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CIP Investing in 162-MW Texas Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-03-13
Copenhagen-headquartered Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP)reports it will invest $80 million in the Bearkat II wind park will be built in Glasscock County, Texas.

The project, which is being developed by Dallas-based TriGlobal Energy, will incorporate 47 Vestas V126-3.45 MW turbines, will sell its output to the ERCOT power market. Vestas will service the facility over a period of 30 years. The wind park qualifies for 100 pct of Production Tax Credits and is expected to come online in December, 2019, according to the CIP release. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Renewables Now, 3wMar., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825, inquiries@triglobalenergy.com, www.triglobalenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TriGlobal,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Wind,  


Siemens Investing in Greenko's Poovani India Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
Siemens Financial Services ,Greenko Group
Date: 2019-03-13
Siemens Financial Services (SFS) reports it has inked an agreement to invest an unspecified amount for a 46 pct stake in Indian renewable energy company Greenko Group's 114-turbine, 200 MW Poovani wind power project in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.

The Poovani wind project is part of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) Wind Power Tranche II. The project is expected to generate sufficient energy for roughly 155,000 homes per year when fully online. (Source: Siemens Financial Services , Power Tech., 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Siemens Financial Services, https://new.siemens.com/global/en/products/financing.htm; Greenko Group, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Financial Services ,  Greenko Group,  


John Wood Wins US Biofuel Construction Serv. Contract (Ind Report)
John Wood,Red Rock Biofuel
Date: 2019-03-13
Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered global engineering firm John Wood Group PLC reports receipt of a construction and mechanical services contract from Fort Collins, Colorado-based biofuels plant developer IR1 Group LLC for the Red Rock waste woody biomass-to-biofuels facility in Oregon. The value of the contract, which is expected to take two years to fulfill, hasn't been disclosed.

The Red Rock Biofuels facility will convert more than 136,000 tpy of biomass into 15.1 million gpy of renewable fuels. (Source: John Wood, Alliance News, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: IR1 Group LLC, (970) 223-6766, https://ir1group.com; John Wood Group, www.woodgroup.cpm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  John Wood Group,  Red Rock Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Fred.Olsen Confirms Taiwanese Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
Fred Olsen Windcarrier
Date: 2019-03-13
Fred.Olsen Renewables reports it has secured a contract from Siemens Gamesa to deploy one of its purpose-built jack-up installation Windcarrier vessels to transport and install 8MW, Siemens Gamesa wind turbines at the Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwanese waters, starting in the Spring of 2020.

The 640MW Yunlin Offshore wind farm is located about 6km off the southwest coast of Taiwan and will be powered by 80 of Siemens Gamesa's 8.0-167 direct drive turbines. Turbine installation will be split into two phases which will be carried out next year and 2021. (Source: Fred Olsen Mar., 2019) Contact: Fred.Olsen Renewables, Martin Degen, Commercial Manager, David Brunt, CEO, +44 20 7963 8904, http://fredolsenrenewables.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News FredOlsen ,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


EU Calls for China to Peak Emissions before 2030 (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2019-03-13
The European Commission on 12 March urged China to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030. “China is at the same time the world’s largest emitter and investor in renewable energy. We call on China to peak its emissions before 2030 in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and inspire action globally,” EU Energy and Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete wrote in a tweet.

the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini reviewed EU-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges and set out 10 concrete actions on 12 March for the EU’s leaders to discuss and endorse at the European Council of 21 March, including Action 2 which especially calls on EU calls on China to peak its emissions before 2030 and meets its 2015 Paris Agreement goals.

The next EU-China Summit is scheduled for early April. “China is a Strategic Partner of the European Union. We pursue strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation on files where we share interests, from trade to connectivity, from the JCPOA to climate change,” Mogherini said. . (Source: New Europe, 13 Mar., 2019)

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


Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Comments on Trump Budget (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-13
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa, Fla) Chairperson of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, released the following statement on President Donald Trump's $4.75 trillion 2020 budget proposal which would slash funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and eliminate ARPA-E:

"The Trump administration's budget proposal ignores the climate crisis. Climate science is clear: To help avert climate catastrophe, the United States needs to transition to a clean energy economy as fast as possible. The climate crisis must be addressed through virtually all areas of American life and, as a result, virtually all areas of the President's budget should reflect this.

"The president's budget fails to respond to the administration's own warnings contained in the National Climate Assessment or propose any means to tackle the crisis. For example, moving to the clean energy economy means deploying technology we have now but also investing in new research to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies and create new jobs. The Trump administration's budget eliminates ARPA-E and all-but shutters the Department of Energy office dedicated to incubating groundbreaking research into clean transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency -- thereby eliminating the hope for our workforce and our planet they bring.

"The scope of the climate challenge requires an all-hands-on-deck government investment in so many areas but certainly in advanced energy technologies. America needs a budget that reflects the urgency of the climate crisis. The president's budget lacks the insight and investment needed to get America moving and underscores that the cost of doing nothing is too high." (Source: US Rep. Kathy Castor, (D- 14th District, Fla), Tampa Bay Reporter, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Rep Kathy Castor, (202) 225-3376 castor.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


GoodShipping Marine Biofuel Tests Slated for Next Week (Int'l Report)
Good Fuels
Date: 2019-03-13
In Amsterdam, GoodShipping Program reports testing will commence with the sustainable biofuel bunkering of a CMA CGM container vessel at the Port of Rotterdam on 19 March, 2019. The testing is a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonizing ocean freight and the scaling of low-carbon marine biofuel oils for wider commercial use within the maritime industry.

