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UK's Quimera Energy Efficiency Enters US Hotel Market (Int'l.)
Quimera Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-12
London, UK-based energy efficiency specialist Quimera Energy Efficiency, which designs and delivers energy efficiency and smart building solutions for hotels around the world, reports it has taken its first step into the US market after winning a new seven-figure export contract to install its systems in all three Marriott hotels operated by the MDM Hotel Group in Miami. Quimera is also exploring a new joint venture with Hyatt Hotels in Chicago and is in discussions with a further 30 hotels across the US market, which could deliver up to £6 million in revenue between 2019 and 2022, the company says.

With growing overseas prospects, particularly in the US and China, the company expects to see its total revenue increase by 200 pct to more than £2.6 million over the coming year, reaching £35.4 million by 2024. The company currently generates 70 pct of its turnover from overseas sales in Germany, the UAE, Oman, China, India , the Dominican Republic and other markets.

The company boasts the global energy efficiency sector's first revenue model based entirely on the performance of its solutions, taking a share of the energy cost saved by its partners instead of charging up-front for its services, according to the release. (Source: Quimera Energy Efficiency, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Quimera Energy Efficiency,, John Chambers, Bus. Dev, www.quimeraee.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quimera Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Building,  


First UK Energy Efficiency Income Trust Fund Launched (Int'l)
SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust
Date: 2018-12-12
Further to our 26th November coverage, in a London launched IPO, shares in London's first listed energy efficiency fund -- SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) -- began trading yesterday as the firm raised £100 million. Proceeds from the IPO will go towards acquiring a seed portfolio, which will invest in energy efficiency related projects.

The SEEIT fund is hoping to capture the move towards carbon footprint reduction and decentralized energy generation. SEEIT is targeting £150 million and a total return of 7 pct to 8 pct per year, with a targeted initial dividend yield of 5 pct , rising to 5.5 pct in the year ending March 2021. (Source: SEEIT, Energy Voice, Dec. 11, 2018) Contact: SEEIT, Jonathan Maxwell, CEO, +44 (0) 207 287 7700, Fax - +44 (0) 207 806 8100, info@sdcl-ib.com, www.sdcl-ib.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  SEEIT,  


Stamford Health CT's First LEED Certified Hospital (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-12-12
In Conn., Stamford Health reports it has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Healthcare Certification for its 650,000-square-foot Stamford Hospital which was completed in 2016. Stamford Health is one of only 86 projects worldwide to be certified under the LEED healthcare system rating. It is also the largest LEED for healthcare certified project in the nation.

In the project, the Stamford Hospital focused on air flow, energy consumption and air quality. The project's LEED qualifying features included:

  • 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;

  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens;

    courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;

  • green roofing system was implemented to provide a heat island effect, sending less heat into the atmosphere;

  • sustainably sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were regional sourced;

  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were installed throughout the building; and

  • an advanced facilities and energy management system was installed. (Source: Stamford Health, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Stamford Health, Stamford Hospital, Michael Smeriglio, Executive Director, Facilities Management, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • NATSO Comments on Draft Legislation to Reform Renewable Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    NATSO,RFS
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered truck stop and travel plaza industry group NATSO testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Congress on Tuesday to discuss new legislation that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and transition the gasoline market to a high octane fuel performance standard.

    In his testimony, NATSO VP of Government Affairs David Fialkov focused on the diesel market and the opportunities for policymakers to incentivize diesel retailers to incorporate increasing amounts of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into the nation's diesel fuel supply.

    "NATSO supports the provisions of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act that would facilitate market conditions and opportunities for its members to lower prices for consumers for advanced biofuels. Fialkov also recommended revisions to the draft legislation that would eliminate unnecessary obstacles to market investment in renewable fuels infrastructure and that undermine the returns on those investments that industry has already made.

    "Specifically, Fialkov testified in favor of the provisions that would extend the advanced biofuels mandate for another decade. But Fialkov strongly urged lawmakers to revise the draft legislation to address NATSO's concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) practice of issuing small refinery waivers that exempt small refineries from their obligations under the RFS, including small refineries that are owned by profitable refining entities.

    "The bill's rules-based Renewable Volume Obligations system will only achieve the objectives of enhanced certainty and less volatility if it addresses the Program's current flawed small refinery exemption regime," Fialkov testified. "The fact that the Legislation is silent on this topic is a real flaw. Any legislation to reform the RFS must remedy this situation." (Source: NATSO Inc. , PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  NATSO,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


    NBB Seeks Long-Term Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    NBB,Biodiesel
    Date: 2018-12-12
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and its affiliated organizations delivered the attached letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to enact a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive before Congress adjourns for the year.

    Congress retroactively extended the tax incentive for 2017 in February 2018, leaving it expired for this year and beyond. The letter welcomes a recent proposal for a seven-year extension of the tax incentive.

    Download the NBB letter HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  RFS,  National Biodiesel Board,  


    Brandeis University Switches to LEDs (Ind. Report)
    Brandeis University
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Waltham, Mass., Brandeis University is reporting completion of the retrofitting of much of its campus lighting to energy efficient LEDs which are expected to cut the school’s energy costs by 78 pct for an annual savings of $32,000.

    Providence, Rhode Island-based Energy Source completed an LED retrofit project for Brandeis University. According to Energy Source, it has completed similar energy efficiency work with 13 New England universities. (Source: Brandeis University, Waltham Patch, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Brandeis University, www.brandeis.edu; Energy Source, (401) 490-7805, info@energysource.com, www.energysource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,  Energy Efficient Light news,  Energy Source news,  


    Freddie Mac Green Advantage® Cutting Low- and Middle-Income Renters Utility Costs -- White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
    Freddie Mac
    Date: 2018-12-10
    MacLean, Virginia-headquartered Freddie Mac is touting the release of its Green Improvements in Workforce Housing white paper on the impact of its Green Advantage® program.

