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Half D.C. Bldgs Could Require Energy Code Upgrades (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-01-16
As previously reported, the recently passed Washington D.C. Council bill aimed at addressing climate change by reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions will force the owners of hundreds of buildings across D.C. to improve their building's energy performance. The bill, which is being widely lauded as the "strongest climate legislation" in the nation, calls for cutting D.C.'s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2032.

According to the D.C. Green Building Advisory Council 50 pct of the city's buildings will need to improve their energy performance to meet as yet undermined standards. The bill gives the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment until 2021 to establish a standard Energy Star score that buildings must meet, and it requires that standard to be at least at the level of D.C.'s current median score. The new law will also establish a task force of commercial real estate industry representatives to help with the implementation.

Building Owners needing to make upgrades will be able to utilize multiple financing methods, including low-interest PACE bonds and the D.C. Green Bank, a new fund that allows owners to borrow money for building upgrades and pay it back out of their future energy savings. (Source: Bisnow Washington, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: DC Green Bank, www.doee.dc.gov/greenbank

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Building Sustainability,  


Ventient Energy Foresees Wind Industry Growth (Int'l Report)
Ventient Energy
Date: 2019-01-16
In the UK, Edinburgh-based Ventient Energy reports it is targeting significant growth both in the UK and overseas. The firm was formed in 2017 by bringing together the portfolios of independent wind power producers Zephyr and Infinis Wind.

Ventient's 690MW of installed capacity on 34 wind farms stretch the length of Great Britain from Cornwall to Caithness, Scotland. (Source: Ventient Energy, PR, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: Ventient Energy, Mark Jones, CEO, +44 0131 243 1380, info@ventientenergy.com, www.ventientenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ventient Energy,  Wind,  


Manila's Rizal Bank Announces "Green" Finance Framework (Int'l)
Rizal Commercial Banking Corp
Date: 2019-01-16
The Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp, the Philippine's tenth largest bank by assets, reports it has established a finance framework for "green" bonds and loans focus on renewable energy, green buildings, clean transport, pollution prevention and energy efficiency.

www.rcbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


Epitome Energy Planning Minn. Soybean Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Epitome Energy
Date: 2019-01-16
Red Wing, Minnesota-based Epitome Energy is reporting plans to construct a 30-million-gpy biodiesel facility and a 21-million bushel specialty soybean mechanical extraction plant as part of a specialty oil refining operation near the town of Crrokson, Minnesota.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to generate $322.8 million in new economic activity, support 80 to 100 jobs and have an estimated payroll and benefits of more than $5 million. Construction of the soybean crush and biodiesel facility would begin in 2021. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, Grand Forks Herald, Jan., 2019) Contact: Epitome Energy, Dennis Egan, Owner, www.bizapedia.com/mn/epitome-energy-llc.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Epitome Energy,  Soybean,  Biodiesel,  


C-PACE Financing for $10Mn Calif. Multi-Unit Project (Funding)
PACE
Date: 2019-01-16
Campbell, California -headquartered C-PACE project financing developer K2 Clean Energy Capital, LLC,is reporting the closing of a $10 million PACE transaction for a 102-unit multi-family housing development in Oakland -- the largest C-PACE funding for a new construction project in the multi-family sector reported to date by the national PACE organization .

The C-PACE financing will fund multiple measures including roofing & insulation, HVAC systems, energy-efficient LED lighting, water efficiency, seismic measures and will contribute to the project goal of obtaining LEED Silver or Gold certification. (Source: K2 Clean Energy Capital, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: C -PACE, www.copace.com; K2 Clean Energy Capital LLC, Stephen Tsu, co-founder and Managing Director , Jonathan Pickering, Managing Director, jp@k2cleancap.com, www.k2cleancap.com

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


Orion Claims Fed. Energy Efficient LED Lighting Projects (Ind. Report)
Orion Energy Systems
Date: 2019-01-16
Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports receipt of $3.6 million contract to install LED lighting systems in two unidentified US government facilities. The project is expected to start in fiscal year 2019.

Once the lighting retrofits are completed, the federal customers expect to cut their annual energy usage for lighting by approximately 50 pct per facility.

For the projects, Orion is replacing legacy T5, T8, compact fluorescent and HID lighting systems with energy-efficient LED lighting platforms and controls. (Source: Orion, PR, Energy Mgr., Others, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575, www.orionlighting.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy Systems ,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


Aemetis' Indian Plant Capacity Expansion Completed (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-01-16
Following up on our 23rd March, 2018 coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its biodiesel and glycerin plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The work included a pre-treatment unit to process low-cost and low-waste feed stock into oil, the expansion of a boiler, and an environmental systems to enable the production of 50 million gpy of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. At full capacity, the plant is expected to be able to refine approximately 5 million gpy of glycerin.

