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Argentina, EU Settle Biodiesel Imports Dispute (Int'l. Report)
Biodiesel, Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops
Date: 2019-02-04
The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP) is reporting European oilseed producers are the losers due to the decision of the representatives of the EU Member States in the Trade Defence Instruments Committee (TDI), according to UFOP.

The UFOP criticises the Committee's approval of the Argentine Government's proposed "price undertaking" agreement, allowing Argentinean biodiesel producers to export around 1.2 million tpy of biodiesel duty-free to the EU an amount equal to 10 pct of the EU’s annual biodiesel consumption. This market access is coupled with compliance with a minimum import price, which is to be calculated on the basis of monthly average soy bean oil prices.

UFOP fears that as a result of the procedure for setting the minimum import price, the details of which are still unknown, market access will be ensured through a price level which will have an overall negative effect on the EU biodiesel price and consequently on oilseed producer prices. (Source: UFOP, Petrol Plaza, Feb., 2019) Contact: Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops, www.ufop.de


Schneider Elec. Launches Int'l Innovation Ventures Program (Int'l)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-02-04
Global energy efficiency and management services company Schneider Electric is reporting the launch of Schneider Electric Ventures aimed at identifying, promoting and supporting innovation that can contribute to sustainability and energy efficiency in the future. The company has committed to invest between €300 and €500 million over the next years in incubation projects, partnerships with entrepreneurs and specialized funds. Some projects are already underway including six companies.

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the indisputable leader in Power Management -- Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.co.in/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  


Tesco Invests €3Mn in Stores' Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l)
Tesco
Date: 2019-02-04
UK supermarket retail chain Tesco Ireland reports it drew nearly €3 million from the Ireland Energy Efficiency National Fund (IEENF) to upgrade heating and lighting systems across seven retail outlets nationwide. The upgrades are expected to cut each out's electric lighting costs by as much as 60 pct.

IEENF provides loan financing to both private and public organizations in order to support the delivery of energy-efficiency improvement programmes. This joint government-private fund allows energy projects to proceed, with the savings generated used to repay the Fund, which generates a margin.

The IEEF is a commercial corporation regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and primarily funded by private investors with the government holding a minority position. (Source: Tesco, thejournal.ie, Feb., 2019) Contact: Ireland Energy Efficiency National Fund, www.dccae.gov.ie/en; Tesco, www.tescoplc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  Energy Efficiency,  


Plant Based Biomass Products Council Launched (Ind. Report)
Plant Based Products Council
Date: 2019-02-04
The newly formed Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), a group of organizations working to promote the adoption and use of products derived from renewable biomass, has reported its official launch. The industry organization will seek plant-based solutions and bring together government, nonprofit, and corporate entities to address environmental challenges while driving economic opportunity.

The new council's membership includes businesses of varying sizes from across the United States that produce, distribute, or sell products or packaging from renewable biomass inputs as well as organizations that made related public sustainability commitments.

Members include Tate & Lyle, Georgia-Pacific, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill, Ingredion, WestRock-Multi Packaging Solutions, Stone Straw, Loliware, Visolis Biotechnology, Newtrient, Future iQ, Emerald Brands, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Industries Association, and Tree Free Hemp.

The PBPC advisory board includes GreenBlue, Californians Against Waste, International Conservation Caucus Foundation, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Professor Ramani Narayan, of Michigan State University's Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.

According to the council's website, plant-based products are derived from sustainable biomass found on six continents. Feedstocks include agricultural residues, algae, bamboo, cassava, dent corn, palm leaf, rice husk, soybeans, sugar beet, sugarcane and wood. (Source: PBPC, Feb., 2019) Contact: PBPC, www.pbpc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioplastic,  


S. States Face Worst Climate Change Impact, says Study (Ind. Report)
Brookings Institution
Date: 2019-02-04
According to a recent report from the Washington, DC-based Brookings Institution, Alabama and other southern states are expected to see a huge economic impact as rising global temperatures wreak havoc on the environment. This is especially true in coastal areas as climate changes and natural disasters, like hurricanes, become stronger and more frequent.

The report finds that "Alabama will suffer the fifth highest economic loss, behind only Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas." The city of Birmingham, Alabama, is projected to suffer the 15th-worst climate-related loss.

The traditionally Republican led southern states have been hesitant to acknowledge or address the issue of climate change, though this is not universal. A poll last year from The Hill noted that nearly two-thirds of Republicans acknowledge climate change, and some of the party's leaders have started to spearhead action to combat climate change. (Source: Brookings Institution, Inquisitor, Feb., 2019)


Shareholders Demand BP Goals Align with Paris Climate Agreement (Int'l, Opinons, Editorials & Asides)
BP, Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2019-02-04
The Guardian is reporting oil industry giant British Petroleum (BP) will back a shareholder resolution presented at its annual meeting this year that calls for the company to align its business strategy with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement (COP15).

The shareholder resolution comes from Climate Action 100+, a group of 300 investors with $32 trillion in assets, including the investment arms of HSBC, Legal & General and the Church of England. The resolution will be voted upon at the company's annual meeting. The shareholder group's resolution was driven by what it says was the company's failure to demonstrate a strategy consistent with the Paris goals." according to CNN News.

The Climate Action 100+ initiative is just part of a growing wave of shareholders exerting their power to scrutinize oil and gas companies over their contributions to rising carbon emissions, and perhaps, more importantly -- asking the companies what they are going to do about it.

In the proposal, BP is tasked with developing a business strategy in line with two of the Paris deal goals by the end of its 2019 financial year -- holding temperature rises to below 2 degrees C and reducing carbon emissions to net zero by the second half of the century. BP will also be required to justify how its capital expenditures in fossil fuel projects were consistent with the landmark climate deal and set new metrics and targets. BP has not specified what metrics and targets it will set, should the resolution be passed - but there is talk of setting targets for the carbon intensity of its products and linking executives’ bonuses to carbon emission cuts.