    The program provides incentives to multifamily housing borrowers to make energy efficiency improvements. The program aims to lower expenses for workforce housing tenants.

    To date, Freddie Mac's Green Advantage® has financed $36 billion in loans to lower utility costs for 367,000 units nationwide. The Green Improvements in Workforce Housing white paper key findings include:

  • Green Advantage is financing upgrades to hundreds of thousands of units nationwide: With over $36 billion in loans purchased across nearly 367,000 units, broad borrower adoption has established the market for energy and water efficiency improvements for multifamily properties.

  • Green Advantage serves low- and middle-income families: Freddie Mac Green Advantage loans serve workforce housing. Properties are mostly garden style apartments, on average 33 years old with 89 percent of units being affordable to households at 100 percent area median income or less.

  • Water improvements are projected to save 3.6 billion gallons in water per year: This is enough water to fill 5,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools or the equivalent water usage for over 119 million loads of laundry. The most common water-saving improvements selected are showe rheads, bathroom aerators, kitchen aerators and toilets. Borrowers met program requirements by pursuing water improvements on 77 percent of loans.

  • Energy savings are projected to save 1.4 billion kBtu per year -- enough energy to power roughly 40,000 homes across America or enough power for 8,600 football stadiums. The most common energy-saving improvements selected are LED lighting for interior, exterior and common areas and HVAC thermostats.

  • Improvements cost less than $500 per unit. The projected average cost for improvements selected by borrowers is $470 per unit.

  • Improvements are projected to save on average $220 per unit per year. Loans average almost $61,500 of savings per year or $220 per unit.

    Freddie Mac Multifamily is the nation's multifamily housing finance leader. Historically, nearly 90 percent of the eligible rental homes we fund are affordable to families with low to moderate incomes. Freddie Mac's Duty to Serve plan aims to expand affordability and address America's most persistent housing problems. (Source: Freddie Mac, Dec., 2018) Contact: Freddie Mac, (703) 918-5851 Michael_Morosi@FreddieMac.com, www.FreddieMac.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


  • Proposed Kalama Methanol Project Set for Hearings (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Innovation Works
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Washington State, Kalama-based Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is reporting its proposed $2 billion methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, Cowliz County, is set to begin public environmental hearings beofe the state Shorelines Hearings Board later this week.

    California-based Life Cycle Associates conducted the "cradle-to-grave" analysis of the impact the plant could have on worldwide carbon emissions from gas fields through its shipment of finished methanol to Asia. The study found that the plant would release about 1.1 million tpy of carbon at the Kalama site but would have a net decrease on carbon emissions worldwide, according to the study. Environmental groups have challenged the findings in the study. (Source: TDN, Longview Daily News, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: Northwest Innovation Works, (360) 673-7800, www.nwinnovationworks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  


    200-MW Ohio Wind Farm Making Regulatory Progress (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Columbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports it has scheduled the required public meeting in the north-central Ohio Village of Green Springs for Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy subsidiary Republic Wind LLC's proposed 200-MW wind farm on 15,000 acres in Seneca and Sandusky counties.

    The $410 million Republic Wind facility is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 57,000 homes. (Source: Republic Wind, Kallanish Energy, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact; Ohio Power Siting Board, www.opsb.ohio.gov; Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Republic Wind Energy LLC, www.republicwindenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    China's 2018 Carbon Emissions on Dramatic Rise (Int'l Report)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In a recap of 2018, the biggest climate change-carbon emissions story may be that China, the world's single largest emitting country, grew its output of planet-warming gases by an estimated half a billion tons.

    The country's sudden increase in carbon emissions could be linked to a wider slowdown in the economy, environmental, some analysts say. According to China's top planning agency three areas -- Liaoning in the northeast Rust Belt and the big coal-producing regions of Ningxia and Xinjiang in the northwest -- failed to meet their targets to curb energy consumption growth and improve efficiency last year due to the current economic downturn but, the agency noted, these areas were not representative of the whole country.

    Coal accounts for approximately 60 pct of China's total energy consumption, but the government hopes to bring it down to 10 pct by 2050 through increased investment in renewables and green energy. China's carbon intensity declined by 46 pct by 2017 from 2005 levels. the Ministry of Ecology and Environment reported earlier this week. It had expected it would take until 2020 to reach the targeted 40-45 pct reduction. (Source: Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Dec., 2018) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  China Carbon Market,  


    Greencoat Acquiring 45.2 MW in Irish Wind Farms (Int'l, M&A)
    Greencoat Renewables ,Blackrock
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Irish renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat Renewables Plc reports it will acquire 45.2 MW of wind farms in Ireland from BlackRock Real Assets, a fund managed by BlackRock Inc .for total of €88 million ($100.5 million). The acquisition includes the 36-MW Monaincha and 9.2-MW Garranereagh facilities. Greencoat will finance the purchase with funds from its €380-million revolving credit facility and expects the deal to be completed by the end of this month. (Source: Greencoat, PR, Renewables, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, www.greencoat-capital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Renewables news,  Wind news,  Blackrock news,  


    Trump's EPA to Axe Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules (Ind. Report)
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Washingtom, it is being widely reported that the Trump administration will scrap an Obama-era mandate that new coal-fired power plants be equipped with carbon-capture and storage (CCS) technology. According to the EPA, CCS technology hasn't "adequately demonstrated" it effectiveness as challenged by Murray Energy Corp. and coal industry associations.

    The Obama administration 2015 regulation imposed CO2 limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants that could not be met without installing some kind of carbon-capture technology. The Trump EPA proposed replacement would reportedly raise allowable CO2 emissions from new and modified coal power plants without employing CCS technology while ensuring utilities use other advanced technologies to ensure coal is burned cleanly and efficiently.

    Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states -- nearly 40 pct of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Bloomberg, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.energyandpolicy.org/american-coalition-clean-coal-electricity

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Coal,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Golden State Rooftop Solar Mandate Wins Final Approval (Ind. Report)
    California Rooftop Solar
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Following up on our May 11th coverage, in Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has given the final approval to the state's 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards requiring all new homes under three stories high install solar panels starting January 1, 2020. The solar solar systems must be sized to net out the annual kilowatt-hour energy usage of the dwelling.

    The codes also incentivize "demand responsive technologies" including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. Combined with a host of other energy efficiency upgrades, the revised building codes are expected to slash energy use in new homes by more than 50 pct. (Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  


    VW Dumping Fossil Fuels Following $27Bn in Emissions Fines (Int'l)
    VW
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Wolfsburg, Germany-based auto juggernaut Volkswagen Group reports it plans to end production of petrol, biofuel and diesel powered vehicles for all of its auto marquees -- VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti and others -- from 2026.

    The decision to completely stop production of petrol and diesel powertrains showcases the company's shift in focus towards battery-driven vehicles.t may also be influenced by VW's recent "diesel-gate" emissions scandal that cost the company €27 billion in fines and penalties. (Source: VW, DriveSpark, Others, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Vehicle Emissions,  


    Former INEOS Cellulosic Ethanol Assets Up for Grabs (Ind. Report)
    INEOS Bio Energy
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Following up on our 23rd February coverage, industrial auctioneer Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota, reports the former INEOS Bio Energy 8 MMGY Cellulosic Ethanol Plant and 6 MW Biomass Plant in Vero Beach, Florida will soon fall under the auctioneer's hammer.

    The sale includes INEOS' surplus land and equipment which will be offered first via a sealed bid auction process ending on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. If the equipment is not sold as an entirety with the real estate, the equipment will then be sold piecemeal via a timed online auction ending on January 15, 2019.

    The 2011 vintage, $230 million INEOS plant was a joint venture between Ineos Group LTD and New Planet Energy LLC. This first of its kind demonstration plant was designed to use an integreated biomass gasification and gas fermentation technology to convert cellulosic yard and vegetable waste into ethanol.

    The plant is adjacent to the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal LandFill with an existing gas line in place enabling the use of the landfill waste gases on the site. The plant also owns an additional 74.5 acre tract of land to the south of the main site.

    Frankens Energy purchased the property earlier this year and has begun deploying its plans to convert the site into an industrial eco-district, the first of its kind on the eastern seaboard. Once complete, the Indian River Eco-District will support and nurture an innovative eco-system of industrial businesses, while fostering sustainable competitive advantages, growth and success of each of its members.

    (Source: Maas Companies, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian River Eco District, www.irecodistrict.com; Maas Companies, (507)285-1444, www.masscompanies.com, www.ethanolplantauction.com; Frankens Energy, David Frankens, info@frankensenergy.com, www.frankensenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Frankens Energy,  INEOS Bio Energy,  Maas Companies,  


    Consortium Committed to European Transport BioLNG (Ind. Report)
    BioLNG
    Date: 2018-12-10
    EuroNet is reporting a European Union co-funded BioLNG consortium's commitment to the expansion of LNG as a road transport fuel and new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption across Europe.

    To that end, the consortium -- Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH Industrial Capital Europe under the trademark of IVECO Capital and Nordsol -- will each deliver separate activities that will see 2,000 more LNG trucks on the road, 39 LNG fueling stations and the construction of a BioLNG production plant in the Netherlands. The LNG Retail stations will form part of a pan-European network and be built in Belgium, France, Germany the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The stations will be located along core road network corridors from Spain to eastern Poland. (Source: BioLNG Euronet, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  


    Indian Ethanol Blend Rate Raised to 8 pct (Int'l Report)
    Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In New Delhi, the Indian Petroleum Ministry reports the "blending of ethanol with petrol has reached 4 pct from 1-1.5 pct in the last four years. In the 2018-19 sugar year (October-September), the blending level will reach 7-8 pct." The Indian government launched a pilot biofuel-petrol blending program to promote the use of alternative and environment-friendly fuels in 2003. The original programs 10 pct ethanol blend goal has not yet been met met. (Source: Indian Petroleum Ministry, PTI, First Post, 7 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Petroleum Ministry, petroleum.nic.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  India Ethanol,  


    Bipartisan Energy Innovation, Carbon Dividend Act Tabled (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Last week in the nation's capital, members of the U.S. House Climate Solutions Caucus introduced the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act to clean up America's energy. Introduction of the bill follows on the heels of the Trump administration's report -- the report that both Trump and EPA acting director Wheeler have confessed to not reading -- confirming that climate change is a real and growing threat caused primarily by the use of fossil fuels that emit heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    Economists believe that a revenue neutral carbon tax-fee-and-dividend policy that puts a price on carbon pollution and returns all net revenues to American families is the best way to accelerate our transition to cleaner energy. It's simple, comprehensive and effective, targeted to cut emissions by 40 pct within 12 years and 90 pct by 2050. Under the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act , the fee is assessed as close to the source as possible (at the well, mine, or port), starts small and increases predictably each year. A border adjustment ensures that importers pay their fair share and American exporters stay competitive. The bill supports the larger goal of keeping carbon in the ground, such as a rebate for carbon capture and storage and special provisions to support agriculture.

    Download Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act details HERE (Source: Various Media, Daily Sentinel, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Citizens Climate Lobby, https://citizensclimatelobby.org

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


    Long Island's Second Iargest Solar Array Online (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy,PSEG,Invenergy
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Duke Energy subsidiary PSEG is reporting the official launch of the 150-acre, 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons solar array in Shoreham, New York.

