The plan would have boosted the renewable fuel blending obligation from 10.88 pct to 11.76 pct to offset volumes lost under the waiver program, which has been expanded sharply under Scott Pruitt's tenure at the EPA.
The idea was apparently aimed at assuaging the U.S. corn lobby which has accused Trump's EPA of undermining the demand for biofuels like corn-based ethanol through the waiver program, but was scrapped amid intense protest from the refining industry, according to the Reuters report.
The "hardship" exemptions representing some 2.25 million gallons worth of biofuel were granted for 2017 and 2016, including waivers covering 1.46 million compliance credits (RINS). The EPA projected some 8.18 billion gallons of gasoline and 5.44 billion gallons of diesel produced by small refiners would be exempt from the requirements in 2019, according to the EPA.
As previously reported, "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: EPA, Manitoba Co-oporator, Various Media, Reuters, 12 July, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend, RFS, Pruitt, Renewable Fuel Standard, "Hardship" Waiver,
Zilkha Biomass Energy produces the Zilkha Black pellet, a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable and can be stored like coal.
(Source: Zilkha Biofuels, Monticello Live, 9 July, 2018)Contact: Monticello Economic Development Commission, www.monticelloedc.org;
Zilkha Biomass, Jack Holmes, CEO, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Zilkha, Biomass, Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet,
The Envision -- Bow Power joint venture in Energia Renovable de la Peninsula, is being developed by Envision's local partner ViveEnergia, and has PPAs with Mexico`s utility company CFE.
Envision owns the world's largest Energy IoT platform, EnOS™, currently managing more than 100GW of energy assets globally. It is also the second largest wind turbine manufacturer in China and the sixth largest in the world.
Bow Power, a joint venture from Spanish conglomerate ACS and Global Infrastructure Partners, invested in and managed seven assets with a total value higher than €1,200 million , including different technologies in several geographies, during its first year of operations.
(Source: Envision Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018)
Contact: Bow Power, www.bowpowerenergy.com; Envision (www.envision-group.com),
More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy, Wind,
As per the contract, Enel X will purchase, install and operate the battery energy storage system on behalf of Amhil North America, and share the savings which are expected to be created by Enel X DEN.OS optimization software that will analyze Amhil's energy consumption and implement a control strategy. Enel X will also provide demand management services and enroll the energy storage system in IESO's demand response programme.
The storage system, which is expected to save Amhil 20 pct in energy costs, is slated for installation before the year end.
(Source: Enel X, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Enel X,
+39 06 83051, GMR@enel.com,
www.enelx.com/en; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Lithium-Ion Battery, Enel Group, EnerNOC,
The National Grid plan calls for accelerating decarbonization of the electric sector; electrifying light-duty transportation; and overhauling heating methods through enhanced efficiency, electrification and oil-to-gas conversion, as necessary shifts to reach an interim 40 pct reduction by 2030.
Zero-carbon electricity currently accounts for more than half of the Northeast's power generation with about 25 pct coming from large-scale hydropower and other renewables.
In 2015, emissions from power generation were approximately 50 pct below 1990 levels. Overall emissions for the Northeast in 2015 fell 16 pct below 1990 levels.
Achieving the 2030 target economically implies significant reduction in the reliance on the most expensive and polluting heating fuels: fuel oil, propane and kerosene. It means that a rapid transition from these fuels to heat electrification is needed, according to the National Grid release.
(Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Exec., July, 2018) Contact: National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com;
Siemens Power Technology International, www.energy.siemens.com/ru/ru/energy-topics/smart-grid/services/power-technologies-international.htm
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Power Technology International, National Grid,
According to CARB, the emissions reductions are the result of a mixture of state-level measures that include mandating that a certain fraction of electricity come from renewable resources, regulating vehicle emissions, and a carbon pricing and trading program shared with Quebec.
2020 carbon target is mandated by a 2006 law, but since then California has passed an even stricter law requiring emissions to be 40 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Per capita emissions of around 10.8 metric tons per person are about half the U.S. national average.
Overall 2016 greenhouse gas emissions for the U.S. in 2016 were around 6.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, and represented about 15 pct of global emissions in 2014.
(Source: California Air Resources Board, Green Car Congress, July, 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resource Board, CARB, Carbon Emissions,
" It's time to turn the page on the disastrous demand destruction practices of Scott Pruitt and start a new chapter." -- Kyle Gilley, POET Snr. VP External Affairs , Communications
More Low-Carbon Energy News POET news, Pruitt news, E15 news,
Through its real-time energy monitoring and smart algorithms, the Kontrol energy analytics technology provides deep energy savings through optimization, improves energy asset performance and can extend energy asset useful life.
Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs and a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Kontrol Energy, Paul Ghezzi, CEO ,
www.kontrolenergy.com; Canyon Engineering Inc | LinkedIn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canyon Engineering , Kontrol Energy, Energy Efficiency ,
The results of the federal-territorial analysis of the impact on carbon pricing in the NWT and the results of the public engagement on carbon pricing completed by the GNWT can be found HERE. (Source: Government of the Northwest Territories, Todd Sasaki, Senior Communications Officer,
(867) 767-9151 ext. 14032,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission, Carbon Tax, Carbon Pricing,
Cargill currently operates a soybean processing plant, a grain elevator and truck and rail bulk loadout operation at the site of the new 60 million gpy biodiesel plant which is expected to be operational early in 2019.
(Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, Bradenton Herald, 10 July, 2018)Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill, Biodiesel,
The four-year SEFE research programme leverages the scientific expertise of 10 of Ireland's top academics in bioenergy research across four universities as well as national and international companies.
The work will address some of the drawbacks associated with Ireland's reliance on imported biofuels and intermittent renewables by improving the efficiency and reducing the carbon intensity of power generation and transport from combustion.
It will also do so by boosting the supply of renewable heat, which makes up 41 pct of Ireland's energy consumption, as well as meeting sustainable waste management challenges.(Source: Science Foundation Ireland, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Silicon Republic, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Prof Jerry D. Murphy, Dir.,
+353 (0) 21 486 4300, www.marei.ie;
Science Foundation Ireland, + 353 (0)1 607 3200,
+ 353 (0 )1 607 3201, email@example.com, www.sfi.ie
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Bioenergy,
Download report samples HERE.
Browse a complete report HERE.
(Source: QyresearchReports, SBWire, 7 July, 2018)
(518) 621-2074, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.qyresearchreports.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biuochemical, Biofuel, Bioenergy,
Trees store much of their carbon within their leave and woody biomass, while grass stores most of its carbon underground. This means that when a tree catches fire, it releases its stores of carbon back into the atmosphere. But when a fire burns through grasslands, the carbon fixed underground tends to stay in the roots and soil.
The study suggests that grasslands and range lands should be given opportunities in California's cap-and-trade market, which was designed to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Their findings could also influence other carbon offset efforts around the world, especially those in semi-arid environments.
This study states that, from a cap-and-trade and carbon-offset perspective, conserving grasslands and promoting rangeland practices that lead to reliable rates of carbon sequestration may help meet California's emission-reduction goals.
(Source: UC Davis, earth.com, July, 2018) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627, johnmuir.ucdavis.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage, Carbon Sink, Climate Change, Carbon Storage,
The process was initially developed to make wood chips, which are heavy to transport, challenging to store and susceptible to rot, more suitable for transportation and storage.
A pilot torrefaction chamber working with olive oil production wastes, various woods and vineyard prunings has been established in Spain. (Source: Fraunhofer IGB Website, Olive Oil Times, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IGB, Antoine Dalibard, Group Manager Heat and Sorption Systems www.igb.fraunhofer.de/en.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Bioenergy, Torresfaction,
The Indian renewable energy sector attracted more than $42 billion in investments over the past four years for clean technologies, including solar, wind and biomass as well as smart grids and ESS, according to Indian government data.
PGCIL is an Indian state-owned electric utilities company that transmits about half of the total power generated in the nation on its transmission network. (Source: KEPCO, Yonhap, Korea BizWire, 10 July, 2018)
Contact: PGCIL, www.powergridindia.com; KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng
More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea Power Electric, KEPCO, Renewable Energy,
Eolus will provide technical, operational and administrative services as well as construct the wind farm. EWZ Holdings will provide construction financing. The wind farm is expected be commissioned in late 2020.
(Source: Eolus Vind AB, PR, 10 July, 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus Vind, Wind,
As a participant in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme MIA devised a five-year Carbon Management Plan for better energy efficiency, fuel efficiency and waste management, setting a 20 pct reduction target for aircraft movement emissions in 2018 from 2012 levels.
