As part of the program, the school board is assessing its boilers campus-wide and is working with Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power (AEP)to improve overall campus-wide energy efficiency, energy efficient lighting, HVAC controls and trimming general energy related costs.
The board' aims to save $650,000 in total by June 30, of this year.
(Source: New Albany-Plain Local School District, This Week Community News, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Albany-Plain Local School District, Superintendent Michael Sawyers, www.napls.us
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The sale includes the 48-MW Enersol, 13.2-MW Megasol and 24.2-MW Phoenix solar photovoltaic (PV) parks. The transaction completes the sale of the third group of assets of the Glennmont Clean Energy Fund I.
(Source: Glennmont Partners, Renewables, 28 Dec., 2019) Contact: Glennmont Partners, +44 (0)20 3725 8318,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.glennmont.com; Tages Capital SGR, +44 (0)20 3036 6051 - London office, +39 02 87337 1 - Milan office, email@example.com, www.tagescapital.com
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The Tesla Powerpack system cost $66 million to build, which is a small number in comparison to the amount of funds saved over a mere 12 months.
The Tesla system also eliminated the need for a 35 MW local Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS); decreased the South Australian regulation FCAS price by 75 pct; and helped connect South Australia to the National Electricity Market.
(Source: Neoen, Jan., 2019) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack
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Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Benefuel, Various Media, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.benefuel.net
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Technically, the operation is the first guarantee under the Lithuanian Leveraged Fund that was established in 2016 to maximise the funds available for the modernization programme, which is a key government priority. With it, the Lithuanian financing situation has seen an evolution from using financial intermediaries as agents to disburse ERDF and national funds, to an ERDF-backed guarantee to banks, who will use only their own funds to give out modernization loans. This final step will greatly improve the leverage of this financing, maximising the number of households that can receive cheaper loans. (Source: EIB, Emerging Europe, Jan., 2019)Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Siaulių Bankas, www.sb.lt
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Malta Inc. is looking to commercialize the heat pump energy storage system that uses electricity to drive a heat pump which converts the electrical energy into molten salt thermal energy by creating a temperature differential.
Malta Inc. will work with industry partners including Sweden-based heat exchange manufacturer Alfa Laval, Hong Kong-based Concord New Energy Group and US-based Breakthrough Energy Ventures LLC (led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates), to make this technology cost-effective.
(Source: Malta Inc., Hudrocarbons 21, 3 Dec., 2019)
Contact: Malta Inc., https://x.company/projects/malta
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If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.
The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.
Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.
Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.
The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.
Download the Scientific Assessment of
Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org
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The UWI SRM project, which received Developing World Impacts Modelling Analysis (DECIMALS) grant funding,would involve blocking out a small amount of sunlight to cool the Earth by spraying reflective particles into the upper atmosphere. If successful, the study results could be important in regional climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. rejected, according to the UWI release.
. Through the DECIMALS grant, the research group from the UWI, Mona, will work alongside teams in Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, and South Africa, and with some of the world's leading SRM modelling experts, ultimately publishing their findings at the end of 2020.
DECIMALS was set up by the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a non-governmental project founded in 2010 by Environmental Defense Fund, The World Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society.
(Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Gleaner, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of the West Indies, Dr Leonardo Clarke, principal investigator, (876) 927-1660-9 Exts. 2336/2339
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"The study points out that wind and solar electricity provided about 18 pct of Texas' power in 2017, but that thoughtful planning to optimize natural patterns of renewable energy output could further help those resources 'punch above their weight' as coal-fired power plants are retired. In fact, Texas, because of its size and climate, is uniquely positioned to replace coal power with electricity from a complementary mix of West Texas and Gulf Coast wind along with solar power from around the state.
" Tri Global Energy has been developing West Texas wind projects for 10 years and has become the number one developer of wind farms in the state. (Texas also leads the nation in production of wind power.) Tri Global CEO Billingsly also launched Sunfinity Renewable Energy nearly three years ago. Sunfinity is developing residential, commercial and utility scale solar energy in several states, including Texas.