The Indian Government is seeking to increase domestic biodiesel consumption from the present 1 pct biodiesel blend to 5 pct of the total petroleum diesel consumption. To that end, the government reduced the Goods & Services Tax (GST) on biodiesel from 18 pct to 12 pct to support the industry. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Chemicals Technology, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


Water Hyacinth, Oil Seed Tree Biofuels Investigated in India (Int'l)
Punjab Forest Department
Date: 2019-01-16
In the sub-continent, at the recent Punjab Forest Department Consultation on Tree-Borne Oilseed -based Biofuels conference held in Mohali, the Forest announced it has sent samples of several Indian invasive plant species -- including lantana, water hyacinth, and Arundonex -- to the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IPP) for investigation as possible biodiesel production feed stocks.

Punjab is preparing a baseline data base of the area's more than 400 oilseed -bearing trees as well as investigating indigenously designed and tested machinery and equipment suitable for bi -diesel transportation fuel production from lantana, water hyacinth, arundonex and oil seed bearing trees. (Source: Punjab Forest Department, Times of India, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722, www.iip.res.in; Punjab Forest Department, pbforests.gov.in

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


VTT Touts New Woody Biomass Gasification Technology (Int'l)
VTT
Date: 2019-01-16
In Helsinki, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is touting its newly developed gasification technology for turning woody biomass and forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport biofuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 90 pct compared to fossil fuels, according to VTT.

The new approach uses gasification to turn biomass into intermediate products -- liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or methane -- in production units integrated with communal district heating plants or forest industry power plants. The intermediate products are processed further in oil refineries to make renewable fuels or chemicals.

VTT developed and piloted the new gasification process and evaluated the competitiveness of plants based on the technique in the course of a recently concluded project called BTL2030. The distributed generation process developed by the project team makes efficient use of the energy content of biomass, according to VTT. (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Canadian Biomass, Jan., 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, +358 20 722 7070, info@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Santa Barbara Stymies PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
PACE,Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors
Date: 2019-01-16
In the Golden State, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors reports it has rejected the residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) energy efficiency loan program with the caveat that it be reintroduced and reviewed in 2020.

The board cited concerns about loan payments being collected through property tax bills, potential predatory lending practices, problems selling homes with R-PACE liens and subsequent property devaluation, leading to a reduction in tax revenues, for its rejection

The PACE program allows residents and businesses to make energy-efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their properties with no cash up-front, out-of-pocket expenses, with the cost of the work covered by third-party lenders who are then re paid through an assessment on property tax bills, but the PACE lien on the property takes priority over other existing loans.

On a federal level, the US Federal Housing and Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest purchasers and backers of residential loans, has directed lenders under its oversight to not purchase mortgages secured by properties with R-PACE (residential PACE) liens. (Source: Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, Lompac Record, 15 Jan., 2019) Contact: Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, www.countyofsb.org/bos

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


China Launches Subsidy-Free Solar, Wind Power (Int'l Report)
National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2019-01-14
Reporting from Beijing, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is announcing the launch of a series of subsidy-free wind and solar projects this year. The projects are timed to cash in on a rapid fall in construction costs since 2012 and tackle a gaping payment backlog.

In 2018 the government suspended all new subsidized solar capacity approvals after a record 53-gigawatt capacity increase in 2017 left it with a backlog of at least 120 billion yuan ($18 billion) in subsidy payments. The new subsidy-free projects will generate renewable power for sale at the same prices as non-subsidised coal-fired power plants, and will not have to comply with capacity quota restrictions.

Under the new policy, grid companies will be encouraged to guarantee electricity purchases from pilot projects, lower transmission fees and support cross-regional deliveries of subsidy-free power. The government has already approved the construction of several subsidy-free wind farms, and solar generators have also achieved price parity in some regions.

According to the NDRC, solar construction costs in China plunged 45 pct from 2012 to 2017, while wind project costs fell 20 pct over the same time frame. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission, Reuters, 10 Jan., 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission ,  


MinnKota Power Touts $1Bn Carbon-Capture Project (Ind. Report)
Lignite Energy Council
Date: 2019-01-14
Grand Forks, North Dakota-headquartered MinnKota Power Cooperative reports it plans to construct Project Tundra, a $1 billion carbon capture unit at its existing Milton R. Young Unit 2 plant near Center, North Dakota. Work is projected to get underway this year for completion and commissioning in 2025.

roject Tundra could potentially capture up to 95 pct of the Milton R. Young plant's carbon emissions which could then be used for enhanced oil recovery or stored in underground rock formations.

To advance the project, MinnKota will reportedly apply for $15 million in federal DOE grant funding which will be matched by the state for a total of $30 million to study and design of the project plan.

The Lignite Energy Council, and other proponents are reportedly working to ensure state policy will create a friendly environment for Project Tundra which they claim is important to the state in terms of enhanced oil production, reducing carbon emissions, guaranteeing a reliable and cost-effective source of energy, and preserving the lignite coal industry. (Source: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Forum News Service, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Stacey Dahl, External Affairs, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; Lignite Energy Council, Jason Bohrer, (701) 258-7117, www.lignite.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  MinnKota Power,  Lignite Energy Council,  


Wash. Transitioning to 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2032 (Ind. Report)
Washingto DC
Date: 2019-01-14
In the nation's capitol, the Washington, D.C. city council reports the passage of legislation -- the Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018 -- to transition the city to 100 pct renewable energy by 2032. With the legislation, Washington DC has set one of the nation's most ambitious green energy goals to date.

The Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018 includes measures to reduce emissions from buildings and transportation. Federal buildings will have to follow the stricter energy efficiency standards that the new law will bring for all existing D.C. buildings. All public transportation and private vehicle fleets, including ride-share programs Uber and Lyft, must be carbon free by 2045.

The bill is expected to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions 42 pct by 2032. Previously, the district had pledged 50 pct renewable energy by 2032. (Source: City of Washington, DC, Building Design & Construction, Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Washington Clean Energy,  


NYPA to Help Modernize USVI Electric Grid (Ind. Report)
Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority,NYPA
Date: 2019-01-14
The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) is announcing the support of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to restore, improve and modernize the islands' electric grid and incorporate a significant renewable energy -- wind and solar -- capability into the island's energy mix. To that end, the two agencies have inked a MoU under which NYPA will provide technical consulting support for the continued rebuilding of the WAPA grid.

VIWAPA is making investments in upgrading the generation, transmission and distribution systems to improve reliability, as well as incorporating a practical approach to renewable energy to help reduce VIWAPA's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: NYPA, The St, John Source, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov; Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, (346) 773-2250, www.viwapa.vi

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  Renewable Energy,  


Hawaiian Solar-Storage Peaker Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
AES Corp, Kaua’I Island Utility Cooperative
Date: 2019-01-14
In the Aloha State, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and AES Corp. are reporting completion of their joint solar and energy storage project with a "record-breaking photovoltaic peaker capacity" at Lawai.

The Lawai Solar and Energy Storage Project combines a 28-MW solar PV and 100-MWh five-hour duration energy storage system that meets roughly 11 pct of Kauai islands power needs -- more than 50 pct of Kauai island is powered by renewables, according to AES.

The project, which got underway last February, is owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy. The project's energy storage system incorporates SunPower's solar panels and 13,000 lithium-ion battery modules from Samsung SDI.

Hawaii has mandated the use of 100 pct renewable energy by 2045.(Source: AES, PR, Power Eng., 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: AES Corp., Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, www.kiuc.coop

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  AES Corp. ,  


BEE-CPWD Developing New Building Energy Efficiency Code (Int'l.)
India
Date: 2019-01-14
The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) are reporting the signing of a 5-year MoU for cooperation on the development of a "Star Rating" Energy Efficiency-Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for new construction.

BEE is a statutory body under Ministry of Power mandated to implement policy and programmes in energy efficiency and conservation with CPWD, the Indian government's principle construction agency.

The Star Rating Programme for buildings is based on the actual performance of a building in terms of its specific energy usage in kwh/sqm/year. This programme rates office buildings on a 1-5 Star scale, with 5 Star being the most efficient. (Source: India Bureau of Energy Efficiency, 10 Jan., 2019) Contact: India Bureau of Energy Efficiency, www.beeindia.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  


Abu Dhabi Fund Commits $10Mn to Mauritius Solar Project (Int'l)
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
Date: 2019-01-14
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for international development aid, reports the signing of a $10 million concessionary loan agreement with the Government of Mauritius to fund a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) kits project. The project, which aims to provide 10,000 solar PV kits to low-income communities, is being financed through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility.

The project will contribute to Mauritius achieving its national goal of 35 pct renewable electricity by 2025.

Since 1971, ADFD has financed development projects in 88 countries across the globe, including 40 African nations. (Source: ADFD, arabianindustry.com, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: ADFD, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General , www.adfd.ae/english/Pages/Home.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abu Dhabi Fund for Development ,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


US Virgin Island Adding Renewables in Modernization (Ind. Report)
NYPA,Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-01-14
The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (VIWAPA) is announcing the support of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to restore, improve and modernize the islands' electric grid and incorporate a significant renewable energy -- wind and solar -- capability into the island's energy mix. To that end, the two agencies have inked a MoU under which NYPA will provide technical consulting support for the continued rebuilding of the WAPA grid.

VIWAPA is making investments in upgrading the generation, transmission and distribution systems to improve reliability, as well as incorporating a practical approach to renewable energy to help reduce VIWAPA's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: NYPA, The St, John Source, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov; Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, (346) 773-2250, www.viwapa.vi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  NYPA news,  


Bahrain Tendering 100MW Solar Energy Project (Int'l Report)
Electricity and Water Affairs Minister of Bahrain
Date: 2019-01-14
In the capitol city of Manama, the oil-rich Kingdom of Bahrain has issued a call for tender bids for a new 100MW solar power plant.

The tender is in line with the country's energy plan to source 5 pct of its energy from renewables by 2025. In announcing the tender call, the Electricity and Water Affairs Minister noted that the move towrd renewable energy is critical to ensuring sustainable development and providing safe energy sources for the country's future. . (Source: Electricity and Water Affairs Minister of Bahrain, ME Construction News, 13 Jan., 2019)Contact: Electricity and Water Affairs Minister of Bahrain, Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, +973 1751 5555, www.ewa.bh


CSE Scores £80,000 Grant to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
Energy Saving Trust
Date: 2019-01-14
In the UK, the Somerset-based not-for-profit Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is reporting receipt of £80,000 ($102,800) in grant funding from the Energy Saving Trust, which redistributes voluntary payments from UK energy companies.

