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CO2 Solutions Offers Progress Report on Quebec Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions
Date: 2018-10-19
Quebec-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. has provided an update on the progress of its first commercial project with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc. and Serres Toundra Inc.

The project entails the deployment of a 30-tpd CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment at a pulp mill in Saint-Félicien, Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Serres Toundra greenhouse facility.

On Wednesday, 17 October, the absorber and desorber columns, core elements of the capture unit, were installed on site -- a critical step towards the commissioning of the capture unit which is planned for November 2018. A six-month demonstration period will follow the commissioning after which the plant is expected start generating revenues from the sale of the CO2. The Saint-Felicien unit will be the the company's second capture unit operating full-time and its first commercial unit. (Source: CO2 Solutions, PR, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Jeremie Lavoie, 418-842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  


RWE, Carbon-Clean Investigate Thermal Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
RWE Power,Carbon-Clean
Date: 2018-10-19
The Essen, Germany-headquartered electrical utility RWE Power AG and Cologne, Germany-based Carbon-Clean Technologies GmbH report they are investigating the potential of an innovative energy storage system for power and heat generation in a feasibility study.

Carbon-Clean's high- temperature thermal system technology stores large quantities of electrical energy in the form of heat, and delivers this energy on demand to the power plant process. This enables thermal power plants to better meet their role as flexible partners in an energy mix which is increasingly based on renewables. (Source: RWE Power AG, Carbon Clean Technologies, PR, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Carbon Clean Technologies, Dr. Robert Pfab, +49 221 355 7550, info@carbonclean.de, www.carbonclean.de; RWE PowerAG, www.group.rwe/en/the-group/organisational-structure/rwe-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


A Siemens Roadmap to Decarbonization (Ind. Report)
Siemens
Date: 2018-10-17
"How will our lives change in this century? Will we have autonomous vehicles? Will cancer be defeated? Will there be colonies on Mars? No one knows. As far as the planet's future temperature is concerned, however, there is one clear target -- The Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2015 obliges the international community -- with the exception of the United States -- to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial climate in this century. We also know what it will take to achieve this goal: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), to a net zero."

Download Siemens Roadmap to Decarbonization Report HERE. (Source: Siemens, Oct., 2018) Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


Chinese Wave Energy Amplification Tech Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Xiamen University
Date: 2018-10-17
In China, Xiamen University and Zhejiang University are touting a new structure that concentrates wave energy to facilitate offshore wave energy projects.

The research team previously demonstrated concentration of microwaves using a cylindrical device that comprised a set of thin metal sheets extended radially outward from the cylinder axis. The channels between the sheets perpendicular to the axis directed waves inward and boosted the central wave amplitude.

The researchers envision a similar submurged and anchored structure for water waves. The central open region of the structure is surrounded by vertical walls that are taller than the waves and extended radially outward, similar to the microwave device, to focus and amplify the wave energy. The research was published in Physical Review Letters on September 07, 2018. (Source: Xiamen University, Coherent Chronicle, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Xiamen University, en.xmu.edu.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


Trina Supplies Modules to Ukraine Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
Trina Solar
Date: 2018-10-17
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is reporting delivery of 123MW of PV modules to a 246 MW PV power project developed by DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine. Upon completion, the project will the largest single PV power station in Europe, according to Trina.

The Ukraine currently relies on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, with renewable energy accounting for a very small proportion. The government of Ukraine initiated a national energy development strategy, aimed at increasing total installed capacity of renewable energy to 5GW by 2020. (Source: Trina Solar Limited, PR, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Trina Solar Ltd., Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar,  Solar,  


Duke Expands Green Source Advantage Program (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: 2018-10-17
In Charlotte, Duke Energy Carolinas is touting a proposed Green Source Advantage program that will allow its South Carolina large corporate and business customers to receive energy bill credits for energy produced by a solar site not located on the customers' premises. The program, subject to Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) approval, also allows customers to retain the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) produced by the facility.

The program would provide up to a total of 150 MW of reserved renewable energy capacity, 113 MW of which will be reserved for customers of Duke Energy Carolinas, and 37 MW of capacity will be reserved for Duke Energy Progress customers. (Source: Duke Energy Carolinas, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Duke Energy Carolinas,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Springfield Biomass Plant Cleared for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-10-17
In Hampton County, Mass., the City of Springfield -- pop. 154,000 -- is reporting a long delayed woody biomass burning power plant could break ground this coming spring. The project has been stalled for several years by legal battles and resident concerns about air quality and traffic.