Launched in December 2017 at the One Planet Summit, Climate Action 100+ garnered worldwide attention as it was highlighted as one of 12 key global initiatives to tackle climate change.

Investor representatives from AustralianSuper, California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), HSBC Global Asset Management, Ircantec and Manulife Asset Management have helped to lead the design and development of Climate Action 100+.

The initiative is designed to implement the investor commitment first set out in the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change in the months leading up to the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement in 2015.

To date, 310 investors with more than $32 trillion in assets under management have signed on to the initiative. In July 2018, Climate Action 100+ released an update that showed more investors are mobilizing across dozens of countries to drive corporate action on climate change, and companies on the initiative's focus list, have started to make progress towards its goals, including a trebling in support for the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. (Source: Climate Action 100+l, CNN, Various Media, 2 Feb., 2019) Contact: Climate Action 100+, www.climateaction100.org

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


Risen Energy Completes 40-MW Kazakhstan PV Plant (Int'l. Report)
Risen Energy
Date: 2019-02-01
Chinese solar module producer Risen Energy Co Ltd is reporting the grid connection of its 40-MW solar plant in in the Karaganda region, Kazakhstan. The facility is expected to generate 50 million kWh per year. (Source: Risen Energy, 31 Jan., Renewables, 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Tel:0086-574-59953588, www.risenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Solar,  


Hanergy's SHJ Technology Claims 24.23 pct Efficiency (Int'l)
Hanergy Thin Film Power
Date: 2019-02-01
In Beijing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd (Hanergy) is claiming a record 24.23 pct conversion efficiency for its silicon heterojunction (SHJ) thin-film battery technology, as verified by Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET). In August 2018 China Photovoltaic Society confirmed Hanergy's SHJ conversion rate had reached 23.7 pct.

Hanergy's SHJ technology is used in ground power stations, distributed power arrays, vertical installation, fishery or agricultural complementary photovoltaic (PV) plants, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and mobile energy projects. (Source: Hanergy, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567, www.hanergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy ,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


SAS Uses EuroBonus to Offset Flight Carbon Footprint (Int'l.)
SAS Airlaine
Date: 2019-02-01
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,reports it will offset the flight carbon footprint of all tickets booked using a EuroBonus number, effective today, 1 Feb., 2019. In its efforts to reduce climate-changing emissions, the air carrier will also add more energy efficient aircraft to its fleet and use more biofuels.

By including carbon offset for its EuroBonus frequent flyer loyalty program members, 40 pct of SAS' passenger-related carbon dioxide emissions will be offset.

SAS aims to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 25 pct by the year 2030, when it intends to use biofuel corresponding to total fuel consumption for all SAS domestic flights within Scandinavia. (Source: SAS, FlightGlobal, RusTourismNews, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: SAS, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, +372 606 84 60, www.flysas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAS Airline,  Carbon Emissions,  


Orsted Reconsidering Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l Report)
Orsted
Date: 2019-02-01
Danish wind energy major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- reports it is reconsidering its commitment to a major offshore wind project in Taiwan, following a government announced 6 pct cut in the feed-in-tariffs (FITs) that would apply to it.

Orsted was awarded the 900MW development known as Changhua 1 & 2a last April after a competitive auction process -- part of Taiwan's first major offshore wind auction.

Siemens Gamesa was to provide the wind turbines for the Changhua project. (Source: Orsted, Financial Times, 31 Jan., 2019)Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Orsted,  


Siemens Gamesa Wins Turnkey Indian Wind Projects Contract (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,ReNew Power
Date: 2019-02-01
Siemens Gamesa reports receipt of a turnkey order from ReNew Power -- India's largest renewable energy Independent Power Producer -- for 270 units of its SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for installation at two wind farm projects Gujarat and Karnataka state. Together, the projects will have a total capacity of 567 MW.

As per the sale agreement, Siemens Gamesa will provide the necessary infrastructure, install the turbines and operate both wind power facilities. Both projects are slated for Q1, 2020. (Source: SiemensGamesa, REVE, 31 Jan. 2019) Contact: ReNew Power, +91 124 489 6670/80, info@renewpower.in, www.renewpower.in; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  India Wind,  


Boralex Commissions 23 MW French Wind Farm (Ind. Report, Int'l)
Boralex
Date: 2019-02-01
Quebec-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. is reporting the commissioning of the 23 MW, Sources de l'Ancre wind farm in the Somme region of France. The project, which has a 15-year PPA Electricite de France, incorporates seven Vestas V112 3.3MW turbines.

The Sources de l'Ancre commissioning brings Boralex's total capacity in France to 921MW and 1942MW worldwide. (Source: Boralex, RE News Biz, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Boralex, Boralex Europe, Patrick Decostre, GM, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  


£20Mn Energy Storage R&D Funding Announced (Int'l Funding)
UK BEIS
Date: 2019-02-01
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of a new £20 million R&D funding competition to support and commercialize innovative long-duration energy storage technologies.

The "Storage at Scale" competition is intended to deliver up to three demonstration projects that can be built and tested by the end of 2021. Successful projects could include electricity energy storage projects with a target minimum power output of 30MW, such as compressed air, flow batteries, and fly wheels, as well as so-called power-to-x projects with a target minimum power input of 5MW where hydrogen, ammonia or biomethane could be generated from excess renewable generation and stored.(Source: BEIS, Business Green, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Annual Irish Wind Energy Costs Pegged at €1 per User (Int'l Report)
Wind
Date: 2019-02-01
According to a recently released report from the London headquartered international energy and utilities consultants Baringa Partners, wind energy has delivered more than €2.3 billion per year in savings on the Irish wholesale electricity market for a net cost per user of €1 or less per year since 2000.

To reach its figures, the independent report analyzed Ireland's electricity market from 2000 to 2020 and then simulated how it would have behaved without any wind energy on the system.