The fuel being tested has been developed by sustainable marine biofuels producer GoodFuels. The second-generation biofuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products and, in addition to virtually eliminating SOx emissions, is expected to deliver 80-90 pct well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents without engine modifications. The program aims to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine biofuel oil, and thereby spur the wider continued development of realistic options to curb GHG and SOx emissions from shipping. (Source: Bunkerspot, Mar., 2019) Contact: Port of Rotterdam, Allard Castelein, CEO, www.portofrotterdam.com/en; GoodShipping Program, info@goodshipping.org; https://goodshipping.org; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Goodfuels,  Marine Goodshipping Program,  Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  GoodFuels,  


Sunamp Inks Chinese Thermal Energy Storage Deal (Int'l. Report)
Sunamp
Date: 2019-03-13
In the UK, East Lothian-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp reports the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese solar hot water tank manufacturer Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co. for the development of a heat battery water heater for residential applications.

Sunamp's UniQ batteries store heat from renewable sources, cut fuel costs and carbon emissions, and are four times smaller for the same capacity and four times more energy efficient than the hot water tanks they replace. (Source: Sunamp. The Scotsman, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sunamp, +44 1875 610001, www.sunamp.com; Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co., https://hzguangmang.tumblr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Sunamp,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Lyonsdale NY Woody Biomass Plant Shuttered for Good (Ind. Report)
Lyonsdale
Date: 2019-03-13
ReEnergy reports its shuttered Lyonsdale woody biomass bioenergy plant in Lewis County, New York, will not be resurrected, despite New York state legislation that would create potential financial support.

According to ReEngergy, the site could be redeveloped for solar energy. (Source: ReEnergy, Fox News WNYF, 8 Mar., 2019): Contact: ReEnergy Holdings, Sarah Boggess, Communications and Governmental Affairs, (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com, www.reenergyholdings.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lyonsdale,  Woody Biomass,  ReEnergy ,  


Halo Energy Shrouded Turbine Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Halo Energy
Date: 2019-03-13
In the Bay State, Wellesley-headquartered small-scale wind turbine manufacturer Halo Energy LLC reports it has begun manufacturing its HALO-6.0 shrouded wind turbines for deliveries next quarter to an unnamed Alaskan telecommunications company.

The 6-kW turbine will have a 3.7-metre (12-ft) shroud diameter and will be installed directly on telecommunications towers. The unit, which is constructed from fiberglass and galvanized steel and is designed to potentially integrate with solar and battery storage facilities, can generate twice as much energy as similar-sized conventional, open-bladed wind turbines, according to the company.

The company notes it is in discussions with hybrid energy providers in Australia, Canada, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. (Source: Halo Energy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Halo Energy LLC, Vincent Loccisano, CEO, www.halo.energy.com

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


Fannie Mae Touts Savings for Green Building Renters (Ind. Report)
Fannie Mae
Date: 2019-03-13
According to a new report from U.S. government-controlled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, a 6 year survey of 550,000 renters found that using energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow toilets and environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems saved the 550,000 renters a total of roughly $72 million in annual costs.

On average, renters saved about $145 per year and 200,000 buildings saved about $33 million on utility costs. The properties in the survey also reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 287,000 metric tons of CO2 and saved some 6 billion gpy of water. (Source: Fannie Mae Website, National Real Estate Investor, Other Media, Mar., 2019) Contact: Fannie Mae, Chrissa Pagitsas, VP, www.fanniemae.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fannie Mae,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Duke Energy, Florida A&M Ink Solar Plant Lease (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-03-13
In Tallahassee, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees reports approval of a 25-year lease agreement with Duke Energy Florida (DEF) for construction of a solar facility at the school's Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (BAERS) in central Florida.

Duke Energy's Rattler Solar Power Plant could add 74.9 MW of power to the grid at BAERS and help further the development and research of solar technologies, plant operations and workforce expansion.

The 600-800 acre facility would incorporate 270,000 tracking solar panels and generate sufficient electric power for approximately 23,000 average-sized homes at peak production. (Source: Florida A&M University, PR Mar., 2019) Contact: Florida A&M University, (850) 599-3000, www.famu.edu; Duke Energy Florida, Catherine Stempien,Pres., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Energy_Florida

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Duke Energy Florida,  


Universal mCloud Outlines Bold AI Agenda to Make Commercial Buildings Energy Efficient (New Prod & Tech)
Universal mCloud
Date: 2019-03-13
In British Columbia, Vancouver-based Universal mCloud Corp. is reporting it will launch new industry-leading energy savings technology for its Smart Buildings segment through mCloud's flagship AssetCare platform. The technology, using proprietary AI capabilities, targets up to 20 pct reductions in wasted energy in commercial buildings.

Universal mCloud's AssetCare solution offers an innovative zero-upfront subscription model that creates operational savings for the customer by analyzing numerous data sources such as space temperatures, outdoor weather, expected occupancy, and HVAC unit efficiency to pinpoint where a building's energy is being wasted. The data is integrated into a real-time intelligence model that enables AssetCare to make decisions on how to best respond moment-to-moment to changing comfort conditions in a building while simultaneously curbing unnecessary energy use.

