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Mass Megawatts Touts Low-Cost, Solar Tracking System (Ind Report)
Mass Megawatts Wind Power
Date: 2019-10-25
In the Bay State, Worcester-based Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc. has announced an improved solar tracking technology with additional non tracking related power output improvement innovations designed to increase solar energy production by more than 60 pct. It is an improvement of the previous design of the 30 pct increase of energy production compared to similar kilowatt rated stationary units.

The STS allows Mass Megawatts to lower material costs and reduce the number of solar panels required to generate the rated capacity. Due to this advantage, Mass Megawatts can deliver more solar power production at a price similar to lower-capacity, stationary systems. (Source: Mass Megawatts, Pr, Globe Newswire, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Mass Megawatt, www.massmegawatts.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass Megawatts,  Solar,  Solar Tracker,  


Chinese, Norwegians Partner on €1Bn Ukraine Wind Farm (Int'l.)
NBT,China State Grid
Date: 2019-10-25
China State Grid and Oslo-based Norwegian wind developer NBT report they are partnering to construct €1 billion ($1.1 billion),750MW wind farm in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine.

The two-phase Zofia Wind project will incorporate Nordex wind turbines and is expected to be commissioned and online by the end of 2021. The project, which is reportedly being finance by Chinese banks, will be the largest onshore project in Europe when fully online. (Source: NBT, Emerging Europe, Recharge, 23 Oct., 2019)Contact: NBT, post@nbtas.no, https://webhotels22.getynet.com/nbtasWeb/nbt_web; China State Grid, www.sgcc.com.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China State Grid,  Wind,  


Acciona, Tenaska Ink 4-GW U.S. Solar, Storage Deal (M&A)
Acciona,Tenaska
Date: 2019-10-25
Madrid-based Acciona Energia SA reports an agreement under which Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska will acquire 3,000 MW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a 1-GW battery storage development portfolio of 20 U.S. projects in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, within the area of the PJM Interconnection and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) transmission markets.

Acciona plans to commission the first eight projects, with some 1,200 MW of rated capacity, before the end of 2023. Tenaska, through its solar unit Tenaska Solar Ventures, will work with Acciona to finalize the development of the projects.

Presently, Acciona has over 1,245 MW of wind power assets installed or under construction in North America, and owns and operates a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant near Las Vegas. (Source: Acciona, Power Engineering, Oct., 2019)Contact: Acciona Energia, www.acciona-energia.com; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Tenaska,  Solar,  


UK Business Energy Efficiency Programme Touted (Int'l Report)
Peterborough Environment City Trust
Date: 2019-10-25
In the UK, the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) reports its Business Energy Efficiency programme (BEE) is offering Cambridgeshire businesses fully funded energy efficiency reviews and grants towards the implementation of energy efficiency measures, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Since the programme's 2017 inception, over 6,300 tonnes of carbon savings have been identified by businesses switching to more sustainable technologies. (Source: Cambridge Network, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Business Energy Efficiency Programme, Antony Gough, +44 0 1733 882549, info@beecp.co.uk, www.beecp.org; European Regional Development Fund, www.europarl.europa.eu

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


Lockheed Unloading Distributed Energy Solutions Business (M&A)
Lockheed Martin, TRC Companies
Date: 2019-10-25
Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered defense contractor Lockheed Martin reports it will sell its Distributed Energy Solutions (DES) line of business to Lowell, Mass.-based global consulting and engineering company TRC Companies. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Lockheed Martin's DES business provides services in energy efficiency, demand response, beneficial electrification, distributed energy resource management, data analytics, IT and operational technology systems integration and operation, cybersecurity, cloud computing and web services to the utilities and other sectors. (Source: Lockheed Martin, Washington Technology, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, CEO,(202) 740-5997, Melissa.a.chadwick@lmco.com, www.lockheedmartin.com; TRC Companies, www.trccompanies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lockheed Martin,  Energy Efficiency,  


PGE Seeking Sale of Stake in Baltic Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l)
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna
Date: 2019-10-25
Polish state-owned utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA (PGE) reports it is in discussions with Orsted for the sale of a 50 pct stake in two Baltic Sea offshore wind farm projects totaling 2.5GW -- the 1GW Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica 3, which is being developed for start-up in 2026, and 1.5GW Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica 2, slated to be brought online in 2030. (Source: PWEA, Recharge, 22 Oct., 2019)Contact: Polska Grupa Energetyczna, www.gkpge.pl/Oferta; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Poland Wind,  


Biofuels Coalition Challenges EPA's "Hardship Waivers" (Ind Report)
Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council,Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-10-25
Previously this week in Washington, a coalition of the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the U.S. EPA issue economic "hardship waivers" to over 30 small refineries from their respective Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations for 2018.

