're tackling climate change head-on with NYC's Green New Deal and are the first city in the world to require all big buildings to cut their emissions, with the goal of a carbon neutral city by 2050. President Trump -- you're on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price." -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Reducing emissions from buildings -- which are responsible for nearly 70 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions -- is a key strategy of New York City's Green New Deal and commit the city to carbon neutrality by 2050.

As we previously reported, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of New York City's large residential buildings. Across the Big Apple, Trump owns at least eight buildings that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the law. These include the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Trump Building, the Trump World Tower, the Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Parc East and Trump Palace. If Trump fails to clean up these buildings, he will owe approximately $2.1 million in fines every year beginning in 2030. (Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 6sqft,Various Media, 14 May, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill De Blasio,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


EPA Proposes Slight RFS Biofuel Mandate Increase (Reg & Leg)
RFS, US EPA
Date: 2019-05-15
In Washington, the Trump administration EPA is reported to be proposing to increase volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually from the present 19.92 billion gallons to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020. The proposed mandated increase is awaiting review by other government agencies before being finalized.

The mandate includes 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels -- ethanol -- unchanged from 2019, and 5.04 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, up from 4.92 billion in 2019. The biodiesel mandate of 2.43 billion gallons for 2021, would be unchanged from 2020. (Source: US EPA, AgWEB, 14 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


Sub-Sea CO2 Storage Leakage Studied (Ind. Report)
Carbon Storage
Date: 2019-05-15
Researchers at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel investigating the possibilities and limits of the sub-sea CO2 storage report it is possible to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions by separating CO2 from flue gases and storing the captured CO2 in geological formations. The researchers also note negative emissions can be achieved by coupling biogas production with CO2 separation and storage.

Assessments by the IPCC show that these approaches are essential parts of the technology mix needed to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C.

In Europe the largest potential to store CO2 is located offshore in deep saline aquifers and other sub-seabed geological formations of the North Sea where over 10,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled. At many of these wells, methane gas from shallow biogenic deposits is leaking into the environment because the surrounding sediments were mechanically disturbed and weakened during the drilling process. The study notes that CO2 stored in the vicinity of these wells may leak and ultimately return into the atmosphere.

"We have performed a release experiment in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea to determine the footprint and consequences of such a leak", explains study lead author Dr. Lisa Vielstadte from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

In the study, CO2 released at the seabed in 82 meters of water was tracked and traced using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with chemical and acoustic sensors and additional measurements on board of Research Vessel Celtic Explorer. The resulting data showed that CO2 gas bubbles were completely dissolved close to the seafloor and the pH value of ambient bottom waters was lowered from a background value of 8.0 to a more acidic value of 7.0 at the release site as a consequence of the dissolution process. This bottom water acidification has detrimental effects on organisms living at the seabed", However, strong bottom currents induced a rapid dispersion of the dissolved CO2 such that the area at the seabed where potentially harmful effects can occur is small.

Accordingly, the study tentatively concluded it is possible to store CO2 safely in sub-seabed formations if the storage site is located in an area with a small number of leaky wells, the report summarizes. (Source: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel , PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Dr. Lisa Vielstadte, +49 431 600-0, Fax:+49 431 600-2805, www.geomar.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  


DOE Offers $33.5Mn for Energy-Efficient R&D Projects (Funding)
DOE BETO
Date: 2019-05-15
In Washington, the US DOE reports the availability of up to $33.5 million in funding for the research and development of projects aimed at reducing energy bills through advanced building construction techniques for both existing and new, residential and commercial buildings.

According to the DOE, commercial and residential buildings account for roughly 40 pct of the nation's total energy demand at a cost in excess of $380 billion per year.

While an ideal project would address a combination of issues across areas such as heating, cooling, the building envelope, water heating and ventilation, funding applications should focus on one of three topics:

  • Advanced Technology Integration: including projects that concentrate on taking technologies from the laboratory to the field, in order to meet national, regional, state and local needs. Energy savings methods in this category focus on workforce training, service delivery methods and field validation of new technologies and building practices;

  • Integrated Building Retrofits: which concentrate on existing buildings, including technologies that aim to achieve greater energy-efficiency through combined space heating and cooling systems, hot water systems and light and durable, highly-insulated panels. The goal under this topic is to achieve 75 pct energy reductions;

  • New Construction Technologies which focus on innovative approaches to a building's design, construction and installation. Through advancements in robotics, digitalization, off-site manufacturing, improved modeling and automation, the goal for projects within this topic is to make buildings and homes 50 percent more energy efficient than current code requirements.

    Funding is issued through the DOE's Building Technology Office (BTO) which aims to find new, energy-efficient technologies while improving the efficiency of current technologies to help the department realize its goal for reducing the energy use of U.S. buildings by 30 pct by 2030.