    Shoreham Solar Commons was developed by Invenergy and sold to Duke in 2017. The project generates sufficient energy for 3,500 homes while costing ratepayers about $177 million during its 20-year contract with LIPA. The project has been producing power since July.

    Duke Energy Renewables presently has wind and solar projects in 22 states amounting to about 3,000 MW. MW. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PSEG, NewsDay, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Jim Parmalee, Dir. Power Resources, Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com/renewable; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy,  Solar,  Duke Energy Renewables,  ,  PSEG,  


    SoCal Gas Launches NatGas Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas Company
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) is touting the launch of its "Dial it Down" program designed to teach customers how to conserve energy and natural gas this winter when heat is in high demand. SoCalGas will release the "Dial It Down" alerts through either social media or the radio as the weather dictates.

    According to SoCalGas, the program will increase energy reliability, save customers money, and reduce emissions related to climate change.

    SoCalGas is also launching a "Smart Therm Program" under which participants set their "Smart Thermostat" to automatically adjust when energy conservation is needed; rebates are available for purchasing the thermostat.

    SoCalGas offers more than 90 energy efficiency programs to keep natural gas consumption and costs low and realistic for Southern Californians.(Source: Southern California Gas Co, Santa Barbara Independent, 9 Dec., 2018)Contact: Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SoCal Gas,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Thermostat,  


    ADB Touts $4Mn Facility to Help Asia Meet Climate Commitments (Int'l)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Reporting from Manila, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is heralding the launch of the $4 million, Article 6 Support Facility to help developing member countries (DMCs) in Asia and the Pacific combat climate change.

    Funded by ADB, the Government of Germany, and the Swedish Energy Agency, the facility will provide technical, capacity building, and policy development support to help the DMCs meet Article 6 of the Paris Agreement under which countries voluntarily committed to lower their carbon emissions.

    The Article 6 Support Facility is intended to help DMCs achieve expertise, draw lessons from pilot activities, and enhance their preparedness for participation in carbon markets beyond 2020, while contributing to international negotiations.(Source: ADB, Modern Diplomacy, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Asian Development Bank,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Posco Daewoo Constructing Solar Plant in Myanmar (Int'l)
    Posco Daewoo
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Posco Daewoo, the trading unit of Posco, reports the groundbreaking for a solar plant that it will build for free of charge on an island in Myanmar. The project, which was undertaken at the request of Myanmar's Ministry of Electricity and Energy, will supply sufficient electricity to about 1,000 households on Manaung Island, the company said.

    The new solar facility, complete with a 500-kilowatt solar power generator and energy storage system, is slated for completion in the first half of 2019. (Source: Posco Daewoo, Korea Herald, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Posco Daewoo, Kim Young-sang, CEO, www.daewoo.com/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Peoria Intros Community Energy Savings Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-10
    On Saturday in the Land of Lincoln, representatives from the Peoria Citizens Utility Board, the Sierra Club, Elevate Energy and Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance launched the Community Energy Savings Initiative.

    Under the new initiative, utility customers participating in the program the program will no longer pay a flat rate for every kilowatt-hour used but rather the actual market rate for energy. The price increases during peak usage hours to as much as 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, and decreases during low usage hours to as low as 2-cents per kilowatt hour.

    The Peoria initiative includes a Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program that could save low income residents $700 or more on their winter heating bill.

    Program details are available at www.pcceo.org/pages/Energy-Assistance. (Source: Ameren, Journal Star,PCCEO, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: PCCEO, (217) 481-4781, www.pcceo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Iran Boasts Rapid Renewable Energy Sector Growth (Int'l)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Mohammad Sadeqzadeh, director of Iran's Renewable Energy and Electrical Energy Efficiency Organization, a subsidiary of the Energy Ministry, claimed both private Iranian citizens and the private sector have made significant investments in the renewable energy industry in recent years, despite "cruel" U.S. sanctions. The minister added that local investments have outstripped foreign investment in the renewable energy sector.

    The Iranian governments is seeking to have 5,000 MW of renewable energy on line by 2020, with more than 4,000 MW expected to come from wind power. The country presently has approximately 141 MW of installed wind power. (Source: Tasmin News Agency, 9 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iran Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    New Energy Blue Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Advancing (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Blue
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Spiritwood, North Dakota, New Energy Blue LLC reports it is near completion of engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant project that would t plant would process 33 tph of biomass -- wheat straw, corn stover , barley straw -- into 16 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol for the California market. The plant will also produce also produce 110,000 tpy of lignin -- an organic polymer found in the rigid cell walls of plants. The New Energy Blue plant expects to build near the Spirit AgEnergy corn-ethanol plant, and to begin production in 2021. Midwest AgEnergy will manage to New Energy Blue plant.

    New Energy Blue is working through a firm in New York City to issue renewable bonds at the end of their development period. North Dakota has $300 million in tax-free renewable municipal bonds that could be used for projects that turn a "waste material," in this case residue, to a "special need renewable product," such as fuel and power, according to New Energy Blue. (Source: New Energy Blue LLC, AgWeek, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, Stephen Rogers, Pres., 717.626.0557, www.newenergyblue.com; Spiritwood,MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spiritwood ,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  ,  


    Singapore Fifth in Green Office Space Certifications (Int'l)
    CBRE
    Date: 2018-12-10
    A recently released report from CBRE Research placed Singapore in fifth place across the six major gateway cities in Asia Pacific (APAC) in terms of the largest volume of green office space with approximately 13 million sq-ft. Shanghai topped the list with more than 20 million sq-ft or around 80% of new office buildings certified as green spaces, followed by Hong Kong with 19 million sq-ft, Beijing registered 16.5 million sq-ft followed by Tokyo with an estimated 4.9 million sq-ft of certified green space.

