The coalition, led by the Alliance to Save Energy, includes leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation and other components alongside environmental and efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The proposed tax incentives call for broadly supported improvements to the expired 45L tax incentive for high-efficiency new home construction and the 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements -- installing insulation, replacing windows, or purchasing high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The improvements include strengthening the efficiency level that must be met to receive the incentives, while also increasing the dollar value of the incentives.
The coalition also called for extending the 179D incentive for efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, May, 2019)
Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
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Merkel's government is under pressure to complete measures and legislation that will ensure greenhouse gas reductions of 55 pct by 2030, so as to avoid target failure and costly payments for emission allocations under the EU effort sharing regulation. To that end, the government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 tax. (Source: Various Media, Clean Energy Wire, 11 April, 2019)
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The plan helps qualifying homeowners finance home improvement and energy efficiency upgrades such as heating and cooling, windows, doors, siding and roofing, air sealing and insulation, electrical and plumbing, geothermal and whole home energy projects. All work must be completed by NEIF-approved contractors.
The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is currently available in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with other states being added shortly. Separately, Maine homeowners can use Efficiency Maine financing, administered by NEIF.
The NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan is simple interest, longer term, fixed rate installment financing from $2,500 to $25,000. There is no lien on the borrower's home, no fees to the borrower and no penalty for pre-payment. The interest rate and monthly payment are locked in for the full term of the loan, up to ten years. To date, $700 million in energy efficiency financing has been placed through the NEIF program. NEIF also provides financing for commercial energy improvements through its NEIF Commercial Energy Finance division and advance funding to contractors for rebates through its Rebate Bridge program.
(Source: National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: NEIF, Peter Krajsa, NEIF, Co-Chair and Founder, (484) 838-5460, www.neifund.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Finance,
"The underlying principle of carbon farming is straightforward -- to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, where it drives climate change, and put it back into plants and the pedosphere, the Earth's living soil layer. One way farmers do this is by fertilizing their lands with nutrient-rich compost.
"As plants grow, they store carbon in their leaves and roots and bank it in organic matter, such as decomposing plant pieces in the soil. Soil microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, also store carbon. This prevents the carbon from escaping into the atmosphere and joining oxygen to form carbon dioxide.
"Carbon farming has taken hold in California, which is increasingly stepping up as a pioneer of progressive climate policy in the U.S., even as the Trump administration denies the reality of climate change.
"Today, more than 80 ranchers and farmers in the state are implementing the practice. And the number is likely to increase, since the 2018 Farm Bill includes provisions for a pilot program that gives farmers an incentive to farm carbon.
"Grassland soils naturally absorb and store carbon in soil organic matter, but common agricultural practices, like plowing and tilling, diminish this ability by breaking apart the soil and releasing its stored carbon into the atmosphere. The good news is that carbon can be reabsorbed by the very same soil. Dozens of farming methods, including composting, managed grazing, no-till agriculture and cover crops, are thought to achieve this feat. Many of them mirror age-old, organic farming techniques.
"The potential for land-based carbon sequestration in California is significant. Rangelands cover about 56 million acres, half the state's overall land area. According to The New York Times, if 5 pct of that soil is treated with compost, the carbon sequestered would offset about 80 pct of the state's agricultural emissions, the equivalent of removing nearly 6 million cars from the road. If scaled to 41 pct, it would render the state's agricultural sector -- now accounting for 8 pct of the state's overall emissions -- carbon neutral for years. This amount is anything but negligible: California is the most populous state in the U.S. and the country's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Overall, it's responsible for 1 pct of global greenhouse emissions.
"Ultimately, carbon farming may only pull a limited amount of carbon from the atmosphere. But in California, grasslands appear to be a less vulnerable carbon storage option than fire-prone forests. With global greenhouse gas emissions on the rise, we need to commit to using carbon farming." (Source: NPR, High Country News, May, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Farming, CO2, Carbon Emissions,
Download details on ABM's Energy Performance Contracting Program at www.abm.com/services/energy. (Source: ABM, PR, 2 May, 2019) Contact: ABM, www.abm.com
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SCE noted the resources include demand response and energy storage resources , one of which will become one of North America's largest operational lithium-ion battery systems when it comes online in December 2020.
