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New ENERGY STAR Metrics to be Announce in August (Ind. Report)
Energy Star
Date: 2018-07-09
The US DOE reports the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager metrics are being updated this summer. All existing ENERGY STAR scores will change on Aug. 27, when building scores will be adjusted for the 2019 round of ENERGY STAR. (Source: US DOE ENERGY STAR, Colorado Real Estate Journal, 8 July, 2018) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Star,  Energy Efficiency,  


NZ's Z Energy Investing in Permanent Forest Carbon Sinks (Int'l)
Z Energy
Date: 2018-07-09
In New Zealand, Auckland-based fuel wholesaler Z Energy Ltd. reports it has invested $1.5 million in permanent local forestry projects to voluntarily offset the emissions from their operations.

Z Energy partnered with long-standing carbon consultants Permanent Forests NZ Ltd (PFNZ) for this offsetting initiative. PFNZ specialise in aggregating, marketing and selling New Zealand forest carbon credits on behalf of owners of forests registered under the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative.

The Z Energy investment is reported to be New Zealand's largest voluntary purchase of units from permanent forest sinks to date. Z Energy's operational carbon emissions, including those from corporate travel, retail electricity, coastal emissions, and hauliers come to about 58,000 tonnes tpy of CO2-e (carbon dioxide equivalent) at an average cost of about $25 per tonne -- about $1.5 million per year. In addition to the offset programme, Z Energy remains focused on reducing the carbon intensity of its biodiesel and other business.(Source: Z Energy, Voxy, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Z Energy, Gerri Ward, Sustainability Manager, David Binnie, GM, general@z.co.nz, https://z.co.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Z Energy,  Carbon Sink,  Carbon Credits,  Climate Change,  


Little RI Takes On the Oil Giants over Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
Care2
Date: 2018-07-09
The office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reports the nation's smallest state is suing the country's oils giants in the first-of-its-kind suit over direct harms to the state from man-made climate change.

The state alleges that 21 energy companies -- including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips -- knew about the impact fossil fuels were having on the environment but failed to mitigate that risk and the "manifest real-world harms of the companies' actions or failures to act."

The lawsuit specifically alleges the energy companies refuted scientific knowledge and actively pushed pseudo-scientific theories about climate change, and that for nearly a half century the oil companies knew that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate. It also claims the oil companies used public messaging to dissuade consumers from accepting the climate change consensus which, the state says, meant the public did not realize the harms fossil fuels were doing to the world and therefore did not see the need to reduce their climate impact. The suit also alleges that the actions have the companies have directly contributed to climate change which has in turn created sea level rise and a number of other issues that the state is now having to spend money dealing with. (Source: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Care2, July, 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, (401) 274-4400, www.riag.ri.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Indian Transport Minister Bets on Alt. Fuels (Int'l Report)
Alternative Fuels
Date: 2018-07-09
In Mumbai, India's Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development, the Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari is touting ethanol, methanol, bio-compressed natural gas, dimethyl ether and electricity as alternatives to crude oil, 70 pct of which has to be imported.

"At present, ethanol is received from sugar mills and we mix 5 pct of it to petrol. This mix can be raised up to 22 pct but we do not produce ethanol in large quantity. Currently, we get about 4 pct ethanol after crushing one tonne of sugarcane," Gadkari said in an interview with PTI. Gadkari also noted that the government allows the use of B-heavy molasses for ethanol production and is promoting ethanol production from cotton straws, rice, bagasse, bamboo and municipal waste.

The minister's second choice for an alternative fuel is methanol, which can be obtained from coal. "We have coal fields and we can produce methanol in abundance. We can sell it at Rs 22 per litre. In China, methanol sells at Rs 13 per litre," he said. "While producing methanol, DME (dimethyl ether) gas is also obtained and this can be mixed with LPG and used as a cooking fuel. In the US, 20 pct DME is mixed with LPG. You have a methanol economy in China and Israel. Why not in India?", the minister added. (Source: PTI, News18, 8 July, 2018) Contact: Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari , https://www.facebook.com/nitingadkary/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel DME,  


Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries -- Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-07-05
Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries, a new report from the Imperial College Business School and SOAS University of London assess the relationship between climate vulnerability, sovereign credit profiles, and the cost of capital in developing countries.

According to the report, climate risks are multi-dimensional, covering a range of geophysical, social, and economic issues. The intensification of these risks and the degree to which they are accurately priced by financial markets are of increasing concern to global economic stability.

The report was commissioned by UN Environment and received financial support from the MAVA Foundation.

Download the Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries report HERE. (Source: UN Environment, Imperial College Business School and SOAS University of London, July, 2018) Contact: Imperial College Business School and SOAS University of London, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk/business-school

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


India Regulates Used Cooking Oil for Biodiesel Production (Int'l)
FSSAI
Date: 2018-07-05
In New Delhi, India's Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has instituted regulations for monitoring the quality of used cooking oil used in biodiesel production.

Under the new regulations, all food business operators are required to monitor the quality of oil during frying using protocols for Total Polar Compounds (TPC) (TPC) which must be within a limit of 25 pct. The new regulation also addresses how used cooking oil is discarded oil is discarded.