These new AI-powered features are expected to go live to all current and new AssetCare for Smart Buildings customers later this year. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp., PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud Corp, Russ McMeekin, CEO, (415) 635-3500, www.mcloudcorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Universal mCloud ,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


ASE Responds to Trump's Budget Plan to Cut Energy Efficiency Programs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-03-13
The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has released a statement in response and opposition to the Trump administration's FY 2020 budget proposal calling for deep cuts to energy efficiency programs at the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and others including: Advanced Manufacturing Office; Building Technologies Office; ENERGY Star program; Vehicle Technologies Office; the Federal Energy Management Programme; the State Energy Program; The Weatherization Assistance Program; the National Laboratories -- SANDIA, NREL, Ames Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory; ARPA-E and others.

"This proposal would take an axe to innovation in our energy sector, cutting critical research funds and energy efficiency investments that have a proven track record of reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses" said Jason Hartke. "We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fight for these programs in the coming months." Hartke added that there is no room for complacency, because this is an existential threat to the backbone of energy efficiency and all of its many economic and environmental benefits. Even if the endgame for the administration is more modest cuts negotiated with Congress, that is still a major threat. These programs are among the smartest investments the federal government makes, and they should be made stronger, not weaker." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, PR, 12 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 Eficiency,  


Saudi Arabia Moves to Mitigate Carbon Emissions (Int'l Report)
Saudi Arabia, Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-13
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) reports the development of its first nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord aiming to avoid up to 130 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 2030. The country's power and water sectors together account for more than 40 pct of the kingdom's greenhouse gas emissions.

According to KAPSARC, a continuation of current policies is expected to increase power sector emissions in 2030 by 70 pct over 2015 levels. Rationalising costs of fuel inputs is critical to driving large CO2 emissions reductions and providing a net economic benefit to the Saudi Arabian economy. In its calculations, KAPSARC evaluates alternative scenarios in terms of their practical implications on Saudi Arabia's CO2 emissions, electric power production, fuel consumption, investments and cost-effectiveness, as well as on the kingdom's oil exports and revenues. The suggested policy approaches include:

  • A portfolio standard that requires up to 50 GW of solar, wind and nuclear technology deployment;
  • A clean energy standard that simulates a set of national policies that reduce the carbon intensity of electricity and water production;
  • A partial fuel price reform, where fuel prices are gradually raised to about half of international price levels by 2030; and
  • A full fuel price reform where fuel prices are raised to international levels.

    Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, solar energy would account for 25 pct of the emirate's energy supply requirements, nuclear 7 pct, clean coal 7 pct and natural gas 61 pct by 2030, with an extended goal to increase solar to 75 pct by 2050. (Source: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Middle East Technical Review, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Adam Sieminski, Pres., +966 11 225 1064, info@kapsarc.org, www.kapsarc.org

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


  • Anaergia Touts CA Food Diversion, Energy Recovery Plant (Ind Report)
    Anaergia
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Further to our December 14, 2018 coverage, Burlington, Ontario-based organics recycling solution provider Anaergia is reporting it will soon launch what it says will be North America's largest food waste diversion and energy recovery facility in Rialto, California. The plant will process 1,000 tpd of locally sourced food waste and bio-solids to produce pipeline-injected renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The plant, which is slated to launch in mid-2020, will produce the equivalent of 13 MW of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing 47,500 cars off the road. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, the state of California and significant private investment.

    Anaergia's proprietary technology separates organics from mixed solid waste of any contamination level to recover energy and make fertilizer. The process involves anaerobic digestion (AD). (Source: Anaergia, Waste 360, Mar., 2019) Contact: Anaergia Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com, City of Rialto, Tom Crowley, Utilities Mgr., (909) 820-2608, www.yourrialto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  Anerobic Digestion ,  


    Shell Launches Hong Kong Biodiesel Pilot Program (Int'l Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Shell is reporting the launch of its used cooking oil biodiesel pilot program with Maxim's Group , a food caterer, to use biodiesel from Maxim’s used cooking oil to power its 100 plus truck fleet Hong Kong.

    As the first and only biodiesel provider in Hong Kong, Shell's initiative will improves Hong Kong's energy security and lower the city's "well-to-wheel" CO2 by providing a more sustainable alternative to conventional diesel, according to a Shell release. (Source: Shell Hong Kong Ltd., PR, 12 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Shell,  


    Netherlands Likely to Miss Emissions, Climate Coals, says Gov. Planning Office (Int'l. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In the Netherlands, the Central Planning Office (CPB) is reporting the country is unlikely to achieve its goal of cutting its CO2 emissions by 48.7 megatons in 2030 compared to 1990. The CPB notes that Industry in particular is not providing enough CO2 reductions.

    According to the agency's estimates the climate agreement will result in a CO2 emissions reduction of between 31 and 52 megatons. The government's target of 48.7 megatons less CO2 falls into that estimate, but the PBL considers it likely that this goal will not be achieved due to "uncertainties about further shaping the agreements". How citizens and businesses respond to the proposed measures will also play a role, according to the PBL. (Souce: OECD, NL Times, 13 Mar., 2019) Contact: OECD, www.oecd.org

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


    NY State Offers Farmers $2.3 Mn to Address Cimate Change (Funding)
    Climate Change Mitigation
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Albany, the Empire State dovernor Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced the availability of $2.3 million in funding to help New York farmers deal with climate change impacts to their businesses.

    Eligible projects may focus on reducing carbon footprints, saving energy, improving soil health, increasing irrigation capacity and emphasizing water management to mitigate the effects of drought, as well as heavy rainfall and flooding, on crops and livestock, according to a news release from Cuomo's office.