(Source: Southern California Edison, Energy Insider, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Southern California Edison, Colin Cushnie, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com
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The plant also makes use of non-recyclable papers and plastics to produce ReEngineered Feedstock (ReEF), a clean, low-carbon renewable fuel sold to industry, cement and utility customers to replace coal in production processes. The EPA has classified the product as a low-carbon, non-waste fuel.
(Source: RePower South, Waste360, 2 May, 2019) Contact: RePower South, Brian Gilhuly, CEO, 800-917-4526, www.repowersouth.com
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According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."
The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:
Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.
Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org
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Verbio produces about approximately 470,000 tpy of biodiesel as well as ethanol and biomethane. (Source: Verbio, May, 2019) Contact: Atlantic Biodiesel, (888) 339-3132, www.atlanticbiodiesel.com; Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en
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For over 25 years, Fortistar has operated in dozens of landfill gas-to-energy projects in the U.S. and Canada while TruStar Energy has constructed 250 natural gas fueling stations.
Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating companies -- cogeneration facilities; waste-heat recovery power plants; compressed natural gas fueling stations; landfill power plants; projects that reduce carbon in industrial facilities and biomass facilities -- in Canada and the US.
Fortistar's portfolio of associated companies includes: Generational Power, TruStar Energy, Primary Energy, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Carbonfree Chemicals, Golden Renewable Energy and ClockIN. (Source: Fortistar, PR, May, 2019) Contact: Forttistar, Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com;
TruStar Energy, www,turstarenergy.com
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Although the DOE has provided their scoring of the exemption requests to EPA relative to the 40 requests that have been received for the 2018 compliance year, the agency has not yet to acted on any of those requests. "No decisions regarding 2018 SREs [small refiner exemptions] have been made," Michael Abboud, a spokesman for the EPA said. "Many aspects of the decisions for exempting individual refineries are based on confidential business information."
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. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct.
(Source: EPA, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 3 May, 2019)
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The savings came from a wide variety of Schneider Electric implemented measures that improved energy efficiency and enhanced the learning environment, including:
Environmental groups, including to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, have noted that relying on woody biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve climate targets is "misguided" and will prove overly expensive. Biomass power generation reached a record 35.6 TWh in 2018, up by 12 pct year-on-year, according to government statistics.
The environmental organizations say the UK should rely on genuinely zero-emission renewables like wind, wave, and solar power, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart resources like energy storage, rather than woody biomass power generation. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Renewables,May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
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Houston-based EDP Renewables North America (EDP) Bright Stalk is expected to cost $348 million and generate up to $2.6 million in local taxes annually.
Invenergy's MCWEC project is expected to incorporate between 90 and 100 turbines totaling 250 MW at a cost of approx. $300 million. (Source: Invenergy, Pantagraph, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Invenergy, (309) 365-2777, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mcleancountywind.invenergyllc.com; Brightstalk Wind Farm, (800) 557-5183, updates.brightstalkwindfarm.com, email@example.com
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Thirteen Vestas turbines, 11 Enercon, seven Nordex, six Senvion, three ENO Energy and a single Siemens Gamesa model were spread across seven of the country's 16 states, with 13 turbines in the western state of Rhineland Palatinate alone. Eight turbines were part of repowering projects meaning net capacity growth was lower than 134MW.
Out of 730 turbines that won an allocation in 2017, only 35 have been commissioned, five of them in the first three months of 2019.
The permitting situation has slightly improved with 111 turbines (413MW) getting the green light in the first quarter, a third more capacity than the average of the same periods of 2017 and 2018.
(Source: FA Wind, WindPower, 30 April, 2019) Contact: FA Wind, +49 30 64 494 60-60, www.fachagentur-windenergie.de
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Changhua 1 and 2a will be located 35-50 kilometers off the coast of Changhua County and will have a capacity of approx. 900MW, enough to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green power. The offshore wind farm will be constructed in 2021 and 2022.
