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Antigua-Barbuda Ink Minesto Ocean Energy MoU (Intl Report)
Minesto
Date: 2019-03-04
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda are reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Gothenburg, Sweden-based marine energy developer Minesto AB to supply renewable energy to the Eastern Caribbean.

Under the MoU, Minesto AB will collaborate with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Antigua and Barbuda Science and Innovation Park on a feasibility study of the use of Minesto's Deep Green technology to provide energy in the Caribbean.

In January 2019, UNOPS opened its first science and innovation center in Antigua and Barbuda to support national and regional innovation in the fields of science and technology. (Source: Minesto, Daily Observer, 4 March., 2019) Contact: Minesto, Dr. Martin Edlund, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60, www.minesto.com; UNOPS, www.unops.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto,  Ocean Energy,  


Annapolis Water Treatment Plant Nominated for USGBC Wintergreen Award (Ind. Report)
United States Green Building Council
Date: 2019-03-04
The city of Annapolis, Maryland reports its new water treatment plant is one of nine buildings in Maryland to be nominated as a finalist for a 2019 United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Maryland Chapter Wintergreen Award. The water treatment facility is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the City and its first capital project to receive US Green Building Council LEED Silver Certification.

The water treatment plant green energy infrastructure work includes: three bio-retention facilities;, a permeable paver parking lot; re-circulators for water efficiency and separation for waste water streams; variable frequency drive pumps for maximum energy effic iency; and a data-driven efficiency system to reduce chemical usage. The facility also includes environmental innovations like a low-impact design, a nationally registered Monarch Butterfly Way Station, bike racks and parking for energy efficient cars. (Source: Eye on Annapolis, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News United States Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


Arizona Utility Expanding Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
ASP
Date: 2019-03-04
In the sun-drenched southwest, Arizona's largest utility, APS, reports it plans to add 850 MW of battery storage and at least 100 MW of new solar generation by 2025. The additional storage capacity will be equivalent to about 3 million solar panels. APS plans to install six battery systems at existing solar plants in Maricopa County and Yuma by 2020.

Arizona ranks second to California in terms of the size of batteries being used and for generating solar energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, for generating solar energy. (Source: APS, Payson Roundup, 4 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News APS news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


CABBI Sustainable Crop Byproduct Energy Project Progressing (R&D)
Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation
Date: 2019-03-04
The Urbana, Illionis-based Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) reports that with $115 million in us DOE grant funding, its project to develop energy using sustainable crop byproducts is progressing steadily.

CABBI is working with soy gum, which is converted into products like biodiesel by looking at the gene structure of the plant stem and extracting the oil and gases which can be used directly as biodiesel or further processed into different value-added products,” according to CABBI director Evan DeLuc1a. (Source: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, Illinois News Network, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a , (217)244-1586 cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

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


New Delhi Investing in Bamboo Ethanol Plants (Int'l Report)
Bongaigaon Refinery
Date: 2019-03-04
in Delhi, the government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) reports it will invest Rs 1259 crore ($178 million) over five-years in the Bongaigaon Refinery in Assam, Chirang district to produce 60 million lpy of ethanol using abundant and locally sourced bamboo as a feedstock.

The Bongaigaon Refinery project is additional to a similar bamboo ethanol project which is currently underway. The bamboo ethanol projects are aimed at boosting biofuel use and cutting back crude oil imports. (Source: Bongaigaon RefineryThe Sentinel, Mar., 2019) Contact: Indian Oil Company, Bongaigaon Refinery, www.Iocl.com, www.iocl.com/aboutus/bongaigaonrefinery.aspx; ONGC Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, www.ongcindia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bamboo,  ,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


St.James Methanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind Report)
Yuhuang
Date: 2019-03-04
Following up on our June 13, 2016 coverage, YCI Methanol One LLC, Yuhuang Chemical's $1.85-billion methanol production facility in St. James Parish, Louisiana, reports construction is well underway on the largest greenfield investment in methanol by a Chinese company in the southern U.S.

YCI, a fully owned subsidiary of Yuhuang Chemical Company in east China's Shandong Province, broke ground in in St. James in January, 2017. (Source: Yuhuang Chemical, MENAFN, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: Yuhuang, YCI Methanol One, LLC, (225) 412-9068, yci-us.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yuhuang,  Methanol,  Ouisianna Methanol,  


Engie Acquires French Biomethane Producer (Int'l, M&A)
Engie SA , Vol-V Biomasse
Date: 2019-03-01
French utility Engie SA is reporting acquisition of Vol-V Biomasse, the biomethane producing arm of renewable energy specialist Vol-V SAS.

Saint-Gregoire, France-headquartered Vol-V Biomasse develops, builds and operates bio methane producing power plants with seven units in operation and another three units under development. The acquisition will make Engie France's top biomethane producer with a portfolio of nearly 80 projects.

The utility reports it plans to invest €800 million ($911 million) over the next five years and €2 billion by 2030 in bio methane projects with farmers. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables, 27 Feb., 2019) Contact: Engie, www.engie.com; Vol-V Biomasse, +33 (0)4 11 95 00 30, www.linkedin.com/company/vol-v-biomasse-services, www.vol-v.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Engie SA ,  Methane,  


Northland, Taipower Ink Taiwan Offshore Wind PPA (Int'l Report)
Northland Power ,Taiwan Power
Date: 2019-03-01
Toronto-headquartered Northland Power Inc is reporting a 20-year PPA with Taiwan state-owned electric utility Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) for the 300-MW Hai Long 2A wind project off Taiwan, the first of three schemes totaling 1,044 MW.

