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Innergex Unloading Icelandic Energy Firm HS Orka for $305Mn (M&A)
Innergex,Macquarie Infrastructure
Date: 2019-03-25
Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it will sell its wholly-owned Magma Energy Sweden A.B. subsidiary which holds a 53.9 pct equity stake in HS Orka, to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, for $304.8 million subject to customary closing adjustments

.HS Orka holds two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Bruarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30 pct equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland. The fully funded transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

Net proceeds from the sale will be used to reimburse the $228 million one-year credit facility contracted in October 2018 at the time of the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Cartier wind farms and operating entities, to deleverage corporate facilities and for general corporate purposes. (Source: Innergex, PR. 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Innergex, (450) 926-2550, www.innergex.com, info@innergex.com; Macquarie Infrastructure, www.macquarie.com/mgl/com/mic-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Hydro,  Run-of-River,  Innergex,  Macquarie Infrastructure,  


Neste MY Renewable Diesel Now Available in Calif. (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-03-25
Hesinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel producer Neste reports the opening of Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ cardlock dispensing facilities in San Leandro, San Jose, Ripon, and Keyes California.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. The fuel meets and often exceeds California's rigorous emissions standards while meeting consumer requirements for sustainability. (Source: Neste, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com, Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, usa@neste.com, (713)407-4400, www.NesteMY.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


Notable Quotes on Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal (Ind. Report)
Green New Deal
Date: 2019-03-25
"The Green New Deal is kind of a ridiculous proposal, but denying the problem is equally as bad." -- Sen Lindsay Graham (R-SC), www.lgraham.senate.gov. Graham was commenting on freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal.

"With the so-called Green New Deal, Washington Democrats want our government to spend more money than the entire gross domestic product of the entire world on the new spending programs to forcibly remodel Americans' homes, take away our cars, dramatically increase energy costs." -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), (202) 224-2541, www.mcconnell.senate.gov

"We better hope it's (climate change) man-made, because if it's not we're in trouble." -- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), www.romney.senate.gov. (Source: Various Media, The Hill, 24 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  


Flanders Commits €400Mn to CCS, CCU Initiative (Int'l Report)
Arcelor Mittal
Date: 2019-03-25
Reporting from Antwerp, the Flemish government reports the approval of a plan to spend €400 million over the next 20 years in an effort to manage carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and to become climate neutral by 2050. The plan calls for a reduction in fossil fuels consumption while implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCU) of CO2 that is still being produced. Although CCS and CCU technology is not new it is expensive, and there is no related income from CCS for climate protection.

The Flemish government is interested in CCU, an example of which is a pilot project launched in Ghent last week between steel producer Arcelor Mittal and chemicals manufacturer Dow, to split the carbon monoxide and CO₂ from steel production and use the CO₂ to produce bio-ethanol, a renewable energy source.

In another example, energy provider Engie has joined with waste incinerator Indeval to use CO2 capture to produce ethanol in Antwerp. (Source: Various Media, Brussels Times, Apr, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arcelor Mittal,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  


ABP Strikes UK Wind Energy Supply Dear (Int'l Report)
ABP Food Group
Date: 2019-03-25
In Ireland, ABP Food Group reports has inked an agreement with London-based Natural Capital Partners to power all of ABP's Irish sites with 100 pct wind energy souced from from nearby windfarms.

The agreement will enable ABP to reach its carbon-reduction goals two years ahead of schedule. ABP will have recorded carbon emissions reductions of around 350,000 tonnes across its operations against a 2008 baseline. (Source: ABP Food Group, edie.,et, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: ABP Food Group, +353 1 685 0200, www.abpfoodgroup.com; Natural Capital Partners, +44 (0)20 7833 6000, solutions@naturalcapitalpartners.com, www.naturalcapitalpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Climate Change,  


Kinetrex Energy
Date: 2019-03-25


More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  


Eguana Tech, PurePoint Energy Partner on Conn. Residential Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
PurePoint Energy,Eguana Technologies
Date: 2019-03-25
Calgary, Alberta-based Eguana Technologies reports its Evolve Home Energy Storage System for new or existing residential solar system owners is now available in Connecticut with Norwalk, Conn. headquartered PurePoint as Eguana certified installer.

Evolve is a fully-integrated residential energy storage system that incorporates proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5KW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39kWh in storage capacity. The NEMA 3R wall-mounted package is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. (Source: Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Eguana Technologies, Justin Holland, CEO, (416) 728.7635, Justin.Holland@EguanaTech.com (905) 929-7522, www.EguanaTec.com; PurePoint Energy, Michael Dowling Business Development Manager, Tom Wemyss, VP Bus. Dev., (203) 642-4105, mdowling@purepointenergy.com, www.purepointenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PurePoint Energy,  Energy Storage,  Eguana Technologies,  


ABM EPC Program Saves El Paso Schools $14.8Mn (Ind. Report)
ABM
Date: 2019-03-25
ABM, a provider of facility solutions, reports it has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting program (EPC) for the El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, that is expected to save the District more then $14.8 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2020.

Energy and operational savings will be achieved by: upgrading and retrofitting lighting systems to high-efficiency LED systems; upgrading building automation controls and installing water conservation systems; HVAC system recalibration and upgrades; sealing building envelopes at 14 facilities; and others.