    BETO programs currently include: HVAC; water heating and appliances; solid-state lighting; building energy modeling; sensors and controls; and buildings-to-grid integration. (Source: US DOE BETO, 14 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE BETO,  


  • Mobile Biorefinery Trials Inderway in Ireland (Int'l. Report)
    Bioeconomy
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The European Science Communication Institute is reporting the launch of trials of Ireland's first mobile biorefinery. The new mobile biorefinery on wheels processes grass and other organic waste into various new green products that could give farmers a more diversified source of income and greater sustainability.

    . The mobile biorefinery's product can be processed into a dry protein-rich live-stock feed, a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizer or used as a fuel for anaerobic digesters and natural gas production. (Source: European Science Communication Institute, phys.org, May, 2015) Contact: European Science Communication Institute, www.esci.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Cioecoomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


    J-ENG, NYK Developing Marine Biofuel Engine (New Prod & Tech)
    Japan Engine Corp., NYK Line
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Japan Engine Corp. (J-ENG) reports it is cooperating with Tokyo-based NYK Line -- a maritime shipping firm -- to research and develop a maritime biofuel-powered engine for maritime use.

    In collaboration with NYK Line, J-ENG plans to test the new engine using the biofuel from GoodFuels, a leading biofuel supplier based in the Netherlands. The test engine is located in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Research & Innovation Center and various fuel tests can be performed. (Source: Japan Engine Corp., Diesel & Gas Turbine, May, 2019) Contact: Japan Engine Corp., +81-78-949-0800, www.j-eng.co.jp/en NYK Line, www.nykline.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  GoodFuels,  NYK Line,  


    Brussels Mandates Home Energy Efficiency by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Homeowners in Brussels will have until 2025 to undertake home renovations to put residential buildings in the capital on track with national energy-efficiency goals by 2030, according to a decree passed by Brussels Capital Region authorities.

    Under the legislation, homeowners are required to secure a PEB energy performance certificate for their homes by 2025, in order to drive down energy consumption of Brussels homes by a third between 2030 and 2050. The measure aims to ensure the Brussels Capital Region respects a national commitment to cut Belgium’s carbon emissions by 35 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Residential and office buildings in the region currently account for over 74 percent of energy consumption, and out of an estimated 575,000 residential buildings in Brussels, 30 pct were built before the 1960s and are not -insulated. An average insulation is expected to cost approximately €40,000 per home. (Source: Brussels Housing Minister, Brussels Times, 15 May, 2019) Contact: Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for: Housing. Quality of Life. Environment. Contact: https://be.brussels/about-the-region/the-government-of-the-region

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Canadian National Bioeconomy Strategy Released (Ind. Report)
    Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Ottawa, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has released Canada's first national Bioeconomy Strategy reflecting the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country.

    The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada's forestry ministers. These priority areas call for: creating agile regulation and government policy; establishing biomass supply and stewardship; building strong companies and value chains; and building strong sustainable innovation ecosystems.

    Consultations with industry concluded a national Strategy is needed to fully advance Canada's bioeconomy. The Strategy recognizes the role of innovation clusters and ecosystems as key to advancing Canada's bioeconomy. These venues will facilitate relationships between producers, SMEs, and large firms along the full value chain, domestically and globally.

    With this Strategy, industry has addressed the ways in which Canada's competitive advantages including access to biomass, global leadership in forestry and agriculture, sustainable resource management, and a skilled workforce, can make Canada a world leader.

    The recommendations focus on commercializing innovations to grow larger companies, and to have Canadian products and processes adopted into international value chains and call on the government to introduce policies, regulation and support for companies and the agriculture and forestry sectors to adopt practices and new technologies that improve stewardship of natural resources and increase productivity.

    Download the Canada's Bioeconomy Strategy: Leveraging our Strengths for a Sustainable Future report HERE. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, May, 2019) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020, info@bincanada.ca, www.bincanada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioeconomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


    MGM Springfield Casino Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Boston, MGM Resorts International reports its MGM Springfield is the world's first gaming resort to win US Green Building Council LEED platinum-level energy efficiency certification for new construction.

    MGM Resorts noted the installation of a new 1.13-MW solar array was "a significant enabler" of the LEED platinum rating. The solar canopy is expected to generate more than 1,600 mWh of electricity and reduce the casino's annual carbon footprint by the equivalent of 410 metric tons of CO2. Other LEED qualifying features include: a rainwater collections system that provides all the water used for landscaping on the property; 50 electric vehicle charging stations and more. (Source: MGM, USGBC, MetroWest Daily News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ohio Hospital Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind Report)
    Ohio Hospital Association
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The Ohio Hospital Association reports it has awarded the 2019 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award to the Barnesville (Ohio) Hospital for energy efficiency , sustainability and for new programs to improve their environmental stewardship in the community.