The funding will help the charity work with 2,000 vulnerable households and landlords to provide advice on energy bills and on improving the energy efficiency of rented properties.

CSE aims to reduce carbon emissions through advising households and empowering people to change the way they think about and consume energy. (Source: Centre for Sustainable Energy, Energy Saving Trust, Somerset County Gazette, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, Mike Thornton, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk; Centre for Sustainable Energy, www.cse.org.uk

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


Nigerian Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Production Set to Begin (Int'l)
Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council
Date: 2019-01-14
In Abuja, the Nigerian Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC) reports Nigeria will soon begin the production of ethanol and glucose syrup from sweet sorghum for for industrial and energy uses.

The RMRDC aims to develop a sweet sorghum value chain in Nigeria and to promote the venture as small/medium enterprises in rural areas using the village model system.

Nigeria imported over 71,900MT of ethanol between 2011 and 2017 for various industrial applications. (Source: Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC Nigeria Daily Trust, Jan., 2019) Contact: Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council, +234 70988 05375, ceo@rmrdc.gov.ng, www.rmrdc.gov.ng

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


Rwanda Launches Global GHG, Ozone Measurement Project (Int'l)
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Date: 2019-01-14
The Rwanda Ministries of Education, Environment, the Rwanda Meteorological Agency in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, are reporting the launch of the first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped with the "Medusa System" that will measure more than 50 gases that deplete the ozone layer. The $2 million project, which will be based at the University of Rwanda's College of Science and Technology, will measure Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that deplete the ozone layer as well as other Rwandan and regionally emitted GHGs.

Rwandan and regional policy makers will have access to and use of the data in their efforts to control power plant and transportation emissions, curb deforestation and encourage more tree planting, reduce fossil fuel use, develope smart green cities and other efforts. (Source: Rwanda Environment Management Authority, The New Times, Rwanda, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rwanda Environment Management Authority Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General, +250 25 258 9191, www.landportal.org/organization/rwanda-environment-management-authority

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ozone,  HFC,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote
Jay Inslee
Date: 2019-01-14
"That's what's at stake here (climate change). A fundamental continuation of life and civilization as we've become accustomed to." -- Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (D). Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emission,  


Shell Cansolv Quits SaskPower Carbon Capture Facility (Ind Report)
Saskpower, Shell Cansolv
Date: 2019-01-14
Following up on our August 7, 2018 coverage, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, SaskPower is reporting Shell Cansolv has wrapped up its work at the carbon capture test facility in the Shand Power Station. Shell Cansolv, which had been working with SaskPower to test new improvements on the Cansolv technology at the test facility,noted it will be available to consult with SaskPower and support their products in use at the CCS plant.

SaskPower reports it is not currently soliciting new tenants to replace Shell Cansolv for the test facility, but would welcome offers regarding the use of the facility. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, Jan., 2019)Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Shell Cansolv, www.shell.com/business-customers/global-solutions/gas-processing-licensing/licensed-technologies/shell-cansolv-gas-absorption-solutions.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saskpower,  Shell Cansolv,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


VTA Ups Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Commitment (Ind Report)
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Date: 2019-01-14
In the Golden State, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors is reporting approval of a new Green Building Policy. The policy, which will apply to all VTA owned infrastructure and programs, is intended to encourage greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

VTA instigated a Sustainability Program and established a goal to incorporate green building principles into VTA projects in 2008. The program included new or renovated buildings or other facilities such as parking garages or bus rapid transit stations. VTA has since constructed and renovated several buildings with renewable energy, water and energy efficient fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and other green building features.

The new VTA Green Building Policy is intended to help reduce energy consumption and costs and to formalize green building principles into all aspects of its infrastructure for greater environmental, social and economic responsibility. To date, the Santa Clara County VTA has implemented sustainability features such as solar panels at bus terminals, EV charging stations, low-flow plumbing equipment, solar-powered trash and recycling containers, transit platforms lit by natural light and water recycling as well as repurposing cut trees into retaining walls and mulch. (Source: Santa Clara County VTA, Silicon Valley Voice, 12 Jan., 2019)Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


Conn. Firm Developing New Bio-Residual Oil (Ind. Report)
Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp
Date: 2019-01-14
Conn.-based Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp. is touting BRO, a new bio-residual oil produced from recycled vegetable grease and animal fat that it is using to power its 50,000-square-foot plant in Danbury this winter. The company is further developing the bio-residual oil on behalf of and in cooperation with Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REGI).

According to REGI, BRO produces up to 135,000 BTUs per gallon, a higher BTU value than coal or wood-fiber material, with approximately 100 to 125 pct more energy per pound than wood chips or pellets and burns cleaner by creating less particulate matter and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to alternative fuels. BRO also has the lowest carbon intensity of any commercially available liquid fuel.