The report found prices for consumers are lower than they would have been without any investment in wind power. The savings outweigh the amount of funding provided to support wind energy through the public service obligation (PSO) levy of €1.9 billion over the period.

The report also notes capacity from wind has increased over that period from almost zero to 4.1 gigawatts. The cumulative cost of wind energy works out at €63 million, or 66 cent per person, per year, the report found. (Source: Baringa Partners, Irish Times, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Baringa Partners, Mark Turner, enquiries@baringa.com, www.baringa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


American Coalition for Ethanol Presses Senate on EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler's Confirmation (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2019-02-01
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted the following letter to US Senators regarding acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler's confirmation:

" As the Senate proceeds to consider the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), I write to encourage you to secure tangible documentation from Mr. Wheeler that EPA will resolve two critically important issues before casting your confirmation vote: finalizing a legally -defensible Reid vapor pressure (RVP) rule to allow E15 use year-round before June 1, and reallocating ethanol blending obligations waived for 2016 and 2017 through the Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) provision of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

"I urge you hold Acting Administrator Wheeler to this high standard because of the harm done to renewable fuels by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Prior to his confirmation by the Senate, Mr. Pruitt pledged to support the RFS as the law of the land and the President's commitment to expanding ethanol use. However, while leading EPA, he undermined the RFS through an unprecedented number of backdoor refinery waivers which erased more than 2 billion gallons of ethanol blending obligations between 2016 and 2017. Furthermore, he refused to reallocate those blending obligations to other refiners, as called for under the law, and failed to initiate a rulemaking to allow E15 use year-round despite the fact it is a priority for the President. EPA's broken promises and abuse of the RFS compel Acting Administrator Wheeler to repair the damage by reallocating the blending obligations and finalizing a legally-defensible rule to allow E15 use year-round before June 1.

"During his recent confirmation hearing, Acting Administrator Wheeler assured Environment and Public Works committee members that EPA is 'still on schedule to issue a final rule allowing year-round E15 sales' but added there 'may be a slight delay' due to the recent government shutdown. The shutdown is not a credible excuse for a delay in the E15 rulemaking. In fact, recent history proves the Trump Administration can expedite high-priority rulemakings.

"Take for example the USDA newly-proposed work requirements for recipients of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits. In December, as Congress was negotiating the Farm Bill, the Senate insisted that House conferees drop new food stamp work requirements from the final legislation. In response, to secure enough Republican votes in the House of Representatives to pass the Farm Bill conference report, USDA put forward a rulemaking to impose the work requirements through executive action. The Farm Bill conference report was adopted by Congress on December 12. The President waited to sign the Farm Bill until December 20, the same day USDA published the SNAP work requirement rulemaking.

"In just eight days USDA was able to issue a rule at the direction of the President to fulfill a promise to Republicans in the House of Representatives. It has been more than 100 days since the President Directed EPA to initiate a rulemaking to allow E15 use year-round. What is taking EPA so long to act? There is no better way to guarantee the RVP rule and reallocation of refinery waivers are addressed than by insisting Mr. Wheeler provide tangible evidence of his intentions on these issues prior to voting to confirm him.

"The RVP rule is particularly time-sensitive. Under EPA's existing and outdated RVP regulations, E15 cannot be sold in most areas of the country from June 1 to September 15, leaving just four short months from today to complete the rulemaking process. Unfortunately, EPA needlessly plans to combine the RVP rule with reforms to the way Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) are handled under the RFS. RIN reforms are highly-controversial among oil refiners so EPA's proposal will likely pit refiners against each other, causing a protracted dispute. If RIN reforms prevent EPA from finishing the RVP rule by June 1, it will result in another summer that E15 cannot be sold in many parts of the country when fuel demand is at its peak. Acting Administrator Wheeler should be encouraged to decouple RIN reforms from the RVP rule to ensure E15 can be offered for sale by June 1." (signed) Brian Jennings, CEO American Coalition for Ethanol. (Source: ACE, 29 Jan., 2019)Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ANdrew Wheeler,  American Coalition for Ethanol,  Andrew Wheeler,  Ethanol.Ethanol Blend,  


China Missing Methane Emissions Reduction Goals (Int'l. Report)
China Methane
Date: 2019-02-01
In a recent report, researchers at the Washington, DC-headquartered Carnegie Institution for Science have found Chinese regulations on coal mining have not curbed the nation's growing methane emissions over the past five years. Their findings are published in Nature Communications.

China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal and the world's largest methane emitter accounting for about 33 percent of the world's total methane emissions.

In China, regulations to reduce methane emissions from coal mining took full effect in 2010 and required methane to be captured or to be converted into carbon dioxide. The team of researchers set out to use atmospheric modeling and data from Japan's GOSAT satellite to evaluate whether these new rules actually curbed Chinese methane emissions.

Although the goal was to remove or convert 5.6 million metric tons of methane from coal mines by 2015, the research team found that methane emissions instead rose by about 1.1 million metric tpy between 2010 and 2015. Overall, Chinese methane emissions increased by 50 pct from 2000 to 2015. This could account for as much as 24 percent of the total global increase in methane emissions over the same period.

The report motes that technology, pipelines and other infrastructure challenges may be hampering the nation's ability to achieve their emissions reduction goals. (Source: Carnegie Institution for Science, Nature Communications, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, Scot Miller, Anna Michalak, (202) 387-6400, www.carnegiescience.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coal Methane,  


CellCube, Immersa Partnering for UK Energy Storage Market (Int'l)
Cellcube Energy Storage
Date: 2019-02-01
Toronto-based Cellcube Energy Storage Systems Inc. and Dursley, Gloucestershire, UK-based environmental consultancy Immersa Limited are reporting their strategic partnership to deliver large scale vanadium into the UK market.

