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Columbia Seeks Higher Energy Efficiency Prog. Profile (Ind. Report)
Columbia Water & Light
Date: 2018-09-21
In the Show Me State, the municipal utility in Columbia, Missouri, reports its voluntary home energy rating program has evaluated the energy efficiency and potential energy savings for about 3,500 homes in recent years, despite struggling to raise home owner and real estate industry awareness of the program.

The utility developed the voluntary Columbia Efficiency Score scoring system in 2012 and is now calling for real estate agents to promote the program to home sellers and purchasers. The program is based on the US DOE Home Energy Score. The analysis provides two numbers. One reflects how a building is performing at the moment; the other estimates how it could score if an owner made all efficiency improvements likely to pay off within 10 years. (Source: Columbia Water & Light, Energy News, Sept., 2018) Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Brandon Renaud, Home Performance Mgr., (573) 874-2489, www.como.gov/utilities/water-and-light

More Low-Carbon Energy News Columbia Water & Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme Expands (Int'l)
Ecology Building Society
Date: 2018-09-21
In the UK, the Ecology Building Society reports it has joined the European Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme (EEM).

The initiative incentivizes borrowers to improve the energy efficiency of their properties or to purchase highly energy efficient properties and thus receive favourable financial conditions linked to the mortgage. The initiative will also develop a data collection infrastructure for energy efficient mortgages.

Thirty-nine European banks are participating in the pilot scheme, which launched in June. The banks will test the final energy efficient mortgages framework in their existing product lines and processes. In addition to the mortgage lenders, 23 utilities and other supporting organizations have joined the pilot scheme.

Download EEM details HERE. (Source: Mortgage Finance Gazette, Sept, 2018) Contact: EEM, Luca Bertalot, Coordinator,, http://eemap.energyefficientmortgages.eu; Ecology Building Society UK, Paul Ellis, CEO, +44 0 1535 650 770, info@ecology co.uk, www.ecology.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Arkansas County Court OKs Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
Sebastian County Quorum Court
Date: 2018-09-21
In Arkansas, the Sebastian County Quorum Court in Fort Smith reports it has authorized completion of an energy-efficiency project and also approved an ordinance authorizing the funding of the Arkansas EPC Program for the county. The project total is an amount exceeding $5 million, and the financing plan approved by the Quorum Court as part of the ordinance is over 15 years at 2.85 pct interest. EPC is a financing mechanism used to pay for energy efficiency improvements through annual energy savings.

The county's energy efficiency improvement measures would be applied to all county buildings and include: LED lighting retrofits, building management system optimization, HVAC renovations and boiler replacements, and others. The annual energy savings are expected to reduce the county's energy and operating costs by $344,000 per year as well receipt of various utility rebates totaling approximately $160,000. (Source: Sebastian County Quorum Court, Times Record, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sebastian County Quorum Court (479) 783-6139, www.sebastiancountyar.gov/Departments/County-Judge/Quorum-Court

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Colorado Springs Utilities Ups Renewables Portfolio (Ind. Report)
Colorado Springs Utilities
Date: 2018-09-21
In the Centennial State, Colorado Springs Utilities reports it is adding 150 MW of solar power to its portfolio. With the increase, Colorado Springs Utilities will produce 21 pct of its electricity from solar power. The 150-MW project is expected to be up and running by 2024 .Specifics of the upcoming purchase have not been released.

The utilities 2016 Electric Integrated Resource Plan calls for 20 pct of its energy to be sourced from renewables at no more than a 1 pct increase to the average electric bill by 2020. To date , the board approved two solar array projects, totaling 95 megawatts, which boosted Utilities’ renewable portfolio from 9 to 15 percent at a 0.95 percent estimated impact on the average bill. (Source: Colorado Springs Utility, Gazette, 19 Sept., 2018) Contact: Colorado Springs Utilities, www.csu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado Springs Utilities,  Renewable Energy,  


Greek Island Establishing Renewables, Smart Energy Community (Int'l)
EUNICELABORATORIES
Date: 2018-09-19
On the Aegean Sea, the Greek municipality of Fourni Korseon has reports the establishment of the first Energy Community on the Greek islands with an aim of becoming energy-independent with the production of renewable energy, smart energy, energy storage and management, and energy efficiency.

Participants in the new energy project will become both consumers and producers enabling them to use the energy they produce and economically benefit from it. Fourni Korseon residents and EUNICELABORATORIES a subsidiary of the Greek EUNICE ENERGY GROUP, the group that developed and operates TILOS Project, an internationally acknowledged project of autonomous and smart management from renewable sources on the island of Tilos, are participating in the Energy Community of Fourni. (Source: EUNICELABORATORIES, Greek City Times, Sept., 2018) Contact: EUNICELABORATORIES, +30 21 0324 2020, eunice-group.com/projects/eunice-laboratories; Municipality of Fourni, www.gtp.gr/FourniCity

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  


Helen Switching to Climate Neutral Renewables (Int'l Report)
City of Helsinki
Date: 2018-09-19
Finland's capitol city of Helsinki reports its fully owned energy company, Helen Ltd, a producer of district heating, power, and district cooling, is converting its largely coal and natural gas energy production processes to climate-neutral renewable energy production and thereby minimize its carbon emissions by 2035 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

In the near term, Helen will utilize biomass-based energy production. The utility will also close its largely coal-fired Hanasaari power plant and develop modifications for new plants. Longer term solutions will entail energy recycling, increased utilization of locally produced renewable energy, energy storage and other initiatives.