According to the Springfield City Solicitor, Ed Pikula, the unnamed developer has the necessary permits and a four-year window to complete the project. (Source: City of Springfield, 22 News WWLP, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Springfiels, (413) 736-3111, www.springfield-ma.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


Centrica Report Touts Distributed Low-Carbon Energy Tech (Int'l)
Centrica
Date: 2018-10-17
In the UK, Powering Sustainability, a new study from British Gas owner Centrica Plc has found that the country's healthcare, industrial, and hospitality sectors could meet more than half of their greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030 by deploying distributed low carbon energy technologies such as battery storage, energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy power generation. The report notes that efficiency measures could deliver an 11 per cent CO2 saving across the healthcare, industrial, and hospitality sectors which together represent over 27 pct of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

The government's 2017 Clean Growth Strategy challenged UK businesses to improve their energy efficiency -- productivity by 20 pct by 2030, and the report argues distributed energy technologies could help companies achieve around half of that target. The reports says the deployment of distributed energy technologies in just half of organizations across the three sectors could achieve savings of 9 megatonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent for a total of 137MtCO2e by 2030.

The government's independent Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK is currently off track to meet its binding emissions goals for the late 2020s and early 2030s. (Source: Centrica, Business Green, Oct., 2018) Contact: Centrica, www.centrica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Eficiency,  


SwRI's "Supercritical" CO2 Pilot Project Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
SwRI,Gas Technology Institute
Date: 2018-10-17
According to researchers at the not-for-profit San Antonio-headquartered Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), the use of high pressure "supercritical" carbon dioxide in power generation can cut costs, save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of a six-year effort to further develop "supercritical" CO2 technology, construction is slated to get underway this month on a 10-MW demonstration power plant at SwRI's West San Antonio campus. The pilot will generate sufficient electric power for an average 10,000 homes.

SwRI is working with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and General Electric on the pilot project, which engineers hope will show the technology is commercially viable. The $119 million pilot plant, which is receiving up to $84 million in US DOE funding, is slated for completion in April 2020. (Source: SwRI, Rivard, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; Gas Technology Institute, (847) 768-0500, www.gastechnology.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute,  SwRI,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Amazon UK Fulfillment Centers Switching to Solar (Int'l)
Amazon
Date: 2018-10-17
Amazon reports it is set to install 20 MW of solar panels at its fulfillment centers across the U.K. The panels are expected to "generate the equivalent amount of electricity required to power over 4,500 U.K. homes." and cut the company's carbon footprint by 6,000 tpy of carbon dioxide.

The company plans to deploy large scale rooftop solar systems at 10 of its U.K. fulfillment centers over the next 18 months. This solar generated electricity will be backed by UK Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates, which means that the energy bought for fulfillment centers and other buildings will have come from sources such as wind and solar. (Source: Amazon, CNBC, 16 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Solar,  


DOE Offering Solar Resiliency R&D Funding (R&D, Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2018-10-17
The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $46 million in research funding to improve the resiliency of solar generation and the development of holistic solutions that can provide grid operators with situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats.

The funded projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, communications, and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient. Approximately 10 projects ranging from $2 million to $10 million will be funded over three years.

More funding information can be found HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, Oct., 2018) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  DOE EERE,  


Northern Ontario Biomass Innovation Cluster Threatened (Ind. Report)
Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2018-10-17
In Ontario, the Toronto-based Power Workers Union reports it believes Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) decision to close the world's largest generating station to be converted from coal to advanced biomass in Thunder Bay, Ontario, will ultimately lead to the disappearance of the region's established biomass innovation cluster.

Over the last decade, Ontario invested about $200 million in the region's biomass innovation cluster, most of it for the conversion of the publicly-owned Thunder Bay and Atikokan stations to biomass. Millions of dollars were also invested in innovative biomass research at Confederation College, Lakehead University and the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy.

With a contract that expires in 2024, Atikokan Generating Station is North America's largest generating station to be converted from coal to 100 pct carbon-neutral white pellet biomass. Power contracts with Ontario's Independent Electricity Operator (IESO) govern the operations of the two stations, both of which are under-utilized, according to IESO. (Source: Power Wokers Union, PR, IESO, Oct., 2018) Contact: Power Workers Union, Paul Hyatt, Pres., (905) 308-1602, www.poweringthenorth.ca; Ontario Power Generation, (289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Ontario Power Generation ,  


GRP, Active Energy Announce CoalSwitch JV (Ind. Report)
CoalSwitch,Georgia Renewable Power
Date: 2018-10-17
London-listed renewable energy company Active Energy Group Plc (AEG) reports it will enter into a joint venture (JV) with Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) for the installation of CoalSwitch production facilities in the US. GRP presently operates three biomass-to-energy power plants totaling 165MW capacity North Carolina and Georgia.

