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$30Mn Committed to Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Project (Int'l.)
Nigeria
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Nigerian capital city of Akure, the Nigerian federal government reports it has earmarked $30 million for an existing Cassava Ethanol Project at Okeluse in Ondo State.

The project, which is expected to break ground next month, was planned and then abandoned under a previous administration. The project will be constructed on 15,000 hectares near a Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) facility. The World Bank supports the project. (Source: This Day, Various Media, 23 Oct., 2018)

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


Red Rock Biofuels Leasing EFT's Fischer-Tropsch Tech. (Ind. Report)
Emerging Fuels Technology,Red Rock Biofuels
Date: 2018-10-24
Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc (EFT) reports has executed a license agreement with Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) under which EFT will provide its TL8a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB's biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon, USA.

RRB is a subsidiary of IR1 Group LLC , which is constructing the Lakeview biorefinery. IR1 will build a global portfolio of biorefineries to convert forest and sawmill waste woody biomass into renewable jet and diesel fuels. Through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, IR1 makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale.

RRB's Lakeview, OR biorefinery will convert approximately 136,000 dry tons of waste woody biomass into 15.1 million gallons of renewable jet, diesel and gasoline blendstock fuels per year. (Source: Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc, PR, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc., Mark Agee, Business Dev., magee@emergingfuels.com, www.emergingfuels.com; RedRock Biofuels, 970.223.6766, info@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com; IRL Group, www.ir1group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emerging Fuels Technology,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  


Bridgestone HQ LEED Certified for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Bridgestone Americas
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Volunteer State, auto tire manufacturer Bridgestone Americas Inc. reports it has earned US Green Building Council LEED Gold energy efficiency certification for its 514,000-sq.-ft, 30-story headquarters office building in Nashville.

The building, which was constructed in December, 2017, received the award for: environmentally conscious designs and sustainability features; high-efficiency flush and low plumbing fixtures; interior LED lighting fixtures; low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring products and composite wood products and furniture; recycled content in materials; white reflective roofing; low-mercury lamps and incorporating materials manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

Bridgestone Americas boasts five LEED-certified locations, including its Americas Technical Center in Akron and tire plant in Warren County, Tenn (Source: Bridgestone Americas, Tire Business, Bridgestone, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bridgestone Americas, (615) 937-1000, www.bridgestoneamericas.com/en/contact-us/corporate-contacts/united-states; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Willdan Wins Hospitality Energy Mgmt. Contract (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Company,Wildan
Date: 2018-10-24
Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group Inc. reports it has been awarded a pay-for-performance contract by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to implement the utility's Commercial Energy Management Technology (EMT) for Lodging Program. This two-year, $2.5 million program will bring EMT-system-based, natural-gas-saving energy efficiency projects to participating lodging customers consuming 50,000 therms or less annually.

Willdan will begin each project by performing a building energy audit and proposing an energy efficiency project plan based on the customer's needs and budget. Data measurement commences after new equipment, including the EMT system, have been installed. In addition to measuring and verifying energy savings, Willdan will provide engineering, technical, and administrative assistance to customers through the duration of the program.

The Program offers up-front incentives to help offset customer out-of-pocket costs, and upon confirmation of energy savings, customers will receive additional incentives based on actual natural gas savings, capped at 50 pct of project costs. (Source: Wildan, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: WildanGroup Inc., Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (714) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.wildan.com; SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas Company,  Wildan,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Foresight Snares Simple Power Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
Foresight Group, Simple Power Ltd
Date: 2018-10-24
London-headquartered investment manager Foresight Group LLP is reporting the acquisition of Belfast, Ireland-based Simple Power Ltd which, with 52 sub-250-kW single wind turbines, boasts the largest distributed wind portfolio in Northern Ireland. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The Simple Power portfolio qualifies for participation in the recently launched Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) in Ireland. Each machine has a standardized lease, grid connection and PPA as well as long-term fixed price operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements, according to the release. (Source: Foresight Group Renewables, Oct., 2018) Contact: Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100, www.foresightgroup.eu; Simple Power Ltd., +44 28 9024 1199, www.simplepower.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Foresight Group ,  


Norwegian Partnership Offering Carbon Capture Tech Testing (Int'l)
Technology Center Mongstad, DNV GL
Date: 2018-10-24
In Norway, Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) a testing facility for carbon capture, and certification body DNV GL in Oslo, are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support carbon capture technologies.

Under their agreement, TCM and DNV GL will offer services to technology and other companies and organizations wishing to test and verify their carbon capture technologies and thus expedite the commercialization of their technologies and processes. (Source: TCM, PR, Renewable Energy, Oct., 2018) Contact: TCM, Ernst Axelsen, CEO, Erik Haugan, Bus. Dev., www.tcmda.com/en; DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Technology Center Mongstad,  DNV GL,  Carbon Capture,  


ALDF Suing Feds to Act on Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Date: 2018-10-24
In Cotati, California, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) reports it has taken legal action to compel the U.S. government to act on climate change. The move follows a similar lawsuit filed by a group of young activists. That action was put on hold by a federal court on the grounds that the political process, not the courts, should address the issue of climate change. Details HERE.