Approximately 23 million tpy of cooking oil is consumed in India. There is potential to recover and use about 3 million tpy of this for production of bio-diesel. (Source: FSSAI, Down to Earth, July, 2018) Contact: India Food Safety and Standards Authority, www.fssai.gov.in/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Cooking Oil,  Waste Oil,  


Delaware Dismisses RGGI Participation Lawsuit (Reg & Leg)
RGGI
Date: 2018-07-05
Sitting in Dover, after four years the Delaware Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit -- Stevenson, et al. v. Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control, et al. -- that challenged Delaware's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade cooperative program among nine states.

The lawsuit was brought in December 2013 by David T. Stevenson, a climate change skeptic who heads the Delaware public policy group, Center for Energy Competitiveness at the Caesar Rodney Institute. Stevenson was a member of Trump's EPA transition team and is a long-time critic of Delaware energy policies. The suit was dismissed after more than four years of litigation, had failed to demonstrate that RGGI affected their electric bills.

RGGI member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulled the Garden State out of the group. (Source: RGGI, Delaware Business Now, 3 July, 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

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


Aussie Landlords Urged to Adopt Energy Efficiency Measures (Int'l)
Better Renting
Date: 2018-07-05
In the Land Down Under, a study by the advocacy organization Better Renting notes that rental homes ranked 5 Star or below on the Australian Capital Territory Home Energy Ration (ACTHERS) result in renters of low energy efficiency homes are missing out on significant savings. There are an estimated 25,000 out of 45,320 rental properties in the ACT where EERs are lower than 5 Star.

For example, a three-bedroom dwelling with a zero energy efficiency rating (EER) costs renters around $2,800 per in extra energy costs. The average household energy cost burden is roughly $1,600 per year.

This research backs what tenant advocacy, environmental, and business organizations have long been calling for: all privately-rented housing in the ACT must have a minimum energy-efficiency rating of 5 Stars. This can be balanced by funding for landlords to make energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Better Renting, Your Mortgage, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Better Renting, www.betterrenting.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Nestle Launches 9-Turbine Scottish Wind Farm (Int'l)
Nestle.Community Windpower
Date: 2018-07-05
Vevey, Switzerland-headquartered food industry giant Nestle is reporting the launch of nine turbine wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The wind farm will generate 125GWh of energy annually sufficient power for fully half the company's factories, offices, and warehouse in the UK and Ireland or equivalent to powering 30,000 homes. The wind farm's production will be delivered to the national grid.

The project was dveloped with the help of Community Windpower, the renewable energy specialist based in the UK. As a member of the RE100 Initiative, Nestle aims to acquire 100 pct of its energy from renewable sources as quickly as possible. (Source: Nestle, Energy Digital, Various Others, Others, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Nestle, www.nestle.com/aboutus/globalpresence; RE100 Initiative, www.theclimategroup.org/RE100; Community Windpower, +44 19 28 734 544, www.communitywindpower.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Windpower,  RE100 Initiative,  Nestle,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


JLM Energy Issues Layoffs, Seeks Additional Funding (Ind. Report)
JLM Energy
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on out February 5th coverage, Rocklin, California-headquartered employee-owned energy storage technology specialist JLM Energy reports it has laid off its work force for financial reasons.

The self-funded startup pioneered a "microstorage" battery called "Phazr" that attaches to solar racking and sits underneath the solar module. The Phazr concept applied the distributed logic of microinverters to the energy storage sector, promising modularity and easier installation. Its DC-coupled architecture eliminates the cost of a storage inverter and reduces roundtrip efficiency losses.

The financially troubled company previously secured $25 million in project financing from North Sky Capital's Alliance Fund II. That fund enabled JLM to offer commercial storage customers guaranteed monthly bill savings with no down payment. (Source: JLM Energy, GTM, LinkedIn, 4 July, 2018)Contact: JLM Energy, (800) 475-3960, https://jlmenergyinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News JLM Energy,  


Saipem to Construct California Ethanol & Powers Plant (Ind Report)
California Ethanol & Power,Saipem
Date: 2018-07-05
Milan-based Italian IPC Saipem SpA reports it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and an exclusive agreement with Brawley, California-based California Ethanol & Power, LLC, to develop a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol fuels, electricity from renewable sources, biomethane and other secondary products derived from on site cultivated sugar cane.

The plant, which will be constructed California's Imperial County, is subject to financing. Saipem will design and construct the mechanical aspects of the project and related services, while the electrical part will be provided by General Electric. (Source: Saipem, Biofuels Digest, Others, 4 July, 2018)Contact: California Ethanol & Power, Ralph A. Dehrmann, COO, (760) 344-1004, www.californiaethanolpower.com; Saipem, +39 02 44234088, www.saipem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


Lake Erie Fresh Water Offshore Wind Park Site Approved (Reg & Leg)
Lake Erie Energy Development Co
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our August 2nd, 2017 coverage, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports it has recommended a conditional approval for the long-delayed Lake Erie Energy Development Co, (LEEDCo) 20.7-MW demonstration-scale Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie.

The freshwater wind farm would incorporate six 3.45-MW turbines, 8 miles to 10 miles off the shore of Cleveland, and a 12-mile submerged transmission line connecting the the wind farm to Cleveland Public Power.