    The Award honorees are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. (Source: Ohio Hospital Association, Times Leader, 12 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ohio Hospital Association,  Energy Efficiency,  


    County Carbon Credit Program Protects Local Forests (Ind Report)
    King County Washington
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Washington State, King County's newly launched Forest Carbon Program offers Puget Sound area companies the opportunity to offset a portion of their carbon emissions within King County.

    Under the program, King County acquires high-value forests that are at risk of development and then offers buyers the opportunity to purchase carbon credits generated by keeping carbon in the forests. The county will then invest the revenue generated by the program to protect additional forests and offer credits to additional buyers.

    In the first five years of the program, the urban and rural components of King County's Forest Carbon Program will store at least 100,000 metric tons of CO2 that otherwise would have been released into the atmosphere.

    The project will meet standards developed by the internationally recognized Verified Carbon Standard, while the county's urban forest carbon projects meet the standards developed by City Forest Credits, a Seattle-based nonprofit that developed an innovative verification protocol for urban forest canopy preservation.

    Microsoft has committed to purchasing all of the credits from the rural program in its first year to offset carbon emissions from its operations.

    Download program details HERE. (Source: King County Washington, PR, 9 May, 2019) Contact: King County, https://kingcounty.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits,  Microsoft,  Forest Carbon,  Verified Carbon Standard,  


    Major Mining Companies Among World's Mega Emitters (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the Rio Times is reporting as many as 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to data from Carbon Disclosure Project (CFP) in July 2017.

    The 25 largest polluters, responsible for 50 pct of CO2 emissions, are, by descending order: China (state-owned coal production), Aramco, Gazprom, Iranian National Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Coal India, Pemex, Russia (state-owned coal production), Shell, China National Petroleum, BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Abu Dhabi National Petroleum, Poland Coal, Peabody Energy, Sonatrach, Kuwait Oil, Total, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Lukoil, Rio Tinto, Nigeria National Petroleum, and Petrobras, the only Brazilian company on the list.

    The top 100 companies control most of the world's mineral rights, for oil, gas, and coal. Houston is considered the "home" of 7 of these 100 companies, followed by Jakarta, Calgary, Moscow, and Beijing.

    (Source: The Rio Times, May, 2019) Contact: The Rio Times, Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter, www.riotimesonline.com

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


    Asian Devlopment Bank Pledges to Boost Climate Investments (Int'l)
    Asia Development Bank
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will increase its climate investments from this year forward. The pledge from ADB President Takehiko Nakao was make in consideration of some countries in the Asia Pacific region facing extreme weather events caused by climate change.

    Speaking at the ADB's 52nd annual meeting, NAKAO noted that climate change is among the six key areas ADB will prioritize in the implementation of its Strategy 2030.

    Nakao pledged the ADB would provide a wide range of assistance for countries that are the most vulnerable to climate change including increased investment and technical assistance to $5 billion in protecting the region's oceans by 2024. (Source: Asia Development Bank , Eleven Media Group, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Asia Development Bank, TakehikoNakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  


    Maine Governor's B10 Ethanol Blend Veto Upheld (Reg. & Leg.)
    B10,Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Augusta, Maine's legislators have sustained Democratic Governor Janet Mills' veto of a bill to ban the sale of B10 ethanol-blended gas in the Pine Tree State. The Republican-sponsored bill initially sailed through the Legislature last month.

    According to the Governor, B10 is not presently sold in Maine and there's not enough evidence that ethanol-blended gas harms public health. (Source: Various Media, WABI5, 11 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    100 MW Ball Hill Wind Farm Wins NYPSC Approval (Ind. Report)
    Ball Hill Wind Energy,Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) reports it has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the construction and operation of Ball Hill Wind Energy, LLC in the towns of Hanover and Villenova, in Chautauqua County. The project is being developed by Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

    According to the PSC's order granting the certificate, 100 MW Ball Hill Wind is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and have a 20 year life span. The PSC approval included decommissioning security be provided to the towns in the form of a letter of credit. (Source: NYPSC, The Observer, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Ball Hill Wind Energy, (860) 661-3818, www.ballhillwind.com; Renewable Energy Systems (RES), www.res-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy Systems ,  


    Global Algae Biofuel Market 2018 Report (Ind. Report)
    Algae Biofuel
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The Global Algae Biofuel Market 2018 research report from ICRWorld Research provides detailed information on the algae biofuel industry based on the revenue and volume for the forecast period 2018-2023. The research report provides the updated business information and industry future trends, identifies and quantifies the market share held by the significant industry players and gives an in-depth view of the competitive landscape.

    The report divides the Algae Biofuel market into various regions -- North America, Middle-East a and Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Europe-- as well as nationally.

