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KC, Mo. Slow to Embrace Energy Benchmarking (Ind Report)
Kansas City
Date: 2019-03-20
In the Show Me State, Kansas City Council is reporting a slower uptake and participation and compliance than expected with the city's municipal energy benchmarking requirement.

The ordinance, which was passed in 2015, requires owners of large buildings of 100,000 square-feet or more, to report energy and water use data to the city, which posts the information online so it can be used by tenants, investors and others. City officials had expected an 80 pct compliance rate, but just over 60 pct have reported data to the city.

Kansas City building owners' 60 pct compliance significantly lags behind Chicago's at 92 pct and Minneapolis, which began at began at 87 pct then rose to 93 pct for the 2017 calendar year. (Source: Kansas City Star, Mar., 2019) Contact: City of Kansas City, Dennis Murphey, Chief Environmental Officer, 816-453-1492, www.kcmo.gov

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


China Promoting Methanol Fueled Cars to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
China ,Methanol
Date: 2019-03-20
In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced plans to promote the use of cars running on methanol fuel and offer policy support to improve the manufacturing of vehicles, methanol fuel and other alternative fuels. The move represents a latest effort by the Chinese government to pursue new alternative energies for the world's largest car market in a more environmentally friendly development path.

To that end, the government will enhance policy guidance and services to improve technology for the manufacturing of methanol-fueled engines and vehicles. Policy support will also be offered to improve efficiency in producing methanol fuel, making equipment that absorbs carbon dioxide emissions, and the construction of methanol fueling stations. Additionally, the use of methanol cars for official trips, rental services and other areas will be encouraged. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Global Times, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, www.miit.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuels,  


Nashville Four Seasons Plans LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US GBC
Date: 2019-03-20
The Four Seasons hospitality chain reports it plans to launch its first property in Tennessee with the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville.

Groundbreaking for the 236 room, US Green Building Council LEED Gold for new construction certification standard complex is slated for April, 2019. (Source: Four Seasons, Hospitality Design, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Plant Nears Commissioning (Int'l Report)
Cassava Ethanol
Date: 2019-03-20
In Nigeria, the Nigerian Tribune is reporting construction of the cassava-to-ethanol plant at the Ondo /Linyi Industrial Hub within Ore Industrial Park, Ore, is nearing completion. When fully operational the plant will process 300 to 400 tpd of Nigerian grown cassava to produce approximately 1 million tpy of ethanol for Nigerian consumption. (Source: Nigerian Tribune, 19 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava,  Ethanol,  


Nopalimex Promotes Prickly Pear Cactus Biofuel (Ind. Report)
Nopalimex
Date: 2019-03-20
In Michoacan, Central Mexico, biofuels producer Nopalimex is touting prickly pear cactus as Mexico's "Green Gold" for biofuel production. Described as the "green gold of Mexico" the nopal plant -- already a staple in Mexican diets, medicine and cosmetics -- is pureed and mixed with manure then left to decompose to produce methane.

Nopalimex uses around 8 tpd of methane to fuel its biodigestor, cactus chip production, and other operations. The company is also testing the leftover mixture in local government vehicles. According to the company, its biogas will cost just 12 pesos ( $0.65) per liter, around a third cheaper than the cost of regular gasoline.(Source: Nopalimex, Action News Now, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Nopalimex, 551-951-0121, www.nopalimexgasyenergia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nopalimex,  Cactus Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Ontario's Most Energy Efficient Residential High-Rise Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Net-Zero Energy
Date: 2019-03-20
London, Ontario-based Sifton Properties is reporting construction is underway on two new net-zero energy projects -- 1305 Riverbend, a 40,000 square-foot office retail building, and Helio, a 10-storey, 115-unit mixed-use apartment tower. When complete in April of 2020, Helio is slated to be the most energy-efficient residential high-rise in Ontario.

Helio will be part of Sifton's fully connected, energy-efficient neighbourhood comprised of urban condos, rental townhomes, apartments and retirement suites overlooking retail spaces and a vibrant central park. Helio's energy efficient features include:

  • building exterior wrapped in solar panels to generate power from the sun;
  • individual hydro metering;
  • in-suite thermostat controlled heating and air conditioning;
  • electric car charging stations;
  • garbage chutes to facilitate recycling;
  • ENERGY STAR appliances;
  • fully occupancy sensor lighting, and others.

    (Source: Sifton Properties, PR, Canadian Apartment, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sifton. www.sifton.com

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


  • MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative Awarded $750,000 (Funding)
    MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Bay State, the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is reporting receipt of $750,000 in grant funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for a research project that aims to create an online database assessing the carbon intensity of financial institutions. The database would be available to educate and inform U.S. businesses, foundations, universities, and the general public, and possibly consumers , on aligning their choice of banks, investment targets, and insurance companies with sustainability practices, including climate change mitigation. Currently, no standards, databases, or mechanisms exist to assess the full range of financial services firms' carbon intensity.

    The research project's ultimate goal is to drive the re-allocation of capital away from carbon-intensive activities to lower-carbon assets in order to significantly reduce emissions and adverse impacts on the environment and of climate change.

