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BMR Energy Committed to Expand Cayman Renewable Energy (Int'l)
BMR Energy
Date: 2019-01-21
NYC-based BMR Energy LLC, a clean energy company owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, is reporting the acquisition of the Bodden Town Solar Farm in the Cayman Islands was just the first step in its plans for plan for renewable energy in Cayman. The company's Cayman Island plans are in line with the Cayman Utilities Commission's (CUC) recently approved Integrated Research Plan.

According to the company, the Bodden Town solar plant has been under-producing power and the company is looking at how best to optimize output. The company is also looking at ways to further the Cayman's green agenda. (Source: BMR Energy, Cayman27, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: BMR Energy, Bruce Levy, CEO, (212) 453-6720, info@bmrenergy.com, www.bmrenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BMR Energy,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


NYSERDA Awards $1.5Bn for NY Large-Scale Wind, Solar (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2019-01-21
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, is reporting details of the $1.5 billion in NY State competitive awards to support large-scale solar, wind energy and storage projects across the Empire State.

The 20 funded projects are expected to generate $4 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate sufficient clean energy for nearly 550,000 homes. Combined with the renewable energy projects previously announced under democratic Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, New York has now awarded 46 projects worth more than $2.9 billion.

The awards also propel New York toward the Governor's ramped up mandate for 70 pct of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 -- up from 50 pct -- and helps guide the state toward achieving carbon neutrality across all sectors of its economy as quickly as possible including a 100 pct carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.

The 20 large-scale renewable energy projects include: Hannacroix Solar Facility - Greene County; Stillwater Solar - Saratoga County: Clay Solar - Onondaga County; Dog Corners Solar - Cayuga County; Excelsior Energy Center - Genesee County; Heritage Wind - Orleans County; Horseshoe Solar - Livingston County; Manchester Solar - Ontario County; Morris Ridge Solar - Livingston County; North Light Energy Center - Seneca County; Silver Lake Solar - Wyoming County; Hills Solar - Herkimer County; Mohawk Solar - Montgomery County; Skyline Solar - Oneida County; Watkins Road Solar I - Herkimer County; Roaring Brook Wind - Lewis County; Canisteo Wind - Steuben County; High Bridge Wind - Chenango County; Bakerstand Solar I - Cattaraugus County: and the Watkins Glen Solar Energy Center - Schuyler County.

All projects are expected to be operational by 2022, adding over 1,654 megawatts of renewable capacity in New York and generating over 3,800,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2 million metric tons, the equivalent to taking nearly 437,000 cars off the road.

NYSERDA will issue the next solicitation for large-scale renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard on April 22, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


Dartmouth College Announces $200Mn Biomass Heat Plan (Ind. Report)
Dartmouth College
Date: 2019-01-21
In Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College reports it plans to invest $200 million in a 100 pct conversion of its existing oil-fired heating system to wood-biomass burning power plant. The convesion includes hot water heating and conversion of steam pipes in more than 110 buildings on campus.

The planed conversion, which is subject to town approval, would be completed by an outside contractor in cooperation with the school for completion in 2025. with Dartmouth. (Source: Dartmouth College, Valley News, AP, 18 Jan., 2019 (Contact: Dartmouth College,Dartmouth, Rick Mills, Exec. VP,https://home.dartmouth.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


Toshiba Advancing 44-MW Japanese Biomass Project (Int'l Report)
Toshiba
Date: 2019-01-21
Following up on our 28th November coverage, Tokyo-headquartered Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp reports its subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. has inked an agreement to construct two, 22-MW biomass power facilities at Shinkomachi and Nishiminatomachi in the city of Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture.

The two biomass projects are expected to come in at approximately ¥20 billion ($176.1 million) and come online in the spring of 2022. The plant will be operated by Sigma Power Ariake Corp. (Source: Toshiba Corp., PR, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Toshiba Corp., www.toshiba.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Toshiba Corp,  


Maui's Westin Nanea Resort Claims LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-01-21
In the Aloha State, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali resort hotel reports that with receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED GOLD certification for new construction it is now "officially one of the most eco-friendly resort properties on Maui."

The LEED rating system was specifically designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to guide the development of more sustainable buildings. (Source: Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali, Maui Times, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-01-21
"The Paris deal is potentially a very important stepping stone and what is now needed are well informed lawmakers from across the political spectrum to help ensure it is implemented effectively and hold governments to account so that it can truly deliver." -- Andrew Hammond, Associate, London School of Economics, https://ca.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hammond-655888

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Accord,  


China's Jiangsu Province OK's 6.7GW Offshore Wind Projects (Intl)
Jiangsu Electric Power Co
Date: 2019-01-21
According to the State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Co. Ltd ., the Chinese province of Jiangsu has approved 24 offshore wind power projects totaling 6.7 GW at a total investment of approximately $18 billion U.S. The projects are part of Jiangsu's 10 GW-level "Three Gorges on Sea" offshore wind power plan and are expected to be complted and commissioned by the end of 2020. (Source: Jiangsu Electric Power Co., China.org.cn, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Jiangsu Electric Power Co., +86-25-8228-8361, +86-25-8228-8361 [fax., www.jszdt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  China Offshore Wind,  Jiangsu Electric Power Co,  


Johnson Controls Touts LEAN Energy Analysis Tool (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis
Date: 2019-01-21
In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting a partnership with Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to test and deploy LEAN, an open-source, web-based analysis tool that identifies energy efficient building retrofit opportunities.

