The new facility will utilize Swedish clean-tech company SEKAB E-Technology's Celluapp platform to extract cellulose sugars and lignin from forest or agricultural residues for processing into biofuels or renewable chemical products. The technology can be used in new biorefineries or to develop existing facilities.
The new Nordfuel biorefinery will produce bioethanol and biogas for the transport sector and lignin to fuel the 390-MW power plant in Haapavesi.
(Source: Norfuel, April, 2019) Contact: Norduel, Antti Vilkuna, CEO, +358 (0)44 0220 919, email@example.com, http://nordfuel.fi/en/biorefinery
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The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:
"The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov
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According to the DOE, residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 40 pct of the Nation's total energy demand and about 75 pct of all electric power consumption. In addition, growing peak electricity demands are challenging the electrical grid, exacerbated by stresses from transmission and distribution infrastructure constraints and the increasing number of variable renewable electricity power generation sources. However, integration of more flexible and even dispatchable loads through building automation can optimize energy use leading to decreased energy costs while maintaining occupant preferences. Even greater optimization of energy supply, storage, and demand results in a more resilient and reliable grid that simultaneously improves energy affordability.
The DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) designed the 2019 BENEFIT FOA to increase energy productivity -- both within and beyond a building's walls -- by supporting the R&D and performance verification of flexible and energy-efficient technologies for residential and commercial buildings across the following topic areas:
The BTO's demand flexibility strategy, called Grid-interactive Efficient Building, is a unique addition to this funding opportunity which has traditionally focused on R&D for the next-generation of energy efficient building technologies. The DOE's vision integrates advanced sensing, controls, and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in modernizing the power grid.
Buildings have historically been passive consumers of energy, but next-generation flexible technologies give buildings and equipment the potential to provide a host of grid services that utilities currently receive from other, more traditional grid assets. Further research will help achieve this vision at-scale.
Download FOA details and application materials HERE. Information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Office is HERE.
(Source: USA DOE, BLOG, 23 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov
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The plan establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city based on: increased operating energy efficiency; building energy bench-marking; energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings resulting in over $100,000 per year in energy costs savings; LED street and traffic lighting; a commitment to 100 pct renewable energy and various other upgrades and initiatives. The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
(Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov
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The 57-turbine project is expected to be completed and online in spring 2020 and will sell power and renewable credits to an unnamed corporate buyer. (Source: Engie North America, Houston Business Journal, 19 April, 2019) Contact:
Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.engie-na.com
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Previously, Green Mountain Energy provided a 21 KW rooftop solar array at TPWD's Sea Center Texas, a marine aquarium, fish hatchery and nature center. Additionally, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club made a $40,000 donation to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to help purchase and install a 11.2 KW solar array on the park's welcome center.
According to the company's website, "Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 63 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions." (Source: Green Mountain Energy, April, 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Energy, www.greenmountainenergy.com;
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As one of the first on the US market to offer high-power capabilities, ST556KWH-250 features four units of 60kW modules which enables flexible design to customize system capacity and module quantity.
The main innovation behind the new ESS solution is its integration with Samsung's latest E3 Battery to obtain a smaller size and higher energy densities, along with minimized on-site labor and wiring. The units can be widely used in multiple applications, including peak shaving, demand response and micro-grid.
(Source: Sungrow, PR, Renewables, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Sungrow, Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, +86 551 6532 7834, email@example.com, www.en.sungrowpower.com
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According to the report, "Eco-friendliness and personal finance are related. Our environmental and financial needs are the same in many areas -- providing ourselves with sustainable, clean drinking water and food, for example. We also spend money through our own consumption and taxes in support of environmental security."
Continuing to provide the industry reliable and cost-effective natural gas transportation fuel, this year the company expects to build approximately 35 pct of the market’s new stations. TruStar Energy will also embark on major growth initiatives of supplying renewable natural gas, sourced from landfills and digesters, to fleets and introducing new products for smaller fleets, so they too can realize the benefits of transitioning away from diesel. (Source: TruStar Energy, PR, 22 April, 2019) Contact: TruStar Energy, www.trustarenergy.com
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Avista serves customers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and northeastern Oregon.