The LEEDCo project is now slated to get underway in the summer of 2020 and end a year later. Commissioning is scheduled for December 2021. (Source: LEEDCo Website, Renewables Now, LEEDCo, 4 July, 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lake Erie Energy Development Co,  LEEDCo. Offshore Wind,  


Bucket Foundation Could Cut Offshore Wind Costs (New Prod & Tech)
Siemens Gamesa,Universal Foundation
Date: 2018-07-05
MarEx is reporting a consortium of Siemens Gamesa, Hamburg, Germany-based Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Offshoreenergy.dk has been awarded $4.4 million by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate to develop an offshore wind foundation suction bucket concept that could cut installation costs as much as 40 pct.

The partnership aims to complete an offshore trial installation after having built and eight meter by eight meter prototype. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, MAREX, July, 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Universal Foundation, www.universal-foundation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Foundation,  Siemens Gamesa,  Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind Foundation,  


ADL Pegs Battery Market at $90Bn by 2025 (Ind. Report)
Arthur D. Little
Date: 2018-07-05
London-based accountancy and consulting firm Arthur D. Little's (ADL) just released Future of Batteries: Winner takes all? study notes the battery energy storage sector has seen existing and new players invest more than $13.7 billion over the last two years. The study predicts future trends that will meet growing demands in the electric vehicle (EV), renewable power solutions and consumer electronics sectors.

The report predicts the battery market will become a $90 billion-plus sector by 2025, and that new innovations, such as solid-state electrolyte lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, will replace existing battery technologies over the long-term.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: Arthur D. Little, PR, July, 2018) Contact: Arthur D. Little, www.adl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Arthur D. Little,  


NEFCO Commits €2.8Mn to Georgian Energy Efficiency (Int'l Funding)
NEFCO
Date: 2018-07-05
The Scandinavian Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) has reportedly pledged € 2.83 million to support public building energy efficiency and renewable-alternative energy programs in Georgia. The projects will also receive €1.87 million from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P).

The projects, which are planned for 2018-2020, will be implemented by the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia.(Source: NEFCO, Georgia Today, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Scandinavian Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


European Energy Storage Capacity Up 49 pct in 2017 (Int'l Report)
European Energy Storage Association
Date: 2018-07-05
Recently released statistics from the European Energy Storage Association and consultants Delta-ee shows a booming market for energy storage technologies in key European regions, fueled by the growth in renewable energy and falling renewables cost reductions.

The statistics show that since 2015 the energy storage market has almost doubled each year, with a 49 pct rise in installed capacity in 2017.

The UK and Germany are noted as the two most important markets for energy storage, which is dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Italy is also emerging as a rapidly growing market" in the residential sector, according to the report. A further 45 pct growth rate is expected in 2018. (Source: European Energy Storage Association , Climate Action, 4 July, 2018) Contact: European Energy Storage Association, www.ease-storage.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  European Energy Storage Association ,  


Myenergy Scores Italian JRC Solar Contract (Int'l Report)
Myenergy Spa
Date: 2018-07-05
Milano-headquartered Myenergy SpA reports receipt of a €420,000 ($489,700) contract from the European Commission Science and Knowledge Service to design, build, test and service 8 solar systems at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Varese, northern Italy.

According to the Myenergy website, the company has constructed about 70 MW of turnkey photovoltaic (PV) plants as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, and designed more than 150 MW. (Source: Myenergy, Renewables Now, July, 2018) Contact: Myenergy SpA, +39 02. 3679 8760, www.myenergy.it/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV ,  


Regulators Approve HECO Community Solar Plans (Ind. Report)
HECO
Date: 2018-07-05
Reporting from Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are preparing to open the first phase of its Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program next week for applications by qualified subscriber organizations wishing to build and operate a community solar facility.

As approved, the program will provide the benefits of solar energy to residential and commercial customers without access to privately-owned rooftop solar, including many renters and apartment dwellers.

HECO will begin accepting applications on July 11 only from any qualified company, organization, developer, or group to become a subscriber organization and propose a solar project. Once approved, residential and commercial electric customers will be able to join the subscriber organizations and participate in community solar on their island. Subscribers will receive a credit on their electric bill, based on the output of the project and their level of financial participation.

As first proposed by Hawaiian Electric in 2015, CBRE is envisioned to expand the state's renewable energy transformation, benefit individual customers and put more solar energy to work, reducing the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation.

The second phase of CBRE, expected in about two years, will include other renewable energy technologies beyond solar. Special provisions will be made to enroll low-to-moderate income subscribers, though subscriber organizations may enlist such customers in the first phase. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Information about eligibility and applications for subscriber organizations are at www.hawaiianelectric.com/communitysolar; www.mauielectric.com/communitysolar; (808 )543-7253 from O'ahu; (808) 969-0358 from Hawai'i Island; (808) 871-8461 x 2445 from Maui; and (877)871-8461 x 2445 from Lāna'i and Moloka'i; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  HECO,  


Cote d'Ivoire Planning Cocoa Waste Biomass Power Generation (Int'l)
Cote d'Ivoire
Date: 2018-07-05
In sub-Saharan Africa, Cote d'Ivoire -- the Ivory Coast -- the world's top cocoa producer, is reporting plans to build a 60 to 70 MW capacity waste cooa pod fired biomass power generation plant in the southern cocoa region of Divo. The country produces about two million tpy of cocoa.

