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Brussels' Climate Plan Bans Fossil-Fuel Vehicles by 2035 (Int'l.)
Vehicle Emissions
Date: 2019-11-01
Electrive.com is reporting the Belgian city of Brussels will ban all diesel-fueled vehicles by 2030 and all gasoline powered vehicles by 2035.

The plan is in keeping with the city's goal of significantly reducing its carbon footprint and meeting the EU's goal of being totally decarbonized by 2050. The plan is expected result in an almost immediate 40-pct drop in the city's total transportation emissions. (Source: City of Brussels, NewsWheel, 30 Oct., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fossil Fuel,  Carbon Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Footprint,  


Norwegian Cruise Line Testing Marine Biodiesel Fuel (Int'l Report)
Hurtigruten
Date: 2019-11-01
The Oslo-headquartered Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten reports it is exploring and testing the use of biodiesel fuel that could reduce CO2 emissions by 95 pct over traditional marine fuels.

In a release, Hurtigruten said the move to biodiesel is in its infancy and will soon grow to transform the shipping industry. "Hurtigruten wants an international ban of use of cheap, polluting Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic and along the Norwegian Coast. It makes no sense to create more pollution and increase the risk of spills and destruction in areas that need to be protected" according to the rlease.

The maritime shipping industry uses more than 330 megatons of fuels every year and is the cause of as much as 3 pct of all global CO2 emissions, the release said. (Source: Hurtigruten, Cruise Industry News, 31 Oct. 2019) Contact: Hurtigruten, Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, www.global.hurtigruten.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


Siouxland Energy Producing Ethanol at Half Capacity (Ind. Report)
Siouxland Energy
Date: 2019-11-01
Following up on our 16th September coverage, Siouxland Energy Cooperative reports its 88 million gpy ethanol plant in Sioux Center, Iowa, is back in production at 50 pct capacity thanks to a carbon emissions-linked ratings system in California that put a greater premium on their product. As previously reported, the plant began a "hot idle" Sept. 9, the first such extended shutdown since it opened in 2000.

Earlier this week in Washington, Siouxland CEO Kelly Nieuwenhuis told a House panel that the "EPA's abuse of small refinery exemptions under the RFS is crippling rural America." (Source: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, Sioux City Journal, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, Kelly Nieuwenhuis, CEO, 712-722-4904, www.siouxlandenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siouxland Energy ,  Ethanol,  


Notable Quote from Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson
Exxon,Climate Change
Date: 2019-11-01
"We (Exxon) knew it (climate change) was a real issue. We tried to understand how this (climate change) was going to affect everything." -- Rex Tillerson, former Exxon CEO and Trunp administration Secretary of State, testified Wednesday in a securities fraud lawsuit against Exxon brought by the New York attorney general's office.

Tillerson was unceremoniously sacked with a tweet for disagreeing with Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and a myriad of other differences.

Editor's Note: Somehow we would have expected something more insightful and profound than "We knew it (climate change) was a real issue" from a former Exxon CEO and U.S. Secretary of State!

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rex Tillerson,  Climate Change,  Exxon,  


Twins Win USGBC LEED Silver Sustainability Certification (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Twins , USGBC
Date: 2019-11-01
In the baseball world, the Minnesota Twins are reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for sustainability. The certification was in recognition of the team organization's contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry.

The Twins were the first professional sports franchise to earn LEED Silver for both new construction and operations and maintenance, receiving those distinctions in 2010 and 2011, respectively, following the opening of Target Field and the team's first two seasons in their home ballpark. The Twins earned LEED Gold for facility operations and maintenance in 2017 and was recertified in 2019. (Source: Minnesota Twins, Ballpark Digest, Oct., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Warrens Group Investing in Biomethane Powered Fleet Int'l Report)
Warrens Group
Date: 2019-11-01
In the UK, Newton Aycliffe-based agricultural and food waste recyling specialist Warrens Group reports it is upgrading its vehicles fleet to run on biomethane gas. The business, which is committed to converting all of its distribution operations to fossil-free sources by 2025, says the switch will generate 84 pct less carbon dioxide than diesel.

The vehicles make Warrens the first food waste recycling company in the UK to power its HGV waste collection vehicles with biogas converted directly from its own food waste customers.

The company took delivery of our first bio-fueled vehicle in September last year. The new biomethane powered trucks will be in operation six days a week, with refueling carried out on site at the Newton Aycliffe facility.(Source: Warrens Group, Business UpNorth, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: Warrens Group, Antony Warren, +44 1388 488225, www.warrens-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biogas,  Biomethane ,  


Scout Clean Energy Completes 300MW Texas Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2019-11-01
Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy (Scout) reports it has completed construction and received tax equity funds for the 300MW Ranchero Wind Farm located in Crockett County, Texas (Ranchero).

Scout started of construction on Ranchero in January of this year. The completion follows the recently announced commencement of construction on Scout's 180MW Heart of Texas wind farm in McCullough County, Texas. The utility-scale project will incorporate 120, GE 2.5MW wind turbines with 127-meter rotors. Renewable Energy Systems (RES) constructed the project under a balance-of-plant contract.

Scout, a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, is developing a portfolio of over 3,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 10 US states. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Quinbrook, www.quinbrook.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy,  Wind,  


Adani Green Touts Indian Wind Energy Project Plans (Int'l.)
Adani Green Energy
Date: 2019-10-30
Ahmedabad, India-headquartered Adani Green Energy (AGEL) reports it is implementing 725 MW of wind projects in India's Gujarat region and plans to commission a further 225 MW wind capacity in the area by the second half of 2020.

