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EU Parliamentarians Back 45 pct Fleet Vehicle Emission Cuts (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2018-09-10
In Brussels, Reuters is reporting many EU parliamentarians are backing a 45 pct cut in fleet vehicles carbon dioxide by 2030 and an interim reduction goal of 20 pct by 2025.

The 28 member EU trading bloc's new rules aim to help meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. Other proposed amendments address whether renewable fuels will be allowed to count toward zero-emission targets and whether to allow industry to combine their targets for cars and vans. European automakers association ACEA has called for laxer CO2 limits, saying poor infrastructure and an underdeveloped consumer market limit their ability to sell more electric cars. (Source: Fiji Times, Reuters, Various Media, 8 Sept., 2018)

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


enVerde Planning Organic Waste- to-Syngas Demo Plant (Ind. Report)
enVerde
Date: 2018-09-10
Minneapolis-based enVerde LLC reports it is seeking funds to construct a demonstration plant using its catalytically-driven, thermochemical technology would process organic waste such as livestock manure, food manufacturing detritus, and most carbon-based materials including plastic, into synthetic fuel, oil, and char materials that can be used as energy or chemical sources.

enVerde technology reduces the energy required to transform waste materials into clean energy and chemicals and can be used to power generators, boilers, and other systems. It can also be refined into "green" versions of more traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.

With enVerde's process, waste is gasified without any combustion or incineration. The output is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen "syngas" which can be used as fuel or made into various chemicals. Compared to common methods of syngas production, enVerde's catalytic technology uses considerably less energy and requires much less capital, according to company CEO Dave Goebel, former CEO of Maryland-based New Generation Biofuels. (Source: EnVerde, Star Tribune, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: EnVerde LLC Dave Goebel,CEO, info@enVerdeLLC.com, www.enverdellc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Syngas,  


Notable Quotes
Paris Climate Accord
Date: 2018-09-10
"The US is no longer playing the (Paris Climate Accord) game but it's still setting the rules."

"The US delegation in Bangkok was poisoning discussions aimed at creating a clear roadmap to implementing what nations agreed in the Paris deal." -- Anonymous Bangkok Meeting Climate Negotiators commenting last week on the US position which has been described as "starkly at odds with that of the developing nations, which insist that transparent and predictable finance is needed to effectively plan investment in new technologies and carbon reduction." (Source: Economic Times India, AFP, Various Media, 10 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Bangkok Climate,  


Takoma Park Considers LEDs for Cash, Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Takoma Park
Date: 2018-09-10
In Montgomery County, Maryland, the City of Takoma Park reports it is considering the installation of energy efficient LED street lights to replace all of the city's 2015 vintage high-pressure sodium and various other streetlights. The switch to LEDs is expected to deliver greater energy efficiency and an annual savings of $100,000 or more in energy costs. To that end, the Takoma utility has installed LEDs on three city streets as a test

On a larger scale, Montgomery County plans to replace 25,000 roadway lights with LEDs and anticipates saving $850,000 in energy costs a year, while the neighboring District of Columbia is presently replacing its more than 75,000 streetlights with LEDs. (Source: City of Takoma Park, Washington Post, 9 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  


Summit Community Power Works Launches Energy Efficiency Initiative (Ind. Report)
Summit Community Power Works
Date: 2018-09-10
In Utah, the Summit Community Power Works is reporting the launch of a new initiative challenging 200 Summit County households to reduce their overall carbon emissions by December. Utah Clean Energy absorbed Summit Community Power Works over the summer. The challenge is designed to provide Park City and Summit County residents with tools and resources to help in the community's overall goals to significantly increase their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.

The challenge is centered on a new online platform that gives participants access to about 70 different tips that will help reduce their carbon footprint-environmental impact. While the challenge is designed for homeowners, businesses will be encouraged to participate as well, Emerson said. Part of the coordination comes from the Watt Smart community plans that have been developed with Rocky Mountain Power. (Source: Summit Community Power Works, Park Record. 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Summit Community Power Works, Kevin Emerson, Energy Efficiency Program Director, CSPW Challenge, https://scpwchallenge.org

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


CARB Program Subsidizes Clean Vehicles for Low-Income Californians (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-09-10
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting its new Clean Vehicle Assistance Program that provides low interest loans and grants of as much as $5,000 to help lower-income Californian get into the cleanest new and used cars on the market.

The program, which is run by the Oakland-based nonprofit Beneficial State Foundation, was launched in 2017 with a $5 million CARB grant. The program's ongoing funding is from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. To date, Beneficial State Foundation has received more than 900 applications and awarded 24 grants. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner; Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; (916) 322-2990 Beneficial State Foundation, Kat Taylor, CEO, Jhana Valentine, (510) 463-6562, jvalentine@beneficialstate.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  California Air Resources Board,  


Hawaiian Commission Recommends Ways to Deal with Climate Change Sea Level Rise (Ind. Report)
Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission
Date: 2018-09-10
Last week in Honolulu, the Hawaiian Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission adopted recommendations to guide the Aloha State's response to climate change impacts. The Commission's proposals include:
  • Supporting legislation for disclosure of private and public property offerings located in areas potentially exposed to rising sea levels;

  • Requesting all new development, redevelopment and modifications be directed away from beach areas;

  • Urging counties to incorporate the 3.2-foot sea level rise exposure area into their general and development plans;

  • Encouraging agencies and nongovernmental utility providers to identify and prioritize assets within exposed areas, identify adaptation measures and provide a status update to the climate commission;
  • Funding state programs to meet mitigation goals and to bring resources to help in planning and implementing measures to counter sea level rise and other climate-related impacts. (Source: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, Maui News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, www.climateadaptation.hawaii.gov/commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Bangkok Climate Change Meeting Comes UP Short (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-10
    Reports from the UN's climate change conference in Bangkok, Thailand, claim the group's efforts to establish "fruitful preparations" for the December COP24 Climate Change conference in Poland, accomplished little due in part to US "obstructionism."

