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Iberdrola Aims to Up U.S. Renewables Capacity 50 pct (Int'l)
Iberdrola
Date: 2018-09-26
According to a Reuters report, Spanish wind power juggernaut Iberdrola SA plans to expand its renewable energy capacity in the U.S. by about 50 pct over four years as part of its global plan to cut carbon emissions. To that end, the company expects to invest about $15 billion in the U.S. on its transmission and distribution system and increase its renewable generation to around 10,000 MW by the end of 2022.

Through its majority-owned Avangrid Inc subsidiary, Iberdrola has over 6,500 MW of renewables in the US. (Source: Iberdrola, Reuters, 24 Sept., 2018)Contact: Iberdrola Renewables,http://iberdrolarenewables.com

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


County Center Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
New York Power Authority
Date: 2018-09-26
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is reporting completion of $2.75 million in energy efficiency upgrades at the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello. The upgrades are projected to cut carbon emissions by 487 tpy and save the county close to $115,000 per year in energy and building maintenance costs.

The New York Power Authority financed and implemented the upgrades which included: high-efficiency rooftop heating and cooling units; installation of efficient boilers; interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades; and a building management system for greater monitoring and control of the building's heating, ventilation and other systems.

The county will repay NYPA the cost of the project through the energy savings that result from the energy efficiency measures. The county is expecting an 8-year payback, according to county officials. (Source: NYPA, Mid-Hudson News, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  New York Power Authority,  


Aquicore, Healthy Buildings Int'l Tout Partnership (Ind. Report)
Aquicore, Healthy Buildings
Date: 2018-09-26
Washington, DC-based Aquicore, the leading IoT-driven asset operations platform for commercial real estate (CRE), and indoor environmental consultant Healthy Buildings International, are reporting a new partnership that will enable building owners and operators to achieve better internal reporting and secure key industry certifications -- U.S. Green Building Council's LEED, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR.

Aquicore's CRE platform tracks, analyzes and predicts key building metrics in real time enabling asset and property managers to make faster and more informed decisions on key performance indicators such as energy and water use, budgeting and more. Through Aquicore's partnership, Healthy Buildings' services will be available in the Aquicore Marketplace, a best-in-class network of partners, collaborators and applications that are integrated with Aquicore's platform.

Healthy Buildings International helps the commercial building industry benefit from the public's awareness of the indoor workplace environment by taking a proactive, business-minded approach to environmental due diligence. Through its three service lines Indoor Environmental Quality, Sustainability, and Energy & Resources, Healthy Buildings helps it clients attract & retain tenants and employees, enhance building marketability, lower operating costs, and increasing asset value. (Source: Aquicore, PR, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Healthy Buildings Int'l, 800-352-6102., http://healthybuildings.com; Aquicore, 202-446-0246, info@aquicore.com , https://aquicore.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  ENERGY STAR,  Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Aquicore,  Healthy Buildings,  


Oil, Gas Players Pledge to Slash Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-09-26
The 13-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) -- which includes Exxon Mobil, Chevron and others -- reports it is committed to cutting methane emissions to an intensity of 0.25 pct of all fossil fuel the group's member companies produces by 2025. The pledge could be cut further to 0.2 pct intensity, which would echo targets set individually by group members BP, Royal Dutch Shell and XOM to reduce methane emissions.

The OGCI, which also counts France's Total as well as national oil companies of China, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia among its members, represents nearly a third of global oil and gas production. (Source: OGCI Website, Seeking Alpha, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  


Amazon Mangroves Key to Carbon Storage, says Study (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-26
In Corvallis, Scientists led by Oregon State University ecologist Prof. J. Boone Kauffman have determined for the first time that the Amazon's waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region's rainforest.

The recently released long-term study offers a better understanding of how mangrove deforestation contributes to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming.

The Brazilian mangrove forest fringes the entirety of the Atlantic Coast at the mouth of the Amazon, the largest river in the world with the largest mangrove forest. Mangroves -- aka Blue Carbon -- represent 0.6 pct of all the world's tropical forests but their deforestation accounts for as much as 12 pct of GHG emissions from all tropical deforestation.

Partial funding for the study was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program. (Source: Oregon State University, KTVZ.COM, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oregon State University, J. Boone Kauffman, Research Leader, www.researchgate.net/profile/John_Kauffman3

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Blue Carbon,  Carbon Sequestration,  Mangrove,  


Aggreko Launches Wind Energy Services Offering (Ind. Report)
Aggreko,Younicos
Date: 2018-09-26
Clasgow, Scotland-based Aggreko, a provider of modular, mobile power and heating and cooling, reports it has combined its mobile, modular power solutions into a one-stop option that includes energy storage for the wind industry. Wind farm developers and operators can choose from a complete suite of Aggreko temporary power solutions, including energy storage systems from its microgrid and battery energy storage division, Younicos.

Aggreko helped commission the first offshore wind farm in the United States in 2016. Younicos holds the record for integrating the largest battery resource with a wind farm (Notrees in Texas), and has incorporated energy storage into high wind penetration grids from Alaska to Northern Europe. Aggreko provides temporary power, load banks and other necessary equipment to wind farms for commissioning, and now includes plug-and-play containerized batteries with intelligent Younicos Y.Q software. (Source: Rental Equipment Register, Aggreko, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Aggreko, www.plc.aggreko.com; Younicos, www.younicos.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Storage,  Younicos,  


White House Expected to Push E15 in Oct. (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
E15
Date: 2018-09-26
Argus News is reporting that within a matter of weeks the Trump administration will renew its push to allow the year-round sale of 15 pct (E15) ethanol gasoline blends.