The City of Helsinki is aiming to source 15 pct of its power demand from rooftop solar and geothermal energy. (Source: City of Helsinki, Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Helsinki, Helen Ltd, 09 617 8080, www.helen.fi/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Helsinki ,  Helen Ltd,  Renewable Energy,  


Vivergo Closing UK Wheat-to-Bioethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
Vivergo Fuels
Date: 2018-09-19
Following on our Sept. 7 coverage, UK wheat-to-ethanol producer Vivergo Fuels is citing high wheat prices and delays implementing biofuels legislation for its planned closure of its bioethanol plant in Hull. The plant is scheduled for the end of the month.

The 420 million lpy bioethanol plant is the largest producer in the UK and second largest in Europe. It halted production late last year before resuming operations in March. The plant processes 1.1 million tpy of wheat and supplies 500,000 tpy of animal feed to 800 farms.

Vivergo Fuels was established as a JV between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont in 2007. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, The Chemical Engineer, 17 Sept., 2018))Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Enviva Holdings Confirms Sumitomo Pellet Contract (Ind. Report)
Enviva
Date: 2018-09-19
Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings LP Enviva Holdings, LP is reporting that its its previously disclosed take-or-pay off-take contract to supply Sumitomo Corporation with 250 000 tpy of wood pellets is now firm, as all conditions precedent to the effectiveness of the contract has been satisfied.

In August, Enviva revealed that its sponsor had executed two new take-or-pay off-take contracts with Sumitomo Corporation to supply a total of 520 000 tpy to new biomass power plants in Japan. These new contracts included a firm 15-year, 270 000 tpy contract commencing in 2022 and a second 15-year, 250 000 tpy contract commencing in 2021, subject to certain conditions precedent, which Enviva expected to be met in 2018. (Source: Enviva, Bioenergy, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enviva Holdings, John Keppler, CEO, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv,  Woo Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


Washington State Carbon Fee Could Raise $1Bn by 2023 (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax,Carbon Fee
Date: 2018-09-19
In Washington State, a proposed $15 per metric ton carbon fee charged to the state's largest polluters like oil industries and other large emitters is projected to raise as much as $1 billion by 2023, if approved by the state's voters in the next general election.

Since the initiative is a fee and not a tax, all of the money raised by the fee is reequired by state law to go directly towards the issue. Of the total fees collected, 70 pct will go towards clean energy like solar, cleaner transportation and other industries and technologies. Twenty-five pct will be used for forest maintenance and cleaning pollution from the environment, and 5 pct would go to community projects. Washington would be the first state to approve a carbon fee though an election if approved. (Source: Various MediaKIMATV, 18 Sept., 2018)

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


City of Berkeley Commits to Net-zero Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
City of Berkeley
Date: 2018-09-19
At the recent Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the City of Berkeley (pop. 102,000) pledged its commitment to 100 pct renewable energy by 2035 and to achieving net-zero carbon emissions for all buildings by 2050. Berkeley also signed onto an initiative providing greater access to energy-efficient cars and infrastructure at a lower cost. The new commitments are part of the city's effort to set goals in line with the 2016 Paris climate agreement.

The announcement comes days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation pledging 100 percent clean energy use in California by 2045 and the University of California upgraded its Carbon Neutrality Initiative committing to 100 pct clean electricity use by 2025 and reducing energy consumption by 2 pct per year. according to the press release. (Source: City of Berkeley, PR, Daily Californian, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Berkeley, City Manager Office, (510) 981-7000, manager@cityofberkeley.info, www.cityofberkeley.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


United Looks to Biofuels for Emissions Reductions (Ind. Report)
United Airlines,AltAir Fuels
Date: 2018-09-19
US air carrier United Airlines reports it plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and to that end will continue investing in newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft, implement operational changes to conserve fuel, and expand its use of aviation biofuels.

The airline also noted a recent Boeing 787 flight from San Francisco to Zurich using a 30/70 blend of biofuel and conventional jet fuel. The biofuel was produced from Carinata seeds by Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc and supplied by AltAir Fuels.

According to United, the airline has sourced more than 2 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel since 2016 and is responsible for more than 50 pct of the airline industry's commitments to biofuel. Additionally, United was the first airline to regularly use sustainable aviation biofuel and has invested over $30 million in sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy. (Source: United Airlines, Environmental Leader, Sept., 2018) Contact: United Airlines, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-airlines; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com; AltAir Fuels , Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  Agrisoma,  


OECD says Carbon Prices Too Low to Combat Climate Change (Int'l)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Date: 2018-09-19
According to the London, UK-headquartered Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and counter the worst effects of climate change.

The pricing gap had narrowed, from 79.5 pct in 2015, but "Carbon prices need to increase considerably more quickly than in recent years in order to ensure a cost-effective low-carbon transition," the OECD says according to Reuters coverage. (Source: OECD, Reuters, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ,  


India's SBI Touts Carbon Neutrality by 2030 Plan (Int'l. Report)
State Bank of India
Date: 2018-09-19
In Mumbai, the State Bank of India (SBI) India's largest commercial bank, is touting its plan to go carbon neutral by 2030. The bank is also promoting several other initiatives such as migrating to electric vehicles, installing solar panels on buildings and ATMs, and banning plastic in SBI office to cut down on the bank's carbon emissions.