    The meeting was attended by representatives of most of the countries party to the Paris agreement, including the US which the Trump administration has promised is pulling out of the pact. (Source: Various Media, Sept. 9, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  COP24,  Climate Change,  


    Lithium Werks Touts Twente Airport Clean Energy R&D Campus (Int'l)
    Lithium Werks
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In the Netherlands, Energy management firm Lithium Werks reports it plans to construct a new clean energy research and development (R&D) campus at Twente Airport.

    Lithium Werks, which supplies battery cells in 50 countries, said the facility will span over 42 acres, with the first building at Technology Base scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. The East Netherlands Development Agency Oost, together with the municipality of Enschede and the province of Overijssel are supporting the project.(Source: Lithium Werks, Energy Live, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Lithium Werks, www.lithiumwerks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium Werks,  


    Aussie PM Ditching Climate Change Target Legislation (Int'l)
    Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In the Land Down Under, newly elected Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the new government will not revive plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law, as promised by his Liberal predecessor Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull was ousted in a palace coup by his more conservative colleagues over support for the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

    Morrison noted the NEG's proposal to help the government meet its Paris Agreement pledge was "dead" and his government would focus instead on lowering soaring electricity prices.

    Australia is considered one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters, and is a heavy user of coal-fired power. Even so, Canberra indicated it would still work to reduce Australia's emissions despite a lack of legislation to enforce the Paris target.

    The ruling Liberal-National coalition as well as previous Labor governments have struggled to introduce climate policies over the past decade amid political infighting and turbulence, especially during the term of Tony Abbott who is perhaps best remembered for his colourful declaration -- "Climate change is a load of CRAP." (Source: AFP, Australian, Economic Times, 9 Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australaia,  Climate Change,  


    Hyundai, LG Indonesian Palm Biodiesel Plants Announced (Intl)
    Hyundai, LG
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In Indonesia, West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji is reporting Korean companies Hyundai and LG will construct biodiesel processing plants near Kubu Raya in the province of West Kalimantan. The pprojects are in keeping with the government’s effort to expand the domestic use of the fuel through its mandatory 20 pct blended biodiesel ( B20 ) policy. The Korean companies will use oil palm waste as a biodiesel feedstock. (Source: Jakarta Post, Various Media, 10 Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil news,  Biodiesel news,  


    S. Korea OKs Bio Heavy Oil as Power Plant Alt. Fuel (Int'l)
    South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
    Date: 2018-09-10
    In Seoul, the South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reports South Korea will allow the use of bio heavy oil (biodiesel), an "eco-friendly" fuel made from used cooking oil as an alternative for fossil fuels at thermal power plants.

    The Ministry's ruling is based on a 2014 study to test the efficiency of recycled cooking oil for power generation. The revised law will come into force on January 1 , 2019. (Source: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy , AJU Business Daily, 10 Sept, 2018) Contact: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy , english.motie.go.kr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-09-10
    "When the central problem is the damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, the cleanest and most efficient way to address it is to tax those emissions." -- Janet Yellen , Former Head of the US Federal Reserve

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax news,  


    Russian Methanol, Biomaas Pellet Fuel Projects Find Investors (Int'l)
    Marubeni,Russian Direct Investment Fund
    Date: 2018-09-10
    The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reports it and Japan's Marubeni Corporation and the AEON Corporation have on the terms for investing in the methanol production and chemical cluster in the Russian city of Volgograd. The joint investment in the project will be over $800 million. The construction is slated to get underway early in for completion in 2022.

    The RDIF and JBICIG Partners -- a subsidiary of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)) under the Russian-Japanese Investment Fund framework -- also have agreed on a $200 million joint project for the construction of a 135,000 tpy woody biomass pellet fuel production plant in the city of Amursk in partnership with the Far Eastern RFP Group and Japanese Prospect Corporation. The project is expected to launch in 2019) (Source: Russian Direct Investment Fund, UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 10th September, 2018) Contact: Russian Direct Investment Fund, https://rdif.ru/Eng_Index; AEON Energy, +91 44 4960 7700, www.aeonenergy.biz; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AEON,  Marubeni,  Methanol,  Woody Biomass,  Pellets,  ,  


    SAVe Energy Battery Propulsion System for Ships Launched (Int'l)
    Rolls Royce Energy
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Bergen, Norway-headquartered ship electric propulsion systems specialist Rolls Royce Energy Inc. reports the introduction of its proprietary modular SAVe Energy battery propulsion and energy management system for commercial ferries and ships.