The upgrades are projected to save the school district approximately $862,000 in energy and operating costs in the first year, which will climb during the life of the program, resulting in projected savings of more than $14.8 million. (Source: ABM Industries, PR, March 21, 2019} Contact: ABM Industries Incorporated, Mark Newsome, Pres. Technical Solutions, (212) 297-9721, www.abm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ABM Industries,  


PEI Landfill Gas Project Wins Low-Carbon Energy Funding (Funding)
Enwave Energy Corporation
Date: 2019-03-25
Toronto-headquartered Enwave Energy Corporation reports it is inline to receive as much as $3.5 million in funding through the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Energy Fund to upgrade and expand an existing waste-to-energy system that will divert an additional 23,000 tonnes of organic waste from the Charlottetown District Energy System regional landfill in Prince Edward Island. The project will reduce landfill methane emissions, increase annual energy production, and reduce PEI's fuel oil consumption.

According to Clean Energy Canada, the energy-efficiency measures in Canada's climate plan will help improve Canada's economy and environment between now and 2030 by creating 118,000 new jobs, boosting the nation's GDP by $356 billion, and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

The Low Carbon Economy Fund Challenge provides over $500 million in funding to support projects that will leverage ingenuity across the country to reduce emissions and generate clean growth. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Enwave Energy, PRN, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enwave Energy Corporation, (416)392-6838, www.enwave.com; Canada Low Carbon Energy Fund, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate.../low-carbon-economy-fund.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Enwave Energy Corporation,  


Badger State Gov. Proposes Carbon-Free Energy by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
Date: 2019-03-25
In Minnesota, the office of Gov. Tim Walz (D) is reporting a series of low-carbon, clean energy proposals under which the state would source all of its electric power from carbon-free sources by 2050.The governor claims his proposal differs from other state's proposals in that it calls for partnering with utilities that have set goals for reducing their carbon emissions to zero. Under the governor's plan, each utility would have the flexibility to choose how and at what pace it meets the carbon-free power generation standard.

The proposal is intended to build on the success of Minnesota's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act requiring Minnesota utilities to source a minimum 25 pct of their electricity from renewables by 2025. The state largely achieved that goal in 2017 thanks to the growth of wind and solar power.

Even so, the Gopher State still draws the majority of it electricity from coal-fired plants, many of which are being retired and replaced with wind, solar and natural gas which produces less carbon dioxide. (Source: Office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, infosurhoy, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, https://mn.gov/governor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Chinese Researchers Claim Biomass Jet Biofuel Breakthrough (Int'l)
Aviation Biofuel
Date: 2019-03-25
Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China report finding a way to convert plant waste from agriculture and timber woody biomass into high-density aviation fuel that can be used as either a wholesale replacement fuel or as an additive to improve the efficiency of other jet fuels. The research was published in the journal of Joule.

Cellulose, an abundant polymer that forms the cell walls of plants is the main component in the new biofuel. Although the researchers produced the biofuel at a laboratory scale they believe that the process' cheap, abundant cellulose feedstock, fewer production steps, and lower energy cost and consumption mean it will soon be ready for commercial use. They also predict it will yield higher profits than conventional aviation fuel due to lower production costs. (Source: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, ANI, Green Car Congress, Siasat Daily, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Ning Li, +86 411- 8437-9598, english.dicp.cas.cn

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


EPA Issuing Partial RFS "Hardship" Waivers for 2018 (Ind. Report)
EPA, RFS,American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2019-03-25
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reportedly issue partial waivers to some of the 39 refiners asking for exemptions from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The agency also notes it will keep granting partial waivers until the end of March and won’t retroactively reallocate those waived obligations.

According to the American Coalition for Ethanol the EPA's position is "disappointing and has caused a lot of ethanol demand destruction."

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, EPA, WNAX Radio, 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org.

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  Hardship Waivers,  Biofuel Blend,  


Wisc. Focus on Energy Grants $65,377 for School Upgrades (Funding)
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Date: 2019-03-25
In the Badger State, the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program , which is made possible by Alliant Energy and Waupun Utilities, reports the granting of a $65,377 and a matching incentive from WPPI Energy for $23,817 for nergy-saving improvements to lighting, heating and cooling systems at all schools within the Waupun Area School District.

In 2017-18 the Waupun School District initiated a $36 million energy efficiency and conservation-focused renovation of the district's school facilities. About that time the district applied for energy improvement incentive grants of nearly $90,000 for additional projects. (Source: Wisconsin News, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-K2m2Yad4QIVQuDICh3VeQBLEAAYASAAEgL5wPD_BwE; WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org; Waupun Utilities, www.waupunutilities.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Schneider Elec. Scores 2019 Climate Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric,Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-03-25
BOSTON, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In Boston, global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has been recognized for its commitment to carbon neutrality at the 2019 Climate Leadership Awards. The Organizational Leadership award recognizes the company's comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals as well as its internal response and engagement of its employees, partners, and supply chain to commit to carbon neutrality.

Schneider Electric is committed to reducing emissions and actively works towards making its operations more sustainable through:

  • Energy productivity -- Participation in the Climate Group's global EP100 initiative that brings together a growing group of energy-smart companies committed to using energy more productively, to lower greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate a clean economy;
  • Renewable electricity -- As a member of the RE100 initiative, Schneider Electric is one of the world's most influential companies committed to 100 percent renewable power;
  • Green Premium integrated offers -- By 2020, Schneider Electric is committed to achieving 75 percent of the Company's global sales under its Green Premium program.

