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Vestas Supplying Turbines for Japanese Offshore Project (Int'l.)
Vestas
Date: 2020-04-10
Kallanish Energy is reporting Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply and install 33 units of its V117-4.2 megawatt typhoon variant turbines for Japan's first utility-scale offshore wind farm, the 139-MW Akita Noshiro Offshore Wind Project in Akita prefecture.

Turbine delivery is slated for late 2021 for installation in 2022. The project is being developed by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JV that is developing 359 MW of wind power in Japan. (Source: Vestas, Kallanich, 7 April, 2020)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Japan Wind,  


Kuwait's KNPC Completes Biofuels Project (Int'l. Ind. Report)
Kuwait National Petroleum Corp
Date: 2020-04-10
The Kuwait News Agency is reporting the Kuwait National Petroleum Corp (KNPC) has completed the addition of two biofuel production units at its Mina Al-Ahmadi oil refinery.

The two new coal and naphtha hydro treating units will produce 37,000 and 8,400 bpd of oil equivalent respectively. (Source: Kuwait National Petroleum Corp., Reuters 8 April, 2020) Contact: Kuwait National Petroleum Corp., Waleed al-Badr, CEO, www.knpc.com


547 Energy Inks PPA for Turkish 153MW Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
547 Energy,Enora
Date: 2020-04-10
Houston-headquartered 547 Energy LLC affiliate 547 Energy International European Holdings is reporting a 20-year PPA from the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) for a 153MW wind energy project implemented in partnership with renewable energy operator Enora -- a subsidiary of Greek renewables energy developer Enteka. The project is located in the regional units of Imathia and Kozani.

547 Energy invests in and partners with innovative companies and development platforms around the globe that focus on cleantech, renewable power, energy efficiency, grid resilience or the digitalization of the energy sector, according to the company website. (Source: 547 Energy LLC, PR, Power Tech. 7 April, 2020) Contact: 547 Energy LLC, Gabriel Alonso, CEO, 713.452.2000, 713.452.2001 - fax, info@547energy.com, www.547energy.com; Enteka, www.enteka.gr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Gladstone Completes Akron $1Mn PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
PACE,Gladstone Commercial
Date: 2020-04-10
McLean, Virginia-based real estate holding company Gladstone Commercial Corporation is reporting closing on $1.0 million PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing for an 84,000 SF single-story multi-tenant office building in Akron, Ohio.

The 3.5 pct financing covers 100 pct of the costs of: HVAC upgrades and replacements; conversions from electric to natural gas; updating fume hood controls; fume hood controls; energy efficient interior lighting and energy management system. (Source: Gladstone Commercial, PR, 8 April, 2020) Contact: Gladstone Commercial, Bob Cutlip, Pres, (703) 287-5893, Bob.Cutlip@gladstonecompanies.com, www.gladstonecommercial.com; C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.cpacealliance.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  C-PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Norwegian Offshore Floating Wind Project Gets the Nod (Int'l.)
Offshore Wind, Equinor
Date: 2020-04-10
Maritime Executive is reporting the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry has approved plans for development and operation of the to $488 million Hywind Tampen offshore floating wind farm which will supply power to the Snorre and Gullfaks offshore oil platforms.

The 88 MW Hywind Tampen wind farm, which is being developed by Equinor, will incorporate 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines mounted on floating concrete spar substructures with shared anchors supplied by Kvaerner. Hywind Tampen is slated for start-up at the end of 2022. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry, Maritime Exec., 8 April, 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Sætre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  Wind,  


Willdan, Energetico Ink Technology Agreement (Ind. Report)
Willdan, Energetico
Date: 2020-04-10
Anaheim, California-headquartered consultancy and energy efficiency specialist Willdan Group Inc. is reporting a strategic alliance with Energetico, Inc. to introduce Energetico's proprietary environmental Climate Processor® technology for public venues.

Energetico's technology solution typically saves 25 pct -- 60 pct of a building's energy costs; produces healthier, more comfortable air; and offers a new source of 'off the grid' water. This system is a standalone, plug-and-play system which seamlessly integrates into venues without the necessity of replacing existing HVAC systems.

Willdan will sell, install and offer service agreements on the Energetico Climate Processors®. Energetico offers a no upfront cost Performance Service Agreement that finances installation through energy savings. (Source: Willdan, Market Screener, 8 Aug.,2020) Contact: Wildan Group Inc., Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (714) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.wildan.com: Energetico, Scott Morris, Pres., info@energetico.com, www.energetico.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan,  Energetico,  Energy Efficiency,  


Alberta Geothermal Feasibility Study Provincially Funded (Funding)
Geothermal
Date: 2020-04-10
On the Canadian prairies, the Municipality of Whitecourt and the town of Whitecourt, together with the county of Woodlands is reporting receipt of $125,000 in grant funding from the Alberta Community Partnership for a geothermal development feasibility study.

A previous study on the geothermal potential in Norther Alberta conducted by Edmonton-based Terrapin Geothermics showed great potential for the use of geothermal heat and power generation in the region. (Source: Think GeoEnergy, April, 2020) Contact: Terrapin Geothermics, (780) 232-0339, www.terrapingeo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


Berlin's ecoworks GmbH Raises €5Mn (Int'l, Ind. Report)
ecoworks
Date: 2020-04-10
In Germany, Berlin-based startup ecoworks GmbH, a pioneer in the rapid modernization and upgrading of apartment building for greater energy efficiency, reports it has raised €5 million in seed financing.