The coalition's brief noted, "Even as the Trump Administration indicates it is taking steps to account for future small refinery exemptions, the coalition remains concerned that EPA's abuse of the small refinery exemption program diverges from the spirit and letter of the Clean Air Act. From a substantive and procedural perspective, this is not the way for a federal agency to make such a momentous decision." (Source: Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association , 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org; U.S. Grains Council, Tom Sleight, Pres., (202) 789-0789, (202) 898-0522, www.grains.org; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  U.S. Grains Council,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


Trump's Emissions "Political Vendetta" Lambasted (Ind. Report)
CARB
Date: 2019-10-25
In the Golden State, the US Justice Department (DOJ) is claiming the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system is unlawful because it included the Canadian province of Quebec. The DOJ cited the constitutional prohibition on states making their own treaties or agreements with foreign governments.

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom didn't miss a beat when he responded from Sacramento saying the Trump DOJ move was a "political vendetta" and only one in a series of acts against a liberal state government that has brought more than 30 environmental lawsuits alone, most of them to stop the rollbacks of climate change regulations enacted under the Obama administration.

"Carbon pollution knows no borders, and the Trump administration's abysmal record of denying climate change and propping up big polluters makes cross-border collaboration all the more necessary. This latest attack shows that the White House has its head in the sand when it comes to climate change and serves no purpose other than continued political retribution," Gov. Newsome noted. (Source, Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, NY Times, Various Media, Oct, 2019) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom, www.gov.ca.gov; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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


EDF US Subsidiaries Rebranded Dalkia Energy Solutions (Ind. Report)
EDF Group, Dalkia Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-10-25
French multinational energy company EDF Group reports the re-branding of its US energy management businesses as part of efforts to strengthen its presence with commercial, industrial and institutional customers. The new brand -- Dalkia Energy Solutions -- is being launched via a subsidiary of EDF Group named Dalkia. Groom Energy Solutions and Aegis Energy Services, both US subsidiaries of EDF Group, will operate under the same banner.

Dalkia Energy Solutions will offer HVAC, LED lighting, cogeneration, building energy management systems and remote control services to enable customers in the distribution, health, hotel, housing and logistics sectors to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Dalkia Energy Solutions will also work with EDF Trading North America for wholesale and retail energy supply, EDF Renewables for large solar, wind power and energy storage installations. (Source: EDF, Dalkia, Smart Energy, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Dalkia Energy Solutions, Sylvie Jehanno, CEO, +33 1 71 00 71 00, + 33 1 71 00 71 10 – fax, www.dalkia.fr; EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, www.edf.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Group,  Dalkia Energy Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  


Saudis Claim Carbon Emission Cutting Success (Int'l Report)
Saudi Arabia
Date: 2019-10-25
In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian government reports a new comparative study -- How Does Saudi Arabia's Recent Energy Performance Compare with Other G20 Countries? -- found that Saudi Arabia leads the G20 countries in reducing carbon emissions, an indicator for the success of government programs and policies on raising energy efficiency amid the challenges posed by the country's GDP and population growths.

"For the first time in recent history since 2010, Saudi Arabia's carbon footprint has slowed down significantly," the study said, citing a host of successful energy efficiency policies that involve transport, industry, buildings, and energy price reforms for the fall in emissions.

The Kingdom's carbon emissions decreased by 1.1 pct in 2017 and 3.4 pct in 2018, while global carbon emissions increased by 1 and 2 pct, respectively. From 2015 to 2018, Saudi Arabia's carbon emissions decreased by 2.7 pct, the study claimed. (Source: Asharq Al Awsat, 24 Oct., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbom Emissions,  


TOTAL Touts $400Mn Carbon Neutrality Venture Fund (Int'l.)
TOTAL
Date: 2019-10-25
Paris-headquartered French oil and gas major TOTAL is reporting the launch of its Carbon Neutrality Ventures Fund to support carbon reduction technology start-ups. The $400 million (€275.8 million) fund will invest globally in ventures developing energy storage, smart mobility, low carbon energy, bioplastics and recycling technologies.

According to the company, the "fund will allow us to expand the reach of our low carbon businesses beyond our own borders." (Source: Total, Various Media, renews.biz, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Total, +33 (0)1 47 44 45 46, www.total.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL Oil & Gas,  Carbon Neutrality,  Carbon Emissions,  


Calif. Governor Comments on White House Bullying (Notable Quote)
Gavin Newsom
Date: 2019-10-25
"The White House has no interest in helping California comply with the Clean Air Act to improve the health and well-being of Californians. This letter is a threat of pure retaliation. While the White House tries to bully us and concoct new ways to make our air dirtier, California is defending our state's clean air laws from President Trump's attacks. We won't go back to the days when our air was the color of mud. We won't relive entire summers when spending time outside amounted to a public health risk. We won't be intimidated by this brazen political stunt." (Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom, www.gov.ca.gov;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Clean Air Act,  California ARB,  


SP Group Launches Carbon Footprint Tracker App (New Prod & Tech)
SP Group
Date: 2019-10-25
In Singapore, electric utility company SP Group is touting the introduction of its SP Utilities App that allows consumers to monitor their emissions and track their carbon footprint based on their daily activities such as mode of transport, consumption habits and energy use.