    According to the company's Planet & Society Barometer, which is audited by a third party, Schneider Electric slashed energy intensity by 42 pct between 2005 and 2017, and carbon intensity by 35 pct between 2012 and 2017.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S. A full list of the award recipients is available here: https://www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us; Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, www.c2es.org; 2019 Climate Leadership Awards, Climate Leadership Conference, www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Climate Leadership Awards,  


  • Ontario Reconfigures Energy Conservation, Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
    Ontario Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-03-25
    The Conservative Ontario Government of Premier Doug Ford has directed the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to discontinue the Conservation First Framework, including the Heating and Cooling Incentive (HCI) program as part of an initiative intended to "reduce costs by centralizing and refocusing energy conservation programs."

    Minister also noted the IESO "will be expected to present an nergy)Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan to the government within one month of receiving the Directive. The IESO plan would provide details on the programs, budgets and expected electricity and demand savings for the balance of 2019 and 2020. The IESO's CDM Plan is expected to include the following CDM programs, or equivalent programs, centrally delivered by the IESO:

  • Retrofit Program to provide incentives to businesses for updating old or inefficient equipment (e.g. lighting, motors and variable frequency drives);
  • Small Business Lighting providing assessments and incentives for eligible lighting upgrades;
  • Energy Manager Program to provide funding for a portion of the salary of an energy manager to help identify energy saving opportunities & investments and help secure financial incentives;
  • Process and System Upgrades incentives, tools, and resources to help identify, implement, and validate energy efficiency projects from start to finish;
  • Industrial Accelerator Program to be merged with the Process and System Upgrades program under the new framework to expand the eligibility of that program to include transmission connected consumers;
  • Energy Performance Program providing incentives to businesses for whole building energy improvements;
  • Home Assistance Program providing free home energy assessment and installation of electricity savings measures for income eligible customers;
  • Targeted programs for on-reserve First Nation communities.

    In addition to the Heating-Cooling Incentive Program, the following programs will be discontinued:

  • Business Refrigeration Incentive that provides businesses incentives for the direct installation of product refrigeration equipment upgrade;
  • Audit Funding Program funding for a portion of the cost of a facility energy audit;
  • High Performance New Construction provides design assistance and incentives for building owners and planners who design and implement energy efficient equipment within their new space;
  • Existing Building Commissioning incentives for improving the efficiency of the chilled water system, including, audit, purchase and installation of equipment;
  • Monitoring and Targeting incentives to purchase and install a monitoring and targeting system operational Incentives;
  • Instant Discounts point of purchase incentives at participating retailers for qualifying energy efficient products, including LED light bulbs, light fixtures and power bars;
  • Residential New Construction incentives to improve energy performance and install energy efficient products in new builds. (Source: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ontario News, HRAI, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Hon. Greg Rickford, www.mndm.gov.on.ca/en

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


  • Ithaca NY Updates Green Building Policy Report (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-03-25
    Since the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca adopted its final Green Building Policy (GBP) report in May 2018, the city has been preparing for,and is now implementing PhaseTwo: drafting legislation based on the policy recommendations contained in the GBP report.

    To that end the city will continue regular meetings with consultants and working groups; develop details related to off-site location will also be developed and delivered to the Town/City governing bodies for final adoption.

    Download the Ithaca Green Building Policy Final Report HERE. (Source: Town/City of Ithaca, March19,2019) Contact: Town/City of Ithaca, NickGoldsmith, Sustainability Coordinator, ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org; Ithaca Green Building Policy, www.ithacagreenbuilding.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  


    New Mexico Gov. Inks Energy Transition Act (Reg & Leg)
    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Last Friday in Albuquerque, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Friday inked what is being called "landmark legislation" that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines to meet the state's new renewable energy goals.

    The measure requires investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives to source at least half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, jumping to 80 percent by 2040, rising tp 100 pct carbon-free energy by 2045. Electric co-ops would get a small break and have until 2050 to meet the 100 pct renewables goal.

    According to New Mexico State energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst, the initiative is among the world's highest renewable energy quotas.(Source: Las Cruces Sun News AP, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, www.governor.state.nm.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  New Mexico Renewable Energy,  


    Four States Top Energy Democracy Ratings (Ind. Report)
    Institute for Local Self-Reliance
    Date: 2019-03-22
    The Minnesota-headquartered not-for-profit Institute for Local Self-Reliance's second annual Community Power Scorecard reports it has ranked Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois as the top states for energy democracy. The ranking is based on the states' commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy.

    The rankings are based on the organization's analysis of nine policies that promote citizen's use of renewable energy and other distributed resources. Policies recommended in the report card are customer-friendly net metering policies and simplified utility interconnection rules for distributed energy producers. The report authors also want to see an emphasis on energy efficiency, more community renewable energy, feed-in tariffs, energy supply diversity and financing programs, such on-bill financing and property assessed clean energy (PACE).

    The report card didn't consider cap-and-trade programs or renewable portfolio standards but focused on how state policies encourage consumers and businesses to generate their own power or participate in community solar programs. (Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, MicroGrid Knowledge, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 612-276-3456, info@ilsr.org, www.ilsr.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Community Energy,  Institute for Local Self-Reliance,  


    Axiom Exergy Touts Cold Storage Grid Services (Ind. Report)
    Axiom Exergy
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Richmond, California-headquartered power management services specialist Axiom Exergy reports it is working with San Francisco-based energy technology company Leap, an aggregator of flexible loads to the California Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) market, to unlock grid services revenue for its customers, including three Whole Foods Market facilities in Northern California.