The company aims to reduce the total energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions using factory-produced facade and roof elements and per-assembled building technologies that reduce the amount of work required in completing a project by a whopping 80 pct. With its processes, ecoworks converts an inefficient building into a "de-centralised and small power plant by installing photovoltaic systems, thermal reservoirs, and heat pumps that generate more energy than needed by the building's occupants." The surplus green energy is fed into the public power grid. (Source: ecoworks GmbH, silicon canals, 7 April, 2020) Contact: ecoworks GmbH, www.ecoworks.tech

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


IRENA Urges Gov. Bailouts be Invested in Renewables (Ind. Report)
IRENA
Date: 2020-04-10
Francesco La Camera, head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (TRENA) has urged governments to put decarbonisation efforts at the center of their economic rescue packages, noting the recent oil price crash makes the business case for renewables development stronger.

In a recently released statement, the IRENA director said government economic responses to the recovery effort must look to the medium and long-term and should use the UN 2030 agenda. (Source: IRENA, ENB, 9 April, 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Renewable Energy,  


Climate Software Developer ClimateView Raises $2.5Mn (Int'l.)
ClimateView,
Date: 2020-04-10
ClimateView, a Swedish software development company working on monitoring and visualization tools for greenhouse gas emissions, reports it has raised $2.5 million in its latest round of financing.

ClimateView's software gives cities a window into their emissions, emissions levels and other sustainability and resilience information enabling them to plan accordingly for how best to proceed with decarbonization efforts and climate change mitigation plans. ClimateView's software provides a central hub of all development, emissions, and projected urban planning data to accelerate the planning process.

The company's premier project has been its work with the Swedish Climate Policy Council, which used the ClimateView software and suite of services to release a publicly available digital roadmap using the company's Panorama software. (Source: ClimateView, NewsDio, April, 2020) Contact: ClimateView, Tomer Shalit, CEO, tomer@ climateview.global, www.climateview.global

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  C;imate Software,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


EU Carbon Emissions Plunge with COVID-19 Lock-Downs (Int'l. Report)
EU
Date: 2020-04-10
Paris-based consultancy Sia Partners is reporting the 27 member state EU's CO2 emissions have dropped by 58 pct in the brief time since the COVID-19 virus lock-downs began.

Specifically, emissions from cars and motorbikes , energy sector (emissions are down 40 pct while household emissions have risen 29 pct. (Source: Sia Partners, EU Observer, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Sia Partners, +33 1 42 77 76 17, www.sia-partners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Carbon EMissions,  


Benin Joins CORSIA Aviation Emissions Offsetting Programme (Int'l.)
CORSIA, ICAO
Date: 2020-04-10
The West African nation of Benin (pop. 12.2 million) is confirming its participation in the UN affiliated International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Including Benin, 83 countries will begin offsetting their international flight emissions when the CORSIA voluntary pilot phase kicks off in 2021. Together they account for 76.64 pct of current international scheduled flights.

As previously noted, ICAO will allow airlines to purchase CO2 offset units from six programs under CORSIA in order to meet its emissions reduction targets up to 2023. The approved schemes include the U.N. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard. Carbon Offsets under the CORSIA mechanism are set to be established using total emissions for 2019 and 2020 as the baseline (Source: ICAO, CAPA, 9 April, 2020) Contact: ICAO, Secretary General Fang Liu, www.icao.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  ICAO,  CORSIA,  


COVID-19 and climate change The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behaviour, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalising question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic. Comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organisations which work internationally.

The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of ‘COVID-19 Green New Deal’. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions (including, for example, short-range electric aircraft) and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

This ‘Build Back Better’ approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company.


Date: 2020-04-10
The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behaviour, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalising question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic. Comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organisations which work internationally.

The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of ‘COVID-19 Green New Deal’. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions (including, for example, short-range electric aircraft) and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

This ‘Build Back Better’ approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company. Society is showing how quickly it can adapt – can the momentum be maintained and used to help solve the pressing issues of air quality and climate change? (Source: Cranfield University, Press Release, April, 2020) Contact:Cranfield University, Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics , Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics , +44 (0) 1234 750111, www.cranfield.ac.uk The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behaviour, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalising question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic. Comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organisations which work internationally.

The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of ‘COVID-19 Green New Deal’. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions (including, for example, short-range electric aircraft) and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

This ‘Build Back Better’ approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company. Society is showing how quickly it can adapt – can the momentum be maintained and used to help solve the pressing issues of air quality and climate change? (Source: Cranfield University, Press Release, April, 2020) Contact:Cranfield University, Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics , Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics , +44 (0) 1234 750111, www.cranfield.ac.uk


LBNL Explores Cheaper Biofuels Production Costs (Ind. Report, R&D)
Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: 2020-04-10
Scientists at the US DOE Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) report they have designed simulations to determine how much biofuel is needed for the whole bioproduct extraction process to be labeled as cost-efficient. Their results showed that the target levels are actually modest and within reach, according to a press release.