(Source: Avista Utilities, Lewiston Tribune, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Avisya Utilities, Dennis Vermillion, Pres., Heather Rosentrater, VP, www.avistautilities.com
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Vineyard Wind's bid was selected for contract negotiation in May 2018 based on criteria established under a Request for Proposals (RFP) previously subject to public comment and submitted to the DPU for review and approval on July 31, 2018. Evaluation of the bids determined that Vineyard Wind would provide the greatest overall value to Bay State customers. The DPU's order approves the selection and finds that the contracts are cost-effective and in the public interest.
(Source: Mass DPU, DEI, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/dte
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The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority is supporting the project with a $500,000 building re-use and renovation grant to Robeson County, money that is available through the Community Development Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is administered in part by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Other partners included the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Robeson Community College, Robeson County and the city of Lumberton. Michael Rowan, CEO of AEG. (Source: Robesonian, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Active Energy Group, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com; Robeson County Economic Development Commission, (910) 739-7584, www.robesoncountyoed.org
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According to a University of Minnesota Extension economic impact study, a soybean crush and biodiesel facility could potentially reignite Northwest Minnesota's agriculture economy where more than 1.5 million acres of soybeans were harvested in 2018. Soybean production throughout Northwest Minnesota has increased by more than 300 percent in the past 20 years; the 11 counties that would benefit from the SI Campus produced more than 62 million bushels of soybeans in 2018. (Source: Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, 19 April, 2019) Contact: MSGA, Joe Smentek, Exec. Dir., (507) 388-1635, https://mnsoybean.org
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The partnership will include an investment in UET as well as a long-term and exclusive supply agreement for Nafion™ ion exchange membranes enabling Chemours to further develop and optimize the Nafion™ product offering as the industry standard for energy storage, raise the competitiveness and accelerate the adoption of flow batteries in the energy marketplace -- a key growth area for Chemours Fluoroproducts business.
(Source: Chemours, PR, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Chemours, Jonathan Lock, VP, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, (302) 773-2263, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chemours.com; UniEnergy Technology, (425) 290-8898 (office),
(425) 740-9898 (fax), email@example.com, www.uetechnologies.com
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The goal is for the city to "do its part" to keep warming to the international climate community's goal of 1.5 degrees, said Matt Horne, the city's climate policy manager. The overall goal is to cut in half carbon pollution by 2030 -- a 90,000 tpy reduction of carbon compared to the 19,000 tpy the city has reduced between 2007 and 2017.
The city is also aiming to phase out fossil fuels by 2023. (Source: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Sun, 16 April, 2019) Contact: City of Vancouver, Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, twitter.com/hornematt?lang=en, www.vancouver.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The 130-MW project called for 49 turbines spread over thousands of acres near the McCormick Wilderness area of the Ottawa National Forest.
RES is "the world's largest independent renewable energy company with over 16 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe.
RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution," according to its website.
(Source: Renewable Energy Systems, Energy News, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Renewable Energy Systems, Sean Stocker, Project Mgr., +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com
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"We believe it is time for the EPA to address this threat to the Renewable Fuel Standard," Naig said, adding that over the last two years, the agency has granted waivers accounting for 2.6 billion gallons of ethanol or about 1 billion bushels of corn. "This happens at a time when our farmers and rural America can least afford it" he said adding there are currently 39 small-refinery exemption applications before the EPA. Refiners with a capacity of less than 75,000 bpd can receive a waiver as long as they can prove that complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard would cause "disproportionate economic harm."
According to Shaw, the nearly 40 exemptions out there could "rip the heart out"of the Renewable Fuel Standard. "If you can justify granting a small-refinery exemption under today's circumstances -- where you can buy a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) for 8 cents, then what the EPA would really be saying is that it's always going to grant small-refinery exemptions, and the hope of ever having a true 15 billion-gallon RFS is dead," Shaw said.
The Renewable Fuels Association noted overall U.S. ethanol consumption declined last year.