CellCube, which supplies vertically integrated energy storage systems to the power industry, recently acquired the assets of Gildemeister Energy Storage GmbH, now renamed Enerox GmbH, the developer and manufacturer of CellCube energy storage systems. CellCube's other related subsidiaries are EnerCube Switchgear Systems and Power Haz Energy Mobile Solutions Inc. The Company has also invested in an online renewable energy financing platform, Braggawatt Energy Inc. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., PE, Jan., 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Stefan Schauss, Pres., Mike Neylan, CEO, Glenda Kelly, Investor Communications (800) 882-3213, info@cellcubeenergystorage.com, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com; Immersa, Robert Miles, CEO, www.immersa.co.uk

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


Mass. Fine Tunes $2.8Bn Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Date: 2019-02-01
In Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is reporting approval of a new three-year energy efficiency program. The plan, as required under the 2008 Green Communities Act, is expected to result in the avoidance of more than 35.6 million MWh of electricity use and more than 1.19 billion therms of gas use, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that would have come with that energy use.

According to the state's Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the $2.8 billion, 3-year plan and its associated programs are projected to deliver more than $8.56 billion in benefits to consumers -- a return of more than $3 for every dollar spent.

For the first time, the Mass Save program will offer incentives for cost effective home heating fuel, heat pumps and related technologies and equipment. The program is also rolling back other offerings, discounts on energy efficient LED light bulbs. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, DOER, Sentinel & Enterprise, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-utilities; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass. DOER,  Energy Efficiency,  Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities,  


NEC Completes Energy Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-02-01
Westborough, Mass.-based NEC Energy Solutions is reporting completion of an energy storage system in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy, the state's largest energy provider. The installation includes two independent 280kW/340kWh DSS® energy storage systems and NEC's proprietary AEROS® controls software.

The preconfigured DSS® platform is scalable from 85kWh to 600kWh of energy storage capacity and offers from 100kW up to 710kW of power capability.

NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. (Source: NEC Corp., PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO , Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions ,  Consumers Energy,  Energy STorage,  


BiochemUSA to Develop $422 Mn Indian Biorefinery (Int'l Report)
BiochemUSA,Petron Scientech
Date: 2019-02-01
The Times of India is reporting Petron Scientech Inc.'s subsidiary BiochemUSA has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Gujarat to develop and construct a $422.9 million ethanol, biodiesel, corn oil and distillers dried grains (DDGs) livestock feed biorefinery in Gujarat State.

The plant , which is expected to use approximately 1 million metric tpy of corn and 300,000 tpy of biomass, is reportedly slated to come online within 24 months. (Source: Petron Scientech, Times of India, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: BioChem USA, www.biochemusa.com; Petron Scientech Inc ., www.petronscientech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petron Scientech,  Corn Ethanol,  DDGs,  Biodiesel,  


MEO Offers Bldg. Energy Management Classes (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2019-02-01
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) reports it is offering a $400 discount for public and non-profit building operators who attend building operator certification (BOC) classes.. Participants may also qualify for utility rebates and a veteran's discount. The classes are intended to achieve more energy savings by reducing energy waste.

The BOC Level 1 class will be held in Kalamazoo starting in March, in Flint starting in May, and in Escanaba starting in July. The BOC Level 2 class will be held starting in September at the Consumers Energy Training Center in Okemos. Consumers Energy is also offering four supplemental courses to BOC graduates seeking annual maintenance points.

Information on the BOC program is available at http://boccentral.org. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Director, www.michigan.gov/energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Office,  Energy Efficiency,  


ABM EPC Projected to Save Georgia County $7.2Mn (Ind. Report)
ABM
Date: 2019-02-01
ABM Industries, a provider of facility solutions, reports the initiation of an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program for Turner County, Georgia, that is expected to shave $7.2 million off the county's energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The project was launched in August 2018 and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2019.

Highlights of the project include:

  • Retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting and replacing or retrofitting HVAC units at six facilities, which will be controlled by state-of-the-art HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency;
  • Consolidating government services with a 2,800-square-foot addition to the Turner County Annex, and replacing the roof on the existing building;
  • Upgrading security and fiber optic communication lines for the county's Emergency Response Center and Annex to provide additional security and reliability for occupants;
  • Renovating the kitchen at the Turner County Jail to replace inefficient equipment with high-efficiency appliances and refrigeration management systems:
  • Upgrading ventilation at each facility by sealing building envelopes and resealing windows to drive energy savings and to increase employee and occupant comfort.

    ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $5.5 billion and more than 130,000 employees in 350+ offices throughout the U.S. and various international locations.

    Review ABM energy performance contract details HERE. (Source: ABM Industries Inc., , PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: ABM, Mark Turner, (212) 297-9721, www.abm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Performance Contract,  


  • Notable Quote
    ICAO
    Date: 2019-02-01
    "If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 (carbon) emitters." -- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Aviation Emissions,  CO2,  


    Nordic Nations Ink Carbon Neutrality Declaration (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Neutrality
    Date: 2019-02-01
    The Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway and Iceland, the Swedish Minister for the Environment and Climate and the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate have announced the Jan. 25th signing of the Declaration on Nordic Carbon Neutrality during a summit in Helsinki, Finland,.

    In the declaration, the five countries commit to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and intensify their cooperation to:

  • remove obstacles to low-emission development and promote transformations towards renewable energy;

  • promote carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform;

  • incentivize climate action in the private sector;
  • decarbonize the transport sector and enable green financing and deploy green procurement, green deals and impact investing;

  • promote joint Nordic business and research consortiums and contribute to the development and deployment of, inter alia, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) technologies;

  • maintain or enhance biological carbon sinks and measure carbon sinks with an internationally agreed methodology;

  • develop information on reducing individual climate impacts and use existing consumer information schemes and initiatives on carbon and other environmental impacts on products and services;

  • ensure that youth organizations have a role in awareness raising on climate-friendly consumer behavior;

  • cooperate to encourage Nordic companies, investors, local governments, cities, organizations and consumers to step up their efforts towards carbon neutrality.