According to a bank statement, "Within the next two years, our aim is to install solar panels on 250 of our buildings and 12,000 ATMs. We also plan on doing away with plastic within the office such as bottles, folders and cutlery in the canteen to make SBI plastic-free." The SBI group also announced the second running of the 15-city SBI Green Marathon to raise public awareness of climate change and other environmental concerns. (Source: SBI, Economic Times India, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: SBI, www.nseindia.com

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


SkyNRG Confirms Netherlands Bio-Kerosene Plant Plans (Int'l Report)
KLM,SkyNRG
Date: 2018-09-19
Aviation biofuels specialist SkyNRG is reporting plans to establish a bio-kerosene alternative fuel production facility in the Netherlands. A location for the plant has not yet been finalized but Groningen, Rotterdam and Amsterdam have reportedly been shortlisted.

Bio-kerosine is made from woody biomass, agricultural and food processing wastes. The Dutch Airline KLM currently imports bio-kerosine from Los Angeles and uses the fuel primarily on fights to the US east coast. (Source: SkyNRG, DutchNews.nl, Sept., 2018) Contact:SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

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


AboitizPower Unloading 8.8 MW Aseagas Biomass Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Aboitiz Power
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Philippines, Aboitiz Power Corporation reports it is looking at two potential, unnamed purchasers for its 8.8 MW biomass power plant in Lian, Batangas under the branch of Aseasgas Corp. The company noted it is open to a joint venture or to continue running the plant. The company is hoping to close a sale before the year end.

In January, AboitizPower announced it would cease biomass power plant operations due to biomass feed stock shortages. The biomass plant was expected to power about 22,000 households while producing 33 tpd of liquid carbon dioxide for the industrial and beverage industries. (Source: Aboitiz Power, Power Philippines, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Aboitiz Power, https://aboitizpower.com; Aseasgas Corp., +63 2 886-2800 Loc. 12679, openaccess@aboitiz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aboitiz Power,  Biomass,  


"We're Launching Our Own Damn Satellite", says Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-09-19
In his closing remarks at the recently concluded Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr.(D) announced that his state is teaming up with San Francisco-based Earth imaging company Planet Labs (Planet) to develop and eventually launch a satellite that will track climate change-causing pollutants with unprecedented precision and help the world dramatically reduce these destructive emissions.

"With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we're launching our own damn satellite. This groundbreaking initiative will help governments, businesses and landowners pinpoint -- and stop -- destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that's never been done before," the Governor proclaimed.

Planet, which was founded by ex-NASA scientists in 2010, has in the last two years launched more than 150 Earth-imaging satellites, manufactured in San Francisco, helping customers in agriculture, government, mapping, NGOs and in other markets to make better decisions. The company's aerospace and data processing infrastructure, innovative technology and engineering and scientific expertise will be utilized to develop and operate the new satellite, with the possibility of launching additional satellites in the future as part of this initiative.

The State of California, through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is developing and refining the technology needed to make this initiative possible. Planet will manage the mission operations and collaborate with the State and others on funding this groundbreaking effort. The State and Planet will make the collected environmentally-related satellite data available to the public and will work in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and others with complementary projects. the new Climate Data Partnership will serve as a common platform for reporting climate variables and the earth's atmosphere.

Initial project funding has been provided by Dee and Richard Lawrence and OIF, as well as The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. (Source: Office of Gov. Governor Edmund G. Brown, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Governor Edmund G. Brown, Phone: (916) 445-2841, Fax: (916) 558-3160; Plant Labs, Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Gov. Jerry Brown,  


Green Plains Shutters Two Iowa Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
Green Plains
Date: 2018-09-19
Reuters is reporting US ethanol producer Green Plains is mothballing two Iowa plants and cutting output at a Minnesota plant due to low profit margins and the Trump Administration's rapidly escalating trade war which has cut off U.S. access to Chinese ethanol markets and added to a domestic supply glut that has pushed biofuel prices near their lowest levels in over a decade.

Green Plains has idled its facility in Superior and soon will shut down the plant in Lakota, Iowa, and halved production at its plant in Fairmont, Minn., according to Reuters (Source: Green Plains, PR, Gazette, Reuters, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains ,  Ethanol,  


SoCalGas Planning RNG Vehicle Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2018-09-19
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it will soon begin a pilot project using renewable natural gas (RNG) for the first time at its 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations and at six fueling stations in the San Diego area.

RNG fuel is produced from the methane generated in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairy operations and, depending on its source, can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon-negative, according to SoCalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the U.S. (Source: SoCalGas, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  SoCalGas,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


Offshore Wind Shifts in the Garden State (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-09-19
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has unanimously agreed to accept offshore wind project proposals for a total of 1,100 MW to be sited approximately 17 to 20 miles off the New Jersey coast.

New Jersey Legislation to develop offshore wind was passed in 2010, but the effort was stymied by then Republican Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie. The state's new Gov. Phil Murphy (D) revived the offshore wind initiative with a call for 100 pct clean energy by 2050. (Source: NJ PUB, KYW Radio, 17 Sept., 2018)Contact: NJ PUB, Joseph Fiordaliso, Pres., (609) 777-3300, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  New Jersey Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Consumers Unveils Renewables Storage R&D Center (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy,Western Michigan University.
Date: 2018-09-19
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is reporting the launch of the Parkview Battery Storage Research and Development project at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo

The project is part of a Consumers Energy Clean Energy Plan calling for more solar and wind electric power generation facilities that depend on batteries to store energy.