"The rise of clean energy appears to be everywhere across Texas," said Billingsley. 'The state is speeding ahead to develop renewable energy and reaching new milestones all the time. But we've only begun to scratch the surface in terms of truly harnessing our clean, renewable resources. Texans will be the real winners, realizing both the environmental and economic benefits of renewables. The next several years will see amazing strides forward."
(Source: Tri Global Energy, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Sunfinity, www.sunfinityre.com; Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825, email@example.com, www.triglobalenergy.com
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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 Shaw 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.
Compared to 2017, there was a shift in feedstock usage across the state toward more soybean oil. Soybean oil increased its market share to nearly 81 pct while animal fat usage declined from 11 pct to nearly 5 pct. Corn oil continued to make up about 10 pct of feedstock while used cooking oil (UCO)increased to about 4 percent. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, KMA Land, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://iowarfa.org
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In 2015, the Obama administration determined that partial carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for new coal units.
The Trump EPA now proposes that the best system of emission reduction is the most efficient commercially-viable coal boiler combined with best industry practices. Under the new EPA proposal, new coal power plants would have to meet a standard of 1,900 pounds of CO2 per MWh rather than the current more stringent standard of 1,400 pounds per MWh. The Trump EPA's proposal is based on an updated analysis of the cost and geographic availability of CCS.
Presently, only two utility-scale CCS power plants in existence: Petra Nova in Texas and Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan.
The sale includes the: 200MW Meadow Lake 6 facility in Indiana and;and the 100MW Nation Rise project due online in Q4 of this year in Canada. EPDR completed the sale of 75 pct of Nation Rise with the other 5 pct to be sold when the project starts operations. (Source: EDPR Renewables, renews.biz,
2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514) 954-3781, email@example.com, www.axiuminfra.com
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As part of its continuing compliance, CGSA has set-up a team to verify and create mechanisms to lower the port's industrial emissions, and has also
sponsored the preservation of 10,000 hectares of mangrove forests and 4,600 hectares of native forests as part of its carbon emissions-climate change mitigation efforts.
(Source: Port Strategy, 3 Jan, 2019) Contact: Sambito SA, +593 (2) 246 602, www.sambito.com.ec; Contecon Guayaquil, +593 4-600-6300, www.cgsa.com.ec/inicio.aspx
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The projects -- three on Oahu, two on Maui and two on Hawaii Island -- will add approximately 262 MW of solar energy with 1,048 MWh of storage.
The prices for six of the seven projects, which are the lowest to date for renewable electricity in the state, are charged to customers with no mark-up or profit to the utility.
The seven solar-plus-storage projects are the result of a procurement effort the HECO companies began in February 2018 to expand their renewable energy portfolios. An additional project, a 12.5-MW solar array in West O‘ahu that will include a 50-MWh storage system, is also being planned, with the contract expected to be submitted to regulators in coming weeks.
HECO presently has over 500 MW of
renewable energy under contract in addition to nearly 80,000 private rooftop systems in
operation. (Source: HECO, PR, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hawaiianelectric.com
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As previously reported, Pacific Ethanol shuttered a smaller, 45 million gpy ethanol plant on the same property in Aurora. To date, the company has idled roughly 20 percent of its production capacity due to weak demand and low prices.
(Source: Pacific Ethanol, Sacramento Business Journal, 3 Jan., 2018)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, email@example.com, www.pacificethanol.com
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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. provides natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The company supplies renewable natural gas (RNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) for light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles; and provides operation and maintenance services for vehicle fleet customer stations. (Source: Renaissance Technologies, Clean Energy Fuels, Fairfield Current, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: Renaissance Technologies, www.rentec.com
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Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology at the hotel and will be remotely managing the battery's workload and efficiency from its energy management center in Glasgow. (Source: BBC News, Jan., 2019)
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The report segments the market on the basis of region, the type services, technologies, products offered, and includes marketing and trade volumes.