    Axiom Exergy provides turnkey, fully-financed power management "as-a-service" to portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings with large thermal loads. Its cloud-based platform uses predictive analytics and optional thermal energy storage capacity to intelligently "shape" a customer's load profile by modulating refrigeration, cooling, and/or heating systems. (Source: Axiom Exergy PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Axiom Energy, Amrit Robbins, CEO, www.axiomexergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axiom Exergy,  


    SaltX Salt Energy Storage Pilot Tests in Berlin (Int'l Report)
    SaltX Technology
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Following up on our November 2, 2017 coverage, Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered SaltX Technology reports its large-scale salt energy storage pilot at Vattenfall's Reuter C facility in Berlin is now underway.

    The project is based on SaltX's patented "EnerStore" large-scale energy storage technology that stores surplus solar and wind generated electricity as heat in dried salt. With SaltX's nano-coated salt technology, salt can be charged and discharged thousands of times without losing any of its characteristics. (Source: SaltX Technology, Industry Europe, 20 Mar., 2019) Contact: SaltX Technology Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034, harald.bauer@saltxtechnology.com, www.saltxtechnology.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaltX Technology,  Energy Storage,  


    GoodFuels, REINPLUS FIWADO Extend Biofuel Partnership (Int'l)
    GoodFuels,VARO,REINPLUS FIWADO
    Date: 2019-03-22
    VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels are reporting the extension of their partnership to improve availability of bio fuel oil (BFO) to deep sea vessels departing the Port of Rotterdam.

    GoodFuels' BFO is a direct "drop-in" replacement for heavy fuel oil suitable for every type of vessel, without requiring any modifications to engine room equipment.

    The new partnership will see VARO help scale the sourcing, production, blending and distribution of GoodFuels BFO across the ARA region. In the meantime, GoodFuels will continue to focus on the sourcing of sustainable feedstocks for the BFO, and the sale, marketing and product development of new sustainable fuel solutions. (Source: GoodFuels, Bumkerspot, 20 Mar., 2019) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com; VARO Energy, REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker, www.reinplusfiwado.com/nl; VARO Energy, www.varoenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  Marine Biofuel,  


    Cardiff to Host £5Mn Climate Change Research Center (Int'l)
    Cardiff University
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Wales, Cardiff University reports it will host and lead the £5 million Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (CAST) in collaboration with Manchester, York and East Anglia Universities and the Climate Outreach charity. The center is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

    The Centre, which will aim to engage the public on matters of climate change by linking mitigation responses to societal benefits such as cleaner air, will work with the Welsh Government and city councils to develop initiatives that lower city-wide emissions and tackle climate change.

    Download the Welsh government's Achieving Our Low-Carbon Pathway to 2030 plan HERE. (Source: Cardiff University, edie, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Cardiff University, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh, Dir, +44 (0) 29 2087 6972, whitmarshle@cardiff.ac.uk, www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/123629-whitmarsh-lorraine, www.cardiff.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    RWE AG Touts Major Renewables Expansion (Int'l Report)
    RWE Renewables
    Date: 2019-03-22
    German energy giant RWE Renewables reports it plans to invest around €1.5 billion every year to add as much 3GW per year of new installed capacity worldwide to bring its portfolio up to 9GW capacity.

    The additions would make RWE the world's third-largest renewables company and the second-biggest player in offshore wind energy. The company's efforts will be concentrated on onshore and offshore wind as well as on photovoltaics and energy storage (Source: RWE Renewables, RENews, Others, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: RWE AG, www.rwe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Renewable Energy,  


    Nordex Efficient New Turbine Production Underway (Int'l Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Hamburg-headquartered German wind turbine giant Nordex Group reports it has begun production in Rostock, Germany, of the latest model in the Delta4000 range -- the N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbine. The N149/4.0-4.5 yields up to 28 pct more energy compared to the N131/3600 turbine, making it the company's highest yielding onshore turbine for low- to medium-wind regions. The Delta4000 series also includes the N133/4.8, which is suitable for strong-wind sites, according to the company website.

    "The first N149/4.0-4.5 turbines being manufactured in Europe in continuous flow production are now leaving the production line in , for orders already in excess of 700 MW," the company said in a press release.

    To date, Nordex has installed more than 25 gigawatts of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, AA, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, www.nordex-online.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    NRC Supports Social Housing Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
    Pembina Institute,Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Vancouver, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $600,000 investment in the British Columbia-based Pembina Institute to support two energy efficiency retrofit projects in Vancouver and to support future energy efficiency retrofits in other Canadian municipalities.

    As part of the $600,000 investment, $200,000 is earmarked for the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.'s social housing stock. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, according to Natural Resources Canada. The remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional Canadian municipalities looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release. (Source: Pembina Institute, Journal of Commerce, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Pembina Institute, (604) 874-8558, www.pembina.org; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Pembina Institute,  


    GE Current Halves Automaker's Lighting Costs Lighting (Ind Report)
    General Electric
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Current, powered by GE announced that its work at more than 50 Fiat Chrysler Group Automotive US LLC (FCA) North American facilities and dealerships are cutting lighting energy costs by half or more GE's Current LED lighting installations.

    The largest impact to-date has come from 18 FCA US manufacturing sites where 20,000 of Current's Albeo luminaires are now improving energy efficiency, with an additional 5,000 indoor and outdoor fixtures installed at 33 dealerships.

