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U.S. Gain, Port of Seattle Announce RNG Agreement (Ind. Report)
Port of Seattle, US Gain
Date: 2020-04-22
Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain is reporting completion of a renewable natural gas (RNG) supply agreement with the Port of Seattle which will use RNG to heat Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and power its fleet of buses.

RNG is produced from methane and can be used as an alternative fuel to reduce scope 1 and/or 3 emissions, but also as a thermal energy solution to reduce heating and cooling-related scope 2 emissions.

U.S. Gain, part of U.S. Venture, Inc., is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable and compressed natural gas (CNG) for the transportation and energy segments. Over the course of 10 years U.S. Gain has diversified throughout the renewable natural gas supply chain; investing and managing renewable natural gas development projects at dairies, landfills and wastewater treatment plants; generating, trading and monetizing clean fuel credits; designing, building and operating natural gas fueling stations both private and a public GAIN Clean Fuel® network. (Source: U.S. Gain, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: U.S. Gain, Bryan Nudelbacher, Bus. Dev., Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Port of Seattle, www.portseattle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Gain,  RNG,  Port of Seattle,  


Indian 1,200 MW Renewable Energy Projects Tender Expected (Int'l)
Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2020-04-22
On the Sub-Continent, the New Delhi-Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a second call for tenders for setting up of 1,200 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected renewable projects with guaranteed peak power supply. The detailed tender document is expected to be uploaded on SECI's website shortly.

In this tender, a project is expected to have two components -- a solar photovoltaic (SPV) system or a wind energy system or a hybrid system of both technologies, Projects selected under this RfS were eligible for two-part tariffs: Peak Tariff and Off-Peak Tariff. (Source: SECI, Energy Infra Post, 19 April, 2020) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India, +91 011 7198 9200, corporate@seci.co[.in, www.seci.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Energy Corporation of India,  


Univ. Sask. Advances Waste-to-Green Fuel Technology (Ind. Report)
University of Saskatchewan
Date: 2020-04-22
On the Canadian prairies, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are reporting the production of a high-quality syngasa fuel gas mixture, using crop and forestry residues, food waste such as cooking oil, municipal solid waste, cattle manure, petroleum and petrochemical waste, and even scrap tires using a process called supercritical water gasification.

Unlike traditional methods that cause the emission of harmful CO2 into the atmosphere, the CO2 produced in the USask process helps plants produce oxygen, potentially making it a carbon neutral technology. While the researchers expect to see their improved water-based technology to be commercialized in three to five years, this method is not widespread yet due to high maintenance costs -- the salt in food waste corrodes the production tanks, according to the release.

The research is funded by the federal agency NSERC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Saskatchewan government’s Agriculture Development Fund, Mitacs, and a few companies in the agriculture and energy sector. (Source: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Star Phoenix ,20 April, 2020) Contact: University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda, Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  Green Fuel,  


Climate Change Notable Quote from BlacRock CEO
BlackRock,Climate Change
Date: 2020-04-22
"Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects. Awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance." -- BlackRock CEO Larry Fink wrote in his influential letter to corporate executives (Source: Eco Business, Mongabay, April, 2020) Contact: BlackRock, www.b;ackrock.com

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


Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions Notable Quote
IPCC
Date: 2020-04-22
"Mature trees do not stop absorbing carbon. It's just the opposite. Carbon sequestration actually accelerates as a tree grows older. 'Managed forests' is usually code for trees farms full of longleaf pine that are cut [down] frequently and absorb a lot less carbon than mature forests."

"From an emissions standpoint, the UK would be better off burning coal and leaving those (older) trees standing as long as possible." -- Bill Moomaw, Biomass Energy Researcher, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Source: Eco Business, Mongabay, 20 April, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  


Rodan Energy Solutions Opens US Office in N.J. (Ind. Report)
Rodan Energy Solutions
Date: 2020-04-22
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered energy management specialist Rodan Energy Solutions is reporting the opening an office in Princeton, New Jersey.

Rodan Energy is a leading North American energy management company delivering innovative solutions to large power producers, distributors, and consumers. Rodan Energy Solutions USA office is in Princeton, New Jersey.(Source: Rodan Energy Solutions, PR, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Rodan Energy Solutions, Shamaila Siddique, Marketing Coordinator, 905-625-9900 ext. 241, shamaila.siddique@rodanenergy.com, John Carroll, US Managing Dir., www.rodanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Blixt Scores $1.14Mn for Solid State Circuit Breakers (Funding)
Blixt
Date: 2020-04-22
In Stockholm, the Swedish Energy Agency report ithe issuance of SEK 11.5 million $1.14 million) in support to solid state circuit breaker manufacturer Brixt for residential breakers that enable remote control, monitoring and automation of household electricity.

Blixt is preparing to launch its first engineering samples to be used in pilots during Q3 of 2020. The long-term business plan is B2B sales through large circuit breaker manufacturers and energy service providers.