Exactly what they would offer US refiners and importers to support the change remained unclear and under discussion , but a quick approval of the change risk an almost certain court challenge. An announcement is reportedly expected in October. (Source: Argus News, Others, 24 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News E15,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


Verbio Boasts Record 2017/18 Biodiesel Production (Int'l Report)
Verbio
Date: 2018-09-26
German biofuels producer Verbio is reporting record biodiesel production amounted to 476,211 mt, surpassing the previous record year's production of 473,382 mt, set in 2016/17. This came as production capacity utilization hit 101 pct.

Ethanol in comparison failed to post record levels, but still recorded strong results on the year, with 246,300 mt produced, down from 248,755 mt a year ago. In contrast, biomethane production was up 8.8 pct year on year to 608 GWh.

According to a company statement, in addition to making further investment in the expansion of sterol production, Verbio is expanding and optimizing existing biomethane plants -- with a focus on the straw biomethane technology which is key for entering new markets in Asia and the USA, the company said. The company's new biomethane plant in Pinnow, Germany, is currently close to completion and expected to come online befor the year end, the company said. (Source: Verbio, SPGlobal, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verbio news,  Biodiesel news,  Ethanol news,  Biomethane news,  


Bay State's Largest Energy Storage System Unveiled (Ind. Report)
ENGIE North America
Date: 2018-09-26
ENGIE North America an municipally-owned Holyoke Gas & Electric Utility (HG&E) are reporting the launch of Massachusetts' largest utility-scale energy storage system at the Mt. Tom Solar Farm in Holyoke, Massachusetts. ENGIE Storage Services -- fka Green Charge LLC -- will operate the 3-megawatt GridSynergy(trade; system, which will be integrated into the largest community solar farm in the state at a location adjacent to the former Mt. Tom Power Station.

GridSynergy will provide grid stability by responding quickly to electricity demand fluctuations, allow for the increased use of clean energy, and reduce peak load burden on the existing electrical distribution system.

According to ENGIE North America, nearly 100 pct of its power generation portfolio is low carbon or carbon free. Globally, ENGIE is the largest independent power producer in the world, with operations in 70 countries and 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centers. (Source: ENGIE North America Inc., AP, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: ENGIE, Carol Churchill, 617-886-8759, www.engie-na.com, carol.churchill@engie.com, www.engie.com; Holyoke Gas & Electric, www.hged.com; ENGIE Storage Services NA, www.engiestorage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE North America ,  Energy Storage,  


Telenor Sweden Joins Fairtrade Climate Standard Scheme (Int'l)
Telenor Sweden,Fairtrade Climate Standard
Date: 2018-09-26
Swedish mobile telecommunication company Telenor Sweden reports it is the first telecommunications operator in the world to offset its carbon emissions using the Fairtrade Climate Standard of credits. It added that it is the first Swedish company to start reducing its CO2 emissions under the standard.

Fairtrade International and Gold Standard brought in the Fairtrade Climate Standard in 2015 to accompany the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, with the aim of protecting under-resourced societies that are vulnerable to environment damage.

In 2017, Telenor produced approximately 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide, mostly through operating its network and corporate travel. The company's efforts to cut its CO2 emissions will be carried out with the organizations ZeroMission and Fairtrade Sverige, through the Indian project Bagepalli Coolie Sangha. The credits are created by replacing inefficient heating and cooking with wood and kerosene by small-scale plants that generate renewable biogas for household use. (Source: Telenor Sweden Contact: Telenor Sweden, www.telenor.com; Fairtrade Climate Standard, www.fairtrade.net/standards/our-standards/climate-standard.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Telenor Sweden,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  


Boskalis Touts Boskalis-on-Bio, GoodFuels Partnership (Int'l)
Boskalis,GoodFuels
Date: 2018-09-26
The Dutch marine dredging and heavy lift company Boskalis reports it is using a 30 pct biofuel blend onboard the large trailing suction hopper dredger Prins der Nederlanden for the Borssele Alpha project which is being carried out on behalf of TenneT.

Using biofuel is one aspect of the Boskalis-on-Bio programme, for which the company recently signed a long-term partnership with biofuel supplier GoodFuels. The programme is aimed at achieving a 35 pct reduction in the CO2 emitted by the Boskalis fleet and equipment in the Netherlands in the next five years. According to Boskalis, various sea trials have shown that sustainable biofuels lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 90 pct compared to fossil fuels and are also more effective than alternatives such as LNG. (Source: Boskalis, Bunkerspot, Sept., 2018)Contact: Boskalis, Peter Berdowski, CEO, +31 78 6969 000, www.boskalis.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boskalis,  Biofuel,  GoodFuels,  


Velocys Loss Deepens as Renewable Fuels Plan Progresses (Int'l)
Velocys
Date: 2018-09-26
Renewable fuels firm Velocys PLC is reporting for the six months ended June, pretax loss deepened to £25.0 million from £10.6 million in the previous year , despite significantly rising revenues. Profit performance was hurt by £15.1 million in exceptional costs during the period, up from £701,000 a year prior. Of these, £14.3 million of the one-off costs were associated with an impairment of loans receivable. Underlying loss -- excluding exceptional costs -- remained broadly flat at £9.9 million, the company reports.