The JV company called the Active Energy Renewable Power will first carry out the installation works at the GRP's North Carolina facility to be followed by two additional CoalSwitch facilities at each of GRP's other biomass-to-energy power plant locations in Carnesville and Colbert, Georgia. Currently, the plants in Georgia are under construction and are targeted to be commissioned by the middle of next year. Under the JV, 25t per hour CoalSwitch facilities are planned for construction at each site, to be installed in the coming 36 months. The JV intends to expand the CoalSwitch production capacity up to 100 tonnes per hour in the region. (Source: Power Technology, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Active Energy, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com; Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Georgia Renewable Power ,  


Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Save Boaz Schools $6.8Mn (Ind. Report)
ABM
Date: 2018-10-17
ABM Industries, a provider of facility solutions, reports it has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting program for Boaz City Schools in Boaz, Alabama.The contracted work is projected to save Boaz City Schools more than $6.8 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The savings will be used to cover the costs of the upgrades.

Highlights of the project include:

  • installation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) laboratory at Boaz Middle School;
  • retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting at four schools and the board and district offices;
  • rejuvenating HVAC units at five facilities, which will be operated by state-of-the-art HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency;
  • refrigeration management programs will be put in place at four of the school system's buildings; and
  • upgrading ventilation systems at all six facilities to reduce outside air from entering, and sealing building envelopes at five facilities.

    The project launched in September 2018 and is scheduled for completion in May 2019. (Source: ABM Industries Inc., , PR, Global News Wire, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: ABM Technical Solutions, Mark Newsome, Pres., Susie A. Choi, (212) 297-9721, susie.choi@abm.com, www.abm.com: ABM Contraction Program details, www.abm.com/energy/performance-contracting

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • DEWA Seeking Chinese Renewable Energy Partners (Int'l Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is seeking Chinese partners for the development of green energy sources and will, over the next 30 years, invest approximately $8.2 billion in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

    DEWA expects to generate 25 pct of its power from solar by 2030, increasing to 75 pct by 2050. To that end, the city commissioned the world's largest single-site solar park for Dubai in October 2013. The facility aims to have a 5,000 megawatt capacity by 2030, with a fifth coming from concentrated solar power. (Source: DEWA, PR, Yicai Global, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Waleed bin Salman, Exec. VP Business Development, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  Solar,  Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Opower Energy Efficiency Programs Savings Hit 20TWh (Ind. Report)
    Opower,Oracle
    Date: 2018-10-17
    Oracle Utilities Opower reports consumer households supported by Opower energy efficiency programs have saved more than 20-terawatt hours (TWh) in cumulative energy savings -- sufficient energy to power San Francisco homes for 10 years, Spain for a month or three million Tesla Model 3s traversing the length of the equator.

    Opower's energy efficiency programs, including Home Energy Reports, are part of a larger Oracle Utilities demand-side management product suite that includes Peak Management, Proactive Alerts, and energy management web tools. Working in tandem, these solutions are designed to inform and motivate consumers to better control their home energy consumption and cost, while allowing utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, reduce call center volume, and improve customer satisfaction.

    Currently, Oracle Utilities Opower programs are on track to deliver 4 TWh of savings annually, which is equivalent to the power generated yearly by the Hoover Dam, according to Oracle Opower. (Source: Oracle, PR, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Oracle, Kristen Reeves, (925) 787-6744, kris.reeves@oracle.com, www.oracle.com; Opower, www.oracle.com/industries/utilities/products/opower-energy.../index.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Opower,  Oracle,  Energy Efficiency,  


    EBRD Investing €80Mn in Ukrainian Bioenergy (Int'l. Report)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2018-10-17
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it plans to invest €80 million in from 10 to 15 Ukrainian bioenergy projects focused on bioethanol, biogas and bio methane fuels production through 2019. The program will be jointly financed with the Global Environment Facility and the Clean Technology Fund.

    Ukraine is reported to have significant untapped capacity in bioenergy production, but faces logistical challenges when it comes to taking advantage of biomass and getting full benefit from the energy potential in vast amounts of agricultural bi-product and waste.

    The EBRD's combined operations and engagement in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is presently close to €24 billion, according to the bank (Source: EBRD, InterFax Ukraine, KYIV, 16 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,  EBRD,  Bioenergy,  


    Ark.DEQ, UDDC Partner on Energy Efficient Homes (Ind. Report)
    Arkansas DEQ
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Little Rock, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports it is partnering with the not-for-profit University District Development Corporation (UDDC) to bring increased energy efficiency to affordable homes near the University of Arkansas.

    The roughly 1400 sq-ft houses have programmable thermostats, top of the line windows, tankless water heaters and other energy efficiency features. (Source: Arkansas DEQ, KATV Little Rock, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Arkansas DEQ, (501) 682-0923, www.adeq.state.ar.us; UDDC, www.UDDClittlerock.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arkansas DEQ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability (Conferences & Events)
    Jet Biofuel
    Date: 2018-10-17
    A coalition of international aviation organizations is reporting its up-coming Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event scheduled for Jan. 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. According to the organizers, the upcoming event reaffirms the general aviation industry's commitment to advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). The event will demonstrate that SAJF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today's general aviation aircraft. Jet fuel blended with SAJF will be available from VNY's four fixed-based operators during the event. Download event details HERE

    According to the Montreal-headquartered Intl Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General Kurt Edwards, "The global business aviation industry has committed to mitigating and ultimately reducing its carbon emissions through a number of measures, including operational improvements and new technologies. Sustainable aviation fuel is a central technology that will propel us to meet our goals. IBAC commends the initiative at Van Nuys Airport as a solid first step with many more to come as business aviation, always on the cutting edge of technology, takes up such fuels."