The USTDA has committed $996,238 million to the project for feasibility studies. The project is part of the country's plan to develop 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. (Source: The Independent, Cote d'Ivoire, 4 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


Ford Kills Ontario Cap-and-Trade Funded Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our June 22nd coverage, the Canadian Press is reporting newly elected populist Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) has revoked the province's carbon pricing cap-and-trade program that was instigated by the former Liberal government of Catherine Wynne. With the goose that layed the golden eggs dead,Ford's administration will begin winding down all green programs funded through the province's cap-and-trade system this week.

In his most recent announcement, Ford noted the province will nonetheless honour existing contracts, orders and projects -- such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits -- funded by cap-and-trade. Some existing Ontario energy efficiency rebates were being phased out before Ford officially took office last week. The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the cap-and-trade program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

As previously reported, Ford claimed eliminating the provincial cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on campaign promises Ontario the electorate doesn't realistically expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Various Media, Canada Press, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency Program,  


Waste-Derived Biogas Market Expected to Hit $10.45 Bn by 2022, says Report (Ind. Report)
Biogas
Date: 2018-07-05
Waste-Derived Biogas -- Global Market Outlook (2016-2022), a new research report from HTF Market Intelligence notes the global waste-derived biogas market accounted for $5.79 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $10.45 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 8.8 pct. Market growth is driven by increased renewable energy generation, governmental regulations, increased fuel consumption and environmental concerns, according to the report.

The report notes agricultural waste in bio-gas segment is expected to be the dominant market. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate the market due to the availability of feedstock in rural areas. The report also notes the demand for the anaerobic digestion process for power generation is expected to increase in Africa in the next few years.

Key players in the waste-derived biogas market include AAT GmbH & Co., ADI Systems Inc., Anaergia INC., Bedminster International, Bekon Biogas Energy Inc., Biogas Technology Ltd., Biogen Greenfinch, Biotech Energy AG, Cargill Inc., DMK Ingerieria, S.L., Environmental Energy & Engineering Co., Environmental Products & Technology Corp., Krieg & Fischer Ingenieure GMBH, MWK Biogasanlagen Rosenheim GMBH and Siemens AG.

Request a sample report HERE. View Detailed Table of Content HERE. (Source: HTF Market Intelligence, July4, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence, Craig Francis, PR, Marketing, (206) 317-1218, sales@htfmarketreport.com, www.htfmarketreport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  


Spark Power Jumps on Bullfrog Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, Buufrog Power
Date: 2018-07-05
Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp. (CGAC), a special purpose acquisition corporation, reports Toronto-based independent electrical power services and solutions company Spark Power Corp has acquired Toronto-headquartered green energy provider Bullfrog Power. Spark Power, its subsidiaries, and Bullfrog will continue to operate under their respective brand names and Bullfrog's management team.

Bullfrog has put more than three million MWh of green electricity on the grid, injected more than six million GJ of green natural gas on the pipeline and put more than 700,000 litres of green fuel onto the Canadian fuel system. Bullfrog has also supported 140 or more community-based green energy projects Canada wide and has displaced more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the environment.

Spark Power serves more than 4,500 industrial, commercial, institutional, renewable and agricultural customers, as well as utility markets including municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals across North America. (Source: Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, PR, CNW, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Spark Power, Andrew Clark, co-CEO, www.sparkpower.ca; Bullfrog Power, Ron Seftel, CEO, Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com; www.bullfrogpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


Elite Octane Iowa Ethanol Plant Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Elite Octane
Date: 2018-07-05
Iowa-headquartered Elite Octane Inc. is reporting its new ethanol plant in Atlantic, Iowa, began crushing corn this week, and that dried distillers grains (DDGs) for livestock feed sales from the plant to area livestock feedlots have already weighed on the regional market.

According to the company website, the new plant's ethanol production capacity is over 120 million gpy, which could translate to around 380,000 tpy of DDgs. (Source: Elite Octane, Uk AgroConsult, July 04, 2018) Contact: Elite Octane, Nick Bowdish, Pres., CEO, (712) 254-9850, www.eliteoctane.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDG,  Elite Octane,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027 Predicts Reduced Demand for Biofuels (Ind. Report)
OECD-FAO
Date: 2018-07-05
Ethanol, other biofuels will see reduced demand in 10 years. Production of biofuel is expected to grow more slowly over the coming decade, according to the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027.

In the second-half of the 2000s, several policies gave a fillip to biofuel production, leading to a global increase in ethanol and biodiesel output. Hence, a growing share of global sugarcane and maize production was used for ethanol production and vegetable oil was used for biodiesel.

In the past 10 years, global production of ethanol grew by 64 billion litres -- a 3.9 pct growth per year. Over the next decade, an addition of 12 billion litres is projected -- a 0.7 pct growth per year.

For biodiesel, the past decade saw an increase of 29 bln litres -- an annual growth of 9.5 pct. However, only 5 bln litres is expected to be added over the outlook period -- a 0.4 pct annual growth.

Download the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027 report HERE. (Source: OECD-FAO, www.indiaenvironmentportal.org, July, 2018) Contact: OECD-FAO, www.fao.org, www.oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Zambia Seeks Climate Change Mitigation Funding (Int'l Report)
Zambia
Date: 2018-07-05
In Lusaka, the Zambian Ministry of National Development Planning reports it intends to raise $400 million over the next three years to combat the effects of climate change in the country. The funds will be used to adopt and implement mitigation intervention strategies, proposals and projects to address the increasing frequency and intensity of climate induced hazards in the country.