Commercialization of the product could begin within a couple of years. Preferred notes it would partner with REGI to sell the product and that it previously worked to develop a "liquid wood" burner system for Canadian biocrude producer Ensyn Corp.,

Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation is an engineering-based manufacturer of products for commercial, institutional, industrial and nuclear power facilities. Products include fuel oil handling systems and components, boiler instrumentation and controllers, high quality burners and nuclear power plant outage reduction tools and component parts. (Source: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., Jan., 2019) Contact: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., David Bohn, Pres, CEO, (203) 743-6741, www.preferred-mfg.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

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


Palm Oil Producing Countries Comment on Biofuels, Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2019-01-14
A recent meeting of the Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) , issued the following policy developments in the EU on biofuel:
  • Under the proposed Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the Commission of the European Union is mandated to establish criteria to help distinguish between high and low risk Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) across the vegetable oil sector in general used for biofuels;

  • There are several EU models for ILUC that have been proposed none of which, nor could provide definitive evidence that would allow for a clear distinction between high and low risk ILUC. Nevertheless, the Commission is mandated to establish criteria by February 2019 to allow for such a distinction to be made;

  • The ILUC concept is of US and EU origin, but it is not a globally accepted approach or standard for assessing the impact of ILUC on climate change. It helps underpins EU policy, but it is not an international norm upon which palm oil producing countries could or should build their environmental policies;

  • CPOPC draws attention to the fact that there is over 1.7 billion hectares of land devoted to the production of crops globally, of which only 4 pct is devoted to biofuel. In our view, the very marginal use of land for biofuel calls in to question the very basis premises of indirect land use change resulting from the cultivation of vegetable oils for biofuel;

  • While CPOPC considers that the scientific community of palm oil producing countries should engage with the Commission, the Governments in the developing world should be fearful of being drawn in to acknowledging, accepting or offering legitimacy to the ILUC scheme within the RED II;

  • Palm oil producing countries should also be mindful in the weeks ahead of the objectiveness of the criteria being established and whether they are being applied impartially across all vegetable oils. In this respect, there is concern that palm oil will be targeted as several EU models are associated with the conversion of forests and peat lands with ILUC;

  • CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory principles upon which the WTO multilateral system is based; and that any related EU regulation or decision would likely constitute a Technical Barrier to Trade;

  • CPOPC does not necessarily subscribe to this concern, but we believe that criteria established by the EU should also address carbon retention in lands that have been converted from forests and peat in Europe; as well as to take account of the relative productivity of vegetable oils and the importance that this plays in protecting the global land bank;

  • There are wider concerns that have been expressed by palm oil producing countries that criteria should also take into-account the historical impact of mass deforestation in Europe;

  • CPOPC supports the UN global agreement to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs);

  • CPOPC considers that the SDGs does not mean a trade off between social and economic progress and the environment, but rather the need to balance out these aims and CPOPC and other Palm Oil Producing countries are willing and open to engage with trading partners and stakeholders on how to achieve the SDGs in the vegetable oil sector;

  • In contrast to the direction of EU RED II, CPOPC believes that the promotion of first generation biofuel is an essential element for achieving the SDGs in palm oil producing countries. The use of vegetable oils in biofuel is essential to combating climate change and it is also important for all Governments in Palm Oil Producing Countries to reassure and give certainty to our industries that biofuel investment will not be undermined as is the case in the European Union. (Source: CPOPC, Neutral English, Oct, 2018) Contact: CPOPC, Mahendra Siregar, Executive Director, +62 21 391 5160, +62 21 391 3961, secretariat@cpopc.org, www.cpopc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  Climate Change,  


  • Fraunhofer Offers PV Energy Storage Alternative (New Prod & Tech)
    Fraunhofer
    Date: 2019-01-14
    In Germany, Hemsdorf-headquartered Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) is touting its newly developed "cerenergy" ceramic high-temperature battery for stationary battery energy storage.

    Cerenergy is a 5 kWh battery with 20 cells which, at the cellular level would cost less than €100/kWh -- about half those of lithium-ion battery cells. Overall efficiency is reported to be more than 90 pct and energy density is 130 W/kg. Storage costs using sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells are said to be 50 pct lower than those of lithium-ion. The Cerenergy battery, which reportedly sets a world record for sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells, is said to be ready for production within the months ahead. (Source: Fraunhofer IKTS, PV Mag., Jan., 2019)Contact: Fraunhofer IKTS, +49 36601 93010, www.ikts.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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


    Headwaters Wins Otter Tail Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
    Otter Tail Power
    Date: 2019-01-14
    Fergus Falls, Minnesota-headquartered Otter Tail Power Co. reports it has issued a roughly $7,000 rebate to Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji for recently completed energy-efficient upgrades, including WiFi-enabled smart thermostats, new heat pumps and furnaces with energy-efficient motors, and others.

    Otter Tail Power Co. provides rebates, grants, education, special programs, and financing to encourage individuals and businesses for energy efficiency and energy management.