    The system incorporates Rolls Royce's modular, liquid cooled lithium-ion batteries and can be sized to the exact energy storage and propulsion needs of any ship. Combined with an LNG or diesel powered engine in a hybrid solution, the system will increase efficiency and reduce emissions and can be coupled with most types of propulsion units.

    The SAVe Energy system was partially funded by the Norwegian Research Council as part of its ENERGIX program, which supports the efficient use of energy, energy systems, and energy policy, according to the company release. (Source: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., CleanTechnica, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., Andreas Seth, 740-393-8888 - US Office, www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/marine/product-finder/automation-and-control/automation-and-control/energy-management-systems.aspx#

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    DOE Announces Bioenergy Research and Development Funding (R&D)
    DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In Washington. the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy R&D aimed at enabling cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the DOE's goal of reducing the cost of bio-based drop-in fuels to $3/gallon by 2022 to continue to provide consumers with affordable, reliable transportation energy choices. The four funding opportunitie include:
  • BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (up to $28 million) -- 16 selectees will create highly efficient conversion processes to increase the affordability of fuels from biomass and waste feedstocks by improving catalysts and new biological systems, identifying ways to better utilize waste streams like carbon dioxide (CO2) and biosolids, and creating high-value co-products that can improve the economic viability of biofuels production.

  • Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million) -- 7 selections will improve the efficiency of carbon utilization and productivity of algal systems either through improving uptake and conversion of waste CO2 emissions or through the development of new, technologies to capture CO2 directly from ambient air to enhance algal growth.

  • Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (up to $22 million) -- 10 selections will research integrated processes for the production of biopower from biosolids and cost-competitive, renewable drop-in biofuels and bioproducts from domestic biomass feedstocks and waste resources.

  • Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (up to $15 million)-- 3 selections will conduct early-stage R&D related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. (Source: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, PR, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office , (702) 356-1623 – Communications Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Algal,  Drop-ion Biofuel,  


  • Delaware Passes PACE Energy Efficiency Financing Bill (Ind. Report)
    C-PACE
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The office of Delaware Gov. John Carney (Dem) is reporting the signing of legislation enabling Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing to support commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

    PACE loans are funded by private lenders and repaid through a voluntary assessment on the property's county tax bill. The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) will administer the program. More than $688 million has been invested in clean energy projects nationwide since 2009, according to PACENation, (Source: Delaware Business Teimes, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: PACENation, http://pacenation.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACENation,  Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Sonnen Touts ecoLinx Energy Mgmt, Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Sonnen
    Date: 2018-09-07
    German energy storage specialist Sonnen is touting its new all-in-one ecoLinx smart energy management system that brings together home automation, residential solar, and energy storage in an energy ecosystem that enables intelligent load controllers to effectively manage energy usage, secure smart homes against grid outages and help stabilize the existing power grid, according to the company.

    Energy automation with ecoLinx includes: smart, dynamic weather forecasting; smart, configurable backup power; and intelligent demand control and load shaping that automatically manages the use of clean, stored energy to avoid peak utility rates by integrating with smart devices within the home.

    The Sonnen all-in-one ecoLinx features a 15-year system warranty, comes standard with lithium iron phosphate batteries, and is scalable from 10kWh to 20kWh of storage capacity. (Source: Sonnen, CEPro, 4 Sept., 2018)Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, (310) 853-2404, www.sonnen-batterie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    WPD Establishes Japanese Subsidiary (Int'l. Report)
    WPD Group
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In Germany, Bremen-based wind power developer WPD Group reports the establishment of WPD Japan Co., Ltd. in Tokyo in January 2018. The company is seeking to develop both on- and offshore wind projects in Japan. The expansion was supported by the Japan External Trade Organization.

    WPD Japan, which entered the Taiwan market in 2003 and the United States in 2007, seeks to develop both on and offshore wind projects in Japan The company presently has installed 2,180 wind turbines in 18 countries with a total installed capacity is over 4,400 MW. (Source: WDP, Japan External Trade Organization, Sept., 2018) Contact: WPD Group, 49 (421) 16866-10, www.wpd.de/en/star; Japan External Trade Organization, www.jetro.go.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WPD Group,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Florida Future Fund Proposed to Build Climate Change Resiliency (Ind. Report Attached)
    Center for American Progress
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Infrastructure and Communities for a Changing Climate, a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Pinecrest, Florida-based CLEO Institute suggests the creation of a private and public-funded "Florida Future Fund" to support infrastructure upgrades and flood protections that would make communities more resilient to climate change threats.

    The Florida Future Fund would provide low-interest or interest-free loans and loan guarantees to projects, including investments in parks, the urban tree canopy, clean energy, and smart grids. It would also support energy efficiency upgrades, expand local and regional transportation access, upgrade public transportation systems, and more. Successful implementation of such a fund in Florida could provide a blueprint to other states searching for ways to build resilience to climate change.

