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40,000 LEDs Slated for Chicago Smart Lighting Rollout (Ind. Report)
Amerseco,Chicago Department of Transportation
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Windy City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reporting the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) will install new 40,000 new energy efficient LED lights in portions of the far South Side, Near West Side and North Side. Installations in the current phase will be continuing through to August, when the City expects to reach the halfway point of the four-year project. The mayor previously noted a switch to longer-lived, energy efficient LED lighting could save the city as much as $100 million over 10 years.

The modernization is being implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) in coordination with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) and the Department of Innovation and Technology. The contracted programme is being implemented by Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco. (Source: City of Chicago, Construction Index, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chicago Department of Transportation, (312) 744-3600, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdot.html

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


L.A. City Departments Slash GHG Emissions 40 pct (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles
Date: 2019-04-29
In its first municipal report specific to climate change and carbon emissions, the City of Los Angeles is reporting that by the end of 2017, the city had reduced its operational emissions by 40 pct relative to its 2008 baseline. The report, which analyzed 2017 compared with the baseline year 2008, found that the emission reductions puts the city eight years ahead of the Sustainable City Plan 2025 target of 35 pct reduction from 2008 levels.

In response to the progress, the city has established new targets to reduce its emissions by 55 pct from 2008 levels by 2025 and to be carbon-neutral by 2045.

The report was a collaborative effort between LA Sanitation and other city departments. (Source: LA City News Service, 28 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissiuons ,  


Offshore Wind Developers to Invest $4.5M in RI (Ind. Report)
University of Rhode Island
Date: 2019-04-29
Following up on our Jan. 15th coverage, Orsted and Eversource, the co-owners of the proposed 50-turbine, 400-MW Revolution Wind farm planned for the waters south of Martha's Vineyard, report they are investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the offshore wind industry -- subject to licenses being accepted.

Of the total $4.5 million, the University of Rhode Island will receive $3 million for research and education and the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. and the nation's labor department may use $1.5 million for industry related training programs. Building could begin in Rhode Island in 2020 with operations by 2023. (Source: Orsted, TKB TeckKnowBits, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Orsted, Jeff Grybowski, Co-CEO, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, Thomas Brostrom, North American Offshore Wind, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Eversource, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


Port of Seattle Unveils HQ Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Port of Seattle
Date: 2019-04-29
The Port of Seattle in Washington State is touting the installation on top of 390 ITEK monocrystalline solar panels on the roof of its headquarters at Pier 69.

The project, which generates over 127,000 kWh annually, was jointly funded by the Port of Seattle and a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The installation was completed by Puget Sound Solar. (Source: Port of Seattle, Cruise Industry News, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Port of Seattle, www.portseattle.org; Puget Sound Solar, (206) 706-1931, www.pugetsoundsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


India to Install 54.7 GW Wind Capacity by 2022 (Int'l Report)
Fitch Solutions Macro Research
Date: 2019-04-29
On the Sub-Continent, New Delhi-based Fitch Solutions Macro Research reports India is likely to install 54.7 GW of wind capacity by 2022 against the previously 60-GW target set by the government.

India has targeted the installation of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power. The agency also said it believes that concerns about the economic viability of low tariff projects from India's wind capacity auctions raise the risk that investor appetite will weaken and auctions will be postponed.

According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in December 2018, the country seeks to tender a total 20 GW of wind capacity by March 2020, with two year implementation deadlines, in order to facilitate enough growth to meet the expansion targets. (Source: Fitch Solutions Macro Research, Deccan Chronicle, PTI, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Fitch Solutions Macro Research, www.fitchsolutions.com/macro/intelligence

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Wind,  Wind,  


NYSERDA Open for Clinton Community Solar Subscribers (Ind, Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports its Solar for Al program is seeking community solar subscribers in Clinton County. The Solar for All program offers eligible homeowners and renters the opportunity to access and subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees.

Under the program, energy is delivered through the participant's regular electric provider, while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills, according to a NYSERDA release.

Solar for All is administered by NYSERDA under NY-Sun, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $1 billion initiative to advance the scale up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable self sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York state has increased more than 1,500 pct and leveraged nearly $3.5 billion in private investments, the release added. (Source: NYSERDA, Press Republican, 27 April, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA Solar for All, www.nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall; Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


Big Ox Biogas Production Halted for "Digester Repairs" (Ind. Report)
Big Ox Energy,Green Energy Partners
Date: 2019-04-29
Last week in the Badger State, Denmark, Wisconsin-based Green Energy Partners Inc. subsidiary Big Ox Energy announced it was temporarily suspending biogas production operations in order to make repairs to "damaged digesters."

In reporting the Big Ox shutdown, the Sioux City Journal noted the company owes more than $3 million to the city of Sioux City and has reached out to vendors and suppliers to set up payment plans for outstanding bills. The paper also noted the company's permit to send pre-treated wastewater to Sioux City's regional wastewater treatment plant expires tomorrow, 30 April, and the city has not yet agreed to the company's renewal request. In addition, billing records show that the city has billed Big Ox more than $3.5 million in wastewater fees, fines and late fees since June, when Big Ox stopped making monthly payments. Big Ox also has outstanding sewer, electric and water rates and reportedly missed payments to area vendors.