The tool is "designed to create awareness, provide tools to take action, and effect changes that will reduce carbon emissions," according to the release. (Source: SP Group, PR, CAN, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: SP Group, Wong Kim Yin, CEO, +65 6916 8888, srmsupport@spgroup.com.sg,www.spgroup.com.sg

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


ENGIE Intros Renewable Energy Solution for SMBs (ind. Report)
ENGIE Resources
Date: 2019-10-25
In Houston, Engie North America subsidiary ENGIE Resources has introduced portfolioRE, a solution that offers renewable energy supply to small and midsize customers (SMBs). The product is tailored to fit load profiles and low-carbon objectives and can be leveraged to support the construction of new, local renewable energy facilities as well as tailored to supply physical volumes from existing local assets.

Globally, ENGIE is the world's largest independent power producer and a leading energy efficiency services provider. (Source: ENGIE Resources, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: ENGIE Resources, (866) 999-8374, www.engieresources.com; ENGIE North America, www.engie-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  ENGIE Resources,  


Dominion, Smithfield Foods Up Align RNG Investment (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Foods, Dominion Energy
Date: 2019-10-25
Following up on our August 19 coverage, Richmond, Virginia-headquartered Dominion Energy Inc and meat processing giant Smithfield Foods Inc are reporting plans to will double their joint investment in their 2018 Align Renewable Natural Gas (Align RNG) joint venture anaerobic digestion project to the tune of $500 million through 2028.

The two firms anticipate Align RNG will undertake RNG from hog methane projects outside of North Carolina, Virginia and Utah, where its initial projects are located, according to a release. The newly announced investment injection will support projects that could produce sufficient RNG for 70,000 or more households and businesses by 2029. (Source: Smithfield Foods, Dominion Energy, PR 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Aaron Ruby, (804) 771-3404, Aaron.F.Ruby@dominionenergy.com, Gary Courts, GM New Bus. Dev., www.DominionEnergy.com; Smithfield Foods, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Align RNG, (833) 658-9396, www.alignrng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Dominion Energy,  Smithfield Foods,  


Vancouver, BC Landfill Approved for RNG Production (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2019-10-25
In British Columbia, Surrey-based regulated utility FortisBC and the City of Vancouver have received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) at the City's landfill in Delta. Construction of the biogas facility will get underway in 2020 and take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete.

The project aligns with the City of Vancouver's and FortisBC's shared commitment to develop more renewable energy and support the broader greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals outlined in the province's CleanBC strategy, according to the FortisBC release. "This new and substantial supply will bring us closer to our target of having 15 pct of our gas supply be renewable by 2030 -- a key deliverable within our 30BY30 Target to reduce our customers' greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct by 2030."

FortisBC currently works with five RNG suppliers and owns and operates two RNG purification facilities on existing landfills. (Source: FortisBC, PR, CNW, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev. www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG

More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC,  RNG,  


National Biodiesel Foundation B100 Project Funded (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Foundation,Optimus Technologies
Date: 2019-10-25
In the Show Me State, the Jefferson City-headquartered National Biodiesel Foundation is reporting receipt of grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2020 National Clean Diesel Project which is run in partnership with Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies and Renewable Energy Group (REGI) based in Ames, Iowa.

The project will retire older, more polluting vehicles in Iowa and replace them with new B100-optimised vehicles for the cities of Des Moines and Ames, Iowa. The replacement vehicles will use Optimus' Vector technology which allows the vehicles to operate exclusively on 100 pct biodiesel, with the exception of start-up and shutdown, to optimize fuel savings and emissions performance. REG will provide the refueling infrastructure for the fleet of new B100 vehicles. (Source: National Biodiesel Foundation, PR, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Foundation Tom Verry, Exec. Dir., info@biodieselfoundation.org, www.biodieselfoundation.org; Iowa DOT, David May, Fleet Manager, www.iowadot.gov; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, 412.727.8228, www.optimustec.com; REGI, Cynthia J. Warner, President and CEO, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News B100,  Biodiesel,  National Biodiesel Foundation,  Optimus Technologies,  Renewable Energy Group,  


Lawrence County PA. Considering C-PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
C-PACE
Date: 2019-10-25
In western Pennsylvania, the Lawrence County Commissioners report they are considering instituting PA C-PACE -- the Pennsylvania Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program -- to help businesses finance renewable energy and energy efficiency and energy savings projects.

The program allows commercial building owners to obtain low-cost, long-term energy related financing for existing and new construction of commercial, agricultural, industrial and nonprofit properties. Individual property owners would voluntarily sign up to use C-PACE by developing a project with a private lender and developing the repayment terms. A C-PACE lien would transfer upon the sale of the building to the new property owner.

