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GESS Breaks Ground on Two New Biomass Plants (Ind. Report)
GESS International
Date: 2018-11-21
Raleigh, North Carolina-based GESS International reports ground breaking on its new biomass plant at the Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park in Stantonsburg NC, and a second plant at the Union County Green Energy Biogas Park in Monroe, NC. Both biogas production plants are expected to start construction in Q1 of 2019 and become fully operational by Q3 of 2020.

The plants are expected to process 160,000 tpy of swine waste and 80,000 tpy of green biomass to produce 500,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas per year -- sufficient power for approximately 6,800 homes.

GESS is a global renewable energy services company with over 350 completed projects worldwide. GESS, Inc. has over 21 years of expertise in providing energy-efficient solutions using co-generation and renewable energy resources such as solar and biogas. From consulting to managing operations of our completed projects, GESS offers design and implementation solutions with direct economic impact for its' customers and their communities, according to the company website. (Source: GESS International, PRWEB, STL News, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: GESS Int'l, Olga Bryzhan, Director, (888) 662 4333, info@gessinternational.com, https://gessinternational.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GESS International,  Biomass,  


Andritz Scores Japanese Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Andritz
Date: 2018-11-21
Austrian technology group Andritz AG is reporting receipt of an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation fpr delivery of a fluidized bed boiler for installation at a 50-MW biomass power plant to be constructed for Obayashi Kamisu Biomass Power Generation Corporation in Kamisu, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.

The woody pellet burning power plant, which is slated for commissioning in 2021, will generate sufficient power for 110,000 households. (Source: Andritz, Renewables 19 Nov., 2018)Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andritz,  


Fonterra Emissions Reduction Ahead of Scedule (Ind. Report)
Fonterra
Date: 2018-11-21
New Zealand's largest exporter, agriculture and dairy giant Fonterra, reports its emission reduction efforts are running about a year ahead of its pledged 30 pct reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050 goal.

Among its efforts to meet its goal, the company has completed a $1.75 million co-fired boiler conversion at its Brightwaterdairy plant south of Nelson. The project will cut the site's coal consumption by about 30 pct and its CO2 emissions by about 2,400 tpy -- the equivalent of removing 530 cars off the road. (Source: Fonterra, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Fonterra, Alan van der Nagel, www.fonterra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


EC Prepares for Brexit, Updates Energy Efficiency Legislation (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-11-21
Kallanish Energy is reporting the European Commission (EC )is proposing a "technical" amendment to the EU energy efficiency legislation as part of its preparation for UK's still uncertain withdrawal from the 28-member trade group.

According to the EC, the energy consumption figures outlined in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union are based on 28 member statistics, and need to be revised downward to reflect the UK's exit. In terms of GDP, the UK -- $2,770,000 million US -- is the second strongest EU member after Germany at $3,930,000 million US. (Source: EC, Europe Gov. News, 16 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brexit,  Energy Efficiency,  


NPPD, Wartsila, LUT Developing Alt. Fuels Business Case (Ind Report)
Nebraska Public Power District,Wartsila Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-11-21
The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) reports the signing of a MOU with Finland's Lappeenranta University of Technology and Wartsila for the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wartsila generating sets.

The aim of the business case is to achieve a technically and commercially viable solution that will allow NPPD to proceed with an industrial scale pilot project to accelerate the development and commercial-scale production of methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and other low-carbon alternative fuels.

Working together, the parties will evaluate performance and commercial information on the various fuels, provide input for the economic model, and develop an economic evaluation model. By demonstrating the results with Wartsila test engines, it is envisioned that the conversion of hydrogen to methanol using CO2, then burning the methanol as fuel to produce electricity.(Source: Nebraska Public Power, PR, 15 Nov., 2018)Contact: Wartsila Energy Solutions, Mikael Backman, Regional Director, USA & Canada,www.wartsila.com/energy; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Nebraska Public Power District,  Alternative Fuel,  


EPA Updates RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications (Ind. Report)
EPA,RFS
Date: 2018-11-21
On Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery "hardship" waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10. As of Nov. 10, the EPA has received 15 petitions seeking small refinery "hardship" waivers for the 2018 compliance year. All 15 petitions are still pending.

For the 2017 compliance year, EPA received 36 small refinery petitions, 29 of which were approved and 7 are still pending. The 29 petitions approved to date have exempted approximately 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs), or approximately 13.62 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.

For compliance year 2016, the EPA received 20 small refinery petitions, with 19 approved to date and one still pending. The 19 approved petitions have exempted approximately 790 RINs, or 7.84 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting RFS blending targets.

The EPA is expected to update data on small refinery hardship waivers monthly, with the next updated expected to be released in mid-December.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: US EPA, 16 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  ,  


MSU Lauded for Energy Efficiency, Low Emissions (Ind. Report)
Mississippi State University, TVA
Date: 2018-11-21
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is lauding Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville for its efforts in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions 53 pct on a per student basis. The University's decade long effort has saved the school more than $55 million in utility costs to date.