The new plaintiffs contend they have a "fundamental right to be left alone free from human interference in the wilderness" and are asking a federal court to rule that the U.S. government is violating that right by contributing to a dangerous concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and thus created a dangerous atmosphere. The lawsuit specifically names the U.S. Department of Interior, the USDA, the EPA, Department of Defense and other agencies.

The new lawsuit is taking a new tack. While the first suit focuses on constitutional rights to life, liberty and property and protection of public trust resources, the new suit focuses on "the simple right to be let alone, the right long recognized and protected under banners like privacy and liberty," according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. (Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Oregonian, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Animal Legal Defense Fund, (707) 795-2533, https://aldf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Kid,  Climate Lawsuit,  Climate Change,  


SunCommon Announces Orange County Community Solar Array (Ind. Report)
SunCommon
Date: 2018-10-24
Waterbury, Vermont-based solar energy specialist SunCommon reports it has partnered with the Orange County Citizens Foundation to construct a small scale solar array to power more than 60 area homes and businesses in Spring Valley, New York.

The community solar array will incorporate approximately 1,000 panels that homeowners and businesses will be able to purchase with no up-front costs.

SunCommon offers solar financing at no up front cost and a low monthly payment promising that you will save thousands over the life of the system, compared to what you would have paid the utility for electricity. The array will be constructed on Citizens Foundation owned land.(Source: SunCommon, Warwick Advertiser, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: SunCommon, James Moore, (802) 882-8181, www.suncommon.com

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


New Small School Energy Efficiency Grants Available (Funding)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-10-24
New Hampshire Public Radio is reporting $100,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy School Energy and Efficiency Development (SEED) program for energy efficiency upgrades and improvements has been received by a small New Hampshire state school.

Funding from the program can be used for various energy efficiency projects including insulation, LED lighting, weatherization, and others.

According to Joe Doiron, Deputy Director & State Energy Program Administrator with the N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives in Concord, the SEED program is focused on small schools that have limited access to funds, with the hope that the winning project will be replicated. (Source: US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, NH Public Radio, 22 Oct., 2018)Contact: US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/k-12_guide.pdf; N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives, 603-271-2155, https://www.nh.gov/osi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Energy Efficiency Saves SLO County $600,000 per year (Ind. Report)
San Luis Obispo County
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Golden State, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County officials report the county government's energy efficiency efforts have cut its energy costs by 15 pct for an annual savings of between $600,000 and $700,000 since 2010. The county currently spends about $4.5 million per year on electricity and natural gas.

To reach its energy cost cutting goals, the county partnered with PG&E and San Luis Obispo County's Energy Watch Partnership to use low-interest financing and utility rebates and incentives for a project that included: upgrading incandescent lighting to energy efficient LEDs; heating and cooling systems; energy control systems; and others. Future upgrades include: installation of solar panels; energy storage technologies that help reduce peak-demand energy needs; and upgrading thermostats. (Source: San Luis Obispo County, Tribune, Oct., 2018) Contact: San Luis Obispo County, Colt Esenwein, Public Works Director, (805) 781-5252, publicworks@co.slo.ca.us, www.slocounty.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


EPA Reports Dropping New Mexicoan Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
US EPA
Date: 2018-10-22
In New Mexico, the U.S. EPA is reporting methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the state's Permian and San Juan basins fell by 6 pct between 2016 and 2017. Total emissions dropped nearly 830,000 metric tons, according to the EPA's greenhouse gas reporting program. That lowered overall releases in both basins from a combined 13.78 metric tons in 2016 to 12.95 metric tons last year.

The Permian in southeastern New Mexico accounted for a drop of 728,000 metric tons, compared with a 100,000-metric-ton decline in the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico.

Onb the contrary, peer-reviewed report published in the Journal Science last June questioned the EPA's methodology and statistics , claiming emissions may actually be 60 pct higher than EPA estimates. (Source: US EPA, Albuquerque Journal, 19 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  US EPA,  Methane Emissions,  


Greenbyte to Monitor CGN EE Solar Farms (Int'l Report)
CGN Europe Energy,Greenbyte
Date: 2018-10-22
China-based CGN Europe Energy reports the selection of renewable energy management system Greenbyte Energy Cloud for their wind and solar PV farms. Greenbyte will be integrating more than 130 solar and wind farms in the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Senegal and Belgium totaling 900 MW of CGN EE's wind and solar assets in Europe and Africa amounting to a total of 900 MW.

Greenbyte's 'Breeze' system monitors, analyses, controls and maintains wind farms and can be used on desktop PCs, in control rooms and via mobile devices and can be remotely connected to Greenbyte's software via on-site SCADA systems. Currently, over 8 GW of renewable energy across five continents and over 20 countries are monitored with Greenbyte software. ( Source: CGN Europe Energy, PV Mag., 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Greenbyte, www.greenbyte.com; CGN Europe Energy, +33 (0)1 74 90 94 94, info.cgnee@cgnpc.com.cn, www.cgnee.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News CGN Europe Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Greenbyte,  


PwC Joins RE100 Commits to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
PwC
Date: 2018-10-22
International accountancy and consulting giant PriceWatershouse Coopers (PwC) reports its commitment to cut carbon emissions, source 100 pct renewable energy for its electricity consumption, and to offset all business air travel has been reinforced with membership in the Climate Group and CDP lead RE100 initiative. The commitment applies to 21 of PwC's largest firms accounting for 88 pct of revenues in 2018.