Consumer's picked WMU to unveil the battery after conducting a statewide search with Michigan State University. Consumers, MSU, and WMU engineering students will help with a year-long study to see how battery powered energy could be used around Michigan. (Source: Consumers Energy, WWMT.COM, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Consumers Energy,  


Shanghai Electric Wind Power Installs First LM Wind Blades (Int'l)
LM Wind
Date: 2018-09-19
LM Wind Power reports two sets of its wind blades have been installed on Shanghai Electric Wind Power 4.0MW-136 turbines at the first phase of the Shanghai Lingang offshore project in China.

LM Wind Power . provided onsite support and service for the installation as part of a two-year agreement to deliver the blades during 2018 and 2019. (Source: LM Wind, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


BU Reports ENGIE North America 15-year Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
Engie North America,Boston University
Date: 2018-09-19
Boston University reports that as part of its Climate Action Plan it will purchase 205,000 megawatt hours of wind power from Engie North America under the terms of a 15 year PPA beginning in 2020, from a South Dakota wind farm that will begin construction in the spring, 2019.

By purchasing power outside New England, BU will earn renewable energy certificates (RECs) against its own carbon emissions in Boston. BU's Climate Action Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions to zero on BU campuses and global operations by 2040. (Source: Boston University, BU Today, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Boston University, Dennis Carlberg, Sustainability Dir., www.bu.edu; ENGIE North America, Matt Riley, Senior VP U.S. Wind Development, www.engie-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  Wind,  


Juwi to Install Australian Solar-plus-Storage System (Int'l)
Juwi AG
Date: 2018-09-19
Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer Juwi AG reports it has inked an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Australia's University of Queensland for the execution of a hybrid solar-plus-storage project at a marine research station on Heron Island, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

The high penetration solar, battery hybrid power solution consists of a 500-kW rooftop installation and a 0.6-MWh vanadium flow battery, integrated with diesel generators that use a microgrid control system. Operations are scheduled to start in mid-2019. (Source: Juwi AG, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Juwi AG, Dave Manning, Global Head of Hybrid Energy, Christian Hinsch, Communications, +49 (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, +49 (0) 172. 67 949 12, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.de; Australia University of Queensland, //www.uq.edu.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Juwi AG,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


La Crosse Launches Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (Ind. Report)
City of La Crosse
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Badger State, the city of La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat has launched the Home Energy Challenge. Under the city's initiative, the first 100 residents can qualify for as much as $4,100 to help cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades including: new insulation, air ceilings, new HVAC systems, upgrading to LED lighting and other upgrades. The program also benefits the housing market because it gets homeowners to reinvest into their homes, according toa release. (Source: City of LaCrosse, WXOW, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of LaCrosse, Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager, www.cityoflacrosse.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  


Universal mCloud Delivers Business Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Universal mCloud
Date: 2018-09-19
Vancouver-based artificial intelligence and analytics specialist Universal mCloud Corp. is announcing a new report by ARC Advisory Group that highlights mCloud's AssetCare™ platform energy management solution for companies both large and small.

The report notes mCloud's spectrum integration of the cloud, IoT-connected thermostats and AI/machine learning to deliver peak energy efficiency improvements of 20 pct to small and medium size businesses that often avoid the large upfront investments required to integrate conventional energy management systems. mCloud's zero-upfront subscription model guarantees operational savings for its customers. The report also notes the use of mCloud solutions at Starbucks, Bank of America, Dairy Queen, and Michaels among others. (Source: Universal-mCloud Corp, PR, Contact: Universal mCloud, Russel McMeekin, President and CEO, (415) 635-3500, www.mCloudCorp.com; ARC Advisory Group, www.arcweb.com

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


Sandwich, UK Woody Biomass Power Plant Begins Operations (Int'l.)
Kent Renewable Energy,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-09-19
Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is reporting that Kent Renewable Energy, a 27 MW wood-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located in Sandwich, U.K., has begun commenced operations. The plant, which is fueled with locally sourced wood supplied by EuroForest, is expected to serve approximately 50,000 homes and offset approximately 100,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions.

Kent Renewable Energy, which is majority owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure II, with BWSC and Estover Energy holding shares, will operate under the UK Renewables Obligation Certificate regime for power and under the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is a fund management company founded in 2012, which currently has four funds and more than €5 billion under managemewnt. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kent Renewable Energy, PR, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Kent Renewable Energy, www.kentrenewableltd.com; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151, cip@cip.dk, www.cipartners.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Bioenergy,  Woody Biomass,  


Metrus Energy, Wells College Ink Efficiency Agreement (Ind. Report)
Metrus Energy,Wells College
Date: 2018-09-19
San Francisco-headquartered water and energy efficiency financing provider Metrus Energy is reporting an Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) project with Wells College in Aurora, New York. Work is slated to get underway this month for completion in the second half of 2019.