Efforts to improve energy efficiency include: regular monitoring and reporting of energy consumption; the conversion of old and inefficient boiler technologies to new high efficiency models; upgrading and expanding computer-based control systems; optimizing equipment/building scheduling; upgrading to LED lighting technolog including occupancy sensors; retro-commissioning of older building systems and adding a new Ice Plant.

MSU was the only institution of higher learning recognized by TVA for having the lowest carbon emissions. Tennessee State University was recognized in the "most improved" category.

The TVA is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. (Source: Mississippi State Univ., PR, TVA, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Mississippi State Univ., www.msstate.edu; TVA, Dan Pratt, VP Customer Service, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101,tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


China's Carbon Emissions Reduction Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
Chaina Carbon Emissiosn
Date: 2018-11-21
In China, the recently released 2018 Global Ecological Environment Sensing Report from the National Remote Sensing Center under the Ministry of Science and Technology, has found that China has met its goal of reducing its carbon intensity -- emissions per unit of GDP - three years ahead of schedule as set by the State Council in 2009.

In 2017, China's carbon intensity, measured in kilograms of carbon emitted to produce $1 of gross domestic product, was 46 pct lower than in 2005, fulfilling the country's goal to cut carbon emissions by 40 to 45 pct by 2020.

The report notes that despite the gradual decrease, China's carbon intensity level is still higher than that of developed countries. The report also found China, followed by the United States, are the world's top carbon emitting countries among the world's major economies, producing around 2.77 and 1.45 billion tons in 2016.

According to the report, more than 1,700 power companies, accounting for more than 3 billion tons of carbon emissions, had entered China's pilot carbon market by the end of 2017. The market allows the trading of carbon emission units between companies, encouraging them to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: ECNS, 17 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  Carbon Emissions,  China Carbon Emissions,  


Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to Employ Praxair HOB Tech. (Ind. Report)
Praxair,Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2018-11-19
Linde plc wholly owned subsidiary Praxair, Inc.reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply oxygen (O2) to Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant which is presently under construction in Storey County, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will also construct two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is expected to commence operations in early 2020.

The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  


DTE Adding Landfill Gas to Renewables Portfolio (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-11-19
In August, Detroit-headquartered utility DTE Energy reported the ground breaking on its first dairy Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which is expected to come online in 2019. in Wisconsin.

DTE is now seeking to expand its RNG capacity and assets as it plans to retire 6,400 MW of coal generation by 2040 while adding around 7,500 MW of renewable and gas generation during the same period. (Source: DTE, Energy Insider, 14 Nov., 2018)Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Landfill Gas,  


Green Plains Sells and Scuttling Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report, M&A)
Green Plains, Valero Renewable Fuels
Date: 2018-11-19
Following up on our Oct. 12th coverage, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. is confirming the closure of a previously announced sale of its ethanol plants in Lakota, Iowa; Bluffton, Indiana; and Riga, Michigan, to Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC for a total $319 million, including net working capital and adjustments. The company is also shuttering its 60 million gpy ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia. (Source: Green Plains, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Renewable Fuels,  Green Plains ,  Ethanol,  


Johnson Controls Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2018-11-19
According to John Controls' just released 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey. more than half of global organizations plan to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months.

The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations plan to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures over the next 12 months.

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

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

Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

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

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


World's Busiest Airport Cuts Energy Costs with LEDs (Ind. Report)
Atlanta International Airport
Date: 2018-11-19
The world's busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reports it will install high-mast LED lighting for a retrofit of their existing airport tarmac lighting. Atlanta-based Bright Light Systems (BLS) will supply the LED lighting.

The Hartsfield-Jackson International is the first U.S. airport to earn ISO 50001:2011 certification, according to AECOM. The certification is awarded for creating a "systematic framework to manage energy performance and drive continual improvement." (Source: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Energy Manager, Nov., 2018) Contact: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (404) 382-2134, www.atl.com/contact-us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlanta International Airport.LED Light,  


Voltalia's Egyptian Solar Park Construction Underway (Int'l)
Voltalia
Date: 2018-11-19
In Paris, French renewable energy company Voltalia SA is reporting construction is underway on its first African renewable energy project -- the 32-MW Ra Solar park in Egypt. Commissioning is slated for the second half of 2019.

When fully operational, the 93,150-panel Ra Solar plant will operate under a 25-year PPA with the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

Voltalia reportedly plans to add 800 MW of capacity over the next five to eight years for the Egyptian market and will develop its own projects and projects for third party customers. (Source: Voltalia, Renewables Nov., 2018) Contact: Voltalia, Sebastien Clerc, CEO, +33 1 81 70 37 00, accueil.paris@voltalia.com, www.voltalia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltalia,  Solar,  


Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition Partnering for Water Use, Conservation Certification (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition
Date: 2018-11-19
On the Canadian priries, Edmointo, Alberta-based Built Green Canada reports it is partnering with the Green Builder Coalition to launch a water-efficiency certification program for the residential building industry. The program also includes the ability to account for outdoor water use as well as reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations. Depending on the filtration methods, both grey and black water consumption can be used to offset indoor water use. Additionally, any remaining unused rainwater or greywater can be credited to potential outdoor use, according to a release.