    A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE, Current blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient and productive. (Source: FCA, GE, Green Car Congress, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: FCA Group, www.fcagroup.com/en-US/Pages/home.aspx; GE Current, www.currentbyge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED,  GE Current,  General Electric,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    Trump Wants to Withhold $353Mn in Energy Efficiency Funds (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2019-03-22
    "We've (the Alliance to Save Energy) seen a constant tension in the last two years: Congress has maintained funding for the DOE's investments in energy efficiency, but under the Trump administration, the DOE has at times slowed research and development work and other efficiency programs.

    "For instance, the GAO found in 2017 that the DOE had failed to spend ARPA-E funds appropriated by Congress, and last year NRDC raised serious questions about how much, or little, the Department had actually spent in the 2018 fiscal year on energy efficiency and renewable energy research.

    "The latest wrinkle in the 'will-they-won't-they' spend the money drama emerged last week, when the administration, again proposing deep cuts in energy efficiency for the coming fiscal year, called for $343 million for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, plus a proposal to use $353 million in prior year balances for a total of $696 million.. A detailed budget estimate for the Department, released by the White House on Monday, similarly said that $353 million 'shall be derived from prior year unobligated balances previously appropriated.

    "Unobligated balances? That's a fancy term for funding that Congress authorizes that the administrative branch doesn't spend. The administration is saying it wants to use such money for next year. Just how much unobligated funding currently exists is not clear.

    "Of course, the executive branch is generally legally required to use the funds appropriated by Congress -- it's not an optional thing. In September, to make the point extra clear, Congress even specified, when it passed the appropriations bill for the current year, that it was directing the Department to 'fully execute the funds appropriated in a timely manner.'

    "The administration's new proposal -- and it's stated reliance on not spending money Congress has directed it to spend -- raises more questions about its commitment to following Congress's direction." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 20 Mar., 2019)Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NV Energy, Foundation Gave $6.6Mn in Nev in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-03-22
    NV Energy, the NV Energy Foundation and its employees gave $6.6 million through both financial and in-kind donations in the form of more than 34,000 volunteer hours to 410 Nevada nonprofit organizations in 2018.

    The 501c3 NV Energy Foundation giving impacted 168 nonprofit organizations statewide through donations of more than $3.2 million in 2018. The NV Energy Foundation addresses community needs in the areas safety and wellness, environmental and community enhancement, education (STEM) and arts and culture. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.

    In northern Nevada, nearly $1.2 million in grants was provided to 88 nonprofit organizations including Arts for All Nevada, Envirolution, Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, Holland Project, Domestic Violence Resource Center and Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc.

    In southern Nevada, over $2 million in grants was provided to 80 nonprofit organizations including Grant A Gift of Autism Foundation, Three Square, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, DISCOVERY Children's Museum, Neon Museum, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada and HELP of Southern Nevada. Employees also donated nearly $575,000 through our annual United Way employee giving campaign.

    NV Energy maintains the NV Energy Foundation, a 501c3, to support its philanthropic efforts. Through direct grants, scholarships and employee grant programs, the NV Energy Foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in NV Energy's service territories. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.

    NV Energy Foundation details are HERE. (Source: NV Energy, PR 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com

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    €31Mn Irish Sea Floating Wind Turbine Trial Announced (Int'l)
    European Marine Energy Centre
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Scotland, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports it will lead the €31 million AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project to test a full-scale floating wind turbine installed at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) facility off the west coast of Ireland. AMETS is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

    The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.

    The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre ,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    RFA Comments on New EPA Approved RFS "Hardhip Waivers" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2019-03-22
    The EPA reports approval of five more 2017 Small Refiner "Hardship" Exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and noted that two more petitions have been received for 2018 exemptions, bringing the total to 39. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement:

    "It's extremely disappointing and outrageous to see EPA once again allow oil refiners to undermine the RFS and hurt family farms, ethanol producers and our environment by exploiting and abusing a statutory provision that exempts them from their obligations to blend renewable fuels. The RFS was created to preserve the environment, protect America's energy security and give Americans more affordable options at the pump. These exemptions undercut those goals, and today's exemptions mean more than 2.6 billion gallons of RFS blending obligations have been erased with the stroke of EPA's pen. RFA will continue to fight these exemptions through the courts and urge EPA to adopt a more judicious and restrained decision-making process on refiner exemptions, as well as restore lost volume obligations from previous years."

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.(Source: Renewable Fuels Association, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  EPA,  RFS Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Unchanging CO2 Emissions Levels to 2050 Predicted (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Washington, the US Energy Department (DOE) is predicting CO2 emissions from fossil fuel -- coal and petroleum -- electric power generation will remain near current levels through 2050 as the country's utilities switch to natural gas-fueled power sources.

    The forecast, which assumes no significant changes in government policy or legislation regarding emissions, predicts energy-related CO2 emissions will equal 5,019 million metric tons in 2050 -- 4 pct less than the 2018 level. In 2016, natural gas surpassed coal to become the nation's most used fuel for generating electricity. (Source: US DOE, Houston Chron, 20 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  US DOE,  


    NEC Completes Switzerland's Largest Energy Storage System (Int'l)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) reports it has completed the installation of the largest battery energy storage system in Switzerland. The 18 MW, 7.5 MWh GSS® Grid Storage Solution system, which is owned and operated by Elektrizitätswerke des KantonsZurich (EKZ), one of Switzerland's largest power distribution companies, is being used for primary frequency reserve.