    The funding is available through the New York Climate Resilient Farming grant program, via the state's Environmental Protection Fund. Cuomo's office is calling for an additional $5 million for Climate Resilient Farming program projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Times Herald, 12 Mar., 2019)Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,   Climate Change Mitigation,  Andrew Cuomo,  Climate Change,  


    Research Links Biofuel Mandate to Environmental Harm (Ind. Report)
    Biofuel,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2019-03-11
    New research prepared by the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin contends that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its implementation are draining western aquifers, accelerating climate change and fueling numerous other environmental disasters.

    The new research, provides a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the direct connection between U.S. biofuels policy and specific economic and field-level environmental changes following passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard 10 years ago.

    Download a report overview HERE. Download the full research report HERE. (Source: National Wildlife Federation, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: National Wildlife Federation, www.nwf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


    EIA Finds Arkansas Slow to Curb CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Carbon emissions from the energy sector have been on the decline nationwide, according to a report last week from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. According to the report, Arkansas invested in coal and produced more energy-related carbon emissions but a downward trend in emissions in the state has begun as those investments have shifted to renewable energy and natural gas along with the rest of the nation. Other states had little carbon emissions from electricity generation and had more from the burning of petroleum in manufacturing and from fossil fuels used to heat and cool buildings.

    A pending legal settlement in federal court could trigger the closure of the state's two largest coal-fired plants, principally owned and operated by Entergy Arkansas. The utility has opened solar arrays and announced plans for more in recent years, and would be required under the proposed settlement to invest in hundreds more megawatts of renewable energy in coming years. That settlement is being challenged before the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

    The EIA ranked Arkansas 17th in the country in the production per capita of carbon dioxide -- about 20 metric tons per person. At its highest point, Arkansas' carbon emissions from energy sources was at 69 million metric tons. That was 2014, a year before the state's use of coal-fired plants declined sharply. (Source: US EIA, Arkansas OnLine, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 3 Mar., 2019)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov; Entergy Arkansas, www.entergy-arkansas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Study Finds CO2 Emissions Rise as Gasoline Sales Boom (Int'l)
    Jayto Dynamics
    Date: 2019-03-11
    According toa Jato Dynamics study, the average CO2 emissions across all cars sold in Europe reached a four-year high of 120.5g/km in 2018, Its analysis also found that CO2 emissions had been steadily reducing year-on-year, reaching a low of 117.8 in 2016.

    The correlation between the decline in demand for diesel vehicles and the increase in CO2 emissions was most evident when analyzing the data by country -- Norway, the Netherlands and the UK. In the UK, average CO2 emissions in 2018 were 125.1, a 4.3g/km increase on 2017. This is largely driven by the switch away from diesel to gasoline and the growing popularity of larger SUVs, which are less efficient than traditional family hatchbacks. (Source: Jayto Dynamics, Fleet News, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Jayto Dynamics, www.jato.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JATO Dynamics,  Vehicle Emissions,  CO2,  


    DVI Helps Cjoptank Coop Cut Energy Demand (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Voltage Inc.
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Voltage Inc. (DVI), a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, is reporting the installation of a systemwide Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO) implementation at the 54,000 member Choptank Electric Cooperative on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The installation resulted in a 5 pct demand reduction and lower energy costs for the cooperative in 2018. Once the system went into operation, the circuits under VVO control averaged a 3.1 percent voltage reduction, resulting in a 5 percent reduction in peak demand., according to the company release.

    Dominion Energy serves roughly 7.5 million customers and businesses in 18 states with electricity and/or natural gas. (Source: Dominion Energy, Dominion Voltage Inc., 6 Mar., 2019) Contact: Cjoptank Electric Cooperative, Mike Wheatley, President and CEO, www.choptankelectric.coop; Dominion Energy, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Dominion Voltage Inc.,  


    Statkraft Planning UK Solar, Wind, Storage "Virtual Power Plant" (Ind. Report, Int'l.)
    Statkraft
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS reports it is planning a 1 GW "virtual" power plant to integrate wind, solar, battery storage, and gas in the UK.

    The proposed project will monitor the operations of over 1GW worth of wind power, solar power, battery storage, and flexible gas engines and compare it with the constantly updating day ahead, on-the-Day, and cashout price forecasts to allow the real-time optimization of power trading in the British energy market. The company is also planning to double the capacity of the virtual power plant by the middle of the year.

    The project is intended to almost instantaneously match renewable power production with market demand by integrating batteries and engines into the virtual power plant and optimizing their operations to provide reliable flexibility. (Source: Statkraft, Renew Economy, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: Statkrft, Duncan Dale, VP UK, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Greenpeace Co-founder Doubts Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-03-11
    "I suppose my main objection is the effective elimination of 80 percent of the world's energy would likely eliminate 80 percent of the world's people in the end. I mean, just growing food, for example -- how would we grow food for the world's people without tractors and trucks, and all of the other machinery that is required to deliver food, especially to the inner cities of large centres like Moscow, Shanghai and New York City? How would we get the food to the stores? It's symptomatic of the fact that people who live in cities just take it for granted that this food appears there for them in supermarkets in great variety, healthy food to keep them alive when they couldn't possibly grow it for themselves with such dense populations. And if, in fact, fossil fuels were banned, agricultural productivity would fall dramatically and people would starve by the millions.

    So, that is just a little bit of why I think it's (Green New Deal) a ridiculous proposal." -- Patrick Moore, Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnick, Mar., 2019)

    Editor's Note: The non-binding, Green New Deal framework basically combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch nearly every American and overhaul the economy including agriculture, bioenergy and fuels.