The new LEAN initiative is part of the Johnson Controls and CBRE Innovation Lab, established three years ago to evaluate, connect and leverage products, services and energy data to create value for occupiers and investors of real estate, according to the company.

Berkeley Lab will automate and improve the LEAN tool and create an open-source version for public use. CBRE will be an initial deployment partner and will use the tool to help their customers target cost-effective energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. WRI will use the open-source version of the tool to help local governments target these retrofit opportunities in both public and private buildings.

Download Johnson Controls LEAN energy analysis technology details HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Campus Safety, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Johnson Controls,  CBRE,  World Resources Institute,  


ICM Announces Brazilian Ethanol Plant Supply Contract (Int'l)
ICM
Date: 2019-01-21
Colwich, Kansas-headquartered agricultural and biofuels process technology provider ICM Inc. reports the inking of an agreement with Usimat Destilaria de Alcool Ltda (Usimat) to implement ICM's proprietary technologies at Usimat's plant in Campo de Julio, Mato Grasso (MT) in Brazil. ICM will provide an ethanol process improvement package, and a distillation, dehydration and evaporation (DD&E) package system to improve the plant's overall efficiency and biomass usage.

Usimat will also deploy ICM's Selective Milling Technology (SMT) and Base Tricanter System (BTS) to improve ethanol and corn oil recovery yields while reducing enzymes and chemical usage. In total, the ICM technologies packages will increase ethanol, corn oil, and DDG yields, and provide operational efficiencies. (Source: ICM, Bioenergy, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: Usimat, Marcos Altenburger, CEO, www.novacana.com/usinas_brasil/fabrica/usina-usimat; ICM Inc., David VanderGriend, CEO, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  ICM Ethanol,  DDGs,  


Notable Quote
5 Lakes Energy LLC
Date: 2019-01-21
"For a long time a debate was going on how to increase use of renewables for generation. There were political fights (in the Michigan state Legislature) for (mandated or voluntary renewable) energy standards. We are now at a point where wind and solar are both cheaper in generating electricity than new fossil fuel plants, and we are close to (matching the costs of) operating existing fossil fuel plants."

"We should be retiring old fossil fuel plants before they wear out. It is cheaper to replace them (than) to operate them." -- Doug Jester, 5 Lakes Energy LLC in Lansing, Mich. (Source: Crain's Detroit Business, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: 5 Lakes Energy LLC, Doug Jester, 517-319-0350, djester@5lakesenergy.com, https://5lakesenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Notable Quote
DTE
Date: 2019-01-21
"With the demand for electricity declining due to increased energy efficiency, and given existing and planned investments in cleaner natural gas and renewables, DTE does not foresee a significant capacity need until 2030 after its Belle River (coal and natural gas) power plant retires."

"Assumptions about the future costs, viability, and reliability of increasing levels of renewables and energy efficiency are critical to determining the optimal resource portfolio to serve our (DTE) customers -- and these assumptions can change significantly over the course of just a few years." -- Irene Dimitry, DTE, Jan., 2019) (Source: DTE, Crain's Detroit Business, 20 Jan., 2019) )Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  Renewable Energy,  


Sahara NOOR CSP Solar Projects Now Online (Int'l Report)
Power Construction Corporation of China
Date: 2019-01-21
Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Beijing-based Power Construction Corporation of China, is reporting construction of the NOOR II and NOOR III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, the gateway city to the Sahara Desert, has been completed and both facilities are now online.

The two power stations have achieved stable full-load operation with hundreds of millions of kWh of electricity already delivered to the Moroccan grid. The 200-MW Noor II project reportedly has the world's largest installed capacity as a parabolic trough power plant, while the 160-MW installed capacity of the NOOR III is the largest among the world's tower power plants, according to a release. (Source: Power Construction Corporation of China, Xinhua, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation of China, +86 1 058381999, +86 1 058381621 - fax., www.powerchina.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Concentrated Solar Power,  CSP,  Solar,  Power Construction Corporation of China,  


Methanol-Petrol Blending Cuts CO2 Emissions (R&D, Int'l Report)
Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India
Date: 2019-01-21
A recent study from the Pune, India-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) on methanol-gasoline blending (M-15) for use as transportation fuel in BS-IV standard automobile engines can significantly remove CO2 emissions. The report was supported by the Federal government Union Minister for Transport which is aiming to increase methanol-gasoline blend rates India-wide to 20 pct (M-20) by the year 2030.