In addition to joining RE100, PwC has also committed to offsetting unavoidable emissions linked to air travel by investing in a range of voluntary carbon offsets. PwC network firms will select from a portfolio of offsetting projects to reflect their local priorities. Amongst the project portfolio are a biodiversity reserve in Borneo, a wind farm in Turkey, a cook stove project in China and a landfill gas project in New York state generating electricity for 18,000 homes and creating 420 acres of new wetlands. (Source: PWC, The Financial, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: PricewaterhouseCoopers, www.pwc.com; RE100, www.thre100.org; CDP, www.cdp.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  RE100,  PwC,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


Uk Pallet Manufacturer Expands Into Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Evergreen Pallets
Date: 2018-10-22
In the UK, Darlington-based Evergreen Pallets Solutions Ltd. reports receipt of £100,000 in loan funding from HSBC UK for the purchase of equipment to refine damaged pallets and other waste wood biomass into biofuel.

The company was established in 1996. (Source: Evergreen Pallets, Insider Media, 19 Oct 20180 Contact: Evergreen Pallets, Pual Tait, Dir., +44 1325 352806, www.evergreen-pallets.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


St. Joseph Considers PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
PACE Program
Date: 2018-10-22
In the Show Me State, the City of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,400 +- -- city council reports it is considering an ordinance to make St. Joseph a Clean Energy District. If passed, the ordinance would provide alternative funding options for businesses and homeowners wanting to make energy efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

The PACE program, which would not require additional funding from the city or a special tax from residents, would provide funding for solar paneling, energy efficient hot water heating, HVAC, LED energy efficient lighting and other similar upgrades. (Source: City of St. Joseph, KQ2, 19 Oct., 2018) ontact: City of St. Joseph, www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us

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


Pittsburgh Wins $2.5Mn in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
Date: 2018-10-22
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that Pittsburgh -- the Steel City -- is a winner in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge -- a $70 million initiative aimed at accelerating efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future.

Pittsburgh will use the money to create and implement a building energy benchmarking policy, develop a statewide clean energy financing program, scale renewable power through community solar programs, encourage a shift in transportation energy use operation, and reduce over-all energy consumption by 50 pct.

About 100 of America's largest cities applied to the challenge, submitting bold plans to cut carbon emissions, Bloomberg said. All aimed to reduce air pollution and citywide emissions with specific projects to reform transit and buildings sectors -- two areas traditionally responsible for 80 pct of all citywide emissions. Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle were also Challenge winners. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies, TRIB Live, 21 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmark,  Climate Change,  


Enertiva Installing 1.1-MW Costa Rican Rooftop PV Array (Int'l)
Enertiva
Date: 2018-10-22
Central American alternative energy specialist Enertiva reports construction is underway on a 3,300 panel, 1.1-MW PV array that is being installed on the rooftop of a recreational and commercial complex in Costa Rica. When fully operational, the facility will reportedly be one of the regiuon's largest solar installations. The facility will also host wind turbines as well as solar trees. (Source: Enertiva, Renewables Now, 19 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enertiva, +502 2277-3000, info@enertiva.com, www.enertiva.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enertiva,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  PV ,  


EBRD Funding 28-MW Kazakhstan Solar Project (Int'l. Report)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2018-10-22
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it will provide a $35-million loan for a 28-MW solar power plant in southern Kazakhstan. The project is being developed by Nomad Solar LLP, a joint special purpose company owned by French renewables developer Total Eren SA and UAE-based Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

The project is the bank's sixth under the EBRD Kazakhstan Renewables Framework. When fully operational, the facility is expected to cut 47,800 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. (Source: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Various Media, Renewables, 19 Oct., 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ,  Solar,  


USAF, El Paso Electric Launch Holloman Solar Facility (Ind. Report)
El Paso Electric
Date: 2018-10-22
In New Mexico, the USAF Holloman Air Force Base and El Paso Electric (EPE) are reporting the startup of commercial operation of the Holloman Atlas Solar Array at the Hollomazn base.

The 42-acre solar facility incorporates almost 56,000 thin-film modules that will generate sufficient electricity to power more than 1,700 homes and prevent over 9,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The engineering firm Exyte Energy, Inc. completed Holloman Atlas Solar Array. (Source: El Paso Electric, Holloman AFB, PR, 19 Oct., 2018) Contact: Exyte Energy Inc., Jim Brown, Pres., www.exyte.net; El Paso Electric Company, Mary Kipp, Pres. and CEO, George De La Torre, (915) 543-5823, External and Public Affairs, www.epelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News El Paso Electric ,  Solar,  


Potentia to Construct SaskPower Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Potentia Renewables Inc.
Date: 2018-10-22
On the Canadian prairies, the Regina-headquartered government-owned utility SaskPower reports the selection of Toronto-based Potentia Renewables Inc. for the construction of a 200 MW wind farm just south of Assiniboia, Sask. When fully operational, the 60 wind turbine project will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 90,000 homes.