Orsted is the co-owner of Taiwan's first commercial-scale offshore wind project, the 128MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm, which is currently under construction for commissioning by end of 2019. The company operates more than 1,100 offshore wind turbines. Orsted has installed approx. 5.6GW of offshore wind capacity with a further 4.3GW under construction including Changhua 1 and 2a. The company is aiming for a total of 15GW offshore wind capacity world-wide by 2025. (Source: Orsted, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Exex. VP and CEO of Offshore, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22,
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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. The company's ballyhooed and long awaited solar roof tiles that unveiled in late 2016 have not yet been produced on a commercial scale.
(Source: Tesla, NY Times, 29 April, 2019)
Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com
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The funds, which will be managed by the UNDP under an agreement signed with Comesa, will support the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices and technologies among farmer co-operatives and schools.
The programme is part of COMESA's European Union supported Global Climate Change Action Plus Programme focused on mainstreaming climate change in national policies, strategies and development plans of member states, promoting, supporting, and piloting appropriate adaptation and mitigation projects.
(Source: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, The East African, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, www.comesa.int; UNDP, www.undp.org
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O'Rourke's proposal calls for halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050 through a program of: executive action; a $5 trillion over 10 years investment in a clean energy transition; and preparing vulnerable communities for the impacts of climate change.
Although the plan is focused on climate and energy -- cutting emissions and creating alternatives -- approximately $3.5 trillion is allocated through tax incentives, loans, and other financing mechanisms for infrastructure, research, resilience, and clean energy deployment. The outlay would be funded by "structural changes to the tax code" that end tax breaks to fossil fuel companies and raise rates on corporations and top earners. Of the remaing $1.5 trillion, $1.2 trillion would go to grants for sustainable housing, transportation, public health, farming, and start-ups.
As opposed to a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, O'Rourke is advocating a legally-binding net-zero emissions standard by 2050. The plan doesn't rule out pricing carbon but instead focuses on setting definitive goal posts.
If elected, O'Rourke noted will re-enter the Paris climate agreement, implement rules to cut methane and other "super-potent" GHG emissions, tighten clean air rules, ramp up appliance efficiency standards, demand clean energy procurement from federal contractors, and end new fossil fuel leases on public lands. (Source: Vox, Various Media, 30 April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Tax, Methane, Clean Air,
Under its new offering, ERM will match-up supply on offer from wind and solar power ventures in NSW and Victoria States with the demands of energy users looking to source a part of their supply from renewables. Customers would pay an agreed upon fixed price for renewable energy over three years, sourcing 5 pct -- 10 pct of their power from that source.
The customer can choose their level of participation in increments of 5 pct. Additionally,
ERM will aggregate multiple business customers to gain access to large PPAs, giving smaller commercial energy users access to the terms normally available only to larger customers.
(Source: ERM Power, Aust. Financial Review. 29 April, 2019) Contact: ERM Power, David Guiver, Wholesale Markets, www.ermpower.com.au
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With this project commissioned, Azure Power has 1600 MWs of high-quality operational solar assets.
In 2015, Azure developed the first-ever SECI solar power plant in the state of Rajasthan, which was also the largest solar power project under India's National Solar Mission at the time of its commissioning.
(Source: Azure Power, PR, 30 April, 2019)
Contact: Azure Power, Inderpreet Wadhwa, CEO, Samitla Subba, +91-11-4940-9854,
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To that end,
GBCA is honing in on carbon emissions to encourage a net-zero carbon future for the built environment, harnessing renewable energy and low-emissions technologies,
offset and/or reduce the use of fossil fuels in buildings, and encouraging building developers and owners a to
consider a building's total energy and environmental impact. For example, new credits will encourage a holistic approach to address and minimize a building's impact on neighboring buildings.
(Source: Green Building Council Australia, InfraStructure, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au
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The project, with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc., and Serres Toundra Inc., deployed a 30-tpd CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment at the RFP pulp mill in Saint-Felicien, Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the Serres Toundra greenhouse facility.
(Source: CO2 Solutions, Gas World, 30 April, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.co2solutions.com
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Last May, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the wind farm, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the state.
Terra-Gen will develop, finance and construct the project which upon completion will be purchased by Ameren Missouri, subject to regulatory approvals.