    Download the Florida Future Fund Report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Center for American Progress, Tom Caiazza, (202)-481-7141, tcaiazza@americanprogress.org, www.americanprogress.org; CLEO Institute, (305) 284-0908, www.cleoinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEO Institute,  Center for American Progress,  Limate Change,  


    Goldwind Offloading Aussie Solar, Wind Project Pipeline (Int'l)
    Goldwind
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Chinese wind turbine supplier and project developer Goldwind reports it is seeking a purchaser for its wind and large-scale solar development pipeline in the Land Down Under. Goldwind's planed exit from the Australian market may be partially attributed to the government's failed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy which the Australian electricity marketplace without an effective policy setting beyond 2020.

    Goldwind Australia aims to sell the portfolio in full or part before the end of November, this year. (Source: Goldwind Australia, Various Media, PV Mag Australia, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Goldwind Energy, +61 (2) 9008 1715, info@goldwindaustralia.com, www.goldwindaustralia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind,  Wind,  Solar,  


    NY Commits $15Mn to Clean Energy Workforce Programs (Funding)
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the Empire State, democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's, office has announced $15 million in support of two initiatives that will promote clean energy workforce development and training programs on State University of New York (SUNY) campuses.

    Nearly $6 million was awarded to SUNY campuses to train more workers in the clean energy sector. In addition, a request for proposals (RFP) was made available to all SUNY campuses for grants totaling $9 million to provide apprenticeships, internships, and educational programs and support through industry partnerships.

    Of the awarded proposals, SUNY Canton will enhance its Solar Ready Vets program on-site at Fort Drum. Its training provides a micro-credential program in renewable energy specifically for veterans transitioning to civilian life. In another award, the SUNY Maritime Offshore Energy Center will develop a wind operations technician training program. As part of the $9 million RFP for additional grants, the SUNY system will explore opportunities for partnerships with state and local agencies, including the Department of Labor, NYSERDA, Empire State Development and Industrial Development Agencies. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Windpower , Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, www.ny.gov/agencies/office-governor; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  SUNY,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    COP24 Preparatory Climate Talks Open in Bangkok (Int'l Report)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2018-09-07

    The UNFCCC is reporting from Bangkok that in n preparation for the upcoming COP24 climate conference meeting this December in Katowice, Poland, world governments are meeting in Bangkok to prepare guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will make the Paris Agreement work fairly and transparently for all. The Bangkok meeting is the last opportunity before COP24 to accelerate negotiations.

    The preparation of an official negotiating text on the implementation guidelines are needed to monitor progress on climate action, including measures to deal with climate impacts and are essential for determining whether emissions are being reduced at a sufficient rate to achieve the Paris Agreement's goals and to make the agreement's institutions fully operational beyond COP24. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, https://unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP24,  Paris Climate Agreement,  UNFCCC,  Climate Change,  


    Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Reaches Financial Close (Int'l)
    innogy SE,MHI Vestas
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Further to our 22nd August coverage, German energy developer Innogy SE is reporting its 860 MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm has reached financial close. The project will incorporate 90, MHI Vestas wind turbines and will supply 100 pct of its power output to Orsted through under the terms of a 15-year PPA.

    innogy SE acquired the Triton Knoll project from its parent company, Frankfort Germany-headquartered RWE and acquired a 50 pct stake from Norwegian renewable energy company Statkraft. In August, innogy sold a 41 pct stake in the project to two Japanese electric utilities, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power. The project is expected to be commissioned in 2021.(Source: innogy SE, CleanTechnica, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088, www.rwe.com; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk; MHI Vestas, +81.3.6716.3111, www.mhi.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy SE,  Triton Knoll ,  Offshore Wind,  MHI Vestas,  


    ViennaGreenCO2 Biomass Plant Pilot Underway (Int'l Report))
    Vienna University of Technology
    Date: 2018-09-07
    On the heels of successful laboratory tests by the Vienna University of Technology in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and Shell, commissioning of a new system for the separation of CO2 from exhaust gases has begun on the grounds of the Wien Energie Biomass Power Plant in Simmering.

    The pilot facility is designed to capture one tpd of CO2. Like other CO2 capture technologies, the Vienna project also uses nitrogen derivatives (amines) to separate the CO2 from the exhaust gases of combustion processes and thus prevent it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. However, while currently best available methods use aqueous amine solvents, in this process, the CO2 from the exhaust gas in the multistage fluidiaed bed column will firstly 'dock' onto solid amine-functionalized particles and be redissolved in a second column by heat input.

    In the previous laboratory tests, more than 90 pct of the CO2 could be separated from the exhaust gases. The researchers expect to reduce separation costs per ton of CO2 by as much as 25 pct compared to the current best available technology. (Source: Vienna University of Technology, World Fertilizer, Sept., 2018) Contact: Vienna University of Technology, Dr. Ing. Gerhard Schony, Project Coordinator, www.tuwien.ac.at

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Capture,  


    Univ. of Bayreuth Announces Bavarian Battery R&D Center (Int'l)
    University of Bayreuth
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In Germany, the University of Bayreuth reports it has established the Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology R&D center in Bavaria. The project was supported by a €25 million investment from the Bavarian Council of Ministers.

    The first construction phase will be completed by 2020, with 114 positions being created. As of 2021, the University of Bayreuth will open a new course for bachelors and masters students titled Battery Technology and Battery System Technology. (Source: University of Bayreuth , electrive.com, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: University of Bayreuth, www.uni-bayreuth.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    O-WIND Omnidirectional Wind Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    Lancaster University,
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the UK, Lancaster University students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani are touting their new O-Wind Turbine -- an omnidirectional wind turbine ideally suited for cities and other areas where uncertain wind speed and direction prevails. The students and their O-Wind Turbine are the winners of the 2018 James Dyson Award.