    The new 18 MW energy storage system can power the equivalent of the daily electricity consumption of 600 average households and is expected to have 5-7 year RoI.

    NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. The company's scalable distributed energy storage and control systems provide greater grid stability and flexibility to the benefit of both providers and users of electricity. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Website, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fudder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy STorage,  


    Alpine Tundra CO2 Emissions Exacerbate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    University of Colorado
    Date: 2019-03-22
    According to recently released research from University of Colorado Boulder, alpine tundra in Colorado's Front Range emits more CO2 than it captures annually, potentially creating a feedback loop that could increase climate warming and lead to even more CO2 emissions in the future. The report notes a similar phenomenon exists in the Arctic, where research in recent decades has shown that melting permafrost is unearthing long-frozen tundra soil and releasing CO2 reserves that had been buried for centuries.

    The study showed that barren, wind-scoured tundra landscapes above 11,000 feet emitted more CO2 than they captured each year, and that a fraction of that CO2 was relatively old during the winter, the first such finding of its kind in temperate latitudes.

    The report also notes that while the alpine tundra's net CO2 contributions are small compared to a forest's sequestration capability, the newly-documented effect may act as something of a counterweight, hampering atmospheric CO2 reductions from mountain ecosystems in general. (Source: University of Colorado at Boulder , PHYS.ORG, Mar., 21, 2019) Contact: University of Colorado at Boulder, John Knowles, Department of Geography, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), (303)492-2631, (303) 492-7501-fax, john.knowles@colorado.edu, www.colorado.edu/geography

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Biofuels Contribute $5Bn to Iowa's GDP, says Report (Ind. Report)
    IRFA
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Contribution of the Renewable Fuels Industry to the Economy of Iowa, a recent study commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has found that biofuels contribute over $5 billion to the Hawkeye State's GDP, equivalent to 3 pct. The report also found the biofuels industry supports over 48,000 jobs in the state and adds over $2.5 billion to Iowa household incomes.

    The report was authored by John Urbanchuck, managing partner at ABF Economics.

    As we reported on 23 Jan., 2019, 2018 was a record year for ethanol production in Iowa with the state's ethanol production facilities producing 4.35 billion gallons -- 150 million gallons more than 2017 and 150 million gallons short of capacity. The Hawkeye State produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn. Iowa also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018 (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Mar., 2019) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biofuel,  Monte Shaw,  IRFA,  


    Notable Quote
    Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-22
    "People say Republicans are deniers and Democrats want to do something about it. Republicans like me want to do something about it too. And we've done things about it. We actually have a reduction in CO2 emissions in this country at a time when other countries are increasing their emissions. We have done it through a lot of different ways through having more alternative fuel vehicles out there -- including using ethanol -- and through energy conservation and efficiency." -- Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Mar., 2019 Contact: Sen. Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), (513) 684-3265, https://twitter.com/robportman, www.portman.senate.gov

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


    Carbon Engineering Raises $68Mn for CC Commercialization (Funding)
    Carbon Engineering Ltd.
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Canada, Squamish, British Columbia-based direct air carbon (DAC) capture specialist Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) is reporting completion of an equity financing round of $68 million (US). This $68 million investment will enable the company to bridge the gap from the pilot demonstration of its DAC and AIR TO FUELS™ technologies, expand its pilot plant in Squamish, and engineer its first commercial facilities to capture up to 1 million tpy of atmospheric CO2.

    Carbon Engineering's DAC technology can remove CO2 from the atmosphere for less than $100/tonne and deliver large-scale negative emissions by permanently and safely storing the CO2 underground. The technology can also be used to reduce emissions from transportation by converting atmospheric CO2 into ultra-low carbon fuels that can power existing vehicles and airplanes without vehicle engine modifications, according to the company. (Source: Carbon Engineering, PR, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, info@carbonengineering.com, www.carbonengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Engineering Ltd.,  


    APS Considers Coal-Fired Plant Conversion to Biomass (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In the Sun Devil State, Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it has advised the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) it is evaluating the feasibility and costs involved in the possible conversion of one unit of its 1962-vintage, four-unit coal-fired Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City to burning forest waste woody biomass. The plant is presently slated to close by 2025.

    The initiative is in keeping with the state's renewable energy portfolio and an important factor in forest health. Last December, the ACC ordered their staff to develop a proposed set of rules to create a market for the 1.5 million tons of branches, brush and debris created by thinning 50,000 acres of overgrown forest annually -- the goal set by 4FRI. The ruling provided for the production of 60 MW of power from bioenergy. Presently, only the 28-MW Novo Power in Snowflake produces bioenergy electricity in Arizona. (Source: Arizona Public Service, PR, White Mountain Independent, 22 Mar, 2019) Contact: Arizona Public Service, www.aps.com; Noveo Power, www.novopower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novo Power,  Arizona Public Service,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  


    Airstream Opts for 100 pct Renewable Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
    Airstream
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Jackson Center, Ohio-headquartered travel trailer manufacturer and icon Airstream Inc. reports its corporate office and manufacturing center in is now 100 pct powered by renewable energy credits (RECs). In addition, Airstream's new 750,000-square-foot facility that is opening in the next 12 months will also carry the same commitment. Airstream is subsidiary of Elkhart, Ind.-based RV manufacturer Thor Industries.