The association also noted 48 small refinery exemptions approved last year by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as a main factor for the drop in ethanol use. (Source: Iowa RFA, PR, The Courier, 21 April, 2019)
Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org
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The Forest Carbon Initiative aims to reforest areas lost to forest fires across British Columbia and implement best practices that support healthy, resilient, and productive forests. The program will reduce emissions and sequester carbon by diverting organic material from landfills. The total investment between 2017-2018 and 2018 -- 2019 was approximately $50 million, and planned investment for 2019 -- 2020 is almost $70 million.
The Organics Infrastructure Program will help the province achieve its target of reducing municipal-solid-waste disposal to 350 kg per capita by reducing organic waste that goes to landfills.
(Source: Environment and Climate Change Canad, PR, 18 April, 2019)
Contact: Sabrina Kim, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, (819) 743-7138, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ec.gc.ca
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Austin Energy is aiming to provide 65 pct of its customers' energy needs through renewable resources by 2027. In 2018, Austin Energy sourced 28 pct of energy from renewables, accoding to the company. (Source: Austin Energy, Statesman, KVUE, 18 April, 2019)Contact: Austin Energy, Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, (512) 494-9400, www.austinenergy.com
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According to developer EnerOcean, "The W2Power solution offers greater power generation without the need to increase the use of steel in the construction of the platform, thus becoming the lowest cost floating solution for the generation of wind energy in deep waters."
Depending upon the prototype's success, EnerOcean S.L. foresees a 300-MW marine offshore wind farm by 2025. (Source: EnerOcean S.L., Olive Press, April, 2019) Contact: EnerOcean S.L., www.enerocean.com
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The $40 continuing education program will be taught by trained instructors from the Institute for Market Transformation in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Environmental Defense Fund and other groups.
Agents can learn
(Source: REBNY, Crain's New York Business, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Real Estate Board of New York, John Banks, Pres., (212) 532-3100, www.rebny.com
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The DEQ also approved the state's proposed joining of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) aimed at cutting carbon emissions through a cap and trade program. New Jersy was a founding member of RGGI. Present membership includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
(Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Action Fund, Blue Virginia, 19 April, 2019)
Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Air Pollution Control Board,(804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; RGGI, www.rggi.org
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According to a New Buildings Institute report, New York State leads the Northeast in net-zero buildings, with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance and passive house building projects.
To facilitate the construction of similar projects, NYSERDA will provide $15 million through the next round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process to expand the state's Net-Zero Energy for Economic Development program. (Source: NYSERDA, Multi Housing News, 19 April, 2019)Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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The £41-million project will be a large battery that stores energy and resupplies electricity directly back to Oxford's grid.
The project will run for 36 months and if successful, the technology will be expanded to the 44 other sites across the UK. (Source: The Mayor EU, 20 April, 2019)
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In order to combat the health crisis, the ULEZ has significantly raised emission standards and demands a daily charge in order to travel in the area for not meeting them.
The ULEZ, which is active 24/7 all year round, is part of the massive campaign undertaken by the mayor of London to clean up the air of the city. Further measures expected to kick in by 2020 include ensuring that all new double-decker buses are either hybrid, hydrogen or electric, creating 12 new low emission bus zones in areas where the air quality is at its worst and upgrading 5000 buses to be ultra low emission. (Source: City of London, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: City of London, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions, GHGs, Carbon Emissions,
To that end, Etihad Esco had set targets of 20 pct energy savings by 2021 and 30 pct by 2030 and is is eyeing Dh500 million ($136,127million) worth of energy savings by 2030 primarily from rooftop solar.
Over the last decade, Dubai has saved about Dh1.2 billion through efforts to conserve electricity and water, and plans to reduce carbon emissions by 16 pct cent by 2021 as well as energy and water use by 30 per cent by 2030, according to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
Etihad Esco currently has projects worth $250 million in the works with schemes worth between $150 million and $200 million planned for 2019.
Etihad Esco is also looking at opportunities in Saudi Arabia, where it recently signed an agreement with holding company Vision Invest to establish a joint entity to provide energy efficiency solutions in the kingdom.