The development of biofuels over the past years is part of the strategy to decrease the demand for petroleum-based gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. However, biofuels are yet to reach the level where they can compete with petroleum-based fuels in terms of cost production. Conventional biofuel production often involves genetically engineered plants that can produce essential chemical compounds, or bioproducts. These bioproducts are extracted from the plant, and the remaining plant parts are converted into fuel. This led scientists from the Berkeley Laboratory to investigate exactly how much bioproduct does a plant need to determine if the whole extraction process to be determined efficient, and how much bioproduct should be produced to reach the target ethanol selling price of $2.50 per gallon.

To do this, the researchers studied existing data of well-studied plant-based bioproduct production. They used this data to make simulations that will determine the factors involved in extracting bioproducts using the context of bioethanol refinery, which means that bioproducts will be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant materials will be converted to ethanol. Their results determined that the bioproduct levels needed to accumulate in plants to offset the production cost recovery is quite feasible. Using limonene as an example, they calculated that an accumulated 0.6 pct of biomass dry weight would already produce net economic benefits to biorefineries. To illustrate, it means harvesting 10 dry metric tons of sorghum mass from one acre will only need 130 pounds of recovered limonene from that biomass to say that the whole production process is efficient, according to the release.

The BNL researchers note this new finding can provide new insights into the role of bioproducts to improve biorefinery economics and offer the first quantitative basis for implementation of this cost-saving strategy for future studies on plant-based biofuel breeding and engineering. The scientists also recommended that crops need to be engineered to produce a broad range of bioproducts in order to provide options and diversify products in the market. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April, 2020) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Berkeley National Laboratory,  Biofuel,  


"COVID-19 Green New Deal" Touted (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Cranfield University
Date: 2020-04-10
According to a release from Cranfield University, "The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on carbon emissions by reducing industrial activity and travel. Similarly, air quality has improved markedly in the UK and around the world, which will reduce the estimated 10 million people who die prematurely each year from poor air quality. In the absence of changes in behavior, then a rebound would be expected which broadly depended on the strength of the economic recovery: a slow recovery would reduce emissions; a bounce-back would not. The tantalizing question is whether employers and employees change their working practices and citizens change their personal ones.

"More home-working would mean reduced travel to work and a likely improvement in air quality as well as reduced carbon emissions. Greater use of online meeting capabilities (especially if they improve rapidly with rapid uptake) could reduce longer range transport including air traffic which comprises a major part of the carbon emissions of organizations which work internationally.

"The response of government will be critical in determining the longer term impact. They could use the opportunity to advance green policies such as the development of low carbon technologies, a kind of 'COVID-19 Green New Deal'. Now could be the time, for example, to really push ahead and use the fiscal stimulus to develop a 21st century transport infrastructure to connect our regions and fully finance the measures already outlined in the Agriculture and Environment Bills.

"This 'Build Back Better' approach is being discussed by influential groups including the We Mean Business coalition and McKinsey & Company. Society is showing how quickly it can adapt -- can the momentum be maintained and used to help solve the pressing issues of air quality and climate change? (Source: Cranfield University, Press Release, April, 2020) Contact:Cranfield University, Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics , Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics , +44 (0) 1234 750111, www.cranfield.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COVID-19,  


Conway Corp, Lightsource BP ink 132-MW PPA (Ind. Report)
Conway Corp., LightsourceBP
Date: 2020-04-10
In Arkansas, the city-owned utility Conway Corp is reporting a 20-year PPA with Lightsource BP for the development of a 132 MWdc solar energy project roughly 60 miles from Little Rock. Lightsource BP will finance, construct, own and operate the facility and will deliver the solar energy it generates to Conway Corp under the fixed-rate power purchase agreement. The project is expected to generate sufficient power for about 24,400 homes. (Source: Conway Corp., PR, April, 2020) Contact: Conway Corp., Bret Carroll, CEO, www.conwaycorp.com; LighthouseBP, Kevin Smith, CEO, Mary Grikas, (732) 429-3906, mary.grikas@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Conway Corp.,  LightsourceBP,  Solar,  


Alliance BioEnergy's Next-Gen CTS 2.0 Underway (Ind Report)
Alliance BioEnergy
Date: 2020-04-10
In the Sunshine State, Palm Beach Gardens-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports construction is underway on its new 4th generation Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS 2.0) prototype.

CTS 2.0 can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and subsequently into biofuels, and bioplastics, without the use of enzymes or liquid acids. CTS stands for Cellulose to Sugar. The cellulose is converted into sugar and lignin. The sugar is further converted into bio-ethanol and other biofuels; the lignin may be further converted into bioplastics. The company notes that biofuel originating from the CTS process will receive the generous D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) which are currently $1.40/gallon of ethanol. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, PR, 9 April, 2020) Contact: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc., Ben Slager, CEO, Ben.slager@alliancebioe.com; www.Alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Biomass,  Alliance BioEnergy,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Notable Quotes -- Carbon Markets and Carbon Emissions
EU ETS
Date: 2020-04-08
"This (COVID-19 pandemic) is a perfect storm for Europe's carbon market, and it may well lead to some challenging questions about its role in Europe's decarbonisation strategy once the COVID-19 crisis has passed." -- Coralie Laurencin, IHS Markit Dir. (Note: Europe's carbon price has dropped 40 pct since early March when they were still trading at roughly €24 ($26) per metric ton to €16-18 per metric ton. In 2019 the high was €29 per metric ton.)