    The shared vision of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is to limit global warming emissions to keep global average temperature increase below 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C) above pre-industrial levels, to protect the planet from climate change and promote human prosperity and health. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has calculated that to have an 80 pct chance of attaining this 3.6 degrees F limit, an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment would be needed between 2014 and 2050 -- about $1 trillion per year more than is currently invested. (Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jason Jay, Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, www.mitsloan.mit.edu; MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marilyn Waite, Program Officer, www.hewlett.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative ,  


    UK Carbon Emissions Plunge for Sixth Straight Year (Int'l)
    UK Carbon Emissions, Carbon Brief
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Further to our 6 February coverage, the UK's carbon dioxide emissions fell for the sixth year in a row last year, the longest continuous run of reductions on record. Emissions fell to 361 million tonnes, their lowest level since 1888, according to analysis by the energy and climate website Carbon Brief.

    Carbon Brief estimates emissions were down 1.5 pct on 2017 levels due largely to a continued decline in coal-fired electric power generation -- only 6 pct in 2018, according to the UK Business and Energy Department (Beis). (Source: Carbon Brief, Gibraltar Chronicle, Press Association, Others, Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Business and Energy Department, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

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


    LA Council Considering City Develop Green New Deal (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles City Council reports it is considering the development of a Green New Deal (GND) for Los Angeles that mirrors the "principles and priorities" of the GND proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

    In April 2018, the Los Angeles City Council advanced a proposal to develop a Climate Emergency Mobilization Department to oversee efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide, and also cleared up $500,000 in funding in seed money for the project. Now the Council is "fleshing out" the Climate Emergency Mobilization Department's responsibilities to include the development of metrics to measure and track the city's greenhouse gas emissions, and develop an annual climate budget of greenhouse gasses and criteria pollutants to determine the city's allowable annual emissions, similar to how the city's financial budget determines its monetary expenditures.

    Los Angeles aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Los Angeles City Council, City News Service, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Los Angeles City Council, 213-473-3231, www.lacity.org/your-government/elected-officials/city-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Green New Deal,  


    Carbon Sequestration via Next-Gen Bioreactor Tech (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Emissions Reduction Alberta reports it is supporting a LanzTech project that will demonstrate the company's next-generation microbubble bioreactor (MBR) technology, which will maximize the quantity of fuels produced per tonne of wood waste in an integrated biorefinery.

    LanzaTech proposes to demonstrate the MBR by producing ethanol from the off-gas of forestry-residue pyrolysis in Alberta, with extended benefits for converting other resources such as industrial waste gases and agricultural residues using LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform. This project takes a major step towards creating value from new waste resources, such as gasified agricultural residues, and serving hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as aviation (jet fuel from ethanol) and consumer goods (materials from fermentation-derived chemicals), according to Emissions Reductions Alberta.(Source: Emissions Reductions Alberta, News Website, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068, info@eralberta.ca, www.eralberta.ca; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Carbon Sequestration,  Ethanol,  


    EPA Proposes E-15 Fuel Regulatory Changes (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In Washington, the US EPA has proposed regulatory changes to allow E-15 ethanol blended gasoline to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver for the summer months that has historically been applied only to E10. Under the proposed expansion, E15 would be allowed to be sold year-round without additional RVP control, rather than just eight months of the year.

    EPA is also proposing regulatory changes to modify elements of the renewable identification number compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard program to enhance transparency in the market and deter price manipulation. Proposed reforms to RIN markets include: prohibiting certain parties from being able to purchase separated RINs; requiring public disclosure when RIN holdings exceed specified thresholds; limiting the length of time a non-obligated party can hold RINs; and increasing the compliance frequency of the program from once annually to quarterly.

    Download details on proposed rulemaking HERE. (Source: US EPA, Irrigation & Green Energy, Mar., 2019) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E-15,  E15,  Biofuel Blend,  EPA,  Alternative Buels,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Delaware U. Hosts First Offshore Wind Training Program (Ind. Report)
    University of Delaware
    Date: 2019-03-18
    Following up on our February 8th coverage, the University of Delaware in Newark is reporting completion of the first session of its recently launched Offshore Wind Skills Academy under the direction of Prof. Willett Kempton of UD's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. According to Kempton, "What we're doing is more like training for managers, planners, executives. So it"s a broader view of the entire industry."

    Currently only the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is operational in the U.S. but other projects, including Seepwater Wind's, 120-MW Skipjack Wind Farm off the coast of Fenwick Island, Delaware, is expected to come online in 2022.

    The University of Delaware Offshore Wind Skills Academy will be held roughly every six month and will cover a variety of relevant topics. (Source: University of Delaware, Mar., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Willett Kempton, John Madsen, (302) 831-2792, www.udel.edu/faculty-staff/experts/willett-kempton, www.udel.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Deepwater Wind,  University of Delaware ,  Offshore Wind,  


    Enel Acquires 650 MW of US Renewable Enenergy Assets (M&A)
    Enel SpA,Enel Green Power North America,GE Capital
    Date: 2019-03-18
    Italian utility Enel SpA is reporting its Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) unit is acquiring 650 MW of US renewable energy assets from GE Capital's Energy Financial Services for $256 million (&euro226. million), for an enterprise value equal to around $900 million. The acquisition includes geothermal, wind and solar power facilities in Kansas, Utah, North Dakota, Vermont and Nevada. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; GE Capital, www.gecapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel SpA,  Enel Green Power North America,  GE Capital,  


    Infoswiss Recaps Weather, Climate Change Ideas from the Past (Opinion, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-18
  • "In 1877, an American researcher proposes changing the direction of the Kuroshio ocean current through the Bering Strait in an effort to increase Arctic temperatures by about 15 degrees C.