    The O-Wind Turbine is a 25cm sphere with geometric vents mounted on a fixed axis. It can be used as a direct source of power or it can be fed into the electricity grid. According to the designers, the technology can be used for developing on-grid and off-grid alternatives for the urban market as well as for motor homes, boats and other stand-alone applications of various sizes. (Source: Lancaster University, RE Mag, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Lancaster University, +44 (0) 1524 65201, www.lancaster.ac; James Dyson Award, www.jamesdysonaward.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    California "Carbon-Free" Legislation SB100 Awaits Governor's Signature (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the Golden State, with the expected signing of state legislation SB100, California will join Hawaii in going carbon-free by 2045. When signed into law, SB100 will replace fossil fuel generated electric power in California with 100 pct renewable energy.

    Another climate law, SB 32, requires California to limit statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. SB 100 further advances the state's goal to reduce carbon emissions by mandating that 50 pct of the state's energy must come from eligible renewable sources by 2026, increasing to 60 pct by 2030. To reach 100 pct clean energy by 2045, California can also draw upon nuclear, large hydroelectric, and natural gas plants with carbon capture and storage -- all of which do not emit carbon dioxide.

    In 2017, about 29 pct of California's electricity was sourced from renewables. Natural gas and coal made up 34 and 4 pct of the state's electric generation in 2017, down from about 46 and 17 pct in 2007.

    Download the Solutions Project Renewable Energy Roadmap for California HERE. California SB110 details are HERE. (Source: Legal Info, Various Media, Popular Science, Sept., 2018)

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


    UK Climate Change Concerns, Temperatures Hit Record Levels (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the UK, a recent poll by London-based Opinium Research has found 60 pct of British adults think recent heat waves have been made stronger and more prolonged by climate change while 30 pct claim they are "very concerned" about climate change and 42 pct said they are "fairly" concerned.

    The soaring summer heat surpassed the record set in 1976 in England and daytime temperatures regularly rose above 30 degrees C across the country in June and July. Sweden recorded its hottest July in over 260 years.

    The heatwave which enveloped northern Europe was made twice as likely due to the effects of climate change, according to an international team of scientists from the World Weather Attribution network. (Source: Opinium Research, The Independent, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Opinium Research, +44 (0) 20 7566 3190, www.opinium.co.uk; World Weather Attribution network, www.worldweatherattribution.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Climate Change,  


    Indian Biodiesel Assoc. Touts Used Cooking Oil Aggregation (Int'l)
    Indian Biodiesel Assoc.
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) is reporting the planned launch of a used cooking oil aggregation system to assist in the repurposing of used cooking oil into biofuel. BDAI also plans to set up 350 used cooking oil storage/stablization and training centers.

    The app will manage the collection and supply of used cooking oil from food vendors/restaurants and food processing units. The used cooking oil will be supplied to biodiesel plants to convert it into transportation fuel. There are presently two major biodiesel makers based in Gujarat totaling 73,000 tpy capacity.

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has set a target of converting about 2.2 million tpy of used cooking oil into biodiesel by 2022. (Source: Biodiesel Association of India, FPI Business Line, 5 Spt., 2018) Contact: Biodiesel Association of India, Sandeep Chaturvedi, Pres., +91 22 26333477, president@bdai.org.in, www.bdai.org.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Used Cooking Oil,  


    UK Biodiesel Producer Greenergy Snares Rexon Energy (Int'l, M&A)
    Greenergy, Rexon Energy
    Date: 2018-09-07
    London-based U.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy is reporting the acquisition of Rexon Energy, a Singapore-based exporter of used cooking oil as a raw materials source for its UK biodiesel manufacturing operations and its new Amsterdam-based facility, which is scheduled to begin operating next year.

    As we reported on 20 July, Greenergy acquired Netherlands tank terminal operator Oiltanking's never commissioned and idle biodiesel manufacturing facility in Amsterdam. Greenergy plans to retrofit the facility to process waste oils and expand production capacity. (Source: Greenergy, Other, Biodiesel, Sept., 2018) Contact: Greenergy, Andrew Owens, CEO, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com; Rexon Energy, www.blueoceanmineraloel.com/en/about-us/rexon-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rexon Energy,  Greenergy,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition (Int'l Ind. Report Attached)
    International Renewable Energy Agency,Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Energy Agency (IEA), and Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) have release their joint report titled, Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition.

    The publication provides policymakers with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse policy options to support the development of renewables across sectors, technologies, country contexts, energy market structures, and policy objectives. The report concludes that despite rapid technology development in renewable energy and energy efficiency, additional measures and more comprehensive policies are needed to achieve the transition to a low carbon, renewable energy economy.

    The report includes: general background information; in-depth analysis of status, trends and policies for renewable energy in heating and cooling, transport, and power generation; policies for integrating renewables and transforming power systems.