(Source: Etihad Esco, The National, April 20, 2019)
Contact: Etihad Esco, Ali Al Jassim, CEO, www.etihadesco.ae
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Copenhagen International School (CIS) is a unique building project, for which it has been a pleasure for me and my former colleagues, Miriam Sanchez and Vickie Aagesen to work on. This cooperation also included Karin Kappel from Solar City Denmark, who have carried out amazing work in promoting best practice BIPV architecture since 2004, and Gate21, engaged as a collaborator in relation to the ForskVE realisation.
For Kuben Management, I hope that winning the Active House award will support the idea of working with the Active House standard in practice because it has many benefits and it is not costly to work with. In relation to ForskVE, it has been possible to include several Active House labelled projects in the Danish sustainable building database which can now be viewed in English at www.bæredygtigebygninger.dk.
The idea of working with performance documentation has always been a part of the Active House approach and with the demands for this in the EU Building Directive, it has become increasingly relevant, and something that will be supported by the development towards more digitalisation in buildings.
CIS is a good example of a school building with an emphasis on a healthy indoor climate, which had a strong focus in the design process, also based on special demands from the builder, f.ex. when it comes to using decentralised ventilation systems. This is in a scenario where bad indoor climate issues are not uncommon in Danish schools. It is our hope that the qualities documented in the online Active House radar will help to ensure a continuous focus on the indoor climate.
I agree that homebuyers can use Active House documentation to help them secure quality but also due to the reasonably low costs to use it. Good advice would be to try to cooperate with other sustainable building quality systems. In the Nordic countries, f.ex. have the Nordic Swan Label which one of the leading contractors (NCC), uses for all their housing projects.
My advice for the future is to really focus on new and unique projects, which support the green transition, and to work with engaged builders, such as what we witnessed with the CIS building. CIS is a really good example of what a determined builder can do in practice. Here, the driving force was one of the board members of the school who at the same time was a designer and secured full-scale BIPV Mock-Ups on the actual building site to identify the best possible BIPV design (in cooperation with the experienced BIPV manufacturer, Solar Lab). This actually led to the withdrawal of the architect (C.F. Møller), for a short period, due to risks they saw in connection to the use of completely new technology for almost all facades. In the end, they came back and was deeply engaged in securing the qualities in practice of many of the technical and architectural solutions. (Source: European Green Cities, Open Access Government, 11 April, 2019) Contact: European Green Cities, Peder Vejsig Pedersen, +45 2046 6755,
email@example.com; Active House, www.activehouseroofsandfacades.com, www.activehouse.info
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TurnKey Internet was originally granted hydroelectric power at the start of the ReCharge NY program in 2013, following the opening of TurnKey’s state-of-the-art, 100% green powered data center. Increased demand for online cloud services in recent years has come with tremendous growth for both TurnKey’s business and power needs. This growth led to additional job creation as well as significant local investments and was the foundation for the additional hydroelectric power awarded from the program.
“TurnKey Internet The company was among 23 companies statewide that were granted the hydroelectricity under the program. (Source: Water Power & Dam Const., 16 April, 2019) Contact: Turnkey, Adam Wills, Pres., CEO,
New York Power Authority
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The report finds the Asia-Pacific region will occupy for more market share in following years, especially in China, also fast growing India and Southeast Asia regions. In North America, the he United States, will still play an important role which cannot be ignored. Any changes from United States might affect the development trend of Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading.
The report identifies Top manufacturers/players: Carbon Credit Capital, Terrapass, Renewable Choice, 3Degrees, NativeEnergy, GreenTrees, South Pole Group, Aera Group, Allcot Group, Carbon Clear, Forest Carbon, Bioassets, BiofÃ¬lica, WayCarbon, CBEEX, Guangzhou Greenstone. Market Segment by Type, applications (REDD carbon offsets, renewable energy landfill methane projects and others) and regions.
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(Source: Industry Research, Marilyn Coleman, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Industry Research, +1 424 253 0807 / +44 203 239 8187, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The report notes that the demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included $21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB's own resources, exceeding the target of $19.71 billion and up 10 pct from 2017.
The Manila-headquartered ADB committed several projects in India, including in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Odisha.
The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat.
Among others, it also provided USD 30 million in equity and USD 20 million in debt security to Annapurna Finance, a microfinance company.