    The report benchmarks and profiles the Algae Biofuel industry leading players on the basis of product portfolio, manufacturing plants, market pricing, sales footprint, target customer types, etc.

    Sample Report PDF HERE. Complete TOC of the Report HERE. (Source: ICRWorld Research, Market News Live, May, 2019) Contact: ICRWorld Research, www.icrworld.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/icrworld

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  


    Pacific Islands Call for Unity in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In the South Pacific, FBC News is reporting the Samoan and Cook Islands governments have agreed to emulate Fiji in an integrated approach to mitigate the impact of climate change.

    The two island countries agreed that all Pacific Island countries must allow more flexibility in their economies, policies and infrastructures to consolidate the climate change fight.

    Cook Island's Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown called on all Pacific island countries to continue to work together to find avenues that can further mitigate climate change. (Source: FBC News, 11 May, 2019)

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


    Hawaii's Hu Honua Biomass Plant Being Reviewed (Ind. Report)
    Hu Honua Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In the Aloha State, Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC reports its 30-MW biomass power plant which is presently under construction at Pepeekeo, on the Big Island, has been dealt a setback by the Hawaiian Supreme Court and is now back in the hands of the state PUC.

    The problem stems from an "unauthorized discharge of industrial wastewater" in November, 2018. If constructed, the planned facility would generate as much as 14 pct of the Big Island's power needs. The plant's future is now back in the hands of the PUC. (Source: Hawaii News Now, 10 Mat, 2019) Contact: Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC, Warren Lee, Pres., (808) 964-1101, www.huhonua.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hu Honua Bioenergy ,  


    Third-Largest US Coal Co. Seeks Chapt. 11 Protection (Ind Report)
    Cloud Peak
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Gillette, Wyoming-headquartered Cloud Peak Energy Company, the nation's third-largest coal company by production volume filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Cloud Peak is the fourth major coal producer in Wyoming, the top coal-mining state, to file for bankruptcy in recent years.

    In its coverage, the Boston Herald noted a recently released federal government report predicts coal in the months ahead will account for 25 percent of U.S. power generation, down by about half over the past decade. (Source: Cloud Peak Energy Company, Boston Herald, AP, 11 May, 2019) Contact: Cloud Peak Energy, www.cloudpeakenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  


    Green Valley News Comments on Arizona Energy Efficiency Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-13
    With the approaching demise of Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, the Arizona Corporation Commission should note that from 2010-17, every $1 of ratepayer money invested in energy efficiency by Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power returned about $4 in benefits to ratepayers. The Standard also helped reduce water consumption and contributed to job creation.

    The standard set aspirational yet rational requirements incorporating annual benchmarks and establishing accountability measures such as implementation plans. As the Commission deliberates its next steps on energy efficiency, here are a few considerations commissioners should keep in mind:

  • A strong standard will accomplish more than a goal. In large part, the reason Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard has worked is due to requirements the Commission placed on utilities. Without a Standard, it is unlikely Arizona's utilities would have significantly increased the use of energy efficiency resources.

  • Arizonans support energy efficiency. According to an energy poll released earlier this year, 68 pct of those polled agree that regulations applied to utility providers, such as Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power, UNS Energy Corporation, or Salt River Project should be increased to ensure they are offering energy efficiency to all their customers.

  • The recent trend among state policy makers and utilities in the Southwest is a shift to increased energy efficiency commitments. Just like it is realistic and no longer visionary to send a man (or a woman) to the moon; it is realistic and no longer visionary to increase Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard.

    For the sake of ratepayers, air quality and public health, the Commission should vote on May 22 to advance Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard to at least 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Green Valley News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-3026, www.azcc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Vt. AG Joins Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Protect (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Montpelier, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan reports he is joining a coalition of New York City, Washington, DC and 15 other states in opposition to the Trump administration's DOE's previously announced plan to overturn energy efficiency requirements for multiple types of household lightbulbs.

    The light bulb efficiency requirements were adopted in 2017 and would save consumers an estimated $12 billion per year in electricity costs and an estimated 34 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2025. The Vermont AG notes the rollback would significantly limit the lightbulbs subject to conservation standards by changing the definitions used to decide which lamps would be covered by the efficiency standards. (Source: Office of Vermont Attorney General, WRAL, AP, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, (802)828-3171, https://ago.vermont.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightbulb,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Chapel Hill Considering Mandatory Rooftop Solar (Ind. Report)
    Chapel Hill Town Council
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In North Carolina, the Chapel Hill Town Council reports it is considering a petition from the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board requiring all new building construction and renovations in Chapel Hill to install roof-mounted solar energy systems. The petition would cover over 80 percent of eligible roof areas, including all sunshade flat roofs and pitched roofs facing between southeast to southwest.