AGEL is one of India's largest renewable energy companies with a current project portfolio of 5,290 MW at 64 locations spread across 11 states. The company plans to become a 15,000 MW renewable energy generator by 2025. (Source: Adani Green, Business World, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Adani Green Energy, +91-79-2656 5555, info@adani.com, www.adanigreenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Adani Green Energy,  Wind,  


Tesla Discounts Powerwall Energy Storage Systems for California Wildfire Blackout Victims (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2019-10-30
In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a $1,000 discount on its solar panels and Powerwall energy storage system to the more than 2 million Californians affected by utility "preemptive" power disruptions and wildfire power outages which are increasingly common in the Golden State.

Tesla's Powerwall home battery system for a 2,200-square-foot home retails for roughly $14,100 so, although a timely offer, Musk's discount is far from extravagant. (Source: Tesla, The Verge, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  


SEIA Urges Renewable Energy Extension Act Passage (Reg. & Leg.)
SEIA
Date: 2019-10-30
"As organizations representing citizens, consumers, and businesses in all 50 states, we write to ask you to cosponsor H.R. 3961 introduced by Congressman Thompson and Congressman Cook or S.2289 introduced by Senator Cortez-Masto. Both bills would continue the Section 48 and Section 25D Investment Tax Credit (ITC) at the 30 pct level for five years.

"The federal ITC has been a critical innovation policy creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, lowering electricity prices for families and businesses, reducing carbon emissions, and maintaining America's competitive edge in emerging energy technologies. With the ITC set to begin ramping down in 2020, now is the time to continue this important policy."

Download the SEIA letter HERE. Join SEIA's campaign to extend the ITC: seia.org/defendtheitc. (Source: SEIA, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: SEIA, www.seia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  


West Haven Expects Major Solar Array Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Greenskies Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-10-30
The City of West Haven, Conn., reports the installation of a solar array as part of the reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of the city's High School will save the city roughly $40,000 per year -- more than $1 million over the project's expected 25 years service period.

Middletown, Conn.-based Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC will install, maintain and own the array. Under an agreement with Greenskies, West Haven will off-take the energy generated by the array and purchase the electricity it produces at the negotiated per-kWh fixed rate of 5.9 cents over 25 years, well below the city's current rate of 11 cents.

West Haven High's $130 million reconstruction includes high-efficiency boilers, LED lighting, an insulated envelope, energy-efficient windows, water-saving fixtures, and high-efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. (Source: City of West Haven, West Haven Patch, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Greenskies Renewable Energy, www.greenskies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


CleanSpark Wins Costa Rican Energy Software Contract (Ind. Report)
CleanSpark
Date: 2019-10-30
Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc., a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource management systems, is reporting receipt of a $627,000 contract to provide software controls and energy storage to Energias Limpias De CentroAmerica (ELCA) as part of their Energy as a Service (EaaS) project to support an industrial manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica.

CleanSpark will integrate a scalable 1110-kWh of battery storage paired with a 480-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, all driven by CleanSpark's mPulse controls software platform. The mPulse software will provide economic dispatch controls to maximize performance, as well as resiliency operations to back-up critical energy loads in the event of a utility disruption. The project is expected to be integrated and commissioned in the first quarter of 2020. In addition to the base contract, ELCA is entering into a Software as a Service (SaaS) agreement with CleanSpark for continued support of the system.

CleanSpark provides advanced energy software and control technology that enables a plug-and-play enterprise solution to modern energy challenges. Services consist of intelligent energy monitoring and controls, microgrid design and engineering, microgrid consulting services and turn-key microgrid implementation services. CleanSpark's software allows energy users to obtain resiliency and economic optimization. Our software can be widely implemented across commercial, industrial, military, agricultural and municipal deployment. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: CleanSpark, (801) 224-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Software,  


Pacific Biodiesel Inks Hawaiian Power Plant Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Pacific Biodiese,Hamakua Energy
Date: 2019-10-30
In the Aloha State, Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel Technologies reports it has contracted to sell biodiesel to Pacific Current's Hamakua Energy power generation facility on Hawaii Island. The first delvery is due 4 Nov., 2019.

Pacific Biodiesel produces roughly 5.5 million gpy of biodiesel from used cooking oils recycled from restaurants statewide. (Source: Pacific Biodiesel, Pacific Business News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Hamakua Energy Partners LLC, Pacific Current, Scott Valentino, Pres., 808-775-1711, www.hamakuaenergypartners.com; Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, Bob King, Founder, Pres., (808) 877-3114, info@biodiesel.com, www.biodiesel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


Runergy Adding Mono PERC Cell Manufacturing Capacity (Int'l.)
Runergy
Date: 2019-10-30
China's fourth largest solar cell manufacturer, Run Sunshine Technology (Runergy) reports construction of a new, $424 million monocrystalline PERC cell production line is underway in Yancheng city, 200km north of the companys Suzhou headquarters in Jiangsu province. When fully operational, the new line will increase the company's annual cell production capacity by 6 GW.