The study evaluated M-15 emissions in vehicles over 3,000 km in real-world conditions. Based on the study's conclusions, the agency says the use of M-20 blend would reduce pollution in the country by more than 40 pct at the cost of approximately 30 pct less than other available fuels. (Source: Automotive Research Association of India, Union Minister for Transport , The Hindu Businessline, 19 Jan., 2019) Contact: Automotive Research Association of India, +91-020-30231111, +91-020-30231104 - fax., info@araiindia.com, www.araiindia.com; India Union Minister for Transport, www.india.gov.in/official-website-ministry-road-transport-and-highways

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol news,  Methanol Blend news,  


Orsted Suspends Taiwan Wind Facility Contracts,Construction (Int'l)
Orsted,Taiwan
Date: 2019-01-20
Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) Orsted A/S, a Danish investor in offshore wind-power sites in Taiwan, has suspended its part in the nation's offshore wind-power development program amid what it described as a re-evaluation of its investment in the country. Orsted has informed its supply chain that it has suspended the execution of ongoing contracts to install wind-power facilities off the western coast of Taiwan.. For those contracts that have not yet been carried out, the company will renew price negotiations with the relevant businesses, Wang said, explaining that the decision was made as Orsted is assessing whether or not to continue its Taiwan investment. The suspended contracts include the construction of onshore substations with Taiwan Cogeneration Corp., underwater structures with China Steel Corp. (CSC) and Century Iron and Steel Industrial Co. Ltd. (CISI), according to Wang. Wang declared that Orsted is not withdrawing from the Taiwan market, but is concerned about the "unstable" investment environment here, referring to controversial changes in the feed-in tariff (FIT) rate. Since 2016, Orsted has invested NT$2-3 billion in Taiwan, where it plans to build wind farms with a total grid capacity of 900 megawatts in Changhua County with investment totaling NT$165 billion (US$5.34 billion), according to Wang. The company is now studying the feasibility of whether or not to withdraw its investment, based on three factors, including if the FIT rate is maintained at NT$5.8 per kilowatt-hour, which it was offered before the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) notified last year that the rate will be cut by 12 percent to NT$5.1 for this year. The bureau said that once the 2019 FIT rate is decided, it believes the offshore wind-power company will reopen its Taiwan investment project. (Source: CAN, Focus Taiwan, 20 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsetd news,  Taiwan Wind news,  Wind news,  


Notable Quote
BASF
Date: 2019-01-18
"We (BASF) think activities have to focus on avoiding CO2 emissions from the start. You might wonder why we call it carbon management, rather than decarbonization, a term many people are using. The chemical industry cannot be decarbonized because chemistry means chemical transformation and this is the lifeblood of the chemical industry. Most of the important substances that we use every day consist of a high degree of carbon. We can not and should not do without carbon, but we can manage it." -- Dr. Martin Brudermuller, BASF, Chairman, Chief Technology Officer. Contact: BASF, Dr. Martin Brudermuller, www.basf.com/global/en/investors/basf-at-a-glance/corporate-governance/board-of-executive-directors/dr-martin-brudermueller.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  BASF,  CO2,  


Cayuga Eyes Mothballed Landfill Gas Cogen Plant (Ind Report)
Landfill Gas
Date: 2019-01-18
ERROR CORRECTION: The City of Auburn has not released an RFP for consultants and has no plans to do so.

As reported Wed. 16 Jan.-- In the Empire State, the Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency (CCPUSA) reports it is moving toward brokering electricity throughout the county, including an effort to line up a private operator for a shuttered, city owned landfill gas CHP generation facility.

To that end, the city has released an RfP for consultants to develop a strategic development plan for the proposed landfill gas project.

The RFP was made as part of a $250,000 Clean Energy Community grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), $80,000 of which is earmarked for the strategic development plan. Any contract with a consultant would need NYSERDA approval, as well as an authorizing resolution from the Legislature before a plan could be developed. (Source: auburnpub.com, 15 Jan., 2019) Contact: Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency, (315) 253-1327, www.cayugacounty.us; City of Auburn, Jeff Dygert, City Manager, (315) 255-4100, www.auburnny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  CHP,  NYSERDA,  


Tesla Touts Microgrids, Solar Energy Storage for Greek islands (Int'l)
Tesla
Date: 2019-01-18
Tesla reports it has made a proposal to the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy to modernize the electric grid of several remote Greek islands in the Mediterranean sea with microgrids, renewable energy and powerpack energy storage systems to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

In its proposal, Tesla cited the completion of a similar project on the island of Ta'u in American Samoa. In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system with 60 Tesla Powerpacks. The company has also deployed similar systems in Samoa, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and others. See our July 27, 2018 edition for details of the Samoan project.