Built Green Canada and the Green Builder Coalition are not-for-profit organizations. Built Green Canada offers third-party certified programs in the residential building sector. (Source: DCN News Services , 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Green Builder Coalition, Mike Collington, Exec. Dir., www.greenbuildercoalition.org; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, Pres., (855) 485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada,  Green Builder Coalition,  


Univ. of Michigan Awarded $1.$1.6Mn for Solar Window R&D (R&D, Funding)
Univ, of Michigan
Date: 2018-11-19
In An Arbor, the University of Michigan is touting its work on the development of electricity-generating windows and high-temperature solar power. The projects are funded unded with $1.6 million from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Solar cell windows are supported with $1.3 million while $325,000 will be aimed at reducing and storing the heat lost from captured solar thermal energy. (Source: University of Michigan, PR, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, Nicole Casal Moore, ncmoore@umich.edu, www.umich.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Window,  


Alta Devices Achieves 29.1% GaAs Solar Cell Efficiency (Ind Report)
Alta Devices,Hanergy Thin Film Power Group L
Date: 2018-11-19
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California reports a new 29.1 pct efficiency record for its single-junction gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cell, as rated by Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. (Source: Alta Devices, Nov., 2018) Contact: Alta Devices, Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, {startlink]info@altadevices.com[endlink],
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Medford Mass. Switching to LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
City of Medford
Date: 2018-11-19
In the Bay State, the city of Medford City Administration reports it plans to replace 4,783 streetlights and 181 decorative lights across the city with LED light bulbs before the year end.

The LED conversion will cost the city of approximately 58,000 residents more than $1.9 million, $993,350 of which will be covered by the city with the balance funded by multiple grants and rebates. The change to LEDs is expected to save the city approximately $258,000 in annual energy cost with a 3.8 year ROI. (Source: City of Medford, Wicked Local Medford,16 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Medford, www.medfordma.org

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


2018-2026 Algae Biofuels Market Research Report Offered (Ind. Report)
Algae Biofuels
Date: 2018-11-19
Coherent Market Insights reports the availability of its global Algae Biofuels Market 2018-2026 research report covering the major players and market factors key to the growth of the global Algae Biofuels Market.

The report covers Algae Biofuels market share, growth, trends,forecasts and key statistics for the period 2018-2026. The report also examines the Algae Biofuels market based on national and regional factors as well as on application, technique and end-user. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight into 2018-2026 global Algae Biofuels Market players, drivers, challenges and trends.

Access a sample PDF file of the Algae Biofuels report HERE.

Download PDF brochure of Algae Biofuels Market report HERE. (Source: Coherent Market Insights, Chemicals News, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: Coherent Market Insights, (206) 701-6702 - Seattle Office, +44-020 8133 4027 - UK Office, sales@coherentmarketinsights.com, www.coherentmarketinsights.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuels,  


Pan-United Intros CarbonCure Tech to Asian Markets (Int'l. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2018-11-19
In Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia-headquartered clean technology company CarbonCure Technologies Inc. reports it has partnered with Singapore concrete innovation company Pan-United Corporation Ltd to bring CarbonCure's breakthrough CO2 recycling technology for concrete manufacturing to Asian markets.

The CarbonCure Technology chemically converts CO2 captured from industrial emitters into a nano-mineral that becomes permanently embedded within concrete. The process improves concrete's compressive strength and enables concrete producers to realize manufacturing efficiencies while reducing the concrete's carbon footprint. The CarbonCure Technology has the potential to save over 4,000 tpy of CO2 at each Pan-United concrete plant.

Pan-United, Singapore's largest concrete and cement company, with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, is the first concrete firm to attain Singapore Green Building Council(SGBC) LEED sustainability certification.

CarbonCure, a world leader in CO2 utilization technologies for the concrete industry, announced in September that it had closed a strategic round of investment led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion clean technology investment fund created to accelerate the world's transition to clean energy. (Source: CarbonCure Technology, PR, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact:: Pan-United Group. Ltd., Janelle Loh, +65 6305 7346, janelle.loh@panunited.com.sg, www.panunited.com.sg; CarbonCure, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement,  CarbonCure,  CO2,  


Labrador Communities Climate Change Research Funded (Funding)

Date: 2018-11-19
$1.5M to be used to research climate change and mitigation for Indigenous communities In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government has announced $2.2 million in grant funding to Labrador for research indigenous communities. The short-term research will take traditional knowledge and awareness of caribou herd migrations into account. While the recent funding announcement is for Indigenous communities alone, an upcoming longer term joint federal government and Newfoundland and Labrador climate change research project is expected to be announced soon.