The program is aimed at companies that have products and services in need of being tested in pilot and demonstration projects. The projects are aimed at restructuring the energy systems and challenges in society such as industry, transport, bioenergy, the electricity area and buildings. (Source: Swedish Energy Agency, PR, Cision, 17 April, 2020) Contact: Blixt, Charlotta Holmquist, Co-Founder and Chairwoman, +46 (0)708-88-1333, charlotta@blixt.tech, www.blixt.tech; Swedish Energy Agency, +46 16 544 20 00, www.energimyndigheten.se/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Swedish Energy Agency,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Minship Bulk Carrier Trialing Marine Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
Minship,GoodFuels
Date: 2020-04-22
Bavarian ship management company Minship and its subsidiary Minmarine reports its bulk carrier ship Trudy recently completed a trial bunkering in Rotterdam GoodFuels' sustainable Bio-fuel Oil MR1-100 -- a second generation sustainable biofuel produced from certified feedstock labelled as waste or residue.

For the 8-10 day trial, the GoodFuels biofuel will be the only fuel burnt in the main engine of Trudy. During the trial, 90 pct of the CO2 emissions produced will not be counted under existing regulations for measuring GHG emissions. The trial is part of Minshipseffort to address shipping emissions and climate change concerns.

GoodFuels is a leading supplier of bio-based bunker fuel for the shipping sector, notably a wood-derived HFO substitute it calls "bio-fuel oil" which, as previously reported, has been used by Boskalis, Norden, CMA CGM, Wartsila and Ikea. (Source: Minship, ShipinSight, 20 April, 2020) Contact: Minship GmbH, Markus Hiltl, +49 9622 84800, www.minship.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuel,  Marine Biofuel,  


Romania Temporarily Suspends Biofuel Blending (Int'l Report)
Romania
Date: 2020-04-22
In Bucharest, the Romanian government reports it has changed its mandatory biofuel blending to allow derogation until the COVID-19 crisis, which has interrupted biofuel imports which are used in the county's biofuel blending program.

Romania is 100 pct dependent on imports for the biofuel used in the gasoline blend, but it only imports 30 pct of the biofuel used in diesel blends.

As part of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and transport's decarbonisation push, EU countries are obliged to use 10 pct of renewables, basically biofuels, in the transport sector. (Source: Various Trade Media, Euractiv, 17 April, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  


Garden State Earmarks RGGI Funds Expenditures (Ind. Report)
Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
Date: 2020-04-22
In Trenton, the administration of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has earmarked roughly 75 pct of the estimated $80 million it will receive each year as its share of RGGI auction proceeds.

Sixty percent of the RGGI proceeds will go to the New Jersey Economic Development Agency for clean electric transportation initiatives. The state Board of Public Utilities will each receive 20 pct and the state Department of Environmental Protection will receive 20 pct.

The EDA will establish a Green Bank to leverage funds and stimulate opportunities in the clean energy -- and the funding to capitalize the initiative -- brings New Jersey in line with other leading clean energy states and provides a critical public-private partnership to spur investment in clean energy technologies during a moment of severe economic contraction.

The NJ DEP will use its allocation to assist coastal communities in protection and enhancement of ecosystems such as salt marshes, tidal wetlands and seagrass beds, which are critical habitat for their ability to store and sequester carbon. The agency also will focus on projects to restore and improve the health of forests, which also store carbon. (Source: Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Spotlight, April, 2020) Contact: Office of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, twitter.com/GovMurphy; RGGI, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy,  RGGI,  Climate Change,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Avril Slashing Biodiesel Production (Int'l. Report)
Groupe Avril
Date: 2020-04-22
Paris-headquartered biodiesel producer Groupe Avril reports it is cutting an unspecified amount of its production and has shut down 3 of its 6 biodiesel plants due to falling demand and plummeting profits resukting from the COVID-19 crisis. Covid-19 pandemic and resulting movement restrictions. The company produces roughly 1.4 million t/yr of biodiesel.

"The prices are catastrophic and are at a level where we should stop everything. We have had prices drop below zero," according to Avril CEO Jean-Philippe Puig. Avril is also a major rapeseed crusher and vegetable oil producer, but its volumes of rapeseed oil destined for production of biodiesel are now lying spare, according to the release. (Source: Avril, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: Avril, Jean-Philippe Puig, CEO, +33 1 4069 4800, www.groupeavril.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Groupe Avril,  Biodiesel ,  


Chelan County PUD Ups Window Efficiency Rebates (Ind. Report)
Chelan County PUD
Date: 2020-04-22
In Wentachee, Washington State the Chelan County PUD says some of its energy-saving rebate amounts will almost double this year. Customers can cash in on rebates through use of energy efficient windows and insulation materials. Insulation rebate rates for walls, floors, and attics have doubled from .50 per square foot to $1.00. In addition, customers who use furnace, baseboard or wall heat in homes with single-pane windows can get $12 per square foot for upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The previous rebate was $6. The rebates are retroactive through January 1, 2020

The PUD aims to make it more affordable to replace inefficient single-pane windows, especially where the heat source is not a heat pump, and to encourage energy efficiency upgrades and programs in its service district. (Source: Chelan PUD, Columbia Basin News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Chelan County PUD, Josh Mitchell, Resaidential Energy Advisor, 888-663-8121, www.chelanpud.org

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


NYSERDA Earns 15th ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-04-22
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports it has been awarded the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award for the 15th consecutive year by the U.S. DOE and the EPA. NYSERDA is being recognized for demonstrating commitment and dedication to leadership in energy efficiency and the Energy Star program.