    According to the mayor, the town should offer a range of different options as well as incentives for owners of existing properties to convert to solar and other renewable energy options. (Source: Chapel Hill Town Council, Chapelboro.com, 12 May, 2019) Contact: Chapel Hill Town Council, (919) 968-2757, www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/government/mayor-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Atlanta Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The BBC is reporting the city of Atlanta, Georgia, has signed onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign pledging to fully switch to green energy by 2035.

    Presently, between 6 and 8 pct of the city's energy needs are drawn from renewable energy resources. Atlanta's green energy plan touts the creation of 8,000 new jobs and claim the plan could also help low-income families in other ways.

    More than 100 cities have recently pledged to run on 100 pct renewable energy, signing onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign. To that end, the city aims to: cut energy consumption 25 to 30 pct; insulating old homes; installing energy-efficient lights; installing better HVAC systems; installing commercial and residential solar systems; increased battery energy storage for solar energy: and using renewable-energy credits from outside the state to offset coal and gas power still coming from the local grid; as well as maintain nuclear power as part of the city's energy mix. (Source: City of Atlanta, BBC, May, 2019) Contact: City of Atlanta, Amol Naik, chief Resilience Officer,anaik@atlantaga.gov, www.atlantaga.gov; Sierra Club/i> Ready For 100 www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Vietnamese E5 Biofuel Sales,Consumption Plunge (Int'l. Report)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2019-05-13
    According to statistics released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in 2018, Vietnam consumed over 3.1 million tons of E5 gasoline, equivalent to 42 pct of all gasoline in the market. However, in the first quarter of 2019, this number fell to 38 pct. Moreover, after over one year of mass selling bio-fuel, a number of petrol stations are beginning to switch back to selling RON 95, as a result of low sales and meager profit margins.

    A Saigon retail is quoted as saying, "There are months where we only sold several hundred litres of E5. This is small so it is difficult to store this type of biofuel. Since E5 is a biofuel, if left for long, water will separate from the fuel, causing it to spoil." E5 fuel retails claim the fuel doesn’t sell because consumers still have doubts about its quality and prices are not attractive enough for them to make the switch. (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, VN Express International, 12 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E5,  Biofuel,  Vietnam Biofuel,  


    Mich. State Univ. Touts Transparent Solar Panel (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Michigan State University
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Researchers at Michigan State University are reporting development of a transparent luminescent solar concentrator effectively creates a viable solution. It can be placed over a window to harvest solar energy without affecting the overall transmittance of light.

    The research team achieved it by using organic molecules capable of absorbing light wavelengths. These transparent panels primarily focus on infrared and UV light, All of the captured light is transported to the contour of the panel where it will be converted to electricity.

    Determining the commercial viability of these transparent cells will take up some time. If deemed commercially viable, this technology can easily offset most of the energy use of large buildings. For households and store owners, it can help them cut down on regular electricity bills as well. There are a lot of potential consequences to this research, albeit nothing has been set in stone at this time. (Source:Michigan State University, NULLTX, 12 May,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Solar Cell news,  Solar Panel news,  


    Perovskite Solar Cells Waterproofed with Graphite (Ind. Report)
    Perovskite Solar Cell,University of Bath
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In the UK, the University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, in collaboration with the SPECIFIC team at Swansea University report the use of economical, readily available thermal graphite sheets and a mesoporous carbon scaffold to encapsulate metal-halide perovskites (CsPbBr3) as an inexpensive and efficient waterproofing strategy. Most solar cells currently on the market are made of silicon; these are expensive to make and require a lot of very pure silicon to manufacture.

    Perovskite solar cells, using materials with the same 3D structure as calcium titanium oxide, are cheaper to make, thinner and can be easily printed onto surfaces. They also work in low light conditions and can produce a higher voltage than silicon cells.

    The research team tested the waterproofing by submerging the coated perovskite cells in water and using the harvested solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The coated cells worked underwater for 30 hours, roughly ten hours longer than the previous record. . The study is published in the open access journal Nature Communications. (Source: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Gren Car Congress, 13 May, 2019) Contact: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, +44 0 1225 385820, csct@bath.ac.uk, www.csct.ac.uk

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    Woody Biomass Feedstock Logistics Study Funded (Funding)
    Woddy Biomass,USDA
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) are reporting receipt of $1 million in USDA grant funding to investigate the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass feedstock logistics systems for commercialized biorefineries in the Southeastern U.S.

    The 3-year study is intended to expedite the development of a commercialized cellulosic biofuel sector by improving the efficiency of the logistics systems of woody biomass feedstock required for biofuel production.

    The study will determine woody biomass quality in the Southeast and identify the relationship with conversion performance. Additionally, the cost and energy use for woody biomass feedstock size reduction through both conventional and advanced technologies will be obtained at an industrial scale, and the cost and quality of the feedstock will be incorporated to address the challenges of balancing cost and quality in feedstock logistics for scaling up biofuel production.