    Otter Tail Power is an investor-owned electric utility that provides electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Source: Otter Tail Power, Bemidji Pioneer, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Otter Tail Power, Roger Garton, Energy Management Representative, (218) 739-8200, www.otpco.com; Headwaters Science Center, (218)444-4472, www.hscbemidji.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter Tail Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


    TOTAL Cautions Consequences of French Palm Oil Ban (Int'l Report)
    Total,Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-01-14
    According to a recent release from Paris-headquartered French energy giant TOTAL, a move by lawmakers to exclude palm oil as an approved feed stock for biofuel production would put its La Mede facility in southern France in serious jeopardy.

    In 2018, TOTAL won government approval for the use of palm oil at its former crude oil refinery at La Mede, which it is converting into a biofuel production site.

    In December, 2018, French lawmakers voted to remove palm oil from the country's biofuel scheme as of 2020, following longstanding controversy swirling about the environmental and climate change related impact of palm oil which is produced primarily in Asia.

    TOTAL previously pledged that palm oil would account for less than half of raw material used, with French rapeseed crops and recycled oil also being used.

    Editor's note; See the following Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries previously published response to French and EU palm oil -- climate change concerns. (Source: TOTAL, Star online, 12 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


    First Saudi Utility-Scale Wind Power Project Awarded (Int'l.)
    Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office
    Date: 2019-01-11
    A consortium led by France's EDF Energies Nouvelles and Abu Dhabi's Masdar reports the Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office has awarded it the $500 million Dumat Al Jandal wind project -- Saudi Arabia's first utility-scale wind farm. When completed, the 400 MW wind farm will generate sufficient power for as many as 70,000 Saudi households.

    The kingdom's 2017 renewable energy development strategy, which plans to generate 10 pct of the country's power from renewable sources by 2023, calls for the developement of 30 solar and wind projects across the country at an expected cost of between $30 billion to $50 billion. (Source: Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office, Gulf Business, 10 Jan., 2019) Contact: Saudi Arabian Energy Ministry Renewable Energy Project Development Office, www.powersaudiarabia.com.sa; EDF Energies Nouvelles, ; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Wind,  EDF Energies Nouvelles,  


    Vestas Claims Over 100 GW of Wind Turbine Installations (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has achieved 100 GW of installed wind turbines with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW wind turbine at MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI wind farm project in Iowa. Since 1979, Vestas has installed over 66,000 wind turbines worldwide and been a major player in taking wind energy from niche to mainstream. Vestas has also helped remove more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. (Source: Vestas, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Anders Runevad, Pres., CEO, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbines,  


    Aussie Agencies Bemoan Building Code Energy Efficiency Delays (Int'l)
    Australia
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the Land Down Under, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council has reportedly deferred a decision to increase the decade old and outdated energy efficiency requirements within the National Construction Code.

    The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council's (ASBEC) Built to Perform Report, produced in partnership with ClimateWorks Australia, found that stronger energy standards could reduce residential and commercial energy bills by up to $900 per year, increase stress on the electric grid and result in greenhouse gas emissions that would otherwise have been avoided. According to the ASBEC, a three-year delay in strengthening the Building Code could lead to $2.6 billion in wasted energy expenditure, while locking in an additional $720 million of electricity network investments and 9 million tonnes of emissions by 2030. (Source: ASBEC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: ASBEC, www.asbec.asn.au; COAG, www.coag.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Wind Energy, CO2 Emissions Savings (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    CO2,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Based on EPA data on global average electricity, 100 GW of wind energy saves approximately 129 million tpy of CO2 equaling the CO2 emissions from:
  • 33 coal-fired power plants;
  • 298 million barrels of oil; 141 billion pounds of burned coal;
  • Annual electric power consumption of 22.54 million U.S. homes;
  • and the carbon sequestered from 152 million acres of forest. (Source: EPA, Jan., 2019)

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


  • Duke Touts N. Carolina Solar Rebate Program Success (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Duke Energy North Carolina is reporting its $62 million rebate program in North Carolina is driving both residential and commercial solar adoption statewide.

    Duke Energy claimed 5,000 rooftop solar customers in Jan, 2019, but now has approximately 9,000. Since January 2, 2019, the company's solar rebate program has received more than 2,000 applications.

    The rebate program helps customers with the upfront costs of installing on-site solar. With the program, nonresidential customers are eligible for a rebate of 50 cents per watt. Church, scholl, and other Nonprofit customers are eligible for 75 cents per watt for systems of 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater are eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for nonresidential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers. Customers also have a solar leasing option. (Source: Duke Energy, Energy Manager, Jan., 2019)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Rebate details www.duke-energy.com/home/products/renewable-energy/nc-solar-rebates

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Solar Rebatesa,  


    Enel's 450 MW Texas Wind Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Enel Green Power North America reports construction is underway on its $600 million, 450-MW High Lonesome Wind Farm in Upton and Crockett Counties, West Texas. When fully operational by the year end, the project will be the company's largest wind farm. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Kallanish Energy, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Enel Green Power North America,  


    Ground-Breaking Thermal Energy Storage at Newcastle Univ. (Int'l)
    Newcastle University
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the UK, the Newcastle University Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is reporting the world's first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage system is now up and running at the university's National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage.