Under the program, counties would use their existing tax collection process to collect the C-PACE assessments or loan repayments, and remit those payments to the program administrator who will remit them to the loan provider. (Source: Lawrence County Commissioners, New Castle News, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.c-pacealliance.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


IEA Inks 130-MW Iowa Wind Farm EPC Contract (Ind. Report)
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
Date: 2019-10-23
Indianapolis-headquartered Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc (IEA) reports it has contracted with an undisclosed developer to construct a $67 million, 130-MW wind park in Sac County, Iowa, work on which is slated to get underway before the month end.

IEA will provide full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of project roads, wind turbine foundations, the medium-voltage collection system and the power plant's substation. The wind park will incorporate 53 GE turbines which are expected to come online by September 2020. (Source: Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc., PR, Renewables, 17 Oct., 2019) Contact: Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc.,(800) 688-3775, www.iea.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives,  


Syngenta Commits $2Bn to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l. Report)
Syngenta
Date: 2019-10-23
Basel, Switzerland-headquartered agrochemical specialist Syngenta International reports it will spend $2 billion over the next five years to help farmers prepare for and tackle the increasing threats posed by climate change.

The investment is part of Syngenta's 2019 Accelerating Innovation commitment to address the increased challenges faced by farmers because of climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss. It also supports Syngenta's goal of delivering at least two technological breakthroughs to market each year, to reduce agriculture's contribution to climate change and harness its climate change mitigation capacity. The company also aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by at least 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Syngenta International, PR, Bus.Wire, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Syngenta International, Erik Fyrwald, CEO, Victoria Morgan, Media Relations, +41 61 323 23 23, media.relations@syngenta.com, www.syngenta.com, www.twitter.com/Syngenta , www.twitter.com/SyngentaUS; www.goodgrowthplan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngenta,  Climate Change,  


Acciona Acquiring Tenaska Wind Portfolio (M&A, Ind. Report)
Acciona,Tenaska
Date: 2019-10-23
Madrid-based Spanish renewable energy major Acciona Energia Acciona SA is reporting an agreement to acquire 3,000 MW of utility-scale U.S. solar PV projects and a 1-GW battery storage development portfolio from Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska.

The capacity is distributed between 20 projects in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, within the area of the PJM Interconnection and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) transmission markets. Acciona plans to commission the first eight projects, with some 1,200 MW of rated capacity, before the end of 2023. Tenaska, through its solar unit Tenaska Solar Ventures, will work with Acciona to finalize the development of the projects, according to the company. Acciona presently has more than 1,245 MW of wind power assets installed or under construction in North America as well as a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant near Las Vegas, Nevada. (Source: Acciona Energia, Power Engineering, 21 Oct., 2019)Contact: Acciona Energia, www.acciona-energia.com; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Solar ,  Tenaska,  Wind,  Solar,  


Evonik, Siemens Rheticus R&D Project Phase 2 (New Prod. & Tech.)
Evonik,Siemens
Date: 2019-10-23
German chemicals firm Evonik and Siemens are reporting the launch of their Rheticus II joint research project to develop a test plant in Marl, Germany. The plant will use CO2, water, electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to produce specialty chemicals. The Rheticus I project developed the technically feasible basis for artificial photosynthesis using a bioreactor and electrolyzers.

The Rheticus II electrolyzers and bioreacto test facility will produce butanol and hexanol for research purposes beginning in early 2020. The project and will receive €3.5 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). (Source: Evomik, Website, Oct., 2019)Contact: Evonik, Thomas Hass, thomas.haas@evonik.com, www.evonik.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioreactor,  Evonik,  Siemens,  Alternative Fuel,  Butanol,  


Greenbacker Confirms Multi-state Solar Portfolio Acquisition (M&A)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-10-23
New York-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC reports the acquisition of the rights to 31.3 MW of commercial and industrial (C&I) portfolio solar projects including the rights to a 25.6-MW photovoltaic (PV) C&I portfolio from IGS Solar, consisting of projects in the states of California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington DC. All the project have off-take agreements in place and will be switched on between the last quarter of 2019 and third quarter of 2020.

The acquisitions grow Greenbacker's power generation capacity to about 552 MW, including 172.3 MW of wind, 367.7 MW of solar and 12 MW of biomass. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Renewables Now, 18 Oct., 2019) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, 888-292-3178, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy ,  


SUVs Follow Only Power Sector in Rising CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2019-10-23
According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), which account for roughly 40 pct of all vehicle sales, are the second-highest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions since 2010. The figure stood at less than 20 pct a decade ago.

The increase in emissions from SUVs is behind the power sector, but ahead of heavy industries, trucks, aviation and shipping. Carbon dioxide emissions from other internal combustion engine cars has decreased. The report also states that between 2010 and 2018, SUVs were responsible for increasing the oil demand from passenger cars by 3.3 million barrels a day. SUVs are said to consume a quarter more energy than medium-size cars. (Source: International Energy Agency, Team-BHP, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


Longview Power Developing 70-MW, W.VA Solar Field (Ind. Report)
Longview Power
Date: 2019-10-23
In West Virginia, Maidsville-headquartered Longview Power LLC reports it is in the developmental phase of constructing a 185,000 panel, 70-mw utility grade solar field along the Monongahela River. The $76 million project is slated for commissioning late in 2021, according to a news release from the Greene County Tourism Promotion Agency.