Tesla reportedly suggested a pilot project to demonstrate their microgrid system on the island of Limnos. (Source: Tesla, Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, elektrec, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, www.gtp.gr/MinistryfortheEnvironmentEnergyClimatechange; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Microgrid,  Tesla Powerpack,  Energy Storage,  


Wyoming Gov. Seeks $10Mn for Carbon Capture Test (Funding)
CCS,University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
Date: 2019-01-18
In Cheyenne, the freshman republican governor of Wyoming, Mark Gordon, is reportedly seeking $10 million from the state legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee to fund a carbon capture test project at the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources in Laramie.

The $10 million in state funds would be used to try and acquire an additional $40 million from the U.S. DOE for another project that would be connected with the Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

The proposed 5-MW equivalent pilot project would use enhanced coal-based technology that captures at least 75-pct of the carbon emissions, according to the governor's request. (Source: Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Wyoming Public Media, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, www.facebook.com/markgordon4wyoming; University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, www.uwyo.edu/ser

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Greenhouse Gas,  


BC OGC Intros Tighter Methane Emission Regulations (Reg & Leg)
B.C. Oil and Gas Commission
Date: 2019-01-18
In Fort St. John, Canada, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) reports the introduction of new regulations that will cut methane emissions by 10.9 megatonnes of CO2e over a 10-year period -- equivalent to removing 390,000 cars per year from the province's highways.

The new regulations, which will come into force January 1, 2020, include enhancements to requirements for leak detection and repair to ensure leaks are detected and repaired quickly. Under the new regulations, industry will be required to increase data management and reporting requirements to ensure transparent reporting of industry actions are under development.

The Province aims to cut methane emissions by 45 pct by 2025 and feds have a similar target. (Source: BC Oil & Gas Commission, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: BC Oil & Gas Commission, 250-794-5200, www.bcogc.ca/public-zone/reducing-methane-emissions

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  


75F Promoting Intelligent Building Energy Solutions (Ind. Report)
75F
Date: 2019-01-18
Burnsville, Minnesota-based energy efficiency and energy management startup 75F is touting its self-learning, intuitive building intelligence system.

The 75F system improves a commercial building's operational efficiency and occupant experience by proactively controlling the HVAC, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and lighting settings based on inputs from sensors, weather data, configuration settings and predictive algorithms. Broadly, the 75F solution provides commercial building owners with improved energy efficiency, occupant comfort and productivity, indoor air quality management, controls automation, extended equipment lifecycles, and remote management capabilities. The system is equipped with IoT, Machine Learning, cloud-computing, data storage and processing power, according to the company. (Source: 75F Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: 75F, (888) 590-8995, websitecontact@75f.io, www.75f.io

More Low-Carbon Energy News 75F,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Siemens Gamesa Launches 10 MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-18
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is touting the launch of its SG 10.0-193 DD, the company’s first 10+ MW offshore wind turbine The 10 MW rating is made possible through a larger generator diameter, building on the proven SGRE Direct Drive generator technology. The SG 10.0-193 DD Offshore Wind Turbine features 193 m diameter rotor and 94-meter-long-blades.

The SG 10.0-193 DD turbine offers up to 30% more AEP than its predecessor, the SG 8.0-167 DD. Its 94-meter-long-blades -- almost the length as one soccer field.

A SG 10.0-193 DD prototype is expected to be installed in 2019 with a commercial market launch slated for 2022. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore Business Unit, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind ,  


UC Berkeley Claims "Greenest Academic Building" (Ind. Report)
UC Berkeley,USGBC
Date: 2019-01-18
The University of California, Berkeley reports it's Haas School of Business Chou Hall has received both US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification and TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification Inc., making it the "greenest academic building in the nation."

The TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification is a result of efforts to divert more 90 pct of Chou's landfill waste. TRUE Zero Waste certification levels include Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To achieve TRUE Platinum, the team earned 69 out of the 70 credits ranging from: composting food scraps, tracking the purchase of environmentally preferred products, providing employees with access to zero-waste training, and reducing the use of hazardous waste chemicals. (Source: University of California Berkeley, American School & University, Jan., 2019) Contact: TRUE Zero Waste, www.true.gbci.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Berkeley,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  WELL Certification,  


Castor Oil Biofuel Production Pilot Launched (Int'l Report)
ENI Bio
Date: 2019-01-18
Rome-headquartered ENI Bio is reporting the launch of a castor oil biofuel pilot project in Gafsa, Tunisia, where the company will cultivate 140-hectare of castor oil plants. The fruit from the plants will be used in the ENI biorefinery in Venice and subsequently in the biorefinery in Gela on the island of Sicily. The experimental project aims to find alternative raw materials in place of palm oil and to fuel ENI biorefineries.