"All of society, from consumers, to businesses, to governments, recognised the need to accelerate global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," -- Ben van Beurden, CEO,Shell Oil, April, 2020

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  EU ETS,  


Global Aviation Emissions Down 38 pct in 2020 (Int'l. Report)
Australian Institute
Date: 2020-04-08
The Canberra-based Australian Institute, a progressive public policy think tank, is estimating global CO2 emissions from the aviation sector could be slashed by 38 pct in 2020 as the industry faces longer-term pressure to become carbon neutral and COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in approximately 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 reduction in global air transport. CO2 emissions during February and March, with the remainder of March likely to show further deep falls," the study found. (Source: Australian Institute, April, 2020) Contact: Australian Institute, www.tai.org.au

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


$15Mn Available for Tribal Land Biomass, Renewable Energy (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-04-08
The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of up to $15 million for the deployment of bioenergy and other energy technology on tribal lands.

Funding is being made available for: renewable energy generation and energy efficiency; community energy storage deployment; biomass, biogas, landfill or sewage gas, solid waste, waste gases fueled CHP systems. Eligible biomass projects must be able to demonstrate the sustainability of the biomass resource proposed for use.

Download full DOE-FOA-0002317 details HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, 27 Mar.,2020) Contact: US DOE EERE, eere-exchange.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Bioenergy,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Renewable Energy,  


LEAPTRAN Completes UTSA Energy Consumption Test (Ind. Report)
LEAPTRAN
Date: 2020-04-08
In the Lone Star State, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Facilities is reporting successful completion of a six-month pilot program using LEAPTRAN technology to track energy usage in a specific building on campus.

The LEAPTRAN smart sub-metering solution enables remote monitoring, storage, transfer and access of higher quality data than traditional meters. The package includes meter hardware, computation and communication device, and Leaptran in-house developed software.

LEAPTRAN was founded in 2017 and is a UTSA startup facilitated and managed by the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation. (Source: UTSA Today, 7 April, 2020) Contact: LEAPTRAN, Jeff Xu, CEO, Edward Hooks, COO, 210-643-1977, www.leaptran.com; University of Texas at San Antonio, 210-458-4011, www.utsa.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency Software,  


International Universities Climate Alliance Growing (Int'l Report)
International Universities Climate Alliance
Date: 2020-04-08
In the Land Down Under, the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), which is facilitating the establishment of the International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA), reports that in its first year it has invited 40 of the world's leading universities on climate research to join the Alliance.

IUCA members will work across climate change science, impact, mitigation strategies and adaptation to further and communicate research on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.

(Source: University of New South Wales, Mirage News, 7 April,2020) Contact: International Universities Climate Alliance, www.universitiesforclimate.org; University of New South Wales, www.unsw.edu.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


80 pct Carbon Tax Grants Offered in British Columbia (Ind. Report)
British Columbia
Date: 2020-04-08
Greenhouse operators can now apply for carbon tax relief grants for the 2020 production year, until May 1, 2020. Commercial producers in B.C. who grow vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, forest seedlings and nursery plants – excluding cannabis -- are eligible. To qualify, sales must have exceeded $20,000 in 2019, natural gas or propane was used to heat their greenhouses or produce carbon dioxide; and production areas exceeded 455 square metres.

The grant covers up to 80 pct of the carbon tax that commercial greenhouse growers of eligible crops paid on the natural gas and propane they used for greenhouse heating and CO2 production in 2019. The province's floriculture and nursery industries grow more than 80 million greenhouse flowers and cuttings and produce approximately 50 million potted plants per year.

Down load information and eligibility criteria HERE. (Source: Gov. BB, HortiDaily, 8 April, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax news,  


Ethanol Biofuel Crop Data Sought by USDA NASS (Ind. Report)
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Date: 2020-04-08
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has requested a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection that, in part, provides data on the production of biofuels from agricultural commodities. Data collected is used in the agency's various agricultural industrial reports (CAIR).

NASS collects crop data on acres planted and harvested, production, price and stocks for these crops, along with the data on livestock.

Download details HERE. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, April, 2020) Contact: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 800-727-9540, www.nass.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Ethanol,  


Trina Solar Touting Vertex Modules (Int'l. Report)
Trina Solar
Date: 2020-04-08
Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar Co., Ltd is reporting it will supply 6MW of Vertex series modules to Yemeni PV firm Ai Raebi for high-efficiency distributed PV projects in the Middle East.

The Vertex series modules, with a conversion efficiency reaching 21 pct , boast power output exceeding 500W. The modules come in bifacial double-glass and back sheet versions, incorporating 210mm cells and integrating advanced three-piece, non-destructive cutting and high-density packaging technologies that feature high power output, high reliability, high efficiency and high power generation. (Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd, PR Newswire, 7 April 2020) Contact: Trina Solar, www.trinasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar ,  


NJ BPU Restructures Solar Project Funding (Ind Report, Funding)
NJ BPU
Date: 2020-04-08
In the Garden State, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) reports it has moved to close the way it funds New Jersey's solar program. The closing of the existing system was mandated under the 2018 Clean Energy Act, which required the BPU to eliminate the program by this June, or whenever the goal was met for 5.1 pct of the electricity in New Jersey to come from solar.