The Potentia Golden South Wind Energy Facility, which is slated for commissioning and startup in 2021, will increase the province's wind power capacity to 600 MW. (Source: SaskPower, Global News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Potentia Renewables Inc., Jeff Jenner, CEO, (416) 703-1911, www.potentiarenewables.com; Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Wind,  


Indian State Mandates Building Energy Conservation (Int'l)
Energy Conservation
Date: 2018-10-22
In India, the Andhra Pradesh state government reports it has made compliance with the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) mandatory from October 22 and, to that end, has incorporated a clause in the process of giving permissions through the Development Permission Management System of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning.

The ECBC, which aims to ensure energy savings in the buildings applies to all commercial buildings or complexes with plot areas exceeding 1,000 square metres and built-up area of more than 2,000 square metres. Buildings such as multiplexes, hospitals and hotels have to comply with the ECBC, irrespective of their built-up area. The government is also contemplating making the ECBC compulsory for residential buildings The Andhra Pradesh Bureau of Energy Efficiency has offered technical and financial support to the State Energy Conservation Mission for achieving the goal. (Source: Andhra Pradesh Bureau of Energy Efficiency, The Hindu, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Andhra Pradesh, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, www.nedcap.gov.in

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


Emissions, Energy Cutting Service Launched in Singapore (Int'l)
KBC Global
Date: 2018-10-22
In Singapore, energy software and services provider KBC Global is reporting the launch of a subscription-based service that in effect acts as a "second pair of expert eyes" on a subscribing firm's facilities and energy efficiency and consumption. The resulting information is upload on KBC's secured cloud platform. The service provider will be able to monitor the plant and thereafter analyse plant performance, identify possible improvement opportunities and formulate a plan that will optimize energy efficiency , cut costs and in turn reduce carbon emissions.

The subscription fee is paid for from a portion of the energy savings that are achieved. The KBC service follows on the heels of Singapore's Energy Conservation Act mandating large industrial emitters to report greenhouse gas emissions from 2021. The KBC measures will help Singapore achieve its pledge under the Paris Agreement on climate change to reduce emissions intensity by 36 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. The industrial sector currently accounts for about 60 pct of Singapore's GHG emissions, according to the National Environmental Agency. (Source: KBC Global, CAN, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: KBC Global, +65 6735 5488, www.kbc.global

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


METRON Raises €8 Mn for R&D Consolidation (Int'l)
METRON
Date: 2018-10-22
Paris-headquartered French energy intelligence platform specialist METRON is reporting completion of a new €8 million fundraising with commitments from BNP Paribas, Financiere Fonds Prives, and existing shareholder, Breed Reply. The funds will be earmarked for international growth and further development of the company's AI-based energy optimization solutions.

METRON offers an energy intelligence platform that collects, aggregates and analyses in real time all types of data generated by industrial systems, while interfacing directly with external data such as those from energy markets or weather forecasts. The artificial intelligence engine developed by METRON allows manufacturers to effectively reduce their energy consumption and improve their environmental footprint.

The METRON-EVA® (Energy Virtual Assistant) platform provides real-time mapping of all energy flows and visual management of energy performance indicators. Through machine learning algorithms and dedicated knowledge bases, it allow s companies to identify in industrial processes, non-intuitive optimization levers and to support their implementation to generate the expected gains. By interfacing directly with energy markets or decentralized energy assets such as renewable energies, factory operations can be optimized in real time according to production and market context.

Founded in 2013, METRON is active in ten countries and has operational centres in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. (Source: Metron, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Metron, Vincent Sciandra, CEO , +33 (0)1 40 28 65 65, info@metronlab.com, www.metronlab.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


Global Biopellets Market Analysis and Forecast 2018-2025 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Biomass Pellet
Date: 2018-10-22
UpMarketResearch's just released 102-page Global Biopellets Market Analysis and Forecast 2018-2025 research report delivers key insights and market analysis of upcoming as well as future opportunities, revenue growth, pricing and profitability in the biopellet industry.

The report delivers a holistic overview of the market situations in the forecast period and focuses on primary and secondary drivers, market share, leading segments and geographical analysis. Key players, major collaborations, merger & acquisitions along with trending innovation and business policies are also reviewed.

The scope of the report extends from market scenarios to comparative pricing between major players, cost and profit of the specified market regions. The numerical data is backed up by statistical tools such as SWOT analysis, BCG matrix, SCOT analysis, PESTLE analysis and so on. The statistics are represented in graphical format for a clear understanding on facts and figures.

A free PDF sample copy of this report is available HERE. (Source: UpMarket Research, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: UpMarketResearch, Alex Mathews Alex@upmarketresearch.com; www.upmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biopellet,  


Cuban Biomass Power Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-10-22
In Havana, Prensa Latin is reporting Havana Energy Biopower S.A. is constructing a biomass powered electric power plant in the agroindustrial complex Ciro Redondo sugar factory of Ciego de Avila province.

The plant is expected to be commissioned in mid-2019 and will generate 60 MW of electricity per day from 1500 tpd of marabou and other invasive plant biomass.