When the plants are in their final stages of maturation, their fruit will be harvested in order to evaluate the yield in oil per ton and to define an extended cultivation plan. (Source: ANSA Med, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: ENI Bio, +39 06 598 22030, Fax: +39 06 598 25488, ufficio.stampa@eni.com, www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Castor Oil,  Oil Seed,  


Hunter Pilot Ethanol Biorefinery Launched in Australia (Int'l)
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources,
Date: 2019-01-18
In the Land Down Under, the Sydney-based University of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec), in partnership with the Muswellbrook Shire Council, reports the development of the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery (HPB), a bio-renewables research facility and an environmentally sustainable process to produce biofuels and other renewable chemicals from crop and forestry waste.

The HPB will be a state-of-the-art facility containing biomass processing and fermentation equipment applicable to a range of biofuel and renewable chemical production technologies.

The first phase of the project received $4.6 million from the New South Wales (NSW) Government under the Growing Local Economies fund to unlock long-term growth opportunities in regional NSW through targeted infrastructure investment.

The foundation project of the Biorefinery is a $30 million cellulosic ethanol pilot plant project by Apace Research Limited (Apace), Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Chinese engineering company JTL and the University of Newcastle. (Source: University of Newcastle, Australia, PR 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: NIER, Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director, +61 2 4033 9000, www.newcastle.edu.au; Ethtec, + 61 7 4776 5300, +61 7 4776 5392 - fax, www.ethtec.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Ethtec,  Biomass,  


Ameresco Closes on Maximum Solar Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Ameresco, Maximum Solar
Date: 2019-01-18
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting acquisition of Acton, Massachusetts-based solar operations and maintenance specialist Maximum Solar. As part of this acquisition, Ameresco will further develop its in-house services to operate and maintain solar facilities, enhancing existing capabilities while using the latest technologies. Financial details of the transaction were not undisclosed.

Maximum Solar presently service more than 150 MW of solar of various sizes in the northeastern U.S. Services include complete O&M contracts, remote monitoring, facility reporting, electrical testing, inspections, trouble-shooting and repair, aerial and ground based thermal imaging, preventative maintenance, and others. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Maximum Solar, Brett Chapman, Pres., (978) 429-8216, www.maximumsolar.com; Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Ameresco,  


Attis, Novozymes Collaborate on Biorefinery Technologies (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries,Novozymes
Date: 2019-01-18
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Copenhagen-headquartered Novozymes A/S under which Novozymes will supply enzymes to Attis' planned cellulosic ethanol biorefineries.

Attis has successfully converted the pulp extracted from its patented biomass processing into high yields of sugar using Novozymes' proprietary enzyme cocktails.

Initially, Attis and Novozymes will focus on optimizing the value of the biotechnology utilized in the Attis process. (Source: Attis Industries, Chemical Engineering, Jan., 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com; Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Novozymes,  Biofuel,  


Irving Adds CarbonCure CO2 Recycling Technology (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2019-01-18
Greenfield, Indiana-based concrete supplier Irving Materials, Inc. reports it has adopted Nova Scotia-headquartered CO2 utilization specialist CarbonCure CO2 recycling technology in 15 of its concrete plants across Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

CarbonCure Technology chemically mineralizes waste CO2 during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete without impacting the concrete's quality or price. (Source: Carbon Cure Technologies, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  Cement,  CO2,  


ACEEE Honors Top Utility Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2019-01-18
In Washington, D.C., the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is lauding 53 of the country's leading energy efficiency programs with the ACEEE Exemplary Program Award. The 53 selected programs are recognized for their innovation and effectiveness in increasing both commercial and residential energy efficiency.

The New Leaders of the Pack: ACEEE's Fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs profiles model programs that deliver energy savings that not only help customers save money, they also benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants. Moreover, since these programs save energy at lower costs than other forms of new supply, the whole economy benefits," according to ACEEE's Martin Kushler.

The 53 recipients include both electric and natural gas utilities, and span a wide range of program types and technologies. Programs range from low-income residential to strategic energy management for large businesses, and from high efficiency lighting to complete building retrofits.

Download the full listing of programs HERE. (Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy , PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Seth Nowak, Report Lead Author and Project Manager, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ,  Energy Efficiiencyy,  


Malaysia to Double Palm Oil, Biodiesel Blend Rate by 2020 (Int'l)
Palm Oil
Date: 2019-01-18
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Primary Industries Ministry has announced plans to double the mix of palm oil in its B-10 biodiesel programme by 2020.

The increase from 10 pct to 20 pct is intended to reduce high domestic stockpiles and boost sustainable energy sources. Source: Primary Industries Ministry, Malay Mail, Jan., 2019) Contact: Primary Industries Ministry, Teresa Kok, Minister, www.revolvy.com/page/Ministry-of-Primary-Industries-%28Malaysia%29

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Etihad Flies First Flight Using UAE-made Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
Etihad Airways
Date: 2019-01-18
Following up on our November 3rd, 2017 coverage, Abu Dhabi, UEA-based Etihad Airways reports it has flown the world's first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable biofuel derived from plants grown in saltwater.