  • A German physicist suggests installing giant mirrors on an earth orbiting space station in 1929 to concentrate solar radiation on the Earth's surface and make the far north of the planet habitable.

  • The Director of UNESCO in 1945 noted the explosion of atomic bombs in the polar regions would cause an increase in the temperature of the Arctic Ocean and a warming of the climate in the northern temperate zones.

  • During the Vietnam War (1967-1972) the American army launches silver iodide into the clouds to extend the monsoon rain season.

  • In 1989 and American climatologist estimates that 2 percent of sunlight could be reflected away from the Earth with a space shield located in the Earth's orbit.

  • A Dutch chemist in 2006 proposes emitting sulphur particles into the atmosphere to absorb part of the sun's rays and lower the Earth's temperature.

  • In 2010 University of Geneva researchers succeed in creating artificial rain thanks to a laser capable of condensing water drops in the atmosphere." (Source: swissinfo.ch, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Oxford PV Raises £31Mn for Solar Cell Commercialization (Int'l)
    Oxford PV
    Date: 2019-03-18
    UK perovskite solar firm Oxford PV reports it has raised £31 million ($41 million) following the first close of its Series D funding round. The new funds are earmarked for advancing the company's perovskite based solar cell technology into the commercial phase.

    Investors included Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd., Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA and the venture capital arm of Legal & General Group Plc. The company has raised mare than £76 million over the last five years, including €15 million ($17 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). (Source: Oxford PV, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oxford PV, +44 1865 951 500, info@oxfordpv.com, www.oxfordpv.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oxford PV,  Solar,  EIB,  perovskite solar cell,  


    ETH Zurich Considers Man-Made CO2 Effects, Ocean Levels (Int'l)
    ETH Zurich.
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In Switzerland, an international study led by federal technology institute ETH Zurich notes that the world's oceans absorb a third of CO2 emissions produced by humans and that from 1994-2007 the oceans absorbed 34 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere -- about 31 pct of all the CO2 produced by human activities.

    According to the ETH Zurich report, oceans absorb CO2 in two stages. First CO2 in the atmosphere dissolves in surface water and is carried by currents into the depths of the sea, where it accumulates. For the report, researchers from seven countries measured concentrations of CO2 gathered from the world's oceans and developed statistical model to calculate the proportion generated by human activities.

    ETH Zurich environmental physics professor Nicolas Gruber, who led the research, was already involved at the turn of the millennium in a similar study on the absorption of man-made CO2 from the beginning of industrialization around 1800 up to 1994. Comparisons of the two surveys found that the proportional volume of CO2 stored by the oceans has remained stable in the 200 years since the industrial revolution but increased in absolute terms as atmospheric CO2 levels have risen, leading to fears that the oceans might one day become saturated and unable to serve as a carbon "sink". (Source: ETH Zurich, swissinfo.ch, Mar., 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, Prof. Nicolas Gruber, Dept. of Environmental Systems Science, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

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


    EBRD Supports Albanian Green Energy, Floating Solar Projects (Intl)
    ERBD
    Date: 2019-03-18
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a €9 million loan from its €85 million Western Balkans Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) to support investments in Albanian green energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects expected to cut over 21,000 tpy of CO2 emissions across the region.

    ERBD also announced a 2-MW floating solar project being developed by Norwegian company Statkraft's Albanian subsidiary and floating solar technology developer Ocean Sun. The €2.3 million project will incorporate four units of 0.5 MW each. (Source: EBRD, The Balkanista, Mar., 2019) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Ocean Sun, info@oceansun.no, https://oceansun.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Statkraft,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  


    Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market 2019 Deep Analysis (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-03-18
    Global Markets is reporting the availability of Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market, a new elementary research study that analyzes market growth, risks, production volume, prices structure, market trends and other sellulosic ethanol related data along with forecast data from 2019-2024.

    The study offers a thorough understanding of market share, annual revenue, business methods, and contribution to Cellulosic Ethanol industry growth. Complete company profile of each player analysed in this report is covered for predicting the futuristic Cellulosic Ethanol scope and industry demand.

    Access report details and browse table of contents HERE. (Source: Global Market Biz, PR, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Global Amerket Biz, globalmarketers.biz@gmail.com; www.globalmarketers.biz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Eni Plans Major Reforestation Effort to Shift CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-03-18
    The Financial Times is reporting Rome-headquartered Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA will plant 81,000 square kilometers of forests -- twice the size of the Netherlands -- in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ghana to compensate for its CO2 emissions.

    ENI also want to reduce flaring and reduce methane leaks. Flaring is a practice where gases produced during the refining of oil are burned, should be banned by 2025. Methane gas emissions must then be reduced by 80 percent. Oil and gas companies are increasingly feeling the need to take measures to reduce their carbon footprint. At the same time, the companies continue to produce more fossil fuels. They say they do this to meet the growing demand in developing countries. (Source: ENI, Financial Times, Zurich Weekly News Review, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Carbon Footprint,  Reforestation,  


    Toronto Zoo Animal Waste Biogas Project Scores $2.7Mn (Funding)
    ZooShare Biogas
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In Ontario, Toronto MP Gary Anandasangaree is reporting the Conservative Gov. of Premier Doug Ford will invest up to $2.7 million in the ZooShare Biogas Co-operative'a project to convert Toronto Zoo animal waste into biogas and agricultural fertilizer.