Biopower is a mixed-capital Cuban company, of which HE owns 49 pct with 51 pct held by the Cuban company ZERUS S.A. Biopower plans to construct 5 bioelectrical plants that will generate about 300 MW of power from sugar cane bagasse in the harvest season and marabou chips outside this season. (Source: Biopower S.A., Prensa Latina, 21 Oct., 2018) Contact: Havana Energy, +537 204 7748, Biopower S.A., www.he-limited.com/biopower-sa

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


BHP Billiton Calls for a Price on Carbon (Int'l)
BHP
Date: 2018-10-22
In the Land Down Under, mining juggernaut BHP Billiton Head of Sustainability & Climate Change, Dr. Fiona Wild, says Australia lacks "long term and effective climate policy" and wants a price on carbon to be part of the mix.

"We've always been really clear that we support a carbon price -- obviously there's different ways a carbon price can be designed but from our perspective a carbon price is a really important part of a long term and effective response to climate change. I think in the Australian context what we'd really like to see is a really well integrated climate and energy policy which looks at affordability, reliability and emissions reductions, and that's what we're aiming for. At the moment we don't have a long term and effective climate and energy policy," Dr Wild says.

Dr. Wilds added, "We accept the IPCC's assessment of climate change science that warming of the climate is unequivocal, the human influence is clear and physical impacts are unavoidable. We believe that the world must pursue the twin objectives of limiting climate change in line with current international agreements while providing access to affordable energy."

Dr Wild also noted that "under all current plausible scenarios, fossil fuels will continue to be a significant part of the energy mix for decades." (Source: BHP, AFR, Financial Review, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiona Wild,  BHP,  Carbon Tax,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Norwegian Aventus Air Tech Aims to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Norwegian Air
Date: 2018-10-22
Norway's budget air carrier Norwegian Air is touting its new Aventus Air weather service technology to help cut fuel consumption and thus lower carbon emissions.

The Aventus Air system provides Norwegian Air pilots with accurate wind and temperature information in accordance with their flight plan. The data is transferred to the aircraft's systems to help pilots optimize the flight path for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The company estimates the system could reduce CO2 emissions across the company by as much as 16,000 tpy.

The airline noted the recent completion of a pilot project in collaboration with Swedish developer AVTECH Sweden AB to test the technology. The project was partially funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. (Source: Norwegian Air, BG, 22 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  


AU, UA Partner on Bio-based Fuel Additive Project (R&D Report)
Auburn Universit
Date: 2018-10-22
Researchers at Auburn University (AU) and the University of Alabama (UA) are working on a bio-based additive to make diesel fuel burn cleaner as part of a $2 million U.S. DOE funded project. The Auburn project is part of about $10 million in funding from the DOE for the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

The AU project focuses on a process to efficiently produce a bio-based fuel additive called "butyl acetate" -- a naturally occurring organic compound in various fruit but that can also be produced in a lab. The traditional petrochemical-based production is energy consuming and not environmentally friendly, according to Yi Wang, principal investigator for the project and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in Auburn's College of Agriculture.

Auburn researchers have developed a process using a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Clostridium that has resulted the highest butyl acetate production ever reported in a microbial host. A patent has been filed from this work.

The additive can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Blends with different amounts of butyl acetate will be studied by the engineering researchers at UA.(Source: Auburn University, Tuscaloosa News, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: Auburn University, Prof. Ajay K. Agrawal, Mechanical Engineering, www.eng.ua.edu/people/aagrawal

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US DOE,  Clean Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  


Amazonian Forest Fire CO2 Emissions Higher Than Feared, says Report (Int'l)
Lancaster University
Date: 2018-10-19
According to newly released Lancaster University research published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the aftermath of 2015 and 2016 forest fires in the Amazon resulted in CO2 emissions three to four times greater than comparable estimates from existing global fire emissions databases.

Researchers say uncontrolled wildfires in the understorey -- ground level -- of humid tropical forests during extreme droughts are a large and poorly quantified source of CO2 emissions. The study Quantifying Immediate Carbon Emissions from El Nino-Mediated Wildfires in Humid Tropical Forests, looked at a 6.5 million hectare region, of which almost 1 million hectares of primary and secondary forests burned during the 2015-2016 El Nino. Although the area analyzed covers less than 0.2 pct of Brazilian Amazonia, these wildfires resulted in expected immediate CO2 emissions of over 30 million tonnes, three to four times greater than comparable estimates from global fire emissions databases.

Dr Erika Berenguer of Oxford and Lancaster University, and colleagues found that following the fires, the surviving trees grew significantly more than those located in unburned forests. On average trees in burned areas of forest grew 249 pct more than trees in forests hit by drought but not fire. Although the growth rate is good news, this large increase in growth appears to be a relatively short-term response, according to the researchers. Professor Jos Barlow of Lancaster University said: "Only a few trees can survive these wildfires, as Amazonian forests did not co-evolve with this threat. So even though surviving trees grow faster in burned forests, this does not compensate the large carbon loss that results from tree mortality." Meanwhile, Camila V. J. Silva of Lancaster University led research including 31 other burned plots across the Brazilian Amazon, which showed that even 30 years after a fire, seemingly 'recovered' forests still hold 25% less carbon than nearby undisturbed primary forests. (Source: Lancaster University, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Lancaster University, Kieran Withey, Lead Author, Beth Broomby, +44 01-524-593-719, b.broomby@lancaster.ac.uk, www.lancs.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


Targray Touts Fargo Biodiesel Terminal Opening (Ind. Report)
Targray
Date: 2018-10-19
Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, reports the opening of its North Dakota Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. The new terminal will provide area fuel retailers, distributors and fleet managers with greater access to biodiesel which produces 80 pct fewer CO2 emissions than petroleum diesel.