The biofuel was produced in the UAE by the not-for-profit Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The biofuel fuel was derived from oil in Salicornia plants grown on the two-hectare Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) farm -- a desert ecosystem designed to produce fuel and food in saltwater -- in Masdar City. (Source: Etihad Airways, Trade Arabia News, 17 Jan., 2019)Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596, www.theetihadaviationgroup.com, www.etihad.com; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

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ADNOC Cuts Fleet Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
ADNOC Logistics & Services
Date: 2019-01-18
Abu Dhabi-based ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC), the marine and logistics subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), reports the under its Al Daffah Energy Efficiency Project the company slashed its operational fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 23 pct across a fleet of 122 vessels.

ADNOC, the UAE's largest fully integrated maritime and logistics company, has reduced its CO2 emissions by 1 million tons since 2013, according to a company release. (Source: ADNOC, International Shipping News , 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: ADNOC, +971 2 602 9000, www.adnoc.ae

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FP&L Planning Major Solar Energy Expansion by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2019-01-18
Further to our August 1st coverage, Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light (FP&L) reports it plans to decommission its last coal power production plant -- the Indiantown Cogeneration facility -- and expand its solar-energy capacity and battery energy storage technology statewide with the installation of more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. The utility presently has about 5 million solar panels installed at 18 solar power plants.

Florida's other utilities, including Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power, have also recently begun large-scale solar energy projects. (Source: FPL, Panama City News Herald, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Florida Power & Light, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

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Gov. Raises New York Offshore Wind, Solar Targets (Ind. Report)
NY Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-18
In his just released 2019 Justice Agenda, Empire State governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is proposing a 9-GW offshore wind goal by 2035, a 6-GW distributed solar target by 2025, and 3 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030. The new goals are part of the governor's plan for New York State to achieve carbon neutrality.

Cuomo's plan also calls for New York's Clean Energy Standard mandate to be increased from its present 50 pct to 70 pct renewable electricity by 2030. To that end, the state plans to invest approximately $200 million to facilitate the development of an offshore wind transmission grid. Governor Cuomo will also direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Department of Public Service to expand their Solar For All programme. Cuomo is also calling for roughly $1.5 billion in competitive awards that will support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects totaling 1.65 GW in upstate New York. These projects could enter construction as early as August, while the overall capacity is planned to be operational by 2022. (Source: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Renewable, Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

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Chinese Utility Planning 6 GW of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (Int'l)
State Grid Corporation of China
Date: 2019-01-18
In Beijing, China's State Grid Corporation of China reports it plans to invest $5.67 billion to construct five pumped-storage hydropower plants totaling 6 GW by 2026. The facilities are slated for the provinces of Jilin, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang, as well as in the Xinjiang region. The state-controlled utility adds that China intends to add some 40 GW of pumped storage capacity by 2020. (Source: State Grid Corporation of China, Various Media, Jan., 2019) Contact: State Grid Corporation of China, www.sgcc.com.cn

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UCI, NASA Notes Antarctica Ice Lose Acceleration (Ind. Report)
University of California, Irvine
Date: 2019-01-18
A new report by NASA and the University of California, Irvine has found that Antarctica is losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago. The research team were able to determine that between 1979 and 1990, Antarctica shed an average of 40 gigatonnes of ice mass annually. From 2009 to 2017, about 252 gigatonnes per year were lost.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Access the Four Decades of Antarctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance from 1979 - 2017 report HERE. (Source: University of California Irvine, Climate Action, Jan., 2019) Contact: University of California, Irvine, Eric Rignot, Chair of Earth System Science, Report Lead Author, (949)824-3739, erignot@uci.edu, www.ess.uci.edu/people/erignot

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DOE SETO Funds Univ. of Washington Solar Cell R&D (R&D, Funding)
DOE SETO
Date: 2019-01-18
In Seattle, University of Washington (UW) researchers are reporting receipt of $2.3 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). The funding is to support projects that will advance R&D in photovoltaic materials.

The UW research teams are led by Scott Dunham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; Hugh Hillhouse, a professor of chemical engineering; and Devin MacKenzie, an associate professor of both mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering. All are also researchers with the UW-based Clean Energy Institute, and MacKenzie serves as director of the institute's Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Dunham and Hillhouse are also members of the UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.

Prof. Hugh Hillhouse's project was awarded $1.5 million to focus on understanding how the composition, structure, and environmental exposure of pervoskites can affect their stability and performance. Associate Prof Devin MacKenzie's project scored nearly $200,000 to focus on perovskite manufacturing using roll-to-roll processing techniques. Prof. Scott Dunham's project will investigate copper indium gallium selenide (CIGs) with $681,000 in grant funding. (Source: University of Washington News, DOE SETO, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, 206-221-9263, uwcei@uw.edu, www.cei.washington.edu; Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, 206-685-6833, wcet@uw.edu, www.wcet.washington.edu; Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, University of Washington, www.washington.edu; US DOE SETO, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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Kenya Power Doubling Geothermal Connections to Grid (Int'l)
Kenya Power
Date: 2019-01-18
In Nairobi, Kenya Power and Light is reporting it will construct a second, 85-kilometre power line between Narok and Bomet to connect western Kenya to cheap power produced at the Olkaria geothermal fields. The first line being constructed by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) and is scheduled for completion in September.