To that end, the government has provided incentives to the private sector to establish renewable energy facilities, and has accessed more than $84 million in grants from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to finance renewable energy and agricultural projects. According to the Ministry, people in flood prone areas need to start growing crops such as rice that do well in flooded areas while people in drought stricken areas need to start growing drought resistant crops such as sorghum. (Source: Lusaka Times, July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Ingenco Seeks Va. DEQ Permit for Landfill Gas Power (Ind. Report)
Ingenco Wholesale Power
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Ingenco Wholesale Power reports it is seeking a Virginia Title V air pollution permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for electric power generation at its solid waste landfill facility in Bristol, Virginia.

The facility uses methane and other landfill gases to help power 18 diesel engines which generate electricity that is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The $4.5 million Ingenco facility was completed and commissioned at the end of 2015.

Ingenco operates 17 similar plants across Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. (Source: Ingenco Wholesale Power, Bristol Herald Courier, 26 June, 2018) Contact: Ingenco Wholesale Power, (804) 521-3500, www.ingenco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Ingenco Wholesale Power,  


Winnipeg Univ. Demos Urban Biomass Pellet Heating (Ind. Report)
University of Winnipeg
Date: 2018-07-03
On the Canadian prairies, the University of Winnipeg (enrollment 9,360) in Manitoba reports it will convert its oil-fired heat and power production to woody biomass pellets this fall.

Last fall the city center university installed two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers as supplementary heating sources and as a demonstration project in a partnership with Manitoba Hydro's Bioenergy Optimization Program. The university's sustainability and GHG reduction strategy includes a goal of 5 pct of total campus energy usage coming from renewable sources by 2025.

The system is expected to use about 170 tpy of locally sourced pellets. (Source: University of Winnipeg, Manitoba-Cooperator, 26 May, 2018) Contact: University of Winnipeg, www.uwinnipeg.ca; Manitoba Hydro Bioenergy Optimization Program, www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/bioenergy_optimization/index.shtm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Pellet,  Manitoba Hydro,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


Cargill Launches CO2 Challenge for Greener Shipping (Ind. Report)
Cargill,IMO
Date: 2018-07-03
Minneapolis-based agri-business giant Cargill is reporting the launch of its CO2 Challenge initiative to accelerate the development of emission cutting technologies across the shipping sector. Cargill will work with risk management and certification specialist DNV GL and start-up advisor Rainmaking to deliver the initiative.

In 2017, Cargill pledged to cut its CO2 per cargo-ton-mile by 15 pct by the end of 2020.The CO2 Challenge follows the latest round of talks at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on how to curb emissions from the global shipping sector. The IMO announced a new target to cut shipping emissions 50 per cent by 2050 backed by an interim strategy to curb emissions and introduce new reporting-based measures designed to drive investment in greener shipping technologies and techniques.

Businesses and entrepreneurs who have a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment, and scaling are being invited to apply to participate in the CO2 Challenge before September 17, 2018. (Source: Cargill, Business Green, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill, Jan Dieleman, Pres. Ocean Transportation Business, (800) 227-4455, www.cargill.com/transportation/dry-bulk-shipping

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO.Maritime Emissions,  Shipping EmissionsCargill ,  Maritime Emissions,  


EOWDC Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online (Int'l. Report)
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2018-07-03
Following up on our May 3th coverage, Vattenfall is reporting the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) -- Europe's largest offshore wind turbine test site -- has delivered its first power to the grid from the first of 11 turbines off the coast of Scotland.

When fully commissioned and online later this summer, the project will generate 93.2MW of capacity and will showcase the world's largest offshore wind turbine -- a 8.8MW model from MHI.

LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because "it would spoil the view" from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost, partially on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: Vattenfall, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, BusinessGreen, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vattenfall European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Adam Ezzamel, Project Dir., +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre,  Offshore Wind,  EOWDC,  


Power2U Green Buildings Tech Service Launched (Int'l)
InnoEnergy
Date: 2018-07-03
EU-backed innovation engine InnoEnergy reports it has partnered with five Swedish energy companies -- Oresundskraft, Jamtkraft, Tekniska Verken, Umea Energi and Jonkoping Energi -- to launch Power2U, a new building energy technology venture backed by SEK60 million ($7.5 million) of joint investment. The venture is aimed at promoting the use of solar, building optimization and digitization services, and battery energy storage systems and technologies in buildings.

The service is targeted primarily at property owners and large energy users and aims to harness Internet of Things capabilities to better integrate new green energy technologies, boosting the stability, resilience and robustness of existing energy grids. (Source: Business Green, InnoEnergy, 2 July, 2018) Contact: InnoEnergy Scadinavia, Kenneth Johansson, CEO, www.innoenergy.com

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


EDF Unloads 49 pct Stake in UK Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-07-03
In the UK, EDF Renewables is reporting the £701 million sale of a 49 pct stake in a 550MW portfolio of onshore and offshore wind farms to Fund manager Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure Platform. With this transaction, Dalmore now owns a minority stake in 23 onshore projects in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as in the 62.1MW Teesside site off England's north-east coast.