    Download the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Initiative & Business Aviation Guide HERE Source: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Oct 16, 2018) Contact: NBAA, (202) 783-9000, Fax: (202) 331-8364, info@nbaa.org, www.nbaa.org; Intl Business Aviation Council, (514) 954-6161, info@ibac.org, www.ibac.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Trump on Climate Change -- Notable Quotes Then and Now
    Trump
    Date: 2018-10-17
    "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," pre-president Donald Trump famously said while on the campaign trail. "The Donald" has also dubbed climate change a "hoax," "a total hoax," "an expensive hoax," and "a total, and very expensive, hoax," as well as "very expensive ... bullshit."

    Now, during an interview on the television program 60 Minutes, President Donald Trump seemed to acknowledge to interviewer Lesley Stahl that he no longer believes climate change is a hoax. "I think something's happening. Something's changing, and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax. I think there's probably a difference, but I don't know that it's man-made."

    "I will say this. I don't wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don't wanna be put at a disadvantage," the President added. (Source: President Donald Trump, The Atlantic, Various Media, 60 Minutes, 14 Oct., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Trump Quotes,  Climate Change,  


    Hecate, InfraRed Capital Launch Energy Storage Co. (Ind. Report)
    Hecate Energy,InfraRed Capital
    Date: 2018-10-17
    Chicago-headquartered Hecate Energy and InfraRed Capital Partners report they are partnering to form a new energy storage company called Hecate Grid. The new venture will develop, build, own, and operate utility-scale energy storage projects in North America. The company's initial portfolio includes 126 MWh of operating and contracted assets and over 600 MWh of projects in the pipeline.

    In the forming of Hecate Grid, Hecate Energy contributed its existing energy storage portfolio, comprising 126 MWh of operating and contracted assets, along with 600 MWh of projects in the pipeline. InfraRed committed to fund the new company's growth. The new company will be headquartered in Chicago, IL. (Source: Hecate Energy, InfraRed Capital Partners, PR, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: InfraRed Capital Partners, www.ircp.com; Hecate Energy LLC, Chris Bullinger, CEO, Solutions@HecateEnergy.com, www.hecateenergy.com

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


    $27.5Mn for NY Clean, Energy Efficiency Workforce Training (Funding)
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is reporting the availability of $27.5 million in new funding and incentives for clean energy and energy efficiency workforce development. According the 2018 New York Clean Energy Industry Report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 151,000 workers are now employed statewide in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors.

    NYSERDA is making $27.5 million available in workforce development hiring and training incentives to assist clean energy businesses with recruiting and training new employees, upskilling existing workers, and establishing a talent pipeline to reduce businesses cost of attracting and hiring new workers.

    Workforce funding includes: $7 million for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training, $10 million for on-the-job training: and $10.5 million for a clean energy internship program. The Empire State ranks 3rd nationally both for energy efficiency employment and solar jobs, and other sectors such as grid modernization and energy storage are growing at a fast pace. The energy efficiency is the largest clean energy technology category in terms of jobs and investments -- employing 117,300 workers in 2017 with firms receiving over $4.1 billion in investments since 2011. (Source: NYSERDA, LongIsland.com, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Cuomo's Renewavle Energy Vision New York, www.rev.ny.gov; Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Clean Energy,  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  NYSERDA,  


    Ontario Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Will Cost $3Bn (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Canada's largest province by population (13.6 million) the Ontario Financial Accountability Office is reporting that the loss of revenue caused by the freshman Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford's scrapping of the Province's cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years.

    According to the watch dog agency, the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program. The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, CBC News, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702, info@fao-on.org, www.fao-on.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Tax,  


    EIB, Indonesia Ink Green Infrastructure Development MoU (Int'l)
    EIB
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Reporting from Jakarta, the government of Indonesia and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed an agreement to further invest in and develop green infrastructure projects in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will increase the country's resilience to climate change and other natural disasters in the medium and long term.

    The MoU is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the European Union and Indonesia's climate action agendas.