The project is being financed by the French Development Agency.

Kenya Power and Light is a limited liability company that transmits, distributes and retails electricity throughout Kenya. (Source: Kenya Power & Light, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Kenya Power, www.kplc.co.ke

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Vanderbilt Engineering, Science Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-01-18
In Nashville, Tenn., private research university Vanderbilt is reporting its Engineering and Science Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Engineering and Science Building houses the university's most energy efficient lab space. During the initial design phase of the building, 3D modeling was used to evaluate conditions of the site such as orientation, heat gain from windows, natural light, and others to ensure optimized design. Other green design elements that helped achieve its LEED status include:

  • 20' tall enthalpy wheels to transfer heat and humidity, conditioning the fresh air intake with exhaust air leaving the building;
  • Chilled beams supplied by hot and cold water used to condition spaces which is more efficient than conditioning with air systems;
  • A 10,000 gallon cistern to capture rain water for irrigation;
  • Sunshading frit on glass to optimize natural solar light and to also help prevent bird strikes;
  • LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors;
  • Flexibility of design to allow different lab type use over time as well as lab renovations without major mechanical systems rework;
  • Clean room energy reduction through occupancy and particle sensors to decrease system use when not needed. (Source: Vanderbilt University, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  USGBC,  Leed Certification,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • UK BEIS Updates Small-Scale Renewable Energy Support (Int'l)
    UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports the release of its proposed guidelines intended to support the development of small-scale renewable energy technologies by ensuring remuneration for any and all electricity generated that is supplied to the grid by small-scale generators.

    The proposed Smart Export Guarantee is intended to improve and replace existing Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes and a Generator Export Tariff incentive scheme for small-scale generators to supply electricity to the grid. Both schemes expire on 31 March,2019.

    Those most obviously affected by such a shift are rooftop solar owners, but the UK boasts approximately 560,000 households and businesses generating small-scale electricity under the FiT scheme using a range of technologies including biomass anaerobic digestion, ,wind power and hydro-electricity.

    The proposed Guarantee would specifically replace the FiT scheme and would require electricity suppliers to pay new small-scale energy producers for excess electricity generated from homes and businesses which is supplied to the grid. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, CleanTechnica, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, https://www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Saudis Increasing 2030 Renewable Energy Goals (Int'l Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Abu Dubai, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy reports it plans to integrate the country's renewable energy network -- which aims to produce 60 GW of energy -- 40 GW from solar and 20 GW from wind and other sources -- by 2030.

    In 2014, the country planned to produce 20 GW of solar energy and 7 GW of wind energy. solar energy and the rest from wind energy. (Source: UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: King Abdullah Atomic and Renewable Energy City, +966 11 808 5555, www.kacare.gov.sa/en

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    NIPSCO Dumping Coal, Cutting CO2 90 pct within Decade (Ind. Report)
    NIPSCO
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the Hoosier State, Merrillville-headquartered investor owned utility Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), which is 65 pct coal dependent, is reporting plans to cut its coal power generation to essentially zero over the next 10 years. In coal's place, NIPSCO will increase its pursuit of largely renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, along with battery storage technology.

    Access NIPSCO's Your Energy, Your Future campaign details HERE. (Source: NIPSCO, Tree Hugger, Jan., 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, Violet Sistovaris, President, www.nipsco.com

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    U.K. Environmental Coalition Spearheading CCS Project (Int'l)
    Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In London, U.K. Energy and Clean Growth Minister Hon. Claire Perry has announced the U.K. will lead an international challenge to capture and sequester CO2. Additionally, Houston-headquartered Very Large Scale Decarbonization Partners (VLS Decarb) has announced its intention to carry out field trials of its highly innovative CO2 sequestration system in several U.K. and EU locations, including several U.S. shale basins where, pending results, these trial sites will be developed into fully functioning carbon dioxide storage facilities capable of permanently storing a significant percentage of annual U.S. CO2 emissions. VLS Decarb will target U.S. shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

    VLS Decarb is now securing long term carbon storage contracts from industrial, institutional and governmental clients seeking to mitigate CO2 emissions associated with their operations.

    VLS Decarb's proprietary technologies have the potential to permanently sequester approximately 35 years of global electric power CO2 emissions associated with the energy consumed in simultaneously sequestering all global CO2 emissions from all sources during the same time. (Source: VLS Decarbonization Partners, LLC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: VLS Decarbonization Partners, John Francis Thrash MD, jfthrash@vlsdecarb.com, www.vlsdecarb.com ; U.K. Energy and Clean Growth Minister, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state-minister-for-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


    Badger State Burned More Coal in 2017 than 2016 (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-01-16
    According to recently released US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, Wisconsin burned approximately 7 pct more coal in 2017 than 2016 to provide better than half of the Badger State's energy that year.