    The funding is earmarked for additional, new self-cleaning anaerobic digester technology that separates organic material and contaminants at ZooShare's existing biogas plant in Toronto. Zooshare's mission statement is to grow the biogas industry across North America by teaching others about the value of waste and the importance of conservation in the process. (Source: Toronto Zoo, 11 Mar., 2019) Contact: Toronto Zoo, (416) 392-5900, www.torontozoo.com/conservation/BioGas.asp. ZooShare, www.zooshare.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ZooShare Biogas,  


    Scottish Power Plans £6Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)
    ScottishPower
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In the UK, gas and electric power supplier ScottishPower reports it will "actively pursue” future offshore wind projects in England and invest £6 billion in the countries offshore wind supply chain.

    Scottish Power;s initiative is part of a wider UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal that will see as much as £250 million investment in "building a stronger UK supply chain." The deal will drive the transformation of offshore wind generation, making it an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boost the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain.

    Presently, ScottishPower is constructing a £2.5 billion offshore windfarm in the east of England, seeking approval for a second to begin construction in 2024 and a third in 2025. (Source: Scottish Power, Supply Chain, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ScottishPower,  Offshore Wind,  


    Abu Dhabi Launches Energy Efficiency, Saving Initiatives (Int'l)
    Abu Dhabi Department of Energy
    Date: 2019-03-18
    The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) reports the launch of the 'Saving Energy and Water at Home' initiative -- one of three sustainable initiatives in collaboration with the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO), Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, and Al Ain Distribution Company.

    The DoE is the official partner of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. As part of the initiative, participating Emirati athletes will serve as "Energy Ambassadors" to the community. Forty-five families of Emirati athletes will compete to make their respective homes more energy- and water-efficient, adhering to sustainable behaviour and energy conservation practices throughout the duration of the Games. The daily consumption of each participating household will be measured and updated daily throughout the campaign. The top three winners will be revealed and awarded at the conclusion of the Games.

    DoE is launching three sustainability initiatives as In addition to the "Saving Energy and Water at Home" effort, the DoI is also launching the "Clean Energy on The Move" to encourage the public to use electric cars, and "Sustainable Energy at the Venues", which seeks to promote efficient energy technologies and use at the various games venues. (Source: Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, WAM, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Ramez Hamdan, Director of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, www.doe.gov.ae/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    "Every Company Should Pay a Fee to Invest in Clean Energy" - Sir Richard Branson (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Richard Bransom,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-18
    "I believe there is an extremely simple way to whip climate change and I plan to set it out below.

    "Many people working on this subject believe the world needs a carbon tax on dirty fuels -- coal and oil -- to solve the problem. However, the problem with a carbon tax is that it has so far been impossible to impose without governments falling. The Australian government tried to bring one in and they were kicked out -- the new government cancelled it. In November 2018, the state of Washington voted against a carbon tax for the second time in two years.

    "Carbon taxes are of course well-intentioned. But others are skeptical that they will raise enough resources to tackle the problem, or if the money will actually even be spent on the issue. So aside from being unpopular with the companies, carbon taxes are also often unpopular with the public and unpopular with governments. There are really no winners -- except ultimately the globe and the environment.

    "So I would like to propose the following: a Clean Energy Dividend. Every company in the world should accept a Clean Energy Dividend to be imposed on the fossil fuel they use and the carbon emissions they cause. The dividend could be the equivalent percentage that a carbon tax would have been, and based on cutting pollution at the rate the climate science shows is necessary. However, unlike a carbon tax, that money wouldn't disappear into government coffers, but would be used specifically to be invested in generating clean energy through wind farms and solar panels, as well as the development of more low carbon fuels and other breakthrough technologies. The companies, through those investments, can get that money back, plus dividends (it would be wise to have some independent governance to make absolutely certain that all companies comply with this remit.)

    "The good news about this approach is that:

  • Clean energy will have literally billions poured into it over the next few years - enough money to switch the world from dirty to clean energy. This is important because what climate change initiatives are still lacking at the moment is major investment;
  • Companies investing this money should be happy because the investments they make should be secure ones;
  • Millions of new jobs will be created through a climate change revolution;
  • The public should be happy because although some fuel prices might increase in the short-term, the competition from clean fuel will rapidly drive prices of both dirty and clean fuel down very quickly and they will stay down forever:
  • Governments should be happy because the lower fuel prices will result in a great boost to the economy. Lower fuel prices are politically attractive and politicians will also be able to say that by implementing this, they have made a major move towards getting on top of climate change.

    "This is a win-win all-round. It's a win for companies, a win for the people who work in them, a win for the public, a win for creating new jobs, win for governments, and most importantly of all a win for our beautiful globe. Today I am just throwing this open to debate and would love feedback. We will work hard with The B Team, The Elders, The Rocky Mountain Institute and others to get something along these lines implemented as soon as possible." (Source: The Virgin Foundation, Mar., 2019) Contact: The Virgin Foundation, Sir Richard Branson, www.virgin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Richard Branson,  


  • Methanol Investigated as Marine Alt. Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Methanol
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In the Netherlands, a consortium of Dutch maritime companies supported by the Maritime Knowledge Centre have joined forces to form the Green Maritime Methanol project to investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable maritime transport fuel.

    The Green Maritime Methanol project is supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and will be completed within two years.

    Shipowners Boskalis, the Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping will take part in the consortium, together with a number of Dutch shipbuilders, including superyacht builders Damen Shipyards and Feadship, as well as engine manufacturers Wartsila and Pon Power.