    The focus of the European Investment Bank's operations on climate mitigation and adaptation will provide additional opportunities for important projects for low carbon development, resilient cities and infrastructures. (Source: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, DevDiscourse, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, +62 021-319 6207, www.bappenas.go.id; EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Green nt Infrastructure,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    MHI Vestas Isle of Wight Blade Plant Ups Production (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2018-10-15
    MHI Vestas reports it is increasing capacity at its wind turbine blade production facility at the West Medina Mills on the Isle of Wight. The first quarter of 2018 marked the first time in British history that wind power outstripped electricity production from nuclear power stations, according to coverage in the Independent. (Source: MHI Vestas, Independent, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Vestas,  Wind Blade,  


    REA Resource Recovery Systems, U Conn Partner on Wastewater Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
    REA Resource Recovery Systems
    Date: 2018-10-15
    REA Resource Recovery Systems reports it is working with the University of Connecticut and the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority on a project using REA's proprietary technology that turns fats, oils and grease into "B100" rated biodiesel fuel. The project aims to use U Conn food service waste vegetable oil as feed stock for biodiesel production. REA has targeted other potential plants in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, Conn. to move the project forward.

    REA's proprietary process converts feedstock with high Free Fatty Acids (FFA's) into high quality biodiesel. This process handles feedstock with FFA's from 0 pct to 100 pct and is designed to process a mixture of available feedstocks, according to the company website. (Source: REA-Systems, Whitman, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: REA Resource Recovery Systems, Eric Metz, (203)590-3838, www.rea-systems.com; Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, (203)466-5280, https://gnhwpca.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Oswego Named EPA Green Power Partner (Ind. Report)
    EPA Green Power Partner
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the Land of Lincoln, the community of Oswego (pop. 56,000 +-) reports it has been recognized by the the US EPA as a Green Power Partner community. The award is in recognition of the village's Electrical Aggregation Program and its commitment to 100 pct renewable energy.

    For the program, the community contracted with clean energy provider MC Squared to purchase most of the energy and all the renewable energy credits for residents and businesses that participate in the Village's Electrical Aggregation program. For residents in the program, the amount they pay on their ComEd bills for their electricity supply supports new energy from a mix of wind and solar projects -- all at the same price as conventional coal -- and gas-powered electricity. Currently, 74 pct of all energy used in Oswego is from renewable resources.

    To qualify as a Green Power Partner, communities must use energy from eligible renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, or certain biomass or low-impact hydroelectric sources. The energy must be purchased voluntarily and sourced from renewable facilities less than 15 years old located in the U.S. (Source: Village of Oswego, US EPA, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Village of Oswego, Electrical Aggregation (630) 554-3618, www.oswegoil.org; EPA Green Power Partner, www.epa.gov/greenpower

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    SolarTerra Solar Farm Touted in Qatar (Int'l. Report)
    SolarTerra Solar
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In Qatar, German civil engineer Peter Neuschaefer is touting an award-winning sustainable solar and agricultural development concept that could help Qatar diversify its energy mix while addressing environmental protection, agro-technology, and food security concerns.

    The SolarTerra Farm project is based on TerraSave, an idea is to reduce CO2 emissions to help save the environment based on the following concepts: wastewater treatment, wetland and landscape creation, biomass production, solar and wind energy, energy storage, solar desalination, and air-conditioning cooling by heat exchange. The TerraSave concept reportedly delivers a 70 pct to 80 pct savings in maintenance compared to other technical treatment plants.

    The SolarTerra Farm concept, which is being studied for a 100MW to 500MW solar farm project, is basically a solar farm with crops planted beneath the PV panel which are mounted about 10-12 ft above the ground to allow crops to grow and farm machinery to operate beneath them. The concept also involves technology that recycles the water used to clean and cool PV panels. Since the crops are under the solar farm, they are irrigated regularly and are protected from direct sunlight, which reduces evaporation, according to the concept developer Neuschaefer. (Source: Gulf Times, 14 Oct., 2018) Contact: Dorsch Holding Qatar, Peter Neuschaefer, Operations Director, +974-4-480 2097, https://qatar.dorsch.de/company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  CO2 Emissions,  


    F2i Acquires 334-MW Italian Solar Power Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
    Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In a press release, Italian asset manager Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture (F@i) reports the acquisition of domestic solar platform RTR and its 334-MW photovoltaic (PV) portfolio. The acquisition was financed through the UK private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd. The exact purchase price was not disclosed,Reuters previously reported the amount stood at €1.3 billion.

    With the acquisition, F2i is now the third largest solar power producer in Europe, according to the company release. (Source: Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: F2i, Renato Ravanelli, CEO, www.f2isgr.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News F2i,  Solar,  


    Arctic Biodiversity Congress Pledges Coal Emission Cuts (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions,
    Date: 2018-10-15
    At the Arctic Biodiversity Congress last week in Rovaniemi, Lapland -- the northern most region of Finland -- the environment ministers of the Arctic region countries -- Finland, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States -- announced that they intended to cut down on the use of black coal which has been widely linked to accelerated warming of the planet and the melting of glaciers in the Arctic.