    Download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: Various Sources, NPR, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Sen. Ed Markey, 617-565-8519, www.markey.senate.gov; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter https://twitter.com/AOC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    GM Scores $2.8Mn in Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
    GM,Consumers Energy
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Michigan's largest energy provider, Consumers Energy is reporting the payment of $2.8 million worth of incentives to General Motors (GM0 for energy efficiency upgrades at it Flint Assembly Plant where the automaker completed 21 energy-saving projects in the last year. GM has received $13.3 million in payments from Consumers Energy for energy upgrades at its Michigan plants over the past 10 years. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com; GM, www.gm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GM,  Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


    Wastewater Plant Energy Efficiency Earns $42,000 (Ind. Report)
    Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In Michigan, the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant is reporting receipt of a $42,000 rebate from Indiana Michigan Power for its efforts to increase energy efficiency. New equipment installations and plant upgrades costing $1.3 million were completed in November, 2018.

    The new equipment is expected to cut the plant's power consumption by plant’s power consumption by 20 to 30 pct for a power cost savings of $10,000 to $15,000 per month. (Source: WSJM, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant, (269) 983-7719; Indiana Michigan Power, www.indianamichiganpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indiana Michigan Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Concordia Univ. Lauded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Concordia University
    Date: 2019-03-11
    The Province of Quebec's Ministere de l'Education et de l'Enseignement superieur has, for the 21st, recognized Concordia University -- enrollment 45,000 -- for its commitment to green building, sustainability and the lowest energy consumption per unit area among the six major institutions evaluated.

    . As part of its 2019-2024 Sustainability Plan, the university has taken a holistic approach to energy efficiency by repairing or replacing inefficient lighting and other equipment along with other measures to reduce the energy footprint of new projects. The school is also developing a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the overall campus energy footprint. (Source: Concordia University News, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Concordia University, Daniel Gauthier, Building Performance Facilities Management Coordinator, (514)848-2424, ext. 2400, www.concordia.ca/offices/facilities.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UC-Davis Launches Million Light Bulb Challenge (Ind. Report)
    UC-Davis,Million Light Bulb Challenge
    Date: 2019-03-11
    The University of California - Davis is reporting the launch of the Million Light Bulb Challenge to replace one million incandescent light bulbs for high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs in campus buildings and residences to encourage the reduction of carbon footprints and energy usage.

    Under the program, all UC students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees can purchase high-quality LED light bulbs through the Community Buy program.

    Lighting can account for 30 pct of the energy usage in a typical home so switching to high performance LED technology can deliver significant cuts in energy consumption, reduced energy bills and lower carbon emissions. (Source: UC Davis, California Aggie, Mar., 2019) Contact: Million Light Bulb Challenge, www.millionledchallenge.com; UC Davis, www.ucdavis.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  UC Davis,  


    Experimental Ducted Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    Ducted Turbines International
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In the Empire State, Potsdam-based Ducted Turbines International (DTI) is reporting plans to produce the first commercially-viable "ducted" wind turbine.

    DTI's wind turbine has a 3-meter-diameter rotor, comprising an aluminum hub and three CFRP composite blades, with a surrounding 3.7-meter-diameter GFRP duct -- shroud -- that increases airflow through the turbine blades. The duct was manufactu Empire Fiberglass Products Inc., and Vistex Composites fabricated the CFRP blades with partial grant funding from the National Science Foundation .

    When Small Wind Certification Council certified and fully commercialized, the DTI turbine is expected to sell for around $24,000, with two units generating sufficient to power the a average home. (Source: Ducted Turbines International, Composites Manufacturing, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ducted Turbines International, Paul Pavone, Business Dev., paul.pavone@ductedturbinesinternational.com, www.ductedturbinesinternational.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  


    Mass. College Launches Offshore Wind Training Program (Ind Report)
    Bristol Community College
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In the Bay State, Fall River-based Bristol Community College (11,000 +- enrollment) reports it has inked an agreement with JDR Cable Systems to create and launch a comprehensive offshore wind industry workforce training program at the school's New Bedford campus.

    With the support of industry stakeholders such as JDR, the school plans to develop the National Offshore Wind Institute to host workforce development initiatives and accelerate the development of a national offshore wind industry. Bristol will also develop training courses associated with the offshore termination and testing of array cables. The college will also deliver technical and safety-training courses specifically to JDR's technicians, and promote the offshore wind industry by coordinating with the state network of MassHire Career Centers to recruit, screen, assess and refer possible technicians and school candidates. (Source: Bristol Community College, PR, Mar, 2019) Contact: Bristol Community College, www.bristolcc.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    Delta Adds Amerlux to Expand IoT Smart Buildings Solutions (M&A)
    Delta Electronics,Amerlux,
    Date: 2019-03-11
    Freement, California-based power and thermal management solutions and LED lighting specialist Delta Electronics, Inc. is reporting an agreement pursuant to which its subsidiary Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V. will acquire 100 pct of Amerlux's interests for $90 million. The transaction is expected to close during Q2, 2019.

    Delta has recently been enhancing its portfolio of smart green solutions to further the development of smart's portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions includes: industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities. (Source: Delta, Mar., 2019) . Contact: Delta Electronics, Ping Cheng, CEO, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, Chuck Campagna, CEO, www.amerlux.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerlux,  Delta Electronics,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Building,  ,  


    NRC Funds Northern Biomass Pellet Project Feasibility Study (Funding)
    Natural Resources Canada, Nihtat Corp
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it will invest $220,000 to support a feasibility study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories.