    The study includes the evaluation of alternative pre-processing technologies in feedstock logistics systems for hardwood logging residues and an energy crop -- hybrid poplar -- to supply biofuel production.

    The UTIA multidisciplinary research team includes agricultural economists, forest scientists, chemists, and biosystems engineers, with collaboration from a bioenergy company, Proton Power, Inc., and a biomass research and development company, Forest Concepts, LLC. (Source: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Bioenergy Insight, 13 May, 2019) Contact: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, (865) 974-6756, https://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/default.aspx

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    Vineyard Wind Offshore Transmission Approved (Reg. & Leg.)
    Vineyard Wind,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, reports the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has granted it permits for the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind's transmission facilities to deliver the 800MW of offshore wind energy to the regional power grid.

    The Vineyard Wind Connector project will consist of sub-sea and sub-surface electrical transmission lines and a new substation that will connect the Vineyard Wind turbine array to the Massachusetts electric grid. Construction is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to be operational by 2021. (Source: Vineyard Wind, May, 2019) Contact: Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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    Straw-Fired Biomass Power Plant Slated for Ukraine (Int'l. Report)
    Burmeister & Wain
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Interfax reports Danish technology provider Burmeister & Wain is developing a 130 MW straw-buring power plant in the Khmelnytsky region of the Ukraine. The plant will use approximately 270,000 metric tpy of baled straw from various sources as feedstock. Burmeister & Wain will design and supply the equipment for the facility. A project completion and startup date has not been announced.

    Burmeister & Wain (BWSC) is a project developer, turnkey EPC contractor and O&M provider of tailor-made fossil-fueled and renewable energy power plants. The company provides in-depth support and financial stability during the project development stage, extensive turnkey power plant design and build experience during the construction phase, and operational expertise in future operation and maintenance.(Source: Burmeister & Wain, Interfax, Biofuels Digest, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22, +45 48 14 01 50 - fax., bwsc@bwsc.dk, www.bwsc.com

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    Mich. Energy Office Issues Energy Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Energy Office
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Energy Office (MEO) reports the awarding of rebates under its Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program to three small manufacturers in the Upper Peninsula.

    To date, six rebates totaling $50,500 have been awarded under the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot program, which is now available to small manufacturers statewide through July 31. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, 8 May, 2019)Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Dir., David Herb, HerbD@Michigan.gov, www.michigan.gov/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Office,  


    Tesla Cuts Prices to Bolster Solar City Sales (Ind. Report)
    Tesla,Solar City
    Date: 2019-05-10
    As previously reported, in an effort to counter sinking installations at its Solar City subsidiary, Tesla has slashed prices by one-third or more in what is seen as a "last gasp effort" to reverse plunging sales.

    In 2015, the year before it was acquired by Tesla, SolarCity installed 870 MW of solar systems shrinking to 326 MW of installations in 2018 under Tesla's ownership.

    Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale.

    (Source: Tesla, May, 2019) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

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    Convergent, Shell JV Touts Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Convergent,Shell New Energies
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Toronto-headquartered independent energy storage specialist Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) and Shell New Energies joint venture report they will install battery energy storage systems at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario. The two firms also plan to collaborate on future projects for customers within and beyond Shell's affiliated portfolio.

    Convergent is the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario, with 26 MW in service. Shell Energies North America provides comprehensive power services to industrial customers throughout North America, including Ontario. Under the partnership agreement, Convergent's energy storage solutions will be offered to existing Shell Energy North America customers in Canada. (Source: Convergent, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Convergent, Johannes Rittershausen, CEO, 917.508.0274, jrittershausen@convergentep.com, www.convergentep.com; Shell New Energies, Eric Bradley, GM, www.shell.com/newenergies

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    Solar, Energy Storage Sales Tax Increase Proposed in UK (Int'l)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In London, HM Revenue & Customs is proposing an increase in the VAT (sales tax) on solar energy and energy storage products and equipment from the present 5 pct to 20 pct, effective 1 October this year.

    An increase to 20 pct -- the default rate of VAT for goods and services -- was initially expected in the 2016 Budget but later withdrawn. The government seeks to amend the discounted rate so that a full 20 pct rate of VAT is applied to the machinery costs should they be above 60 pct of a total solar installation fee.' Homeowners aged 60 years or older and those receiving particular benefits, and housing associations will be eligible for the reduced rate. The UK National Renewable Energy Association has come out in opposition to the proposed 15 pct increase. (Source: UK National Renewable Energy Association, Energy Storage, 7 May, 2019) Contact: UK National Renewable Energy Association, www.r-e-a.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  


    ARENA Supports Woody Biomass Renewable Bitumen Project (Int'l)
    ARENA,Global Ecofuel
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In New South Wales, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it has awarded $350,000 to two companies -- Global Ecofuel and Boral Timber -- to investigate the production of renewable bitumen and diesel from sawmill woody biomass waste.