    According to Finnish Environment Minister, Kimmo Tiilikainen, Arctic area countries will continue to work to minimize black coal emissions as well as reduce emissions in marine traffic by transitioning to cleaner fuels. Tiilikainen added that Finland would not cut back on using wood for heating homes as part of its plan to rein in emissions. "Norway has also had a project ongoing for several years to make stoves operate in a cleaner way. We plan to step up this work in the future,"Tiilikainen noted, adding that Norway plans to ban the use of fossil-based oils for heating. (Source: Finnish Environment Ministry, Yle, Others, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact: Finnish Environment Minister, Kimmo Tiilikainen, https://tem.fi/en/minister-for-housing-energy-and-the-environment

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Texas A&M Awarded $2.2 Mn for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Texas A&M
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In College State, Texas A&M AgriLife Research is reporting receipt of $2.2 million in grant funding from grant from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office to support investigation of waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents.

    According to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and project leader Dr. Joshua Yuan, "The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass has been around for many years, but many of the waste products can not be commercialized due to the configuration of these biorefineries. What we are trying to accomplish is developing a streamlined process where the biomass waste at these refineries can be fractionated to produce lipids for biodiesel, asphalt binder modifier and quality carbon fiber. All of these bioproducts can add great value to the economy and enhance their market value."

    Yuan noted that lignocellulose bioconversion refineries burn off 60 pct of the lignin produced. Utilizing this lignin offers incentives such as improving the efficiencies of a biorefinery, reducing costs and lowering emissions. The work will include developing an integrated biorefinery program or "a blueprint for future biorefinery development," Yuan added. (Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Dr. Joshua Yuan, Dir. Synthetic and Systems Biology Hub, people.tamu.edu/~syuan, www.tamu.edu; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Texas A&M,  US DOE BETO,  lignocellulosic ,  biofuel,  


    SunPower Nails 1.7MW Bose Corp. Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2018-10-15
    San Jose, California-headquartered SunPower is reporting the completion of a 4,000 panel, 2.4 million kWh solar installation at the Bose Corporation's campus in Framingham, Massachusetts.

    SunPower provided turnkey service for the installation, including financing, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) as well as long term operation and maintenance (O&M) support for the fixed-tilt, ground mounted system on the Bose campus. (Source: SunPower, 13 Oct., 018) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  


    Latin America's Largest Wind Complex Announced (Int’l Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In a press release, Iberdrola has announced its Brazilian subsidiary Neoenergia, will construct a 565.5 MW -- Latin America's largest renewable energy project -- near the community of Santa Luzia in northeastern Brazil.

    The Paraiba wind farm complex will incorporate 18 wind farms, of which three are already in operation and 15 others are in different stages of development. The project is slated for commissioning and operation 2022/2023. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, REVE, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  


    University of Michigan Alage Biofuel R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Researchers from the University of Michigan are reporting receipt of $2 million in funding from the US DOE to create renewable diesel from algae. The grant will support the development of a method of collecting algae and turning algae into a low carbon, clean diesel fuel.

    When the desired type of algae is identified, the researchers will study how best to convert the algae into a highly efficient diesel. (Source: University of Michigan, Siver Telegram, Informator News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, University of Michigan, Biology Prof. Bradley Cardinale, (734) 764-9689, bradcard@umich.edu, http://seas.umich.edu/research/faculty/brad_cardinale, www.umich.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Biodiesel Algae,  


    Energy Efficiency Included in San Antonio Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    San Antonio, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the Lone Star State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is seeking feedback on its proposed strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions through its newly developed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The plan is expected to be approved and set into action this coming spring.

    The plan has identified buildings and transportation as the largest factors to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Forty-seven pct of the sprawling city's carbon emissions come from building energy consumption and 38 pct of emissions are tied to transportation, according to the plan. Strategies for cutting emissions from buildings include implementing building codes to create structures that require less energy, offering rebate programs for energy efficiency retrofitting spaces and for the use of more efficient appliances. Strategies to lower transportation emissions include increasing the charging fees for EV charging infrastructure, reducing single occupant vehicle use, encouraging public transit and others. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Douglas Melnick, (210) 207-6103, (210) 207-6934 fax, , www.sanantonio.gov/Sustainability

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


    Rwanda Imks Greenhouse Gases Reduction Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Greenhouse Gas Management Institute ,Carbon Institute
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Rwanda and the Washington, DC-headquartered Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Carbon Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch an international 7-year partnership for carbon accounting in Rwanda, according to a statement from the Rwanda Ministry of Environment.

    The agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda's Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms including the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). It will also allow Rwanda to become a regional training center for carbon accounting in the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regions. The signatories will also collaborate to develop an Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate programme at the University of Rwanda. (Source: Rwanda Ministry of Environment, Rwanda New Times, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, (202)350-9047, info@ghginstitute.org, https://ghginstitute.org; Rwanda Ministry of Environment, www.minirena.gov.rw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Management Institute,  Carbon Institute ,  


    San Antonio Fine-Tuning Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the Lone Stare State, the city of San Antonio Office of Sustainability is seeking feedback on its proposed strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions through its newly developed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The plan is expected to be approved and set into action this coming spring.