Under the PPA, Northland and its Singapore-based project partner Yushan Energy Co Ltd will sell the wind farm's output at a tariff of TWD 6.2795 ( $0.204) per kWh in the first 10 years and slightly less for the remaining period.

The Hai Long 2A scheme is the first of the three Hai Long projects securing a PPA. Contracts with Taipower for the Hai Long 2B and Hai Long 3, are slated for finalization later this year. (Source: Northland Power, Renewables, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Northland Power Inc., (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Taiwan Power, www.taipower.com.tw/en; Yushan Energy, www.yushanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power ,  Wind,  


Spanish Power Snares Swedish Wind Farms Totaling 5 Mw (Int'l, M&A)
Renewable Energy Systems,Spanish Power
Date: 2019-03-01
In the UK, Hertfordshire-headquartered Renewable Energy System Ltd is reporting the sale of two wind projects totaling 51 MW in Sweden to Madrid-based developer Spanish Power SL for an undisclosed sum.

Both projects, the 33-MW Sandtjaernberget and the 18-MW Aengersjoekoelen project, were developed by RES, the parent company of NV Nordisk Vindkraft AB, and have received the necessary environmental permit to begin construction. Together, the two farm's 16 wind turbines will generate sufficient power for approximately 30,000 households. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems, SeeNews, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Spanish Power SL, +34 915 31 39 07; Renewable Energy Systems, +44 (0)1923 299 200, www.res-group.com

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


Alinta, Vestas Partner Western Australian Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Alinta Energy,Yandin Wind Farm
Date: 2019-03-01
Vestas is reporting receipt of a 214 MW wind turbine order from Australian utility Alinta Energy for the V150-4.2 MW turbine equipped Yandin Wind Farm. When fully operational, the project will be Western Australia's largest renewable energy power plant providing sufficient energy for 200,000 homes.

Under the terms of the contract, Vestas will also construct the project through an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement as well as operate the facility under a 25-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement.

The Yandin project, which is expected to come online in Q3, 2020, is Alinta's first wind energy project and its largest investment in renewable energy to date. (Source: Vestas Wind Systems , Asia Pacific, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Peter Cowling, Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand, www.vestas.com; Alinta Energy, Ken Woolley, Executive Director of Merchant Energy, www.alintaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alinta Energy,  Yandin Wind Farm,  Wind,  Australia Wind ,  


125 MW Ohio Wind Farm Wins Siting Approval (Reg & Leg)
Ohio Power Siting Board.
Date: 2019-03-01
Meeting in Columbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board reports its approval of EDP Renewables' Paulding Wind Farm IV LLC planned 37 turbines at its Timber Road IV Wind Farm near Payne, in Paulding County, on the Ohio-Indiana state line.

Construction of the 125 MW project is expected to get underway in Q2 for commissioning and startup in Q4 of this year. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for 125,000 homes. (Source: Ohio Power Siting Board, Kallanish, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ohio Power Siting Board. (866) 270-6772, www.opsb.ohio.gov; EDP Renewables North America, www.edprnorthamerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  EDP Renewables,  


DEWA Tendering 900MW CSP Solar in Dubai (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
Date: 2019-03-01
Following up on our November 7, 2018 coverage, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) reports the issuance of a tender for 900MW of solar power located within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -- one of the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) developments.

The tender follows Dubai's regional neighbour Abu Dhabi's 2GW solar tender via the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term PPA. (Source: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Middle East Utilities, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Dubai Electricity & Water Authority,  


New CEMEX USA HQ Earn USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC,CEMEX USA
Date: 2019-03-01
CEMEX USA is reporting its headquarters building in Houston has been awarded US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED gold certification.

The more than 240 000 square-foot of space utilized 20 pct recycled materials and other features to achieve the LEED gold certification. The building accomplished a 52 pct power reduction and all electric equipment meets EPA ENERGY STAR® certification. Water consumption has been reduced by one third with the use of "low-flow" efficient fixtures and nine out of ten work areas receive natural sunlight. (Source: CEMEX, World Cement, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


UMass Boston Facility Attains LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-03-01
Birmingham, Alabama-based university housing and facilities developer Capstone Development Partners LLC reports University of Massachusetts in Boston residence and dining hall have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification after exceeding their initial LEED Silver target.

The sustainable strategies and project attributes that helped the project achieve LEED Gold certification include:

  • The location of the project site on land that is considered a brownfield redevelopment;
  • A 34 pct water savings was achieved by using low-flow showers, faucets, toilets and urinals;
  • An energy cost savings of 26.8 pct was achieved through the implementation of a high performance building envelope, energy recovery units, hot water efficiency and 100 pct LED lighting; and
  • The selection of cool roofing and hardscape materials to reduce the heat island effect.