The project is Metrus' first energy efficiency-as-a-service transaction with a higher education customer and will focus on creating a more comfortable living and learning environment. The energy efficiency work includes campus lighting, comfort control upgrades, building envelope, steam traps and significant new HVAC controls, all of which will result in an approximate 14 pct reduction in total electricity consumption and a 28 pct drop in fossil fuel consumption.

Previously this year, the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognized Wells' sustainability work with a AASHE STARS gold rating. (Source: Metrus Energy, PR, Wells College, Web, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Metrus Energy, Bob Hinkle, CEO, www.metrusenergy.com

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


NY Municipalities Earn Clean Energy Designation (Ind. Report)
NY State,Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2018-09-19
In the Empire State, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced that more than 200 communities statewide have earned the Clean Energy Community designation and, as such, are eligible to seek grant funds for energy efficiency projects.

To qualify for funding, a community must complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions to earn the designation, which recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy. Local governments holding the designation can seek up to $250,000 to finance additional clean projects, or up to $100,000 if the community has fewer than 40,000 residents.

The high-impact actions municipalities can complete include:

  • Benchmarking energy use at municipal and large privately-owned buildings;

  • Performing energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings;

  • Replacing street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting;

  • Streamlining local approval processes for solar projects through the adoption of the state Unified Solar Permit;

  • Undertaking a community-based Solarize campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing;

  • Providing energy code enforcement training to code officers;

  • Earning Climate Smart Communities Certification by reducing the community's impact on the environment;

  • Passing a local law to allow aggregation of residents to gain greater choice and control over energy use as a group, called Community Choice Aggregation;

  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations and using alternative fuel vehicles for municipal business; and:

  • Establishing an Energize NY Finance Program that enables long-term, affordable Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at commercial buildings and not-for-profits.

    To date, approximately 450 New York state local governments representing more than 86 pct of the state's population in 60 counties and all 10 Economic Development Council regions, have completed more than 1,250 high-impact actions. The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. The state's clean energy goal aims to supply 50 pct of its electricity from renewable energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Recorder, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: NY Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Clean Energy Community,  Energy Efficiency,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo ,  


  • Infosys Mysuru Campus Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Infosys,USGBC
    Date: 2018-09-17
    The Indian business technology consultancy Infosys campus in Mysuru, India, reports receipt of the LEED EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–Existing Building Operation & Maintenance) Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Infosys now has 18.25 million sq ft of the highest LEED rated green buildings -- 16.9 million sq ft. are LEED Platinum rated and 1.35 million sq ft. GRIHA 5-star (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) rated buildings.

    According to the release, the Mysuru campus efficiency improvements included: large-scale retrofit projects in existing buildings, the complete re-engineering of chiller plants, air handling units, building management system retrofit, UPS retrofit, lighting retrofit, smart water meters, groundwater injection systems to reduce water consumption and harvest rainwater, a solar-powered automated green house dryer capable of treating 3.5 tpd of sewage sludge, a biogas plant to treat food waste, and a focused harnessing of renewable energy. (Source: Infosys, The Hindu, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact:Infosys, www.infosys.com: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-17
    "For the President (Trump) to stand up to the American people and say this is too much burden, we have to get out of Paris and withdraw America leadership from an issue that is life or death, is one of the single greatest acts of irresponsibility by a president of the United States anywhere at anytime.

    "We have a president who without any knowledge of the issue, without any scientific fact whatsoever, lying to the American people about a burden to the United States, which is not a burden at all because no country accepted to do anything in Paris that was not within the capacity of that country to achieve." -- Former Obama Administration Secretary of State John Kerry

    Kerry was speaking at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where about 4,000 city, state, business, and world leaders gathered to demonstrate their will to combat climate change. The U.S. is on pace to meet two-thirds of the its carbon emissions reduction goals under the Paris agreement even without Trump, Kerry noted.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump.Paris Climate Agreement,  


    Voltus Scores Major DR Procurement Contract (Ind. Report)
    Voltus,Ameren Illinois
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Springfield, Illinois-based Voltus Inc., a provider of demand response to the commercial and industrial market, reports it has been selected as a winning supplier of the Illinois Power Agency's (IPA) capacity procurement for Ameren Illinois. The 653 MWs of capacity procured in this process is for planning years 2019/2020, and the award secures Voltus' position as the only demand response provider to win a contract in the IPA all-source procurement process, which began in 2007. Award Brings Voltus Portfolio Above 1,000 MWs of Demand Response Under Management.

    Voltus manages energy through simple, cost-free energy management products. The company's commercial and industrial customers generate cash by allowing us to be their energy expert while we deliver innovative demand response, energy purchasing and energy-efficiency programs to them. Utility customers experience increased customer satisfaction, lower cost to serve and increased grid reliability. (Source: Voltus. PR, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Voltus, Gregg Dixon, CEO, Jenna Masuda, Media, (619) 993-6529, jmasuda@voltus.co, www.voltus.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltus,  Ameren Illinois,  Demand Response,  


    Apple Supporting Carbon Sequestration through Mangrove Restoration (Ind. Report)
    Mangrove, Apple
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Smart Phone juggernaut Apple reports it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade, according to the Apple release.

    Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

    Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

    (Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration news,  Apple news,  Mangrove news,  


    Carbon Capture Machine Incorporates in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
    XPrize
    Date: 2018-09-17
    The University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, reports its Carbon Capture Machine recently filed as a Limited Liability Company in the state of Wyoming where it plans to utilize the Basin Electric Dry Fork power plant test center near Gillette to launch the company in the US.