The company has not indicated when it expects to resume methane production. (Source: Big Ox, Sioux City Journal, 28 April, 2019) Contact: Big Ox Energy, Kevin Bradley, Dir. Bus. Dev., (844) 491-1953, info@bigoxenergy.com, www.bicoxenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Big Ox Energy,  Biogas,  Biofuel,  Green Energy Partners,  


San Antonio Website Tracks City's Sustainability effort (Ind Report)
San Antonio
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Lone Star State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is touting its recently launched www.sasustainability.com website. The site provides detailed information, statistics, goals, and the city's progress on dealing with climate change, natural resources, renewable energy, green buildings, infrastructure, energy efficiency and related issues.

The website, which received over 1,800 posts last week, will evolve and eventually include more information about steps the municipal government is taking toward community goals and help San Antonio taxpayers hold the city accountable. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 28 April, 2019) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Doug Melnick, (210) 207-6103, www.sanantonio.gov/sustainability; San Antonio Sustainability www.sasustainability.com/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Melting Arctic Permafrost Impact Costs Pegged at $70tn (Int'l)
Methane
Date: 2019-04-26
A study of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Espoo has found that the release of methane and CO2 from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the worlds climate bill.

The study authors contend their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo -- a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed -- based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise.

The study notes that on the current trajectory of at least 3 degree C of warming by the end of the century, melting permafrost is expected to discharge up to 280 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and 3 gigatonnes of methane, which is 10 to 20 times more damaging to the the afmosphere than carbon dioxide. This would increase the global climate-driven impacts by $70 trillion between now and 2300, the report concludes. (Source: VIT, Weekened Leader, 22 April, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, +358 20 722 111, +358 20 722 7001 - fax., www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News VIT,  Permafrost,  Climate Change,  Methane,  


Air Liquide, Houpu Enter China Hydrogen Distribution JV (Int'l)
Air Liquide
Date: 2019-04-26
Air Liquide and Shanghai-headquartered clean energy refueling equipment and related services provider Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding co., Ltd are confirming their joint venture agreement for the development, production and distribution of hydrogen refilling stations for fuel cell EVs as well as other related projects in China.

The JV will combine Air Liquide's global technological expertise in clean hydrogen mobility solutions with Houpu's leadership in the production and construction of natural gas refilling stations on the Chinese market.

Air Liquide operates nearly 90 plants in China. (Source: Air Liquide, PR, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Air Liquide, Francois Darchis, Senior Vice-President, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding Co., en.hqhop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Air Liquide,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-04-26
"The international community needs more political will to undertake climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate finance activities. We are losing the race for climate change, which could be a disaster for Africa and the world. Africa will pay even higher price because of the dramatic impact in the continent even though Africa doesn't contribute much to the warming of the planet." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the 32nd ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). (Source: IANS, April, 2019)

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


Washington Metro Transit Rolls Out Energy Consumption, Emissions Cutting Measures (Ind. Report)
Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit
Date: 2019-04-26
In the nation's capitol, the Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit (WMATA) is touting it plan to become the greenest public transportation system in the country by cutting its energy use and carbon emissions to a degree equivalent to removing 35,000 cars off the road per year.

To that end WMATA is undertaking a program the includes: changing every single light bulb in the system to LED bulbs; capturing and storing the energy given off when trains brake (regenerative braking); incorporating solar energy where possible; cutting bus idling time to reduce fuel costs and cut emissions; purchase electric buses as needed; and other measures. . (Source: WMATA, NBC Universal, 22 April, 2019) Contact: WMATA, Rachel Healy, Sustainability Director, www.wmata.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Siemens Gamesa Turbines Slated for EDF U.S. Projects (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables,Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-04-26
EDF Renewables North America reports it has ordered turbines totaling 487 MW from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA for two wind projects in the US states of Texas and New Mexico.

Forty-eight Siemens Gamesa SG 4.5-145 turbines will be delivered to the Coyote wind project in Scurry County, Texas. The project is slated for commissioning and startup in mid-summer, 2020.

Siemens Gamesa will also supply 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 turbines for the 246-MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico, which is scheduled for startup before the end of 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables North America, Renewables, 25 April, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind Turbines,  Siemens Gamesa,  


ABA Asks Court to Quash EPA RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg. & Leg.)
Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2019-04-26
According to a recent brief filed by attorneys on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABA) in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit court in Washington, the US EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify.

The suit contends the EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn't meet the minimum U.S. DOE score to qualify, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners' parent companies when considering waiver requests. The brief also noted the agency considered small-refiners' operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits, without looking at revenue the refiners would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Accordingly, the ABA suit asked the court to declare the EPA's methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship "unlawful" and to strike down the agency's economic "hardship" policy.