    Download the Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition report HERE. (Source: IRENA, IISD, August, 2018) Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000,www.irena.org; Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, www.ren21.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  International Renewable Energy Agency,  Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Canadian Cities Ink Net-Zero Green Buildings Agreement (Ind. Report)
    C40 Cities,World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The mayors of Canada's largest cities --Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver -- report they have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050.

    Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to: establish a roadmap to reach net zero carbon buildings; develop a suite of supporting incentives and programmes; and report annually on progress. The pledge is part of the World Green Building Councils Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States and Regions.

    Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will take extra steps as part of a commitment to owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030. These steps include evaluating current energy demand and carbon emissions from municipal buildings, and identifying opportunities for reduction; establishing a roadmap to reach net zero carbon municipal buildings. (Source: C40, HPAC, 6 Sept., 2018) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  Net Zero Energy,  C40 Cities,  


    Purdue FLORE Researchers Investigating Alternative Fuels (R&D)
    Purdue University
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Researchers at Purdue University's Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE) in West Lafayette, Indiana, report they are one of three laboratory's in the US testing the composition of diesel and aviation fuels in an effort to create cost efficient fuels.

    According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which regulates the development of fuels, testing guidelines it can take up to 5 years' development to approve a fuel. The tests consume thousands of gallons of fuel and cost nearly $30 million, a cost that FLORE hopes to reduce. (Source: Purdue, wlfi.com, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Purdue University, FLORE, Gozdem Kilaz, Dir., (765) 494-7486, gkilaz@purdue.edu, www.purdue.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Purdue University,  Biofuel,  Clean Fuel,  


    Vivergo Announces UK Wheat-to-Biofuel Plant Closure (Int'l)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Further to our April 13th coverage, Vivergo Fuels reports it plans to permanently shutter its £350 million, locally sourced wheat-to-ethanol biofuel plant at Saltend , UK, at the end of September.

    The company is blaming government "inaction over the future of renewable fuels" as well as high wheat feedstock prices, low bioethanol prices and slow market uptake on biofuels for the impending closure.

    In a December 2017 statement, the company noted: "If the (UK) government does not increase the blend level to 9.75 pct and actively support the introduction of E10, the industry will be left in an unsustainable situation with excess capacity and there are likely to be casualties." (Source: Vivergo, Hull Live, 6 Sept., 2018) )Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels,  


    Neste Takes Controling Stake in IH Demeter (Int'l, M&A)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj reports its acquisition of a controlling 51 pct of the shares in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, has received all necessary regulatory approvals and has been completed. Demeter will remain as a co-owner of the company to be known as Neste Demeter B.V. (Source: Neste, Various Media, Biodiesel Mag., Sept., 2018) Contact: IH Demeter, www.demeter.nl; Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  IH Demeter,  


    United States Renewable Fuel Market 2018 -- Details Outlook and Analysis Till 2025 -- (Ind. Report Available)
    Market Reports
    Date: 2018-09-05
    The recently released United States Renewable Fuel Market Research Report from Market Reports examines the United States Renewable Fuel Market status and future market patterns.

    The report coverage includes; emerging trends by segments regional Markets; significant changes in Market dynamics & Market overview; market breakdown up to the second or third level; market shares approaches of key players in United States Renewable Fuel Market; current predictable size of United States Renewable Fuel Market from the perspective of both value volumes; and an estimation of recent industry developments and related industry information and statistics.

    A Sample of United States Renewable Fuel Market Report is available HERE. (Source: Market Reports, Aug., 2018) Contact: Market Reports, US +1 424 253 0807 UK +44 (020) 3289 7501, www.marketreportsworld.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Red River BioRefinery Construction Underway in ND (Ind. Report)
    BioMass Solution
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Following on our August 22nd coverage, Middleton, Wisconsin-headquartered BioMass Solution LLC is reporting construction of the Red River BioRefinery located in Grand Forks, North Dakota is underway. When fully operational early in 2020, the facility will convert more than 500,000 tpy of agricultural waste and by-products in to advanced Biofuels.

    BioMass Solution's mission is to acquire, develop, operate and manage renewable energy facilities in North America that are focused on bringing value to handling large volumes of organic waste. The company focuses on organic solid and waste water to produce next generation biofuels and other organic based products while generating strong financial returns. (Source: BioMass Solutions LLC, Green Car Congress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: BioMass Solutions, Jacek Chmielewski, 847-208-4171, Jacek.chmielewski@biomasssolution.com, www.biomasssolution.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioMass Solution ,  RedRiver Biorefinery,  


    Nordex Scores 99 MW Argentinian Wind Project Order (Int'l Report)
    Nordex,AES Argentina Generacion
    Date: 2018-09-05
    German wind turbines maker Nordex Group is reporting receipt of an order for 30 units of its AW132/3300 turbines from AES Argentina Generacion S.A., a subsidiary of the energy provider AES Corp. A 20-year service agreement is included in the contract.

    The 99 MW wind farm is located in the Province of Buenos Aires near Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Nordex will manufacture the 120-meter concrete towers and the wind turbines in Argentina. (Source: Nordex, Sept., 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com; AES Argentina Generacion, +54 336 448-7100, rrii@aes.com, www.aesargentina.com.ar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  


    Statkraft Enables Wind Operations After Subsidies Expiration (Int'l)
    Statkraft
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian wind industry major Statkraft reports it and six community wind farms have agree on PPAs with German industrial companies for 31 wind turbines. This will allow these wind farms in Germany to continue operating in the long term after the end of EEG funding.