According to the Nunatsiavut government, "there's already evidence of invasive insects, birds and fish that were previously foreign to Labrador." (Source: CBC News, 17 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Musgrave Pledges 40 pct Carbon Emission Cut by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Low Carbon Pledge
Date: 2018-11-19
In Ballycurren, County Cork, Irish wholesale grocery giant Musgrave Group reports it was one of 40 companies that have inked the LOW Carbon Pledge made by the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) network, and has committed to cut its carbon emissions by 40 pct by 2030.

As part of the LOW Carbon Pledge, companies have committed to reducing both Scope One (greenhouse gases such as fuels used in vehicles, boilers, and furnaces) and Two (indirect greenhouse gases from the purchase of electricity) carbon emission intensity. (Source: Musgrave Group,, Checkout Ireland, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: Musgrave Group, +353 (0) 21 4522100, +353 (0) 21 4522244, group@musgrave.ie, www.musgravegroup.com; Business in the Community Ireland, www.bitc.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Low Carbon Pledge,  


UK Committee on Climate Change Tables Woody Biomass Report (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-19
W In London, the UK government advisory Committee on Climate Change's recently released Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy report is recommending waste wood biomass should be reused and recycled as an "end-of-life" solution to delay or prevent the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere. The report also calls for the integration of carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology with waste wood burning for energy generation wherever possible.

According to the CCC report, "There is significant potential to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet between 5 pct and 10 pct of energy demand from UK sources by 2050. The lower end of this range can be delivered by fully exploiting the UK's organic waste resource (after reduction, reuse and recycling) whilst maintaining today's level of agricultural and forest residue use." The report also recommends the government "not provide further policy support (beyond current commitments) to large-scale biomass power plants that are not deployed with CCS technology." It also called for the government to limit support for bioenergy use in buildings to biomethane produced from anaerobic digestion, thus creating a demand for UK sourced food and garden waste.

Access the full biomass report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Nov., 2018) Contact: The Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Committee on Climate Change,  


DuPont Repaying $10.5Mn in Iowa Ethanol Plant Incentives (Funding)
DuPont,Verbio
Date: 2018-11-19
Further to our Nov. 9th coverage, the Des Moines Register reports DuPont will repay $10.5 million in incentives it received in 2011 from the state of Iowa for its 30-million gpy, $400 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.

The DuPont plant produced ethanol from corn cobs, stalks and other crop residue before being shuttered in 2017. As previously reported Michigan-based Verbio North America is purchasing the facility and plans to invest $35 million to convert the plant to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from corn stover. (Source: DuPont, Des Moines Register, AP, 16 Nov., 2018))Contact: Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  Verbio,  Corn Stover,  RNG,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Las Cruces Scores USGBC LEED City Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-19
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, (pop. 97,000 +-) is one of 75 U.S. cities to be awarded LEED certification for its new Cities Program. In October 2015, Las Cruces was recognized with a 3-STAR Community rating. STAR Communities recent integration with USGBC further highlights the City's commitment to sustainable development. Seven of the city's major facilities are either LEED certified or awaiting final approval. (Source: USGBC, City of Las Cruces, PR, 16 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Las Cruces, www.las-cruces.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; 3 STAR Communities, www.starcommunities.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News 3-STAR Community ,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


Valmet Scores Finnish Woody Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Valmet
Date: 2018-11-19
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Corp reports it has contracted to supply a woody biomass-fired boiler plant for heat and electric power provider Elenia Lampo Oy's Vanaja power plant in Finland. Financial details have not been disclosed.

Valmet, a supplier of process technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries, will deliver a HYBEX boiler plant with a capacity of 35 MWth, utilising a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology. An electrostatic precipitator and a flue gas condenser included in the project will increases heat capacity by 10 MW. Assembly work is slated to get underway in the autumn of 2019 for a 2020 commissioning and startup. (Source: Valmet, Renewables 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Valmet, Frank Ligthart, Heat and Power Plant Head, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Elenia Lampo Oy, www.elenia.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet ,  Biomass,  Biomass Boiler,  Elenia Lampo Oy,  


Brazilian Foreign Minister Parrots Trump's Climate Change Lead (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2018-11-19
In the heart of the Amazon, Brazil's freshman foreign minister Ernesto Araujo has declared that "climate change is a Marxist tactic to instill fear, stifle the economic growth of western countries, and benefit China."

Writing on his blog, Araujo described climate science as a "dogma" that ignores "evidence" showing the opposite of rising temperatures and greater concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.

"The left has sequestered the environmental cause and perverted it to the point of paroxysm over the last 20 years with the ideology of climate change. The climate [scientists] gathered some data suggesting a correlation between rising temperatures with increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, ignored data suggesting the opposite, and created a scientific dogma that no one else can contest on pain of being excommunicated from good society.", the new foreign minister's blog contends.