    Capstone Development Partners has partnered with over 60 public and private colleges and universities and delivered more than 44,000 beds of student housing nationwide. (Source: Capstone Dev. Partners, PRWEB, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Capstone Dev. Partners, Jeff Jones, Principal, www.capdevpartners.com: USGBC,USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Leed Gold,  


  • "The Donald" on the Hook for Offshore Wind Challenge (Int'l.)
    Trump
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the Highland's, a Scottish court has ruled Donald Trump -- aka "the Donald" -- and his Aberdeenshire golf resort must pay the Scottish government's legal costs following a court battle over an 11-turbine, North Sea offshore wind power project developed by Vattenfall.

    The ruling at the Court of Session stemmed from the case going to the UK Supreme Court in December 2015. The wind farm generated its first power in July last year. The sum involved has not been disclosed.

    In May, 2013, "The Donald" commented on his dust-up and lawsuit with Scottish officials over the offensive offshore wind farm. The Donald ranted that the project would "spoil the view" from his new Trump International Golf Links and 450 room luxury resort hotel, both of which Trump said he'd dump if the highland regulators didn't kill the offshore wind farm.

    With his usual bravado, Trump spouted: "These windmills are as tall as Trump Tower. That's like a massive skyscraper coming out of Aberdeen Bay. Who would spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a hotel when you're looking into a turbine? These are industrial turbines. They make noise. They create shadows."

    "We're suing a country. We're doing very well and I think I'm doing a great service because people in Scotland and many other places didn't know how to fight these things." "It's not going to be an easy battle, but we'll win." Trump trumpeted. (Source: BBC News, Various Others, 28 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Offshore Wind,  


    PNE AG Completes First Swedish Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    PNE AG
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Cuxhaven, Germany-based developer PNE AG reports completion and sale of the Laxaskogen wind energy project in the South of Sweden to the German private investor Wirtgen Invest Energy GmbH.

    The 7-turbine Laxaskogen project's total installed capacity is 25.2 megawatts. (Source: PNE AG, DGAP-Media , 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: PNE AG, Markus Lesser, CEO , Tel: +49 (0) 40 87933 114, Fax: +49 (0) 4721 718 373, www.pne-ag.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Aussie Scientists Touting CO2- Into-Coal Tech (New Prod & Tech)
    RMIT University
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, Scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne are claiming the development of a new way to turn CO2 back into coal -- breakthrough that could pave the way for new carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies with the greatly limited possibility of "leakage."

    According to the researchers, most carbon capture methods involve compressing CO2 into liquid form to be pumped and stored underground. Despite progress, the best carbon capture and storage technologies still aren't economical. They also pose environmental concerns.

    To turn CO2 into coal, scientists developed a liquid metal catalyst that is highly conductive. The conversion process begins by dissolving the captured CO2 in an electrolyte liquid. After a small amount of the catalyst is added, a current is run through the solution. Chemical reactions caused solid flakes of carbon "coal" to separate from the solution. Because the carbonaceous solids are stable, they could be compacted and buried in the ground.

    The process is efficient and scalable, but researchers acknowledge more work is needed before the method can be commercialized, according to the researchers. The research was conducted at RMIT's MicroNano Research Facility and the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility, with support from the Australian Research Council Centre for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). The paper is published in Nature Communications -- Room temperature CO2 reduction to solid carbon species on liquid metals featuring atomically thin ceria interfaces -- DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08824-8. (Source: RIMT University, Nature Communications, UPI, Feb., 2019) Contact: RMIT University, Australian Research Council , Dr, Torben Daeneke, Dr. Dorna Esrafilzadeh +61 3 9925 2000, www.rmit.edu.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Coal,  


    Quebec Carbon Market Revenue Exceeds $3Bn (Ind. Report)
    Quebec Carbon Market
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In Quebec City, the Province of Quebec is reporting it raised $215 million at last week's auction of greenhouse gas emission credits that now total more than $3 billion. At last week's auction, roughly 80.9 million vintage credits were sold out at $20.82 each, and around $6 million in future credits were sold at $20.68 each. On the Quebec side, most of the buying was done by the roughly 150 companies required by provincial law to purchase one credit for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.

    In Quebec, energy and industry produce a relatively small percentage of the province's overall emissions due primarily to the province's reliance on carbon-free hydroelectricity. The transport sector is responsible for more than 40 per cent of the province's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the most recent figures available. (Source: CBC, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Quebec Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Market,  Western Climate Initiative ,  


    CropEnergies' Rebooting Teesside Bioethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
    CropEnergies AG
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the UK, German ethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports it will reopen its wheat ethanol production facility at Wilton, Teeside at reduced capacity this month. The facility uses UK produced wheat feedstock to produce ethanol.

    Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Farmers Weekly, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

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


    UK Planning Post-Brexit Emissions Trading Scheme (Int'l Report)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In London, the UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Hon. Claire Perry is confirming the government is working on plans to develop a "post Brexit" domestic emission trading scheme [ETS) that could link with the existing EU ETS from January 2021. The UK government is hoping to leave the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement that allows it to remain in the bloc's ETS through to the end of the current trading period at the close of 2020 at which time it would establish a domestic ETS that could integrate with the EU scheme,

    According to the Minister, the EU would be keen to integrate the two carbon markets, despite the fact formal talks on the issue will not start until the UK has resolved the current parliamentary stand-off over the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK is one of the largest participants in the continent-wide EU ETS which has been widely credited with helping to drive down emissions across the 28-member bloc.(Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Minstry, BusinessGreen, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: U.K. Energy and Clean Growth Minister, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state-minister-for-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Claire Perry,  EU ETS,  Aviation Emissions,  


    Renewable Dairy Fuels Ups CNG Biogas Production (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Dairy Fuels ,Amp Americas
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Renewable Dairy Fuels Chicago-headquartered parent company Amp Americas reports it plans to boost biogas production by 30 pct at Fair Oaks Farms, the popular agritourist destination in Fair Oaks, Newton County, Indiana. Fairs Oaks Farms presently processes more than 800,000 gpd of cattle manure methane into compressed renewable natural gas that is shipped out through NIPSCO's pipeline system. With the latest expansion, the Fair Oaks operation can produce more than 2.3 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste.

    The Fair Oaks Farm is the second-largest renewable natural gas production facility in the country, after the new Renewable Dairy Fuels' operation that opened in Jasper County in August of 2018. Between the two operations, Amp Americas's renewable fuels production capacity stands at approximately 5 million gpy. Amp Americas also operates 20 CNG filling stations nationwide. (Source: AMP Americas, nwi.com, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Amp Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, info@ampamericas.com, (312) 300-6700, (312) 380-0206 - fax., www.ampamericas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  CNG,  Biofuel,  


    Siemens Launches Junelight Home Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Siemens
    Date: 2019-03-01
    German engineering giant Siemens is reporting the German launch of its Junelight Smart Battery, lithium-ion battery-based residential energy storage system aimed at maximizing the use and integration of onsite-generated solar energy.

    The battery system's predictive charging and discharging procedures are coordinated in line with forecasted weather patterns and expected energy demand. Real-time monitoring is available through a mobile app and the system can be configured up to 19.8kWh capacity if six modular units of 3.3kWh are combined, the company notes.

    The Junelight Smart Battery has been certified by VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies for quality and safety, including both manufacturing processes and the system itself. (Source: Siemens, Energy Storage, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Siemens Low Voltage and Products, Andreas Matthe, CEO, +49 (911) 433 78 78, support.energy@siemens.com, new.siemens.com/global/en/products/energy/low-voltage.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Siemens,  Energy Storage,  Home Energy Storage,  


    MCS Announces Battery Energy Storage Certification (Ind. Report)
    Microgeneration Certification Scheme
    Date: 2019-03-01
    The UK national certification body Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) reports development and planned mid 2019 launch of a certification scheme for battery energy storage systems.

    The new battery storage scheme will better equip the industry to roll out energy storage installations whilst ensuring consumer protection following the growing adoption of energy storage technologies to maximize renewable energy and create a flexible UK electric power grid.

    MCS is a quality assurance scheme supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It provides the framework for the certification of microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from low carbon sources.

    Download the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) details HERE (Source: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, Ian Rippin, CEO, www.microgenerationcertification.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  Battery,  


    Aker Solutions to Assess Possible Oil Refinery CCS Tech (Int'l)
    Preem,Aker Solutions
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Global engineering company Aker Solutions reports it has been selected by Sweden's largest fuel company PREEM to conduct a feasibility study of the technological and economic impact of implementing carbon capture technology at Preemraff Lyekil, Scandinavia's major crude oil refinery.

    The scope of Aker's work includes pilot testing of carbon capture from the oil refinery flue gas in industrial conditions. The test is intended to assess the carbon capture process performance such as solvent degradation rate, energy efficiency and percentage of CO2 captured which will be included in the possible later design and implementation of a large-scale capture plant. The feasibility study will include design of a full-scale carbon capture plant for the Hydrogen Production Unit (HPU) at the refinery. (Source: Aker Solutions, Gas World, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Preem, Petter Holland, CEO, +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english; Aker Solutions, Oscar Graff , VP, Head of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Preem,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  AKer Solutions,  CCUS,  


    SoCalGas Seeks to Offer Renewable Natural Gas (Reg & Leg)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles-headquartered Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking to offer "carbon-neutral" renewable natural gas (RNG) in Central and Southern California.

    Under the SoCalGas proposal, millions of Californians would have the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources. The program is expected to create increased demand for renewable natural gas, which should help increase supply and lower its cost over time, similar to what has happened with renewable electricity created from wind and solar power, according to SoCalGas.

    A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Biogas,  Methane Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Lighting Energy Efficiency Standards Under Attack (Ind. Report)
    Environment America
    Date: 2019-03-01
    The U.S. DOE is holding public meetings on its plan to revoke Obama-era rules that required higher energy efficiency standards for lighting. The regulations, which had been scheduled to take effect in January 2020, would have saved twice as much energy as any other efficiency regulation in history. The light bulb standard rollback would result in an additional 34 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon dioxide by 2025.