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: ABA, DTN, April, 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association,  "hardship Waiver: RFS,  


Communications Giant Aims for 2035 Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Verizon
Date: 2019-04-26
NYC-headquartered telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. is touting it plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 through a program of direct emissions reduction, the purchase of renewable energy, carbon offsets and other measures. For 2025, Verizon aims for a 50 pct carbon intensity reduction.

The company aims to neutralise its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions -- all direct sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon, the main ones being fuel to power fleet, heat buildings and power back-up generators. Scope 2 concerns indirect emissions sources generated off-site but purchased by Verizon.

As previously reported, in February, Verizon launched a $1-billion green bond to fund both new and existing environmentally friendly investments. (Source: Verizon, Renewables, 24 April, 2019) Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.linkedin.com/in/james-gowen-6b4619143, www.verizon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verizon,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


US Ethanol Exports Up 23 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Ethanol
Date: 2019-04-26
In Washington, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting US ethanol exports jumped by 23 pct in 2018 reaching 112,000 bpd, up from a previous record high of 91,000 bpd in 2017.

According to the EIA, at 33,000 bpd Brazil was the top market for US ethanol, followed by Canada at approximately 23,000 bpd while India ranked third, receiving 10,000 bpd of US ethanol followed by South Korea and the Netherlands. (Source: US EIA, 25 April, 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  EIA,  Biofuel,  


Ontario Kills Reforestation-Carbon Sequestration Program (Ind. Report)
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Date: 2019-04-26
At Queen's Park in Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reports it is cancelling the government's $4.7-million per year 50 Million Tree Program as part of it budgetary restraint effort. According to the industry group Forests Ontario, more than 27 million trees have been planted across Ontario through the reforestation-carbon sequestration program since 2008.

Forests Ontario notes about 40 pct forest cover is needed to ensure forest sustainability. The average coverage in southern Ontario is 26 pct with some areas hovering at 5 pct. (Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Canadian Press, National Post, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, 800-667-1940, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry; Forests Ontario, (416) 646-1193, www.forestsontario.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Reforestation,  Carbon Sequestration,  


FortisBC Updates BC Renewable Natural Gas Project (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2019-04-26
On the Canadian Pacific coast, Surrey-based FortisBC reports the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) has given it approval in principal for an agreement under which FortisBC will purchase landfill gas from the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill in Prince George. FortisBC will purify the gas and inject it into its distribution network as renewable natural gas (RNG).

The Landfill presently generates sufficient gas to produce up to 100,000 gigajoules of RNG per year -- enough to heat 1,000 homes or more.

According to the release, FortisBC currently works with five RNG suppliers and owns and operates two RNG purification plants on existing landfills. Subject to regulatory approvals, FortisBC will pay RDFFG a fixed price per gigajoule of energy for raw landfill gas. (Source: FortisBC, PR, 24 April, 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP External Relations and Market Development, 604-576-7000, www.fortisbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Natural Gas,  FortisBC,  


€86Mn EIB Funding for Spanish Airport Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2019-04-26
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Aena, the state-owned company that manages general interest airports and heliports in Spain, have confirmed they will work together to improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of Spanish airports, with the EIB granting a loan of € 86 million made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The funds will finance 75 pct of the investments set to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy in Aena's network of 46 airports and two heliports across Spain.

The energy efficiency work will include; airport lighting systems upgrades; thermal insulation in terminals will be optimized; HVAC system upgrades; and creation of a solar photovoltaic plant for on-site use is planned in Madrid. (Source: Aena, Int'l. Airport Review, April, 2019) Contact: Aena, www.aena.es/en/corporate/company-profile.html; EIB, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency ,  


European CCUS Projects Network Scores Funding (Int'l Funding)
European CCUS Project
Date: 2019-04-26
The European CCUS Project Network is reporting recxeipt of funding from the European Commission to support and inspire major carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects with the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reduction in Europe's industrial regions.

The network will provide member projects with opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practices alongside guidance on how to increase public awareness and acceptance of CCUS technologies.

Projects being considered as network members will have a focus on carbon capture and storage and/or CO2 utilization, and will need to demonstrate substantial overall CO2 emissions reduction in lifecycle analysis as well as a commitment to building a European CCUS industry through knowledge sharing. (Source: European CCUS Project Network, GasWorld, 25 April, 2019) Contact: European CCUS Project Network, John Scowcroft|, Manager,: +32 (0) 2 550 3960 John.Scowcroft@globalccsinstitute.com, https://ccsnetwork.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  European CCUS Project,  


Vaisala Launches Biogas Analyser (New Prod. & Tech.)
Vaisala
Date: 2019-04-26
Further to our Feb. 4th coverage, Finnish environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala Oyi has launched the world's first 3-in-1 in-situ biogas analyser, the MGP261.

The MGP261 relies on CARBOCAP® technology for measuring methane, carbon dioxide and humidity into a single compact probe that is EX-certified for operation directly in corrosive, potentially explosive biogas streams.

The Vaisala CARBOCAP® sensor's electrically tuneable Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI) filter enables a reference measurement at a wavelength where no absorption occurs. When taking the reference measurement, the FPI filter is electrically adjusted to switch the bandpass band from the absorption wavelength to a non-absorption wavelength. With the MGP261, humidity and carbon dioxide are measured with the same optical filter, and a second optical channel measures methane.