Even so, the company's CEO claimed "In the first half, Velocys continued to make excellent progress against its renewable fuels strategic plan. We continue to drive forward our two main projects to develop biorefineries in the US and UK and implement the supply chain that will deliver our reactors and catalyst to the Red Rock Biofuels facility now under construction." (Source: Velocys, Morningstar, Alliance News, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  ,  


Greenville U Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Lauded (Ind. Report)
Greenville University
Date: 2018-09-24
In Illinois, Greenville University reports it is a finalist for the 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award for its Revolving Green Action Project. The project aims to cut energy consumption and create a sustainable fund for future energy efficiency and green initiative projects.

Specifically, the university's submission for the 2018 award focused on: replacing incandescent lights with energy efficient LED -- G.U. replaced all of the existing incandescent bulbs and 5,000 32-watt 4' bulbs in the targeted areas; and funding future green projects -- G.U. created a protected account designated for future revolving green projects and a method for funneling savings into it.

Replacement lighting resulted in 33 pct wattage reduction, increased lighting, and an energy costs savings of $10,619 per year, which is being added to the school's revolving green fund. Investing in energy-efficient infrastructure is part of Greenville University's five-year (2018-2023) strategic plan. (Source: Greenville University, Greenville Intelligencer, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Greenville University, www.greenville.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


NewEnergyBlue Set for Straw Biorefinery Ground Breaking (Ind. Report)
NewEnergyBlue
Date: 2018-09-24
NewEnergyBlue reports it soon break ground on the New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery at the Spiritwood Energy Park near Jamestown, North Dakota.

The biorefinery is expected to process 280,000 tpy of North Dakota grown wheat straw into 16-million gpy of cellulosic ethanol that meets or exceeds California's rigorous air-quality standards.

New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery, LLC will own and operate the plant which is partially funded by regional investors with a strong interest in the project's sustainability and its invigorating contributions to the area economy. (Source: NewEnergyBlue, PR, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: NewEnergyBlue, Stephen Rogers, Pres., 717-626-0557 www.newenergyblue.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wheat Straw Biofuel news,  Cellulosic Biofuel news,  


Cleveland Climate Plan Sheds Fossil Fuel Past (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-24
Once the sixth largest city in America, Cleveland -- "the Best Location in the Nation" -- reports it plans to join more than 80 U.S. cities in the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign and shift to 100 pct renewable energy sources for electricity and reduce greenhouses gases to 80 pct below the 2010 level by 2050.

Cleveland's climate action plan calls for cutting emissions through improved energy efficiency and building design; developing more renewable energy within the city and region, including offshore wind power in Lake Erie; and increased public transportation electric vehicles and EV charging stations. to reduce fossil fuel use. Cleveland, which released its first climate plan in 2013, cut its emissions by only 2 pct from 2010 levels by 2016. Cleveland now joins a list of 82 U.S. cities that have made pledges to source 100 pct renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign.

Download the Cleveland Climate Action Plan, 2018 HERE. (Source: City of Cleveland, Inside Climate News, Others, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Cleveland, Environment, www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Community/Environment/DivisionofEnvironmentalHealth; Sierra Club Ready for 100 Campaign, www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100

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


Springfield CWLP Inks 700-panel Solar Farm Contract (Ind. Report)
City Water, Light and Power
Date: 2018-09-24
In Illinois, the Springfield City Council reports the City Water, Light and Power utility it has contracted with Palatine-based GRNE Solar for a $437,000, installation of 700 solar panels on a 1.2 acre city site.

CWLP specified that the panels used must be "American-made" and that the pilot project, which will generate sufficient power for approximately 35 homes, be completed before the year end. (Source: City Water, Light and Power, Ilinois State Journal Register, 19 Sept. 2018) Contact: City Water, Light and Power, Doug Brown, Chief Engineer, www.cwlp.com; GRNE Solar, (312) 859-3417, www.grnesolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


RNG Energy Plans $120 Mn Digester for Philadelphia (Ind. Report)
RNG Energy Solutions,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-09-24
As previously reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, renewable methane producer RNG Energy Solutions LLC reports it has formed a joint venture with Philadelphia Energy Solutions to construct the $120 million Point Breeze Renewable Energy anaerobic digestion project to covert food waste into approximately 3 million cubic feet per day of methane gas. The project is expected to be completed in two to three years.

RNG is currently developing similar energy systems in Seattle, Boston and New Jersey. (Source: RNG Energy Solutions, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 Sept., 2018) Contact: RNG Energy Solutions LLC, Jim Potter, Pres., jim.potter@rngenergysolutions.com, www.rngenergysolutions.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  RNG Energy,  anaerobic digestion,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions ,  


Aussie Opera House Credits Energy Efficiency for Carbon Cutting Success (Int'l Report)
Sydney Opera House
Date: 2018-09-24
In the Land Down Under, the iconic Sydney Opera House reports it will be five years ahead of schedule when it meets its target to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral, thanks to increased energy efficiency.

In 2014 The Opera House replaced incandescent bulbs in the Concert Hall with custom LED lights for a 75 pct reduction in the venue's electric power consumption. In 2017 it introduced a new building management control system to monitor energy and water use and manage climate control. It also optimized the building's heating and cooling by replacing chiller units connected to the facility's seawater cooling system, resulting in a 9 pct energy reduction. It also added a new waste-to-energy program to reduce waste and cut energy costs. (Source: Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Times, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sydney Opera House, www.sydneyoperahouse.com

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


Arise Offloading 45-MW Swedish Wind Farm Project (Int'l, M&A)
Arise AB
Date: 2018-09-24
Swedish wind farm developer Arise AB reports it will sell its 45-MW Brocklingeberget wind project to a fund managed by Swiss-based asset manager Re:cap global investors AG.