    The plan has identified buildings and transportation as the largest factors to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Forty-seven pct of the sprawling city's carbon emissions come from building energy consumption and 38 pct of emissions are tied to transportation, according to the plan. Strategies for cutting emissions from buildings include implementing building codes to create structures that require less energy, offering rebate programs for energy efficiency retrofitting spaces and for the use of more efficient appliances. Strategies to lower transportation emissions include increasing the charging fees for EV charging infrastructure, reducing single occupant vehicle use, encouraging public transit and others. (Source: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, San Antonio Express News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Douglas Melnick, (210) 207-6103, (210) 207-6934 fax, , https://www.sanantonio.gov/Sustainability


    Risen Energy Snares 100-MW Western Australia Solar Project (M&A)
    Risen Energy, Stellata Energy
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Chinese solar technology specialist Risen Energy Co. Ltd. is reporting the $160 million acquisition of the 100MW (AC) Merredin solar project in Western Australia from Perth-headquartered Stellata Energy.

    Construction on the region's largest solar farm is slated to get underway before the year end. When fully operational in 2019 the 405,000 panel solar farm will generate sufficient power for approximately 42,000 homes and will have an estimated life span of 30 years. (Source: Risen Energy Co. Ltd., TechMag, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Risen Energy, www.risenenergy.com; Stellata Energy, +61 8 6165 8860, www.stellata.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Australia Solar ,  


    Vietnamese Ethanol Plant Soon to be Back in Action (Int'l.)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In Hanoi, the Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company (BSR-BF), which operates the Dung Quat Biofuel plant, is reporting the plant in central Quang Ngai province resumed operations on October 14, following a three year hiatus for inefficiency.

    Production is scheduled to resume at about 65 pct capacity until October 28, then stop for several days so that necessary technical checks and maintenance can be performed before full-time commercial operation begins.

    During the first two weeks, the plant is expected to produce around 2,000 tonnes of Ethanol, increasing to 7,000 cu.m for the two remaining months of this year and 35,000 cu.m in 2019. (Source: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company, VNA, October 15, 2018 ) Contact: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company, https://petrosetco.com.vn/.../petrovietnam-central-biofuels-joint-stock-company.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viet Nam Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Calif. Open Space District Adopting Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Following on the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) climate change report the San Francisco Bay area Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has approved its own climate change policy and action plan. The plan sets ambitious emission reduction goals for the organization and providing a roadmap to achieve them.

    Midpen, which stewards more than 63,000 acres of public open space, including redwood forests which store large amounts of carbon, is targeting a reduction in emissions of 20 pct below its 2016 baseline by 2022, 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. To that end, Midpen will reduce emissions from vehicles, equipment, employee commutes, business travel, offices and tenant residences, using renewable diesel fuel, installing electric vehicle chargers,and others. The plan also identifies strategies for reducing or offsetting emissions from livestock grazing in Midpen's open space preserves, enhancing carbon sequestration, reducing preserve visitor transportation emissions and increasing staff and visitor awareness of climate change.

    This goal is in line with the Golden State's climate change policy and the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.

    The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a public agency committed to acquiring and preserving open space and agricultural land of regional significance, protect and restore the natural environment and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. (Source: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Siliconner, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Ana Maria Ruiz, Dir., (650) 691-1200, (650) 691-0485 (fax), info@openspace.org, www.openspace.org/climate

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    SISW Commissions Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project (Ind. Report)
    Siemens
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Siemens is reporting the commissioning of two SGE-56HM gas engines for a 1,000 tpd landfill methane gas-to-energy project at Southern Idaho Solid Waste's (SISW) Milner Butte Landfill in Burley, Idaho.

    SISW deployed two Siemens SGE-56HM gas generator sets to run on the waste gas from the landfill and generate electrical power. The Siemens SGE-HM series is purpose-built for landfill gas-to-energy power applications. (Source: Siemens, Water Technology, 15 Oct., 2018)Contact: Southern Idaho Solid Waste, (208) 432-9082, www.sisw.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Idaho Solid Waste,  Siemens ,  Gas-to-Energy,  Landfill Waste,  Biogas,  


    Montreal's Technopole Angus Scores LEED v4 Platinum (Ind. Report)
    LEED
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Reporting from Montreal, the Societe de developpement Angus has announced that the development plan for Montreal’s Technopole Angus 37,000-square-metre neighbourhood mixed-use project has obtained LEED v4 Platinum certification for sustainable neighbourhood design.