The current program was established in 2004 to replace a system giving rebates to fund solar growth. Since then, more than 118,000 residential solar systems were installed statewide, not including many larger commercial and utility-scale projects. (Source: NJ BPU, NJ Spotlight, 7 April, 2020)Contact: NJBPU, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News NJBPU,  Solar,  Solar Rebate,  


Financing and Investment Trends - The European wind industry in 2019 -- Wind Europe Report Attached (Int'l Report)
WindEurope
Date: 2020-04-08
According to WindEurope's just released annual Financing and Investment Trends, Europe saw €19 billion of new wind farm investments confirmed in 2019, and a further €33 billion invested in the refinancing of wind farms, the acquisitions of wind farm projects and other transactions.

Most of the investments in new wind farms were in onshore wind -- €13 billion -- over 10 GW of new projects. The report expects 80 pct of all wind capacity additions over the next five years to be onshore. The EU Commission expects it to be 50 pct by 2050.

The report also takes a closer look at the diverse investors involved in wind energy financing. Banks play an increasing role extending over €20 billion of non-recourse debt in 2019. Non-recourse debt accounts for 49 pct of all investment in new onshore wind projects and 77 pct in new offshore wind farms.

The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, the investment pillar of the European Green Deal, aims to mobilize at least €1 trillion in additional private and public capital for renewable energy projects in the next decade.

Download the Wind Europe Financing and Investment Trends - The European wind industry in 2019 repot HERE. (Source: Wind Europe, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Wind Europe, Giles Dickson, CEO, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890 info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  


Alternative Fuel Vehicles Outselling Diesel in UK (Int'l Report)
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Date: 2020-04-08
In the UK, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is reporting sales of alternative fuel vehicles have overtaken diesel in the UK new car market for the first time as the Coronavirus crisis.

In March, diesel's market share dropped from 25.7 pct to 17.6 pct compared with March 2019, while for the first three months of the year, diesel's share fell from 26.8 pct to 18.9 pct compared to Q1 last year.

Alternative fuels, covering all plug-in cars and hybrids, saw their market share nearly triple during Q1, reaching 20.6 pct of car sales, compared to 7.9 pct last year. During March, the market share of alternative fuels was 22 pct, compared to 7.8 pct for March 2019.

Download SMMT report details HERE. (Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Asset Finance Int'l., 7 April, 2020) Contact: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, CEO, www.smmt.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders,  


VTT Coordinating Bioflex-Eranet Biomass-Fuel Project (Int'l Report)
VTT,Neste,Valmet,Wartsila
Date: 2020-04-08
The Research Institutes of Sweden's Finland Bioflex-Eranet Project and VTT Technical Research Center report they are investigating are the suitability of biomass and waste plastic-based fuel oils for marine engines.

The BioFlex project, which is being coordinated by VTT, has a budget of €1.6 million and is co-financed by Business Finland and VTT. Participating companys include Auramarine, Fortum, Neste, Pohjanmaan Hyotyjatekuljetus, Polartek, St1, Valmet and Wartsila. (Source: VTT, PortNews, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Finland Bioflex Project, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Susanne Paulrud, Project Coordinator, +46 10 516 50 00, www.bioflex-eranet.eu/about-the-project, www.ri.se; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Valmet, +358 4 0 505 2001, www.valmet.com; Wartsila Energy, +33 6 7889 2182, www.wartsila.com

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Bidgely Touts Residential Energy Efficiency Solution (ind. Report)
Bidgely
Date: 2020-04-08
Mountain View, California-based utility artificial (AI) intelligence specialist Bidgely is reporting its Home Energy Reports HER 2.0 Solution increases energy savings by 80 pct and enables utilities to design more accurate treatment groups for behavioral energy efficiency programs -- including lower base-load consumption users and low-income households.

Having partnered with numerous utilities and the largest energy retailers around the world, like TEPCO in Japan and Rocky Mountain Power and Duke Energy in North America, to improve behavioral energy efficiency programs, drive substantial $/kWh savings and expand the customer reach with the Bidgely HER 2.0 Solution, customer results have shown:

  • 41GWhs of energy savings in less than one year at a 25 pct program cost savings and 80 pct "Likes" from customer satisfaction for the program;

  • 2 times higher energy savings in peak months compared to paper-only based programs, as a result of multiple touch points and tailored messages throughout the customer journey;

  • 40 pct expansion of treatment population at no additional cost through AI-powered personalized energy profiles of each home;

  • 50 pct reduction in high bill calls and a correlation to an increased JD Power score of two quartiles.