    The Nordic Council of Ministers will prepare a proposal on how to follow up on the declaration by 31 August 2019.

    The Copenhagen-headquartered Nordic Council is the official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation among the Nordic countries. Formed in 1952, it has 87 representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as from the autonomous areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Aland Islands. (Source: Nordic Council of Ministers, IISDS, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nordic Council of Ministers, Sunitha Senanayake, +45 33 96 02 00, Receptionen@norden.org www.norden.org/en/nordic-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Neutrality,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


  • Whitefox Confirms United Ethanol Installation (Ind. Report)
    Whitefox Technologies,United Ethanol
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Following up on our 1 Dec., 2017 coverage, Whitefox Technologies is reporting its fourth installation and start-up of its Whitefox ICE system at United Ethanol LLC's plant in Milton, Wisconsin.

    This is Whitefox's second successful installation in Wisconsin, the first was at Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC in Oshkosh.

    According to Whitefox, United Ethanol is already experiencing positive improvements to its operations and is currently running at a 15 pct overall capacity increase with the capability of a further 5 pct increase. The modular bolt-on system has freed up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section, which will allow the plant to increase its annual production capacity to over 60 million gallons.

    Established in 2000, Whitefox Technologies is focused on membrane applications and processes in the following areas: biofuel ethanol, pharmaceutical, industrial and potable ethanol. (Source: Whitefox, Energy AgWire, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: Whitefox, +44 (0) 20 7154 1750 -- UK, (403) 210-2999, solutions@whitefox.com www.whitefox.com; United Ethanol, Chad Campbell, CEO, David Cramer, Pres., (608) 868-5900, www.unitedethanol.com; Fox River Valley Ethanol, (920) 230-3835, www.frvethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitefox Technologies,  United Ethanol,  


    Notable Quote
    EPA
    Date: 2019-02-01
    "By replacing onerous (Obama era emissions) regulations with high, yet achievable, standards, we can continue America's historic energy production, keep energy prices affordable, and encourage new investments in cutting-edge technology that can then be exported around the world." -- Andrew Wheeler, EPA Acting Administrator. Contact: EPA, Office of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Wheeler,  EPA,  


    Maine Dem. Legislator Tables State Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maine Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Augusta, Maine House Rep. Deane Rykerson (Kittery - D) is proposing a $5 per ton fee on CO2 emissions that would increase every year for eight years.

    The bill calls for all fees collected from the carbon tax would be used to help reduce Maine State power consumer electric bills. Rep. Rykerson claims his bill already has over 70 cosponsors. (Source: Rep. Deane Rykerson,WABI News, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery), www.facebook.com/RYKERSONFORKITTERY

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    DRAX Plan Said to Threaten UK Emissions Target Success (Int'l)
    ClientEarth,DRAX
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the UK, London-headquartered environmental law specialist ClientEarth is warning DRAX Powers' planned gas plant in Selby, North Yorkshire would produce 75 pct of the country's entire power sector emissions budget.

    The DRAX proposal for four combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) was warranted to replace its existing two coal-fired units ahead of the government's proposed coal phase-out in 2025. However,ClientEarth's assessment of the DRAX plans noted the project's scale, high emissions intensity and expected long operating life combined make it a "significant" threat to the UK achieving its carbon targets. ClientEarth also noted "DRAX has failed to prove why adding so much new large-scale fossil fuel power is necessary given existing and planned capacity. It has also failed to assess the project's full climate impact, at the precise time when the UK needs to rapidly decarbonize."

    The UK government estimates the UK will need 6GW of new gas power generation capacity through to 2035. Approving DRAX project would take this to 18GW -- three times the government's estimates.

    As previously reported, Drax announced that it is to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe which could make the renewable electricity produced at its North Yorkshire power station carbon negative. DRAX partnered with Leeds, UK-based C-Capture who invested £400,000 in what could be the first of several pilot projects undertaken at DRAX. (Source: DRAX, Air Quality News, Jan., 2019) Contact: ClientEarth, Sam Hunter Jones, Jon Bennett, +44 (0) 303 050 5935, jbennett@clientearth.org, www.clientearth.org; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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    Sunnova Solar Plus Battery Storage Available in NY (Ind. Report)
    Sunnova
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Houston, Texas-headquartered solar and battery storage service provider Sunnova Energy Corp. reports it has expanded its Sunnova SunSafe™ solar energy generation and home battery storage service in New York State.

    In addition to the Empire State, Sunnova also offers Sunnova SunSafe™ in Massachusetts, Maryland, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, California, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan. (Source: Sunova, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Sunnova Energy, John Berger, CEO, Kelsey Smith,Kelsey.smith@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

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


    NY Offers $15.5Mn for Value Stack Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of as much as $15.5 million in funding for commercial projects that show the benefits of value stacking -- capturing several different revenue streams from one project -- distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid.

    The solicitation seeks real-world commercial projects that offer approaches to value stacking that are scalable and are replicable. The projects may provide value to retail electric customers, distributed generation, utilities, and the New York State Independent System Operator. Funding will be available for feasibility studies and proposals.

    The projects must support New York State's goals for Reforming the Energy Vision policies, renewable generation and greenhouse gas reduction. More specifically, NYSERDA seeks proposals that: reduce the intermittency of solar and wind energy; avoid or delay the need for new electric system infrastructure; increase system efficiency and resiliency; reduce the requirement for fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand; or compliment demand response and energy efficiency measures within buildings. The RFP is available on NYSERDA's website. (Source: NYSERDA, Microgrid Knowledge, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Storage,  


    EU Biodiesel Market Open to US Soybeans (Ind. Report)
    American Soybean Association
    Date: 2019-01-30
    The European Commission (EC) is reporting that U.S. soybean production now meets EU sustainability standards as outlined in its Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Accordingly, biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU.