    Environment America's Clean Energy Associate Allie Astor issued the following statement: "The Trump Administration's short-sighted and backward-thinking rollback of these energy saving standards for light bulbs is terrible for the environment. These rules would have eliminated as much pollution as taking 7 million cars off the road. By revoking these important energy saving regulations, we're ignoring the pervasive threats of climate change and environmental degradation caused by our wasteful energy practices. The DOE may be offering a public hearing, but they need to make sure they are listening to all the voices who are against this rollback plan." (Source: Environment Amercia, PR, 28 Feb., 2019} Contact: Environment America, Allie Astor, (303) 801-0581, (202) 683-1250, https://environmentamerica.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Environment America,  


    Fiji Submits Low Emission Development Strategy to UNFCCC (Int'l)
    Fiji Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the South Pacific, The Government of Fiji reports it is the 11th country to submit its long-term Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) 2018 -- 2050 strategy to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

    Fiji's LEDS sets out long-term emission reductions and defines sustainable and resilient economy-wide mitigations pathways until 2050. It also addresses: sector-specific targets and measures; social, economic and environmental dimensions; education, capacity building and awareness raising; and a framework for monitoring and evaluating the LEDS. It is also among of the world's first LEDS to address the Blue Carbon Sector and the island country's mangrove ecosystems.

    The LEDS also details Fiji's objective of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors, and details the following potential low emission scenarios:

  • a Business-as-Usual (BAU) Unconditional Scenario that would be implemented and financed without reliance on external or international financing;
  • A BAU Conditional Scenario conditional on external or international financing to implement mitigation actions;
  • a High-Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions beyond those already specified, and achieves significant emission reductions by 2050 compared with the BAU scenarios; and
  • a Very High Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions well beyond those already specified, and in which most sectors achieve net-zero or negative emissions by 2050.

    Fiji aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors without threatening the country's long-term development objectives. (Source: UNFCCC. Feb., 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, [Fiji LEDS 2018-2050, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Fifi,  Carbon Emissions,  Blue Carbon,  


  • Google Seeks Wind-Powered Data Center Tax Breaks (Ind Report)
    Google
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Minnesota Public Radio reports Google has asked Sherburne County and the city of Becker, Minnesota, for a tax break on a proposed $600 million wind powered data center property in central Minnesota. The tax break would save the company up to $15 million.

    Xcel Energy, would dedicate two new wind farms to power the facility on land next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, a large, coal-fired plant where the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire most of its generators. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the agreements between Google and Xcel Energy. (Source: Economic Times, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Xcel Energy,  Wind,  


    Rio Reaching for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Rio de Janeiro (pop. 6.7 million) part of the C40 Cities climate action initiative, reports it has committed to reducing its climate changing emissions by 20 pct between 2005 to 2020 as well as becoming carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, COMLURB, Rio's waste management company has declared the conversion of the city's buried municipal garbage into biogas for clean power generation key to the city's carbon neutrality and climate change fight.

    Every day, 10,000 tons of waste are delivered to the city's waste treatment plant in Seropedica, northwest of Rio de Janeiro. The plant turns household and industrial food and yard waste into methane biogas that is sold to industries or to the state's gas company. According to the UN, the world's cities account for approximately 75 pct of the world's CO2 emissions and consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy. (Source: COMLURB, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb., 2019) Contact: COMLURB, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/comlurb, www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/comlurb; C40 Cities, www.c40.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  C40 Cities,  


    BioMCN to Produce Renewable Methanol from CO2 (Int'l. Report)
    BioMCN
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Amsterdam-based Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie New Energy are reporting an agreement to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. the two companies are investigating the possible conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen using a 20-MW water electrolysis unit in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.

    BioMCN will combine hydrogen from the intended facility with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, a raw material for bio-fuels and a variety of chemical feedstocks. Compared to fossil-based methanol this will reduce emissions by up to 27,000 tpy of CO2.

    According to Gasunie, "Gas infrastructure plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. We will be transporting different energy carriers, such as hydrogen and green gas, increasingly through our pipelines in the future. As independent network operator we can connect hydrogen from different suppliers for transportation to the major industrial clusters in the Netherlands. This network may have a capacity of 10 gigawatts or more by 2030." (Source: Nourvon, PR, Industry Europe, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Nouryon, Knut Schwalenberg , +31 88 969 78 09, www.nouryon.com; Gasuine, +31 50 521 1080, www.gasunie.nl/en; BioMCN, Soren Jacobsem Managing Dir., +31 (88) 664 7700, info@biomcn.eu, www.biomcn.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AkzoNobel,  Methanol,  


    Lignocellulose Conversion Bio-Saccharification Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Date: 2019-02-27
    In China, the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, is touting "consolidated bio-saccharification (CBS)" a novel strategy for cost-efficient lignocellulose conversion. CBS combines cellulase production and hydrolysis while separating fermentation from the integrated process by taking fermentable sugar as the target product to couple various downstream fermentation processes. Construction of a pilot-scale CBS demonstration is now underway.

    The industrial conversion of biomass to high-value biofuels and biochemicals is mainly restricted by lignocellulose solubilization. Previously, three strategies had been reported for lignocellulose bioconversion -- separate enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF), simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF), and consolidated bioprocessing (CBP).

    Using the newly developed biocatalyst and optimal conditions, the CBS process was shortened by half using pretreated wheat straw as the substrate. Under such conditions, the sugar yield reached 0.795 g/g and the saccharification level was 89.3 pct .