    The federal funds will enable the indigenous community-owned Nihtat Corp. to look into options for wood pellet plant development, wood-based biomass opportunities and biomass supply chain enhancements in the Beaufort Delta region. The project aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage the use of biomass as a healthy and economical choice for heating that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is from Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program which aims to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on fossil fuel for heat and power, with particular emphasis on Indigenous communities. (Source: NRC, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca; Nihtat Corp., www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/bip-registry/bip0000346-inuvik

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Nihtat Corp ,  


    OMB Reviewing EPA E15, RIN Reform Rules (Reg & Leg, Ind Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In Washington, the US EPA reports it has sent sent a draft rule to allow for year-round sales of E15 ethanol fuel blends to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for review -- the next step in the regulatory process and for meeting expectations that this rule-making be completed when the summer driving season begins on June 1, 2019. A separate rule aims to curb market speculation in biofuel credits.

    The proposed rule does not have to be approved by Congress to be finalized, but it does have to be published and put out for public comment. In order for E15 to be available for summer sales, the process has to be completed before June 1, 2019. (Source: US EPA, Feedstuffs, 8 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RINs,  E15,  Biofuel Blend,  


    ABA Claims EPA Strayed on RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Advanced Biofuels Association
    Date: 2019-03-11
    According to a brief filed by attorneys on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABA) in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit court in Washington last Wednesday, the US EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify.

    The suit contends the EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn't meet the minimum U.S. DOE score to qualify, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners' parent companies when considering waiver requests. The brief also noted the agency considered small-refiners' operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits, without looking at revenue the refiners would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

    Accordingly, the ABA suit asked the court to declare the EPA's methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship "unlawful" and to strike down the agency's economic "hardship" policy.

    As previously reported, "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: ABA, DTN, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association ,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


    Xcel Report Confirms Renewables, CO2 Reduction Plans (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In its just released Building a Carbon-Free Future report, Excel Energy outlines its plan to achieving its ambitious carbon reduction goal consistent with the Paris climate agreement and its plan to deliver 100 pct carbon-free electricity by 2050.

    In 2018, Xcel Energy cut carbon emissions by 3 pct and has reduced carbon emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels by adding new wind and solar to its energy portfolio while retiring coal plants and transitioning with cleaner natural gas. Last year, Xcel Energy opened its new 600-megawatt Rush Creek wind farm in Colorado, the company's largest wind farm. Further, it will retire more coal plants or change those operations to reduce emissions and support strategic electrification of certain end uses, such as transportation, as well as invest in technologies to upgrade its grid. (Source: Xcel Energy, Daily Energy Insider, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NextEra Energy Announces 250-MW Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy
    Date: 2019-03-11
    In Oklahoma, NextEra Energy reports it plans to have the new 250-MW Skeleton Creek wind farm in Garfield and Alfalfa counties operational before the year end. by the end of the year. The 90, GE turbine wind farm will generate between $50 million and $60 million in property taxes and give about $60 million in landowner payments during the first 30 years of the project.

    NextEra Energy presently operates two wind projects in Garfield County -- 247.4 MW Armadillo Flats wind project and the 98.1 MW Breckinridge Wind Energy Center. (Source: NextEra Energy, Enid News & Eagle, 9 Mar., 2019) Contact: NextEra, Elinore Beitler, a Project Mgr., info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy ,  Wind,  


    Greenpeace Questions Green New Deal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green New Deal,Greenpeace
    Date: 2019-03-11
    "The alternative (to the Green New Deal proposal) is largely to continue as we are because the decisions that have been made to continue as we are have been based on what the best thing to do is. The real problem is [that] you've got this ridiculous notion that carbon dioxide is causing a global catastrophe and a global crisis, and as AOC says, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't stop using fossil fuels. It's not about the fossil fuels themselves, it's about the carbon dioxide which is emitted when they are burned, the same carbon dioxide that was taken out of the air to make the plants that made the coal, oil and gas which was deposited in the earth in the first place.

    "That's one thing that people don't realize: that all the CO2 that is being emitted from burning fossil fuels today was once in the atmosphere and has been taken out, and over the millennia CO2 levels in the atmosphere have constantly been declining. They just ignore this. Those numbers are available, all you have to do is be a good researcher on Google and on the Internet and you can see that over the millions of years CO2 has constantly declined.

    "Carbon dioxide which they call carbon, which is completely wrong because carbon is soot, carbon is graphite, carbon is diamonds, carbon is not carbon dioxide. They should call it by its correct name, because all the carbon in all carbon-based life, which is all of life, came from carbon dioxide in the air or dissolved in the oceans, lakes and rivers. Carbon dioxide is essential for life to exist, if there were no carbon dioxide, or if there was not a high enough level of carbon dioxide, all the plants would die and would never have existed in the first place if there had not been carbon dioxide in the atmosphere." -- Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnik, Mar. 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  


    Greenpeace Co-founder Comments on the Green New Deal , Defines Carbon (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Greenpeace
    Date: 2019-03-09
    In commenting on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proposed Green New Deal 'Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore commented that the politician’s call for drastically reducing fossil fuel use is “completely crazy.”

    “The alternative (to the Green New Deal) is largely to continue as we are because the decisions that have been made to continue as we are have been based on what the best thing to do is. The real problem is [that] you've got this ridiculous notion that carbon dioxide is causing a global catastrophe and a global crisis, and as AOC says, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't stop using fossil fuels. It's not about the fossil fuels themselves, it's about the carbon dioxide which is emitted when they are burned, the same carbon dioxide that was taken out of the air to make the plants that made the coal, oil and gas which was deposited in the earth in the first place.