    Under the $842,000 study, Boral Timber, a hardwood and softwood supplier, will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery near the Herons Creek sawmill. If constructed, the proposed biorefinery could cost around $35 million and could convert up to 50,000 tpy of waste sawmill residue into transport-grade renewable diesel and bitumen. (Source: ARENA, World Highways, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Boral Timber , Wayne Manners, Exec. Manager, www.boral.com.au/products/timber, www.boral.com; Arena, www.arena.gov.au/projects/hardwood-residue-bio-refinery-feasibility-study; Global Ecofuel Solutions, https://gefs.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  ARENA,  


    Dutch GHG Emissions Still Missing the Target (Int'l. Report)
    Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In Bilthoven, the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is reporting the Netherlands cut its greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 2 pct -- 4.2 million tonnes -- compared with 2017, as coal-fired electric power generation fell out of favour.

    The Netherlands is aiming for a 25 pct reduction by 2020 compared with 1990, but new RIVM figures put the drop at only 14.5 pct by 2018. At the same time, the amount of greenhouse gasses per head of the population is 34 pct above the European average. (Source: RIVM, DutchNews, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, +31 (0) 30 274 9111, info@rivm.nl, www.rivm.nl/en

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    Notable Quote -- Robt. Bosch CEO Talks Climate Change
    Climate Change,Bosh
    Date: 2019-05-10
    "Climate change is not science fiction -- it's really happening. If we are to take the Paris Agreement seriously, then climate action needs to be seen not just as a long-term aspiration. It needs to happen here and now." -- Volkmar Denner, CEO, Robert Bosch LLC , May, 2019

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    NIPSCO Seeks Rate Hike to Replace Coal with Renewables (Ind Report)
    Northern Indiana Public Service
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) has filed a plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) is considering a plan filed by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power.

    NIPSCO claims its recently completed analysis found its plan would save its 460,000 Indiana ratepayers and the state money over the long term.

    In its Integrated Resource Plan, NIPSCO proposes closing its Wheatfield coal plant by 2023 and its coal unit in Michigan City by 2028. With the closures, the percentage of electric power generated by coal would decrease from 65 pct today to 15 pct in 2023 and zero by 2028.

    NIPSCO proposes replacing the 1,800 MW of electric power generated by the two coal plants with a mixture of 1,500 mw of solar with battery backup, 150 mw of wind, 125 mw of reduced demand through efficiency and demand-side management programs, and 50 mw of electricity purchased from other utilities. Although NIPSCO says its electric power shift will save ratepayers more than $4 billion in the long run, it has asked IURC to approve a 12 pct rate hike to pay for decommissioning its existing power plants and building the renewable capacity to replace it. (Source: NIPSCO, Heartland Inst., May, 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, www.nipsco.com

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    ExxonMobil, Nat. Labs to Collaborate on Lower-Emissions R&D (R&D)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry juggernaut ExxonMobil reports it will invest as much as $100 million over 10 years to research and to develop advanced lower-emissions technologies in collaboration with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

    The research aims to advance potential scalable technologies that improve energy efficiency, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals, according to ExxonMobil. Initial collaborative efforts will explore ways to bring biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial scale across the power generation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. (Source: ExxonMobil, GreenCar Congress, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

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    EU Countries Show CO2 Emissions Reduction Progress (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-05-10
    A new report from Eurostat, the European Union's statistics bureau, notes that 20 of the 28 EU member countries managed to reduce their CO2 emissions during 2018. Combined EU emissions from burning fossil fuels fell by 2.5 pct in 2018 compared to a 1.7 pct increase in 2017.

    Of the 20 countries that reduced emissions, Portugal made the largest reduction with 9.0 pct in 2018, followed by Bulgaria at 8.1 pct, Ireland at 6.8 pct, and Germany with a 5.4 pct drop.

    Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Finland's emissions were unchanged while Latvia's emissions jumped 8.5 pct in 2018. (Source: Eurostat, CPH Post, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

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    U.S. Solar Installations Exceed 2 million (Ind. Report)
    SEIA
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The Washington, DC-based Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) reports there are now more than than 2 million solar installations in the United States producing sufficient electricity to power more than 12 million homes. The number of installations in the U.S. is forecast to double to 4 million in 2023, according to energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.

    This year solar, which is now a $17 billion industry, and other renewables -- excluding hydropower -- are expected to provide 11 pct of U.S. electricity generation. By 2024, there will be one solar energy system installed per minute in the United States, Wood Mackenzie said. (Source: SEIA Website, 9 May, 2019) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

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    First Cdn. Transparent PV Glass Solar Window Installed (Ind. Report)
    Belnor Engineering
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Mississauga, Ontario-based Belnor Engineering is reporting the installation of Canada's first transparent photovoltaic solar window at the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (CITE Facility) at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.