Araujo's blog parrots U.S, President Donald Trump adding, "This dogma has served to justify an increase in the regulatory power of states over the economy and power of international institutions over national states and their populations, as well as to stifle economic growth in democratic capitalist countries and foster China's growth."

Pres. Donald Trump, who recently raked the U.S. Forest Service over the coals for not adequately raking leafs to prevent forest fires, will perhaps be best remembered for calling climate change a "hoax" and a "con-job created by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive." (Source: Ernesto Araujo, Blog, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ernesto Araujo, Blog www.metapoliticabrasil.com/blog/sequestrar-e-perverter?fbclid=IwAR2yJ9k5BJzaHGjjYrVwRdTNyX53DHT1Ng6e4MtnV-sA1xvD-MloWv84hMU

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The Donald on the California Fire Line -- Notable Quote

Date: 2018-11-19
"Maybe [climate change] contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management.

"Weather has been a factor and yet, they say (the) worst hurricanes were 50 years ago." -- Pres. Donald Trump commenting on the recent, ongoing disastrous wild fires in the Golden State.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Climate Change,  


Enercon 1.1GW Swedish Wind Farm Work Underway (Int'l. Report)
Enercon
Date: 2018-11-16
German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon GmbH reports infrastructure work is underway at its 1.1 GW wind power project at Markbygden in northern Sweden. When complete, the project could incorporate as many as 440 turbines. Grid connection is expected in 2020.

The project is the second phase of a larger wind power development at Markbygden that could total 4 GW if fully developed. Enercon acquired this phase of the project from Swedish developer Svevind in 2016. (Source: Enercon GmbH, Montel, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Enercon GmbH, Pamela Lundin, Swedish Operations Head, www.enercon.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon ,  Wind,  


Schneider Enhances EcoStruxure Building Offering (New Prod & Tech)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-11-16
Energy efficiency and management specialist Schneider Electric is touting the next generation of its EcoStruxure™ Building portfolio, the open Internet of Things (IoT) platform that improves building occupant engagement, sustainability and energy efficiency.

EcoStruxure Building additions include: EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor: A suite of digital services for the workplace offering occupancy and well-being analytics, a mobile occupant application to improve building occupant engagement and productivity, and enable facility managers to optimize space.

Connected Room Solution: The next evolution of Smart X IP Controllers, RPC, will empower users to better control their environments with the ability to interface with the HVAC system through their mobile device. The Commission SmartX Controllers mobile application, available with the Connected Room Solution, will enable technicians and electricians to more efficiently perform commissioning, flow balance, and checkout operations.

EcoStruxure Security Expert: The latest addition to Schneider Electric's building security portfolio is a scalable, IT-friendly solution that integrates existing security systems within one platform, providing one-stop access control and intrusion detection from purpose-built field controllers, RFID Smartcard Reader technology, and application software.

EcoStruxure Building Operation 3.0: Will provide an enhanced mobile-friendly user interface, a convenient dashboard experience, and further engineering efficiency for partners including enhanced controller configurations, and new reporting functions for enhanced data insights.

EcoStruxure Building is part of the Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Architecture. EcoStruxure is an IoT-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform. EcoStruxure™ leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products and Edge Control to Apps, Analytics and Services. (Source: Schneider Electric, Facility Exec. 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, Jim Sandelin, Snr. VP, Buildings Americas, www.schneider-electric.us

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Liberty Ohio Schools Inks Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Guaranteed Clean Energy,
Date: 2018-11-16
In the Buckeye State, the Liberty Board of Education reports it will enter into an agreement with Guaranteed Clean Energy of Columbus for $1.352 million in energy efficiency upgrades. When completed, the upgrades are expected to save he school board $3.136 million over 15 years.

The contracted work is expected to begin before the year end and be completed for the start of 2019-2020 school year. Upgrades include: LED lighting conversions; sensors and controls and load shedding; building envelope insulation and upgrades; solar window film; HVAC upgrades and other energy efficiency improvements. (Source: Liberty School Board, Tribune Chronicle, 15 Nov., 2018) Contact: Guaranteed Clean Energy, Andy Bittner, CEO, (614) 344-8364, www.gce-oh.org/home

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Diverse Biofeedstock Ethanol Yields Investigated (R&D Report)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2018-11-16
Biorefineries are picky eaters. They only consume one or two types of plant matter. Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie). They determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having a major impact on the amount of ethanol produced per acre, or per land area.

Many biorefineries consume one, or sometimes two, feedstocks grown and harvested nearby. The feedstock contains lignocellulose. That chemical is processed and fermented into biofuels or bioproducts. Accepting a variety of feedstocks could improve the refinery's environmental footprint, economics, and logistics. The team's study showed that a lignocellulosic refinery could be relatively agnostic in terms of the feedstocks used.