    Bidgely has over 15 energy patents, $50 million in funding, retains more than 30 data scientists, and serves residential customers around the world, according to the company. (Source: Bidgely, Oleans Times Herald, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Bidgely, Colin Gibbs, VP Strategy, www.bidgely.com

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  • innogy Confirms Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    innogy
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Essen, Germany-based energy company innogy is reporting an agreement with Asia Cement Corporation to continue the development of the 448MW Chu Feng offshore wind project off the northwest coast of Taiwan, near Hsinchu City. The project is expected to participate in the Taiwan's next grid allocation round. (Source: innogy, Energy News, 7 April, 2020) Contact: innogy, Sven Utermöhlen, Snr. VP, www.innogy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News innogy,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Japan Wind,  


    Senvion Selling Indian Turbine Manufacturing Entity (M&A, Int'l.)
    Senvion
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Hamburg, Germany-based wind turbine manufacture Senvion GmbH reports it is selling 100 pct of Senvion India -- its fully operational wind turbine manufacturing entity in India -- to an undisclosed investor and terms, subject to regulatory approvals. The transaction is slated to close before June 2020 (Source: Senvion, April, 2020) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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    Energy Savings "GridRewards" Campaign Launched (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Westchester, Logical Buildings
    Date: 2020-04-08
    In the Empire State, Sustainable Westchester, a nonprofit consortium of Westchester municipalities, reports it has partnered with Livingston, New Jersey-based smart building software and solutions specialist Logical Buildings to launch the first-of-its-kind GridRewards campaign.

    Logical Buildings SmartKit AI is a NYSERDA qualified Real Time Energy Management system and service platform that reduces energy and operating costs by 10 to 20 pct and optimizes performance of building systems, according to the company website.

    GridRewards provides a cash-back incentive for energy saving actions such as dimming lights, avoiding electric hot water heating, energy efficient lighting, shifting dish washing and laundry activities to low electric power demand periods, and others.

    GridRewards complements Sustainable Westchester's portfolio of energy solutions which includes the Westchester Power Program, the New York State model for Community Choice Aggregation, Community Solar for residents and municipalities and HeatSmart, efficient clean heating & cooling solutions for commercial and residential properties. (Source: Sustainable Westchester, April, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Westchester, Maria Genovesi, Director of Marketing, Communication & Outreach, (914) 242-4725 x104, maria@SustainableWestchester.org, www.sustainablewestchester.org; Green Button Initiative, www.greenbuttondata.org; Logical Buildings, Jeff Hendler, CEO, 908 517 3730 , www.logicalbuildings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable WestchesterEnergy Efficiency,  


    BofA Addresses Climate Change Beyond Bus-as-Usual (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Following up on our 24th Jan. report, the Bank of America's Alex Liftman, global environmental executive, believes “significantly accelerating progress on addressing big global issues like climate change requires going beyond business-as-usual financing to find innovative approaches that can help attract a larger share of capital from a broader set of investors."

    In January, BofA reported it achieved carbon neutrality a year ahead of schedule by reducing their location-based emissions by 52 pct since 2010, by purchasing 100 pct of their electricity from renewable sources, and, for unavoidable emissions, purchasing high-quality, third-party verified carbon credits. The bank also plans to transition away from purchasing unbundled renewable energy credits (RECS).

    Under its Environmental Business Initiative (EBI), the bank has deployed $145 billion to low-carbon sustainable activities since 2007, with another $300 billion committed to these efforts until 2030. (Source: Bank of America, April, 2020) Contact: Bank of America, www.bankofamerica.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bank of America,  Climate Change,  Carbon Neutral,  


    Orsted Completes 338 MW Texas Wind (Ind. Report)
    Orsted, Blattner Energy
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Orsted is reporting completion of the 338-MW, 120 turbine Sage Draw wind farm in Garza and Lynn Counties, Texas. The pproject will generate sufficient power for approximately 120,000 local households.

    Orsted notes Blattner Energy, GE Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services and BHE Renewables participated in the project. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Orsted U.S., www.us.orsted.com/Wind-projects; Blattner Energy, (320) 356-7351, www.blattnerwind.com; BHE Renewables, www.bherenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Wind,  Blattner Energy,  BHE Renewables ,  


    POET Idling Four Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET has announced it is idling corn-ethanol production at its Chancellor, Ashton and Coon Rapids plants and delaying the start-up of Shelbyville. The company noted the shutdowns were directly related to the economic fallout from COVID-19.

    "Across the board, biofuel producers and our partners in the farm community face an unprecedented challenge. We are working hard to ensure that every biorefinery remains well-positioned to support a strong and swift recovery once daily life returns to normal. That means responding dynamically to shifting conditions and optimizing production, market by market, as the situation evolves over the next few months", Poet founder and CEO Jeff Broin said in a recent press release. (Source: POET, Various Trade Media 1 April, 2020) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Energy Efficiency, Costs Top Data Center Concerns (Ind. Report)
    Secure I.T. Environments
    Date: 2020-04-08
    In the UK, a new poll of IT and data center professionals from data center specialist Secure I.T. Environments Ltd. found that 46 pct of survey participants were focused on cutting energy costs and 39 pct were concerned with improving energy efficiency.

    The poll also found cloud services and high performance computing were joint top concerns at 27 pct followed by incorporating 5G technology and artificial intelligence at 24 pct.

    The poll was conducted at Data Centre World 2020 on the 11th and 12th March 2020 with 123 respondents. (Source: Secure I.T. Environments, Information Technology, 7 April, 2020) Contact: Secure I.T. Environments Chris Wellfair, +44 1983 885182, www.siteltd.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Data Center,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CORVID-19 Sinks Vattenfall 700- MW Offshore Wind Tender Bid (Int'l)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2020-04-06
    Swedish utility Vattenfall AB reports it is not participating in the 700-MW tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind zone in Dutch waters because of the CORVID-19 pandemic.