In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia.
The alliance's major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatt of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030. (Source: ADB, Economic Times, 16 April, 2019)
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"We strongly support and thank Senators Heinrich and Gardner for introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act and committing to modernizing the U.S. energy supply. Americans want their homes and businesses to be powered by clean energy. Spurring investment in our country's energy storage technologies, along with transmission, will advance clean energy, create new jobs and help bring America's power supply into the 21st century," said Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA.
However, current law only allows energy storage to qualify for an ITC (tax credit) when paired with a solar project under certain circumstances. The flexibility and market efficiencies resulting from accelerated energy storage investment would spur new wind farm development and job creation, according to AWEA.
(Source: AWEA, reve, 13 April, 2019) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, www.awea.org
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The Commission gave its stamp of approval to the 150-MW solar electric generating facility called the Two Creeks Solar Project in Manitowoc County, and the 300-MW Badger Hollow Solar Farm project in Iowa County, subject to other required permits and approvals.
The facilities, which are expected to be operational by December 2020, will deliver power to
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.
(Source: Zacks, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, WBAY, 12 April, 2019) Contact: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, https://psc.wi.gov
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Under the Coal FIRST initiative, DOE is supporting research and development (R&D) projects that will help develop plants that:
If needed, the R&D projects may include the development of advanced processes for manufacturing or fabricating components. FE anticipates issuing the FOA in August or September 2019. Specific Areas of Interest in the FOA will be informed by conceptual studies and preliminary front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) studies that FE expects to be ongoing throughout FY19.
As previously reported this month, the DOE announced up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects for advanced coal technologies and research.
Coal was the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States in 2017.
(Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, Green Car Congress, 14 April 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
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Focusing on offshore wind turbine powertrains, the new hub is aiming to improve the operation, reliability and performance of offshore wind turbines.
Sheffield University has been named as the academic partner for the hub, which is part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE) -- launched by the UK government in 2013 as part of a network of catapults in high growth industries. The University will contribute £1.7 million or more to the project over five years.
Industry will be able to access to the University of Sheffield's testing facilities in addition to ORE Catapult's 1, 3 and 15 MW powertrain test facilities at its National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.
(Source: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Business Leader, 16 April, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffiel, www.sheffield.ac.uk; Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, +44 (0) 333 004 1400, https://ore.catapult.org.uk
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Celanese recently received approvals from the Fairway Methanol LLC board of directors for a second phase expansion, which will increase production to 1.7 million mtpy approximately 125% of the original nameplate capacity -- to be implemented as soon as operationally feasible and pending customary regulatory and permitting approvals. Financial details of the project are not being disclosed at this time.
In parallel with this expansion, Celanese and Mitsui will evaluate additional cost effective expansion options for the Clear Lake methanol unit. (Source: Celanese, PR, 17 April, 2019) Contact: Contact:
Celanese, Inv. Relations,
Chuck Kyrish, (972) 443- 4574, email@example.com, www.celanese.com
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Terna Energy is a vertically organized Renewable Energy Sources company undertaking the Development, Construction, Financing, and Operation of renewable energy projects (wind, hydro, solar, biomass, waste management). The company operates, is constructing or has full licensing RES installations in Europe and America. (Source: Terna Energy, Renewables, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Terna Energy, +30 210 6968300,
+30 210 6968096 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.terna-energy.com
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Additionally, Microsoft plans to nearly double its 2012 "internal carbon tax" to $15 per metric ton as part of the effort. The "internal carbon tax" is based on projected carbon emissions from each part of the company -- everything from carbon use in buildings to transportation.
The tax produces about $30 million annually for a fund Microsoft uses to invest in energy improvements.
The company also plans to join the Climate Leadership Council and advocate for carbon pricing nationwide as part of the new sustainability push.
(Source: Microsoft, GeekWire, 16 April, 2019)
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Emory University now has 34 LEED certified buildings that equal more than 4 million square feet. (Source: Emory University Hospital, PR, AJC, April, 2019) Contact: Emory University Hospital Tower, (404) 712-2000, www.emoryhealthcare.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The funds from this higher fee will both maintain Microsoft's carbon neutrality and help the company take a tech-first approach that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the company's business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes and to cut
the company's operational carbon footprint.
