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, email@example.com, https://z.co.nz
More Low-Carbon Energy News Z Energy, Carbon Sink, Carbon Credits, 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,
"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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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.
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,
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 ,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, PV ,
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
(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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hawaiianelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Community Solar, HECO,
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,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.htfmarketreport.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bullfrogpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power, Renewable Energy, Green Energy,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News DDG, Elite Octane, Ethanol, Corn Ethanol,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 Renewables retains a 51 pct share in the 24-project portfolio and will continue to operate and maintain the sites.
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,
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, email@example.com, seas.umich.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan, Algae, Algae Biofuel,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com; Royal DSM, www.dsm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, Yeast, Royal DSM, Ethanol,
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,
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,
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.
(Source: Alta Devices, BusinessWire, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Alta Devices Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, email@example.com, www.altadevices.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alta Devices, Solar, Solar Cell Efficiency,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vistraenergy.com; PG&E, www.pge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric, Vistra Energy , Energy Storage,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron, CCS,
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,
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,
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
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.
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, email@example.com, www.tep.com; Accion Group, (603) 229-1644, www.acciongroup.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://renewpower.in
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