    The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline, the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol that the EU now acknowledges meets its rigorous RED requirements through July 1, 2021 or longer.

    The U.S. is the EU's largest soybean for biodiesel supplier. (Source: American Soybean Association, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: American Soybean Association,(314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean,  Biodiesel,  American Soybean Association,  


    NBB Sets Biodiesel Tax Credit, Trade and RFS Priorities (INd. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-01-30
    With the conclusion of its recent conference in San Diego, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for a permanent biodiesel tax credit, a resolution to a South American trade dispute and support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

    According to NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen, the U.S. came out on top regarding an anti-dumping charge against Argentina and Venezuela and are now challenging their appeal of that decision. Rehagen says their goal this year on the domestic front is convincing Congress to enact a long term biodiesel tax credit. Rehagen says they also want to work with the EPA to make improvements in the RFS that would benefit biodiesel producers and farmers. (Source: NBB, WNAX,28 Jan., 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board ,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


    Appalachian Power Promotes Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Old Dominion State, Appalachian Power is touting its 2019 lineup of energy efficiency programs to help residential and business customers cut energy consumption and save on energy costs.

    The new programs include: Bring Your Own "Smart" Thermostat (BYOT) Program; eScore home energy audits and savings Program; Commercial and Industrial Lighting energy efficiency Program; Commercial & Industrial non-lighting energy efficiency Standard Program; a Small Business Direct no-cost energy efficiency upgrades Install Program, and others.

    Review Appalachian Power's energy efficiency program details HERE. (Source: Appalachian Power, Virginia First, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Appalachian Power, Don Nichols, contact@aep.com 1-800-956-4237 www.takechatgeva.com, www.appalachianpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Appalachian Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    School Energy Efficiency Upgrades Saves $5.8Mn (Ind. Report)
    Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reporting the installation of a 15 kW Solar Photovoltaic System and a major LED Lighting Upgrade Project totaling $8 million has delivered an estimated $5.4 million savings over the last three years.

    As part of the total installation, a 10 kW solar PV System comprised of 42, 240W polycrystalline solar panels, three (3) 3.6 kW grid-tied inverters and a data logger for performance monitoring, has generated 43,500 kWh of electricity since commissioning in November 2015; which has saved the Kingston based institution $1.4 million on its utility bills. Additionally, a 5 kW solar PV system of 18, 260 W polycrystalline solar panels, one grid-tied inverter and a surge protector installed in March 2016, has saved the school a further $700,000.

    The PCJ also replaced the school's 1,250 interior and exterior fluorescent, incandescent and sodium vapour bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting. The lighting retrofitting has cut electricity consumption by 98,000 kWh for an approximate $3.2 million savings over three years.

    Ardenne is one of 15 schools and three government agencies that have received Solar PV systems under a $62 million initiative undertaken by the PCJ as part of its efforts to reduce the public sector's energy costs. (Source: PCJ, First Look, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, www.pcj.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  


    Hitachi Halts Wind Turbine Manufacturing Business (Int'l)
    Hitachi,Enercon
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Following up on our Sept. 9, 2016 coverage, Tokyo-based Hitachi reports it will cease wind turbine production going forward, and will focus on marketing wind turbines from the long-time German partner Enercon. Hitachi expects to maintain the top share of the wind turbines market in Japan by expanding the solution business integrating Enercon's wind turbines with its digital technology.

    Hitachi will continue its ongoing projects using its downwind turbines both in Japan and overseas and will offer new as well as honor existing offer maintenance and services contracts to existing wind farms featuring Hitachi turbines. The company also plans to expand its core wind power generation business. (Source: Hitachi, OffshoreWind.biz, 28 Jan., 2019)Contact: Hitachi High-Technologies Corp, www.hitachi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Hitachi,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Providence Promoting Climate Justice, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Providence Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Rhode Island, the City of Providence Office of Sustainability is projecting that the city of 180,000 residents will see 9 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and the city's climate will equal south Florida's average temperature of 80.3 degrees F.

    To deal with that eventuality, the city has developed a Climate Justice Plan that pledges to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. To meet that goalthe city plans to slash building emissions which alone account for 71 pct of emissions in Providence. To reduce electricity use, the plan proposes a wholesale switch to renewable energy by 2050. This includes expanding rooftop solar installations, local microgrids, battery backup, and regional renewable energy power-purchase agreements. Emissions from heating will be reduced with enhanced energy-efficiency standards, green building codes, and the phasing out natural-gas use, according to the plan.

    The Climate Justice Plan guarantees "social equity" to ensure that all of the city's business and residential regions benefit equally from climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and programs. .The plan was developed with input from the city's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration between the city, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island.

    The Climate Justice Plan proposes cleaning up the port by reducing emissions from vessels and eliminating the import and storage of hazardous and polluting material by 2040. A fee on fossil fuels shipped to the port and emissions produced there would be spent on environmental justice needs and climate-change adaptation along the waterfront.

    Download Climate Justice Plan details HERE. (Source: Providence Office of Sustainability, ecoRI, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Providence Office of Sustainability, 401-680-5000, www.providenceri.gov/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Running of Not? Notable Quote
    Michael Bloomberg
    Date: 2019-01-30
    "Whether I run for president (in 2020) or not, I will work to ensure that fighting climate change, and spurring economic development in areas that have depended on fossil fuels, is a top priority for the Democratic nominee." -- Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire business tycoon and philanthropist, Republican-turned-independent who returned to the Democratic fold in 2018. Contact: Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, www.bloomberg.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michael Bloomberg,  


    Gevo Touts Proprietary Renewable Isoprene Process (Ind. Report)
    Gevo
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. is reporting a proprietary, breakthrough catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that it says could compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO2 emissions.