(Source: Microsoft Blog, Brad Smith, Pres., 15 April, 2019)Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information
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In total, Starbucks estimates that the eight farms will reduce their stores' carbon emissions by approximately 101,000 tpy.
In September 2018, Starbucks announced a Starbucks Greener Stores commitment to building and operating 10,000 "greener" Starbucks stores by the year 2025, an initiative expected to save the company upwards of $50 million in utilities costs over the next decade. (Source: Stabucks, Nations Restaurant News, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Starbucks, Rebecca Zimmer, Dir. Environmental Impact,www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/starbucks;
Cypress Creek Renewables
Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, email@example.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com
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Australian Housing Data (AHD) Portal will centralize the vast amount of energy efficiency data that will underpin key decision making, training and awareness of energy efficiency technologies and initiatives.
The portal contains data across states and climate zones and can be further broken down by design such as dwelling class and floor area; construction such as type of walls and roofing; and fixtures and appliances such as solar PV and heating/cooling systems. The AHD Portal can pinpoint where energy efficiency efforts are on track and where more focus, where improvements can be made and energy costs can be cut, according to the release.
The tool can be useful in tracking and supporting the progress of the national energy efficiency plan agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers.
This plan sets a trajectory towards zero energy homes and zero carbon homes in Australia.
(Source: CSIRO, Open Gov, April, 2019) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.csiro.au
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Washington is the fourth state to pursue carbon-free electricity. California, Hawaii and New Mexico have already passed similar plans, while Nevada and New York are considering similar bills.
Washington, under Dem, Governor Jay Inslee's direction, is pursuing specific measures focused on slashing emissions from specific sectors rather then imposing a an all encompassing carbon tax to meet its carbon reduction goals. Inslee, a recently announced 2020 Presidential hopeful, has pushed the state's power companies to obtain 80 pct of their energy from carbon-free sources by 2030 and to offset emissions for the remaining 20 pct with renewable energy credits. Come 2045, all retail electricity sales must come from carbon-free sources.
State legislation calls for a 25 pct emissions reduction of 1990 levels by 2035, and 50 pct by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 16 April, 2019)
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Additionally, CalPortland's energy management program has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program for 15 years in a row
CalPortland, (626) 852-6200, www.calportland.com; Portland Cement Assoc., www.cement.org
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Peak Power's Synergy™ platform empowers building and business owners to achieve long-term savings by targeting expensive moments of peak demand. Synergy™ uses forecasted and real-time data to optimize operation and adjust real-time asset schedules to changing market and weather conditions.
DGC is a developer, owner and operator of privately owned power generating assets in the U.S. and Mexico with ownership interest in 13 operating power generating facilities totaling approximately 7,800MW capacity. (Source: Peak Power Inc., PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Peak Power, Derek Lim Soo, CEO, . www.peakpowerenergy.com; Diamond Generating Corporation, (213) 473-0086, www.dgc-us.com
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The hybrid system, which is slated to be operational in Q2, 2020, will use a direct DC coupled configuration with a single inverter and single point of interconnection shared by the solar array and the storage system, helping improve the overall energy output of the system while optimizing equipment, installation costs and increasing overall system reliability. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Power, 15 April, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,
Rob Morgan, CEO, Energy Storage, www.ge.com/renewableenergy
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CodeGreen provides energy management and sustainability consulting for real estate owners, investors and occupants covering over 800 million square feet of property nationwide. The company's programs draw from expertise in building operations, energy regulations, energy engineering, smart buildings, renewable energy, green building certifications and corporate sustainability.
(Source: CodeGreen Solutions, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: CodeGreen Solutions, Christopher Cayten, Principal, Adam Fisher, (646) 581-9734, Afisher@codegreensolutions.com, www.codegreensolutions.com; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about
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Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America.
(Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, Ken Finegan, Managing Director, Ireland, Andrea Kent, VP Gov.t and Public Relations,
(613) 698-0116, Andrea.Kent@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com
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