    Airstream is participating in Jackson Center Municipal Power's "EcoSmart Choice" program that allows participants to purchase RECs from wind, hydroelectric or landfill gas projects offered through American Municipal Power Inc. By using RECs to power its facilities in 2018, the company was able to offset 4,220 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the company said. (Source: Airstream, NA WindPower, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Jackson Center Municipal Power, (937) 596-6314, www.jacksoncenter.com/departments/electric-department; Airstream, Bob Wheeler, CEO, (877) 596-6111, www.airstream.com/company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airstream,  Renewable Energy Credits,  CERs ,  


    Shell Supplying Dutch Maritime Biofuel Pilot Project (Int'l Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In the Netherlands, A.P. Moller -- Maersk A/S reports its is partnering with a group of Dutch multinationals, including Shell, in a maritime biofuels pilot program that will see one of Maersk's giant Triple E container ships sail 25.000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on a blend of up to 20 pct sustainable second-generation Biofuels.

    The fuel blend, which will eliminate 1.5 million kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulfur emissions, is being supplied by Shell which, along with the other partners in the project -- Friesland Campina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, and Unilever -- is a member of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC). (Source: A.P. Moller -- Maersk A/S, Marinelog, Various Others, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: A.P. Moller -- Maersk. Soren Toft, CEO, www.maersk.com

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    Highview Power, TSK JV on Cryogenic Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Highview Power, TSK
    Date: 2019-03-20
    London, UK-headquartered long-duration energy storage specialist Highview Power and Spain's TSK, a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, are reporting a JV agreement to co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, long-duration energy storage systems using Highview Power's proprietary cryogenic energy storage solution.

    The new joint-venture company, named Highview TSK, will develop multiple projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. An initial number of projects have been identified for several GWh of clean energy storage to be developed from 2019 through 2022.

    TSK has constructed over 20 GW of generation projects across 35 countries in both fossil fuel fired energy generation and renewable projects such as solar, wind, and biomass, including more than 10 energy storage projects.

    Highview Power's proprietary technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and can deliver anywhere from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. (Source:: Highview Power, PR BusinessWire, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com; Grupo TSK, +1 512 215 4452, www.grupotsk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  TSK,  Energy Storage,  


    Swiss Consider Geo-Engineering for Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Switzerland Federal Office for the Environment
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In Bern, Switzerland's Federal Office for the Environment reports it is calling for an international assessment of the opportunities and risks of climate engineering / geo-engineering as an alternative to curb rising CO2 emissions, temperatures and climate change.

    According to UN IPCC climate experts, climate engineering could represent a temporary "corrective measure", the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment notes the country would prefer not to rely on a "risky emergency solution". Nevertheless, it is necessary to have as many options on the table as possible to address climate change and accordingly is calling call for an international dialogue to "better understand the risks and opportunities and to assess the need for a supervisory authority".

    Climate geo-engineering interventions could include the installation of giant mirrors in space to reflect solar radiation reaching the Earth and increasing the reflectivity of clouds and atmosphere through the introduction of aerosols into the stratosphere using aircraft, projectiles or balloons.

    The agency also raises the difficult questions of Who decides which technology to use? Who will take political responsibility and who will have technical control? Who will be held accountable for unforeseen collateral effects? These are some of the questions surrounding geo-engineering which could have long-term global impacts. (Source: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, swissinfo.ch. Mar., 2019) Contact: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, +41 58 462 93 11, +41 58 462 99 81 - fax., info@bafu.admin.ch, www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/en/home.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Asure Software Launches Env. Occupancy Sensors (New Prod & Tech)
    Asure Software
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Asure Software Incan hour ago In the Lone Star State, Austin-based Asure Software (is reporting the general availability of its newest workplace IoT occupancy sensors that captures building environmental conditions to enable building efficiency and energy cost reductions.

    Asure's new multifunction sensor builds upon its SmartView solution, a fully automated and integrated space utilization measurement system that provides real-time insights by bringing utilization analytics and environmental data into a single unified system. (Source: Azure Software, PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Azure Software, www.asuresoftware.com

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


    Graphene Film Concept Touted for Solar Energy (New Prod & Tech)
    Swinburne University
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Land Down Under, researchers at Swinburne University, the University of Sydney and Australian National University are reporting development of a solar absorbing, ultra-thin graphene-based film with unique properties that has potential for use in solar thermal energy harvesting.

    The 90 nanometre material is 1000 times finer than a human hair and is able to rapidly heat up to 160 degrees C under natural sunlight in an open environment, according to a Swinburn release. Possible applications for the new graphene-based material include: thermophotovoltaics (the direct conversion of heat to electricity); solar seawater desalination; infrared light source and heater; optical components: modulators and interconnects for communication devices; photodetectors; and possibly lead to the development of "invisible cloaking technology" through developing large-scale thin films enclosing the objects to be "hidden."

    The researchers have developed a 2.5cm x 5cm working prototype to demonstrate the photo-thermal performance of the graphene-based metamaterial absorber and have proposed a scalable manufacturing strategy to fabricate the proposed graphene-based absorber at low cost. (Source: Swinburne University, Graphene Info, Mar., 2019) Contact: Swinburn University, Professor Martijn de Sterke, Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science, +61 3 9214 8000, www.swinburne.edu.au

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    Emissions Reduction Alberta Funding Ethanol Projects (Funding)
    Emissions Reduction Alberta ,Carbon Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-03-20
    On the Canadian prairies, Emissions Reduction Alberta's Partnership Intake Program reports funding Alberta projects that together are expected to cut 9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

    Project Wheatland received $5 million for a $285 million biofuels plant being developed by Carbon Clean Energy (CCE). The plant will produce 16 million lpy of denatured ethanol for fuel blending, as well as 1.76 mmBtu of biogas and 12MWh of green power generation per year.