The airport landed higher than expected emissions reductions by replacing conventional lighting units with LED lighting, replacing its vehicle fleet with environmentally friendly vehicles, upgrading its baggage handling system, installing "green" walls, performing energy audits to track and reduce electricity consumption and the recycling of food waste. (Source: Macau International Airport, Macau News Agency, 9 July, 2018)
Contact: Macau International Airport, www.macau-airport.com/en; Airport Carbon Accreditation, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation ,
The new emissions reduction targets are expected to result in savings of £340 million ($452 million), and will be implemented parallel to guidance on targets for the wider public and higher education sectors., according to a statement.
(Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Strategy, CleanTechnica, 9 July, 2018) Contact:
UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark; BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk
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The net-zero emissions goal is supported by the recently agreed upon energy union governance regulation, calling for Europe to achieve carbon neutrality "as early as possible."
(Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018)
Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, EU, European Commission,
EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.
Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated:
wood solids 68 pct;
landfill gas 17 pct;
municipal solid waste 11 pct; and
other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct.
(Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, email@example.com, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Solar, US Energy Information Agency,
Energy efficiency updates and changes included :installation of more energy-efficient lighting; better energy management; moving to paperless billing; increased composting and recycling; and more then 30 other initiatives.
(Source: City of Branson, Branson News, 11 July, 2018) Contact: City of Branson, Mona Menezes, Environmental Specialist, (417) 337-8522, www.cityofbranson.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation,
Battery Consults Salt Battery incorporates table salt as a key ingredient and the other materials, such as nickel (nickel chloride and sodium are self-generated during charge), are also readily available and linked to established battery recycling networks.
The company claims the battery can be locally produced economically in production runs of around 3000 units per year, equivalent to 20 MWh of capacity.
The company's first 7 kWh prototype -- SB-7 -- is close to completion.
A single battery is expected to have a ten year life span assuming one daily charge and discharge.
The initial market for the battery is expected to be Europe
(Source: Battery Consult AG, Creamer Media Report, July, 2018) Contact: Battery Consult AG, Dr Cord-Henrich Dustmann, Managing Dir., +41 33 9721300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.batteryconsult.ch; CSIR, www.csir.co.za
More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Consult, Energy Strage, Salt Battery, Zebra Battery, CSIR,
AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.
The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to :
protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions;
improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and
build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, 9 July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration, CCS, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The facility, which opened 8 month behind schedule in October 2014, was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy but removed only 400,000 tonnes to date in 2015. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties.
Saskatchewan has committed to a 40 pct carbon emissions reduction in electrical power generation. (Source: SaskPower, CJME, Canadian Press, July, 2018)
Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower, Boundry Dam, CCS,
If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.
MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated.
(Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 2018)
Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy, Energy Efficiency Incentives, Energy Efficiency Rebate, Energy Efficiency,
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. builds and operates compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle fuel stations nationwide. The company's Redeem RNG fuel is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 pct, according to the company. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, BusinessWire, 10 July, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels,
Raleigh Gerber, (949) 437-1397, email@example.com, www.CleanEnergyFuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels , RNG, Alternative Fuel,
Together, the three systems will produce nearly 5 million kWh of energy per year and save the school district over $20 million in electricity costs over the 25 years of the PPA.
The projects were funded by Soltage as part of a recent investment into their capital vehicle raised with Basalt Infrastructure. (Source: Soltage, PR, Solar Power, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Soltage, Jesse Grossman, CEO, (201) 432-1786
Fax: (201) 432-1010
More Low-Carbon Energy News Soltage, Solar,
EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.
Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news, Biomass news, US Energy Information Agency news,
produces blades for Vestas's V136 turbine model. Production is set to begin at the site in Q3 2018.
(Source: TPI Composites, Windpower Monthly, Others, 10 July, 2018)
Contact: TPI Composites, Steve Lockard, Pres. & CEO, (480) 305-8910, email@example.com, www.tpicomposites.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News TPI Composites, Vestas, Wind Turbine Blade,
The Northwester 2 wind farm is located 48 kilometres off the coast and will have the largest and most powerful wind turbines currently available on the market -- the V164-9.5MW, with a rotor diameter of 164 metres.
Jan De Nul will design, construct and install 23 foundations, as well transport and install the cables wind turbines
Work is slated to get underwau in June 2019 for commissioning and operations in 2020. When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient green electricity for 220,000 households.
(Source: Jan De Nul Group, Gas & Oil Tech., 10 July, 2018) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables , +352 39 89 11,
+352 39 96 43 – fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jandenul.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,
The investment, launched on Triodos Bank's triodoscrowdfunding.com, crowd funding platform will allow the company to return around £3 million in surplus profits to the local community over the remaining 23-year lifespan of the project which has been operating for nearly two years and generates enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 2,000 homes, and over £1 million per year in revenue.