The project, which will incorporate 11 Siemens DD 142, 4.1 MW turbines, is slated to break ground immediately for commissioning late in 2019. Arise will manage the construction and operation of the wind farm. (Source: Arise AB, Renewables, Others, 23 Sept., 2018) Contact: Arise AB, +35 20 20 90, www.arise.se; Re:cap global investorsAG, +41 41 725 0470, www.re-cap.ch/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arise AB,  Wind,  


Hevel's Russian Solar Projects Nearing Completion (Int'l)
Hevel LLC
Date: 2018-09-24
In Moscow, Russian solar company Hevel LLC is reporting construction is nearly completed on the 15-MW Novouzensk solar power plant and the 10-MW second stage of another project in the Saratov region. Both plants are expected to come online prior to the year end.

Hevel offers a full range of services, from production of solar modules to the design, construction and operation of photovoltaic systems all of which are manufactured in Russia. The company produces 160 MW per year of hetero-junction solar modules for homes and businesses, a wide range of turnkey solutions for solar power plants, design, integration and supply of solar modules and auxiliary equipment, construction, installation and commissioning of solar power units, according to the company website. (Source: Hevel LLC, PR, 232 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hevel LLC, +7 (495) 933 06 03, info@hevelsolar.com, www.hevelsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Russia Solar,  


Con Edison Snares 943 MW Sempra Solar Asset (Ind. Report, M&A)
ConEdison, Sempra
Date: 2018-09-24
Con Edison is reporting it will close on the planned $1.54 billion purchase of 943 MW of operational solar plants and a 38 MW wind farm from Sempra before the year end -- subject to US DOE and FERC regulatory approvals. The transaction will make Con Edison the 2nd-largest owner of operational solar assets in the US.

ConEdison plans to fund the acquisition via borrowing $825 million in long-term, non-recourse debt and issuing $715 million in equity, and will assume $576 million in debt tied to these projects. (Source: ConEdison, PV Mag., Other, 21 Sept., 2018) Contact: ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com; Sempra Energy, Inv. Relations, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ConEdison,  Sempra,  Solar,  


Energy Storage Specialist Lionano Raises $22Mn (Ind. Report)
Lionano
Date: 2018-09-24
In the Bay State, Woburn-based advanced battery energy storage technologies specialist Lionano is reporting the conclusion of a $22 million Series B financing round led by WAVE Equity Partners, Helios Capital Ventures and NXT Ventures.

Lionano will use the funds to scale up commercial production and global deployment of its high-performance, high-quality cathode materials -- a drop-in technology that significantly improves the key performance metrics of lithium-ion batteries for applications in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

Lionano's technology has been scientifically validated to increase the energy density of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Through extensive research and development, Lionano invented a proprietary cathode material that is nano-engineered to create batteries with greater storage capacity and cycle life, enabling lighter and lower cost consumer electronics, and longer range for electric vehicles. (Source: Lionano, PR, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Lionano, (617) 315-9733, info@lionano.com, www.lionano.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


MCAS Energy Efficiency Delivers Major Savings (Ind. Report)
Michigan City Area Schools
Date: 2018-09-24
In Michigan City, Indiana, the Michigan City Area Schools (MSCS) , in partnership with Performance Services Inc., report the completion of a second guaranteed energy savings project that is reducing overall electricity consumption at seven buildings by 52 pct for a guaranteed annual savings of $704,672.

The MCAS Solar and LED project includes ground-mount photovoltaic (PV) arrays and LED lighting upgrades at seven school properties. Taken together, upgrades, offset about 52 pct of combined electricity usage at those sites for a projected savings of $23 million over 30 years.

Performance Services is an integrated design and delivery company that specializes in constructing and renovating education and municipal facilities to deliver high performing buildings with optimal environments. (Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management, MCAS, News Dispatch, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: Performance Services, Tim Thoman, Pres., CEO, (317) 713-1750, www.performanceservices.com; Indiana Department of Environmental Management, www.in.gov/idem; Michigan City Area Schools, www.mcas.k12.in.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  


ADB Green Bonds to Fund Climate Change Mitigation Projects (Int'l)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2018-09-24
Further to our May 4th coverage, the Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has raised another $750 million in 10-year green bonds to help finance climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

Forty-six pct of the issue was distributed in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 28 pct in the Americas and 26 pct in Asia. Thirty-one pct of the issuance was purchased by banks, 25 pct by insurance companies and pension funds, 24 pct by central banks and official institutions, and 20 pct by fund managers.