As previously reported, Longview's 705 MW coal-fired power plant in Maidsville operates at a level of efficiency 15 pct better than the U.S. coal fleet average. (Source: Longview Power, Observer-Reporter, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Lonview Power, Jeff Keffer, CEO, 304-599-0930, www.longviewpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Longview Power,  Solar,  


First San Diego Office Bldg. LEED Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-10-23
In the Golden State, Block D, downtown San Diego's first multi-tenant commercial office building to be constructed in more than a decade, has been certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC. The six-story, 60,000-square-foot mixed-use Makers Quarter building is the first to hold this designation in downtown San Diego. (Source: Connect California, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Platinum,  Energy Efficiency,  


UK Researchers Use Synthetic Biology To Produce Bio-based Jet Fuels (New Prod. & Tech., Int'l.)
University of Manchester,Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Date: 2019-10-23
In the UK, University of Manchester researchers lead by Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and supported by the US-based international maritime research agency Office of Naval Research Global (ONR) are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of bio-based jet fuels from Halomonas bacteria that grows in seawater.

According to the researchers, Halomonas bacteria provides a viable "microbial chassis" that can be engineered for the economical production of next generation bio-based jet fuel. (Source: Univ.of Manchester, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology Bio Market Insights, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Manchester, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director, +44 161 306 5200, www.mib.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Manchester,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Manchester Institute of Biotechnology ,  


Peatlands Carbon Content Double Previous Estimates (Ind. Report)
Columbia University Earth Institute,
Date: 2019-10-23
According to a recently published Columbia University Earth Institute study published in Nature Geoscience, Northern peatlands may hold twice as much carbon as scientists previously suspected. The study findings suggest that peatland areas play a more important role in climate change and the carbon cycle than they're credited for.

The report notes that global climate models, which scientists use to predict climate change and its impacts, rarely account for the carbon that peat and other soils absorb, store and release.

Their new study incorporates 4,139 radiocarbon measurements from 645 peatland sites in northern Europe, Asia, and North America. But the main innovation is in how the researchers calculated the carbon storage in peatlands.

The report notes researchershave calculated that northern peatlands hold 1.1 trillion tons of carbon rather than previous estimates of roughly 545 billion tons. The report concludes that peatlands are decaying faster and releasing more carbon as the planet's thermostat climbs. (Source: Columbia University, Earth Institute, 21 Oct., 2019) Contact: Columbia University Earth Institute, Prof. Jonathan Nichols, 212-854-3830, www.earth.columbia.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peatland,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestrartion,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Re-Gen Waste Expanding Irish Waste-to-Fuel Facility (Int'l.)
Re-Gen Waste
Date: 2019-10-23
Newry, Ireland-headquartered waste management specialist Re-Gen Waste Ltd. reports it has invested £5 million ($6.4 million) to develop and expand its alternative fuel production facility at Carnbane industrial estate, Newry. The expanded facility is expected to reach full production by next month.

The company presently exports 80,000 tpy of solid recovered fuel (SRF) but will now manufacture higher calorific value pellets and baled material for export to the European cement and steel industries. Joseph Doherty, managing director.(Source: Re-Gen Waste Ltd., Cement News, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Re-Gen Waste Ltd., Joseph Doherty, Managing Director, +44 28 3026 5432, www.regenwaste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternatiove Fuels,  


German Lubricants Specialist Targets 2020 CO2 Neutrality (Int'l)
Fuchs Petrolub
Date: 2019-10-23
Mannhein, Germany-headquartered lubricants manufacturer Fuchs Petrolub SE reports it is aiming for carbon-neutrality by January 1, 2020.

To that end, the company plans to offset CO2 emissions emissions at its 58 world-wide locations through investments in climate protection projects, renewable energies, and requiring its suppliers to provide only CO2-neutral raw materials. (Source: Fuchs Petrolub, Renewables, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Fuchs Petrolub SE, Nina Consagra, Marketing, Public Relations, +49 (0) 621 3802-1207, Nina.Consagra@fuchs.com, www.fuchs.com

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


Statkraft Adding Wind Power in Brazil (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Statkraft AS
Date: 2019-10-23
In Oslo, Norwegian state-owned energy company Statkraft AS is reporting plans to invest roughly €433 million ($482.6 million) in the development of nearly 500 MW of wind projects in Brazil. To that end, the company is in talks with banks for financing alternatives as well as with potential equipment suppliers, according to a release. (Source: Statkraft, Renewables Now, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Statkraft AS, Duncan Dale, VP UK, +47 24 06 70 00, www.statkraft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Brazil Wind,  Statkraft,  


IRENA Future of Wind Report (Ind. Report Attached)
IRENA
Date: 2019-10-23
Decarbonization of the energy sector and the reduction of carbon emissions to limit climate change is at the heart of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA'S) energy transformation roadmaps. The attached roadmaps examine and provide an assertive yet technically and economically feasible pathway for the deployment of low-carbon technology towards a sustainable and clean energy future.