EDF Renewables retains a 51 pct share in the 24-project portfolio and will continue to operate and maintain the sites. EDF currently operates more than 786MW of UK wind farms, and has more than 1GW of consented projects. (Source: EDF, WindPower, Others, 2 July, 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables, Raphael Declercq, Exec. VP Strategy; Bruno Bensasson, VP Renewable Energies; Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure, www.dalmorecapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables ,  Wind,  


Biodiversity Key to Stable Algal Biofuel, says Study (R&D Report)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-07-03
Researchers from the University of Michigan have confirmed that the key to improving the performance of algal biofuel systems is through biodiversity. In the first large-scale experiment to study the connection between biodiversity and algal biofuel stability, the researchers grew varying combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds and found that a diverse mix of algal species performed better than any single species. They also found that diversity does not necessarily result in more biomass or algal mass, and that monoculture produced larger biomass results in most cases.

After a 10-week study, the researchers compared the ability of the algae and the algal combinations to multitask and found that monoculture algae were able to perform very well in one or two tasks. However, the combined algae species were better at a range of tasks.

"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental trade-off when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the report. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, GinnersNow, 28 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, seas-info@umich.edu, seas.umich.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


GEVO Adopts DSM eBOOST Yeast for Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2018-07-03
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO, Inc. reports it has adopted Netherlands-headquartered Royal DSM's new eBOOST yeast for enhanced ethanol production at its facility in Luverne, MN. eBOOST offers improved yields and enhanced profitability.

While we are continuing to aggregate demand for isobutanol, jet fuel, and isooctane with a view to building out large capacity for those products, ethanol production is the key to driving profitability in the near term. DSM full-scale application trials of eBOOST demonstrated that the solution increases ethanol yields up to 6 pct and reduces glycerol formation more effectively than other industry-standard yeast products, GEVO says. (Source: GEVO, Green Car Congress, 28 June 2018) Contact:GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Royal DSM, www.dsm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Yeast,  Royal DSM,  Ethanol,  


Sooner State Retains Wind Energy Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
Oklahoma
Date: 2018-07-03
In Norman, the Oklahoma Senate has rejected legislation to end a state tax credit to various renewable energy providers, but primarily the wind energy industry. The tax credit, which is slated to be phased out over the next 10 years, costs state taxpayers approximately $70 million per year.

Under the current 20-year old law, electricity-generating companies earn credits of a fraction of a cent per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated with renewable technologies including wind, hydropower, solar, and geothermal energy sources. The 10 year phase-out of the tax credit began on July 1, 2017. No projects brought on line after that date are eligible for the credit. (Source: Heartland Institute, PR, 2 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Subsidies,  Wind Energy Incentive,  


WEC Takes Stake in Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Centre (M&A)
WEC Energy Group,WPPI
Date: 2018-07-03
Milwaukee-headquartered utility holding company WEC Energy Group reports it will acquire an 80 pct stake in the Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Center in Henry County, Illinois, for $148 million. The transaction is subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval.

The Bishop Hill project, which was developed by Invenergy, incorporates 53 General Electric turbines totaling 132MW capacity and has a 22-year, 100 pct power purchase agreement in place with not-for-profit WPPI Energy.

WPPI Energy provides electric power to 51 member utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. (Source: WEC,, PowerTech, 2 July, 2018) WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-2345,www.wecenergygroup.com; WPPI Energy, Pat Connors, Snr, VP Power Supply, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Wind,  WPPI,  


Alta Devices Claims Solar Efficiency Record (Ind. Report)
Alta Devices
Date: 2018-07-03
In a press release, Sunnyvale, California-based Alta Devices, a Hanergy company, reports its most recent single junction solar cell has been certified by NREL as being 28.9 pct efficient -- a new record for this type of solar cell.

This breakthrough, combined with the unique thinness and flexibility of Alta's cells, redefines how solar technology can be used to empower autonomy in many applications.

criteria. (Source: Alta Devices, BusinessWire, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Alta Devices Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, info@altadevices.com, www.altadevices.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alta Devices,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


Vistra Developing 300-MW Calif. Battery Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Vistra Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2018-07-03
Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy reports it will enter into a 20-year resource adequacy contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Under the contract, Vistra will develop a 300-megawatt/1,200-MWh battery energy storage project at its Moss Landing Power Plant site in Moss Landing, California. The project is subject to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval, which is expected within 90 days. Vistra anticipates the battery storage project will enter commercial operations by Q4, 2020.

Vistra's retail and generation businesses include TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy, and Luminant, operate in 12 states and six of the seven competitive markets in the U.S. and total approximately 41,000 megawatts of capacity. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-8004, investor@vistraenergy.com, www.vistraenergy.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  Vistra Energy ,  Energy Storage,  


Chinese Flexible Micro Capacitors Touted (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
Capacitors
Date: 2018-07-03
Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shenyang City, China, are reporting development of a new lithium-ion micro-capacitor (LIMC)with high energy storage density and excellent thermal stability. The LIMCs are reported to be mechanically flexible without performance degradation under repeated bending, and can operate safely even at temperatures of 80 degrees Celsius.

The solid-state planar LIMCs can boost high voltage and capacitance and their high cycling stability allows them to maintain almost 99 pct of their capacitance after 6,000 electric cycles. The micro devices are expected to be commercially available in 2022. (Source: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xinhua, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, english.dicp.cas.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Capacitors,  


Korean Steelmakers Face Heavy CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
South Korean Ministry of Environment
Date: 2018-07-03
In Sejong City, the Korea Times is reporting the South Korean Ministry of Environment's recent plan to revise its 2016 roadmap for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions is weighing heavily on the country's steel makers, refiners and other big energy consuming industries.