ADB issued its first US dollar-denominated green bond in 2015. ADB's financing of climate mitigation and adaptation reached a record $4.5 billion in 2017 and the institution is now in position to achieve its US$6 billion annual climate financing target by 2020. Of the total $6 billion, $4 billion will be dedicated to mitigation through scaling up support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and building smart cities, while $2 billion will be for adaptation through more resilient infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and better preparation for climate-related disasters. ADB plans to raise around $23 billion from the capital markets in 2018. (Source: ADB, The Asset ESGForum, 23 Sept., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  Green Bonds,  Asian Development Bank,  


UN Global Compact Lauds UPM for Sustainability (Int'l Report)
UPM
Date: 2018-09-24
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels has been recognized by the United Nations for its commitment to the UN Global Compact LEAD -- "the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative." The company is one of only 34 to be recognized for its commitment to corporate sustainability. (Source: UN Global Compact, UPM, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Sept., 2018)Contact: UN Global Compact, www.unglobalcompact.org; UPM, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  renewable diesel,  


Zero Carbon Project Announces UK, Aussie Launch Dates (Int'l)
Zero Carbon Project
Date: 2018-09-24
The Zero Carbon Project is reporting an October launch date in London, UK, and an early 2019 launch in Australia.

The Zero Carbon Project uses blockchain and international carbon credit to tackle climate change by providing more affordable cost of emission reduction. It can reduce carbon emissions faster by beating the price of fossil fuels and energy contracts. The blockchain technology applied will allow the clients to get reward-based Energis token as incentives. (Source: Zero Carbon Project, Market Journal, 23 Sept., 2018), Contact: Zero Carbon Project, Derek Myers, CEO, www.zerocarbonproject.com

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


$13Mn South Carolina Biomass Plants Announced (Ind. Report)
Atlantic Power Corporation
Date: 2018-09-24
Atlantic Power Corporation reports it is acquiring two woody biomass power plants located in Allendale and in Harleyvillein from EDF Renewables for a total of $13 million.

The deal, which is expected to close the third or fourth quarter of 2019, is being funded through Atlantic Power's "discretionary cash." (Source: Atlantic Power Corporation, Biofuels Int'l, 21 Sept, 2018) Contact: Atlantic Power Corporation,James Moore, Pres., CEO, www.atlanticpower.com; EDF Renewables, Raphael Declercq, Exec. VP Strategy; Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  EDF Renewables,  Atlantic Power Corporation,  Biomass,  ,  


Iowa City Adopts Road Map to Lower Emissions (Ind. Report)
Iowa City
Date: 2018-09-24
In the Hawkeye State, the city of Iowa City Council is reporting the approval of a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan aimed at reducing the metropolitan area's (pop. 150,000) greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 pct by 2025, and 80 pct by 2050.

In all, the plan includes 35 action items under the categories of buildings, transportation, waste, adaptation and sustainable lifestyle. The actions include increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the use of mass transit and recycling from multifamily residences. The plan notes that: The plan says:

  • 3 percent of buildings with natural gas can be transitioned to high efficiency electrical heat by 2025, and 25 pct by 2050;

  • Residents can take a more comprehensive approach to home energy efficiency by looking at air sealing and insulation, programmable thermostats and swapping gas for electric appliances;

  • The city should develop a readiness plan to determine what policy changes and infrastructure improvements should be made to encourage the use of electric vehicles. (Source: City of Iowa City, Gazette, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Iowa City, Brenda Nations, Sustainability Coordinator, (319) 887-6161, brenda-nations@iowa-city.org,

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


  • Greencoat Acquires 9.2MW Knocknalour Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
    Greencoat Renewables
    Date: 2018-09-24
    Dublin-listed renewables Greencoat Renewables is reporting the acquisition of the 9.2MW Knocknalour Wind Farm in Co Wexford for €10.9 million. The Knocknalour facility, which incorporates 4 Enercon E70 turbines, was commissioned in September 2013, and has revenues contracted under the renewable energy feed-in tariff scheme.

    Ireland's first stock market-listed renewables firm is backed by AIB and the State's Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). (Source: Greencoat Renewables, Irish Independent, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, +353 (1) 70 26737 - Dblin, +44 20 7832 9400 - London, www.greencoat-capital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables ,  Wind,  


    Most European Diesels Miss Vehicle Emissions Standards (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-09-24
    According to a new study in the September edition Atmospheric Environment, diesel cars sold by ten major automobile manufacturers in Europe between 2000 and 2015 generate up to 16 times more emissions on the road than in regulatory tests - a level that although not illegal exceeds European limits.

    The study noted that diesel cars in the EU emit considerably more nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road than the regulatory limits. NOx emissions are known to contribute to ozone formation and various health problems.

    In 2015, diesel cars accounted for 41.3 pct of the total passenger car fleet in Europe. Diesel cars were originally promoted as producing less CO2 emissions compared to petrol engines. An increased awareness of the detrimental of NOx emissions on human health has led to changes in the EU standards on diesel exhausts in an effort to reduce these emissions. (Source: European Scientist, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: MIT, Prof. Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (617) 253-2727, sbarrett@mit.edu, http://barrett.mit.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  NOx,  CO2,  GHGs,  


    Iowa Energy Efficiency Support Endangered (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-09-24
    In Des Moines, Hawkeye State programs encouraging consumer energy efficiency could be endangered under proposals from Iowa utility companies and 2017 legislation capping the percentage of a customer's utility bill that can be put toward programs promoting energy efficiency.

    The programs paid consumers such incentives as rebates for purchasing efficient home appliances and adding insulation, or even discounts on buying shade trees. Environmental advocates argue that such programs temper the need to generate more electricity and use more natural gas. Proponents of the law argue that "technological advances have rendered some of the incentives unnecessary but nonetheless all consumers were paying higher bills so a few could get the rebates."

    Under the new law, the state's utility companies this summer detailed to regulators their new five-year energy efficiency plans starting with 2019. Some of the proposals slashed efficiency program spending and, as a result, cut energy savings.