The bonds will be used to repay the remainder of an £11 million short-term loan facility from specialist community energy loan fund Leapfrog Finance. Over £7 million has already been refinanced through a long-term loan from Triodos Bank.
(Source: COOP News, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Burnham & Weston Energy, +44 01326 567 161 www.burnhamandwestonenergy.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar, Solar,
"He had completely undermined the ethanol industry. He was handing out waivers like candy. The last number I saw was 2.25 billion gallons of ethanol had been waived from the RFS. President Trump continues to talk about giving E15 full-year access, and these refiner waivers are just unacceptable." -- Lisa Richardson, Exec. Dir., South Dakota Corn Growers Association
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt, Ethanol, RFS, Ethanol Blend, Renewable Fuels Association,
The CEFC investment is part of a debt finance package to support intelliHUB's growth plans. The CEFC was established to facilitate increased flows of finance into the clean energy sector.
According to CEFC grid solutions and storage lead Simon Brooker, there are approximately 9 million metering points in the national electricity market and by accelerating their conversion to smarter technologies, consumers will benefit from more meaningful information relating to their energy consumption.
(Source: CEFC, CIO, Twitter, 4 July, 2018) Contact: CEFC, Ian Learmonth, CEO, www.cefc.com.au; Landis+Gyr, Mike Cooper, General Manager of Distributed Generation and Energy Storage , http://landisgyr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corp , Smart Meter, LandisGyr,
The company's Kinetic Keel concept harnesses energy with a two-part system comprised of a land-based shed houses a drum and high modulus rope -- a material seven times stronger than steel -- attached to an underwater keel that ebbs and flows with the tidal current. The rope loosens and contracts during high and low tides, meaning the two-way energy production is constantly producing energy without impacting the ocean environment.
The company has a PPA in place with Nova Scotia Power, will foot the bill for the new three-phase system, meaning residents will see no change in their power costs.
(Source: Bib Moon Power, Kings County Register, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Big Moon Power LLC, Jamie MacLean, www.bigmoonpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,
ACR has had fifteen issuances over a million forestry tons for both compliance and voluntary markets. This includes IFM, Avoided Conversion and Afforestation/Reforestation project types. Of the fifteen issuances, GreenTrees has two of them. Only three of the fifteen issuances are from afforestation/reforestation projects, with the remaining one from an international project.
The GreenTrees River System approach is setting the standard for how reforestation can achieve scale and impact and does it with small and medium-sized landowners. Reforestation provides a continuous loop of scaled impact while bending the climate curve.
GreenTrees® is the largest reforestation program in North America with more than 120,000 acres of trees planted with its 500 landowner partners, producing over 1,000,000 tons annually on The American Carbon Registry. (Source: GreenTrees, CSRWire, 6 July, 2018) Contact: GreenTrees, Chandler Van Voorhis, (540)253-2504, email@example.com, www.green-trees.com; American Carbon Registry, https://americancarbonregistry.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Refdorestation, Climate Change, American Carbon Registry , Carbon Emissions, Carbon Credits,
SoyVen owns and operates the National Vegetable Oil Company soy crush facility in Borg Al-Arab, along with related commercial and functional activities, including a separate Switzerland-based entity supplying soybeans to the Egypt crush plant. The plant's crush capacity has been doubled to 6,000 metric tpd to meet increasing Egyptian demand for soybean meal and soy oil.
SoyVen will have offices and operations in Cairo and Borg Al-Arab in Egypt, as well as offices in Rolle, Switzerland. (Source: Cargill Website, 6 July, 2018)
Contact: Cargill, www.cargill.com;
ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean, Soy Oil, Archer Daniels Midland, , Cargill,
The codes require the city to adopt a number of national and international standards for energy use and energy efficiency standards including the amount of building insulation, requirements for energy efficient windows and programmable thermostats. The new requirements will replace the 2009 International Building Codes followed by the city, but
will not apply to construction already using the old codes.
(Source: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, St. Louis Public Radio, 6 June, 2018) Contact: St. Louis Board of Aldermen, www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Codes,
The project, which is expected to come online between 2020 and 2021, will incorporate Vestas' 4-MW turbines.
Iberdrola has 17 wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the country. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, Renewables Now, 6 July, 2018) Contact: Iberdola SA, Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000 -- US Office, www.iberdrola.es
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola SA , Wind,
The court found that Sinovel had contracted to purchase AMSC software regulating the flow of electricity from turbines to the electrical grid for more than $800 million. Sinoval wanted to use the software to retrofit existing turbines in China to comply with grid requirements and make new turbines more efficient.