Targray is a BQ-9000® certified marketer and distributor of high-quality B99.9 biodiesel and one of the country's largest and fastest-growing biodiesel suppliers with more than 40 tank locations throughout California and the Midwest. (Source: Targray, PR, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Targray, Dan Murray, VP, 514-695-8095, www.targray.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  


American Green Fuels/Kolmar Expands Production (Ind. Report)
American Green Fuels, American Green Leaf
Date: 2018-10-19
In New Haven, Conn., waste restaurant cooking oil-to- biodiesel producer American Green Fuels/Kolmar, fka American Green Leaf, reports it has increased biodiesel production over the past year from 20 million gpy to 36 million gpy with the aid of a $20 million infusion of private investment for upgrades and new equipment.

When it opened in 2013, American Green Leaf received start-up support from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The operation was acquired in 2015 by Bridgeport-based Kolmar, a commodities trading firm and an original American Green Leaf partner. (Source: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, New Haven Independent, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, Kevin Luddy, CFO, Mikulas Gasparik, VP Operations, (203) 873-2149, www.americangreenfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Green Fuels,  Biodiesel,  American Green Leaf,  


Calif. Cap-and-Trade Cash Supports rPlanet Recycling (Ind. Report)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-10-19
In Sacramento, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is reporting approval of a $2 million California Climate Investment loan to El Segundo-based rPlanet Los Angeles LLC. The loan is in support of a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in Vernon, California. The financing from the CalRecycle Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program will enable rPlanet to transform 1,000 tpy of plastic scrap into packaging and reduce 1,500 metric tpy equivalent worth of of CO2 emissions.

CalRecycle's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program designed to put billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environment. The loan program provides direct, low-interest loans to expand capacity or establish new facilities in California that use recycled materials in their manufacturing processes. (Source: CalRecycle, Recycling Today, Oct., 2018) Contact: CalRecycle, Scott Smithline, Director, www.calrecycle.ca.gov; rPlanet, info@rplanetearth.com, www.rplanetearth.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  GHG,  California Cap-and-Trade,  


Kentucky Power Seeks Eastern Kentucky Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Kentucky Power,AEP
Date: 2018-10-19
In the Bluegrass State, the Ashland headquartered utility Kentucky Power, an operating company of Columbus, Ohio's American Electric Power (AEP), reports it is seeking to add up to 20 MW of solar energy to meet growing customer interest in solar options and to diversify its electric generation mix.

To that end, the utility is seeking bids for solar resources to be purchased. Qualifying projects must be located within Kentucky Power's service territory and be operational by Dec. 31, 2021.

Currently, Kentucky Power generates about 81 pct of 2,240 megawatts of electricity from coal and about 19 pct with natural gas. (Source: Kentucky Power, Sacramento Bee, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Kentucky Power, www.kentuckypower.com; AEP, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AEP,  Kentucky Power,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  AEP,  


TUSD's Solar Energy Installations Completed (Ind. Report)
Constellation,Tucson Unified School District
Date: 2018-10-19
In Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is reporting that energy supplier Constellation, an Exelon Company, has completed the installation of more than 73,000 solar panels across 82 of the district's school sites.

When fully online, the solar installations will generate about 47 pct of TUSD'a annual energy needs and prevent the release of 31,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions, according to the release. (Source: TUSD, KUVA, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Tucson Unified School District, www.tusd1.org; Constellation, Excelon, www.exeloncorp.com

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Scottish Power Going 100 pct Wind Power After Drax Sale (Int'l)
Scottish Power,DRAX
Date: 2018-10-19
Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power reports that with the £702 million sale of its last coal-fired and hydro power plants to DRAX, it will become the first major UK energy company to generate all its electricity from wind power. Scottish Power now plans to invest £5.2 billion over four years to more than double its renewables capacity.

Scottish Power scuttled all of its coal plants over the last 10 years and now has 2,700 MW of wind power capacity operating or under construction in the UK. It also has 3,000 MW of projects in the planning stage.

Drax runs the UK's largest power plant near Selby in North Yorkshire and is moving away from coal ahead of a government deadline for an emissions limit on coal plants from 2025. To date the company has converted four of its six generating units to burn wood pellets. The Selby plant is believed to be the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (Beccs) project of its type in Europe. (Source: DRAX, BBC, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk; DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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Corporate Ghana Admonished to Invest in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l)
Youth Icons Ghana
Date: 2018-10-19
Speaking in the capital city of Accra, Youth Icons Ghana president Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, has admonished the country's financial institutions to invest heavily in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects to save the Ghanaian economy. According to him climate change presented both opportunities and threats and banks and financial institutions must position themselves to take advantage of the business opportunities of climate change as well as prepare themselves to withstand effects of climate change.