Report details HERE[endlink target=_blank>. (Source: Zion Market Research, Technology News Extra, Jan., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, www.zionmarketresearch.com
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The NJBPU also announced the rejection of the up to 25-MW Nautilus pilot offshore wind project in New Jersey waters on the grounds that the project's "unsubstantiated benefits" would be a burden to ratepayers. (Source:
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Renewables, Dec., 2018)Contact: NJ BPU, www.bpu.state.nj.us
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In other recent EESL news, in March, 2018, the company's UK subsidiary EnergyPro Assets acquired British power generation solutions provider Edina UK Ltd for £55 million (Rs 493 crore). In May, 2018, EESL received a $300 million loan from the World Bank for residential and public sector energy efficiency projects. (Source: EESL, IANS, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Punjab National Bank, www.pnbindia.in;
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, www.eeslindia.org
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Since 2016, the AESO has awarded contracts to projects that will nearly double the province's installed wind energy capacity, and result in a 10 pct increase to Canada's installed wind energy capacity, which currently sits at just under 13,000 MW.
The companies behind the projects announced today have each signed a 20-year Indexed Renewable Energy Credit
(Source: CANWEA, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canadian Wind Energy Association, Robert Hornung, President, (613) 915-4857, www.canwea,ca; Alberta Electric System Operator, www.aeso.ca
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HECO also reports nearly 3,000 new private rooftop solar systems came online in 2018 for a total of about 77,000 systems -- one of every three single-family homes on Oahu has rooftop solar, the highest percentage in the U.S.
In 2018, the HECO companies also laid the foundation for the largest surge in renewable energy in Hawaii history with solar-plus-storage projects and a major wind project that together, pending regulatory approval, will add 325 MW of clean electric generation across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii. Two solar-plus-storage projects on Maui and two on Hawaii Island will be the largest grid-scale solar facilities on those islands and are in addition to nearly 200 MW of new renewable generation planned or presently under construction.
Many Hawaii residents hope to join the 77,000-plus customers using private rooftop solar and the HECO continue working to make that choice available to more families. New programs launched in 2018 made it possible for customers to: receive credit on electric bills for electricity sent to the grid only during peak demand hours; get credit for sending electricity to the grid while allowing utilities to limit it, if necessary, for grid stability; and for present net metering customers to add capacity and energy storage if new equipment does not send electricity to the grid.
To integrate existing and new customer-sited and grid-scale renewable energy, HECO is modernizing the electric grid for the 21st century. In 2018, the utilities received
approval to start a $205-million, strategic, grid modernization plan, developed with the greatest
stakeholder input ever.
HECO also launched the Community-Based Renewable Energy solar program allowing customers on all islands who
cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com
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The deal is subject to regulatory approvals. Construction is subject to positive final investment decision. If approved and constructed, the project could come online in the mid 2020s.
EDF Renewables presently has 2,800 MW of offshore wind in development or operation in Europe -- Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
(Source: EDF, Shell, Citizens Tribune, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: Shell New Energies, Dorine Bosman, VP, Shell Wind Development, www.shell.com/newenergies; EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-renewables.com
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Palm oil is one of, if not the largest revenue earners for the country, and is key to Malaysia' Biodiesel B10 programme, which kicked off on Dec 1, 2018.
The Malaysian Palm Oil Board is conducting research to determine the percentage of domestic palm oil consumption and the segments and sectors that have yet to utilize palm oil as a raw material.
The Malaysian Biodiesel Association notes that the country's palm oil biodiesel production is likely to hit record levels this year and next, with 2018 exports expected to double from 2017, due to higher oil prices.
Malaysia is the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, which can be used as feedstock to make the bio components of biodiesel. According to the Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Malaysian biodiesel production could hit 900,000 tonnes and exports 475,000 tonnes if the current price differential between crude palm oil and gasoil remains at current levels.
(Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, SunDaily, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my; Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my
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Ecotera has developed more than 350 MW of wind power projects in the past few years. (Source: Boralex, Pr 26 Dec., 2018) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Decostre, VP and GM Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; Ecotera, +33 3 20 37 60 31, www.ecotera-developpement.fr
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The plan foresees PPAs for 1,001 MW of solar PV parks coupled with a total of 100 MW of battery storage facilities at a cost of $2 billion, or more, by the end of 2021.