The first 3 GW phase of the Yancheng facility is expected to begin production across 11 lines around June, 2020. Construction on a second 3 GW phase will commence one year later with the total 6 GW facility planned for completion within three years. Runergy supplies module manufacturers including Trina Solar, CSI, Jinko, GCL and Risen. (Source: Run Sunshine Technology, PV Mag, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Run Sunshine Technology, Runergy, www.researchgate.net/institution/Beijing_Bo_Run_Sunshine_Technology

More Low-Carbon Energy News Runergy,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  


Queensland Coal Emissions Killing Great Barrier Reef (Int'l.)
Climate Analytics,Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Date: 2019-10-30
A report from Berlin-based Climate Analytics GmbH notes that Queensland, Australia's current carbon emissions would "virtually guarantee the extinction of most of the Great Barrier Reef" within 12 years if replicated worldwide.

The report recommends Queensland stop burning coal for power by 2030 to play its part in keeping global heating to 1.5 Celsius under the UN's Paris Agreement targets, agreed to by Australia in 2016. The report also notes hitting the necessary emissions reduction target would spell the end of Queensland thermal coal exports by 2040, as part of a "rapid and almost complete global phase-out" of coal for electric power genearation.

Queensland is Australia's biggest carbon-emitting state and will blow its total "carbon budget" of 1.2 gigatonnes by 2031 if its CO2 emissions remain at their 2017 rate, the report found.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has forecast that 70-90 pct of coral reefs worldwide will be lost at a 1.5C rise, with more than 99 per cent lost at 2C. Queensland accounts for 24 pct of Australia's energy and industry emissions and is targeting zero-net emissions by 2050. (Source: Climate Analytics, Australia Broadcasting Corp., 27 Oct., 2019) Contact: Climate Analytics, Bill Hare, Director, +49 (0)30 259229520, www.climateanalytics.org; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Josh Thomas, CEO, www.gbrmpa.gov.au; Great Barrier Reef Foundation, www.barrierreef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Analytics,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority ,  


Indonesia Eying Chinese Palm Oil for Biofuels Market (Int'l.)
Indonesia Palm Oil
Date: 2019-10-30
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy reports it is anticipating a boost in palm oil exports to China, taking advantage of an opportunity opened up by the escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington.

The move also presents the country with a respite from its planned phase-out of palm oil biofuel in the European Union, its second-biggest export market, and a likely increase in duties by India, its top export customer.

To meet the expected Chinese market demand, Indonesian producers will increase yields through better technology and seeds, rather than more deforestation for palm cultivation. Currently there are 162,000 square-kilometers of palm oil plantations across Indonesia.

As previously reported, the European Commission passed a measure in March to phase out palm oil-based biofuels by 2030, over environmental degradation concerns that palm production, often on land cleared of rainforest, contributes to global carbon emissions and thus exacerbates climate change. The Rainforest Foundation Norway estimates an area larger than the Netherlands might be destroyed to make way for oil palm plantations to feed biofuel demand through 2030. This, it warns, would result in the release of 7 billion tons of CO2 emissions over the next 20 years. (Source: Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mongabay, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, www.devex.com/organizations/coordinating-ministry-for-economic-affairs-indonesia-132480

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


Restoration Fuels' Woody Biomass Torrifaction Plant Preparing for Production (Ind Report)
Restoration Fuels,
Date: 2019-10-30
Restoration Fuels, an Oregon benefit corporation, is reporting its woody biomass torrification plant in the community of John Day, Grant County, Oregon is expected to begin production in mid-November, 2020. The plant will turn forest waste, woody biomass into a product that can be burned for fuel.

At full capacity, the $17.5 million plant at the Malheur Lumber mill is expected to produce 80,000-90,000 tpy of torrefied wood. The plant is partially funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities with some development expenses provided by the Forest Service and air pollution-reducing equipment funded by the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund.

Restoration Fuels is in discussions with utilities from Europe and Asia and several power plants in the United States as possible customers. (Source: Restoration Fuels, Blue Mountain Eagle, Bend Bulletin, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Restoration Fuels, Matt Krumenauer, CEO, info@restorationfuels.com, www.restorationfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Torrified Wood,  Woody Biomass,  


Singapore Targets 2 GWp Solar Energy by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Singapore
Date: 2019-10-30
In Singapore, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing, is reporting Singapore aims to deploy at least two gigawatt-peak (GWp) of solar energy by 2030 -- up from the current target of 350 megawatt-peak (MWp) by 2020, which the Minister says Singapore is on track to meet. The two GWP figure will meet about 10 pct of today's peak daily electricity demand.

also aims to deploy 200 MW of energy storage systems beyond 2025. To date, less than 1 MW of energy storage systems have been installed in Singapore. (Source: Minister for Trade and Industry, South China Morning Post, Business Times Singapore, Oct., 2019) Contact: Minister for Trade and Industry, www.mti.gov.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Singapore Solar,  


BP Invests in Carbon Off-Setter Finite Resources (Ind. Report)
BP, Finite Carbon
Date: 2019-10-30
UK-based oil giant BP reports it has invested $5 million in Finite Resources, parent company of Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Finite Carbon, a forest carbon management company. The investment will enable Finite Carbon to grow a new line of business to incentivize forest management financed by businesses seeking to voluntarily offset carbon emissions, according to a Kallanish Energy reports.