    The QIBEBT study was published in Biotechnology for Biofuels on Feb 18th and was supported by the Transformational Technologies for Clean Energy and Demonstration program of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key Technology Research and Development Program of Shandong, and the Major Program of the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation. (Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences , Public Release, Feb., 2019) Contact: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. CUI Qiu, QIBEBT, Chinese Academy of Sciences, +86-532-80662622, +86-532-80662778-fax, chengjing@qibebt.ac.cn, english.qibebt.cas.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  lignocellulose,  


    PacifiCorp Re-Powering Foote Creek Rim 1 Wind Farm (Ind Report)
    PacifiCorp
    Date: 2019-02-27
    PacifiCorp is reporting the upcoming re-powering of 1998-1999 vintage 68 turbine Rocky Mountain Power Foote Creek Rim 1 wind farm near Arlington with 12 new 2-4 MW turbines. According to conditional use permit documents, work on the estimated $51.7 million project is slated for an April startup for completion within 18 months.

    Another influential factor involves the wind production tax incentive. Per this initiative, if PacifiCorp fails to get construction underway prior to 2020, they will not qualify for 2.4 cents per kWh provided by the incentive. (Source: PacifiCorp, Wyoming News Exchange, 25 Feb., 2019)Contact: PacifiCorp, www.pacificorp.com; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  PacifiCorp,  Rocky Mountain Power,  


    E.U. Supports French Floating Wind Demo Projects (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-02-27
    The European Commission (EC) reports it will provide investment and operating aid to four French floating wind demonstration projects: the Groix Belle Ile project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects (Golf du Lion, Eolmed and Provence Grand Large) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea. Each will consist of three or four turbines and have a total installed capacity of 24MW.

    The demonstration wind farms will receive both .

    Earlier this year, the U.S. DOE announced up to $28 million in funding for a new floating offshore wind turbines via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).

    Navigant Research anticipates that over 69GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030. (Source: EC, MarEx, 25 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Floating Wind,  


    InCommodities Plans CO2 Emissions Market Expansion (Int'l)
    InCommodites
    Date: 2019-02-27
    In Denmark, Aarhus-based trading house InCommodites reports it will start trading emissions certificates within the next two years, while further expanding its power and gas trading presence across Europe. InCommodities presently trades physical and financial power from day ahead to year ahead in 10 European countries and in six gas markets. (Source: InCommodities, Montel, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: InCommodities, Jesper Severin Johanson, CEO, +45 6915 7575, mail@in-commodities.com, www.incommodities.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Market,  


    Notable Quote
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-02-27
    "Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us. It ( the Green New Deal) could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal." -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem -NY) Contact: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 929-388-6141, Twitter https://twitter.com/AOC

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


    Renewable Diesel Complex Planned for Paraguay (Int'l Report)
    ECB Group
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Brazilian investment holding company ECB Group is reporting its planned, $800 million, Omega Green renewable diesel complex is nearing construction startup. The "first of its kind" in South America plant is expected to produce as much as 693,000 gpd of renewable diesel and synthetic paraffinic kerosene from soybean oil extracted with renewable hexane, animal fats and used cooking oil. The plant's production is slated for export.

    Construction is expected to last 30 months for startup and full production in 2022. (Source: ECB Group, Biodiesel, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: ECB Group, Erasmo Carlos Battistella, Pres., +55 54 3632 0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Eni Sardinian PV Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Eni New Energy SpA
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Eni subsidiary company Eni New Energy SpA reports construction is underway on a 31 MW PV plant at the Porto Torres industrial site in Sassari in Sardinia. he project is being redeveloped by Syndial, an Eni company providing environmental remediation projects, as part of a broader environmental reclamation project.

    The Porto Torres photovoltaic project is part of the Progetto Italia initiatives launched by Eni in 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2019. This is the second plant built in Eni-owned industrial areas in Sardinia following the construction of the Assemini plant (26 MW), which was completed in 2018.

    The project will contribute to achieving the objectives set out in Italy's Regional Energy Plan and in the National Energy Strategy with regards to decarbonisation and the amount of renewable energy in the energy mix. (Source: New Energy SpA PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: New Energy SpA, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni New Energy SpA,  PV,  Solar,  


    IEA Web Portal Provides Bldg Efficiency Solutions (New Prod & Tech)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting a new web portal to make innovative technical and market information available to energy and construction professionals. The portal provides actionable insights to policymakers, companies, investors and others to accelerate progress towards cleaner energy.

    The portal takes advantage of the IEA's expertise in tracking energy innovation -- from data on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to analysis on public and private investment trends; from detailed technology roadmaps to timely commentaries; and from identifying "innovation gaps" to our global technology collaboration network.

    The technologies covered are grouped under power, buildings, transport, industry and energy integration. The content reveals the IEA's estimates of the market readiness of each one in terms of their ability to support the zero-carbon energy revolution.

    Access the portal HERE (Source: IEA, Fiftth Estate Australia, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Green Paint Slated for UAE Environmental Projects (Int'l)
    UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development reports it is set to use a "Smart Paint" that can absorb carbon dioxide in all of its infrastructure projects.

    The paint significantly reduces carbon emissions. One square meter of the Smart Paint is equivalent to one tree in absorbing carbon dioxide. The paint can also reduce power consumption by up to 25 pct because of its insulation capabilities.