Applications for the technology include anaerobic digestion and landfill gas monitoring, activated carbon filter monitoring in biogas treatment processes, and CHP engine feed gas monitoring. (Source: Vaisala, PR, Gas World, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Vaisala, Sampsa Lahtinen, Exec. VP Industrial Measurements, www.vaisala.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vaisala,  Biogas,  


Danish Biofuels Developer Pegs DDK 10,000,000 Investor (Int'l.)
MASH Energy
Date: 2019-04-26
UK-headquartered ferry boat operator DFDS reports it is investing DDK 10 million ($1,490,990-US) for a 24 pct equity stake in MASH Energy ApS, a spin-out from the Technical University of Denmark.

MASH produces carbpn-neutral biofuel from the by-products of nut processing in Tanzania and India, as well as other agriculture wastes.

Together the two firms aim to develop a commercially viable alternative to fossil fuels, including testing on a DFDS ferry. (Source: DFDS A/S , PR, 25 April, 2019) Contact: DFDS A/S, www.dfdsseaways.co.uk; MASH Energy, Jakob Andersen, CEO,www.mash-biotech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  MASH Energy,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  


MO. School Board OKs Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind Report)
West Plains School Board of Education
Date: 2019-04-26
In the Show Me State, the West Plains School Board of Education is reporting approval of a $3.9 million energy efficiency upgrade contract with St. Louis based Control, Technologies, and Solutions (CTS) Group for various facilities to be completed before school resumes in August 2019. The upgrade are expected to deliver almost $46,000 in annual energy savings.

The school district-wide energy efficiency improvements will remove water damage; 67,000 square feet of roofing repairs and replacements; installation of thermally-insulated tinted windows that will decrease energy infiltration and eliminate water and air leaks; and energy efficient LED lighting retrofits. (Source: West Plains School Board of Education, Ozark News, 25 April, 2019) Contact: West Plains School Board of Education, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Plains_R-7_School_District

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  


LMC Advancing Energy Efficiency Upgrades Project (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-04-26
In Benton Township, Michigan, Lake Michigan Community College reports it is about to begin $3.2 million in energy efficiency upgrades to two of its facilities -- the Mendel Center and Grand Upton Hall.

The upgrades will include all HVAC systems and an upgrade to LED lighting throughout for an expected $115,000 per year in energy costs savings. The project is being funded with a combination of reserve funds, millage dollars, and proceeds from a capital campaign. (Source: Lake Michigan College, 94.9 WSJM, 25 April, 2019)Contact: Lake Michigan College, www.lakemichigancollege.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Black & Veatch Claims Illinois Wind EPC Contract (Ind. Report)
Black & Veatch
Date: 2019-04-26
Overland Park, Kansas-headquartered global engineering firm Black & Veatch reports it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for Capital Power's 150-MW Cardinal Point wind project in in McDonough and Warren Counties, Illinois.

Contract details have not been announced. (Source: Black & Veatch, Renewables, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Black & Veatch, Dave Leligdon, Global Director Renewable Energy, 913-458-2000, www.bv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black & Veatch,  Wind,  


General Mills, Roaring Fork Wind Ink 15-year PPA (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Systems,Steelhead Americas
Date: 2019-04-26
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based food giant General Mills reports the inking of a 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC in Maverick Creek, Concho County, Texas.

Roaring Fork Wind, LLC is a joint venture partnership between Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Portland, Oregon-based Steelhead Americas LLC. General Mills' investment will finance the construction of the project. (Source: General Mills, European Supermarket, 30 April, 2019) Contact: General Mills, 800-248-7310, www.generalmills.com; Roaring Fork Wind, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/roaring-fork-energy-partners

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems,  


UK BEIS Plans Building Energy Efficiency Consultations (Int'l.)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2019-04-26
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it will launch a series of consultations on the commercial buildings sector's energy efficiency which the Ministry describes as a "huge untapped area" for improvements. The consultation is intended to identify actions that would drive improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the commercial built environment sector.

Approximately 60 pct of the 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.

The Ministry notes its Clean Growth Strategy includes a "package of measures" to support business to improve energy efficiency and productivity by at least 20 pct by 2030 and lead to the establishment of an Industrial Energy Efficiency scheme to help large companies cut energy use and bills in commercial properties.

BEIS estimates that the 20 pct target will significantly cut energy costs for businesses and, to that end, has also launched a £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support high energy consumption businesses with the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Elsewhere, the UK Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect in April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has a sub-standard Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. (Source: BEIS, edie Newsroom, 25 April, 2019) Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency and Local Department, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy ,  


Sempra Energy Completes U.S. Renewables Sector Exit (Ind Report)
Sempra Energy
Date: 2019-04-26
Further to our Feb. 13th coverage, San Diego-based utility holding company Sempra Energy is reporting the completion of its exit from its U.S. renewables business with the sale of 7 wind farms totaling 724 MW and battery assets to Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP) for $1.05 billion. The transaction is the latest in a series of divestitures over the past year to raise $2.5 billion in proceeds.

