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Holyrood Awards £2Mn for Offshore Wind Innovation (Int'l)
ORE Catapult
Date: 2018-06-25
At Holyrood, the Scottish Governmenthas confirmed £2 million in funding to support the offshore wind energy sector and to reduce development costs. The £2 million in funding has been granted to Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership. The funding is intended to support innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and to widen educational opportunities within the industry.

ORE Catapult almost immediately announced that the £445,000 it received will be used to back a larger £1.3 million program of technology innovation projects to advance Scotland's offshore wind sector. The new £1.3 million program is also supported by a further £150,000 from industry partners including Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match-funding from ORE Catapult.

ORE Catapult's new £1.3 million program will focus on: next-generation crew transfer and service vessels; a technology accelerator program; investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems; and establishing a business excellence program aimed at enabling the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities. (Source: ORE Catapult, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 22 June, 2018) Contact: ORE Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 160 359 555, ore.catapult.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Offshore,  Offshore Wind Scotland Wind,  


Samsung SDI ESS Module Targets European Market (Int'l Report)
Samsung SDI
Date: 2018-06-25
Samsung SDI reports it is targeting the European market with its new high-voltage residential electrical energy storage (ESS) module which, it claims has increased energy density and better energy conversion efficiency compared to existing residential modules.

Without changing the size of the battery cell applied to the high-voltage residential ESS battery module, Samsung SDI enlarged its capacity by more than 20 percent through the use of new materials and optimizing the module design.

The residential ESS market has been growing steadily, centering on the European market where solar and other renewable energy supplies are high. According to data from market researcher B3, the residential ESS market will grow at an average annual rate of 15 percent. This year's residential ESS market demand is estimated at 1,259 megawatt hours while it is expected to grow to 1,889 megawatt hours in 2020. (Source: Samsung SDI, 24 June, 2018) Contact: Samsung SDI, Kim Jeong-wook, VP Marketing, www.samsungsdi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI,  Energy Storage,  


UK Leading in Global Offshore Wind Energy Race (Int'l Report)
RenewablesUK
Date: 2018-06-25
According to the UK renewable energy trade group RenewableUK, the British offshore wind energy industry is expected to see its total investment between 2017 and 2021 and reach £18.9 billion, accounting for for 30 pct of the country's electric power needs.

The UK has the largest offshore wind energy market in the world , with 35.2GW of capacity in operation, development and planning, says RenewableUK. Germany follows with 23.4GW, Taiwan is next with 8.3GW, followed by China with 7.7GW.

The global offshore wind energy capacity, both operational and upcoming, currently stands at 104GW -- a 10 pct increase over 2017, according to RenewableUK. (Source: RenewablesUK, Compelo, June, 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


ACORE Aims at $1 trillion in US Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
American Council on Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-25
The not-for-profit American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is touting a new campaign aimed at spurring $1 trillion in new US private sector investment by 2030 for the renewable energy sector and enabling grid technologies.

ACORE is a US business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture, and use all forms of renewable energy. Its aim is to accelerate the investment and deployment of renewable power in the US. The $1T 2030 campaign will be managed by the Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF), a senior-level ACORE member program for educational renewable energy finance resources.

ACORE's plan to spur $1 trillion in renewables investment is based on: a long-term federal policy commitment providing support for carbon-free electricity generation; federal, state and regional policies to promote modernization of the nation's electrical grid; continued expansion of state renewable portfolio standards to support increasing deployment of renewable electricity; and reforms to facilitate siting and permitting processes for renewables and transmission and allow for accelerated renewable energy growth.

The $1T 2030 campaign hinges upon the findings of ACORE's The Future of U.S. Renewable Energy Investment: A Survey of Leading Financial Institutions report. The report, which is based on a survey of banking institutions, asset managers, private equity firms, and other financial firms, identifies several key findings that point to the fact that, "with sustained demand, US renewable energy will continue to be an attractive asset class with strong potential for investment growth." (Source: ACORE, June, 2018) Contact: ACORE, Gregory Wetstone, CEO, www.acore.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council on Renewable Energy,  ,  Renewable Energy,  


Mongolia Increasing Renewables Capacity by 120 MW (Int'l Report)
Mongolia Ministry of Energy
Date: 2018-06-25
Four renewable energy power plants totaling 120 MW is slated to be put into operation in Mongolia's southeast province of Dornogovi within this year, the provincial governor's office reports. The new plants include wind farms totaling 55 MW to be commissioned in late 2018 nearby Sainshand city.