    Going green is a key priority for the ministry and its sustainability initiatives including: recycling asphalt at construction sites; using new technology in developing roads; and installing power-charging stations for electric vehicles at government premises," according to the Ministry. (Source: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Feb., 2019) Contact: UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, +971 2 626 2630, www.moid.gov.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  Energy Storage,  


    Harvard Economists Join Baker-Schultz Climate Change Policy Plan (Ind. Report)
    Harvard Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Harvard Crimson is reporting more than 3,300 economists, including 27 Nobel Laureates, four former Federal Reserve Chairs, 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers, and two former Secretaries of the Treasury, and several Harvard professors and affiliates, have inked the Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends calling for a bipartisan climate change solution.

    The economists are specifically supporting the Baker-Schulz plan authored by former Republican U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and George Schultz in 2017. The statement comprises four main pillars: gradually increasing a carbon fee; returning all proceeds from the fee to Americans via dividends; instituting border carbon adjustments; and eliminating regulations that are no longer necessary upon the fee's enactment. The Economists' Carbon Dividends Plan aims to be a first step in solving climate change through a carbon tax based on basic economic principles. (Source: Climate Leadership Council, Harvard Crimson, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Harvard Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Tackling Climate Change, Harvard University, www.harvard.edu/tackling-climate-change; Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Leadership Council,  


    Sen. Feinstein Proposes Weak Green New Deal Substitute (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Following a confrontation with young people from the Sunrise Movement on Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal) released a draft resolution calling for a carbon tax and the restoration of Obama-era climate policies. Feinstein's proposal is intended as an alternative to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D) and Sen. Ed Markey's (D) recently released Green New Deal proposal.

    According to the Center for Biological Diversity's senior council Bill Snape, " Senator Feinstein's climate resolution is outmoded and cynical politics at its worst. It's more of the same half-measures and loopholes for polluting industries that have failed us for more than three decades. Feinstein can't hide behind this anemic proposal to avoid supporting the real Green New Deal. She needs to get with it or get out of the way," Snape added.

    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351, bsnape@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org; Sen, Dianne Feinstein, (415) 393-0707,www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (929) 388-6141, https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018

    Editor's Note: The New Republic commented on Sen. Feinstein's encounter with school children as follows:

    "The children pleaded with Feinstein to be 'brave' and to think about their future. "We're the ones who are going to be impacted," one girl pleaded. The 85-year-old (Sen. Feinstein) insisted she understood, citing her seven grandchildren, but then dashed the schoolchildren's hopes. "I've been in the Senate for over a quarter of a century." she said, "and I know what can pass and I know what can't pass." Later, Feinstein put out a statement calling climate change one of her top priorities and released a draft resolution of her alternative to the Green New Deal."

    The Green New Deal basically sets goals for measures to cut carbon emissions from electric power generation to transportation to agriculture. The bill calls for a "10-year national mobilizations" toward accomplishing a series of goals, including "meeting 100 pct of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy.

    Download the complete Ocasio-Cortez,-- Markey Green New Deal proposal HERE.

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


    Total Offshore Wind Capacity Grew 20 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports the worldwide wind industry installed 51.3 GW of new capacity in 2018 -- 3.6 pct less than the previous year.

    The GWEC's country-by-country breakdown shows China installed the most offshore capacity in a year for the first time, adding 1.8 GW. The United Kingdom came in second with 1.3 GW, while Germany came in third with 969 MW.

    Top onshore markets in 2018 were: China with 21,200 MW followed by the USA -- 7,588 MW, Germany -- 2,402 MW; India -- 2,191 MW; Brazil -- 1,939 MW; France -- 1,563 MW; Mexico -- 929 MW; Sweden -- 717 MW; the United Kingdom -- 589 MW; and Canada -- 566 MW.

    Top offshore markets in 2018: China -- 1,800 MW; United Kingdom -- 1,312 MW; Germany -- 969 MW; Belgium -- 309 MW; and Denmark with 61 MW. The GWEC predicts offshore wind installations in the United States will reach 1 GW by around 2022. (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, Feb., 2019) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Global Wind Energy Council,  


    1366 Technologies, Hanwha Partner on Direct Wafer® Manufacturing Plant (Ind. Report)
    1366 Technologies, Hanwha
    Date: 2019-02-27
    In the Bay State, Bedford-based Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies, Hanwha Q CELLS Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and parent company Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. are reporting the groundbreaking of the world's first production factory to feature the Direct Wafer manufacturing process in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, next to Hanwha Q CELLS' existing cell and module manufacturing facilities. The plant is expected to ramp no later than Q3 2019. (Source: 1366 Technologies, PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: 1366 Technologies, Frank van Mierlo, CEO, Laureen Sanderson, (781) 861-1611 x2204, lsanderson@1366tech.com, www.1366tech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1366 Technologies,  Hanwha,  


    PassivSystems Claims Biogas Network Demo Contract (Int'l)
    PassivSystems
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Berkshire, UK smart energy technology firm, PassivSystems reports it has been contracted to investigate optimization solutions enabling the wider connection of biogas from organic wastes into energy networks.

    Working with partners Wales & West Utilities, Cadent and Costain, PassivSystems will look at how smart pressure control, compression and storage solutions can alleviate network constraints as part of the £2.4 million OptiNet project.

    As part of the OptiNet project, PassivSystems will look at how plug-and-play compressor technology can be used across multiple sites without the need for bespoke modifications.