In December 2018, the company completed the sale of its solar assets and battery storage development projects, along with one wind farm, to a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison for $1.6 billion. In February, it executed the sale of its non-utility U.S. natural gas storage facilities to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners for $328 million in cash, marking its exit from the non-utility natural gas storage sector. The company is currently working to sell its equity interest in its South American businesses including its 83.6 pct stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A. in Peru and 100 pct stake in Chilquinta Energia S.A. in Chile.

The company said the move is consistent with a strategy to pay down debt and redeploy capital to support the growth of Sempra Energy in North America. (Source: Sempra Energy, Power Mag., 25 April, 2019) Contact: American Electric Power, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com; Sempra Energy, Jeff Martin, CEO (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Royal Bank of Canada Floats First "Green" Bond (Ind. Report)
Royal Bank of Canada
Date: 2019-04-26
In Toronto, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) reports the launch of a 5-year "green" bond offering to raise €500 million ($557 million US) to back a portfolio of renewable energy and green building projects. Clean transportation, sustainable water and wastewater management, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and control projects may also be added to the list of possible projects.

RBC is Canada's second-largest bank with $1074.28 billion in assets. (Source: RBC, Renewables, 25 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Bank of Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Green Bond,  


DEWA CSP-PV Solar Park Achieves Financial Close (Int'l. Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2019-04-26
In the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the consortium led by ACWA Power and Silk Road Fund, are reporting the financial closing of the $13 billion, 950MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

According to a DEWA release, the project will use 700MW of CSP; 600MW from a parabolic basin complex and 100MW from a solar tower; and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels and will provide sufficient clean energy for 320,000 residences and reduce 1.6 million tpy of carbon emissions.

The 44 square kilometer project has achieved several world records., including the world's lowest CSP Levelized Cost of Electricity of 7.3 cents (US) per kWh and the lowest Levelized Cost of Electricity for photovoltaic technology of 2.4 cents (US) cents per kWh. The project will feature the world's tallest solar tower at 260 metres and the largest thermal storage capacity of 15 hours, according to the release. (Source: DEWA, ESI Africa, 25 April, 2019) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  Solar,  CSP,  PV ,  


NYSERDA Investing $280Mn in NY Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-04-26
Reporting from Albany, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a total $280 million in funding for commercial-scale energy storage projects and systems in the Empire State.

According to NYSERDA, nearly 100 energy storage companies in New York are designing and constructing energy storage systems. (Source: NYSERDA, News Observer, 25 April, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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NV Energy Lauds Nevada Renewables Portfolio Increase (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-04-24
Reporting from Las Vegas, NV Energy joined Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Chris Brooks and other supporters, as the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 358, which increases Nevada's renewable portfolio standard to 50 pct by 2030.

In a 2018 announcement, NV Energy noted plans to add six more large-scale solar projects, three of which will include battery storage capacity. NV Energy also recently submitted its annually-required renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, which stated that the company had exceeded the current RPS requirement for the ninth-straight year. Instead of the 20 pct required today, 24 pct of the energy the company provides is generated from renewable resources.

Nevada is a leader in renewable energy, ranking fourth in solar and second in geothermal. NV Energy has fostered renewable development since before a renewable standard was put into place, having signed its first geothermal contract in 1986. Thanks to expanding renewable energy serving our customers and the retirement of coal-fueled generation in Nevada, the state experienced an 85 pct reduction in coal-fueled carbon emissions and reduced carbon emissions from the electric industry by 44 pct from 2005 to 2015.

NV Energy Inc, which provides a range of energy services to more than 1.4 million customers throughout Nevada, is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR 23 April, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy Portfolio,  Renewable Energy Standard,  


BikeFlights Touts Carbon Offset Sustainability Initiative (Ind Report)
BikeFlights
Date: 2019-04-24
Bicycle shipping specialist BikeFlights.com is touting the launch of a new sustainability initiative to reduce and offset the carbon emissions resulting from all of its shipments.

Under its initiative, BikeFlights.com purchases high quality carbon offsets through its partner carrier UPS which then retires an equivalent amount of carbon offsets from verified carbon reduction projects. Target projects have included improved forest management, methane and landfill gas destruction and wastewater treatment.

BikeFlights .com has also adopted other environmentally-friendly practices to be more sustainable, including helping to reduce the impact of customer travel, having a remote workforce, reducing its own materials consumption, sourcing boxes locally and recycling. It also works toward the sustainability of cycling as a sport. (Source: BikeFlights.com, PR, BikeBiz, 23 April, 2019) Contact: BikeFlights.com, Sue George, VP, (541) 705-2453, www.bikeflights.com

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Dominion Energy Reports Facebook Solar Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy ,Facebook
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy is reporting six new solar projects totaling 350 MW in its Virginia and North Carolina serive area will provide 100 pct clean renewable energy to serve Facebook.