    The project will include: 360 residential units, 80 pct of which will be social and affordable housing; 45,000 square metres of office space; 3,000 square metres of commercial space; an elementary school and two new public daycare centres; 550 underground parking spaces; and public spaces such as a pedestrian street, urban maple forest, public squares and greenbelts. Sustainability features include an energy loop targeted to be 40 pct more efficient than the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and a collection system that reuses 95 pct of rainwater. (Source: Societe de developpement Angus , Daily Commercial News, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Societe de developpement Angus https://sda-angus.com

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    £8.7Mn for Cumbria R&D, Efficiency Projects (Int'l, Funding)
    European Regional Development Fund
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the UK, three rounds of funding totaling £8.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) have opened to help Cumbrian businesses advance R&D, carbon reduction and resource and energy efficiency projects.

    Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is helping to manage the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) programme up to 2020, which includes ERDF as well as the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

    Up to £4 million of ERDF funding is available for projects supporting growth in R&D across the county. A further £3.4 million has been earmarked for business support packages designed to make local SMEs more energy efficient, provide innovative, low carbon solutions and introduce new sources of energy generation and storage. The remaining £1.3 million will be applied to projects which can increase resource efficiency and promote bio-diversity by maximizing the county's natural capital. (Source: ERDF, Cumbria Crack, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: ERDF Funding, www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/environment-and-resource-efficiency-call-in-cumbria-oc07r18p-0836; European Regional Development Fund, http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/policy/what/glossary/e/european-regional-development-fund

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    Climeworks Opens Italian Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l Report)
    Climeworks
    Date: 2018-10-12



    Neste, Air BP Seal Green Jet Fuel Cooperation Deal (Int'l)
    Neste,Air BP
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Biofuels specialist Neste and aviation fuel supplier Air BP report they are partnering to scale up the fledgling supply chain for sustainable jet fuels made from waste-based feedstocks and will work together to introduce a co-branded sustainable aviation fuel to market at airports through Air BP's global network.

    Neste's MY Renewable Jet Fuel has been used in thousands of commercial flights. Similarly, Air BP has supplied its BP Biojet product at 10 airports across the Nordic countries since 2014.

    The aviation industry is facing mounting pressure to curb emissions ahead of the introduction of the UN-backed CORSIA offsetting scheme, which is set to impose a carbon price on a growing number of airlines with a view to ensuring the sector delivers on its goals of securing 'carbon neutral growth' from 2020 and cutting net aviation emissions in half by 2050. (Source: Neste, BusinessGreen, Others, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; BP Air, www.bp.com/en/global/bp-air.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Air BP,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Wisconsin Wind Farm Scuttled for Inefficiency (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Public Service
    Date: 2018-10-12
    The Wisconsin Public Service reports it is shutting down its 1999 vintage, 14-turbine wind farm in the Kewaunee County Town of Lincoln. The 24.283 million kWh per year facility is expected to be completely demolished by the end of the year.

    According to Wisconsin Public Service, the nearly 20 year old facility was no longer efficient. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, Green Bay Press-Gazette, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wisconsin Public Service, Matt Cullen, Communications, (608) 266-5481, www.wisconsinpublicservice.com

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    298-MW Wind Farm Planned for North Dakota (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-10-12
    In North Dakota, the Dickinson Press, referencing documents filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission, is reporting a direct subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources is planning to construct a 123-turbine, 298.1-MW wind farm about 41 miles southeast of Bismarck. The project is presently seeking a siting permit from the PSC.

    North Dakota hosts nearly 3,000 MW of installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. (Source: North Dakota Public Service Commission, Forum News, Dickinson Press, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; North Dakota Public Service Commission, www.psc.nd.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Wind,  


    GE Touts New Wind Turbine Inspection Tech (New Prod & Tech)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-10-12
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting details of its high-speed wind turbine blade inspection system that uses thermal imaging technology and wide band acoustic spectral analysis to detect wind blade fatigue cracks, defective repairs, faults and other problems.

    The new ground-based system works on GE and non-GE turbines and requires about 15 minutes per blade to provide real time data analytics. To date, more than 1,500 turbines had been inspected with the technology. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Anne McEntee, CEO Digital Services, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/digital-solutions, www.ge-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


    Brazil Contracts 255Mn Gal. in 63th Biodiesel Auction (Int'l)
    Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency
    Date: 2018-10-12
    In Brasilia, the Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) is reporting that 254.9 million gallons of biodiesel totaling $729 million were contracted in the 63th biodiesel auction.

    Brazil's biodiesel auctions are intended to meet the country's the 10 pct minimum blend of biodiesel in diesel sold at the pump. (Source: Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, www.petrolplaza.com/organisations/969

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Petroleum,  Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency,  Biodiesel,  


    Duke Announces $500Mn Carolinas Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered utility Duke Energy Corp reports in it Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) it will invest $500 million in battery storage projects across North and South Carolina over the next 15 years. Presently, North Carolina has approximately 15 MW in operation while South Carolina has significantly.

    The utility also reports it has filed for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a 2-MW solar project, including a 4-MW battery, in Hot Springs, Madison County. (Source: Duke Energy, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2018)Contact: Duke Energy, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com

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