Refineries to convert biomass into fuels often rely on just one feedstock. If the refineries could accept more than one feedstock, it would greatly benefit refinery operation. Scientists investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields. Two annual crops (corn stover and energy sorghum) and three perennial crops (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie) were pretreated using ammonia fiber expansion, hydrolyzed, and fermented separately using yeast or bacteria.

Researchers found that both biomass quality and biomass yield affected the amount of ethanol each acre produces. However, the effect differed. Biomass quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops, such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for the ethanol yields for low-productivity crops, such as corn stover. Therefore, to increase ethanol yield for high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency may be prudent.

For low-yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass. In total, the results of this study suggest that a lignocellulosic refinery may use a variety of feedstocks with a range of quality without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, US DOE, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,  US DOE,  Biofuel Feedstock,  ,  


Oregon Adopts Com. Bldg Energy Efficiency Codes (ind. Report)
Oregon Building Codes Division,
Date: 2018-11-16
In Salem, the Oregon Building Codes Structures Board is reporting the launch of its new Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard -- an optional code to help builders and developers achieve increased energy efficiency in commercial structures. The new standard has been approved and adopted by the Building Codes Division for use statewide.

The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements. Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.

The adoption of the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard creates a framework for ongoing improvement in energy efficiency, while providing predictability and regulatory efficiency to Oregon businesses. The standard includes a fully programmed online tool allowing builders to enter their construction choices for ventilation, windows, and other elements in order to confirm compliance with Oregon code.

Review the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard HERE. (Source: State of Oregon, Building Codes Div., KTVZ.COM, Nov., 2018) Contact: Oregon Building Codes Division, Mark Long, Admin., (503) 378-4133, bcd.info@oregon.gov, oregon.gov/bcd

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$3.3Mn Landfill Gas RNG Plant Planned for Memphis (Ind. Report)
Aria Energy,South Shelby RNG LLC
Date: 2018-11-16
South Shelby RNG LLC, a part of Novi, Michigan based Aria Energy, has reportedly applied for a building permit for a $3.3 million landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) plant adjacent to the South Shelby Landfill operated by Republic Services in Memphis, Tenn.

Aria Energy has developed, constructed or acquired more than 50 facilities over the past 25 years in 16 states. Together, those sites produce 223 MW of electricity and 19.9 million BTUs a day of renewable natural gas, according to the company. (Source: Aria Energy, Daily Menphian, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Aria, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com

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ENGIE Inks 25-year Senegalese Solar PPA (Int'l Report)
ENGIE Africa
Date: 2018-11-16
ENGIE Africa reports it has agreed to a 25-year PPA for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, Africa. The deal involves ENGIE's investment partner Meridiam Consortium and Fonsis, the Senegalese Sovereign Fund, and Senelec, a Senegalese off-taker.

The Senegalese government and International Finance Corporation funded projects which have a combined installed capacity of 60 MW and are part of a wider initiative in Senegal called Scaling Solar. Construction and operation of the two solar projects will be managed and executed by ENGIE. (Source: ENGIE Africa, PEI, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Africa,www.engie-africa.com/en

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Sunfinity Completes LBJ Freeway Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Sunfinity
Date: 2018-11-16
In the Lone Star State, Dallas-headquartered Sunfinity Renewable Energy reports the installation a 200-kW, 588 panel solar array across four buildings at the LBJ Freeway campus in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch. The system, which was designed, engineered and installed by Sunfinity, takes advantage of federal tax credits and rebates to greatly reduce the total overall cost of the system. The solar system's power will supply as much as 30 pct of LBJ Freeway corporate headquarters power and eliminate carbon emissions equivalent to over 16 million automobile miles. (Source: Sunfinity, Cintra, Solar Power, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Sunfinity Renewable Energy, John Billingsley, CEO, 844.786.3461, info@sunfinityre.com, www.sunfinityre.com

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Major Solar Farm Planned for Houston County Tex. (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy
Date: 2018-11-16
In Texas, the Houston County Commission reports approval of a 10-year property tax abatement for approximately 1,000 acres of land in District 4 in an effort to encourage NextEra Energy' planned development of what could be the largest solar farm project in the Lone Star State.

The proposed $75 million project would initially cover about 600 acres and generate 80 MW of power. (Source: Dothan Eagle, Various Media, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

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Finnish Airports Switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel (Int'l)
Neste
Date: 2018-11-16
In Helsinki, Finland's national airline, Finavia, reports it will use Neste MY Renewable Diesel in vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittila airports in Finland. The switch to Neste renewable fuel is part of Finavia's commitment to airport carbon neutrality by 2020.