The six solar projects include: the 20 MW Montross Solar in Westmoreland County, Va. (completed) ; 20 MW Gloucester Solar in Gloucester, Va. (completed); 80 MW Grasshopper Solar in Mecklenburg, Va.; 75 MW Chestnut Solar in Halifax County, N.C.; 75 MW Pecan Solar in Northampton County, N.C. (completed); and the 80 MW Gutenberg Solar in Northampton County, N.C. Dominion Energy developed the Montross Solar project, and the other projects have been acquired or will be acquired from EDF Renewables Inc., BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC and Strata Solar.

The solar projects are all expected to be fully operational by mid-2020. Dominion aims to have 3 GW of new solar and wind energy in operation or under development by 2022. Facebook aims to power it global operations with 100 pct renewable energy by the end of 2020.(Source: Dominion Energy, 22 April, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com

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Penn State Planning 70-MW Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Penn State University
Date: 2019-04-24
Penn State University is reporting up to a quarter of statewide energy needs will be supplied from a planned solar farm in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

The 70-MW project outside Chambersburg will cover 500 acres on three locations and is being developed in partnership with Lightsource BP. The 150,000 ground-mounted panel array is targeted for completion in July. 2020, according to the release.

Pennsylvania's installed solar capacity at 420 MW is ranked 22nd in the nation.(Source: Penn State Univ., HeraldMail, 22 April, 2019) Contact: Penn State Univ., Rob Cooper, Dir. Energy and Engineering, Office of Physical Plant, (814) 865-4731,https://opp.psu.edu

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Lambert Mo. Community Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Show Me State, Ameren Missouri reports its new 1-MW community solar facility near Lambert, Missouri is well underway and slated for startup up by mid-summer. Subscriptions for the solar energy blocks filled up in just 55 days and a waiting list of subscribers has been established, according to the release. (Source: Ameren Missouri, 22 April, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Matt Forck, Assistant VP Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience, www.ameren.com/missouri

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O'Hare Air Traffic Control Tower Certified LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Windy City, the Chicago Aviation Commission reports O'Hare International Airport's South Air Traffic Control Tower has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency, making among the nation's first air traffic control towers to receive the designation.

O'Hare has six LEED-certified buildings and over 521,000 square feet of green roofs, more than any other airport in the world. The combination of sustainable features has cut the O'Hare control towers energy consumption by 25 pct and water usage by 40 pct compared to a traditional control tower design, according to the Commission. (Source: City of Chicago, Chicago Aviation Commission, Connect Chicago, 23 April, 2019) Chicago Dept. of Aviation, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/doa.html Commission; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Oakland Fleet Opts for Neste Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Golden State, the City of Oakland and Helsinki-headquartered Neste report they are partnering to turn used restaurant cooking oils and residues into renewable diesel for use in the city's transport fleet.

According to a release, switching from petroleum diesel to renewable diesel reduces harmful emissions, reduces fuel costs and allows the city's oldest and most polluting vehicles to "go clean". The fuel is compatible with all diesel engines and cuts engine nitrogen oxides emissions by 9 pct, carbon monoxide emissions by 24 pct and fine particulate matter emissions by 33 pct. The switch to renewable diesel will also help the city fleet cut its greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 74 pct compared to fossil fuel-based diesel. (Source: Neste, Energy Live, 23 April, 2019)Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com, Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, (713)407-4400, usa@neste.com, www.NesteMY.com; City of Oakland Fleet Office, www.oaklandca.gov/staff/richard-battersby

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Cdn. Oilsands CO2 Emissions Far Higher than Reported (Ind. Report)
Environment Canada
Date: 2019-04-24
In Ottawa, Environment Canada is reporting newly published research from Canadian federal scientists suggests a number of major oilsands operations in oil-soaked northern Alberta seem to be emitting significantly more carbon pollution than companies have been reporting, which could have profound consequences for government climate-change strategies.

The researchers, mainly from Environment Canada, calculated emissions rates for four major oilsands surface mining operations using air samples collected in 2013 on 17 airplane flights over the area. In results published today in the journal Nature Communications, the scientists say the air samples from just those surface mining operations suggest their carbon dioxide emissions are 64 pct higher, on average, than what the companies themselves report to the federal government using the standard United Nations reporting framework for greenhouse gases. The findings suggest Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions would be around 2.3 pct higher than previously thought.

The report suggests the differences between the new estimates and previously reported numbers are related to methodology. The standard "bottom up" method sees companies quantify the amount of fuel they use at each source of their operation, from extraction to delivery of crude to refineries. They then calculate their carbon emissions from their fuel use. The scientists behind the Environment Canada study used a "top-down" approach involving hundreds of air samples taken during more than 80 hours of flights over four major surface mining operations in northern Alberta: Syncrude Canada's Mildred Lake facility, Suncor's Millennium and North Steepbank site, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s Horizon mine, and what was then Shell's Albian Jackpine operation, now majority owned by Canadian Natural.