The first is an energy pathway set by current and planned policies. The second is a cleaner climate-resilient pathway based largely on more ambitious, yet achievable, uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, which limits the rise in global temperature to well below 2 degrees C and closer to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and is aligned within the envelope of scenarios presented in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degree C.

This report outlines the role of wind power in the transformation of the global energy system based on IRENA's climate resilient pathway, specifically the growth in wind power deployments that would be needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals.

Download the IRENA report HERE, (Source: IRENA, Oct., 2019) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

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China Projected to Triple Biofuel Production by 2024 (Int'l. Report)
IEA
Date: 2019-10-23
According to the Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency's Renewables 2019 Report, the world total biofuel output is forecast to increase 25 pct by 2024. In 2018, production grew at its fastest pace for five years, propelled by a surge in Brazil's ethanol output. Overall, Asia accounts for half of the growth, as its ambitious biofuel mandates aimed at reinforcing energy security boost demand for agricultural commodities and improve air quality.

China is set to have the largest biofuel production growth of any country. The rollout of 10 pct ethanol blending in a growing number of provinces and increasing investments in production capacity drive a tripling of ethanol production by 2024. Brazil registers the second largest growth, boosted by the introduction of the Renovabio programme in 2020. The United States and Brazil still deliver two-thirds of total biofuel production in 2024. (Source: IEA Renewables 2019 Report, Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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Climate Change Outpaces Renewables Boom -- Notable Quote
IEA
Date: 2019-10-23
"Renewables are already the world's second largest source of electricity, but their deployment still needs to accelerate if we are to achieve long-term climate, air quality and energy access goals" -- Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA, www.iea.org

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Cryogenic Battery Energy Storage System Planned for UK (Int'l.)
Highview Power
Date: 2019-10-23
In the UK, London-based cryogenics specialist Highview Power is reporting plans to develop a 50MW/250MWh commercial cryogenic battery energy storage facility at a thermal power station in North England. The facility will be used by National Grid to provide market arbitrage, frequency management and stability, reserve and grid constraint management services.

The project is said to be the UK's first, and the largest of its kind in Europe, according to Highview. (Source: Highview Power, Smart Energy, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com

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Cargill's Wichita Biodiesl Plant Now Operating at Capacity (Ind Report)
Cargill
Date: 2019-10-23
Following up on our 11 July, 2019 report, Minneapolis-headquartered agricultural industry giant Cargill is reporting its 42,000 sq-ft, 60 million gpy FAME plant in Wichita, Kansas, is now operating at capacity. The $90 million facility was originally announced in September 2017. (Source: Cargill, Oct., 2019) Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

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GMP Expanding Home Battery Energy Storage Pilot (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2019-10-23
Vermont's largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP) wants to turn its pioneering home battery storage pilot programs into permanent and has filed proposals with the state's PUC for two new tariffs -- one for utility-owned batteries and one for customer-owned batteries.

The energy storage tariff would allow customers to lease Tesla Powerwall batteries from GMP and pay either a one-time, upfront fee or a monthly payment. The customer-owned tariff would see the customer lease or purchase a battery from a range of approved providers. The proposed tariffs are extensions of two successful pilot programs that included electric vehicle chargers.

If approved by the PUC, each program will be open to a maximum of 500 customers per year, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Energy News, Oct., 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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Consumers Energy, Sunverge Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy, Sunverge
Date: 2019-10-23
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, and distributed energy resource (DER) control and aggregation specialist Sunverge are reporting their collaboration to leverage Sunverge's real-time control, aggregation and orchestration platform with Sunverge Energy Storage technology for a Consumers Energy residential battery storage pilot.

Sunverge worked with Consumers Energy to evaluate the energy provider's distribution circuits and identify grid locations suitable to test the potential benefits and value from behind the meter battery storage. Using this analysis, Consumers Energy selected a circuit in the Grand Rapids area to conduct the pilot. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, BusinessWire, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Sunverge, Martin Milani, CEO , www.sunverge.com; Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com

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Global Algae Biofuel Market Could Hit $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
Algae Biofuel
Date: 2019-10-23
Algae Biofuel Market by Type -- Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2017 - 2024, a new report from Zion Market Research provides a comprehensive glance of algae biofuel market on the global and regional level. The study gives historical data from 2015 to 2017 along with the forecast from 2018 to 2024 based on both revenue and volume. The study includes major driving forces and restraints for the algae biofuel market along with the impact they have on the demand within the forecast period. Additionally, the study also provides the major growth opportunities of global algae biofuel market.

The global algae biofuel market study also comprises the detailed value chain analysis for providing a comprehensive view of the market. Moreover, the study also includes Porter's Five Forces model for algae biofuel, to understand the competitive landscape of the global market. The study includes a market attractiveness analysis of all the segments related to the market.