    The 2014 Singapore Green Building Master Plan targeted the the local Green Mark standard for 80 pct of all buildings by 2030. It's adoption rate presently stands at 27 pct as of 2018. (Source: CBRE Research, Singapore Business, Dec., 2018) Contact: CBRE Research, www.cbre.com/research-and-reports

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE Research,  Green Office,  Energy Efficiency,  


    WSU Researchers Find Carbon Reserve Underfoot (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Washington State University
    Date: 2018-12-07
    According to research from Washington State University at least a quarter of all the carbon stored in Earth's soil is found locked up in minerals roughly six feet beneath the surface. But new research suggests this unique carbon reservoir will become less efficient at carbon storage as the planet warms. The research details the way carbon physically and chemically binds to minerals in soils across the globe.

    The new data showed minimal amounts of carbon are stored in the sediments of deserts and dry forests, but roughly six feet beneath the surfaces of wet forests, scientists found an abundance of carbon bound to reactive minerals. The persistence of water and decaying organic matter on the forest floor helps leach carbon from above and transport to minerals buried below.

    According to the new research, global warming won't impact the carbon that is already stored beneath the surface of wet forest floors, but it will alter the pathway by which new carbon gets stored. Temperature increases are likely to minimize the amount of water running through forest soil, even if precipitation levels remain stable.

    The results of the survey were published in the journal Nature Climate Change HERE. (Source: Washington State University, Vancouver, UPI, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: Washington State University, Vancouver, Assoc. Prof. Marc Kramer, Environmental Chemistry, marc.kramer@wsu.edu, https://labs.wsu.edu/kramerlab/marc-g-kramer

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington State University,  Carbon Storage,  


    Orbital Marine Power Demo Set for Morlais Tidal Energy (Int'l)
    Orbital Marine Power
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Scotland, Orbital Marine Power -- fka Scotrenewables Tidal Power -- is reporting an agreement to demonstrate its recently unveiled "O2" 2MW tidal turbine technology at the Morlais Tidal Energy Project in Anglesey. Orkney-based Orbital claims its "O2" 2MW tidal turbinewill be the most powerful tidal generating platform in the world - with each 2 MW unit capable of producing electricity equivalent to the demands of 1,500 typical UK homes.

    Orbital has also launched a £7 million crowdfunding effort. (Source: Orbital Marine Power, insider.uk.co, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Orbital Marine Power, Andrew Scott, CEO, office@orbitalmarine.com, +44 0 1856 851641, +44 0 1856 851642, www.orbitalmarine.com; Morlais Tidal Energy Project, www.wavehub.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scotrenewables Tidal Power,  Orbital Marine Power,  Tidal Power,  


    Notable Quotes from COP24
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-12-07
    "We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change. It is hard to overstate the urgency of our situation.

    "Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption." -- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaking this week at the opening of the COP24 U.N. climate conference in Poland

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


    Boston Law Firm Touts Renewable Energy Practice (Ind. Report)
    Sherin and Lodgen LLP
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In the Bay State, the Boston-based legal firm Sherin and Lodgen LLP is reporting the expansion of its Solar Energy practice and created a national Renewable Energy Practice Group to meet the needs of the accelerating renewable energy and energy storage industries. The he new group's services will include:
  • Purchase and sale of renewable energy projects at all stages of development/operation;

  • Securing easement and leasing rights in connection with solar and wind farm assemblages, collection systems, and transmission;

  • Structuring debt financing for solar project portfolios;

  • Engineering, procurement, and construction contracts with third party contractors for both solar and storage development;

  • Environmental issues related to the development of ground mounted facilities on landfills, brownfields, and Superfund sites;

  • Negotiating power purchase agreements with private, public, and municipal offtakers;

  • Negotiating ground, rooftop, and parking canopy leases for solar development;

  • Advice and consultation related to securing, documenting and preserving tax credits through federal and state incentive programs (includes Massachusetts SMART program) arising from renewable energy production;

  • Utility RFP bids for renewable energy;

  • Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements (PILOT) with Massachusetts municipalities;

  • Environmental regulatory matters related to Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, Massachusetts Chapter 91 (tidelands)and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act and other marine mammal protection regulations impacting offshore wind development;

  • Negotiation of energy savings agreements for manufacturing entities. (Source: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Bethany A. Bartlett, Renewable Energy Group Chair, (617) 646-2000, www.sherin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


  • Suez Gulf Offshore Wind Bidders Win Extension (Int'l Report)
    Vestas, Siemens, and Senvion
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Wind turbine manufacturers Vestas, Siemens, and Senvion -- the qualifying firm for a Suez offshre wind project -- report they requested and been granted an extension date for bid submissions to January 2019, instead of this December. The date was originally determined by the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA).

    The €260 million project is being financed by the German development bank, KfW Group. (Source: ,MENAFN, Daily News Egypt, Dec., 2018) Contact: Egypt New and Renewable Energy Authority, +20 2 22725891, www.nrea.gov.eg; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; KfW Bank, www.kfw.de/KfW-Group

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Siemens,  Senvio,  KfW Bank,  Wind,  Egypt Wind,  


    Celtic Renewables Partners with Indian Brewing Industry (Int'l)
    Celtic Renewables
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Edinburgh Napier University pin-out Celtic Renewables is reporting a partnership with New Delhi-based Indian renewables firm, Dross Energy Pvt. Ltd . The partnership will use Celtic's technology to convert whisky production residues into advanced biofuel transp[ortation fuel.