The proposed projects projects -- Battle Mountain Solar Project, Dodge Flat Solar Center, Fish Springs Ranch, Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Ranch, Copper Mountain Solar 5, and the Techren Solar 5 project -- will expand NV Energy's renewables portfolio to around 3,000 MW. NV Energy's portfolio presently 50 solar, geothermal, hydropower, wind, biomass, and supported rooftop solar projects. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, 31 Dec., 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com
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In a similar NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, two-thirds of those surveyed say climate change is a serious problem and the nation needs to take action. Only 30 pct of survey participants said say we don't know enough yet or that we don't need to be concerned with climate change -- down 13 points from 1999.
Of the survey participants, 71 pct of Democrats now say climate change is an urgent problem -- a 42-point increase since 1999 -- 47 pct of independent voters said they want climate change action while only 15 pct of Republicans see a need to deal with climate change -- unchanged since the same question was asked in 1999.
(Source: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Meet the Press, NBC, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, climatecommunication.yale.edu; George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication, www.climatechangecommunication.org, www.gmu.edu
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Although the membership and scope of the new panel has yet to be announced, it is not expected to have legal authority to demand documents under subpoena. Progressive democrats
have been calling for a "Green New Deal" that promotes renewable energy and a new climate panel as part of a "green agenda." (Source: Nancy Pelosi, Various Media, AP, Guardian Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Nancy Pelosi, https://twitter.com/search/Nancy+Pelosi
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In addition to its ethanol and wet distillers grain facility in Keyes, California, Aemetis owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel biodiesel production facility in India, as well as operates an R&D laboratory and holds patents on renewable fuels and renewable chemicals production related technologies. (Source: Aemetis, Feedstuffs, 31 Dec., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com;
Protair-X Americas, www.protairx.com
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The Tesla battery system, reportedly be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project ever built in Colorado, will store sufficient power for power 600-700 homes and help United Power save approximately $1 million in annual operational costs. (Source: United Power, Smart Energy, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: United Power, Jerry Marizza, Bus. Dev., (303)637-1300, www.unitedpower.com;
Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000, email@example.com, www.engie-na.com; Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack
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The Trudeau government had proposed a 95 pct standard for the cement and lime sectors and 90 pct for production of petrochemicals, steel, certain types of iron, nitric acid and ammonia. All other sectors have a proposed 80 pct threshold. Companies exceeding those levels can pay a tax, or buy credits from more efficient firms.
The industrial emissions plan applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island -- the provinces that are challenging the Trudeau carbon tax plan -- and to electricity and natural gas pipelines in Saskatchewan. Even with the carbon tax in place,
Canada is still expected to fall short of its COP15 target of 513 metric megatons of emissions by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Bloomberg, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html
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The turbines are slated for installation at two wind energy projects in Changhua along the west coast of Taiwan.
(Source: Vestas, reve, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Clive Turton, Pres. Vestas Asia Pacific, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Star Energy Corporation, www.starenergy.com.tw/eng
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To reach its goal, carbon neutral ships must be commercially available by 2030, and the shipping industry must be fully transitioned into using new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains by 2050.
The Paris Climate Accord excluded pollution from international shipping and aviation in its goal setting on climate change. Because shippers cross multiple jurisdictions in the course of each trip, they were left to police themselves.
(Source: Maersk Line, PR, Savannah Now, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com
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Download a comprehensive report overview HERE. A report sample copy is available HERE.
(Source: TMR Research, PR, 1 Jan, 2019) Contact: TMR Research, (415) 520-1050, www.tmrresearch.com
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NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery energy storage. (Source: NextEra Energy, PR, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: NextEra Energy, www.NextEraEnergy.com; Florida Power & Light, www.FPL.com; Gulf Power, www.GulfPower.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com
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When fully operational, the the demo facility will potentially process 0.7 tpd of woody biomass to produce about 20 lpd of "neat" biojet fuel. MHPS will be responsible for the entrained-bed gasification technology, Toyo for micro-channel F-T synthesis technology and the reforming of the synthesized oil, CEPCO for equipment operation and fuel procurement, and JAXA for evaluation of combustion characteristics.