    Some of the Netherlands' leading research institutes including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin will invest and provide knowledge-building and research capacity for the project by studying operational profiles, ship configurations, engine configurations, performances, various emissions as well as many other relevant topics. (Source: Superyacht News, Mar., 2019) Contact: Maritime Knowledge Centre, www.maritimeinfo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  


    BioCycle Planning S. African Faecal Waste to Biodiesel Project (Int'l)
    MultiCycle,
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In South Africa, The BioCycle reports it aims to develop commercially viable and scalable processes for the bio-conversion of human faecal waste into biodiesel and other valuable products on a commercial scale by the end of 2020. The BioCycle is the main operating subsidiary of MultiCycle Technologies, itself a part of the Insect Technology Group (ITG), which also owns AgriProtein. The BioCycle uses AgriProtein’s black soldier fly (BSF) larvae processing technology in delivering its products.

    The BioCycle process prepares black soldier fly larval feedstock from faecal waste and additional nutrient-rich waste, seed this feedstock with young larvae, thereby reconstituting nutrients from that feedstock through larvae growing on the prepared substrate. The BioCycle undertakes its research at its own ITG-sponsored research facilities in Durban, and is in the process of developing further research and development capacity at the ITG labs in Philippi, Cape Town. (Source: Engineering News SA, Creamers Engineering News, 18 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Biodiesel,  Biodiese;,  


    The Climate Group Calls for LED Street Lighting (Ind. Report)
    Philips Lighting
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In 2015, the international not-for-profit The Climate Group, in partnership with Signify (fka Philips Lighting), called for all public lighting worldwide to be energy efficient LED by 2025. The Climate Group is now calling for national leaders to publicly support the wider call for LED adoption to achieve our 2025 scale-up target.

    The unprecedented energy savings of 50-70% from LEDs compared to traditional lighting presents a compelling reason to urgently raise the priority of LED adoption. The drive towards connected LED street lighting also serves as a stimulus for wider renovation of aging city infrastructure, and for further innovations in smart city development and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. It also presents the opportunity to build upon a connected and secure city lighting network with an expanding array of city-to-citizen data-based products and services.

    Recently we have seen huge LED retrofit programs around the world, with Chicago replacing 270,000 old fashioned street lights, which will save taxpayers $100m over 10 years and avoid over 11,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. New York State is currently rolling out an ambitious LED program, replacing half a million street lights, saving 482 gWh per year. However, many cities are not in this position, and this is when supporting energy efficiency policy and legislation, from state, regional or federal level can address some of these barriers and catalyze action.

    As well as federal level policy, states can also introduce their own policy which can benefit their cities, businesses and citizens alike. (Source: The Climate Group, Blog, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: The Climate Group, (646) 233-0550 NYC Office, +44 (0)20 7960 2970, info@theclimategroup.org, www.the climategroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Group,  LED Light,  Street Light,  Philips Lighting,  


    Energy Storage Specialist Origis Services Launched (Ind. Report)
    Origis Energy
    Date: 2019-03-18
    Miamai-based Origis Energy USA is reporting the launch of its Austin, Texzas-based wholly-owned subsidiary Origis Services LLC. The new entity will serve the rapidly expanding U.S. solar and energy storage market with a full range of operations, maintenance and asset management and related services.

    Origis Services currently manages a 500 MW solar portfolio with integrated operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management services. Expansion underway includes an advanced Remote Operations Control Center located in Austin, TX.

    Origis Services provides 24/7 continuous monitoring services utilizing cloud-based solar enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, a seasoned team for responsive incident resolution and extensive reporting capabilities focused on owner’s requirements. (Source: Origis Energy, PR, SCNow, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Origis Energy, www.OrigisEnergy.com, Origis Services, Michael Eyman, Managing Director, Valerie Cops, (786) 693-2624, valerie.cops@origisenergy.com, www.OrigisServices.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Origis Energy,  Solar,  Solar energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    London Homes Among the UK's Most Energy Efficient (Int'l Report)
    Energy Performance Certificates
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In the UK, a new report from door and window manufacturer Everest suggests that London homes are among the most energy efficient in the country. The report analyzed over 15 million Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to make its determination of the most, and the least energy efficient homes in England and Wales.

    In London and the other most energy efficient areas , annual energy bills averaged about £1,650 as opposed to the £3,228 average energy cost for homes nationwide.

    The report noted that the UK's housing stock is among the "oldest and coldest in Europe" and suggested the cost of heat leaking from properties is leading to a rise in fuel poverty. (Source: Everest, Various Media, Energy Live, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance Certificates,  


    GGF Loans €2Mn for Bosnian Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
    Green for Growth Fund
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The Luxembourg-headquartered Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it has loaned €2 million ($2.3 million) Bosnia's microcredit company Mikrofin.

    The loan is intended for "on-lending" by Mikrofin for building and building energy efficiency improvements, equipment upgrades for micro agri-businesses, the development of energy efficiency lending products, and related initiatives and projects, according to the GGF release.

    The GGF invests in measures which lead to reduced energy use and CO2 emissions and improvement of resource efficiency in Southeast Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova, the Middle East and North Africa. It provides financing to local partners that on-lend to enterprises and private households, and it invests directly in renewable energy projects. Mikrofin, a microfinance market leader in Bosnia, financially supports more than 57,000 clients, mostly low-income micro and small entrepreneurs. (Source: GGF, PR, SeeNews, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Green for Growth Fund, +49 (0) 69 271 035, www.ggf.lu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green for Growth Fund,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Big Apple Green Roof Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
    Nature Conservancy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In the Empire State, the Nature Conservancy, working with partners in the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, has released a comprehensive estimate of green roofs in New York City. The project merges publicly available data with remote sensing technologies to create data and maps that help better understand this asset and can be used to guide policymaking and city planning.