Algae Biofuel Market by Type (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Methane, Jet Fuel, Biobutanol, Biogasoline, Green Diesel, and Others) and for Application (Transportation, Aerospace, and Other Applications): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2017 -2024 report details HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Oct. 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, 386-310-3803, www.zionmarketresearch.com

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Minneapolis Utilities Exploring Energy Efficiency Improvement Finance Options (Ind. Report)
CenterPoint,Xcel
Date: 2019-10-23
Minneaplis City officials, CenterPoint Energy and electricity provider Xcel Energy report they are looking into "inclusive on-bill financing" programs to help both home owners and renters finance energy efficient appliances and energy efficiency upgrades.

In June, the city's Clean Energy Partnership -- a collaboration with CenterPoint and Xcel Energy -- created a general outline for an inclusive on-bill financing program.

Minneapolis has made inclusive financing a priority in a move help an increasing number of city residents seeking energy efficient appliance and energy efficiency upgrade financing in preparation for the city's upcoming 2020 residential energy disclosure ordinance. Under the ordinance, homes and apartment energy consumption will be scored and made available to postential purchasers and renters. (Source: Xcel Energy, CenterPoint, Oct., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy Media Relations, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; CenterPoint Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com

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State Renewable Energy Growth Rankings Released (Ind. Report)
Smart Asset
Date: 2019-10-21
In a recent state-by-state report on renewable energy activity, Smart Asset found the overall nationwide growth in renewable energy production has generally increased.

More specifically, the report found While West Virginia's renewable energy production decreased from 2013 to 2017 -- one of only nine states for which that is the case. The remaining 41 states all increased renewable energy production over that time period, and the average increase in production across all states is greater than 25 pct.

California, Rhode Island, Oregon, Arizona, North Carolina, New York, Iowa, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Nevada are the top 10 in that order while southern states -- Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia -- dominate the bottom 10.

In determining its ranking, the report considered: renewable output as a percentage of total energy production; 5-year change in renewable energy output; per-capita carbon emissions; 5-year change in carbon emissions; number of policies and incentives encouraging renewable energy development; total USDA energy investments; and average USDA funding per program. (Source: Smart Asset 10.14.2019, VermontBiz, 16 Oct., 2019)Contact: Smart Asset, www.smartasset.com

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NYSERDA Announces HVAC Systems Innovation Funding (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-10-21
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced up to $4 million in Next Generation Innovation Challenge funding for building HVAC innovation R&D including:
  • Advanced Heat Pumps -- Proposals should focus on developing and commercializing new classes of heat pumps that will operate efficiently in cold climates.

  • Efficient Thermal Distribution -- Proposals should focus on innovative solutions to improve the performance of forced air, hydronic distribution, and steam distribution systems, split-system heat pumps, or new innovative solutions for efficient thermal distribution.

  • Technology Transfer to the New York Market -- Proposals should identify advanced HVAC products commercially available outside the US that could be transferred to the New York State market.

  • Energy Pods -- Proposals should focus on integrating the heating, cooling, ventilation, dehumidification and domestic hot water needs of a dwelling unit into a compact form and designed to serve individual units.

    NYSERDA will accept concept papers focusing on any of the four innovation challenges through December 12, 2019. This is the fourth round of NYSERDA's Next Generation HVAC Challenges since launch in 2017.

    The funding is intended to bring new HVAC systems to the market to help the state save more energy, increase energy efficiency and meet sustainability goals of reducing energy use by 185TBtus by 2025. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 19 Oct., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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  • NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 Released in Albany (Ind Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Albany, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is touting the release of it new NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 to advance the development of energy-efficient buildings.

    The new code will help both consumers and municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects.

    NYStretch is expected to deliver roughly 11 pct in energy savings over the model energy codes that will be the basis for the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 ECCC-NYS), with ROI ranging from 6to 12 years. (Source: NYSERDA, 11 Oct., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Greece's Largest Wind Farm Complex Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Wind,Enel Green Power
    Date: 2019-10-21
    Greece's largest wind farm complex is reported to be in operation on the island of Evia. The €300 million, complex of seven wind farms was constructed by Enel Green Power. The complex has a total installed capacity of 154 megawatts to generate approximately 480 GWh of power per year. (Source: Enel Green Power, The Mayor, 19 Oct., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

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    Floating Wind Farm Planned for Ulsan, Korea (Int'l Report)
    EDPR, Aker Solutions
    Date: 2019-10-21
    A consortium of WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables and the engineering firm Aker Solutions are reporting plans to develop an initial 500MW floating wind farm off the coast of Ulsan Metropolitan City in South Korea. Principle Power will supply its proven WindFloat® foundation technology for the project.

    The South Korean Government is calling for 13 GW of offshore wind to be installed by 2030 and set a target of at least 30 pct renewable energy by 2040.