MHPS notes it has been developing coal-gasification technology since the 1980s, and has established high-performance gasification furnace technology. (Source: MHPS, Chemical Engineering, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: MHPS, www.mhps.com; NEDO, www.nedo.go.jp; JAXA, global.jaxa.jp
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For 2017, EPA received a total of 37 small refinery "hardship waiver" petitions, 29 of which were approved, seven are still pending and one declared ineligible or withdrawn. The 29 approved petitions have exempted roughly 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) keeping more than 13.6 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.
(Source: US EPA, NAFB, 31 Dec., 2018)
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The study concludes that the small refinery waivers could account for as many as 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand lost over the next six years, along with the hit to revenue. Conventional biofuel such as corn ethanol stands to fall in use, along with consumption of ethanol in flex fuels and mid-level blends, and wholesale ethanol prices could slip as much as 19 cents per gallon on average. The study also notes that U.S. ethanol consumption stands to drop 761 million gpy on average between 2018 and 2023 with a resulting decline in gross ethanol sales revenues, with an average of $3.3 billion lost per year.
(Source: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, Transportation Today, 2018) Contact: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, (573) 884-4688, www.fapri.missouri.edu
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The new power station acquisitions will increase DRAX's electric power generation capacity by 60 pct and add 2.6GW of generation.
DRAX, the UK's largest renewable energy generator, operates biomass units at its site near Selby, following a decade-long conversion of two-thirds of the plant from coal fired to more sustainable biomass.
(Source: DRAX, PR, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
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FHL Bank of Boston is a cooperatively owned wholesale bank for housing finance in the six New England states. FHL Bank provides reliable wholesale funding and liquidity to its New England member financial institutions. (Source: FHL Bank of Boston, Journal Tribune, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: FHL Bank of Boston, Edward A. Hjerpe III, , Pres., CEO, (617)292-9600, www.fhlbboston.com
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The energy storage market and development brings as many challenges as it does advancements, with a myriad of technologies, capacities, functions, and lifespans. With most projects still in development and technologies with sparse track records, knowledge in this fledgling industry is invaluable. Investors, utilities, consumers, and all renewable energy participants have to not only understand the market, but be able comfortable enough to make the right investment in energy storage to not be left behind the curve.
Malta's electro-thermal system can store energy from any source in any location, making existing capital investments in both fossil and renewable forms of generation more productive while dramatically improving power grid stability and resilience.
Malta's investors includes Alfa Laval, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and Concord New Energy Group. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Alfa Laval,
Malta Inc.,https://x.company/contact, https://x.company/projects/malta
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Among its other stipulations, the bill requires the city to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2032,, It also puts a price on carbon emissions and and mandates the DC Public Service Commission to prioritize addressing climate change.
This climate victory in the nation's capital is the result of a 3-year effort by grassroots organizers, engaged constituents, a coalition of 100 faith leaders, businesses, low income advocates, climate groups, and neighborhood associations. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Red, Green & Blue, 15 Dec., 2018)
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The report notes that although 58 pct of the IT managers interviewed in the study are increasingly adopting or developing policies to address environmental issues almost half have yet to adopt an environmental policy and nearly a quarter have no intention of developing a p[policy in the future.
The study respondents cited high costs, lack of resources and understanding as key factors preventing them from implementing environmental policies. Surprisingly, 50 pct of those asked did not know their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) -- the ratio of total energy used by a data center facility to the energy delivered to the IT equipment -- is becoming one of the most popular metrics to calculate efficient energy usage. For those that are measuring PUE, 22 pct have an average PUE of 2.0 or higher, and 6 pct are in the average range between 1.0 and 1.19.
Download the Supermicro Data Centers & The Environment report HERE. (Source: Supermicro, The Stack, Dec., 2018) Contact: Supermicro, www.supermicro.com
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