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
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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, email@example.com, www.ventientenergy.com
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.k2cleancap.com
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vttresearch.com
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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, email@example.com, www.rmrdc.gov.ng
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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
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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
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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
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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)
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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, email@example.com, www.masdar.ac.ae
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biohitech.com: Sprouts, www.sprouts.com
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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
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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, email@example.com, http://iowarfa.org
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.praj.net
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