    EEG funding for around 6,000 German wind turbines will expire on 1 January 2021. This corresponds to a total installed capacity of approximately 4,500 mw -- sufficient power for around 2.1 million households.

    According to current data, around 14,000 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of around 17,000 mw will no longer receive EEG subsidies in the period 2021 to 2026. This corresponds to more than one third of the onshore wind power currently installed in Germany. and, since wind farms are no longer eligible for EEG subsidies after 20 years, wind farm operators must submit a stability assessment and find alternative sales channels for the electricity. (Source: Statkraft, PR, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Wind,  


    Sargasso Seaweed Biogas Production Explored in Yucatan (R&D)
    Center for Cientific Research of Yucatan
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Mexican researchers from the Center for Cientific Research of Yucatan (CICY) are reporting the development of a method to produce biogas (methane) from sargasso seaweed, a brown macroalgae, that commonly and increasingly washes up on the beaches of Yucatan and the Mexican Caribbean.

    Researchers from the CICY Renewable Energy Unit collected sargassum, removed the sand and salt, dehydrated it to put it in contact with the fungus Trametes hirsuta, a local microorganism isolated from rotting wood and capable of degrading lignin in these algae.

    During the process the fungus breaks down the walls of structures of the macroalgae to leave cellulose and unicellulose which will later pass to a reactor, in which, with the help of climatic conditions and an inoculum (bacterial consortium) will convert the sargasso into methane gas. (Source: CICY, Notimex, September 3, 2018) Contact: Center for Cientific Research of Yucatan, Raul Tapia Tussel, Researcher, Dr. Manuel Martinez Estevez, Director, +999 942 83 30, Ext.353, docencia@cicy.mx, www.cicy.mx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Algae,  Methane,  


    Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases (Ind. Report Attached)
    Global Environment Facility
    Date: 2018-09-05

    "Agriculture and forestry are a major source of greenhouse gases, contributing 20 -- 24 pct of all emissions. Livestock, fertilizers and burning biomass all produce greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide, or a combination of these and other gases. Deforestation and forest degradation are also major sources. However, agriculture and forestry can also act as carbon sinks -- plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow and store carbon in the soils. Land use is therefore part of the solution," according to the report.

    The 2016-2019 project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment was designed to help land management projects to evaluate their 'carbon benefits'. These can accrue in different land-use scenarios and ecosystems across the globe.

    Download Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases report details HERE. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: UN Environment, www.unenvironment.org; GEF, www.thegef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHGs,  Global Environment Facility ,  


    Toyota NZ Pledges Continued Drop in Carbon Emissions (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-09-05
    Palmerston North-headquartered Toyota New Zealand reports it is pushing towards a zero-carbon future.

    According to the company's NZ CEO Alistair Davis, Toyota has a long-term plan by 2050 to reduce emissions from its fleet and activities worldwide by 90 pct. Davis also noted that:

  • The high proportion of renewable electricity in New Zealand means the conversion of the national fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles will play a crucial role in meeting the commitment of the transport and motor industry to reducing CO2 emissions;
  • One way to encourage suppliers and consumers to move toward lower-emission vehicles would be a "feebate" scheme that charges high emission vehicles and rewards low emissions. This could be complemented by a maximum age for imported vehicles, as the older the vehicle, the more emissions it typically produces;
  • However, road taxing will be necessary for the future to compensate for the fall in fuel tax revenue to maintain and build new roads for the growing population;
  • New Zealand also needs to encourage a greater scrappage rate of old vehicles which produce more emissions, as the rate has dropped with their greater reliability. (Source: Toyota, NZ Autocar, Sept., 2018) Contact: Toyota New Zealand, Alistair Davis, CEO, +64 800 869 682, www.toyota.co.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • India's RINL Lauded for Energy Conservation, Efficiency (Int'l)
    Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In India, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) in Andhra Pradesh, reports receipt of Confederation of Indian Industry-Godrej Green Business Centre award for energy efficiency. The award recognizes efforts to reduce energy consumption, energy conservation, waste recycling and various innovative projects implemented during the 2017-18 fiscal year. (Source: Visakhapatnam Steel, The Hindu, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Visakhapatnam Steel, www.vizagsteel.com Confederation of Indian Industry-Godrej Green Business Centre, www.greenbusinesscentre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Conservation,  


    Zambian RfP Seeks 100 MW of Solar Energy (Int'l Report)
    Zambia ,African Development Bank
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Via the tender, selected developers will be awarded 25-year PPAs for the sale of power to local utility, ZESCO. In Lusaka, the Zambian Ministry of Energy and the GET FiT Zambia Secretariat have issued a Request for Proposal (RfS) for the deployment of 100 MW of solar PV capacity The RfP follows the Request for Qualification phase, which was concluded in June and saw the shortlisting of 10 developers including Enel Green Power, Engie, EDF, and others. Selected developers will be granted a 25-year PPA by the local utility ZESCO.