(Source: Ameren Missouri, KTVO, 29 April, 2019)Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri; Terra-Gen,
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To that end, the 300 year old private Ivy League research university aims to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2046 by eliminating fossil fuel combustion, expanding solar power generation on campus, converting from a natural gas-fueled campus steam system to a heating hot water system; energy-efficiency improvements; and investigating long-term fuel alternatives.
The school also plans to
reduce water usage; expand high-performance storm water management; increase sustainable transportation options;
reduce waste and expand sustainable purchasing;
design and develop responsibly; and improve natural ecosystems on campus.
(Source: Princeton University, Energy Manager, 30 April, 2019)
Contact: Princeton, www.princeton.edu
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"We are not fighting against year-round E15 sales just for fun -- we oppose EPA's reckless proposal because it will increase the availability of a fuel that destroys marine engines and jeopardizes the safety of boaters," said NMMA senior VP of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros. "With more than three in five Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products, it is clear that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to effectively protect consumers from a fuel deemed so dangerous that its federally prohibited from being used in countless consumer products. And the last thing the government should do is pump more E15 into the fuel supply. Instead of jamming through a policy that almost nobody likes, EPA should focus on preventing consumers from misfueling -- including better labeling and stronger safeguards at the pump.
"EPA's decision to expand the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense. It is clearly contrary to the law and it reverses nearly 30 years of statutory interpretation from the agency. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems -- potentially leaving Americans with expensive car repair bills as a result of bad policy from Washington. In fact, nearly three out of four vehicles on the road today were not designed for E15." said API VP of downstream and industry operations Frank Macchiarola.
"To make matters worse, the agency's proposed changes to the RINs market could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, fuel producers who have complied with the law and have already made capital investments and business decisions based on the existing RFS and RINs program will be faced with uncertainty and a moving goal post." (Source: American Petroleum Institute, NMMA, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org
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Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal tweeted "For the first time in history, we now have enough solar and wind installed in the US to generate more electricity from renewables than from coal."
(Source: Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, IFL Science, April, 2019) Contact: Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, Sandy Buchanan, Exec. Dir., 216-688-3457 www.ieefa.org
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"The Iowa renewable fuels industry accounts for more than $5 billion (roughly 3 pct) of Iowa's GDP, generating $2.5 billion of income for Iowa households and supporting almost 50,000 jobs throughout the state. Year-round access to E15 represents a long-overdue step toward creating a truly competitive fuel market, where cleaner, lower-cost biofuel blends are available to all consumers. This means stronger markets for farm families across Iowa who have been struggling with ongoing low commodity prices and trade tensions." Naig said.
"In addition to allowing year-round sales of E15, the EPA's proposed regulatory changes would modify certain elements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance system to improve the renewable identification number (RIN) market."
Iowa is expected to have nearly 1,000 E-15 pumps at 200 stations statewide by the end of 2019.
(Source: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, Crop Life, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, Mike Naig, Sec., (515) 281-5321, www.IowaAgriculture.gov
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"Since EPA began granting these additional exemptions behind closed doors, we have seen devastating market impacts and dropping prices for renewable identification numbers (RINs). We need to stop the bleeding and prevent EPA from ABFA's lawsuit against EPA challenges its methodology for granting these exemptions, arguing the agency more than doubled the number of exempted refineries by illegally changing its petition review process behind closed doors," said ABFA Pres. Michael McAdams.
"Administrator Wheeler has indicated his intention to move forward on decisions for as many as 39 additional exemptions this year. ABFA cannot stand by while EPA unilaterally and illegally undermines the integrity of the RFS program. These new exemptions provide a financial windfall to refineries at the expense of biofuel producers and distributors. EPA is punishing the parties who have worked to increase the amount of renewable fuel blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply as Congress intended by enacting the RFS first in 2005 and expanding it in 2007.
"For the first time since the inception of the RFS, we are seeing reductions in U.S. renewable fuel blending, and EPA's actions are to blame. Until the court is able to rule on the merits of ABFA's pending lawsuit, the agency should be prevented from taking further action."
"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. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Association, 30 April, 2019)Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com
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In particular, the researchers determined that the emissions from several key sources -- pre-1980 residential boilers and heating stoves, specific off-road engines, and heavy-duty diesel and light-duty gasoline-powered vehicles assembled prior to 1970 -- should be increased significantly.