According to Osei-Darkwa, "Projects such as smart-agriculture, afforestation and restoration of vital ecosystems would help combat climate change." Osei-Darkwa added that his not-for-profit NGO has established the Green Republic Project to plant more than 20 million trees by the year 2028 to absorb atmospheric CO2. (Source: Youth Icons Ghana Ghanaian Times, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Youth Icons Ghana, +233 (0) 264 268 686, +233 (0) 277 268686, info@youthiconsgh.org, www.youthiconsgh.org

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


Amsterdam Opts for Smart Blue-Green Roof Installations (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-10-19
In Amsterdam, social housing in four city locations are to be fitted with smart blue-green roofs to help protect the buildings from extreme weather conditions, store excess water and generally improve energy. efficiency

The new roofs, which will be planted on 10,000 square meters of social housing buildings over 3 years, will incorporate a system of sensors and will retain or release water in response to the weather forecast and will be linked in a network.

The smart roofs project is a partnership between the city of Amsterdam, the water company Waternet, green roof companies Polderdak and Rooftop Revolution, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, housing corporations Stadgenoot, Ymere and De Key, and roof maintenance company Consolidated. The project is being funded by €4.8 million from the EU. (Source: City of Amsterdam, Smart Cities World, 18 Oct., 2018)

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Vaisala Acquiring Wind LiDAR Specialist Leosphere SAS (M&A)
Vaisala Corp
Date: 2018-10-19
Finnish environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala Corp reports it is acquiring French LiDAR manufacturer Leosphere SAS for €38 million ($44 million). The transaction is slated to close before the month end.

Leosphere SAS designs, develops, manufactures, sells and services remote-sensing tools for the wind energy, aviation, meteorology and air quality sectors. It offers both ground-based and turbine-mounted wind LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems.

Following the takeover, Leosphere's Windcube and Wind Iris LiDARs will be added to Vaisala's offerings including the Triton Wind Profiler, a SoDAR (Sonic Detection and Ranging) system that has already been deployed on almost 5,000 measurement campaigns worldwide. (Source: Vaisala, PR, Renewables, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vaisala, Jarkko Sairanen, Exec. VP Weather and Environment, www.vaisala.com; Leosphere SAS, +33 0 1 8187 0500, info@leosphere.com, www.leosphere.com/en

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ContourGlobal Confirms 50-MW Iberdrola CSP Purchase Talks (M&A)
ContourGlobal,Iberdrola
Date: 2018-10-19
London-headquartered worldwide thermal and renewalble power plant owner ContourGlobal Plc is confirming discussions with the Spanish utility Iberdrola SA for the possible purchase of Iberdrola's 50-MW, Puertollano concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. The deal is reportedly valued at between €150 million and €190 million. (Source: ContourGlobal, El Economista, Renewables 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ContourGlobal, +44 (0)20 7404 5959, www.contourglobal.com: Iberdrola Renewables, http://iberdrolarenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ContourGlobal,  CSP,  Solar,  Iberdrola,  


NV Energy RfP Seeking 350 MW in Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2018-10-19
Nevada utility NV Energy Inc has issued Request for Proposals (RfP), seeking bids for 350 MW or more of Nevada located renewable energy projects -- solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technologies that could be integrated with battery-energy storage systems.

The successful projects would need to be approved by the Nevada PUC, the utility noted. The deadline for bids is December 10. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, Others, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

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Zoo Chooses EDF Battery System to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-10-19
In the Golden State, San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America Distributed Solutions was chosen by San Diego Zoo Global to provide energy storage services to help cut energy costs. The EDF system will utilize a 1-MW/4-MWh battery to mitigate spikes in usage thereby lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by recharging the battery when energy is at its lowest available rates, then discharge the battery power to the Zoo when costs are highest.

The San Diego Zoo will leverage EDF Renewables' performance-based contract whereby EDF is paid based on the actual utility bill savings realized by the Zoo as a result of the battery operation. Accordingly, the Zoo has no fixed payments and bears no performance risk on the operation of the system. The battery solution also acts as a hedge against rising utility rates. EDF Renewables North America delivers grid-scale power:on and offshore wind and solar energy storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage; EV charging and energy management; and other commercial skills and services. The company's portfolio consists of 10 GW of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts. (Source: EDF, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Andrew Goldstone, (858) 521-3300, www.edf-re.com

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Mississauga, Ontario Preparing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-19
In Ontario, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga -- pop. 721,000 -- reports its Climate Action Plan is now in the community consultation and education phase. The plan aims to raise awareness of increasing extreme weather trends, the local effects of climate change and how the city plans to respond and adapt to it.

The city's 10-year action plan aims to mitigate the effects of increasing weather extremes and a changing climate by reducing the city's overall greenhouse-gas emissions and adapt to changes already seen and recorded in the local climate. The plan is expected to be activated in 2019, following a 2-year consultation and planning process.

Mississauga climate data suggests the city can expect 20 to 30 pct more ice storms, three to four degree warmer winters, 44 millimetres more precipitation during the spring and fall, 20 millimetres more snowfall in the winter, 20 to 37 pct more intense rainfalls, 20 to 32 days of more heat waves, and 24 more days in the growing season. Forty-two per cent of the city's GHG emissions come from heating buildings, followed by transportation. (Source: City of Mississauga, Mississauga News, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Mississauga, Michael Cleland, Dir. Environment, Julius Lindsay, Climate Change Specialist, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca

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Swedes Studying Carbon Fiber Auto Body Batteries (New Prod & Tech)
Battery
Date: 2018-10-19
In Sweden, a recent study from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the light-weight carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system.