    Cadent's forecasts suggest that the UK will have sufficient green gas to enable over 120 TWh per year to be injected into the gas network by 2035. (Source: PassivSystems, Waste Management World, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: PassivSystems, Colin Calder, CEO, +44 (0) 1635 525 050, info@passivsystems.com, www.passivsystems.com

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    IU Claims Three USGBC LEED Gold-Certified Buildings (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Indiana University Bloomington is reporting receipt of three LEED Gold certifications for buildings in the past few months, bringing the campus total to nine. The School of Public and Environmental Affairs addition, Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall and Hodge Hall all received gold certification in late 2018 and early 2019, reaffirming the university's commitment to ensuring all new construction receives a minimum LEED Gold certification or higher, as laid out in the IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

    Contributing solutions like public transportation access, use of open spaces, water use reduction, efficient mechanical systems, installation of LED lighting, diversion of construction waste from landfills and recycling programs earn LEED certification points. (Source: Inside IU Bloomington, Feb., 2019) Contact: IU Bloominton, (812) 855-4848, www.indiana.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    TEC's ND School Energy Efficiency Installations Underway (Ind. Report)
    Smartcool Systems
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc is reporting its wholly owned subsidiary, Total Energy Concepts (TEC) Inc. is installing a full suite of energy efficiency technologies at St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. The upgrades include Smartcool's proprietary technology, LED lighting, voltage conditioning and other optimization technologies.

    The TEC installations are expected to increase the school's energy efficiency and reduce monthly power and maintenance expenses by over 40 pct -- approximately $3,000 per month.

    Smartcool Systems Inc. ECO3, ESM and ECOHome retrofit technologies reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by up to 40 pct. Total Energy Concepts (TEC) is a leader in Power Protection, Energy Management, Power Quality, Facility Grounding, and Lighting Solutions and takes a holistic approach to energy efficiency with proprietary technologies for power factor correction and third party technologies including LED, voltage conditioning and intelligent motor controls. (Source: Smartccol, InvestorIntel , 26 Feb., , 2019) Contact: Smartcool, (604) 669-1388, www.smartcool.net; Total Energy Concepts, (218) 393-2143, www.totalenergyconcepts.com

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    Bio-En Power Adds ORC to Ont. Anaerobic Digester Plant (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Technologies,Woolwich Bio-En
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Costa Mesa, California-based Clean Energy Technologies (CETY) is reporting the installation of a Clean Cycle II Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit at Elmira, Ontario-based Bio-En Power Inc's anaerobic digester power plant in Woolwich, Ontario. The plant utilizes two Jenbacher JGC420 generators to produce 1426 kW of electricity each, as well as waste heat.

    CETY's Clean Cycle II ORC utilizes the plants wasted heat lost to the atmosphere through the exhaust stream to essentially produce free electricity resulting in an expected annual electrical savings of 769,149 kWh.

    CETY's proprietary heat recovery systems are 140kW and are right in the sweet spot where user's needs are the highest. CETY is also excited about entering the large high rise market with its first installation slated for the 1540 Broadway high rise building in Manhattan, according to the company. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies, PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Technologies, Kam Mahdi, CEO , (949) 273-4990 Fax Number: (949) 273-4990 www.cetyinc.com;Bio-En, Power Inc., (519) 669-3777. (519) 669-5982 -fax, ptaylor@bio-enpower.com, www.bio-enpower.com

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    Higher Biomass Pellet, Power Output Ups DRAX Earnings (Intl)
    DRAX
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Reuters notes UK power producer Drax Group Plc is reporting a 9 pct bump in full-year core earnings thanks to higher woody biomass pellet production and increased power generation from its biomass-fired power station near Selby in North Yorkshire. (Source: euronews, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: DRAX , Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Woody Pellet,  


    Acciona, Madrid Ink Municipal Bldg. Energy Efficiency Deal (Int'l)
    Acciona
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In Spain, the city of Madrid's reports it has inked an agreement with Acciona for a project aimed at enhancing the energy management and energy efficiency of 400 municipal buildings. Under the agreement, Acciona will provide real-time energy consumption information and enable management of energy consumption in schools, offices and other municipal facilities.

    Acciona will initially perform a baseline audit to ascertain current energy consumption. The buildings will subsequently be monitored to obtain energy consumption data in real time. The captured data will be organized and processed at the ACCIONA Building Control Centre where it will be analyzed around the clock. The resulting information will enable the city to respond to alerts of anomalous consumption and provide information with which to enhance operations and detect inefficient consumption patterns.

    Acciona will draw on the data for measures such as the implementation of specific efficiency measures, the swapping-out of obsolete and inefficient items of equipment, and the installation of control and automation devices. (Source: Acciona, Construction Index, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Central Asia's Largest Solar Power Plant Underway (Int'l)
    Kazakhstan
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In the capital city of Astana, the government of Kazakhstan is reporting the launch of a 307,000 panel, 100 MW solar power installation -- sufficient power for 10 of the country's small cities. The $137 million solar energy plant is privately funded by a group of European companies.

    Presently, 33 large investment projects totaling $2.7 billion are being implemented in the region. Seventeen of the projects are being executed with foreign participation and some of the investors have already expressed a desire to continue cooperation with Kazakhstan which is aiming to source 30 pct of its power from renewable energy sources by by 2030. (Source: The Astana Times, AKI Press, 23 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

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