    Gevo recently developed a chemical-based catalytic process to convert low-value "fusel oils", a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as ethanol production, into renewable isoprene. Fusel oils from the ethanol industry alone equate to about 2.5 million tons of potential bio-based waste feedstock.

    Isoprene is primarily used in the production of synthetic-based rubber. The market for isoprene is estimated to be approximately $4 billion by 2025. (Source: Gevo, PR, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO, , (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Innova Building Caribbean's First Floating Solar Project (Int'l)
    Innova Capital Partners
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Innova Capital Partners, through its subsidiary in Colombia, Innova Solar Colombia (ISC), reports it will develop and construct the first floating solar project in the Caribbean islands, specifically on the island of Providencia, San Andres, Colombia.

    When fully operational before the year end, the 74 kWp project is expected to generate sufficient power for the municipal aqueduct. The project is being financed by Tillvaxtverket, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. French floating solar developer Ciel & Terre will supply its HYDRELIO® technology for the project.

    Innova is a global developer and investor with a focus on, but not limited to, growth-oriented opportunities in energy, real estate and infrastructure. The Innova platform invests in projects and companies at various stages of their development cycle and partners with industry-leading management teams, franchises, and companies positioned for significant growth.(Source: Innova Cspitsl Partners, PR, 28 Jan/., 2019) Contact: Innova Capital Partners, Patricia Rodriguez Patricia@innnovacapitalpartners.com, www.innovacapitalpartners.com; Ciel & Terre, +33 3 20 01 05 65, www.ciel-et-terre.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innova Capital Partners,  Soalr,  Floating Solar,  


    JinkoSolar Supplies 5MW PV Modules for Greek Solar Project (Int'l)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. reports it supplied 5 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to Juwi Hellas S.A for the Mesokomo Project in Northern Greece. The project is owned by ETVA VIPE S.A and was successfully connected to the grid in December 2018.

    JinkoSolar provides solar modules, solar system integration services and pv products to clients spread across 80 countries. During the third quarter, most of the shipments went to the emerging markets of Asia Pacific, China, North America and Europe. As of Sep 30, 2018, the company has supplied 10 GW of solar modules to customers across the globe. (Source: Jinko Solar, Nasdaq, 29 Jan., 2019)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

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    Germany Commits to Replacing Coal with Renewable Energy (Int'l)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Germany, which has successfully adopted renewable energy into its grid, reports it will shutter all of its 84 active coal-fired power plants within the next 19 years. Coal presently generates approximately 40 pct of Germany's electricity. (Source: Various Media, ubergizmo, 27 Jan., 2019)

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    Citigroup Green Bond to Support Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    Citigroup
    Date: 2019-01-30
    US banking giant Citigroup Inc is touting its initial €1 billion ($1.14 billion) "green" bond offering aimed at financing renewable energy and other environmental projects including energy efficiency, green buildings, sustainable transportation, water quality and conservation.

    The projects will be supported as part of Citi's 2015, $100-billion (€87.6 billion) environmental finance goal which aims to lend and facilitate $100 billion over 10 years towards environmental activities leading to a low-carbon economy.

    Citigroup owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate in over 7,900 properties including its new NYC global headquarters currently under construction to LEED Platinum energy efficiency certification standards. (Source: Citigroup, Renewables, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Citigroup Inc., www.citigroup.com

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    Midwest Perennial Grasses Biofuel Feedstocks Investigated (R&D)
    University of Minnesota
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In ongoing research to discover the ideal growing conditions for alternative biofuels feedstocks, researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Science are investigating the advantages and environmental implications of perennial grasses on abandoned and degraded agricultural land on the US upper mid-western prairies.

    A potential benefit of perennial grasses is tied to their deep root systems. According to researchers, deeper root systems -- as opposed to those seen in annual crops like corn -- are able to store large amounts of carbon below ground that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. However, because perennial grasses on marginal lands can have low yields due to less fertile soil, researchers examined ways to maximize growth of the grasses without negative effects on the environment.

    In the 10-year study published in Nature Sustainability, researchers utilized 36 plots at an abandoned agricultural site in the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve to plant 32 species of prairie and savanna plants that are native to Minnesota. In 2007, researchers divided the plots into several groups and assigned them a combination of two treatments: water addition (i.e., irrigated or non-irrigated) and nitrogen fertilization (i.e., 0 g/m2, 7 g/m2, 14 g/m2). Over the next decade, researchers found that:

  • moderate treatments (irrigation and 7 g/m2 of nitrogen) had the best biomass yields and soil carbon storage, while having negligible effects on the stability, diversity and nutrient loss to groundwater;
  • compared with the control (non-irrigated and no additional nitrogen), moderate treatments resulted in almost twice the yield and soil carbon storage and -- if the plants were converted into bioenergy to displace fossil fuels -- it would result in twice the greenhouse gas savings;
  • compared with the moderate treatment, the more intensive treatment (irrigation and 14 g/m2 of nitrogen) had 30 percent lower greenhouse gas savings, 10 times greater nitrate leaching and 120 pct greater loss in plant diversity.

    Compared with corn ethanol, researchers found biomass yield from the best performing native prairie grasses was moderately lower -- six tons per hectare versus the average corn yield of eight tons per hectare in the U.S.. However, researchers found that because of lower nitrogen use and larger amounts of soil carbon storage, the native prairies would result in higher overall greenhouse gas savings when converted to bioenergy.

    The research was funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program and the Global Climate and Energy Project. (Source: University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, PR, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Prof. David Tilman, Prof. Clarence Lehman, Lead Researcher, 612-625-5734 Fax: 612-624-6777, lehman@umn.edu, cbs.umn.edu; Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, www.cedarcreek.umn.edu

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  • New Energy Partners Closes $500Mn Renewables Fund (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Capital Partners
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Hanover, New Hampshire-headquartered New Energy Capital Partners, LLC (NEC), a private equity management firm focused on debt and equity investments in small- and mid-sized clean energy infrastructure projects and companies, reports the closing of its New Energy Capital Infrastructure Credit Fund II , its fifth private equity fund and second fund focused exclusively on credit opportunities.