    The tender is being held under the framework of the Zambian REFiT Strategy, an initiative developed with the support of German development bank, KFW. The REFiT program aims to initially tender up to 100 MW of PV and envisages the deployment of 200 MW small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects, up to a maximum size of 20 MW. Eligible renewables include solar PV, hydro, geothermal, biomass, waste energy and wind power. The Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the African Development Bank has issued an expression of interest to arrange debt financing for the five 20 MW IPP solar projects. The Zambian government is aiming to deploy 500 MW of solar PV over the next few years. (Source: Zambia Ministry of Energy, PV Mag, September 3, 2018) Contact: Zambia Ministry of Energy, www.mewd,gov.zm; African Development Bank, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900, www.afdb.org/en

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    NOAH, Mass Save Partner to Streamline Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Mass Saves
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In the Bay State, the East Boston Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) organization reports it is partnering with the state's Mass Save program to streamline home energy audits, free energy-saving products and rebates and incentives to lower consumer energy bills. According to NOAH, the Mass Save program has been "under utilized" and in need of simplification.

    In order to simplify the Mass Save program process and encourage greater East Boston neighborhood participation, NOAH has teamed up with Mass Save, the City of Boston and Boston ABCD to launch a pilot program to increase participation.

    The Mass Save program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy eficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. (Source: East Boston Times Free Press, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com; NOAH, (617) 567-5882, www.noahcdc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass Save,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Misericordia Awarded UGI Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    UGI Utilities
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In Dallas, Penna., Misericordia University is reporting receipt of $17,838.60 through the Custom Program provision of the utility UGI's Electric Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Program. The UGI rebate was in recognition of the school's installation of high efficiency LED lighting upgrades and lighting controls. The lighting upgrades are expected to save Misericordia nearly 150,000 kilowatts of electric usage annually and shave more than $10,000 off the school's annual electric bill.

    The UGI EE&C program, which is designed to achieve lower energy usage and lower overall costs for customers, includes residential customer rebates for fuel switching from electric to natural gas for heating, water heating and clothes drying and a recycling program for inefficient appliances. Commercial customers are eligible for rebates for combined heat and power projects, as well as custom projects such a lighting retrofits.

    Reading, Penna.-based UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility serving 700,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. (Source: Misericordia University, UGI, PR, 4 Sept., 2918) Contact: UGI, www.ugi.com; Misericordia University, (570) 674-6400, www.misericordia.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Utilities ,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    Vestas Wins 159 MW Senegal Wind Turbine EPC Contract (Int'l.)
    Vestas
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas is reporting receipt of a 159-MW engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) wind turbine order from Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye for Senegal's first utility-scale wind farm. Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye is majority-owned by Lekela, a renewable energy company that has developed 1.3 GW of wind and solar projects across Africa, and partly owned by French developer Sarreole.

    The order includes the supply, transport, installation and commissioning of 46 V126-3.45 MW turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 service, operations and maintenance agreement.

    EKF Denmark's Export Credit is backing the project with a €140 million export loan. Turbine delivery is expected between Q2 and Q3 of 2019. Project completion and commissioning is expected between Q3 2019 and Q1 2020. (Source: Vestas, NA Windpower, 4 Sept., 2018)Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye, http://lekela.com/about-us/senegal-taiba-ndiaye

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  


    Columbia Shuswap Regional District Lauded for Carbon Neutrality Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    BC Municipalities Green Communities Committee.
    Date: 2018-09-05
    In British Columbia, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is reporting receipt of the highest level Achievement of Carbon Neutrality from the Provincial Union of BC Municipalities Green Communities Committee. The Level 4 award comes after the CSRD successfully met the goal of corporate carbon neutrality for the 2017 reporting year.

    The CSRD began tracking and reporting its carbon emissions in 2010. In 2007-2008, CSRD became a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, along with 182 other local governments. The CSRD has also been recognized numerous times for its commitment to achieving the goals of the Climate Action Charter and for its nationally recognized Salmon Arm Landfill Gas Capture Project. Additionally, the CSRD has been working on improving fleet management and incorporating carbon neutral initiatives into its planning exercises. (Source: Revelstoke Review, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: BC Municipalities Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca/green-communities-committee-working-group-membership; CSRD, www.csrd.bc.ca; BC Climate Action Charter, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/local-governments

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


    Sun Life, Intact Hosting Global Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Forum (Ind. Report)
    Sun Life Financial
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Toronto-headquartered Intact Financial Corporation, Canada's largest provider of property and casualty insurance, and Sun Life Financial, also based in Toronto, report they will co-host a global forum on climate-resilient critical infrastructure to be held in Toronto on Sept. 18. This forum is organized by The Geneva Association, an insurance industry think tank.

    Participants at the forum, called Pathways to Climate-Resilient Decarbonized Critical Infrastructure in the 21st Century, will examine critical infrastructure, prioritizing climate change mitigation and adaptation, challenges and opportunities for scaling up private investments in climate-resilience, and the insurance industry's role as underwriters, risk managers and investors.

    Invited guests include government officials and political leaders, chief investment officers and chief risk officers from the global re/insurance and financial sectors, as well as senior officials of international development banks and the United Nations. (Source: Intact Financial Corporation, Insurance & Investment Journal, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sun Life Financial, www.sunlife.ca; Intact Financial Corporation, www.intactfc.com; The Geneva Association, www.genevaassociation.org

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