Finite Carbon, is the largest developer of forest carbon offsets in North America, with over 40 forest projects covering nearly 3 million acres. Finite Carbon has developed and transacted more than 60 million compliance offsets, valued at nearly $600 million for landowners. (Source: BP, Kallanish Energy, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Finite Carbon, Sean Carney, CEO, 484-586-3080, www.finitecarbon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Finite Carbon,  Carbon Offsets,  BP,  Carbon Emissions,  


SWECO Touts Energy Storage-as-a-Service (Int'l. Report)
SWECO
Date: 2019-10-30
In a new report from Stockholm-headquartered engineering consultancy SWECO SE highlight energy-storage-as-a-service as having the potential to change the energy industry. SWECO's concept entails making energy storage available to customers as a service against a monthly or annual fee, similar to subscriptions for food, accessories, films or music. The company's concept could curb the barrier of high upfront investment costs, help aggregate multiple storage sources, and give the public the opportunity to test a solution without committing to a long-term investment.

For more information about energy-storage-as-a-service and the solutions needed to implement effective energy storage solutions, read Beyond the Tipping Point: Future Energy Storage HERE. (Source: SWECO, PR, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: SWECO, . Maria Xylia, Senior Energy Systems Consultant, +46 (0)8 695 60 00, +46 (0)8 695 66 10, info@sweco.se, www.sweco.se

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


West Haven Expects Major Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
City of West Haven
Date: 2019-10-30
In Connecticut, the City of West Haven (pop. 55,000 +-) reports the installation of a solar array as part of the reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of the city's High School. The upgrades are expected to cut the city's electric power and energy costs by roughly $40,000 per year -- more than $1 million over the project's expected 25 years service period.

West Haven High's $130 million reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrades include: replacement of inefficient boilers with high-efficiency units; LED lighting; a fully insulated building envelope; energy-efficient windows; water-saving fixtures; and high-efficiency HVAC equipment. (Source: City of West Haven, West Haven Patch, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: City of West Haven, Building Dept., 203-937-3590, www.cityofwesthaven.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Vistra Announces CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
Vistra Energy
Date: 2019-10-30
Irving, Texas-headquartered electric power generator and provider Vistra Energy is reporting its long-term emissions reduction targets to achieve a greater than 50 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2030 as compared to a 2010 baseline and a greater than 80 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2050 as compared to a 2010 baseline. The company also aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions in the same timeframe assuming necessary advancements in technology and supportive market constructs and public policy, according to a release. Since 2010 Vistra's combined power generation portfolio has decreased CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 31 pct, removing nearly 170 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from the atmosphere, according to the company which recently announced the anticipated retirement of approximately 2.5 GWs of coal assets in Illinois. The Illinois closure will further reduce the company's CO2 equivalents an additional 11 pct compared to a 2010 baseline.

In total, since 2010, Vistra and its predecessor companies have retired, or announced plans to retire, nearly 13 GW of fossil generation, including 14 coal generation plants and 3 natural gas generation plants.

Vistra notes it believes a national or regional, economy-wide carbon fee is the ideal public policy solution to appropriately incentivize investments in carbon-free and carbon-reducing technologies. (Source: Vistra, PR, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


MIT Touts New CO2 Emissions Capture Technology (New Prod & Tech)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: 2019-10-30
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are reporting a new technology to capture CO2 and other greenhouse gases from a stream of air. While most methods of removing CO2 from a stream of gas require higher concentrations -- such as those found in the flue emissions from fossil fuel-based power plants -- the new MIT method requires significantly smaller concentrations and little energy to suck out the gas even when present in very low concentrations, according to the MIT release.

The researchers described the device as a large, specialized battery with a stack of electrodes that absorbs CO2 from the air passing over its surface as it was being charged, and then released the gas as it was being discharged.

According to the researchers, the pure CO2 stream could be compressed and sequestered underground or processed into fuel through a series of chemical and electro-chemical processes. (Source: MIT, The Tribune, Press Trust India, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: MIT, Sahag Voskian, 617.253.4588, 617.253.8723 - fax, svoskian@mit.edu, www.hattongroup.mit.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,  


US Fossil Fuel Ind. Playing Second Fiddle to Renewables (Ind. Report)
University College London
Date: 2019-10-30
According to a recent study from the University College London (UCL), the green economy supports ten times more jobs in the US than the fossil fuel industry -- 9.5 million people in the green economy and 900,000 employees working in the fossil fuel sector in 2015-16.

The green economy was found to generate around $1.3 trillion in annual sales revenue, equivalent to 7 pct of US GDP. This figure grew by 20 pct between 2012 and 2015.

(Source: University College London, Environment Analyst, Market Intelligence Service, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: University College London, +44 20 7679 2000, www.ucl.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Economy,  Renewable Energy,  Fossil Fuel,  


Danish Scientists Tout Biogas Aviation "Electro Fuel" (Int'l Report)
University of Southern Denmark
Date: 2019-10-30
In Odense, University of Southern Denmark esearchers are reporting the production of sustainable, green aviation fuel from readily available carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and biogas.

The idea is that biogas from manure, straw, food waste or wastewater is supplied to hydrogen, which is obtained by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The resultant "electro fuels" can be used for climate-friendly alternatives including aviation fuel. The report was prepared in collaboration with the Nordic aviation industry and engineering consultancy agency NIRAS. (Source: University of Southern Denmark, NIRAS, Xinhua, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Southern Denmark, Prof. Henrik Wenzel, +65 507 374, +65 507,454, henrik.wenzel@kbm.sdu.dk, www.sdu.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Biogas,  


SaskPower, First Nations Plan Woody Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
Saskpower
Date: 2019-10-30
On the Canadian prairies, Discover Moose Jaw is reporting SaskPower and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council have signed a PPA for up to 8 MW of biomass power from the Flying Dust First Nations-owned Meadow Lake Tribal Council Bioenergy Centre. The Center will generate power from locally sourced forest residues, woody biomass and sawmill residuals.