The U.S. DOE and EPA recognized NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY program, including its low-income EmPower New York (EmPower) component serving households with incomes at or below 60 pct of the State Median Income. The NYSERDA programs offer low-cost financing, no-cost or reduced energy assessments incentives for completed energy efficiency improvements.Since 2001, over 250,000 homeowners and renters have participated, reducing their energy costs and increasing comfort of their homes.

This award demonstrates NYSERDA's continued efforts to advance Governor Cuomo's (D) New Efficiency: New York 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025 -- a level of savings equivalent to fueling and powering over 1.8 million New York homes. (Source: NYSERDA, NYREJ, 21 April, 2020) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


Bend Completes Water Facility Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
City of Bend,www.pacificpower.net
Date: 2020-04-22
In Oregon, the City of Bend is reporting installation of 324 solar base-mounted modules to generate 190 MWh of power on the city's water filtration facility west of Bend. The $266,000 project received $60,341 in grant funding from the Pacific Power Blue Sky Program.

The new solar installation is expected to save the city $12,000 per year in energy costs reduce its carbon emissions by nearly 180,000 ppy over 20 years. The project is in keeping with the city's Climate Action Goals strategy aimed at increased reliance on renewable energy to reduce fossil fuel use at city owned facilities.

Pacific Power Blue Sky Program details www.pacificpower.net/bluesky. (Source: City of Bend, PR, April, 2020) Contact: City of Bend, 541-388-5515, www.bendoregon.gov; Pacific Power, www.pacificpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bend Oregon,  Pacific Power,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Biofuel Producers Left in the Lurch on $19Bn Aid Pkg (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2020-04-22
. "We don't have a fundamental way to help that (biofuel) sector," responded USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to the Trump administration's announced $19 billion aid package to farmers.

Biofuels producers were not included in the aid package, although the sector consumes approximately 40 pct of America's total annual corn crop.

In the 2018/2019 crop marketing year, (Sept. 1- Aug. 31) the U.S. grew more than 14.42 billion bushels (366 million metric tons) of corn. (Source: USDA, nexstar, 21 April, 2020)Contact: USDA, Sonny Perdue, Sec., www.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Sonny Perdue,  USDA,  Corn,  Corn Ethanol,  


NASA Touts RETScreen Expert for Energy Savings (ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2020-04-22
In Washington, NASA is touting its Prediction of the Worldwide Energy Resources (POWER) project based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and supported by NASA's Earth Science Division, as a resource tool for siting renewable energy technology and improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

The program incorporates NASA satellite data into an desktop software program called RETScreen Expert. RETScreen , a clean energy management software program developed by the Canadian government in collaboration with several international partners, including NASA.

Most of the environmental parameters -- like temperature, humidity, and winds -- included in the RETScreen project is developed by NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO). Based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., its computer model and data assimilation techniques enhance NASA Earth observations from more than 20 NASA satellites and missions.

However, the key data parameter, solar irradiance, provides a long-term record of daily averaged solar variability up to within about a week of real time. This solar variability replicates ground-based measurements very well and can be used to do things like monitor solar photovoltaic panel performance and place solar panels for optimal exposure to sunlight. Wind resources are also incorporated into the POWER models and have important uses for energy efficiency analysis, such as helping to better calculate heat losses from buildings. (Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April, 2020) Contact: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Paul Stackhouse, project manager, (301) 286-2000, www.nasa.gov › goddard

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Energy Efficiency,  


St. Louis Sets Bldg. Energy Performance Standards (Ind. Report)
St. Louis
Date: 2020-04-22
In the Show Me Sate, the city of St. Louis (pop. 300,000) has passed its highly ambitious Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) – building energy efficiency -- ordinance requiring building owners to measure and report their energy use.. Similar to the city’s Building Energy Awareness benchmarking ordinance, the energy-saving changes called for by BEPS would only be required for buildings over 50,000 square feet.

Additionally, the board will create a more ambitious 15-year-compliance pathway for buildings that stand to benefit from deep energy improvements and can achieve energy performance well beyond the required performance standard. Other benefits for St. Louis residents from the adoption of the BEPS policy include: • Cost Savings: While an initial investment may be required, energy efficiency improvements pay back quickly and result in significant operational cost savings over time. The savings incurred from the BEPS ordinance will go directly to St. Louis residents and businesses and will also help preserve the city’s existing building stock. • Smarter Buildings: Improving building performance enables building owners an opportunity to capitalize on new technologies and operational practices that allow their buildings to be more responsive to daily demands and conditions, thus becoming more productive and affordable. • A Stronger Local Economy: The BEPS ordinance will help add to the estimated 42,000 jobs in Missouri’s energy efficiency industry by creating new jobs for local energy auditors, architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers, roofers, technicians and other contractors who sell energy-efficient services, products, and technologies. • A More Resilient St. Louis: Investing in building energy improvements enables them to operate better, be more durable, and better withstand the more frequent extreme weather events associated with climate change. • A Cleaner, More Productive Energy Supply: A thoughtfully set standard will improve energy use across all buildings to better enable and support our local utilities’ transition to a low- and no-carbon renewable energy supply. • Increased Capacity for Electricity: As the city transitions to greener energy, it is still dependent on an electric grid that can be overwhelmed due to overuse. Energy efficiency updates relieve grid capacity, increasing grid stability for providing electricity to all St. Louis residents. St. Louis will be the first in the Midwest and fourth in the nation -- following in the footsteps of New York City, Washington, D.C., and Washington State -- to adopt a Building Energy Performance Standard policy.(Source: St; Louis Post Dispatch, ERDC Blog, Stefan Schaffer , Maria Stamas, 20 April, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Conservation news,  