The gap between the facilities' reported CO2 emissions and the levels calculated by researchers was 13 pct for the Suncor site, 36 pct for the Horizon mine, 38 pct for Jackpine and 123 pct for Syncrude. The study did not include emissions from all oilsands operations that use in-situ extraction, pumping steam into the ground to get the petroleum out. About 80 pct of oilsands reserves, and the majority of current production, require in-situ extraction. That means the overall amount of under reported greenhouse gas emissions could be significantly higher. (Source: Environment Canada, CBC News , 23 April, 2019) Contact: Environment Canada, John Liggio, www.linkedin.com/in/john-liggio-34349467

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Shell Seeking UK CO2 Storage Development Subsidy (Int'l Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-04-24
In the UK, the Sunday Times is reporting oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell is seeking an unspecified subsidy from the British government to support Shell's development of underground carbon dioxide storage.

The requested subsidy is reportedly less than the roughly £40 million previously granted for renewable energy technologies, according to the Sunday Times. (Source: Talk Finance, Sunday Times, 23 April, 2019)

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GE's LM Wind Power Claims World's Largest Wind Blade (Ind. Report)
LM Wind Power
Date: 2019-04-24
The set to be used for GE's upcoming 12MW offshore wind turbine LM Wind Power, the turbine maker owned by global engineering giant GE, is reporting production of a 107-metre wind turbine blade at its Cherbourg, France, plant.

The blade is the largest ever made for a wind turbine, and will be used in the next generation of massive GE Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbines, according to a release. (Source: GE, LM Wind Power, Business Green, 23 April, 2019) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 Project Director, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

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Tenaska Closes $302Mn Financing for Missouri Wind Farm (Funding)
Tenaska,Mortenson
Date: 2019-04-24
Further to our Feb. 19, 2018 coverage, Kallanish Energy is reporting Omaha-headquartered independent power producer Tenaska has closed on approximately $302 million in commercial financing for Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a 242-MW wind project under construction in Nodaway County Missouri.

Vestas is supplying 111 wind turbines and will provide maintenance services for the project. Mortenson is providing engineering, procurement and construction (Epc) services for the project which is expected to come online before the year end. The project will deliver power under a 25-year PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative, a 910,000-member cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri. (Source: Tanaska, Kallanish Energy, 23 April, 2019) Contact: Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energy Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

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US Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2019 (Report Available)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-04-24
The recently released US Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2019 report from Dublin-headquartered Research and Markets offers comprehensive information on the renewable energy policies of the US and its individual states. The report provides an overview of the regulatory framework, plans, programs and incentives initiated by the US and individual states to promote renewable energy sources. It also delivers information regarding the financial incentives, renewable energy auctions, net-metering, renewable targets, and other plans implemented by the fifty states.

Key topics include: federal initiatives for both solar and wind power; federal initiatives for biopower and biofuels; and common state-level incentives.

Download details and report information HERE. (Source: Research & Markets, April, 2019) Contact: Research & Markets, Laura Wood, (917) 300-0470, press@researchandmarkets.com, www.researchandmarkets.com

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Valmet Announces Biomasse Energie d'Alizay Order (Int'l Report)
Valmet
Date: 2019-04-24
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Corp reports receipt of an order from Biomasse Energie d'Alizay to convert a recovery boiler into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology (BFB) at a DA Alizay paper mill in France.

According to Valmet, the order is included in its first quarter of 2019 orders received, and is valued at approximately €20 million. Valmet's delivery is scheduled for 2020.

Biomasse Energie d'Alizay produces roughly 300,000 tpy of paper and is a subsidiary of DA Alizay SAS. (Source: Valmet, PR, April, 2019) Contact: Valmet, Jouko Kylanpaa, Dir. Rebuilds and Conversions, Pulp and Energy business Line, +358 400 734 334, Jean-Philippe Guignard, Senior Manager, Energy Sales and Service, +33 670 27 9214, www.valmet.com; Biomasse Energie d'Alizay, www.societe.com/societe/biomasse-energie-d-alizay-499270619.html, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/biomasse-energie-d%27alizay

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de Blasio Plan Bans "Inefficient" Glass Skyscrapers (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-04-24
New York City's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio reports his OneNYC2050 plan to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change would ban new construction of glass skyscrapers and see the resurfacing of many existing major building facades which the mayor claims are "incredibly inefficient" because so much energy escapes through the glass.

The plan, which is part of his Worship's efforts to reduce city-wide greenhouse emissions by 30 pct, would also require all city operations to be powered from renewable energy sources, mandatory organics recycling, and various other measures. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 4NY, April, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

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Minnesota Twins Ballpark LEED Gold Re-certified (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-04-24
Thanks to continued upgrades to Target Field, the Minnesota Twins have achieved US Green Building Council LEED Gold re-certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. In 2010 Target Field earned LEED Silver for New Construction. Target Field is also the nation’s first sports venue to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the art digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance.