The plant is expected to generate sufficient electricity to power more than 5,000 homes and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by more than one million tonnes over 25 years. A plant construction and startup date has not been set. begin. (Source: DiscoverMooseJaw.com, 27 Oct., 2019) Contact: Meadow Lake Tribal Council, www.mltc.net; SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saskpower,  Woody Biomass,  


UK Consumers Increasingly Carbon Footprint Savvy (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Footprint
Date: 2019-10-30
According to a new YouGov poll commissioned by low-carbon aluminium maker En+ Group, 68 pct of UK consumers want businesses to share data regarding the carbon footprint created in the making of their products so they can make more ethical purchasing decisions. Sixty-three pct of those polled said they would be likely or very likely to choose a car -- or other product -- with a lower carbon footprint over alternatives with up to 28 pct willing to pay a premium. The poll also found UK consumers care more about a product's carbon footprint than consumers in the US and Germany.

Seventy per cent of UK residents said the government should deny requests for buildings constructed with higher carbon footprints while 41 pct of US residents thought the same. (Source: YouGov, City A.M., 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: YouGov, www.yougov.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  


Automakers Rally to Trump's Banner in Calif. Vehicle Emissions Fight (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Association of Global Automakers
Date: 2019-10-30
In the Golden State, the Sacramento Bee is reporting General Motors, Toyota and other major automakers are supporting the Trump administration's lawsuit regarding California's higher than national standards for vehicle fuel economy and carbon emissions to address climate change.

The Association of Global Automakers and the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation -- a group including GM, Toyota, Mazda, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi -- split with four other automakers that had agreed to follow tougher rules enacted by California. The coalition said it simply wants to avoid a two-track system in which carmakers have to follow one set of rules for California, and the states that are supporting California, and another set of rules imposed by the federal government. Such a scenario would create chaos in the industry, the group argued. (Source: Sacramento Bee, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Association of Global Automakers, www.globalautomakers.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  CO2,  GHGs,  EPA,  California Vehicle Emissions,  Climate Change ,  


SIMEC Acquisition Expands Biofuel CHP Venture (Int'l, M&A)
SIMEC
Date: 2019-10-28
In the UK, SIMEC reports it is acquiring Fleetsolve, and its sister company Fuelsolve -- developers and operators of biofuel-powered combined heat and power (CHP) generation equipment ranging from 250kW to 18MW.

SIMEC plans to target end-of-life waste oils and residues as feedstock for the production of International Sustainability Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified biofuels. Fuelsolve will manage the supply and logistics of the biofuels required to power the generators. (Source: SIMEC, Biofuels, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Fleetsolve and Fuelsolve, Keith O'Connor, CEO, +44 151 353 2870, www.fleetsolve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC,  Biofuel,  


Inox Wind, Adani Green Energy Ink 50 MW Wind PPA (Int'l. Report)
Inox Wind,Adani Green Energy
Date: 2019-10-28
India-headquartered Inox Wind reports it has inked a PPA agreement for power from a 50 MW, 25-turbine wind power project with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). To date, has commissioned 166 MW of wind projects for Adani. (Source: Inox Wind, Mercom, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Adani Green Energy, +91-79-2656 5555, info@adani.com, www.adanigreenenergy.com; Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, investors.iwl@inoxwind.com, www.inoxwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inox,  Wind,  Adani Green Energy,  


Permafrost Emits More CO2 Than Summer Plants Absorb (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-10-28
According to a report in Airdrei Today, scientist have found Arctic soil has warmed to the point where it releases more carbon in winter than northern plants can absorb during the summer. The finding means the extensive belt of tundra around the globe -- a vast reserve of carbon that dwarfs what's held in the atmosphere -- is becoming a source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.

Until recently, scientists assumed the microbial processes that release methane and CO2 from permafrost came to a halt in the cold. With this study, scientist found CO2 emissions of about 1.7 billion tpy -- twice the previous estimates -- just over one 1 billion tpy of CO2 Arctic plants are thought to take in from the atmosphere during growing season. The net result is that Arctic soil around the globe is probably already releasing more than 600 million tpy of CO2.

Under a business-as-usual scenario, emissions from northern soil would be likely to release 41 pct more carbon by the end of the century, even if significant mitigation efforts are made, those emissions will increase by 17 pct, said the report. (Source: Airdrie Today, Canadian Press, 22 Oct., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


BOEM Announces South Carolina Offshore Wind Plans (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Energy Management
Date: 2019-10-28
The Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) reports it is in the planning stage to lease wind energy areas along the South Carolina coast to develop offshore wind energy.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), only 6 pct of the Palmetto State's energy comes from renewable sources, but none of that is wind which is now cheaper than gas, coal, and nuclear energy. The International Energy Agency reports lower costs of offshore wind could totally eliminate the need for using fossil fuels.

BOEM plans to establish wind energy areas off the sc coast this year. More information on offshore wind leasing is HERE. (Source: BOEM, PR, 26 Oct., 2019) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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German Utility EnBW Eyes N.Y. Bight Offshore Wind (Int'l. Report)
EnBW,Orsted, Equinor,Eversource Energy
Date: 2019-10-28
The EnBW Group, a German utility company and offshore wind developer, reports it is looking to bid on the next round of wind energy leases in the New York Bight.