2020 Global Carbon Emissions Drop at Record High (Ind. Report)
Global Carbon Project
Date: 2020-04-22
The Global Carbon Project -- commissioned by the Guardian -- projects carbon emissions could fall by as much as 2.5 billion tons in 2020 -- the highest-ever -- an unprecedented reduction of pct of the total CO2 in the atmosphere.

There have been other significant drops in carbon emissions in the last century. Many have to do with various global recessions, with the second-largest drop of one billion tons occurring in conjunction with the early-1980s recession. Another substantial drop in emissions occurred after the end of World War 2, most likely due to a sudden end to the boom in factory military production. ( Source: Global Carbon Project, Electronics Weekly, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Global Carbon Project, www.globalcarbonproject.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Carbon Project,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


NREL Claims 47.1 pct Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Ind. Report)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: 2020-04-20
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are touting an innovative "six-junction" solar cell using 140 layers of semiconductor materials to achieve a conversion rate of 47.1 pct -- breaking the previous record set by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Soitec of 46 pct set back in 2014.

The NREL scientists produced a six-junction solar cell, combining sandwiching multiple layers of materials that were fine-tuned to convert different portions of the light spectrum into electricity. While the layered solar cell design will almost certainly be cost prohibitive to produce at commercial scale compared to conventional silicon cells, it may find use in more niche applications, the NREL team said. Generally, the super high-efficiency solar cells are limited for use in spacecraft and satellites, where performance, space and weight are a premium. However, the researchers highlight that cells with such high conversion efficiencies would be ideally used in concentrated solar plants.

The researchers trialled their nearly 50 pct efficient solar cells with concentrated sunlight, producing the equivalent of 143 suns of solar intensity. Using unconcentrated light, the six-junction solar cells were able to achieve a conversion efficiency of 39.2 pct, which was also a new world record. (Source: NREL,PR, 14 April, 2020) Contact: NREL, John Geisz, Research Scientist, 303-384-6474, John.Geisz@nrel.gov, www.enrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  NREL,  Solar,  Solar Scell Efficiency,  


Mature Tree CO2 Absorption Rate Questioned (Int'l. Report)
Western Sydney University
Date: 2020-04-20
In the Land Down Under, a newly released study from Western Sydney University has found that mature forests may absorb significantly less carbon dioxide than previously thought, suggesting Earth may be closer to a climate change tipping point than previous models suggested.

Reseacrhers led by Professor Belinda Medlyn, spent four years pumping roughy 38 pct more CO2 than would naturally be absorbed into an adult eucalyptus forest and then measured how much CO2 the trees could absorb. Initially the trees absorbed 12 pct of the CO2 but were unable to capture the additional CO2 to prevent it from re-entering the atmosphere. Current climate change models estimate that mature trees should absorb and capture approximately 12 pct of the CO2 in the atmosphere.

The study found that although the trees could absorb the expected 12 pct, they were unable to retain the CO2 through sequestration and passed about half of the CO2 they had absorbed into the soil, where it was processed and then returned to the atmosphere via soil bacteria or small fungi on the forest floor. The other half of the carbon dioxide was released through the trees themselves. (Source: Western Sydney University, Lifesly, 17 April, 2020) Contact: Western Sydney University, Prof. Belinda Medlyn, Research Leader, www.westernsydney.edu.au

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


$30Mn Assisted Living Project Partially PACE Funded (Ind. Report)
Petros PACE Finance Trust
Date: 2020-04-20
In Indiana, Indianapolis-based Leo Brown Group, owner of the $30 million Traditions of Lebanon assisted living complex to be developed in Lebanon, is expected to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to cover $17 million of the project cost in semi-annual assessments of $230,000-$289,000 added to property taxes over 30 years.

The $17 million, through Petros PACE Finance Trust, includes over $7.7 million in HVAC, energy efficient lighting and improvements and just under $7.9 million in interest.

Traditions of Lebanon was originally expected to include a 142-unit assisted living complex, including 30 units for memory care and 13 homes for independent living but has been reduced in size. Documents obtained last week indicate the scope of the project changed. The 170,000-square-foot senior living community will now include 48 independent living homes, 64 assisted living units and 30 memory care units. Energy savings from the Brown project are anticipated from HVAC improvements, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows and doors and the “building envelope”. (Source: Dayton Daily News, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Petros PACE Finance Trust LLC, www.petros-pace.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Siemens Gamesa Scores Swedish Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2020-04-20
Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 13 units of its SG 5.8-155 totaling 85.8 MW for the RES Rodene project near Alingsas, Sweden.