    In an effort to bolster their sustainability initiatives, the institution decided to be the first to incorporate Onyx Solar amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology into CITE's building envelope. Also known as a curtain-wall, this large window of 20 pct transparency incorporates 18 photovoltaic glass panels totaling 510 square-feet. The installation's peak power amounts to 1.3 KW

    The $85-million project was designed by Perkins + Will Architects Canada and financially supported by the federal and provincial governments. (Source: Belnor Engineering Inc., PR, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Belnor Engineering Inc., Supriya Verma (PR Director), (905) 264-6372, info@belnor.com, www.belnor.com

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    Keppel O&M Inks $560Mn Offshore Wind Farm Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Keppel Corp
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Keppel Corp., a global offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion specialist, and Norwegian energy services provider Aibel report they will design and build converter stations for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

    Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, is looking at about $560 million in its share of the contract with European grid operator TenneT Offshore. The project is Keppel Offshore & Marine's "first major project in the renewable energy sector since 2010", when the Keppel unit entered the offshore wind market and built an electrical transformer and maintenance platform for a German offshore wind farm.

    The partners, along with subcontractor ASEA Brown Boveri, will also carry out the installation and start-up operations for the converter stations, which are slated to be finished by 2024. (Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Business Times, Strait Times, 9 May, 2019) Contact: KEPPEL Corp., Chris Ong, CEO, +65 6270 6666, +65 6413 6391 - fax., keppelgroup@kepcorp.com, www.kepcorp.com; Aibel, https://aibel.com/en

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    Robt.Bosch Aims for 2020 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Bosch
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German automotive supply giant Robert Bosch LLC reports it plans to become fully carbon neutral by 2020.

    The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02, aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions. This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings. (Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)

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    Illinois Gov. Inks Carbon Storage Pilot Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Wabash Valley Resources
    Date: 2019-05-10
    This week in Indianapolis, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb approved legislation allowing Wabash Valley Resources LLC to open a $450 million pilot project to produce anhydrous ammonia and store up to 50 million metric tons of CO2 at the former SG Solutions plant adjacent to Duke Energy's Wabash River Generating Station.

    The project is subject to US EPA approval. (Source: News & Tribune, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Wabash Valley Resources LLC, (929) 400-5230, www.wvresc.com

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    Norristown Awarded Sustainable PA Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Pennsylvania
    Date: 2019-05-10
    The city of Norristown (pop. 34,500), near Philadelphia, reports it's Keep Norristown Beautiful program has been awarded silver level certification from the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.

    The program is designed to help municipalities manage energy, conserve resources and save money through the use of building energy bench-marking, motion sensor controlled lights, building code enforcement and other related measures. (Source: City of Norristown, Times Herald, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pennsylvania, www.sustainablepacommunitycertification.org

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


    Entergy Texas 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    Entergy Texas
    Date: 2019-05-10
    In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based electric power producer and supplier Entergy Texas is reporting receipt of the US DOe 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for promoting energy efficiency in residential new construction.

    With its Entergy Solutions programs, Entergy Texas helped customers save more than 1,385,000 kWh of electricity. Other key accomplishments included coordinating and sponsoring HVAC training for more than 86 HVAC contractors, home energy rating companies, and home builders in the Houston and Golden Triangle markets and distributing more than 3,500 ENERGY STAR-branded promotional products during builder meetings, model home visits and at industry events.

    Approximately 144,000 Entergy Texas customers have participated in the company's energy efficiency programs and received over $95 million in program incentives since 2002.

    Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 MW of nuclear power. The company serves 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. (Source: Entergy, Woodlands OnLine, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Entergy Texas, www.entergy-texas.com

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    USDA Forest Service 2019 Wood Innovation Grants Announced (Funding)
    USDA,USFS
    Date: 2019-05-10
    On May 7, the USDA Forest Service awarded over $8.9 million in matching funds through the Wood Innovations Grant program to 39 business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states.

    This year the Forest Service received 140 proposals, demonstrating the expanding interest in using wood in traditional and unconventional ways as an innovative building material or a renewable energy source. Of the 41 projects selected, 29 focus upon expanding markets for wood products and 12 seek to increase markets for wood energy. Some of the proposed projects will help fuel small-scale, combined heat and power projects and biochar market development.

    Projects will take place in 20 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

    The Forest Service notes that over the past decade, low harvest rates, aging forests, mortality from insect and disease infestations, and extreme weather events have combined to create conditions prime for catastrophic wildfires. These grants support the development of consumer products that use the excess forest material.Download information on the Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center HERE. (Source: U.S. Forest Service, PR, 8 May, 2019) Contact: U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Forest Service,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  

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