The company also reports the finalization of contracts with Equinor Wind US for its 816-MW Empire Wind project near the New York Harbor approaches, and the Sunrise Wind 880 MW project that Orsted and Eversource Energy plan for a federal lease east of Long Island.

EnBW has offices in Boston and Jersey City, N.J., with an eye to future lease offerings. (Source: EnBW, Workboat, 23 Oct., 2019)Contact: EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource Energy,  EnBW,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Equinor,  


Canada GBC Calls for National Building Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-10-28
In Ottawa, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has issued a post-election statement congratulating the re-elected Liberal government of Justin Trudeau and urging the Prime Minister to spur Canada's building industry towards a low-carbon future.

The CaGBC statement also noted that Canada's building stock contributes up to 17 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions and that Investing in a low-carbon workforce transition would be a key driver to help Canada's construction workforce develop, construct and manage high-performing energy efficient green buildings. The CaGBC also called for the government to Stimulate the country's retrofit economy through the Canada Infrastructure Bank and to establish national building energy benchmarking and disclosure requirements. (Source: The Canada Green Building Council, Commercial News, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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US DOE Granting $28Mn In Funding For Wind R&D (Funding, R&D)
US DOE
Date: 2019-10-28
In Washington, the US DOE reports it will allocate $28 million in funding to to 13 projects aimed at wind energy cost reductions, with a focus on offshore, distributed and onshore utility-scale wind.

Of the total, as much as $10 million will go to two offshore wind technology demonstration projects -- Lake Erie Energy Development Corp (LEEDCo) will deploy innovative sensing technologies for tracking bird activity near wind turbines, while the University of Maine will develop a floating substructure design for a 10 MW -- 12 MW wind turbine and install it at a project off Maine.

Roughly $7 million will support the testing of innovative offshore wind technologies at national-level testing facilities, with the funding to be shared by six projects including Clemson University which is aiming to improve offshore wind turbine nacelle testing. In another project, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre in Boston is seeking to upgrade its testing facility to make possible the structural testing of wind turbine blades with lengths of between 85 metres and 120 metres.

Other recipients include Oregon State University of Corvallis for tests on the combined effects of wind and waves on floating offshore wind turbines. Four of the 13 selected projects will receive a total of $6 million to support rural utilities by developing technologies that integrate wind with other distributed energy resources. (Source: US DOE, 23 Oct., 2019)

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Battery Specialist ESS Raises $30Mn for Expansion (Ind. Report)
ESS Inc.
Date: 2019-10-28
Wilsonville, Oregon-based commercial-scale floe-battery energy storage systems specialist ESS Inc, reports it has secured $30 million in a Series C investment round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and SoftBank Group's SB Energy and various new investors.

The new funding will be used to expand and automate the manufacturing process of the company's second-generation iron flow battery technology. The new module design is incorporated into the company's Energy Warehouse™ (EW) containerized storage product and introduces its utility-scale product platform, the Energy Center™ (EC). (Source: ESS Inc., PR, NewsWire, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: ESS Inc., (855) 423-9920 www.essinc.com

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Organic Farming Worse for Climate Change Than Conventional Agriculture, Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Cranfield University
Date: 2019-10-28
In the UK, a study from Cranfield University -- a postgraduate and research-based public university specializing in science, engineering and technology -- finds that organic farming, which is often touted as the better alternative to conventional agriculture, causes a roughly 20 pct rise in carbon emissions due to the use of more land to produce same amount of food as conventional agriculture. Accordingly, although organic farming will reduce direct emissions, especially from livestock, it could cause more damage to the environment than conventional methods.

The study defines organic farming as avoiding the use of synthetic pesticides and genetically modified organisms, and uses animal compost and natural practices like crop rotation to improve soil health.

The study set out to measure the size of the carbon footprint a country would have if it switched to organic farming, and discovered that contemporary ideas don't often take into account the increased land requirement for it.

Download the Cranfield University study HERE. (Source: Cranfield University,The Print, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Cranfield University, +44 1234 750111, www.cranfield.ac.uk

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Marquette BLP Touts Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Marquette Board of Light and Power
Date: 2019-10-28
In Michigan, the Marquette Board of Light and Power (BLP) is working to spread the word about the statewide energy optimization program that can provide rebates for consumers who purchase energy-efficient items, such as LED light bulbs or ENERGY STAR rated appliances.

From 2008 to 2017 the rebate program generated significant customer savings and reduced BLP customers' electric usage by over 31.3 million kWh and saving customers over $17 million in energy costs. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, saving 31.3 million equates to burning 24,188,356 pounds of coal or consuming 51,226 barrels of oil, according to the EPA.

This energy optimization program is part of a larger statewide effort that stems from Public Act 295 of 2008, which expanded energy efficiency efforts, supported the development of clean and renewable energy and aimed to improve air quality through a number of measures. Beyond saving energy at homes and businesses, the program also helps BLP reduce the need for costly new generation equipment.

Marquette BLP is one of 13 municipal and cooperative utilities that is part of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association collaborative -- a group of electric service providers that offer energy optimization programs. (Source: BLP, PR, Mining Journal, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: BLP. Toby Smith, Customer Service Manager, 906-228-0311, www.mplb.org, www.michigan-energy.org/utility/Marquette; Michigan Electric Cooperative Association, 517-351-6322, www.meca.coop

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR ,  


Energy Efficiency Key in Addressing Climate Emergency (Int'l.)
Energy Savings Trust
Date: 2019-10-28
In the UK, London-headquartered Smart Energy GB has recently launched its Missing Piece Campaign highlighting energy efficiency as the missing element in the fight to mitigate against the effects of climate change. In particular, it notes that we will continue to be behind on the national target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without a greater stress on using less.