Neste's renewable diesel is currently available from 13 light traffic and 13 heavy traffic filling stations in southern Finland, Jyvaskyla and Seinsjoki. Neste plans to develop fuel stations in northern Finland. (Source: Finavia, Neste, Airport Technology , 14 Nov., 2018)Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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Calif. Q2 Renewable Diesel Supply Tops 100Mn Gal. (Ind. Report)
California ARB
Date: 2018-11-16
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that in an effort to meet the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), California has increased its net supply of renewable "green" diesel, reaching 100 million gallons during Q2, 2018 -- 10.1 pct of the total diesel supplied to California during the quarter.

Administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), LCFS aims to incrementally decrease the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel fuel by at least 10 pct by 2020 relative to a 2010 baseline.

Under the state's LCFS, petroleum refiners, gasoline and diesel importers, and transportation fuel wholesales are required to either produce low carbon fuels or purchase credits to demonstrate compliance. But while under the RFS, both biodiesel and renewable diesel meet a 50 pct GHG reduction threshold (and are eligible to generate biomass-based diesel RINs), LCFS uses a measurement called carbon intensity (CI).

Renewable diesel generates a large number of credits relative to other fuels because it has some of the largest lifecycle GHG reduction compared to other fuels. The total volume of renewable diesel LCFS credits exceeded ethanol credits for the first time this year, reaching about 870,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent during the second quarter. (Source: US EIA, Agri-Pulse, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  California Air Resources Board,  .Biofuel,  Renewable Fiesel ,  


Biofuel Group Seeks RFS "Hardship Waivers" Freeze (Ind. Report)
Producers United,
Date: 2018-11-16
Reuters is reporting Producers United, a group of unidentified biofuel companies, has asked a federal judge to force the U.S. EPA Agency to stop granting "hardship waivers" exempting small refineries from Renewable Fuel Standard regulations until a lawsuit challenging the agency's actions is resolved.

The group claims the EPA almost secretly and illegally issued retroactive biofuel credits to HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil this year, although not required to do so as part of a legal settlement. HollyFrontier received nearly $34 million worth of credits for this year to reverse denial of a waiver for one of its Wyoming plants dating back to 2015. Sinclair scored waivers for two facilities in the same state for 2014 and 2015.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: CNBC, Variuos Media, Reuters, 14 Nov., 2018)

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Notable Quote
Rep. Frank Pallone
Date: 2018-11-16
"We have very strong champions for addressing climate change -- not only on my committee, but the other committees of jurisdiction -- that are going to move very aggressively on the issue of climate change. So I don't think it's necessary to have a special committee."

"We have been fighting the Republicans for the last eight years, where they wouldn't even let us bring up the issue of climate change. Democrats haven't had a chance to demonstrate that they can handle climate issues in the normal committee structure because Republicans controlled the agenda for the last eight years." -- Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and new chairman of the House committee that oversees environmental policy and climate change. Contact: Ref. Frank Pallone, (202) 225-4671, https://pallone.house.gov

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NSP Snares Lion's Share of Free Cap-and-Trade Credits (Ind. Report)
Western Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-11-16
In Halifax, Nova Scotia's biggest polluter, Nova Scotia Power (NSP) will receive virtually one-half of the free credits available to companies participating in the province's cap-and-trade program which comes into law in January, 2019. Of the 13,683,000 free emission credits to be distributed at the government's whim, Nova Scotia Power will be handed 6,334,000, with the remaining credits being divided among almost two dozen other major emitters including: Lafarge Canada cement, Irving Oil and other gasoline importers, companies that produce or import furnace oil, as well as natural gas distributors.

According to the provincial government, the free credits equate to about 90 pct of Nova Scotia Power's needs.

The province has set a $20 per credit floor price for two annual auctions starting in 2020. The not-for-profit Western Climate Initiative will administer Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade system. (Source: CBC, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, 13 Nov., 2018) Contact: Western Climate Initiative, www.westernclimateinitiative.org; Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Jason Hollett, Executive Director of Climate Change, (902) 424-3600, https://novascotia.ca/nse

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UK CCC Recommends CCS-Equipped Bioenergy Plants (Int'l Report)
UK Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-16
In the UK, a newly released study from the government watchdog Committee on Climate Change is predicting bioenergys' contribution to the country's energy mix could meet between 5 and 15 pct of the UK's energy demand and slash the UK's total emissions by 50 MtCO2e/yr by 2050. The report also estimates that as much as 65 megatons of CO2, equivalent to up to around 15 pct of current UK CO2 emissions, could be sequestered through combined biomass and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plants.

Accordingly, the CCC recommends that the BEIS Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) and Treasury create a value for removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it by extending carbon pricing. CCC also recommends that future biomass power plants receive government support only if they incorporate CCS technology. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Utility Weeks, 15 Nov., 2018) Contact: CCC, Chris Stark, CEO, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, communications@theccc.gsi.gov.uk, www.theccc.org.uk

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Taiwan EPA Funding Climate Change Mitigation Projects (Int'l)
Taiwan EPA
Date: 2018-11-16
In Taipei, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) reports it will fund its first climate change mitigation research project aimed at raising public awareness of climate-related issues and fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration on environmental protection. Approximately NT$15 million ($485,405) has been earmarked for the project.