    “That's one thing that people don't realise: that all the CO2 that is being emitted from burning fossil fuels today was once in the atmosphere and has been taken out, and over the millennia CO2 levels in the atmosphere have constantly been declining. They just ignore this. Those numbers are available, all you have to do is be a good researcher on Google and on the Internet and you can see that over the millions of years CO2 has constantly declined.

    “Carbon dioxide which they call carbon, which is completely wrong because carbon is soot, carbon is graphite, carbon is diamonds, carbon is not carbon dioxide. They should call it by its correct name, because all the carbon in all carbon-based life, which is all of life, came from carbon dioxide in the air or dissolved in the oceans, lakes and rivers. Carbon dioxide is essential for life to exist, if there were no carbon dioxide, or if there was not a high enough level of carbon dioxide, all the plants would die and would never have existed in the first place if there had not been carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” -- Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore (Source: Sputnik, Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal news,  Greenpeace news,  CO2 news,  Carbon news,  Carbin Dioxise news,  


    Joint $330Mn Investment in Indian Renewables Announced (Int'l)
    CDC Group
    Date: 2019-03-08
    EverSource Capital, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF) and Ayana Renewable Power are reporting plans to jointly invest $330 million in Indian renewable energy projects. The three group also intend to invest a further $1.7 billion in Indian and neighboring countries power generation, power transmission and distribution, transport, the gas midstream, and the water sector over the next three years.

    The launch fund would be called the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF). The UK government and India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) will be joint anchor investors in GGEF with a commitment of £ 120 million each.

    The London-headquartered CDC is the UK's development finance institution that supports companies that help poor countries grow. (Source: CDC Group, Mercom India, Mar., 2019) Contact: CDC Group, Srini Nagarajan, Head of CDC Asia, +44 (0)20 7963 4700, +44 (0)20 7963 4750 - fax, enquiries@cdcgroup.com, www.cdcgroup.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  CDC Group,  ,  


    GM Increases Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    General Motors
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In the Motor City, automaker General Motors (GM) reports it will purchase 300,000 MWh of renewable wind power from DTE Energy to run its Warren Tech Center as well as most of its world headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

    In February, Ford Motor Company made a similar commitment to procure 500,000 MWh of locally sourced Michigan wind energy via DTE's MIGreen Power Program.

    Among its clean energy efforts, GM is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance as well as an early signatory of RE100, which is a collaborative global initiative that brings together influential businesses that are committed to 100 pct renewable power and the delivery of renewable electricity.

    DTE Energy, which has 13 wind parks in Michigan, plans to double its renewable energy capacity over the next five years, investing in another $2 billion by 2024. The utility also proposes to build at least 3,000 additional MW of solar and wind energy over the next 20 years. DTE currently produces about 1,000 MW of primarily wind renewable energy. (Source: GM, Crains Detroit Business, Hydrogen Fuel News, 4 Mar., 2019)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  DTE MIGreen,  General Motors,  Wind,  


    2018 U.S. Ethanol Exports Rise to Record High (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2019-03-08
    According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently 2018 total export numbers, US ethanol exports topped 1.70 billion gallons in 2018 -- a 23 pct increase over 2017 figures -- while ethanol co-products like distiller's dried grains (DDGs) with solubles (DDGS) exports grew 7 pct.

    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor notes the increase in ethanol exports over the past three years is due in part to expanded role that ethanol-blended fuels play in helping countries around the world achieve their economic and environmental goals.

    Growth Energy expects the global demand for the cleaner, more affordable fuel blend will continue to rise in 2019.(Source: Growth Energy, USDA, Various Media, HoosierAg, 6 Mar., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, www.fas.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  USDA,  Growth Energy,  


    Willdan Acquiring EYP's Energy Practice Division (M&A Report)
    Willdan Group
    Date: 2019-03-08
    Anaheim, California-headquartered consultancy and energy efficiency specialist Willdan Group Inc. reports the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) to acquire The Weidt Group -- the energy practice of Albany-based design and engineering firm EYP.

    EYP offers services in the areas of utility programs, energy design assistance, benchmarking, building performance, energy software and energy analysis data to help clients optimize their building energy efficiency investments.

    Within its energy practice, Willdan helps utilities clients upgrade their grids and supports facility owners with the development of energy efficient buildings and other offerings. The acquisition is slated to close later this month. (Source: Wildan, consulting.us, 6 Mar., 2019) Contact: The Weidt Group, Jim Douglas, Pres., (877) 938-1588, info@twgi.com,www.theweidtgroup.com; WildanGroup Inc., Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (714) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.wildan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  Energy Efficiency,  


    UPM Touts BioVerno Diesel to Cut Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    UPM,VTT Technical Research Centre
    Date: 2019-03-08
    (UPM, Helsinki, 7 March 2019 at 10.00 EET) - In Finland, Helsinki headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting recent off-road vehicle tests at the VTT Technical Research Centre confirm that renewable UPM BioVerno diesel reduces tailpipe emissions. Both the nitrogen oxide and particle emissions were around 10 pct less when compared to a fossil reference fuel.

    High quality sustainable biofuels are a cost-efficient alternative to help reduce traffic emissions and they can be adopted without any changes to vehicles. UPM Biofuels participates in Bio100, a four-year project co-ordinated by VTT with the goal of increasing the share of biofuels used in combustion engines in Helsinki area to at least 50 pct by 2017 and to 70-90 pct by the end of 2019, according to the UPM release. (Source: UPM, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, ]www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  VTT Technical Research Centre,  UPM,  


    US Honda Keeps Wining ENERGY STAR Efficiency Cert. (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR, Honda
    Date: 2019-03-08
    For the 13th consecutive year, two of Honda's Marysville and East Liberty Ohio automobile manufacturing plants in have earned the US EPA ENERGY STAR certification. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) achieved the ENERGY STAR designation for the seventh year in a row while the Honda Anna Engine Plant (AEP) in Anna, Ohio, scored its first ENERGY STAR status.