    Green roofs absorb heavy rains, give buildings an extra layer of insulation, increase building energy efficiency, lower carbon footprints, combat urban heat island effect and improve air quality . About 730 buildings covering roughly 40 acres in the Big Apple presently have green roofs.

    Download Green Roofs in NYC data HERE. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org; Green Roof Researchers Alliance, www.greenroofalliance.com, www.greenfoofs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy ,  Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    EDF Commissions 100-MW Minnesota Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables,Southern Minnesota Municipal Power
    Date: 2019-03-15
    EDF Renewables North America reports the commissioning of its 39 Siemens Gamesa turbine, 100-MW Stoneray wind farm in Pipestone and Murray counties Minnesota. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electric power for roughly 47,000 area homes.

    The facility will sell its output to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) under a power-purchase agreement starting in 2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Southern Minnesota Municipal Power, www.smmpa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Wind,  


    Albioma Converting Guadeloupe Coal Plant to Biomass (Int'l Report)
    Albioma SA
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Following up on our 23rd November, 2018 coverage, French renewable energy producer Albioma SA is reporting it has secured a €68-million ($76.8 million) loan for the conversion of a 34-MW power plant in Guadeloupe from coal to biomass. The funding was arranged with BNP Paribas and CIC, which acted as co-arrangers, and Bpifrance.

    The loan will be used for new infrastructure and modifications to the Albioma Caraibes power plant, which is expected to be converted so 100 pct biomass in 2020. (Source: Albioma SA, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Albioma SA, +33 (0)1 47 76 67 00, www.albioma.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal-to-Biomass,  Biomass,  Albioma SA ,  


    NM Sets 50 pct Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (Reg & Leg)
    Public Service Company of New Mexico
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico legislature reports passage of legislation calling for a 50 pct renewable energy portfolio standard in the state by 2030, bumping up to 80 pct by 2040. The bill id expected to be quickly signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham who has enthusiastically supported it.

    In a statement, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) said the bill "will create a greener energy economy and support our state's reforms to become a national leader in cleaner energy." (Source: Los Alamos Daily Post, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, (505) 241-2700; Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, www.governor.state.nm.us/contact-the-governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Service Company of New Mexico,  


    Southeast Eco360 Claims Landfill Gas Power Milestone (Ind. Report)
    Southeast Eco360
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick-based not-for-profit landfill operator Southeast Eco360 reports that last December it produced it's 10-millionth kilowatt hour of electricity burning landfill methane. That is enough to power 700 homes for a year, while reducing emissions by 66,000 tonnes.

    The plant's power production is sold to the New Brunswick power grid. (Source: Southeast Eco360, CBC, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Southeast Eco360, Gena Alderson, Waste Conversion Coordinator, (506) 877-1050, www.eco360.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


    Power Tech Lists Top 10 Wind Capacity Countries (Ind Report)
    Wind
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Power-technology.com looks at the world's top 10 countries by installed wind capacity: China with installed capacity 221GW; US -- 96.4GW; Germany -- 59.3GW; India -- 35GW; Spain -- 23GW; United Kingdom -- 20.7GW; France -- 15.3GW; Brazil -- 14.5GW; Canada -- 12.8GW; and Italy -- 10.1GW. (Source: Power-technology.com, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    European Commission Bans Palm Oil Biofuel Subsidies (Int'l Report)
    EU, Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-03-15
    This week in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) concluded that the cultivation of palm oil, primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia, results in excessive deforestation and accordingly should not be eligible for subsidies or count toward EU renewable transport targets for national governments. Such a ban on counting toward the target -- a 32 pct share of renewable energy by 2030 -- will likely occasion the phase-out the use of of palm oil-based fuel's in Europe.

    The EC concluded that 45 percent of the expansion of palm oil production since 2008 led to destruction of forests, wetlands or peatlands and resultant greenhouse gas releases.

    The EC has added a number of exemptions which mean some palm oil could still be promoted as a green fuel, under certain conditions including allowing additional palm oil production coming from yield increases or produced on unused land to still qualify as green.

    Although once seen as the main tool by which the EU could decarbonize road transport, and given generous subsidies under the 28-member trading bloc's Renewable Energy Directive over a decade ago, many environmentalists are reportedly pushing the EU to ban crop-based biofuels and move instead to incentivizing second-generation, cellulosic biofuels. (Source: EU, European Biodiesel Board, Successful Farning, Forbes, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, www.ebb-eu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  European Biodiesel Board,  


    GE 5.3MW Cyprus Wind Turbine Prototype Commissioned (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    GE Renewable Energy reports the commissioning of its onshore 5.3MW Cypress wind turbine platform prototype in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The Cypress wind turbine, which was first unveiled in September 2017, is the company's largest onshore wind turbine to date.