The Ministry's revised greenhouse gas emissions roadmap promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 pct from its business-as-usual levels by 2030 following signing of the Paris Climate Agreement the previous year. To that end, Korea should reduce 315 million tons of emissions, while it is expected to emit 851 million tons for 2030 without any reduction efforts.

Under the previous roadmap, industries were supposed to cut emissions by 11.7 pct compared with 2030 BAU of 481 million tons, but the revision raised their target to 20.5 pct. They will have to cut 98.6 million tons of emissions, up from the previous 56.4 million tons. (Source: South Korean Ministry of Environment, Korea Times, 2 July, 2018) Contact: South Korean Ministry of Environment, http://eng.me.go.kr/eng/web/index.do?menuId=50

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


Tesla, PG&E Developing 1.1 GWh Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2018-07-03
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reports Tesla is working with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a massive battery system with a capacity of "up to 1.1 GWh" in California.

PG&E has submitted 4 new energy storage projects to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval today. Three are third-party owned projects to be connected to the PG&E grid. The fourth project is a "proposed utility-owned 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). Tesla would supply the battery packs for the giant project while PG&E has the option to increase the capacity to 1.1 GWh. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 29 June, 2018)Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; PG&E, www.pg&e.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  PG&E,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


Amsterdam Arena Deploys EV Battery Energy Storage system (Int'l)
Johan Cruijff Arena
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Netherlands, Amsterdam's Johan Cruijff Arena reports it has "gone green" with a giant re-purposed Nissan LEAF electric vehicle battery storage system backed up by a rooftop solar power system.

The system, reportedly the largest of its type in Europe, delivers sufficient capacity to store up to 2.8MWh of electricity. The system incorporates 148 Nissan LEAF batteries and 4,200 solar panels. (Source: Johan Cruijff Arena, Digital Journal, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Johan Cruijff Arena, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_Arena

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion,  Solar,  


GBCA Carbon Positive Building Roadmap Released (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council of Australia
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Land Down Under, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is reporting release of a new Carbon Positive Roadmap discussion paper establishing the steps required for the country's built environment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The roadmap is supported by some of Australia's largest developers and property owners, many of whom are committed to meet net zero emissions.

As part of the roadmap, buildings seeking a Green Star rating will have to meet updated requirements -- with a proposal that new and existing Green Star-rated buildings will have no greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Existing buildings have to meet this target by 2050 or earlier. The Carbon Positive Roadmap outlines high-level outcomes, actions, targets and policy positions and aims to help ensure Australia's competitiveness and attractiveness for investment, while fulfilling international commitments to reducing carbon emissions, including the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Carbon Positive Roadmap can be downloaded HERE. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, July, 2018) Contact: GBCA, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Star,  


AZOLLA Touted for Biofuels Potential (New Prod & Tech)
Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-03
Venezuelan international trade expert, banker and entrepreneur Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan is touting the development of AZOLLA in Latin America as a feedstock for biofuels, "green manure" fertilizer for rice fields, a feed supplement for aquatic and terrestrial animals, and various other applications.

AZOLLA is an aquatic plant that produces a substantial biomass quickly when planted in contaminated waters which improves by consuming chemicals in the contaminated waters. AZOLLA can "potentially produce up to 20.2 tons per hectare per year of bio-oil, and up to 48 tons per hectare per year of bio-char" while doubling in mass within 2-5 days.

According to Gonzalez Dellan, AZOLLA would be especially effective in a Latin American context "by moving the production of bio-ethanol from arable land to wastewater, the reclaimed land can then be used for the development of further sustainable crops while continuing the production of bioethanol." (Source: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, NewsAnyway, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, www.gonzalezdellan.com

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Chevron's Delayed Aussie CCS Project Set to Begin (Int'l)
Chevron
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Land Down Under, oil giant Chevron reports it plans to start its long delayed carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Gorgon LNG facility on Barrow Island before the year end.

Chevron has committed to storing 80 pct of the CO2 emitted from the Gorgon facility over a five-year period. The Barrow Island LNG includes a $2.5 billion CCS facility -- the largest in the world. Chevron predicts that in the first two years, 5.5m -- 8m tons of CO2 would be injected into a reservoir 2 km below the ground. (Source: Chevron, The Chemical Engineer, 3 July, 2018)Contact: Chevron Technology Ventures, Barbara Burger, Pres., (925) 842-1000, www.chevron.com/technology/technology-ventures

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Avantium Opening Netherlands Pilot Biorefinery (Int'l Report)
Avantium,
Date: 2018-07-03
In Amsterdam, Avantium reports it will open a pilot biorefinery next month in Delfzijl, Netherlands, for its Zambezi technology to convert plant-based non-food biomass feedstock to high purity industrial sugars and lignin.

Avantium's technologies use renewable carbon sources instead of fossil resources. The industrial sugars are used in chemistry and fermentation processes to produce a broad range of durable materials, while lignin is used in energy generation.