According to the research, between 1960 and 1980, the updated U.S. emissions totaled approximately 690 gigagrams per year in 1960 and 620 gigagrams per year a decade later. The revised inventory also exhibits a decreasing trend through 1980 that is not apparent in earlier reports.
(Source: EPA, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 2019)
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Redpative offers energy efficiency as a service, covering all the upfront costs. The company designs the project, pays for the equipment and construction, maintains the equipment and monitors the building's systems to verify the energy savings which, according to the ACEEE can save up to 25 pct in energy costs.
The company presently manages over 1,300 sites, covering more than 100 million square-feet of commercial and industrial facilities in 44 states, according to the company.
(Source: Redaptive, Denver Post, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Redaptive, (415) 413-0445, www.redaptive.com
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The project, contracted through DLA Energy and in collaboration with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, will help the base advance resiliency, security and renewable energy usage while reducing deferred maintenance and energy costs.
The scope of work includes: a 1.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array; chiller plant optimization controls; outdated building controls replacement; installation of 30,000 LED light fixtures; and others. The project also includes oversight of the controls and maintenance of the PV array throughout the contract term. (Source: NORESCO, PR 30 April, 2019) Contact: Noresco,
www.noresco.com; Keesler AFB, www.keesler.af.mil
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These workers were employed across approximately 51,000 businesses within Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, Professional & Business Services, Utilities and Other Services and industries generating a total of $82.6 billion (Canadian) in revenue in 2018.
The report released by is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada and offers a comprehensive breakdown of revenue, employment figures, hiring challenges and this year's outlook by industry. In 2018, the industry employed over 287,000 workers across 39,000 establishments.
Access the Energy Efficiency Employment in Canada report
HERE. (Source: ECO Canada, Renewable Energy, 30 April, 2019)
Contact: ECO Canada, Keith Nilsen, CEO, 403-233-0748, www.eco.ca
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The company cited "trade uncertainty" and Illinois' "anti-business and high tax policies" as well as labor wage legislation for its decision.
(Source: Marquis Energy, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Illinois News Network, 29 April, 2019)
Contact: Marquis Energy, Mark Marquis, CEO, Tom Marquis, VP, (815) 925-7300, email@example.com, www.marquisenergy.com
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The EPA currently does not name companies that apply for or receive the waivers, arguing the information is confidential. The corn industry wants that changed because it believes profitable companies are securing waivers, which is hurting farmers. Small refineries owned by profitable oil majors like ExxonMobil and Chevron are among those that have gotten waivers since 2017, according to the Reuters report.
"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. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct.
(Source: Yahoo Finance, Reuters, 30 April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, "Hardship Waiver", Ethanol Blend,
The partnership aims to cut energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, improve lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by 7 pct -- 30 million kWh annually -- and save MBTA $2.7 million in energy costs while eliminating 10,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions.
The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in the projects which include new lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.
The Nass. Department Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $3.5 million in funding while
Eversource and National Grid provide and estimate $9 million in cost cutting incentives. (Source: Framingham Source, 30 April, 2019) Contact:Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mass.gov/doer; Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor
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When fully operational, the facility will convert 100,000 tpy of plastic into 18 million gpy of fuel and 6 million gpy of wax. By working with New Energy Risk (NER), RES Polyflow has reduced the overall cost of project capital, increased the certainty of execution, and made the bond offering more attractive to investors.
RES Polyflow and its San Francisco-based parent development company, Brightmark Energy, raised an aggregate amount of $260 million, including $185 million in Indiana green bonds, underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co. To streamline the financing, the companies approached NER, an affiliate of the global reinsurance group AXA XL, a division of AXA, to design a custom performance insurance policy that would mitigate technology risk for financiers interested in investing in this revolutionary project and the company's process that can convert 500,000 tpy of waste into 50 million gpy of biofuel .
The Indiana plant superheats and then converts plastic into ultra-low sulfur diesel and naphtha blend stocks, as well as commercial grade wax.