    Acording to GE, the new platform advances the technology of its 2MW and 3MW fleets while also using architecture and innovations from the 4.8-158 wind turbine, that was launched in 2017. The Cypress platform will be offered in different ratings and varying hub heights. The Cypress platform features a two-piece blade design which allows the blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths while improving logistics to provide more siting options. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Compelo, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,www.ge.com/renewableenergy

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


    ODOE Offers Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Funding (Funding)
    Oregon Department of Energy
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In Salem, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) reports the availability of grant funding of up to $250,000 per system for small-scale renewable energy projects. projects that generate power from renewable sources. The deadline for applications is on April 22, 2019. The agency is accepting applications for its Renewable Energy Development Grant program through 22 April, 2019. A total of $2.75 million is available.

    Qualified systems must produce electrical energy from a renewable resource such as biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas, or wave, tidal, or ocean thermal energy. Grants are capped at $250,000 per system and may not exceed 35 pct of the project cost. Details are available on ODOE's website. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Think Geoenergy, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oregon Department of Energy, (503) 378-4040, askenergy@oregon.gov, www.oregon.gov/ENERGY

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon Department of Energy,  


    DOE Funds Wind Energy Environmental Research Projects (Funding)
    US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office reports the allocation of $6.2 million for nine early-stage research projects expected to reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impacts of offshore and onshore wind energy. With cost sharing, the projects are expected to total $9.5 million.

    According to DOE, the projects will develop technology solutions to environmental siting and operational challenges to reduce project permitting time and costs, increase the certainty of project development outcomes and provide more deployment options at reduced costs. Three projects by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), American Wind Wildlife Institute of Washington and Stantec Consulting Services of Topsham will receive $2.3 million to further the advancement of smart curtailment strategies to minimize energy loss from curtailment and wind farm environmental impacts to bats. $1.4 million will be awarded to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Golden, General Electric Renewable Energy of Greenville and the Iowa State University of Ame for projects dedicated to advancing the commercial readiness of bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment.

    The remaining $2.5 million will be allocated to SMRU Consulting of Friday Harbor, Oregon State University of Corvallis and Western EcoSystems Technology of Cheyenne to develop and validate pre- and post-construction monitoring and mitigation solutions for the offshore wind environment to ease regulatory barriers to deployment. (Source: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, offshoreWIND .biz, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Phone: (202) 586-5348, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Wind,  EPRI,  


    Clean Energy Jobs on the Rise, says E2 Report (Ind. Report)
    E2
    Date: 2019-03-15
    According to a new report from the nonpartisan business group E2, nearly 113,000 people are employed in Ohio's clean energy sector -- up 4.6 pct from 2017 and above the national growth rate of 3.6 pct.

    According to the report, there are now nearly 3.4 million clean energy jobs in the U.S. outnumbering those in fossil fuels about three to one, and employers expect 6 percent job growth for 2019.

    To continue clean energy employment growth, the report has several recommendations, including federal policies that support grid modernization and expanded EV charging infrastructure. It also calls for the end of rollbacks to fuel economy standards for vehicles and extending and upgrading expired energy efficiency tax credits for commercial and residential buildings.

    Download the Clean jobs America report HERE. (Source: E2, Public News Service, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: E2, Robert Keefe, Exec. Dir.,www.e2.org, www.cleanjobscount.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E2,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  


    Pacific Ethanol Considers Production Facility Sales (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Ethanol,Piper Jaffray
    Date: 2019-03-15
    In the Golden State, Sacramento-based low-carbon renewable fuels specialist Pacific Ethanol reports it has contracted investment bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray to help it sell some of its 10 various production assets to refinance $67 million in debt coming due in December. The company notes it could also look at other capital raising options for debt refinancing.

    Pacific Ethanol, which operates 10 biorefineries in six states, did not specify which plants might be sold. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, Others, Seeking Alpha, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: Piper Jaffray, www.piperjaffray.com; Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Piper Jaffray,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Clean Energy Fuels Goes All In on RNG Redeem (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Newport Beach, California-headquartered Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting it will convert all its natural gas fuel to its renewable product, Redeem, by 2025 as it positions itself to offer the cleanest available fuel alternative to diesel through a broad distribution network. Redeem would be sold at all of the company's 530 stations in North America, including 160 of those that serve Class 8 fleets,

    The plan comes as regulatory agencies are considering how to toughen emissions regulations for nitrogen oxide, which produces smog and acid rain, and affects the human respiratory system.

    In 2014, the first full year Redeem was available, Clean Energy delivered 20 million gallons of Redeem to its stations. In 2018 , it delivered 110 million gallons of Redeem, which represents 53 pct of the renewable natural gas delivered in the market, according to the Newport Beach, Calif-based company. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Transport Topics, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO, Ashley White, Corporate Sustainability, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Clean Energy Fuels,  


    BHSL Announced €1.5Mn French Biogas Tech. Deal (Int'l Report)
    BHSL
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Limerick, Ireland-headquartered agri-rech, waste-to-energy business BHSL reports it has agreed to €1.5 million French deal to sell its fluidized bed combustion (FBC) technology to Liger Bioconcept foir installation at a fertiliser plant in Brittany. The plant will burn by-products sourced from a large anaerobic digestor located nearby, that processes a mixture of food waste, animal manure and waste water sludge into biogas.

    According to BHSL, there are currently 500 anaerobic digester facilities in France and 8,000 in Germany, two of BHSL-Hydro's target markets. The company plans to construct 300 new anaerobic digestor plants in Ireland. (Source: BHSL, RTE, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: BHSL, Denis Brosnan, +353 (0) 69 85926, +353 (0) 69 85927 - fax., info@bhsl.com, www.bhslhydro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biowaste-to-Energy,  anaerobic digestor,  


    UK Rental Property Energy Efficiency Pilot Launched (Int'l)
    TrustMark
    Date: 2019-03-15
    TrustMark is reporting a pilot project in partnership with East Sussex Trading Standards to improve the quality and energy efficiency of rented accommodation within Hastings and its surrounding area.