    ERA also granted over $2 million to British Columbia-based SYLVIS Environmental Service's BIOSALIX which process uses municipal biosolids and other organic residuals as supplements to existing topsoil and feedstocks in topsoil production in order to grow willow wood biomass crops on reclaimed mine land. The biomass can then be used as feedstock in clean energy, reclamation or bioproducts development, according to the company. (Source: Emissions Reduction Alberta, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068, info@eralberta.ca, www.eralberta.ca; SYLVIS Environmental Service, (604) 777-9788, www.sylvis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  ,  Wheat Ethanol ,  


    Study Finds Wind Turbines Preferable Neighbors (Ind. Report)
    University of Delaware
    Date: 2019-03-20
    A new University of Delaware (UD) study examined the attitudes of people who live in close proximity to wind power projects to see if they prefer those projects to energy alternatives, such as a central power plant -- fueled by either coal, natural gas or uranium -- or a commercial scale solar installation.

    The study, which used a publicly-available Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study dataset assess the opinions of individuals who live within 8 kilometers of a wind turbine to gain insight into their energy preferences, found respondents strongly preferred their local wind power project to any of the alternatives being located at a similar distance, regardless of the political, geographic or economic characteristics of the state in which those respondents lived. Overall, the study showed that approximately 90 pct of respondents prefer their local wind project to a central power plant sited at a similar distance regardless of fuel. Furthermore, of the approximate two-thirds who have a preference, the local wind power project was preferred over a commercial-scale solar installation by approximately three to one. The results of the study were published Monday, March 18 in the journal Nature Energy. (Source: University of Delaware, Nature Energy, Tech Xplore, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, (302) 831-2792, www.udel.edu

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    NC Solar Power Production Jumps 36 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2019-03-20
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest data, North Carolina's annual solar power production jumped 36 pct in 2018, firmly placing the Tar Heel State as the nation's 2nd larget solar power producer behind California. By way of comparison, California's annual solar production rose 15 pct and Arizona's and Nevada's outputs each grew 10 pct in 2018. (Source: US EIA, Duke Energy, Compelo, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres., www.duke-energy.com

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    Dairyland Power, Badger State Solar Ink 149 MW PPA (Ind. Report)
    Dairyland Power Cooperative,Ranger Power
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Badger State, La Crosse-based electric utility Dairyland Power Cooperative is reporting it will purchase all the energy produced at the proposed Badger State Solar Project in Jefferson County. The solar farm, developed by Brooklyn, New York-based Ranger Power, would generate 149 MW of electricity - sufficient power for roughly 20,000 homes each year.

    Although the project is awaiting regulatory approvals, a 2020 construction start date and 2022 operation startup date are planned.

    Dairyland's solar portfolio, which currently consists of 18 solar sites that provide 25 MW total, by almost seven-fold. Dairyland has about 1,350 MW of owned and contracted capacity from coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, and landfill gas.

    According to Dairyland's 2017 annual report, 69 pct of its energy came from fossil fuels, while renewables made up 22 pct of their energy portfolio. The report notes that in 2027 23 pct of it power would come from wind, solar and other renewables. (Source: Dairyland Power, laCrosse Tribune, 18, Mar., 2019) Contact: Dairyland Power, Barbara Nick, Pres., CEO, (608) 788-4000, www.dairylandpower.com; Ranger Power, info@rangerpower.com, www.rangerpower.com; Badger State Solar, www.rangerpower.com/badger-state-solar

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    Vattenfall Snares Amsterdam Energy Software Specialist (M&A, Int'l)
    Vattenfall, Senfal
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Wind energy giant Vattenfall is reporting acquisition of Amsterdam-based energy software specialist Senfal, a developer of an intelligent trading platform that can increase returns from renewable energy generation plants.

    Senfals software enables wind farm operators to optimize their assets through autonomous buying and selling on short term energy markets. The software can be used with solar and energy storage facilities, as well as wind, to "unlock value from flexibility", according to Senfal. Through its services, Senfal is able to substantially reduce the energy bill for large industrials as well as increase power trading profits for wind and solar farms and battery owners. (Source: Vattenfall, RE Biz News, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Senfal, +31 (0) 85 303 7414, info@senfal.com, www.senfal.com/en; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Renewable Energy Software,  


    Senvion Installs France's Tallest Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
    Senvion,BayWa
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Hamburg-based German on and offshore wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is reporting the installation of the tallest wind turbine in France for BayWa r.e. GmbH.

    With a tip height of 200 meters, the Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines are currently being installed in the 18 MW Les Landes wind farm in the French department of Haute Vienne. (Source: Senvion, PR, Mar, 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  


    AfDB Commits to $25Bn Climate Finance Target for 2020-25 (Int'l)
    African Development Bank
    Date: 2019-03-20
    The African Development Bank (AfDB) reports it will double its climate finance commitments for the period 2020-2025 to at least $25 billion. AfDB adds it is on track to achieve its target of allocating 40 pct of its funding to climate finance by 2020.

    The Bank's climate finance trajectory has grown from 9 pct in 2016, 28 pct in 2017, and 32 pct in 2018, according to the Afdb. (Source: African Development Bank, Website, Mar., 2019) Contact: African Developement Bank, +216 7110 3900/71103930, +216 7119 4523 - fax., www.afdb.oeg

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