The 13 OptimaFlex technology equipped wind turbines are slated for installation in 2021 and will be covered by a 15-year full-service agreement. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


Orix Acquires IL&FS' Wind Energy Business (M&A, Int'l. Report)
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services
Date: 2020-04-20
Following up on our 20th May, 2019 coverage, Mumbai-based Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) is reporting the sale of its IL&FS Wind Power Services Ltd (IWPSL) wind energy business to its Japanese partner Orix Corporation for roughly $790,000.

IWPSL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IL&FS Energy Development Company Ltd, provides supervisory and management support services to seven firms -- Lalpur Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd, Etesian Urja Ltd, Khandke Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd, Retadi Wind Power Ltd, Wind Urja India Pvt. Ltd, Tadas Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd and Kaze Energy Ltd. -- that own and operate wind power generating assets. Orix holds a 49 pct stake in each of seven operating wind energy units of IL&FS. (Source: IL&SF, April, 2020) Contact: IL&SF, +9122 2653 3333 / 3232, +9122 2653 3038 - fax, info@ilfsindia.com, www.ilfsindia.com; Orix Corp., www.orix.co.jp/grp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orix,  Wind,  India Wind,  


Frederick, Md. Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind Report)
City of Frederick
Date: 2020-04-20
The city of Frederick, Maryland, (pop. 72,500 +-) reports it has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 50 pct of 2010 levels by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050, and to take all efforts to safely draw down carbon from the air.

To that end, the city will establish a Climate Emergency Mobilization work group of scientists and academic experts, relevant city departments, and others to formulate recommendations and steps to meet the city's goals. (Source: City of Frederick, Frederick News-Post, 17 April, 2020) Contact: City of Frederick, www.cityoffrederickmd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


Austria Cashiers Last Coal-Fired Power Plant (Int'l. Report)
Austria,Europe Beyond Coal
Date: 2020-04-20
Austria's state-controlled Verbund AG utility is reporting the closure of its last coal-fired power plant -- the Mellach coal-fired district heating plant roughly 120 miles south of Vienna.

With the closure, Austria is now the second European country, after Belgium, to eliminate coal power from its electricity grid in favor of renewable energy. France, Sweden, Slovakia, Portugal, the U.K., Ireland and Italy also plan on exiting coal by 2025, according to Europe Beyond Coal. (Source: Europe Beyond Coal, Bloomberg, Regina Leader Post, 17 April, 2020) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, www. beyond-coal.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Europe Beyond Coal,  Coal,  Climate Change,  Renewable energy,  


Wind Hawkeye State's Major Electric Power Source (Ind. Report)
Kansas, Wind,AWEA
Date: 2020-04-20
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 41 pct of the Hawkeye State's electricity -- sufficient energy for roughly 2 million Kansas homes -- is derived from wind power.

Kansas has reported the nation's largest increase in wind energy production over the past five years totaling $11.4 billion in private investment, according to AWEA. (Source: AWEA, Topeka Capitol Journal, 17 April, 2020) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kirnan, CEO, www.awea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  AWEA,  Kansas Wind,  


Canada Commits $1.7Bn to Methane Cleanup (Ind Report)
Methane
Date: 2020-04-20
In Ottawa, the Government of Justin Trudeau (Lib) has announced it is putting a combined $2.5 billion toward cleaning up thousands of risky, contaminated oil and gas wells and cutting methane emission leaks. Of the total commitment, $1.72 billion is earmarked for cleaning up orphan or inactive wells in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as $750 million to create an Emissions Reduction Fund to help firms meet federal methane-reduction standards. A tenth of that fund, designed to offer loans, is meant for cutting pollution in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry.

Methane, although shorter lived in the atmosphere, is 86 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat over a 20-year period.

Canada has committed to cutting methane from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 pct from 2012 levels by 2025. (Source: Gov. of Canada, National Observer, Various Media, 17 April, 2020)

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


POET Producing, Donating Sanitizer to Address COVID-19 (Ind Report)
POET
Date: 2020-04-20
In Sioux Falls, S.D., ethanol producer POET reports its researchers and production staff have been working around the clock to produce an all-natural ethanol-based sanitizer to tackle the severe local shortage brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

POET is donating 220 gallons of sanitizer, produced at its Chancellor, S.D., biorefinery, to the City of Sioux Falls and 780 16-ounce bottles to various South Dakota health care facilities and organizations. (Source: POET, Aberdeen News, 18 April, 2020)Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  


Pacific Ethanol Completes Pacific Aurora Sale (M&A, Ind Report)
Pacific Ethanol,Aurora Coop
Date: 2020-04-20
Following up on our 6th March coverage, Pacific Ethanol Inc. reports closure of its agreement to sell its 74 pct ownership interest in Pacific Aurora LLC to Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company in Nebraska (Aurora Cooperative) for $52.8 million -- $20.2 million in cash after adjustments.

The sale includes two ethanol production facilities with a combined production capacity of 145 million gpy, a grain elevator with storage capacity of 4.1 million bushels and integrated rail facilities in Aurora.