The Missing Piece Campaign draws on Energy Saving Trust and University of Salford research stats, not least the fact that if every household took energy efficiency measures now, we could achieve 11 pct of the UK's 2050 carbon target.

UK home energy consumption represents over a quarter of nationwide total energy use and efficiency could result in a 26 pct reduction in natural gas imports by 2030, worth £2.7 billion.

A key focus of the report is bringing all the UK's homes up to energy performance certificate (EPC) band C by 2035 through reasonable measures like installing insulation and more efficient heating systems. Should the government invest in programmes to support these measures, analysis suggests this would be money well spent, with a £3.20 return in GDP for every £1 invested. (Source: Energy Savings Trust GB, Blog, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Savings Trust GB, +44 0 20 7222 0101, +44 0 20 7654 2444-fax, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk; Missing Piece Campaign, www.smartenergygb.org/en/missing-piece

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EnergyX Touts Southern California Public Utilities Energy Savings Success (Ind. Report)
EnergyX Solutions
Date: 2019-10-28
Canadian SaaS company EnergyX Solutions is reporting its MIT award-winning online energy audit MyEnergyXpert is now being utilized by the City of Colton Electric Utility, Azusa Light & Water and Imperial Irrigation District in California.

California's energy performance standards to keep energy costs down even as the per-unit cost of energy increases are being validated by a decrease in both energy and carbon intensity.

EnergyX's AI-powered software technology determines how a building is using energy and identifies ways it can improve its overall performance. This helps utilities meet their commitments to drive customer engagement, program uptake and achieve environmental targets related to carbon emissions and air quality. (Source: EnergyX Solutions, PR, Valdosta Daily Times, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: EnergyX Solutions, Deepesh Kumar, 587-710-1494, www.energyxsolutions.com

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Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Commits to Cutting Emissions (Int'l)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2019-10-28
In London, the thirteen-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reporting a $1 billion commitment to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord -- including investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and supporting carbon taxes and economic incentives aimed at reducing emissions.

Initially, OGCI will help decarbonize multiple industrial hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and China. The OGCI also aims to build on the industry's reduction in methane emissions (9 pct in 2018) and to include carbon emissions in hope that future temperature increases will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To complement its methane emissions-intensity target, OGCI seeks to reduce collective average carbon intensity by 2025.

The OGCI member companies -- BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total -- account for 32 pct of global operated oil and gas production, according to the OGCI website. (Source: OGCI, Alex Mills, Tims Record News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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Forest-Woody Biomass Carbon Benefits Stressed (Ind. Report)
US Industrial Pellet Association
Date: 2019-10-28
The Richmond, Virginia-based not-for-profit US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) is lauding the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) for its letter signed by more than 100 scientists and researchers calling on policymakers to consider key fundamentals related to forest-woody biomass and the benefits of wood energy.

The letter, which noted that the "carbon benefits of sustainable forest biomass are well established", cites a report from UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) which notes: "In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit. Demand for wood helps keep land in forest and incentivizes investments in new and more productive forests, all of which have significant carbon benefits."

Reviewing more than 30 years of scientific research on forest biomass utilization, scientists from Yale, Harvard, and Georgia to Washington, Idaho, Berkeley and others identified four fundamentals for science-based decision-making on biomass energy production:

  • The carbon benefits of sustainable forest biomass energy are well established.

  • Measuring the carbon benefits of forest biomass energy must consider cumulative carbon emissions over the long term.

  • An accurate comparison of forest biomass energy carbon impacts with those of other energy sources requires the use of consistent time-frames in the comparison.

  • Economic factors influence the carbon impacts of forest biomass energy. (Source: The US Industrial Pellet Association, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: The US Industrial Pellet Association, Deth Ginter, Exec. Dir., J. Marcus, (804) 775.5894, JMarcus@theusipa.org, www.theusipa.org; National Association of University Forest Resource Programs, www.naufrp.org

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  • IEA Projects Offshore Wind Growth to $1Tn Bus. (Int'l Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2019-10-28
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting steep cost reductions and improved technology could make offshore wind central to the world's green energy power supply. Offshore wind could also be crucial to limiting temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius this century, and the avoidance of five to seven billion tonnes of CO2 emissions from the power sector globally.

    Offshore wind presently accounts for only 0.3 percent of global electricity generation, according to the IEA. Based on current and proposed policies, capacity is set to increase 15-fold over the next two decades, turning wind power into a $1 trillion business, according to the IEA.

    In Europe, offshore wind will soon beat new natural gas-fired capacity on cost and be on a par with solar PV and onshore wind. The UK today has the biggest capacity for wind power, but China is likely to have the largest offshore wind fleet by 2025. The industry is also growing in markets such as the United States, Taiwan and Japan. (Source: IEA, Reuters , Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Notable Quote from the International Energy Agency
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-10-28
    "We must accelerate the deployment of all low-carbon technologies, from renewables to nuclear power to carbon capture, utilization and storage." -- Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir. International Energy Agency, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Carbon Tracker Recommends Complete Coal Phase-Out by 2030 (Int'l.)
    Carbon Tracker
    Date: 2019-10-28
    According to Apocoalypse Now, a new report from the European think-tank Carbon Tracker, 80 pct of Europe's often inefficient and polluting coal-fired power plants can't compete with renewable energy and are operating at a loss -- €6.6 billion ($7.3bn) this year alone even with substantial subsidies.