    A Dross Energy spokesperson said, "We are hugely excited to be the company to bring this ground-breaking technology to India. The technology is innovative and exciting, and we want to be the second country in the world, behind Scotland, to commercialise the process for the benefit of the environment." (Source: Celtic Renewables, insider.uk.co, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Celtic Renewables, Martin Tangney, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 141 548 4417, www.celtic-renewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Celtic Renewables,  Biofuel,  


    Biofuel Players Comment on New RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFS,Advanced Biofuels Business Council
    Date: 2018-12-07
    "Specifically, I'm glad levels for biodiesel are maintained and slightly increased. And although the levels for advanced biofuels and cellulosic biofuels don't represent the full potential of the industry, they are very promising and will help significantly." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov

    "It is time to get our America First fuel policy back on track, and we encourage the acting EPA administrator to hold oil refiners accountable and maintain the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard." -- Kyle Gilley, Snr VP External Affairs and Communications, POET, www.poet.com

    "The final targets open new possibilities for advanced and cellulosic biofuels, but without a check on abusive EPA waivers, we'll continue to see plants closing their doors or idling production. The agency cannot fulfill the president's commitments in the heartland without putting a lid on handouts to oil giants like Chevron and Andeavor." -- Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., Advanced Biofuels Business Council, www.advancedbiofuels.org

    "It reflects continued growth in the renewable natural gas industry. The growth in production of renewable natural gas and the completion of nearly 50 new production facilities from coast to coast since 2014 is proof positive that the RFS is working as intended for cellulosic and advanced biofuels." -- Johannes Escudero, CEO, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, www.rngcoalition.com

    "While the numbers are a positive step forward and they hold promise with a 15-billion-gallon commitment to starch ethanol and 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels, the billions of lost gallons due to excessive small refinery exemptions need to be accounted for." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  POET,  RFS,  Growth Energy,  


    EDF Redesigning Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    EDF Renewables UK
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Following up on our May 7th coverage, EDF Renewables UK reports it has obtained government approval for an improved design for the £1.8 billion NeartnaGaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm project in Scotland's Firth of Forth.

    The project, which originally included a maximum of 75 turbines, will now incorporate a maximum of 54 turbines generating a total 450 MW of power -- sufficient power for as many as 375,000 homes.

    EDF acquired the project from London-based Mainstream Renewable Power in May, 2018. The project is expected to come online by 2023. EDF Renewables UK presently Coperates more than 786MW of wind farms with battery storage and has over 2GW projects with consents and in development stages. (Source: EDF, Power Technology, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables UK, NnG project director Matthias Haag, +44 333 200 5105, www.edf-re.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables ,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    NYC Considers Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    NYC Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Members of the New York City Council have introduced a proposal to impose mandatory building energy efficiency standards. The standards, which vary by building type and use, would apply to buildings greater than 25,000 square feet, though rent-regulated buildings would be exempt.

    The standards are expressed as annual limits on carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, based on different emissions intensity limits applicable to different categories of buildings. The limits would first be effective in 2022, with increasingly stringent limits over time. There are variance provisions, including one related to economic hardship. (Source: Foley & Loag LLP. Pr, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency news,  NYC Energy Efficiency news,  


    Evonik Boosting Ala. Sodium Methylate Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Evonik
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries reports it plans to expand its production facility for sodium methylate -- used as a catalyst for large-scale production of the renewable fuel -- in Mobile, Ala. The expansion includes new infrastructure and logistics, rail transportation and storage facilities, according to the company release.

    Evonik's project follows on the U.S. EPA's announced new renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2020 that changed the ways that refiners comply with the Renewable Fuels Standard. (Source: Evonik, PR, Powder & Bulk Solids, 4 Dec., 2018) Contact: Evonik,Andreas Kripzak, VP and GM for North America, www.evonik.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Evonik,  Renewable Fuel,  


    CleanBC Cimate Plan Stresses Renewable Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuel, Biofuel
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia's just released CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tonnes of GHG emissions reductions by 2030 , puts low-carbon biofuels at the forefront of the Province’s climate efforts. The CleanBC plan includes:
  • Strengthening the low carbon fuel standard to a 20 pct reduction in fuel carbon intensity by 2030;
  • Supporting the ramp-up of new renewable fuel production to 650 million litres by 2030;
  • Zero-Emission Vehicles to make up 10 pct of new light duty vehicle sales in 2025, 30 pct in 2030, and 100 pct in 2040;
  • 15 pct minimum renewable content in industrial natural gas consumption, and cleaner industrial operations through electrification, CO2 storage, and direct air capture.

    The 19 million tonnes of reductions in the CleanBC plan represent approximately 75 pct of the Province's overall emissions reduction goal in 2030. The remaining 25 pct of the reduction measures will be determined over the next 18 to 24 months and will include new clean energy options, waste management, and reducing emissions in forestry, land use and agriculture. The plan also suggests that by 2030, over 40 pct of diesel and 10 pct of gasoline could come from biofuels.

    Download CleanBC lan details HERE. (Source: Government of British Columbia, PR, EIN, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: Government of British Columbia, (604) 660-2421, www2.gov.bc.ca; Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, (604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  ,  


  • Trump's EPA Axing Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules (Ind. Report)
    Trump
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Washington, it is being widely reported that the Trump administration will scrap an Obama-era mandate that new coal-fired power plants be equipped with carbon-capture and storage (CCS) technology. According to the EPA, CCS technology hasn't "adequately demonstrated" it effectiveness as challenged by Murray Energy Corp. and coal industry associations.

    The Obama administration 2015 regulation imposed CO2 limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants that could not be met without installing some kind of carbon-capture technology. The Trump EPA proposed replacement would reportedly raise allowable CO2 emissions from new and modified coal power plants without employing CCS technology while ensuring utilities use other advanced technologies to ensure coal is burned cleanly and efficiently. Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states -- nearly 40 pct of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Bloomberg, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.energyandpolicy.org/american-coalition-clean-coal-electricity; EPA, Office of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    UN says Global Efforts to Curb CO2 Off Track (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-12-07
    According to a United Nations 2018 survey, in 2017 CO2 emissions rose for the first time in 4 years to a record high. The rise is attributed to global economic growth and a decreasing momentum in addressing the issue on national levels.