Aurora Cooperative is one of the largest agricultural retailers in the nation, ranking 28th among all agricultural cooperatives. In 2019, Aurora Cooperative had total sales of more than $1 billion, serviced more than 4 million acres, merchandised more than 120 million bushels of grain and had more than 34,000 equity members. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, The Independent, 18 April, 2020) Contact: Aurora Cooperative, Chris Vincent , Pres., CEO, www.auroracoop.com; Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

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Gander,Honeywell Canada
Date: 2020-04-20



COVID-19 Causes N.D. Wind Blade Plant Shutdown (Ind. Report)
General Electric,LM Wind Power
Date: 2020-04-20
GE Renewable Energy is reporting the temporary shutdown of its LM Wind Power turbine blade manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota after 110 individuals associated with the facility tested positive for the rampaging COVID-19 virus.

The GE factory, which makes rotor blades for wind turbines, will be closed for at least two weeks, and the governor has issued a stay-at-home order for all 900 workers regardless of their test results. The workers will be paid during the shutdown during which the plant will be disinfected, according to a release. (Source: RE Renewable Energy, 17 April, 2020) Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge-energy.com

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Global Aviation Alternative Fuel Market Report Offered (Ind. Report)
Aviation Biofuels
Date: 2020-04-20
The recently release Global Aviation Alternative Fuel market report from Report Hive is a comprehensive study focused on market influencing factors, competitive landscape, data, trends, information, and exclusive vital statistics of the market. The study investigates the Aviation Alternative Fuel industry competitors, distribution, Aviation Alternative Fuel growth potential, potentially disruptive trends, product innovations, market size value/volume on a regional, national and global level.

The report identifies key industry and market players -- GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, SkyNRG, Swedish Biofuels, UOP, Amyris, AltAir Fuels, Byogy Renewables, Fulcrum BioEnergy, Gevo, Sasol, Mobil, and Syntroleum Corporation -- their products and production capacity, market share and other relevant aviation alternative fuel data.

Free Sample PDF (including full TOC, Tables and Figures) of the Global Aviation Alternative Fuel Market report HERE. Report purchase details HERE. (Source: Report Hive Research, April, 2020) Contact: Report Hive Research, 312-604-7084, sales@reporthive.com, www.reporthive.com

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Univ. of Notre Dame Scores LEED Gold Certifications (Ind. Report)
Notre Dame
Date: 2020-04-20
In Indiana, the University of Notre Dame is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for the design, construction and operation of the three 830,000 sq-ft buildings surrounding Notre Dame Stadium -- Duncan Student Center, Corbett Family Hall and O’Neill Hall.

The University earned 60 credits in nine categories including the use of sustainable materials and resources, water efficiency, energy, innovation in design and indoor environmental quality, among several other areas. Throughout the construction of the project, more than 20 pct of the building materials consisted of post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content and more than 20 pct of materials were manufactured or harvested regionally. (Source: University of Notre Dame, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: University of Notre Dame, www.und.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Climate Change and COVID-19 Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2020-04-20
"We will be quite vigilant that companies do not use this (COVID-19 pandemic) to cancel or postpone some (climate change) commitments they have already made. What is happening now is what we could see with climate change  ...  with a lot of supply and demand falling." -- Sebastien Thevoux-Chabuel, Portfolio Manager, Comgest Asset Management, +33 (0)1 44 94 19 00 17, www.comgest.com

Comgest is one of eight major investment groups warning that tackling global warming must remain a priority for public companies, despite pressure on businesses globally after government measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic left whole sectors unable to operate. The investment groups noted businesses would be given leeway when it came to climate change this year, but warned against backtracking on targets to reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Financial Times, 20 April, 2020)

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London Riverside AD Energy Park Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
Cory Energy
Date: 2020-04-20
In the UK, Cory Energy reports receipt of regulatory approval -- planning permission for the addition of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities at its Riverside Energy Park next to Cory Energy's existing energy recovery facility in Belvedere, on the River Thames.

When fully operational the anaerobic digestion facility will divert up to 805,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill and produce up to 96 MW of low-carbon renewable electricity -- sufficient power for as many as 140,000 homes. (Source: Cory Energy, Trade Media, April, 2020) Contact: Cory Energy Riverside Energy Group, Dougie Sutherland, CEO, info@coryenergy.com, www.coryenergy.com

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Bioenergy 10 pct of World Total Primary Energy Supply (Int'l. Report)
IEA
Date: 2020-04-20
Modern bioenergy is an important source of renewable energy, its contribution to final energy demand across all sectors is five times higher than wind and solar PV combined, even when the traditional use of biomass is excluded . In recent years, bioenergy for electricity and transport biofuels has been growing quickly, mainly due to higher levels of policy support. However, the heating sector remains the largest source of bioenergy.

Modern bioenergy does not include the traditional use of biomass in developing countries and emerging economies for cooking and heating, using inefficient open fires or simple cook stoves, which has impacts on human health and the environment. (Source: IEA, Website, April, 2020)Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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Greenworks Raises $150Mn for C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
Greenworks
Date: 2020-04-20
Greenworks Lending, one of the largest providers of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing in the US, reports raising $150 million in committed capital from Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA. The new funds will increase Greenworks available funding for C-PACE assets across the country.