    EPA ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35 pct less energy and contribute 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.

    The ENERGY STAR label can be found on over 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $450 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 3.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. (Source: Honda, EPA ENERGY STAR, Green Car Congress, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: EPA Energy STAR, www.energystar.gov

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


    Microsoft, Invenergy Announce NC Solar Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft, Invenergy
    Date: 2019-03-08
    IT giant Microsoft reports it is collaborating with Invenergy to work on a 74-MW solar project in Beaufort County, NC. The new Wilkinson Solar Energy Center project is slated to come online before the year end.

    Microsoft entered into a 15-year deal, by which it will be the single off-taker of the renewable energy produced by the estimated $20 million Wilkinson Solar Energy Center. (Source: Microsoft, Zacks Equity Research March 07, 2019) Contact: Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com; Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microsoft,  Invenergy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Geminor Snares Norwegian Biofuel Business Bon Biobrensel (M&A)
    Geminor
    Date: 2019-03-08
    Staffordshire, U.K.-based waste fuels specialist Geminor is reporting the acquisition of Norwegian biofuel producer Bon Biobrensel AS. According to the firm, the move doubles its capacity in the production of wood chips for fuel in waste-to-energy facilities in the region.

    Bon Biobrensel produces 75,000 tpy of wood chips and had a turnover of €1.5 million in 2018. Geminor is currently England's biggest exporter and Norway's biggest importer of waste wood derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF), according to the release. (Source: Geminor, PR, LetsRecycle.com, Mar., 2019) Contact: Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad, CEO, +44 0 1782 950 471, info@geminor.co.uk, www.geminor.no/en; Bon Biobrensel AS, +47 63 99 51 00, www.facebook.com/BonBiobrensel

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Wood,  Woody Biomass,  ,  Biofuel,  


    $100Bn Clean Energy Resolution Tabled in California (Reg & Leg)
    California
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In Sacramento, Sen. Henry Stern and several Democratic California State lawmakers have tabled a proposal calling for the Golden State to invest $100 billion in clean energy to slash the state's carbon emissions and end its reliance on fossil fuels by 2030.

    The resolution, which is seen as a response to freshman US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ballyhooed Green New Deal, would set non-binding goals and declare a climate emergency, citing recent devastating wildfires and the impacts of air pollution on child asthma.

    The $100 billion would be spent over 12 years and come from existing funds, including the state's carbon emissions auction program and a gas tax increase to fund transportation projects. The resolution would say all of that money should be spent toward projects that reduce, sequester or remove greenhouse gas emissions.

    California presently aims to eliminate fossil fuels for electric power generation and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

    To refresh your memory, download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: The State, AP, 4 Mar., 2019) Contact: Calif. State Senator Sen. Henry Stern (D), https://www.facebook.com/HenrySternCA, sd27.senate.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NV Energy Offers Low-Cost Renewables Option to Select Commercial Customers (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In Las Vegas, NV Energy is touting the Nevada GreenEnergy Rider (NGR 2.0) that makes more than 1 million MWh of low-cost renewable energy resources available to large commercial customers such as casinos and government entities.

    According to NV Energy, "NGR 2.0 offers eligible customers the ability to pay a rate directly tied to low-cost, Nevada-based solar resources, which is in line with our own philosophy to provide all of our customers with clean energy, while keeping rates low. This sustainable energy solution is a win-win as eligible customers will reduce their energy costs while NV Energy retains the renewable energy credits in order to comply with Nevada's renewable portfolio standard for the benefit of all customers."

    The initial allotments for the renewable energy rate include up to 565,000 MWh of solar for southern Nevada customers and 375,000 in the north, which combined serves approximately 153 MW of demand. Commercial customers who use at least 8,760 MWh of energy and have MW or more are eligible to participate. Governmental entities need only use 8,760 MWh of energy annually. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Credits,  


    Xcel Supports 100 pct Carbon-Free Power by 2045 Act (Ind Report)
    Southwestern Public Service,Xcel
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Xcel subsidiary utility Southwestern Public Service (SPS) Co. reports it supports a Senate Bill 489, known as the Energy Transition Act. The bill would require SPS and New Mexico's two other public utilities to source 50 pct of their local electricity sales from renewable resources by 2030, 80 pct by 2040 and 100 pct carbon-free generation in 2045.

    To meet that standard, SPS plans to add significantly more renewable generation to its Southwest grid over the next decade, including a 522-MW wind farm that is expected to come online in 2020. It's also building a 478 MW wind farm in West Texas, and will purchase 230 MW of wind energy from another facility owned by NextEra Energy. Taken together, the tree project will bump SPS' wind generation from 21 to 46 pct by 2022, making the utility's system 48 pct carbon-free that year.

    SPS parent firm Xcel, which serves about 3.6 million electric customers in eight states, previously announced plans to slash its carbon emissions to 80 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve 100 pct carbon-free generation by 2050. (Source: Xcel Energy, Albuquerque, Journal, 6 Mar., 2019)Contact: Southwestern Public Service, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/southwestern-public-service; Xcel Energy, David Hudson, Pres.Southwest Region, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwestern Public Service ,  Xcel,  

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