    As previously reported, in March 2018, Vattenfall was awarded sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust Zuid zone then picked up sites III and IV in July 2019 with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW. (Source: Vattenfall, Renewables, April, 2020) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  


    Electriq Power Raises $3Mn for Operations Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In the Golden State, San Leandro-based home energy storage, management, and monitoring solution specialist Electriq Power reports it has secured $3 million from 11 new investors in a new equity round. The funds will be used expand operations, product development and deployment services for the company's PowerPod residential battery system and a state-of-the-art network operating center for proactive fleet-wide monitoring, maintenance, and grid services.

    The modular, expandable Electriq PowerPod system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, home energy management system, and an energy meter. (Source: Electriq Power, PR, April, 2020) Contact: Electriq Power, Frank Magnotti, CEO, info@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

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    BOP Reports Belgian Offshore Wind Energy Record (Int'l Report)
    Belgian Offshore Platform
    Date: 2020-04-06
    The Brussles-based Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) reports the country's six North Sea offshore wind facilities generated a record 803 GWh of electricity in March. In February, offshore wind energy supplied 9 pct of Belgium's total electricity demand -- a 50 pct increase over the annual average in 2019.

    BOP recorded an average monthly production of 639GWh among six offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea. (Source: Belgian Offshore Platform, Energy Live, 5 April, 2020) Contact: Belgian Offshore Platform, Annemie Vermeylen, Sec. Gen., +32 471 61 03 19 www.belgianoffshoreplatform.be

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    Charting the Course to Net-Zero Industrial Emissions (Ind Report)
    Applied Energy,Resources for the Future
    Date: 2020-04-06
    A recent study from a team of researchers at Energy Innovation and Resources for the Future has found that it is possible -- and critical -- to bring industrial greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2070.

    The study assesses the range of technologies and policies interventions available to enable global industry decarbonization. The paper noted that the industrial sector was responsible for 33 pct of global GHG emissions in 2014 -- including process emissions and indirect emissions from purchased electricity -- and that cutting emissions from this sector is critical to meeting international climate goals, such as those set by the Paris Agreement.

    The paper finds that governments can accelerate research and development in sustainable manufacturing and incentivize new technology deployment and market scale-up through policy mechanisms such as R&D support, emissions standards, carbon pricing, and government procurement of low-carbon materials and industrial products. The paper also finds that, when used together, the right technologies and policies enable net-zero industrial GHG emissions by 2070. It particularly examines the role of the following technologies, innovation areas, and policy interventions that can be part of the emissions reduction strategy:

  • Electrification, use of hydrogen, energy efficiency, and carbon capture;

  • Material efficiency, longevity, re-use, material substitution, and recycling;

  • Specific technologies for iron and steel, cement, and chemicals and plastics:

  • Carbon pricing, research support, standards, government purchases, data disclosure. (Source: Resources for the Future, Applied Energy, Technology Network, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Resources for the Future, Dallas Burtraw, 202.328.5000, 202.939.3460 - fax., info@rff.org, www.rff.org; Energy Innovation, Jeffrey Rissman, 415-799-2176, www.energyinnovation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Innovation ,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  Resources for the Future,  


  • Neoen's 140-MW El Salvador Solar Park Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Neoen
    Date: 2020-04-06
    French independent power producer Neoen SA reports its 140-MW Capella Solar photovoltaic (PV) park comprised of two solar plants -- Albireo I and II with battery energy storage capacity -- in Usulutan, El Salvador is now operating at commercial capacity.

    The Albireo solar parks have 20-year PPAs with local power distribution firms Delsur, AES, EDESAL and B&D. (Source: Neoen El Salvador, 3 April, 2020) Contact: Neoen El Salvador, www.neoen.com

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    Ductor Planning Polish Poultry Waste Biogas Plants (Int'l Report)
    Ductor Oy
    Date: 2020-04-06
    Helsinki-headquartered biotech company Ductor Oy reports it will construct three combined fertilizer-biogas facilities that will use roughly 500,000 tpy of poultry waste to generate electricity and produce organic nitrogen fertilizer in northern Poland.

    The three plants are expected to by fully operational by mid 2021. Two plants will havean installed capacity of 0.5 MW and the third will be 1MW. The company has similar projects using its patented technology underway and "solid portfolio of projects" under development in Europe and the Americas, according to the company website. (Source: Ductor, Bioenergy Insight,6 April., 2020) Contact: Ductor Oy, Ari Ketola, CEO, +358 10 320 6560, info@ductor.com,www.ductor.com

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    2020 Aviation Emissions Expected to Cut 352.7Mn Tonnes (Ind. Report)
    International Air Transport Authority
    Date: 2020-04-06
    A study from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) is estimating a 38 pct decline in revenue per commercial airline passenger kilometres will lead to a 352.7 million tonne decline in emissions this year, when compared with 2019, as airlines worldwide suspend and/or ground flights in a global effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) energy related global emissions flatlined for the first time in 2019 as economies continue the switch from polluting fuels to cleaner power generation. (Source: International Air Transport Authority, 4 April, 2020) Contact: International Air Transport Authority, www.iata.org

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    Seychelles Floating Solar Project Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    Quadran International
    Date: 2020-04-06
    French Independent Power Producer QAIR (fka Quadran International) is reporting construction is underway on its Providence floating solar power plant project in Seychelles -- an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean .

    The floating photovoltaic (PV) plant will incorporate 13,500 PV modules and generate 5.8-MW of power -- roughly 2 pct of Seychelles' national power production. It will also be the world's largest salt water floating solar farm. The project's power output is expected to be purchased by the Public Utilities Corporation under a 25-year PPA.

    As previously reported, Quadran and Seychelles solar company VetiverTech won the project in a 2018 tender. (Source: QAIR, Construction Review, April, 2020) Contact: QAIR, www.afrepren.org; Vetiver Tech, +248 252 6655, vetisuntech@gmail.com, www.vetivertech.com

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    BRITE Scores $100,000 for Ohio Cleantech Startups (Funding)
    BRITE Energy Innovators
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In Warren Ohio, BRITE Energy Innovators reports receipt of $100,000 in funding from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) 2020 Channel Partner program. BRITE will use the funding to support its programs aimed at promoting and assisting Warren-area and regional energy efficiency and cleantech startups.

    Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator funding is on a competitive basis evaluating their potential for STEM job creation, impact on cleantech and agtech sectors, ability to leverage the IN2 network and funding sustainability. Funded projects have engaged more than 2,369 entrepreneurs, industry and academic representatives and others, created nearly 200 jobs, led to more than $18.2 million in follow-on funding for startups involved and earned $1.8 million in matching funds from outside organizations.

    The nationwide network of Wells Faro Incubator Channel Partners includes 63 cleantech and agtech business incubators, accelerators, universities and industry experts. The awards program, established in 2017 with $5 million committed by Wells Fargo to be distributed over four years, has supported more than 115 events, strategic meetings and trainings and 29 larger strategic initiatives between 31 organizations, including BRITE. (Source: BRITE Energy Innovators, Warren Tribune Chronicle, 5 April, 2020) Contact: BRITE Energy Innovators, Rick Stockburger, Pres., 330-395-3500, www.brite.org; Wells Faro Incubator Channel, www.in2ecosystem.com/channel-partners

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    DRAX Receives 100th US Woody Biomass Shipment (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In the UK, the DRAX Power Station in North Yorkshire is reporting receipt of its 100th shipment of woody biomass for power generation from its three woody biomass pellet plants in the southern US.

    Roughly two thirds of the 7.5 million tpy of sustainable biomass Drax uses comes from the company's US three pellet mills. Drax also has agreements with a number of other suppliers in the US and elsewhere around the world including in Canada, the Baltics and Portugal, according to a release. (Source: Drax, PR , April, 2020) Contact: Drax, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 07712 670 888,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Mitsubishi, Chubu JV Completes €4.1Bn Enco Acquisition (M&A)
    Mitsubishi Corp, Chubu Electric Power
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In Japan, Mitsubishi Corp and Chubu Electric Power Co Inc are reporting their Amsterdam-based joint venture Diamond Chubu Europe BV has completed the €4.1 billion ($4.4 billion) acquisition of Dutch energy company Eneco. Mitsubishi holds 80 pct of Diamond Chubu Europe BV with Chubu holding the remaining 20 pct.

    Rotterdam-headquartered Eneco invests in wind, solar and biomass plants as well as green district heating primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and has an installed renewable energy capacity of around 1.2 GW. (Source: Mitsubishi Corp , PR, April, 2020) Contact: Eneco, www.eneco.com; Chubu Electric Power, www.chuden.co.jp › english; Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi ,  Chubu Electric Power,  


    Breckenridge, Pivot Energy Ink Community Solar Deal (Ind. Report)
    Pivot Energy
    Date: 2020-04-06
    In Colorado, the Town of Breckenridge is reporting a 20-year agreement to subscribe to 3.6 MW of community solar capacity with Colorado's largest community solar developer, Pivot Energy.

    The 3.6 MW provides the remaining amount of clean energy Breckenridge needs to achieve its goal of 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities by 2025. The agreement is expected to save the ski resort community of 5,000 +- residents more than $700,000 in energy costs over the 20-year agreement without upfront capital costs. (Source: Town of Breckenridge, Pivot Energy, April, 2020) Contact: Town of Breckenridge, 970-453-2251, www.townofbreckenridge.com; Pivot Energy, Rick Hunter, CEO, 888-734-3033, www.pivotenergy.net

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


    Ricoh Earns ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award (Ind Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-04-06
    Malvern, Penna.-based imaging equipment specialist Ricoh USA, Inc. is reporting receipt of the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year.

    The ENERGY STAR® award recognizes Ricoh's work to foster environmental sustainability in its operations and promoting sustainability and energy efficiency to its customers, employees and the larger business community.

    The EPA ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR®. (Source: Ricoh Americas, MyChessCo, ENERGY STAR, April, 2020) Contact: Ricoh Americas, Donna Venable, Exec. VP, www.ricoh-usa.com; EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficient Ligh,  

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