Sinovel stopped paying for the software in March 2011 and was discovered to have pirated unauthorized versions of the software.
(Source: AMSC, Worchester Telegram, AP, 7 July, 2018)
Contact: AMEC, Jason Fredette, Director of Investor & Media Relations, (508) 621-4177, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.amsc.com; Sinovel Wind Group, www.sinovel.com/english
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Superconductor, AMSC, Sinovel , Wind, Renewable Energy Software,
When commissioned and fully operational in 3Q, 2018, the 3, 2.3-MW General Electric turbines will deliver power onto the Perennial Public Power District distribution system under the terms of a 25-year PPA.
The distribution-connected generation project is the central feature of the public-private partnership between Perennial and Bluestem, which is expected to drive economic development well beyond the construction phase, according to Bluestem. (Source: Bluestem, York News Times, 7 July, 2018)
Contact: Bluestem, Adam Herink, VP, (402) 933-8291, email@example.com,
www.bluestemenergysolutions.com; Perennial Public Power District, (402) 362-3355, https://perennialpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluestem, Wind,
"The plants, and Democratic opportunists, are blaming Gov. Chris Sununu, who vetoed a bill that would have mandated New Hampshire electric utilities buy power from the plants at above-market prices. That extra expense would be carried over into New Hampshire electric bills.
"Burning wood to produce electricity is simply not economically viable, at least not in the summer when natural gas is a much cheaper fuel source to turn electric turbines.
"When demand spikes in the winter, the price of natural gas goes up, and wood-fired plants can better compete. Instead of acknowledging the challenges of the market, biomass backers want the state to shield these plants from the laws of supply and demand.
"Policy makers have gradually separated power generation from distribution. This should lead to greater competition, but these same policy makers keep getting in the way.
"Businesses should not be subsidized by ratepayers paying artificially high electric rates.
The Legislature should sustain Sununu's veto and oppose expansion of wood chip welfare." (Source: Editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader, 3 July, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Wood Chip,
Previous efforts to create biogenic solar cells have focused on extracting the natural dye that bacteria use for photosynthesis, which is a costly and complex process that involves toxic solvents. UBC researchers left the dye in the bacteria, coated the bacteria with a mineral that could act as a semiconductor and applied the mixture to a glass surface. They genetically engineered E. coli to produce large amounts of lycopene, a dye effective at harvesting light for energy conversion, according to UBC.
(Source: UBC, Renewables, July, 2018) Contact: UBC, , Prof. Vikramaditya Yadav, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, (604) 822-323, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chbe.ubc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
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The upgrades are part of the school district's 15 month Guaranteed Energy Savings Project.
With its solar panels, geothermal system and other energy-saving practices, the school district expects to be energy independent and anticipates selling about $80,000 worth of energy per year back to the Tennessee Valley Authority, in addition to
saving a minimum of $850,000 a year in energy costs.
(Source: Warren County Public Schools District, Bowling Green Daily News, 7 July, 2018) Contact: Warren County Public Schools District, www.wcps.k12.va.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
The MFIs will "on-lend" funds to households and microenterprises for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and equipment. GGF expects the loans to generate total annual energy savings of 44,700 megawatt-hours and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 13,800 metric tpy.
Created in 1997 by the US-based nonprofit Mercy Corps, Partner MCF provides microloans primarily to the agricultural sector for rural enterprises, home improvements, solar energy collectors and other energy saving purchases.Partner MCF had $69 million in assets, a gross loan portfolio of $60 million and 44,000 active borrowers as of 2016, according to the nonprofit Microfinance Information Exchange.
(Source: GGF, MicroCapital, 8 July, 2018)
Contact: GGF, www.ggf.lu; Partner MCF, www.mcfcorpfin.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green for Growth Fund,
The sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Norway and New Zealand, which together are valued at $3 trillion or more, have established a joint framework designed to encourage companies they invest in to address climate challenges and incorporate environmental policies into their future business plans while creating new investment opportunities and helping finance the shift toward clean energy sources. The development builds on discussions during a climate summit in Paris last year, when world leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised to channel more resources toward tackling climate change.
Regional funds have been boosting their investments in the renewables sector as solar projects, in particular, gather pace across the Middle East, according to the Arab News.
(Source: Arab News, Various Media, Zawya, July, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Low-Carbon Energy, Renewable Energy,
" Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.
That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.
"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.