    The system, which has a maximum power output of 150kW and a storage capacity of 600kWh, could offer a low-cost method of storing large volumes of excess renewable electricity. (Source: Newcastle University, Utility Week, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Newcastle University Swan Centre , Tony Roskilly, Dir., +44 191 208 6000, Andrew Smallbone, Newcastle University National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage, www.ncl.ac.uk/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Newcastle University,  Energy Technologies Institute,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    WEC Energy Takes Major Stake in 97-MW Wind Project (M&A,
    WEC Energy Group,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group Inc. is reporting its $145 million acquisition of an 80 pct stake in the 39-turbine Coyote Ridge Wind Farm in Brookings County, South Dakota.

    The 97-MW Portland, Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables project is presently under construction for an expected commissioning by the end of 2019. Avangrid Renewables will operate the wind farm which has a PPA with Google Energy. WEC Energy reportedly plans to invest $1 billion in renewable energy power generation through 2019-2023. (Source: WEC Energy, Zacks, 9 Jan., 2019)Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-7345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane , ceo, www.avangridren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  Avangrid Renewables,  


    Citec, Highview Power Partner on Cryogenic Energy Storage (Int'l)
    Highview Power
    Date: 2019-01-11
    London-headquartered energy storage solutions provider Highview Power reports it has partnered with Vassa, Finland-based engineering firm Citec to modularize its gigawatt-scale cryogenic (liquid air) energy storage system. With a simplified design and streamlined engineering from Citec, a standard plant configuration of 50 MW/500 MWh can be easily and cost-effectively scaled up to multiple gigawatt hours, or down, without limitation.

    The first modular solution will be designed with a standard configuration of 50 MW/500 MWh. Work is expected to get underway this year. (Source: Highview Power, Alt Energy Mag, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javiar Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com; Citec, Johan Westermarck, CEO, +358 6 324 0700, www.citec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  Energy Storage,  


    ConEdison Selects Sunverge for Smart Home Rate Project (Ind. Report)
    ConEdison,Sunverge
    Date: 2019-01-11
    New York utility ConEdison reports the selection of San Francisco-based Sunverge's intelligent energy storage system and dynamic Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform for its new Smart Home Rate demonstration project.

    The demo is designed to test an advanced residential rate design in conjunction with battery storage technology and solar PV. The rate will have dynamic, time-varying components that closely reflect the various cost drivers of the electric power supply and delivery system to determine how this rate performs in conjunction with near real-time price responsive control and automation technology.

    The Sunverge integrated and dynamic platform will help customers get the most out of complex, dynamic rates that includes time-variant supply charges, a daily demand charge, and event-based coincident demand charges. The Sunverge platform will receive the hourly energy prices and demand events, and automatically manages power flows behind the meter to optimize the use of grid power, battery storage, solar self-generation, and smart appliances in the home to reduce customer energy bills and improve efficiency.

    Sunverge Energy provides the leading open, dynamic platform for Virtual Power Plants (VPP), a grid-aware and dynamic power source built from the aggregation of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources (DERs). The VPP platform provides intelligent dynamic, near real-time control over decentralized energy resources that is efficient, reliable, and responsive to utilities and their customers. (Source: Sunverge Energy, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Sunverge Energy, Martin Milani, CEO, (415) 795- 3660, www.sunverge.com; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ConEdison,  Sunverge,  Energy Storage,  


    75-MW Duke Energy Florida Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Florida
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the Sunshine State, Duke Energy Florida reports its 74.9-MW Hamilton Solar Power Plant is now in operation and providing electric power to approximately 20,000 area 20,000 homes. The project was originally developed by Kansas-based Tradewind Energy and was completed by Duke Energy.

    Duke Energy Florida plans to acquire or install 700 MW of solar energy in the state through 2022. The utility presently has about 300,000 solar panels in operation totaling 100 MW across its territory. (Source: Duke Energy Florida, PR, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Florida, Catherine Stempien,Pres., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Energy_Florida; Tradewind Energy, Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tradewind Energy ,  Duke Energy Florida,  Solar,  


    Sprouts Adopts BioHiTech Anaerobic Digester System (Ind. Report)
    BioHiTech Global
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Chestnut Ridge, New York-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc. is reporting the installation of a BioHiTech Revolution Series™ Digester at Pheonix, Arizona-headquartered Sprouts Farmers Market's first store in Philadelphia, Pa.. The BioHiTech technology is being used in 18 Sprouts locations nationally.

    BioHiTech's cost effective Revolution Series™ Digesters technology platforms can virtually eliminate landfill usage through real-time data analytics to reduce waste generation, biological disposal of food waste at the point of generation, and the processing of municipal solid waste into a valuable renewable fuel. (Source: BioHiTech Global, PR, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367-0603, rgalterio@biohitech.com, www.biohitech.com: Sprouts, www.sprouts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BioHiTech Global,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Macau Int'l Airport Cuts CO2 Emissions 41 pct (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-01-11
    The Macau International Airport reports it cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 41 pct in 2018 compared to 2012. The airport's goal was to cut CO2 emissions by 20 pct when compared to 2012, when 19,300 tonnes of CO2 were emitted at the airport, including those produced in the movements of vehicles, aircraft and air conditioning.