    The Ulsan area is considered well-suited for commercializing floating wind, due to the combination of industry-leading shipyards, maritime expertise and port facilities in the region. (Source: WindPower Korea, EDPR Renewables, Aker Solutions, reve, 189 Oct., 2019) Contact: WindPower Korea, +82-2-584-5326, kwsuh@windpowerkorea.com, www.windpowerkorea.com; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

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    EIB Supports Jordanian Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In the capital city of Amman, Jordan is reporting receipt of a $50 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) under a deal penned by the Jordanian Cities and Villages Development Bank (CVDB).

    The funds will be to support sustainable development, renewable energy and energy efficiency infrastructure in roughly 100 municipalities in the Kingdom. (Source: MENAFN, EIB, 19 Oct., 2019) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

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    Europe's Largest Floating Solar Plant Launched (Int'l Report)
    Akuo Energy
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Rhone Valley, Southern France, the 17-MW OMEGA1 floating solar project -- Europe's largest floating solar facility -- is reported to now be online. The project was developed by Paris-based AKUO ENERGY.

    Akuo Energy develops, finances, builds and operates renewable energy power plants all over the world. Akuo Energy is the first French green IPP. It develops and operates power plants that go beyond simply producing renewable power and create additional social benefits for the inhabitants of the areas in which they live, according to the company website. (Source: EURACTIV, 18 Oct., 2019) Contact: O'MEGA1, AKUO ENERGY, +33 1 47 66 09 90, akuoenergy@akuoenergy.com, www.akuoenergy.com/en/omega-1

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    Technip FMC, BTG-BTL Tout Swedish Bio-oil Project (Int'l Report)
    BTG-BTL,Technip FMC
    Date: 2019-10-21
    Following up on our 27 Sept. coverage, Enschede, The Netherlands-based BTG-BTL reports it is partnering with TechnipFMC to design and construct a production facility in Sweden to convert 3,000 -- 40,000 tpy of dry wood residues such as sawdust into bio-oil for advanced biofuel production. The two Netherlands firms have received an order to construct a similar facility in Finland, with the choice to increase to four.

    BTG Bioliquids is focused on the delivery and deployment of a patented fast pyrolysis technology. The company doesn't produce pyrolysis oil but instead focus on delivering to our clients the core components of a pyrolysis installation, according to the company website. (Source: BTG-BTL, PR, 21 Oct., 2019) Contact: BTG-BTL, +31 (0)53 486 2287, office@btg-btl.com, www.btg-btl.com; TechnipFMC, +31 (0)79 3293 600, tpbenelux@technipfmc.com, www.technipfmc.com

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    Lyon Solar Aussie Projects Up For Liquidation (Int'l. Report)
    Lyon Solar
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In the Land Down Under, Lyon Solar, part of the Lyon Group, reports three of its companies -- Lyon Infrastructure Investments 1 Pty Ltd, Lyon Solar Pty Ltd, and Lyon Battery Storage Pty Ltd. -- are being liquidated and sold as "undeveloped project assets" by Deloitte.

    The assets being sold include the 55MW Cape York solar farm and a 20MW/80MWh battery storage installation to be located near Cooktown, Nowingi, a 253MW solar project with 80MW/320MWh of battery storage in Victoria, and the 253MW Sturt solar project with a 100MW/400MWh battery storage proposal. (Source: Lyon Solar, Renew Economy, 20 Oct., 2019) Contact: Lyon Solar, 612 8098 0213, www.lyonasia.com.au

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    RFS Proposed Volumes for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021 (Ind. Report)
    EPA, Renewable fuel Standard
    Date: 2019-10-21
    The Trump administration EPA has issued the attached supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking seeking additional comment on the recently proposed rule to establish the cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

    The notice does not change the proposed volumes for 2020 and 2021. Instead, it proposes and seeks comment on adjustments to the way that annual renewable fuel percentages are calculated. Annual renewable fuel percentage standards are used to calculate the number of gallons each obligated party is required to blend into their fuel or to otherwise obtain renewable identification numbers (RINs) to demonstrate compliance.

    Specifically, the agency is seeking comment on projecting the volume of gasoline and diesel that will be exempt in 2020 due to small refinery exemptions based on a three-year average of the relief recommended by the Department of Energy (DOE), including where DOE had recommended partial exemptions. The agency intends to grant partial exemptions in appropriate circumstances when adjudicating 2020 exemption petitions. The agency proposes to use this value to adjust the way we calculate renewable fuel percentages. The proposed adjustments would help ensure that the industry blends the final volumes of renewable fuel into the nation's fuel supply and that, in practice, the required volumes are not effectively reduced by future hardship exemptions for small refineries. Consistent with the statute, the supplemental notice seeks to balance the goal of the RFS of maximizing the use of renewables while following the law and sound process to provide relief to small refineries that demonstrate the need.

    Download the Renewable Fuel Standard Program -- Proposed Volumes for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021 HERE. Contact: EPA Renewable Fuel Standard, 800-385-6164, www.epa.gov/fuels-registration-reporting-and-compliance-help/forms/fuels-program-helpdesk

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