According to Greenworks, to date this year it has closed projects across 9 states; including a $ 1.2 million office building project in CA, a $5.1 million hotel project in MO, a $670,000 medical office project in OH, and a $6.7 million office building project and a $856,000 solar project at an auto dealership, both in CT. It also recently closed the first C-PACE project in Delaware and a $722,000 energy efficiency upgrade in Minnesota. The C-PACE program allows building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements via a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. (Source: Greenworks, April 2020) Contact: Greenworks Lending, Alexandra Cooley, Co-Founder , COO, Adam Moskowitz, (203) 837-7816, amoskowitz@greenworkslending.com, www.greenworkslending.com; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.cpacealliance.com

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RayGen Touts Aussie CSP, Hydro Storage Technology (Int'l. Report)
RayGen,Photon Energy
Date: 2020-04-17
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based solar power technology and renewable energy storage specialist RayGen is touting plans to develop a huge 100MW/1,000MWh concentrated solar (CSP) and hydro storage project.

RayGen's technology is currently on track to be tested at a 50MWh-scale in Victoria State with $3 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a key partnership with Sydney-based major power generator and retailer AGL Energy Ltd.

The company also recently announced a planned 200MW solar plant with around 100MW/1000MWh storage Photon Energy. (Source: RayGen, PR, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Raygen, +61 3 8669 0380, www.raygen.com; ARENA, www.arena.gov.au; AGL Energy, 011 61 3 8633 6000, www.agl.com.au; Photon Energy, www.photonenergy.com.au

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COVID-19 Stymies Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Program (Int'l. Report)
Malaysian Biodiesel Affiliation
Date: 2020-04-17
In Jakarta, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association is reporting the postponement of the nationwide implementation B20 biodiesel palm oil program due to additional travel restrictions aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Malaysian B20 mandate was first rolled out in January and was scheduled to be totally carried out throughout the nation by mid-June 2021. (Source: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Global News Hut, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my

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American University Buildings Score LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
America University,USGBC
Date: 2020-04-17
In Washington DC, American University is reporting four buildings on its East Campus have received US Green Building Council (USGBC)LEED Gold certification for their sustainable design and construction. To qualify for LEED Gold status, East Campus incorporated the following elements:
  • 100 pct of the buildings receive their power from green electricity;

  • 97 pct of on-site construction waste was diverted from landfill;

  • the East Campus buildings are 27 pct more energy-efficient than standard buildings;

  • 21 pct of materials used in its construction was locally sourced;

  • buildings incorporate 13,000 square feet of green roofs;

  • computerized thermostats to regulate temperature, providing optimum air quality and thermal comfort;

  • buildings use sealants, paints, and furniture with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs);

  • state-of-the-art HVAC systems;

  • ultra-low-flow faucets, toilets, and urinals use 43 pct less water than standard buildings, and various other energy efficient features and amenities.(Source: American School & University, 14 April, 2020) Contact: America University, www.american.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • Ukrainian Bank Funding Residential Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-04-17
    The Ukrainian state-controlled Oschadbank and Ukreximbank (Kyiv) have signed a cooperation agreement with the State Agency of Ukraine on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving under the program of energy efficiency financing.

    The financial institution will provide financing for residential energy efficiency measures with the possibility of 35 pct of the loan amount being forgiven. Financing is available for various energy-efficient materials, initiatives and measures including the purchase of solid fuel-fired gas boilers for private homes and ssociations of multi-apartment block co-owners. (Source: State Agency of Ukraine on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, PR, Ukraine Open for Business, 17 April, 2020) Contact: State Agency of Ukraine on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, www.saee.gov.ua/en

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    Univ. Penn., Community Energy Ink 25-yr Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Community Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is reporting a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Radnor, Pennsylvania-based Community Energy for the creation of a solar power project moving the University significantly closer to meeting its commitment of a 100 pct carbon neutral campus by 2042.

    The PPA will result in the construction in central Pennsylvania of two new solar energy facilities totaling 220MW of electricity, all of which will be purchased by the university. Community Energy expects this to be the largest solar power project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    The university notes it intends to retire all Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Credits produced by the project, meaning that the solar power generated will be above and beyond Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requirements, and will be key to meeting the campus' carbon reduction goals.

    Download the University's Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 HERE. (Source: Univ. of Pennsylvania, PR, April, 2020) Contact: University of Pennsylvania, www.upenn.edu;Community Energy, Jay Carlis, Exec VP, 866-946-3123, www.communityenergyinc.com

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    Wood Asset Solutions Wins $100Mn in US Wind EPC Contracts (Int'l)
    Wood Asset Solutions
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In the UK, Aberdeen-headquartered global engineering firm Wood Asset Solutions Plc is reporting approximately $100 million worth of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts from the US onshore wind market. The combined projects will see up to 100 turbines installed.

    American Electric Power (AEP) Renewables' wind farm development in south-central Kansas, and Black Hills Energy Corriedale Wind Energy Project in Cheyenne, Wyoming are among the contracted projects. Wood will also work on four new wind farms in Morrow and Umatilla Counties in Oregon for Orchard Windfarms.

    Wood provides performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial. (Source: Wood, Energy Voice, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Wood Asset Solutions Plc, www.woodplc.com; Wood Asset Solutions Americas, Stephanie Cox, CEO, www.woodplc.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/57215/ASA-Deep-dive-04_12_18.pdf

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    EDL, Kinetrex Open Indianapolis RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
    EDL Energy, Kinetrex Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Further to our 4 March report, in Indianapolis, EDL Energy, Kinetrex Energy and South Side Landfill celebrated the opening of the Indy High BTU plant, which will convert landfill methane gas into renewable natural gas (RNG). The fully operational plant is Illinois' largest producing 8 million gpy of pipeline-quality RNG, according to the release.