    According to the latest Report of the State of the Environment of Macao in 2017, CO2 emissions in the territory rose by 6.2 pct between 2007 and 2016. (Source: Macau International Airport, Macau News Agency, Jan., 2019) Contact: Macau International Airport, www.macau-airport.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Emissions,  


    Iowa Sets Record Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2019-01-11
    The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is reporting 2018 ethanol production in the Hawkeye State came in at 4.35 billion gallons in 2018, up slightly over 2017 production by still below the 4.5 billion gpy capacity of the states ethanol producers.

    The IRFA credits the increase to record ethanol exports, refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the trade dispute with China. Iowa's ethanol is projected to make up 27 pct of total U-S ethanol production.

    On Jan. 4 we reported the Iowa's 12 biodiesel plants produced a record-breaking 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018. The record production is due in part to the plummeting level of biodiesel imports following a verdict against Argentina and Indonesia for illegally subsidizing imports to the U.S. According to the IRFA, Iowa's biodiesel production is expected to make up nearly 20 pct of total U.S. production for 2018. The IRFA also emphasized that the state could do even more if the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) level for biodiesel was set to at least mirror projected U.S. biodiesel consumption and not undermined by small-refinery exemptions. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  


    FuelCell Energy Scores $3.76Mn Calif. SCAQMD Award (Funding)
    FuelCell Energy,SCAQMD
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. is reporting receipt of $3,767,380 in funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to enable the development of a renewable fuel cell project that will renewable hydrogen and power from onsite biogas while avoiding nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino countries. The 10,743 square mile area is home to over 16.8m people. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy, PR, SCAQM, Jan., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Chip Bottone, Pres., CEO, (203) 830-7494, ir@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com; SCAQMD, http://yourstory.aqmd.gov/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  SCAQMD ,  Biogas,  


    St. Pete Codifying Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the Sunshine State, City officials in St. Petersburg are considering an ordinance that would require newly constructed and renovated city buildings and new city infrastructure costing more than $2 million to meet a "green" standard. The ordinance would "codify" 2017 vintage rules and further the city's commitment to "green" and energy efficiency standards.

    Specifically, the ordinance would require all new and significantly renovated city buildings of more than 5,000 square feet to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certified. (Source: City of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Coal-Biomass Excluded from Japanese FiT Scheme (Int'l Report)
    Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In Tokyo, the Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry (Meti) reports it plans to exclude a new biomass- and coal-fired power generation project from its feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme from the April 2019-March 2020 fiscal year.

    The exclusion is in response to a recent Meti study finding that overall costs to maintain a co-fired power plant are lower compared with a dedicated biomass power plant that uses woody biomass, liquid biomass or construction waste. Biomass such as pruned branches, wood shavings, paper, food debris, waste cooking oil and black liquor will be excluded from the FiT scheme from 2021-22 for co-firing with coal.

    The decision, if approved by the government, will be applied to the country's biomass power tender for 2019-20, which will exclude projects co-fired with coal. (Source: Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, LinkedIn, Argus, Jan., 2019) Contact: Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry , www.meti.go.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Coal,  


    Carbon Engineering Claims Major New Investors (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Squamish, British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) is reporting receipt of equity investments from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chevron Corporation's Chevron Technology Ventures. Carbon Engineering's proven Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology removes CO2 directly from the air and subsequently synthesizes it into clean transportation fuels.

    CE has been developing DAC technology since 2009 and capturing CO2 from the atmosphere at a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C. since 2015. The DAC plants are location-independent and can be co-located with an oilfield operation for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Carbon Engineering's complementary AIR TO FUELS process combines CO2 from DAC with clean hydrogen from water electrolysis to provide a second pathway for reducing transportation emissions by synthesizing ultra-low carbon intensity liquid fuels.

    CE's AIR TO FUELS products are fully compatible with existing cars, trucks, ships and planes, allowing existing vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions without modification. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Green Car Congress, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering. Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  EOR,  CHevron,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    Canada Int'l Renewable Energy Agency's Newest Member (Int'l)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has announced that Canada has joined the 159-menber International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) as its newest member.

    According to the release, IREA membership means Canada will promote its expertise in the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies and increase the presence and visibility of its cleantech sector internationally and demonstrate its leadership in renewable energy. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canadian Biomass, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: International Renewable Energy Agency, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  


    Praj Launches Compressed Biogas Technology Demo (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Praj Industries is reporting the ground-breaking of its integrated Compressed Biogas (CBG) demo plant at the Shreenath Mhaskoba Surgar Factory, adjacent to the existing 2nd Gen Bio-Refinery facility . The demo project is in coordination with three bio refinery projects on proprietary 2G technology.

    Praj's demo plant will test, improve and optimise production of CBG from woody biomass, agricultural waste, paper mill pith, a other biomass feedstocks, according to a company filing. Praj Industries Ltd. is a process and project engineering company, headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, India, with offices in South Africa, North America, Latin America & Caribbean, Thailand, Philippines and UAE. (Source: Praj Industries, India Infoline News, 11 Jan., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Biogas,  

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