While the agency previously subsidized projects for energy conservation and carbon reduction, this is its first funding project for climate action research in line with the Taiwanese government's 2015 Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act. (Source: Taiwan EPA,Taipei Times, Nov., 2018)Contact: Taiwan EPA, www.epa.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=epaen

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BRE, USGBC Partner on Built Environment Initiative (Ind. Report)
BRE, US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-16
UK-based BRE Group and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) are reporting their partnership aimed at making the global built environment more energy efficient and more sustainable.

The partners aim to highlight the role that buildings can play in improving environmental and to encourage buildings and the built environment globally to raise sustainability standards and deliver greater value. The partnership also aims to promote their joint and separate expertise and a new approach to building energy benchmarking and building performance solutions.

BRE offers advisory services, innovative research, sets and monitors industry standards, develops and delivers professional training courses, and provides independent, third-party certification services related to built environment issues. (Source: USGBC, BRE, Construction Index, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: BRE, Niall Trafford, CEO, +44 (0)333 321 8811, enquiries@bregroup.com, www.bregroup.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Fort Fairfield Maine Woody Biomass Plant Shuttered (Ind. Report)
ReEnergy Holdings,Maine Biomass
Date: 2018-11-16
ReEnergy Holdings reports it has ceased operation at its plant in Fort Fairfield, Maine, due to a "falling market for biomass electricity." The 1987 vintage 37-MW, 260,000 MWhy plant burned lumber mill residues and wood chips to generate sufficient electric power for about 34,000 homes

Maine's six biomass energy plants have been struggling due to the declining value of renewable energy credits (RECs) in southern New England states, as well as lower electric power rates in general.

In 2016, the state enacted a two-year $13.4 million aid package for ReEnergy's Ashland and Fort Fairfield facilities and Stored Solar's West Enfield and Jonesboro plants in an effort to support the struggling facilities and the logging industry.

Plans for the Fort Fairfield plant, property and related equipment are uncertain. (Source: ReEnergy Holdings, The County, 14 Nov., 2018) RE Energy Holdings, Press Herald, 4 Dec., 2017) Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com, www.reenergyholdings.com

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Oil-Gas Majors Launch Fugitive Methane Gas Project (Ind Report)
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Date: 2018-11-16
On the Canadian prairies, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada are reporting the joint launch of the Fugitive Emissions Management Program Effectiveness Assessment (FEMP EA) Program,, a large-scale applied research project focused on methane leak detection, quantification and repair.

FEMP EA is funded by more than 400 oil and gas producers through Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund.

Project objectives and design have been informed by a review of over 100 studies conducted by Stanford University. The project is expected to be completed in 12 months. (Source: JWN, Nov. 14, 2018) Contact: Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund, www.auprf.ptac.org; Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, (403) 218-7700, www.ptac.org; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, www.capp.ca target=_blank>Methane Emissions,  

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NRC Invests $15Mn in Que. Woody Biomass Pellet Project (Funding)
Natural Resource Canada,Granule 777
Date: 2018-11-16
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) reports it will support the development of a fully integrated industrial wood pellet and sawmill complex under development by Granule 777 Inc. in Quebec adjacent to its Barrette-Chapais sawmill.

NRC's $15 million investment will be made through its Investments in Forest Industry Transportation program. Another federal agency, Canada Economic Development, will add $5 million to the project through its Quebec Economic Development Program .

WHen fully operational, the facility is expected to produce 210,000 metric tpy of wood pellets from 450,000 green metric tons of biomass. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Nov., Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Barrette-Chapais Granule 777, Benoit Barrette, Pres., (418) 745-2545, www.barrette-chapais.qc.ca; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


Inuvik Wind Project Wins $40Mn in Gov. Investments (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-11-16
In Canada's frozen North, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Canadian federal government are reporting an investing $40 million toward the Inuvik Wind Generation project. The territorial government is putting in $10 million, while the federal government adds $30 million through the Arctic Energy Fund.

The money will be used to install wind turbines, a grid controller, a battery energy storage system, 5 kilometres of roadway infrastructure and grid connections. (Source: Gov't. of Canada, Arctic Energy Fund, Nov., 2018)

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Construction Underway on Naturgy Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l Report)
Naturgy Energy
Date: 2018-11-16
Madrid-based Naturgy Energy Group SA reports construction is underway on its Barasoain and Tirapu wind farms in Navarra. Totaling 49.5 MW of capacity, the two projects are expected to come in at approximately €45 million ($450 million). Construction on both projects is expected to be complete by July 2019.

The Barasoain project will incorporate 11 wind turbines and the Tirapu plant will include four turbines. Together the two projects are expected to generate sufficient electric power for 62,000 homes and offset around 122,000 tpy of pollutant and GHG emissions. (Source: Naturgy Energy,Renewables, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Naturgy Energy, www.naturgy.com/en/home

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