The ballpark's environmental stewardship efforts include: a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System; aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs that have kept more than 10,870 tons of waste out of local landfills since 2011; a shared initiative with Delaware North Sportservice to partner with Rock and Wrap It UP!, Inc. to donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season; LED light fixtures for field and canopy lighting; and the introduction of compostible beverage cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws. The ballparks has also installed the largest "living wall" in the continental U.S. (Source: BallPark Digest, April, 2019)

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NYC Mayor Touts OneNYC2050 Carbon Neutrality Goals (Ind. Report)
Bill de Blasio
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Empire State, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is trumpeting the OneNYC 2050 plan aimed at slashing the Big Apple's greenhouse gas emissions 28 pct and putting the city on track to make a 40 pct cut in emissions by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The Mayor's announcement comes on the heels of the City Council legislative package called the Climate Mobilization Act, the centerpiece of which is an emissions cap on buildings 25,000 square feet and up -- houses of worship and rent controlled and affordable housing excepted -- compelling landlords to retrofit their buildings beginning in 2024 or face hefty fines. The legislation aims to slash buildings' GHG emissions -- which currently account for almost 70 pct of the citywide total -- by 40 pct in 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. OneNYC 2050 leverages and expands on that bill by banning construction of energy inefficient, glass-facade structures touches on pre-existing plans to shore up the city's defenses against climate change related natural disasters and storms. Mayor De Blasio projects these initiatives will cost the city roughly $14 billion. (Source: NYC, Various Media, Waste360, April, 2019)

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Timber Ind. Seeks GA PSC Woody Biomass Commitment (Ind. Report)
Georgia Public Service Commission
Date: 2019-04-24
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the Georgia Forestry Association and other forest industry representatives are lobbying the Georgia Public Service Commission (GA PSC) to have its forest biomass byproducts -- tree trimmings, wastes, scraps and storm damaged timber -- converted into fuel to help power the state and to ensure woody biomass is more broadly used by the state's largest utility, Georgia Power.

Georgia Power's recently updated long-range energy plans call for more renewable energy, but do not specify biomass, the newspaper reported. Georgia Power has put the majority of its recent spending on energy generation into the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle, south of Augusta. The company has also pumped up spending on solar power throughout Georgia.

Between 1983 and 2008, Georgians replanted over 8.9 million acres in trees -- that's 975 acres a day, or 609,375 trees per day. An estimated 80,000 acres of forest land are naturally regenerated each year in Georgia. The industry's overall economic impact on the state was $35.9 billion in 2017. (Source: Georgia Public Service Commission, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April, 2019) Contact: Georgia Public Service Commission, (4040 656-4501, www.psc.state.ga.us; Georgia Forestry Association, Andres Villegas, CEO, (478) 992-8110, gfagrow.org

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WRT, SynTech Bioenergy Partner on Non-Landfill Waste (Ind. Report)
SynTech Bioenergy,Waste Resource Technologies
Date: 2019-04-24
Englewood, Colorado-based carbon-negative clean energy specialist SynTech Bioenergy is reporting an agreement with Waste Resource Technologies, Inc. (WRT) to immediately begin deploying SynTech's proprietary BioMax® power generation solution to convert green waste collected by WRT, as well as fruit processing waste from certain agricultural operations on Oahu, HI, to renewable energy. This initial project will keep an estimated 1300 tpy of waste out of landfills or otherwise kept from normal decay, the methane from which would have been 21 times more harmful to the Hawaiian environment than CO2 -- up to 8000 tons of carbon, which will be removed from the local environments through the elimination of waste transportation, elimination of methane release and displacement of fossil fired power and heat by BioMax®

Waste Resource Technologies, Inc. (WRT) is a waste collection, recovery and conversion company with operations in California and Hawaii. WRT uses technologies from leading bioenergy companies to transform waste into sustainable resources such as baseload electricity, renewable natural gas, alternative fuel pellets, and biochar. (Source: SynTech Bioenergy, PR, 23 April, 2019) Contact: SynTech Bioenergy, Wayne McFarland, Chairman and CEO, www.syntechbioenergy.com; Bioenergy Hawaii, www.bioenergyhawaii.com; Waste Resource Technologies, Kosti Shrivanian, CEO,

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Where's Trump's Former EPA Head Scott Pruitt? (Ind. Report)
Coal,EPA
Date: 2019-04-24
Denver-headquartered Hallador Energy Company, a subsidiary of RailPoint Solutions LLC and Sunrise Coal, reports it has hired former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt to lobby against plans by two electric utilities -- Vectren and NIPSCO -- to shutter aging coal-fired power generation facilities in Indiana by 2030.

Hallador and Pruitt are urging the Indiana republican controlled legislature to include language in the budget bill that would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from considering Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the commission's decisions about rates and other issues that could impact the future of coal-generated electricity in the state.

Hallador claims Obama clean air regulations are the reason coal costs more than wind, solar and natural gas. They also claim that once President Trump and current EPA head and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler are finished gutting the Obama clean air regulations, the price of coal will drop. According to U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) US coal consumption has plummeted to its lowest levels in nearly 40 years and more coal-fired power plants closed in the first two years of the Trump administration than during President Obama's entire first term.

As readers may recall, Pruitt resigned from the EPA in July 2018 after an 18-month tenure best remembered for the seemingly mass handout of Renewable Fuel Standard "hardship" waivers to refineries, spending and ethical scandals. 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: Hallador Energy Company, The Environmental Working Group, 23 April, 20190 Contact: Hallador Energy Company, (303) 839-5504, www.halladorenergy.com

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