    MidAmerican Energy, the Des Moines-based utility company that serves more than 750,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota, in 2018 spent nearly $80 million on electric efficiency programs and nearly $31 million on gas efficiency programs. Under its proposal, MidAmerican in 2019 would spend less than $43 million on electric efficiency programs, a cut nearly in half, and just over $6 million on gas efficiency programs, or about 80 pct less. MidAmerican's energy savings would drop as well: its gas efficiency plan would save 80 percent less than 2017 and its electricity plan would save nearly 50 percent less, according to calculations made by the Iowa Environmental Council. (Source: Iowa Environmental Council, Gazette, Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Eqtec, Phoenix Energy Ink €10Mn MoU (Ind. Report)
    Eqtec, Phoenix Biomass Energy
    Date: 2018-09-24
    Madrid-based Spanish technology solution company Eqtec is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with San Francisco-headquartered Phoenix Energy to supply the company's proprietary Eqtec Gasifier Technology for two biomass power plants in the Golden State.

    The two contracts, which are collectively valued at approximately €10 millon, are expected to close in late Q4, 2018. (Source: Eqtec, StockMarketWire, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Phoenix Energy, Ian Price, CEO, 415-286-7822, info@phoenixenergy.com, www.phoenixenergy.net; Eqtec, +34 935 73 9981, www.eqtec.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eqtec,  Phoenix Biomass Energy ,  


    Shaw Resources Scores ENplus Wood Pellet Certification (Ind. Report)
    Shaw Resources
    Date: 2018-09-24
    Nova Scotia-based Shaw Resources reports it has been awarded ENplus certification for its Eastern Embers Wood Pellets.

    ENplus is an independent certification scheme for wood pellet quality run by the European Pellet Council. The scheme is used by nearly 900 companies in over 45 countries. (Source: Shaw Resources, Canadian Biomass, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Shaw Resources, www.shawresources.ca; European Pellet Council, +32 2 318 4035, www.pelletcouncil.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  


    AEP Ohio Announces Commitment to Renewable Energy
    AEP Ohio
    Date: 2018-09-23
    AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. Supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies. AEP Ohio’s proposal is the next step in their plan to move away from coal power. Neil Waggoner is with the Sierra Club, which agreed to support the plan in 2015. Waggoner says AEP’s project and the state’s renewable energy standards are a signal to solar and wind developers. “If we just get out of our own way we’re gonna see more commitments like what AEP is trying to do and we’re gonna see Ohio clean energy just really take off," Waggoner said. Ohio lawmakers have tried repealing the standards mandating wind and solar power. A bill to change those standards could come up again after the November election. (Source: AEP, WKSU, 22 Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AEP Ohio news,  Renewable Energy news,  


    Green Plains Superior Ethanol Plant Still Operating (ind. Report)
    GreenPlains
    Date: 2018-09-21
    Following up on out 19th Sept. coverage, Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. VP Jim Stark has refuted statements made in a Reuters article published Monday regard plant closings. Stark noted the company was not closing down the 60 million gpy, 10 year old Superior, Iowa ethanol plant. Source: Green Plains, Estherville News, 20 Sept., 2018) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Ethanol,  


    NAES to Operate BioMass Solution's ND Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    NAES Corporation,BioMass Solution
    Date: 2018-09-21
    Further to our 5th Sept. coverage, NAES Corporation reports it has been selected by Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered BioMass Solution LLC to operate and maintain its Red River Biorefinery which is presently under construction in Grand Forks, N.D. The facility is designed to produce 16.5 million gpy of fuel-grade ethanol from sugar beet tailings, potato wastes and other organic byproducts. The owner recently achieved financial close for the plant and has issued full notice to proceed with construction activities. Commercial operations are scheduled for late 2019.

    NAES Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation, is an independent services company serving power generation, oil & gas, petrochemical, pulp & paper and manufacturing industries. (Source: NAES, PR, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: NAES, Dan Consie, Senior VP Power Services, Doug Cantwell, Communications, doug.cantwell@naes.com, www.naes.com; BioMass Solutions, Jacek Chmielewski, 847-208-4171, Jacek.chmielewski@biomasssolution.com, www.biomasssolution.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioMass Solution,  Ethanol,  


    Yotta Solar Touting Panel Level Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
    Yotta Solar
    Date: 2018-09-21
    Austin, Texas-based energy storage specialist Yotta Solar is touting its patented SolarLEAF™ solar PV plus energy storage technology.

    SolarLEAF incorporates the world's first and only 100 pct passive thermal regulation system for panel-level energy storage. This passive temperature regulation enables the system to operate in extreme temperatures while protecting the battery life and without degrading performance. The plug-and-play design simplifies the integration of energy storage with solar PV and eliminates the need for heavy, difficult to install enclosures, complicated HVAC systems that require parasitic loads, and expensive fire suppression systems, according to the company.

    The SolarLEAFTM system is a battery pack with integrated multi-way power flow electronics that easily attaches behind standard 60 to 96 cell solar modules either at the time of panel installation or as a retrofit. The system's modular design and panel level installation makes it simple and cost-effective to scale energy storage with solar. (Source: Yotta Solar, PR, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: Yotta Solar, www.yottasolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Golden State Trumpets Climate Change Leadership (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Calif. Gov. Jerry Browm
    Date: 2018-09-21
    According to the Office of Gov. Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown (D), California continues to lead the world in adopting innovative policies to fight climate change.