    Since the most recent data period,coal-powered plants in Pleasant Prairie, Sheboygan and Green Bay have been shutter and replaced with natural gas and renewable energy.

    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission( WPSC) notes that the state's coal consumption has decreased by 28 pct since its peak in 2005, and overall emissions have dropped 20 pct. (Source: WPSC, University of Wisconsin, Wisc. Public Radio, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission, 608-266-5481, https://psc.wi.gov

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    Notable Quote
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-16
    "In the long term, if we're talking about shifting to a more sustainable energy system with more renewables -- but especially with less air pollution and less CO2 emissions -- the trend since 2005 is in the right direction." -- Prof. Greg Nemet, Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. Contact: Prof. Greg Nemet www.lafollette.wisc.edu

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    Stamford Health USGBC LEED Healthcare Certified (Ind Report)
    USGBC,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Fairfield, Conn., the Stamford Health hospital, which opened in 2016, reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Certification. The facility is the largest in the country and the first such facility in Conn. certified facility.

    In qualifying for certification, the Stamford hospital focused on; airflow, energy consumption, air quality, and "green" roofs.Other LEED qualifying features include:

  • about 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;
  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens, courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;
  • sustainable, regionally sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were used throughout;
  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were selected.

    In addition, the hospital has also been lauded by Stamford 2030 District, a public-private nonprofit collaborative community of high-performance buildings in downtown Stamford. Stamford 2030 aims to cut energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation in the city by 50 pct by 2030. (Source: WestFair Online, Stamford Health, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Stamford Health, Kathleen Silard, Pres., CEO, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • CHP Plant Slashes SUNY Campus Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    ESF SUNY
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse reports it is saving over $520,000 a year on heat and electricity with a high-performance combined-heat-and-power system (CHP) fueled by natural gas and wood pellets, and designed to capture waste energy for heating buildings.

    The CHP system generates 60 pct of the campus' heat, 20 pct of its electric power, and is a key component that allowed us to achieve LEED Platinum for the Gateway Center which houses the CHP facility which is credited with cutting the campus carbon footprint by 24 pct.(Source: SUNY ESF, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY ESF, David C. Amberg, Intrim Pres., Joshua Arnold, Dir, Energy Management, Utilities, (315)470-6500, www.esf.edu

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


    $25.6 Mn for First Canadian Geothermal Power Plant (Funding)
    Geothermal
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it will provide $25.6 million (Cdn) ($19.28 million) in funding for the country's first geothermal power facility near Estevan, Saskatchewan.

    The 5 MW project, spearheaded by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, is expected to generate sufficient energy to power around 5,000 homes. (Source: Gov't of Canada,Various Media, CNBC, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Deep Earth Energy Production Corporation, Kirsten Marcia P. Geo., Director, President & CEO, 306.261.6979, kmarcia@deepcorp.ca, www.deepcorp.ca

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    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Opening Boston Office (Ind. Report)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Wind energy manufacturer and service provider MHI Vestas Offshore Wind reports it is establishing its first U.S. office in Boston. The new office will be led by Jason Folsom, the company's U.S. national sales director.

    Vestas is presently planning the 800 MW Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, as well as exploring potential projects in nearby states. (Source: Vestas, Various Media,14 Jan., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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    Friends of the Earth Ireland Wants Carbon Tax Increase (Int'l)
    Friends of the Earth
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Dublin, Friends of the Earth Ireland has called on the Government to include the carbon tax in a series of decarbonisation measures rather than increasing it as a stand-alone policy. It is also urging the Government to take the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people.

    FoE has outlined 12 measures it said would enable a just transition to a zero-carbon future. The measures include: Special Saving Incentive Account-style schemes for insulating homes; solar panels for every school and feed-in tariff payments for solar power supplied to the grid; low or zero fares for buses, trams and trains; new investments in public transport; and a carbon tax refund scheme where the increase in the carbon tax would be returned to the tax payer. The group is also calling for a €20 increase in the carbon tax from January 1st 2020, and a €5 increase per year thereafter. (Source: Friends of the Earth,PR, Irish Times, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Friends of the Earth Ireland, Oisin Coghlan, Dir., +353 1 639 4652, www.foe.ie

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    Equinor Awarded Seabed CO2 Storage Exploration Permit (Int'l)
    Equinor
    Date: 2019-01-16
    The Norwegian Government reports it has awarded an exploitation permit for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor. The permitted area is close to the Troll oil and gas field in the North Sea.

    Equinor is currently performing front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies on storage with project partners Shell and Total. The FEED-studies will provide more accurate cost estimates necessary for an investment decision. Equinor will next prepare a Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) scheduled for delivery in 2019. An investment decision for the Norwegian full-scale CCS project is expected in 2020/2021. (Source: Equinor, Gas World, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

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