Studying the microstructure of different types of commercially available carbon fibres, the researchers found that carbon fibres with small and poorly oriented crystals have good electrochemical properties but a lower stiffness in relative terms. When compare with carbon fibres that have large, highly oriented crystals, they have greater stiffness but the electrochemical properties are too low for use in structural batteries.

The researchers found the types of carbon fibre with good electrochemical properties had a slightly higher stiffness than steel, whereas the types whose electrochemical properties were poor are just over twice as rigid as steel. Accordingly, it may be necessary to increase the thickness of carbon fibre composites to compensate for the reduced stiffness of structural batteries and thus increase their energy storage capacity. (Source: Chalmers University of Technology, Public Release, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Chambers University of Technology, Leif Asp, Professor of Material and Computational Mechanics , www.chalmers.se/en

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Anellotech Announces Commercial Bio-TCat Progress (Ind. Report)
Anellotech
Date: 2018-10-19
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech is confirming progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program . The company is planning to scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

Anellotech's patented Bio-TCat thermal-catalytic technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) which can be used in the production of polymers such as polyester, polycarbonate, and nylon, or high-octane gasoline blendstock. The company notes that co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third party technologies. (Source: Anellotech, Public Release, Green Car Congress, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

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SCVTA Adopts Green Building Policy (Ind. Report)
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (
Date: 2018-10-19
In the Golden State, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) Board of Directors reports it has approved the adoption of a Green Building Policy and will incorporate green building principles into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, renovation and deconstruction of all capital, facility and joint-development projects on SCVTA-owned property.

In addition to committing to meet all mandatory measures for nonresidential structures as outlined in the California Green Building Standards Code, SCVTA will also incorporate factors such as on-site recycling and water reuse, sustainable landscaping, energy efficiency, renewable energy and US Green Building Council LEED standards. Any project with an overall budget of $100 million or more will also be required to develop and implement a Sustainability Plan that includes a list and description of green building features to be included in the project as well as the designation of a Sustainability Coordinator. (Source: SCVTA, RT&S, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org

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


Indian Oil Corp Investing $109Mn in Second-Gen Ethanol Plant (Int'l)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-10-19
On the Sub-Continent, public sector oil marketing behemoth Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) reports it will invest close to Rs 8 billion ($109 million +-) in a second-generation, sugarcane ethanol plant in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The state cabinet has approved 30 years lease on a 100 acre site for the plant.

Similar plants have been proposed in other Indian states. (Source: Indian Oil Company, Business Standard, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Second Generation Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Indian Oil Corp.,  Ethanol,  


Is the Renewable Fuel Standard enough to spur progress in advanced Biofuels? Probably not. (Ind. Report)
International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2018-10-19
Production of cellulosic biofuel is expected to fall nearly 7 billion gallons short of meeting the statutory Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume for this type of advanced biofuel in 2018, which has forced the EPA to lower targets for the program. Although cellulosic biofuel production has lagged behind the ambitious RFS schedule, it has exhibited an overall upward trajectory, with year-over-year increases in output since 2011 and new cellulosic biofuel companies coming online. Given that other government support, such as grants and loan guarantees, also influence cellulosic biofuel development, we wanted to know if this modest success is due to the RFS or other forms of direct support.

Download the report HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Chelsea Petrenko and Stephanie Searle, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ICCT, www.theicct.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Council on Clean Transportation,  RFS.Biofuel,  Advanced Biofuel,  


Apple's Isreal R&D Center Scores with LEED Gold, Silver (Int'l)
Apple
Date: 2018-10-19
In Herzliya, Isreal, Apple's R&D centre, the company's second largest development facility, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold and Silver certification, according to the facility's designer Yashar Architects.

The facility is composed of two separate buildings joined by a five-floor suspended atrium. The energy efficiency features include: a building envelope consisting of four types of curtain walls, each one with a different type of glazing to maximize indoor comfort; glass panels printed with dots that filter the light for better and cost efficient temperature control; rooftop solar panels; a smart automatic on-off lighting system; and a climate control system designed to consume 40 pct less electricity than comparable systems. (Source: Yashar Architects, FloorNature, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Yashar Architects, +972 3-620-3220, https://yashararch.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  


Notable Presidential Quotes
Trump
Date: 2018-10-19
"I am truly an environmentalist. (I have) a natural instinct for science."

"I want the cleanest air on the planet and our air now is cleaner than it's ever been." -- U.S. President Donald Trump, 17 Oct, 2018 in an interview with the AP

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump.Clean Air,  Climate Change,  


Malaysian Biodiesel Production, Exports Breaking Records (Int'l)
Malaysian Biodiesel Association
Date: 2018-10-19
Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association notes that the country's palm oil biodiesel production is likely to hit record levels this year and next, with 2018 exports expected to double from 2017, due to higher oil prices.

Malaysia is the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, which can be used as feedstock to make the bio components of biodiesel. According to the Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Malaysian biodiesel production could hit 900,000 tonnes and exports 475,000 tonnes if the current price differential between crude palm oil and gasoil remains at current levels. (Source: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Borneo Post, Reuters, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my

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