    From 2014 to 2016, CO2 emissions from energy production and industries held reasonably steady at stable limits and the global economy saw a modest growth. Emissions rose by 1.2 pct in 2017, pushed by greater GDP. Although this number nay be small, it isn't as far as IPCC report about keeping global temperature rise below 1.5C is concerned.

    Presently, the Earth is heading towards a 3.2C rise by the end of the century. By 2030, global greenhouse gases emissions must be reduced by 55 pct and countries must increase their emissions reduction targets five-fold.

    To meet the COP15 Paris climate change goals, global emissions must peak by 2020, which is unlikely even by 2030 when the current rise in emissions is taken into account.

    But according to the report, all hope isn't lost. Non-state actors like high education institutions, businesses, regional, local and city governments can make major contributions to solving the problem. About 6,000 companies and over 7,000 cities from 133 nations have pledged to take action with revenue worth $36 trillion. With more than 500,000 publicly traded companies around the world, more can be done. This sector has the potential to cut down CO2 emissions by 19gigatonnes equivalent every year by 2030, keeping the world on the 2C path. Carbon trading systems and taxes cover just 15 pct of global carbon output, according to the UN report. (Source: UN, Industry News Network, Mary Bronson, 6 December, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Greenhouse Gas,  


    CleanBC Climate Action Plan Targets Heavy Emitters (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the province of British Columbia's just released CleanBC Climate Action Plan aims to cut the province's emissions by 18.9 million tonnes over the next 12 years. To reach its goal, the plan calls for increasing the use of electricity by all sectors -- including heavy industry and transportation -- and boosting the use of low-carbon fuels.

    The plan depends most heavily on slashing industry emissions by 8.4 million tonnes, nearly half the total cuts planned -- achieving that with aggressive electrification, major new hydro transmission lines, and a $240-million a year technology fund.

    Another third of the cuts would come from greener transportation, particularly a ban on emission-producing new vehicles within 20 years, clean fuel car incentive incentives, and an increased reliance on renewable fuel.

    The plan also calls for increasing the provincial price on carbon emissions to $50 per tonne and ramping up buildings' energy efficiency each account for a further one-tenth emissions savings, the latter by retrofitting 51,000 provincially owned housing units and requiring at least 15 pct of natural gas use to come from renewable sources.

    In 2015, the province's emissions were 61.6 million tonnes net after offsets -- equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 13.4 million passenger vehicles. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Star Metro Vancouver, CBC, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Province of British Columbia, CleanBC Climate Action Plan, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/planning-and-action, www2.gov.bc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    MidAmerican Energy's Wind XII Project IUB Approval (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Utilities Board,MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Des Moines, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reports approval of MidAmerican Energy Company's proposed $922 million, 591 MW Wind XII wind farm in the Hawkeye State.

    When completed in 2012, the wind project will give the utility company more than 6,600 MW of renewable generation in Iowa -- sufficient renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its customers' annual energy needs. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, https://iub.iowa.gov; MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Utilities Board,  MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


    Harvestone Adds Ethanol Plants to Marketing Platform (Ind. Report)
    Harvestone
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Franklin, Tenn.-headquartered Harvestone Group LLC reports the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform.

    The new facilities -- Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors -- produce a combined 210 million gpy of ethanol. These facilities will be exclusively marketed through the Harvestone platform under five-year agreements.

    Harvestone Group, and its affiliated companies, is a global commodity merchant focused in the biofuels sector. The company is backed by a community of producers representing over 1.3 billion gpy in partnership with strategic commodity investors in the energy and agriculture sectors. Harvestone transacts across the supply chain to include production, marketing, storing, distributing, and trading as well as invests in physical assets that create meaningful long-term value. (Source: Harvestone Group, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Harvestone Group, (615)716-1020 , info@harvestonegroup.com, www.harvestonegroup.com; Iroquois Bio-Energy, www.ibecethanol.com; Quad County Corn Processors, www.quad-county.com; Red River, www.ibecethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Harvestone,  Siouxland,  Quad County Corn Processors ,  Energy,  Red River Energy,  Iroquois Bio-Energy,  ,  


    Chinese Researchers Advance Biomass Transformation Process (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
    Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Biomass can serve as a renewable source for both energy and carbon. ABE (acetone, n-butanol, and ethanol) fermentation broth as a biomass-derived source of fuels and chemicals contains low concentrations of oxygenates, limiting its practical applications. Thus, it is pivotal to develop a highly efficient water-resistant catalyst to directly and selectively convert crude aqueous oxygenate mixtures to value-added chemicals -- water-immiscible ones (easy separation after reaction) are especially of great importance.

    Prof. Wang Feng from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his colleagues from Peking University have reported an efficient and novel catalytic method for the conversion of aqueous biomass fermentation broth to a water-immiscible product. They developed a strategy capable of transforming 70 pct of carbon in an aqueous ABE fermentation mixture to 4-heptanone (4-HPO), catalyzed by tin-doped ceria (Sn-ceria) with a selectivity as high as 86 pct. While Sn-ceria is a versatile catalyst for dehydrogenation, the Guerbet alcohol reaction, condensation, and esterification reactions involving acid-base catalysis and redox ones, relay and generate 4-HPO with high selectivity 4-HPO is a value-added intermediate and can be used to produce jet fuel and fine chemicals.

    Furthermore, water, which is detrimental to the reported catalysts for ABE conversion, was beneficial for producing 4-HPO. The catalytic performance of tin-doped ceria is due to the highly dispersed tin species and oxygen vacancies of ceria.