    The facility will supply Kinetrex Energy with RNG, which it will turn into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sold to Midwest transportation fleets.

    (Source: Kinetrex Energy, Bioenergy Insights, 14 April, 2020)Contact: EDL Energy, www.edlenergy.com; Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

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    GE Wins Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC Turbine Contract (Int'l Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting a contract with Hanoi, Vietnam-based Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC, to provide 11 2.4MW-116 turbines and technical advisory service for the Phuong Mai 1 wind farm in Binh Dinh province. Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC is a Special Purpose Vehicle entity jointly invested by Truong Thanh Development and Construction Investment and Hanoi Construction - Industrial Investment

    The Phuong Mai 1 wind farm is expected to come online early in 2021. GE presently operates 128 MW in Vietnam and is one of the oldest and largest OEMs in the country.(Source: GE Renewable Energy, STL News, April, 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us,

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    Japanese Banking Majors End Coal-Fired Plant Funding (Int'l.)
    Sumitomo Mitsui Financial
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Japanese financial services giant Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) Inc. reports it will no longer lend to new coal-fired power plants from May 1, 2020. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. will also cease financing for new fossil fueled power projects but may support upgrades to existing coal-fired plants aiming to lower CO2 emissions.

    Worldwide, Japanese banks are among the few major lenders who have stuck to backing coal projects. The nation's three major banks, SMFG, Mizuho and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, have been among the world's top five lenders to the coal power and mining industries over the past five years, according to Refinitiv SDC Platinum data. (Source: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial, Japan Times, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, www.smfg.co.jp/english

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    Singapore's CapitaLand Borrows $282Mn for Green Buildings (Int'l.)
    CapitaLand
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Singapore-headquartered CapitaLand reports it has secured a 4-year, S$400 million ($282.65 million) in green loan funding from the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC)to increase its green assets and enhance its global property portfolio by 2030.

    According to the company's statement, the green loans will be used for financing or refinancing the development, investment, and acquisition of green buildings that achieve or are expected to achieve either a Green Mark Gold PLUS certification from the Building & Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) or US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    The statement also notes CapitaLand will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) from the solar energy generated from over 21,000 solar panels installed atop CapitaLand's six industrial properties in Singapore. CapitaLand holds 16 properties in Singapore, China, Belgium, India, and four business parks in India that are fully or partially powered by renewable energy. (Source: CapitaLand, MERCOM India, 16 April, 2020) Contact: CapitaLand Group, Andrew Lim, CFO, www.capitaland.com/international/en.html#menu-lang-main

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


    Colorado Springs Utility Starts Largest Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Renewables ,Colorado Springs Utilities
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Duke Energy Renewables and Colorado Springs Utilities are reporting the start of operation for the 60 MW, 220,000 panel Palmer Solar project on roughly 700 acres southeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. The project is the largest solar project contracted by Springs Utilities to date and the first solar project to interconnect with its transmission system.

    Springs Utilities will purchase the electricity Palmer Solar generates from Duke Energy Renewables under the terms of a 20-year PPA. The project was acquired by Duke Energy Renewables from juwi Americas in May 2019. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, Colorado Springs Utilities, Env+Energy Leader, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; Colorado Springs Utilities, www.csu.org

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    Biogest Contracts for Turkish Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Biogest
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Klosterneuburg, Austria-based biogas plant developer Biogest Energie- und Wassertechnik GmbH reports it has contracted to construct an agricultural biogas plant in Akyurt, near Ankara, Turkey. The project in Akyurt is the company's first biogas plant in Turkey and was developed in cooperation with Ankara-based biogas specialist Enerlinc.

    When fully operational, the 3.12 MW facility will utilize 270,000 tpy of cow slurry. (Source: Biogest, Bioenergy Insight, 16 April, 2020)Contact: Biogest, +43 2243 208400, www.biogest.at; Enerlinc, +90 850 840 0246 , www.enerlinc.com.tr

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    Bioenergy Europe Joins EU Green Recovery Alliance (Int'l. Report)
    Bioenergy Europe
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Brussels, Bioenergy Europe has joined forces with 180 stakeholders and energy industry decision makers to form a European alliance for a Green Recovery.

    The Green Recovery Alliance was launched in the European Parliament on April 14, 2020, based on calls from 12 EU environment ministers. They had signed the appeal for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic which is causing unforeseen consequences to people's health and the economy. The Alliance for a Green Recovery calls for the mobilisation of post-crisis green investment packages and other concrete measures including job protection and creation and support for companies, regions and sectors that have suffered from the pandemic.

    According to Bioenergy Europe, the "With 10.3 pct of contribution to the energy mix and more than 700,000 jobs, the bioenergy sector is already a strong socio-economic reality and is committed to contributing to the post-crisis investment decisions needed to reboot and re-boost our economy." (Source: Bioenergy Europe, PR, News Europe, Trade Media, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Bioenergy Europe Jean-Marc Jossart, Sec. Gen., www.bioenergyeurope.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Green Energy Europe,  

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