    The test center is funded with $15 million in startup costs provided by the Wyoming State Legislature and financial contributions and partnerships from the utility and industries. Wyoming’s aim, which it achieved last year, was to build the largest carbon capture research facility in the country and foster the growth of a constrained industry that could help coal survive in a carbon sensitive world.

    The Carbon XPrize finalist Carbon Capture Machine is in the third round of the competition. Winners will be announced in spring of 2020. (Source: Carbon Capture Machine, Casper Star Tribune, 15 Sept., 2018) Contact: Carbon Capture Machine, The University of Aberdeen, www.abdn.ac.uk/ccm-carbon-Carbon xprize; Carbon Xprize, www.carbon.xprize.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xprize,  Carbon Capture Machine,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EIA Reports Densified Biomass Fuel Production Stats (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2018-09-17
    According to the US EIA's recently released Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 680,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching 610,000 tons.

    The EIA data was collected from 85 densified biofuel manufacturers but does not include data from facilities with annual production capacities of less than 10,000 tons. The 85 manufacturers have a combined production capacity of 11.82 million metric tpy. Production included 132,432 tons of heating pellets and 549,031 tons of utility pellets. Domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 90,000 million tons in May, with an average price of $141.72 per ton. Exports in May reached 520,000 tons, at an average price of $144.48 per ton, according to the report. (Source: EIA, Biomass Mag, Other Media, Sept., 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Energy Information Administration,  


    UK Report Calls for Fast Greenhouse Gas Action (Int'l Report)
    Royal Academy of Engineering
    Date: 2018-09-17
    In the UK, The Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) have released a joint report outlining a plan of action which could help the UK lead the way in deploying technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

    The report makes various recommendations that would allow the UK to achieve its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and identifies and assesses technologies available that might allow emissions removal goals to be reached. It considers not only the UK, but the global picture and how these technologies might be deployed alongside each other to achieve global carbon removal by 2100 as per the Paris Agreement.

    Technologies discussed include ready-to-deploy methods as well as more speculative methods. Ready-to-deploy, land-based methods such as such as forestation, habitat restoration, and soil carbon sequestration could be quickly applied, but unfortunately these will become saturated within the century. Furthermore, these approaches alone will only allow the UK to achieve around one quarter of the target GGR required to reach net-zero emissions.

    Development of speculative methods, such as direct air capture, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and low-carbon concrete, is vital if sufficient GGR is to be achieved, the report says.

    Download the Greenhouse Gas Removal Report HERE. (Source: THE Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Chemical Engineer, Sept., 2018) Contact: Royal Academy of Engineering, www.raeng.org.uk

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


    UK Wind Power Exceeds 20GW (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    RenewableUK
    Date: 2018-09-17
    RenewableUK is reportingthat with the opening of the world's largest offshore wind farm, Ørsted's 659 megawatt Walney Extension off the coast of Cumbria, the UK's onshore and offshore wind energy industry now exceeds 20 gigawatts of capacity; enough to power more than 14 million homes, cutting carbon emissions by 25 million tonnes a year.

    The UK's first commercial onshore wind farm, Delabole in Cornwall, went operational in 1991, and the first offshore project in Blyth began generating in 2000 Every credible future energy scenario envisages renewables generating well over 50 per cemt of our electricity by 2030 - some forecast we'll be providing more than 70 per cent. (Source: RenewableUK, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, Maf Smith , Deputy CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Angola Scores $1Mn for Renewable Energy Investments (Int'l)
    African Development Bank
    Date: 2018-09-17
    The Johannesbug, South Africa-headquartered Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, managed by the African Development Bank, reports it has approved a $1 million grant to independent power producers in Angola. The grant will be used to establish a "one-stop shop" to encourage private investment in renewable energy and provide technical assistance on project procurement, contract design implementation and monitoring.(Source: African News Agency, African Development Bank, ESI, 14 Sept., 2018) Contact: African Development Bank, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News African Development Bank,  Renewable Energy,  


    Finnish Woody Biomass Biofuel Viability Questioned (Int'l)
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2018-09-17
    In Helsinki, a Finnish governmental biofuels task force has noted the negatives associated with the use of biofuels for transportation as a way to reach zero greenhouse emissions.

    In its report, the task force noted that emissions perhaps would not necessarily shrink as most of the fuels would be produced from woody biomass from the country's abundant forests. The development of emissions depends on how much carbon the vast Finnish forests actually tie down, and that is still being debated, according to the report.

    In 2017, the European Union allowed an increase in the use of wood as fuel in Finland but no major investments in the biofuel sector resulted due to the high costs and the need public financial support to the investments. The report added that competition among pulp and biofuel industries for raw wood feedstocks could also be a problem. (Source: Various Media, Xinhua, Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Woody Biomass,  


    Candidate Ocasio-Cortez's Platform on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) is a 29 year old American politician, educator, and political activist. On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district. She is widely heralded by the media as the "possible new face" of American politics.

    "In order to address runaway global climate change, Ocasio-Cortez strongly supports transitioning the United States to a carbon-free, 100 pct renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035. She believes renewable fuels must be produced in a way that achieves our environmental and energy security goals, so we can move beyond oil responsibly in the fight against climate change. By encouraging the electrification of vehicles, sustainable home heating, distributed rooftop solar generation, and the conversion of the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources, Ocasio-Cortez believes we can be 100% free of fossil fuels by 2035.