    Total capital commitments for the Fund reached the hard cap of $500 million, which exceeded NEC's initial target of $400 million. The fund proceeds will be used across clean energy infrastructure assets in small- to mid-sixe North American, including solar, wind, energy efficiency, storage, water, landfill gas, biofuels and energy infrastructure projects and companies. (Source: New Energy Capital Partners, PR, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy Capital Partners, LLC Scott Brown, CEO, 603-643-8885, www.newenergycapital.com

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    Aviation Emissions Could Grow Sevenfold over 30 yrs. (Ind. Report)
    International Civil Aviation Organization
    Date: 2019-01-30
    As we previously reported, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is projecting aviation carbon emission could grow seven-fold over the next 30 years -- 70 pct higher in 2020 than they were in 2005. ICAO forecasts that by 2050 emissions could have grown by between 300 pct and 700 pct.

    Until recently, aviation had not been central to the climate change debate. Enjoying special status, aviation and shipping were excluded from the landmark Kyoto and Paris climate-change agreements. Urged to produce its own solutions, ICAO introduced a marginally successful global scheme in 2016 and the EU launched its Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) that serve the EU member countries.

    A recent EC study of aircraft emissions notes that modern aircraft are 70 pct more fuel-efficient than 40 years ago and that while airlines with the highest load factors produce significantly less emissions per passenger than less successful ones, aviation still consumes 5 million bpd of oil and contributes about 2.5 pct of global emissions and that that 85 pct of carbon offset projects it had evaluated had failed to reduce emissions. (Source: International Civil Aviation Organisation, Irish Times, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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    Coal Part of the US Grid until 2050, says EIA (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-01-30
    According to the US Energy Information Administration's just released 2019 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), coal is here to stay, at least for awhile yet despite recent warnings from top scientists about the urgency of climate action.

    Based on projections about trends in energy—from the amount of fossil fuels produced and sold, to the growth of renewable energy, coal is still projected to provide 17 pct of the United States' electricity in 2050. The EIA projections note that natural gas -- a fossil fuel that is less carbon-emitting than coal but still a problem for climate change -- will increase its share of US electricity production from 34 pct to 39 pct.

    Download the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects growing oil, natural gas, renewables production report HERE. (Source: EIA, Jan., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    ThermoChem Recovery Names New Technologies Insurer (Ind. Report)
    ThermoChem Recovery International
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Baltimore-based biorefinery-enabling gasification technology specialist ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) reports it has named global insurance company AXA XL affiliate New Energy Risk as its preferred supplier of technology performance insurance for TRI customers and projects. Under a TRI, NER is prepared to provide various insurance solutions to biorefinery owners and projects which utilize TRI's equipment and technology.

    TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: AXA XL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, www.newenergyrisk.com; http://tri-inc.net/steam-reforming-gasification; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO, www.tri-inc.net

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    CarbonCure Among 2019 Global Cleantech 100 Again (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure,NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
    Date: 2019-01-30
    For the fourth consecutive year, Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies, a company leading a mission to reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry, has been named in the 2019 Global Cleantech 100, an annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation.

    The CLeantech 100 features the private, independent, for-profit companies best positioned to solve tomorrow's clean technology challenges. This year marks the 10th edition of the list.

    Concrete is the second most abundant man-made material in the world, and cement, its key ingredient, is responsible for an estimated 7 pct of global CO2 emissions. CarbonCure's proprietary technology uses recycled CO2 to improve the manufacturing process of concrete, while reducing the carbon footprint of the resulting concrete products.

    CarbonCure is a recognized leader in the global CO2 Capture and Utilization (CCU) industry, estimated to be valued at $1 trillion by 2030. The CarbonCure Technology is being used by more than 100 concrete producers across North America to reduce concrete's carbon footprint, create new production cost savings and gain a competitive sales advantage. The company is a recognized leader in the growing industry of CO2-utilization, which is expected to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030. CarbonCure is also one of 10 finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, and is a portfolio company of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which is backed by Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bazos, Michael Bloomberg and other business leaders. (Source: CarbonCure Technologies, PR, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, www.carbon.xprize.org; Breakthrough Energy Ventures, www.b-t.energy/ventures

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Breakthrough Energy Ventures,  CarbonCure,  NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE,  


    California Geothermal Well Lithium Extraction Planned (Ind. Report)
    Berkshire Hathaway
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The Financial Times is reporting Des Moines-headquartered Berkshire Hathaway is developing a plan to extract lithium from its geothermal wells in the Salton Sea, California. The Salton Sea is thought to potentially be among the largest lithium resources in the world.

    The project, which anticipates the production of approximately 90,000 tonnes of lithium, is reportedly valued at around $2.5 billion. To that end, the company founded Salton Sea Industries for the venture.

    Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. through MidAmerican Energy/ CalEnergy, operates 10 geothermal facilities in the Salton Sea/ Imperial Valley area of California. (Source: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co, Website, Financial Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Energy, (515) 242-3022, info@berkshirehathawayenergyco.com, www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Berkshire Hathaway,  Geothermal,  Lithium,  


    Notable Quote from Ontario Premier Doug Ford
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-24
    "I'm here today to ring the warning bell that the risk of a carbon tax recession is very, very real. A carbon tax will be a total economic disaster, not only for our province (Ontario) but for our entire country Ccanada). There are already economic warning signs on the horizon." -- Ontario Premier Hon. Doug Ford (C)

    The freshman Ontario Premier, not unlike the populist US president Donald Trump, ran a campaign and was elected on promises. Premier Ford promised to cut the price of beer to $1.00 a can and to scrap the preceding Liberal govenment's carbon tax, cap-and-trade system. Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Doug Ford,  

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