The Netherlands province of Groningen is supporting the pilot biorefinery with subsidy of €1.8 million. The pilot is slated to be commissioned on 13th July. (Source: Avantium, BP&R, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Avantium, Tom Van Aken, CEO, +31 (0)20 586 8080 www.avantium.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avantium,  Biomass,  Biorefinery,  


Gopher State Joins "We Are Still In" Climate Campaign (Ind. Report)
"We Are Still In"
Date: 2018-07-03
Despite Trump's withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement due to "burdensome financial obligations", the aims and goals of the agreement are broadly supported across the US by more than 2,800 non-federal players committed to the "We Are Still In" campaign, including Minnesota.

Minnesota is seven years ahead of meeting its 20 pct renewable energy standard set in 2015, and working toward an aggressive 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 -- exceeding the goals of the Paris Agreement.

"We Are Still In" campaign members agree that, in the absence of federal climate leadership, they'll keep doing what's necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the amount of clean energy they use. (Source: "We Are Still In" website, The Uptake, 3 July, 2018) Contact: "We Are Still In" Campaign, www.wearestillin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News "We Are Still In",  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  


Trump Finds a Kindred Spirit in Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Tony Abbott,Trump,Climate Change
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Land Down Under, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the prime minister who signed Australia on to the Paris Climate Agreement, now says Australia should pull out of the treaty to end "the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis."

In a recent speech to a group of "climate skeptics", Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP", now says he wouldn't have signed up to the Paris treaty had he known the US would withdraw from it.

In his speech, Abbott noted: "I didn't anticipate how agreeing to emissions that were 26 pct lower in 2030 than in 2005 would subsequently become a linear progression of roughly equal cuts every year over the next decade." "As long as we remain in the Paris agreement -- which is about reducing emissions, not building prosperity -- all policy touching on emissions will be about their reduction, not our well-being. It's the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis and it's this that has to end for our problems to ease."

Other oft repeated Abbott comments include:

"There are respectable arguments for an ETS but the one Labor (the then governing party) has in mind could easily be expensive and futile. I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests - which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes." -- Tony Abbott, ,July 10, 2009

"I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate." -- Tony Abbott, May 27, 2010 "We do not believe in artificially imposing a carbon price on consumers. There will be no carbon price on consumers under a (my) Coalition government." Tony Abbott, July 19, 2010.

"Now, we do have policy out there. We've had it out there since February. It basically goes -- it involves going to the market and buying abatements through soil carbon, through tree planting, through businesses that are prepared to change their processes to less emitting ones. It will reduce our emissions by five percent by 2020, so we will achieve our targets. Now, that's our commitment. It's doable. It's deliverable." -- Tony Abbott,16 August, 2010

"Yeah, look, I never said it (climate change) was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we've got to take effective action against it. I mean, that's my position and that's always been my position but I've never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme." -- Tony Abbott, July, 2011

(Source: Various Media, Guardian, 3 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  Climate Change,  Tony Abbott,  


15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since 2010

Date: 2018-07-03
+ The Haga Initiative is a network of companies with the aim of reducing carbon emissions from the business sector and highlighting the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies lead to business advantages and improve profitability reports that 15 Initiative member companies have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have already reached the target of reducing emissions by 40 percent until 2020. The Haga Initiative has managed to decrease emissions while increasing profitability. . The Haga Initiative , which was initiated in 2010 by eight well known companies has been working towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent until 2020. At the time, the pledge was ambitious, however the pace of reductions has been much faster than anticipated and a majority of the companies have already reached the target. The Haga Initiative’s new goal sets the target at zero net emissions by 2030. Nine out of 15 companies have already reached the goal.

The average member company in the Haga Initiative has decreased its GHG emissions by 47 percent while increasing turnover by 10.4 percent. This includes the companies’ own operations, purchased energy and business travels since each company’s base year. In total, 14 out of 15 companies have decreased their absolute emissions compared to base year. (Source: New Europe, 2 July, 2018) Nina Ekelund, executive director, the Haga initiative.


TEP Considering Woody Biomass Power Generation (Ind. Report)
Tucson Electric Power ,Accion Group
Date: 2018-07-03
Following up on our November 9, 2016 coverage, Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP) reports it has issued a Request for Information (RoI) on technologies, costs, environmental benefits, construction requirements and interconnection requirements of forest biomass energy generation projects.

The information will be used to "help determine the feasibility of using forest residues, crop residues, primary and secondary mill residues, and urban wood waste feedstocks as a renewable resource. TEP anticipates filing a forest biomass proposal with the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2019.

The request for information process is being managed by New Hampshire-based Accion Group. A copy of the RoI can be found HERE. (Source: TEP, Tucson.com., Others, 2 July, 2018) Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000, ctilghman@tep.com, www.tep.com; Accion Group, (603) 229-1644, www.acciongroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Accion Group,  Tucson Electric Power ,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  


Siemens Gamesa Wins 150-MW Indian Wind Project Contract (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,ReNew Power
Date: 2018-06-29
Reporting from New Delhi, renewable energy solutions provider Siemens Gamesa reported in a statement it has secured a turnkey wind energy contract from India's largest renewable energy independent power producer, ReNew Power Ventures, for construction of 150 MW wind farm in the Kutch district of Gujarat State.

Siemens Gamesa will provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate the facility including supply, erection and commissioning of 75 units of SG 2.0-114 MW wind turbines. ReNew Power is independent renewable energy producer with over 5,800 MW of operational and under-construction clean energy assets. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, ETEnergy World, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; ReNew Power Ventures, +91 124 489 6670/80, info@renewpower.in, https://renewpower.in

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