    "Ocasio-Cortez believes in recognizing the relationship between economic stability and environmental sustainability. It's time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal -- a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment. Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change. This arrangement benefits few, but comes at the detriment of our planet and all its inhabitants. Its effects are life-threatening, and are especially already felt by low-income communities, both in the U.S. and globally. Rather than continue a dependency on this system that posits climate change as inherent to economic life, the Green New Deal believes that radically addressing climate change is a potential path towards a more equitable economy with increased employment and widespread financial security for all.

    "Climate change is the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization, and the effects of warming can be hard to predict and self-reinforcing. We need to avoid a worldwide refugee crisis by waging a war for climate justice through the mobilization of our population and our government. This starts with the United States being a leader on the actions we take both globally and locally", Ocasio-Cortez says. (Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sept., 2018) Contact: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (929) 388-6141. us@ocasio2018.com, https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  



    Date: 2018-09-17
    Apple’s newest smartphones may not have received all-round praise, but its latest environmental initiative surely should. On Friday (Sep. 14), the world’s most valuable company said it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade.

    “Mangroves live at the edge of the land and sea, providing local communities with coastal protection, habitat for their fisheries, and a wealth of biodiversity,” according to Conservation International, an NGO that’s leading the mangrove restoration project. “These and other ocean wetlands store up to 10 times the carbon per unit area as terrestrial forests, making them a vital ally in the fight against climate change.” A 2016 study of 3,000 deforested mangrove patches found that most of them were being cut down for the use of growing rice, palm trees, or expanding fisheries.

    Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

    Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

    Earlier this year, Apple also announced that all of its electricity use in 45 countries is powered by 100% renewable energy. Some of the success of such environmental shifts are down to the lower cost of renewable energy, but much credit also goes to environmental campaigns like Greenpeace’s Click Clean that hold tech companies to account on their sustainability promises. That said, there’s still a long way to go if Apple plans to cut emissions from all its energy use. (Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)


    Hoover Dam Pumped Energy Storage Project Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    Date: 2018-09-17
    In the Golden State, the Los Angeles Department of Wind and Power (LADWP) is floating a proposal that, if approved, would construct a wind and solar-powered pump station 20 miles south of the Hoover Dam. The station would pump water from downstream back up to Lake Mead, which was created by the dam. All the water stored at the lake could then be released as needed for power on demand, effectively turning the dam into a battery for solar and wind power.

    The Hoover Dam water load currently functions at about 20 pct of its full capacity. Research committees are presently evaluating the environmental and infrastructural impacts of the project. If approved, the LADWP hopes to complete the project by 2028.

    Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.(Source: LADWP Good News Network, 16 Sept., 2018) Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com; Hoover Dam, www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Energy Storage,  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,  Pumped Energy Storage Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    SSE Seeks Scottish Wind Farm Repowering Approval (Int'l Report)
    SSE Plc
    Date: 2018-09-17
    UK energy utility SSE Plc reports it has submitted an application with the Scottish Ministers seeking permission for a planned repowering of a 18.7-MW wind farm in Scotland to 80 MW the capacity .

    SSE plans to replace the existing 22 turbines of its Tangy Wind Farm on the Kintyre peninsula with 16 newer and more efficient machines. The expansion project, called Tangy III, was previously approved in 2015 as a 15-turbine scheme. The original 22-turbine Tangy Wind Farm has been online since 2004.(Source: SSE, Renewables Now, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: SSE, www.sse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SSE Plc,  Wind,  


    SW Colorado Solar Plant Plan Wins County Support (Ind. Report)
    Ute Peak Solar, Standard Solar
    Date: 2018-09-17
    In southwestern Colorado, San Miguel County Commissioners are reporting support for Ute Peak Solar and Rockville, Maryland-headquartered Standard Solar's proposed 30-mw power plant to be constructed at a substation in western Montrose County.

    The San Miguel County Commission notes the planned solar plant is large enough to replace a nearby coal-fired power plant slated for shutdown by the end of 2022. (Source: San Miguel County Commission, Miami Herald, AP, 16 Sept., 2018) Contact: Standard Solar, (301) 944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Standard Solar,  Solar,  


    Stem Deploying AI-Powered Energy Storage in Ontario, Ca. (Ind. Report)
    Stem,Solvay
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Millbrae, California-based Stem, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, reports it is deploying an intelligent energy storage system for advanced materials and specialty chemicals company Solvay's plant in Welland, Ontario. With Stem's services, Solvay will reduce their Global Adjustment and energy costs automatically without changing plant operations or making a capital investment.

    Belgium-headquartered Solvay manufactures advanced materials and specialty chemicals for a wide range of industries, including the renewable energy and energy storage industries. Stem's AI-driven energy storage system will be over 3 MWh and sited at Solvay's Welland manufacturing plant located in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the firm manufactures phosphine for use in consumer electronics and other high-end applications.

    Using predictive analytics and high speed data feeds from the buildings, weather services, and the wholesale market to anticipate IESO grid peak hours, Stem's AI, Athena, releases stored energy at exactly the right times to help Stem's customers.