    In August, the state released its Fourth Climate Change Assessment detailing new research on the impacts of climate change and providing planning tools to support the state's response.

    Previously this year, Governor Brown issued executive orders to improve the health of the state's forests and help mitigate the threat and impacts of wildfire, and get 5 million zero-emission vehicles onto California's roads by 2030. Last year, the Governor signed landmark legislation to extend and strengthen California's cap-and-trade program and create a groundbreaking program to measure and combat air pollution at the neighborhood level.

    Under Governor Brown, California has established the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America; set the nation's toughest restrictions on destructive super pollutants; and will reduce fossil fuel consumption up to 50 pct and double the rate of energy efficiency savings in buildings by 2030. Additionally, the state has met its 2020 target four years early, reducing emissions 13 pct while growing the economy 26 pct. From 2015 to 2016 alone, emissions reductions were roughly equal to taking 2.4 million cars off the road, saving 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.

    Governor Brown has also helped establish and expand coalitions of partners across the nation and globe committed to curbing carbon pollution, including the Under2 Coalition, which includes 222 total jurisdictions on 6 continents, representing more than 1.3 billion people and $34 trillion in GDP. Members of the coalition have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 80 to 95 pct below 1990 levels or to less than 2 annual metric tons per capita by 2050.

    California and 17 other states collectively representing more than 40 pct of the U.S. auto market sued the U.S. EPA earlier this year to preserve the nation's uniform vehicle emission standards that save drivers money at the pump, cut oil consumption, reduce air pollution and curb greenhouse gases. (Source: Office of California Gov. Governor Edmund G. Brown, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: California Governor Edmund G. Brown, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax, http://gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  Climate Change,  California Cap-and-Trade,  California Carbon Market,  


    U.S. Ethanol Industry Groups Support E10 in the UK (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-09-21
    On 16 Sept., the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to the United Kingdom's Department of Transport which is considers implementing a nationwide E10 ethanol blend.

    The comments highlight the benefits of ethanol for fuel and draw on the experience of the United States in implementing a similar nationwide E10 fuel blend. They also support moving directly to an E10 blended fuel, as the overwhelming majority of gasoline-powered vehicles are approved for this fuel. Doing so would offer benefits for consumers and ensure certainty for U.K. producers, the groups note.

    Read the comments submitted to the UK Department of Transport HERE (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council , 19 Sept., 2018): Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; U.S. Grains Council, (202) 789-0789, www.grains.org; UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  E10,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  U.S. Grains Council,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


    POET Opens Expanded Marion Ohio Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2018-09-21
    In the Buckeye State, ethanol industry giant POET reports the Sept 19th opening of POET Biorefining Marion. The Marion plant's capacity was increased 80 million gpy to 150 million gpy of biofuel and 360,000 tpy of high-protein animal feed.

    The Marion plant expansion came in at a reported $120 million. (Source: POET, PR, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  


    PatentReal Touts Emission-Free Biomass Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
    PatentReal Corp
    Date: 2018-09-21
    In Slovenia, PatentReal Corp is touting the launch of its new emission-free Biomass Ultima technology.

    The Biomass Ultima is particularly unique as its by-product -- organic carbon -- can be easily and economically reprocessed into active carbon with both agriculture and medicinal applications.

    Review Biomass Ulimta Technology retails at https://adriagreenenergy.eu. (Source: PatentReal, Digital Journal, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: PatentReal, +386 30 710 812, www.patentrealcorporation.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Chinese Carbon Emissions Jump 3 pct in H1, 2018 (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-09-21
    A study from environmental group Greenpeace notes that in the first two quarters of 2018, China's carbon dioxide emissions rose 3 pct year on year, due primarily to a the country's growing demand for coal and increased steel production.

    Coal demand increased by 3 pct in the first half of 2018 with renewable energy sources unable to keep up with the spiraling demand for power over the period.

    As the world's major GHG producer, China has vowed to bring total emissions to a peak by "around 2030" as part of its commitments to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Some studies have suggested that China's total carbon emissions might already have peaked at a record 9.53 gigatonnes in 2013, with the economy now shifting to less-carbon-intensive high-technology sectors.

    China has been trying to ease its dependence on fossil fuels, and vowed in its latest energy five-year plan to cut the share of coal in its total energy mix from 64 pct in 2015 to 58 pct by the end of the decade. The figure stood at 60.4 pct in 2017. (Source: Economic Times Shanghai, Greenpeace, Reuters, 21 Sept., 2018

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


    Array Technologies Touts SmarTrack Solar Optimization (Ind. Report)
    Array Technologies
    Date: 2018-09-21
    In New Mexico, Albuquerque-based Array Technologies is reporting the launch of SmarTrack, an optimization technology that intelligently adjusts solar PV module angles in response to weather and site conditions.

    The new software, in combination with DuraTrack HZ v3 solar trackers, will optimize backtracking power production on as-built project conditions to capture the maximum power yields during diffuse light conditions.

    The software suite utilizes self-learning algorithms that work independently of each other to optimize the energy output of the PV system. Once an operational strategy has been learned, the tracker system orientates PV modules to the optimal angle for power output responding to specific module technology, weather and site conditions. (Source: Array Technologies, Solar Power, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Array Technologies, Ron Coria, CEO, (505) 881-7567, info@arraytechinc.com, (505) 881-7567, www.arraytechinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Tracker,  Array Technologies,  Solar,  Solar Tracker,  


    Rajasthan Jatropha Biofuel Plant Planned (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Rajasthan Jatropha
    Date: 2018-09-21
    In India, the Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan reports it will establish a Jatropha biofuel processing plant in Rajasthan with support from Indian Railways which will purchase the plant's biofuel production. The plant will have a capacity of 8 tpd and will cost about Rs 5 crore.