    The initiative, Better Homes for Hastings, will bring together area private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses, including TrustMark Registered Businesses, to promote rental property energy efficiency and related standards.

    TrustMark is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home. (Source: TrustMark, Volitmum, Mar., 2019) Contact: TrustMark, Simon Ayers, CEO, www.trustmark.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TrustMark,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CO2 Solutions Starts Que. Pulp Mill CO2 Capture Unit (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions Inc
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Quebec City, Quebec-based CO2 Solutions Inc. reports the commissioning of its CO2 capture unit at the Resolute Pulp Mill in Saint-Felicien, Quebec, is underway.

    CO2 Solutions expects to increase the overall capture rate to validate the unit's nominal capacity of 30 tpd of CO2.

    The Saint-Felicien unit, which is a 3x scale-up from the company's currently operating 10-tdp unit in Montreal-East, involves the deployment of a 30-tpy CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Toundra Greenhouse complex. The Saint-Felicien CO2 capture unit was partly financed with investments from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Technoclimat programme of the Quebec government as well as a loan from Canada Economic Development (CED). (Source: CO2 Solutions, Gas World, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    NYSERDA Unveils Energy Storage Proposals Incentives (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-03-15
    On Monday, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed an energy storage implementation plan outlining initiatives that should help the state achieve about two-thirds of its previously announced goal of having 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 rising to 3,000 MW of energy storage by the end of next decade.

    The NYSERDA implementation plan includes a retail storage incentive targeting projects of up to 5 MW that are either interconnected behind a customer's electric meter or directly into the distribution system. The plan also includes a bulk storage incentive that backs projects exceeding 5 MW and are interconnected directly into the transmission, sub-transmission or distribution systems.

    The primary purpose of such projects is to provide wholesale market energy, ancillary services and/or capacity services. The state will allocate $150 million for this incentive. NYSERDA is seeking regulatory approval to set aside $70 million for opportunities that have the greatest potential to build a self-sustaining storage market. At the same time, NYSERDA's board of directors has approved an additional $53 million in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds for retail and bulk storage deployment incentives on Long Island.beginning in Q2, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, Renewables, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  NYSERDA,  


    DOE Offers $30Mn Funding for Carbon Capture Systems R&D (Funding)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The U.S. DOE has announced the availability of up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development for front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems. The projects, funded by the Office of Fossil Energy's Carbon Capture program will support FEED studies for CO2 systems on both coal and natural gas power plants.

    According to the agency, FEED studies for commercial carbon capture systems is necessary to fully understand and reduce the costs of these systems and is the next step toward wide-scale deployment of the technology.

    The DOE notes CCUS systems are proven to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants that use coal and gas. For example, the Petra Nova Project, which is supported by DOE and located near Houston, Texas, has captured more than 1 million tpy of CO2 since coming online in 2017.

    Access project details HERE. (Source: US DOE, Mar., 2019) Contact: US DOE, (202) 586-5000, www.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  Petra Nova,  Carbon Cioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    World Bank Earmarks $22.5Bn for African Climate Efforts (Int'l)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The World Bank Group reports it will scale up support for both climate adaptation and climate mitigation initiatives in Africa to $22.5 billion over five years -- 2021-2025. The funding is part of the Bank Group's 2025 Targets to Step Up Climate Action, launched in December 2018 during the UN's COP24 in Poland.

    The funding is aimed at helping African countries manage the risks of a changing climate while unlocking new investment opportunities. The IFC and MIGA, the Group's private sector arms, will also grow their climate activities in Africa.

    More than half of the $22.5bn financing will be devoted to supporting adaptation and resilience in Africa. This year, for example, the World Bank will provide the government of Ethiopia with a results-based support program for adaptation and resilience, the largest done by the World Bank ever in Africa. The new operation, which is currently under preparation, will provide $500 million for results in improved watershed management and land administration systems.

    In addition, the World Bank, will carry out intensive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) engagements with Rwanda and Kenya, under the framework of the NDC Partnership, and with generous support from Germany's BMZ. The engagements will help accelerate the implementation of, and raise the level of ambition for, their NDCs by supporting systematic mainstreaming and institutionalization of climate adaptation and mitigation across and within key development sectors and governance levels. (Source: World Bank Group, africanews.com, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank Group,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change adaptation,  


    Shell Wants Tighter Methane Leakage Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Oil and gas giant, Royal Dutch Shell plc has recently urged Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten restrictions on methane leaks and emissions from oil and gas drilling and fracking operations, instead of loosening them as recently planned.

    As previously reported in September 2018, the EPA proposed plans that would weaken a 2016 Obama administration rule by permitting companies to reduce attempts to inspect and repair pipelines and wells that leak methane. The recent proposal is anticipated to allow drillers to conduct inspections annually and allow 60 days to complete necessary repairs.

    Oil and gas well methane leaks account for 10 pct of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The gas has over 80 times the heat-trapping potential of CO2 in the first 20 years of its escape into the atmosphere, according to the EPA. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, All Chem Research, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Methane,  Methance Leak,  


    Notable Quote
    CCS
    Date: 2019-03-15
    "We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Rick Perry news,  

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