(Source: AXA XL, PR, 23 April, 2019) Contact: AXA AL, www.axaxl.com;
New Energy Risk, (650) 204-4279, email@example.com, www.newenergyrisk.com;
Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, (415) 689-8395, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brightmarkenergy.com; RES Polyflow, www,respolyflow.com
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According to the report, Tesla Tesla noted it is directly and indirectly responsible for 282,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions across its facilities, energy operations, logistics and charging network, according to its baseline 2017 data. Tesla previously promised to run its operations on 100 percent renewable energy at some undetermined future date.
Under the agreement, QBI will purchase Quantum's newest ten Virtual Pipeline trailers for use in the biogas facility funded by the California Energy Commission.
The project is being developed by QBI and Fiscalini Cheese Company, and will result in the construction of a biofuels production facility to purify and compress biomethane from anaerobic digesters into transportation fuel.
When fully operational, the he project is expected to produce 450 diesel gallon equivalent of CNG per day, According the Quantum,
(Source; Quantum Fuel Systems, BioiEnergy Insights, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Quantum Fuel Systems,
Mark Arnold, Pres., 805-308-6067, www.qtww.com; Quantitative BioSciences Inc., Natalie Cookson, CEO, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quantitative-biosciences-inc
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According to the BEIS release,
around 60 pct of the built sector is rented, creating barriers to improve energy efficiency due to complex contracts between landlords and commercial tenants which often clash with the ownership, maintenance and long lifetimes of technological improvements.
Roughly 40 pct of the UK's carbon emissions come from energy consumed in buildings, according to the release.
BEIS estimates a 20 pct cut in building emissions will reduce energy costs for businesses by £6 billion, £2.7 billion of which will be saved by SMEs, with a new energy efficiency targeting scheme set to be introduced to assist smaller businesses.
The government's Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect on 1st April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The new rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has an inefficient Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
(Source: UK BEIS, edie News, 25 April 2019, Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency, +44 0 20 7215 5000, email@example.com,www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
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The three projects, all of which broke ground in November, 2019, will deliver 2.35MW of solar and 637kWh of battery storage capacity, while displacing more than 2.6 million tpy of CO2 and saving over 895,000 lpy, worth about $1.1 million, in diesel fuel.
The UAE-CREF was launched in 2017 and intends to deploy renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean countries in three cycles to reduce energy costs, increase energy access, and enhance climate resilience. UAE foreign aid for renewable energy projects now totals almost $1 billion since 2013, supporting more than 40 countries.
(Source: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, PR, April, 2019) Contact: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnership/?p=14199
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Last Friday, Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) reported it may spin off three large dry mill ethanol plants after the unsuccessful search for a buyer came up empty. ADM's move is being seen as a sign of the industry's troubles with U.S. President Trump's punitive tariffs and trade wars, thin margins, overproduction, and the motoring public's growing love affair with electric vehicles and fuel efficient vehicles, all of which is forcing the biofuels industry to seek new markets -- such as China -- for their overproduction.
Last week, U.S. ethanol production hit 1.05 million bpd, highest in at least five years seasonally, and inventories climbed to 22.75 million barrels, not far from the record of 24.45 million hit in March, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
(Source: ADM, Reuters, Grainews, 26 April, 2019)
Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com
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Junction Solar would be developed by Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, which also owns the 13,000 acre Green River Wind Farm in Lee and Whiteside counties.
The proposal is slated for the County Zoning Board agenda later this week. If approved, the project could break ground as early as spring 2020 for completion with 6 months. (Source; Junction Solar LLC, saukvalley.com, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Junction Solar LLC, Geronimo Energy,
Lee County, www.leecountyil.com; Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.geronimoenergy.com
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Various recent studies have identified how climate change is already affecting the U.S. and the globe -- regional temperatures have increased by almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1970s, early snow-melts extending the fire season by three months and quintupling the number of large fires. Another EPA co-authored paper found that unless the U.S. slashes carbon emissions, climate change will probably cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars annually by 2100.
The plan allows for $14,100 for a home and $220,000 for a commercial business to make the energy-saving changes. The program is aimed at encouraging the switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and improve building envelopes, which include walls, windows, roofs and foundations.
The incentives aim to help replace fossil fuel heating systems with electric air-source heat pumps, improve insulation, encourage upgrades to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and install more windows and doors that minimize heat loss.
(Source: BC News, 26 April, 2019)
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