    The report finds the combination of strict air pollution regulations, falling renewable prices and rising carbon prices is making coal energy more and more unpalatable. In 2017, 46 pct of EU coal capacity was running at a loss. But now, the fraction has increased to 79 pct.

    Carbon Tracker -- which is funded by various European and US foundations -- argues that governments should loan money to fund the closure of coal-fired power plants, on the condition that utilities use those funds to build renewables and in turn repay the debt from future power sales. Based on its findings, the report recommends coal should be fully phased out by 2030. (Source: Carbon Tracker, Al Jazeera News, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Carbon Tracker, Matt Gray, Report Co-Author, Head of Power & Utilities at Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org

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    £3.7Mn Invested in Welsh Bio-Economy Program (Int'l)
    Wales Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In Wales, Counsel General and Brexit minister Jeremy Miles has unveiled a £3.7 million EU investment to extend the BEACON bio-economy programme, led by Aberystwyth University, until 2022. An additional £440,000 EU funds will expand the BEACON project across Wales, tackling specific local challenges, while connecting new partners and making use of region-specific natural resources.

    The funding also enables the University of South Wales to join Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities as a new global academic research partner in bio-refining and the bio economy, according to the release.

    The BEACON team brings business and academic partners together to translate research into product innovation. Physical, chemical and biological technology will be used to transform resources derived or grown in Wales, like plants and biological wastes, into commercial, useful end products including plastics, renewable materials, fuels and speciality chemicals through bio-refining. In total, around 140 businesses in Wales will benefit from the extension to the project (Source: Aberystwyth University, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: BEACON, Aberystwyth University, Prof. Iain Donnison, Director, +44 (0) 1970 823092 isd@aber.ac.uk, www.aber.ac.uk

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    United Airlines Invests $40Mn in SAF, Decarbonisation (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines,Fulcrum Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-10-28
    Following up on our Sept. 19th coverage, US air carrier United Airlines is reporting a $40 million commitment to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuels and other technologies to decarbonize the aviation industry.

    As previously reported , United agreed to purchase up to 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over the next two years. United also invested over $30 million in Fulcrum Bioenergy, a producer of SAF. The airline's option to purchase almost one billion gallons of sustainable fuel from Fulcrum represents the largest offtake agreement for SAF in the airline industry. (Source: United Airlines, Biofuels Int;l., 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: United Airlines, ;F ulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

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    US Wood Pellet Shipments to Netherlands €11.4Bn Subsidized (Int'l)
    Woody Biomass,Wood Pellet,Enviv,RWE
    Date: 2019-10-28
    Electricity power producer RWE and others will reportedly import thousands of tonnes of wood pellets from the US next year to burn in Dutch biomass power plants, with the help of a reported €11.4 billion of government subsidy. In total, 628 biomass installations in the Netherlands will receive subsidies, of which €2.6 billion is going to the RWE power plants in Geertruidenberg and Eemshaven, the paper said.

    One US wood pellet producer -- Enviva in North Carolina -- has a contract to ship at least 200,000 tpy of wood pellets to RWE between 2020 and 2024. As previously noted, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) warns governments should stop subsidizing biomass power plants because it is unsustainable. In addition, "burning wood does not produce very much energy and the net amount of CO2 which is released is greater than when burning coal or gas," the researchers said. It also noted that CO2 released by burning the wood pellets in the Netherlands is registered to the US which is a misleading "book-keeping trick imperiling the climate," according to the Dogwood Alliance. (Source: DutchNews.nl, 28 Oct., 2019) European Academies Science Advisory Council, www.easac.eu; Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP and CSO, www.envivabiomass.com; RWE, www.rwe.com

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    ENERGY STAR Requirements for Luminaires Released (Ind. Report)
    EPA, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2019-10-25
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the attached update of its energy efficiency requirements for luminaires under the Agency's ENERGY STAR®) program. The updated specification accepts ANSI/ES LM-79-19, a new photometric standard, for the testing of luminaires.

    Download the ENERGY STAR® specification for luminairesHERE. (Source: EPA ENERGY STAR, In Compliance, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Insurer Limits Fossil Fuel Underwriting, Investments (Ind. Report)
    AXIS Capital Holdings
    Date: 2019-10-25
    Bermuda-headquartered insurance and re-insurance major AXIS Capital Holdings Limited is reporting a new policy addressing underwriting and investments related to thermal coal and oil sands. The policy is in keeping with the company's commitment to a low-carbon economy and addressing the challenges of climate change.

    Under the new policy, which takes effect January 01, 2020, AXIS will not provide new insurance or facultative reinsurance for the construction of new thermal coal plants or mines, oil-sands extraction and pipeline projects, and their dedicated infrastructure, nor insure companies that generate 30 pct or more of their revenue or generate 30 pct or more of their power from thermal coal, or hold more than 20 pct of their reserves in oil sands.

    AXIS Capital is the first US insurer to restrict insurance for both coal and oil sands -- a move that won praise from environmental advocacy groups. (Source: AXIS Capital, Insurance Business America, Oct., 2019) Contact: AXIS Capital Holdings, Albert Benchimol, CEO, www.axiscapital.com

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