    Stem is the global pioneer of real-time energy optimization for commercial and industrial customers using AI-driven energy storage, and is backed by the industry's largest project finance pool of $ 650 million. (Source: Stem , PR, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Solvay, Pascal Chalvon-Demersay, Chief Sustainability and Energy Officer. Stem, John Carrington, CEO, www.stem.com/canada

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stem news,  Energy Storage news,  Energy Management news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Biogas Essential to Ireland's Future Circular Economy(Int'l)
    University College Cork
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Speaking at the recent SEAI/ International Energy Agency Bioenergy Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion in the Circular Economy at the University College Cork (UCC), Professor Jerry Murphy called for decarbonization of Ireland's gas system in order to achieve the "circular economy" objectives as laid out in the government's €21.8 billion National Development Plan.

    "Biogas plants cannot be directly compared to other renewable energy sources like wind turbines, which produce electricity, according to Prof. Murphy, Director of the SFI MaREI Centre headquartered at the University College Cork (UCC) Environmental Research Institute and Leader of the International Energy Agency Biogas Task. "There are so many more advantages to a biogas system -- from waste treatment, production of bio-fertilizer, generation of a renewable energy suitable for transport, heating or electricity, improved water quality and provision of jobs in rural communities. It is the full package."

    In 2018, Gas Networks Ireland will introduce biogas onto the Irish gas network for the first time and they have a target of at least 20 pct of all gas used in Ireland to be renewable (decarbonized) by 2030. A significant aspect of this rollout will take place in the transport sector under the €25 million EU-funded Causeway project which aims to provide a sustainable, clean alternative to diesel for Ireland's transport operators. (Source: Gas Networks Ireland, TheCork.ie, 17 Sept., 2018)Contact: Gas Networks Ireland, www.gasnetworks.ie; Environmental Research Institute -- University College Cork, +353 21 490 1931, eri@ucc.ie, http://eri.ucc.ie, www.ucc.ie/en/eri

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Ergon Shuttering Vicksburg, Miss. Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    Ergon Biofuels,Bunge
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Ergon BioFuels LLC, a subsidiary of Jackson, Mississippi based Ergon, Inc., reports it is closing its ethanol plant at the Port of Vicksburg, Mississippi, this December.

    The 56.5 million gpy plant was constructed in 2007 as a joint venture between Ergon Ethanol, Inc. and White Plains, New York-headquartered Bunge North America Inc. The plant had previously halted production in December 2012. Ergon purchased Bunge's ownership in the facility in 2013 and restarted the plant in July 2015. (Source: Ergon Website, PR, Contact: Ergon, (601) 933-3000, http://ergon.com; Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ergon,  Biofuels,  Ethanol,  Bunge,  


    RedT Announces £33Mn Funding for Flow Storage (Int'l)
    RedT
    Date: 2018-09-17
    London, UK-based Energy storage specialist RedT is reporting receipt of a conditional commitment from an infrastructure fund for £33 million to finance some 60MWh of RedT's flow storage units. The funds will enable the company to build around 800 of its flow storage units, which would be used to provide grid services, in Germany and Austria. The company also reportedly plans to deploy grid scale flow storage in the UK, with at least one such project in 2019. (Source: RedT, Energyst, Others, 17 Sept., 2018) (Source: Contact: RedT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RedT,  Energy Storage,  


    Lebanon Releasing Solar Energy +Storage Tender Proposals (Int'l)
    Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation
    Date: 2018-09-17
    In Beruit, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) reports receipt of 75 Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for three 100 MW solar PV plus storage projects. LCEC has unveiled the names of the 75 consortiums that have expressed interest in building one or more of the three 100 MW solar PV plus battery storage projects.

    In each project, the minimum power capacity is 70 MW and the maximum power capacity is 100 MW with Battery Energy Storage of minimum of 70 MW power with a minimum of 70 MWh of storage capacity, regardless of the solar PV sizing. (Source: Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, PV, 17 Sept., 2018)Contact: Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, +961 1 565 108, www.lcec.org.lb


    Sweden's Largest Solar Park Panel Installations Underway (Int'l)
    Goteborg Energi
    Date: 2018-09-14
    In Stockholm, Swedish government controlled soler energy developer Goteborg Energi is reporting panel installation is underway at the country's largest solar park near the former Goteborg City Airport. The 5.5MW solar park will generate approximately 5,000kWh of electricity per year.

    Swiss technology company ABB will supply a substation with switchgear, distribution transformers, and relays along with control equipment and inverters for the solar project. The project is slated for commissioning in November. (Source: Goteborg Energi, Power Tech. 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Goteborg Energi, www.goteborgenergi.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  ABB,  


    URE Completes Ga. Power Community Solar Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2018-09-14
    Alpharetta, Georgia-headquartered United Renewable Energy™ (URE) is reporting completion of a 2-MW AC solar facility as the first installment of Georgia Power's Community Solar program. The project is owned by Georgia Power and was developed, designed and constructed by URE. The associated renewable energy credits (RECs) are retired on behalf of Georgia Power's Community Solar Program participants.

    URE is an engineering, procurement, and construction firm developing utility-scale PV farms and energy storage systems. (Source: United Renewable Energy, PR 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: United Renewable Energy, William Silva, CEO, Jakky Shanahan, 678.881.0014 x708, jakky@u-renew.com, www.u-renew.com; Georgia Power, www.GeorgiaPower.com/CommunitySolar

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