    The Authority notes Jatropha is well suited to a desert state like Rajasthan since it requires only poor quality soil, little water or labour. (Source: The Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan, NYOOOZ, 20 September, 2018) Contact: Biofuel Authority of Rajasthan, Surendra Singh Rathore, CEO, 0141-2224754, 0141-2220672, biofuelraj@yahoo.co.in www.biofuel.rajasthan.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Orsted Offloads Half of UK Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind Farm (M&A)
    Orsted,Global Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2018-09-21
    Danish wind power company Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it will divest 50 pct of its stake in the 1,218 MW Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Yorkshire, in the UK, to New York City-based investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners for approximately £4.46 billion ($5.85 billion. The purchase price will be paid out between 2018 and 2020.

    The sale follows Orsted's normal business practice to construct a project and sell a portion of the project to an investor at some point during construction or operation. Orsted will continue construction of the project under a EPC contract that includes long-term operations and maintenance services. When fully online in 2020, Hornsea I will be the world's largest offshore wind farm. (Source: Orsted, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com; Global Infrastructure Partners, www.global-infra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hornsea 1 Offshore Wind,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    Siemens Gamesa Joins Science Based Targets Initiative (Int'l)
    Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-21
    At last week's Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Games Renewable Energy announced its commitment to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" that will be independently approved and verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.

    The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a joint collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the We Mean Business coalition, intended to encourage and support companies to commit to making measurable reductions in their carbon emission levels at a scale that actively contributes to meeting the 2 degree C warming target set in the Paris Climate Accord. Nearly 500 companies worldwide have committed to SBTI. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, SBTI, CleanTechnica, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Science Based Targets initiative, info@sciencebasedtargets.org, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Climate Change,  


    Notable Quote Worth Noting
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-21
    "I don't believe (President) Trump represents the present but he has the power, he has the Republicans hook, line and sinker. His unabashed acolytes will follow him over the cliff. Gross ignorance is dangerous. The battle is with Trump -- that's the number one fight. But once he's out of there, dealing with climate change will still be a fight." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Contact: California Governor Edmund G. Brown, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax, http://gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Browm,  Trump.Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    DOE ARPA-E Announces $148Mn for Projects to Extend Grid Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    DOE ARPA-E
    Date: 2018-09-21
    The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of 10 projects as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS program. Program awardees will develop energy storage systems to provide reliable, affordable power to the electric grid for up to 100 hours, enhancing grid resilience and performance.

    Most energy storage systems deliver power over a limited time to alleviate congestion, stabilize grid frequency and voltage, or provide intraday shifting services. DAYS projects' extended discharge times will enable a new set of applications for grid storage, including long-lasting backup power and greater integration of intermittent, renewable energy resources.

    DAYS projects will explore a new design space in electricity storage, exploiting opportunities for smart tradeoffs that keep costs low in electrochemical, thermal, and mechanical systems.

    DAYS project teams will work to combine the long-term power output of technologies like pumped storage hydroelectric (PSH) systems with the flexibility of battery systems that can be deployed in multiple environments. PSH power presently provides more than 95 pct of stationary electricity storage capacity on the U.S. grid , but there have been few new installations due to geographical and financial challenges. Lithium ion batteries, meanwhile, have experienced a rapid growth in deployment on the grid, but high cost limits viability in long-duration applications.

    Download DAYS program details and projects HERE. (Source: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Sept., 2018) Contact: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), www.arpa-e.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE,  ARPA-E,  Energy Storage,  


    Development of the Car Fleet in EU28+2 to Achieve the Paris Agreement Target to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 C (Report Attached)
    German Aerospace Centre
    Date: 2018-09-21
    According to a new study conducted by the German Aerospace Centre, commissioned by Greenpeace Belgium, Europe must stop selling new petrol, diesel and conventional hybrid cars by 2028 in order to stand a better chance of honouring the Paris Climate Agreement's target.

    The study notes that passenger car engines as we know them need to be completely phased out from new sales before the end of the next decade. Otherwise, Europe will struggle to "meaningfully contribute" to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the most ambitious part of the Paris Agreement on climate change's well below 2 degrees Celsius overall aim.

    Download the Development of the Car Fleet in EU28+2 to Achieve the Paris Agreement Target to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 C Report HERE. (Source: German Aerospace Centre, Greenpeace, Euractiv, Sept., 2018) Contact: German Aerospace Centre, www.dlr.de/dlr/en; Greenpeace, www.greenpeace.org/belgium

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


    UK Developer Drops Harvest Wind Energy Plans (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Systems
    Date: 2018-09-21
    Hertfordshire, UK-headquartered Renewable Energy System reports it has withdrawn from the proposed 600-MW Harvest Wind Energy project in northern Indiana. The proposal called for the installation 150 to 225 wind turbines in Cass and Miami counties. Thereports The company cited changes to the project's "technical circumstances" for its withdrawal, according to the Pharos-Tribune newspaper. (Source: Renewwable Energy Systems, Indianapolis Business Journal, AP, 19 Sept., 2018)Contact: Renewwable Energy Systems, +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems,  Wind,  

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