    The research was supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Key R&D Program of China, and the Natural Science Foundation of China. (Source: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, SCienmag, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, WANG Yongjin, wangyj@dicp.ac.cn, www.dicp.ac.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    NC Report Explores Energy Storage Options (Ind. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-12-07
    NC State University and N.C. Central University have released a report detailing energy storage options that the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) can use to inform energy policy.

    The report addresses how energy storage technologies may or may not provide value to North Carolina consumers based on capital investment, value to the electric grid, net utility savings, net job creation, impact on consumer rates and service quality, or other factors related to deploying one or more of these technologies. The study also addresses the feasibility and various services that energy storage could provide for the state and makes recommendations accordingly.

    In terms of costs, the report evaluates the presently available technologies based on current data. The report also considers a range of potential benefits associated with varying degrees of energy storage capacity.

    The report also identifies a range of policy options that fall into three broad categories stakeholders and decision-makers may wish to consider:

  • Prepare -- These policies aim to help address potential gaps or areas of uncertainty that might otherwise hinder the deployment of cost-effective energy storage.
  • Facilitate -- These policies are focused on helping either increase the value or decrease the cost of energy storage in the near-term.
  • Accelerate -- These policies could substantially increase the pace of energy storage deployment in the state. (Source: NC State University, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: NC State Univ., NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Steve Kalland, Dir., NC Energy Storage, https://energy.ncsu.edu/storage

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


  • "The Donald" Consoles Macron on Flummoxed French Fuel Tax (Int'l)
    Fuel Tax
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Paris, following on French president Macron's first major political setback and the suspension of vehemently opposed fuel tax increase aimed at cutting diesel and gasoline fuel consumption and thus fighting climate change, the every empathetic Donald Trump reportedly consoled his French counterpart with his previous remark:

    "The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters in the world."

    Macron was no doubt comforted by Trump's warm-hearted comments. (Source: Various Media, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Trump,  


    France, India Partner on Energy Efficiency, Conservation (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-07
    The Press Trust of India is reporting the Indian Union Cabinet has approved an energy efficiency and energy conservation technology cooperation agreement with France.

    The pact , which involves knowledge exchange, technical assistance and cooperation , is expected to advance the exchange of information on policies, programmes and technologies relating to enhanced energy efficiency and demand side management. It will lead to awareness creation on energy efficiency, development of tools for collection, use and analysis of CO2 emissions and GHG data for tracking global emissions . It will promote research and development and demonstration of energy efficient technologies, the development of sustainable mobility with specific focus on electric transportation. (Source: PTI, 6 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Conservation news,  


    Rwanda Advancing First Green City Pilot Project (Int'l Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Kigali, the Rwandan government reports it has granted 620 hectares of land in the Gasabo District on the outskirts of the capital city for the establishment of the country's first green city pilot project.

    The project is expected to deliver a paradigm shift in green urbanization, and the adoption of sustainable development principles and new policy frameworks for green building standards and electric mobility, The pilot project will also lead the way for further scaling up of green building and green urban planning projects characterized by low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways.

    The first phase of the housing development will include 410 “green”, affordable homes that incorporate up to date energy efficiency and sustainability features. The last phase will include commercial and office buildings that are expected to attract innovative green businesses. (Source: Xinhua, 7 Dec., 2018)

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


    RealTerm Energy, Municipalities Partner on LED Light (Ind. Report)
    RealTherm Energy
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In the Empire State, RealTerm Energy reports it has partnered with the municipalities of Great Neck, Newark, Nyack, Goshen, Florida and Piermont to convert their current HID (high intensity discharge) streetlights to high efficiency LED technology. The conversions are expected to save the municipalities an estimated collective $475,000 per year and reduce their energy consumption by nearly 1,700,000 kWh annually.

    RealTerm Energy will be responsible for the removal of existing fixtures, the installation of new technology, the provision of customized lighting designs and supporting the municipalities in their selection of new LED light fixtures based on products that best suit their needs. RealTerm will also be offering financing and ongoing maintenance options. To date, RealTerm Energy has designed, procured, installed or is in the process of installing more than 250,000 streetlights nationwide. (Source: RealTerm Energy, PR, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: RealTerm Energy, Rebecca Handfield , Marketing Manager, (866) 422-5201, www.realtermenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  LED Streetlight,  Energy Efficient Light,  


    California Wildfires Released 68 Mn Tons of COS (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Date: 2018-12-05
    According to a new analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this years forest fires in California released 68 million tons of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to the amount produced to power all of the state's electricity for one year.

    The Golden State's governor Jerry Brown (D) said the wildfires were likely connected to the intensifying effects of climate change. As expected, Pres. Trump blamed Brown and the Democrat's poor forest management practices and their failure to rake the leaves for the death of 91 people. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey, The Hill, 2 Dec., 2018) Contact: U.S. Geological Survey, (703) 648-5953, www.usgs.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Geological Survey,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    Ontario Upping Biofuels Blend to E15 as soon as 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Ontario, E15
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The province of Ontario is touting its "Greener Gasoline" plan to move from a E5 blend to a E10 ethanol fuel blend by 2020. Key elements of the Greener Gasoline plan include: increasing renewable fuels content in gasoline to 15 pct as early as 2025; the increased use of renewable natural gas and other lower-carbon fuels will be encouraged; large emitters will be subject to emission performance standards; and a $350 million Carbon Trust Fund and a $50 million Ontario Reverse Auction Fund will provide financial assistance for emission reduction initiatives.

    The plan builds on the amended Ethanol in Gasoline & Greener Diesel regulations that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

    Download details of Canada's Clean Fuel Standard HERE. (Source: Prov. of Ontario, Farm Progress, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  E15,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  

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