Landlocked Mongolia, which enjoys over 250 days of sunshine a year, nearly doubled its renewable energy capacity to 155 MW in 2017, according to the Ministry of Energy. Even so, Mongolia sources under 5 pct of its power from renewable energy, including solar and wind. The government aims to make renewable energy use account for 20 pct by 2020 and 30 pct by 2030. According to Mongolia's Ministry of Energy, the country has a potential wind capacity of 1,100 GW. (Source: Xinhua, Mongolia Ministry of Energy, 23 June, 2018) Contact: Mongolia Ministry of Energy, energy.gov.mn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


Empire State Gov. Announces Energy Storage Roadmap (Ind. Report)
New York State,Energy Storage
Date: 2018-06-25
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an Energy Storage Roadmap to guide the state toward its energy storage target of 1.5GW by 2025 -- equivalent to the electric power demand of 20 pct of the state's homes -- and if achieved, would deliver approximately $2 billion in lifetime benefits, including electricity distribution system savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. It would also boost the resiliency of the electric grid by reducing the impact of adding more energy storage into the system as well as maximise the benefits of renewable energy sources. (Source: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Various Media, EnergyLive, 24 June, 2018) Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  Energy Storage,  New York Energy Storage,  


Nat. Gas Methane Leaks Surpass Previous Estimates (Ind. Report)
NOAA
Date: 2018-06-25
A 10-year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division study of the U.S. oil and gas industry has found that leaks of potent greenhouse gas methane -- the main ingredient in natural gas -- amounting to 13 million metric tpy. is 60 pct higher than the EPA's previously estimated 8 million metric tpy.

In comparison, the environmental effect of methane leaks in 2015 reached the same level of the climate impact of carbon dioxide emissions from all U.S. coal-fired power plants combined in the same year.

Essentially, the amount of methane loss due to leakage would have been enough to power 10 million homes, and calls into question claims that natural gas is friendlier to the environment than the use of coal fuels.

Methane is as much as 80 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide and can contribute about 25 pct to global warming, and its effect can last over the first 20 years after being released. The study was published in the journal Science on June 21. (Source: NOAA, Inosurhoy, 23 June, 2018)Contact: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHG,  NOAA,  Natural Gas,  


Puerto Rico Seeking Energy Storage Project RfQs (Ind. Report)
Puerto Rico
Date: 2018-06-25
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello and the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3 Authority) have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for utility-scale energy storage systems at various critical substation locations of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

The RFQ is an open qualifications process by which the Government of Puerto Rico seeks to identify qualified companies interested in participating in a competitive procurement for the project pursuant to the Public-Private Partnership Act to allow private investment in public infrastructure projects.

The storage systems will provide grid stability and peaking capacity, which will enhance the efficiency and reliability of the current energy and electric service in Puerto Rico.

Interested parties need to download the request for qualifications at www.p3.pr.gov. The due date for the responses to the request for qualifications is August 17, 2018. (Source: Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, 22 June, 2018) Contact: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, www.aeepr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Pentiction Touts Ongoing Carbon Neutrality Initiatives (Ind. Report)
Pentictopm
Date: 2018-06-25
In British Columbia, Canada, the City of Penticton reports it was certified "greenhouse gas neutral" in 2017 for the second-straight year.

To be certified carbon neutral, the city worked towards provincially-mandated carbon emission targets, installed energy efficient cooling units at Leir House and City Hall, removed invasive species along Ellis Creek and installed five "rain gardens" that reduce the load on the storm water system while filtering contaminants from the water. In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the city plans to install four new energy efficient Rooftop HVAC units at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, and is developing city park lands with a major tree planting program, as well as other initiates. (Source: City of Penticton, June, 2018) Contact: City of Penticton, David Kassian, Community Sustainability Co-ordinator, (250) 490-2400, www.penticton.ca

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


EU Finalizes 2030 Renewable Energy, Climate Targets (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2018-06-25
After 18 months of negotiations, the European Union last week finalized new climate targets increasing the present 17 pct share of renewable energy to 32 pct, and setting an energy efficiency target of 32.5 pct by 2030.

Germany reportedly blocked a previous effort to set an even higher renewables target of 35 pct called for by the European Parliament and member states including Spain and Italy, saying it is unrealistic. The country, which still relies on coal to generate much of its electricity, announced last week that it would not meet its 2020 emissions target due to economic and population growth.

In addition to the newly agreed targets, the EU set a wider goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below levels in 1990. Member state governments will now devise their own plans to meet these goals, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Green Group MEPs and environmental campaigners, however, said the new targets are not sufficient to meet goals set by the Paris Agreement, particularly limiting warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. The final deal allows the EU to revisit climate goals in 2023 and increase the agreed targets if so desired. (Source: EU, European Scientist, 23 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Renewable Energy Targets,  Climate Change,  Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


Global Landfill Gas-to-Energy Market Research Report Available (Ind. Report)
Lanfill Gas
Date: 2018-06-25
A new Questale Global Landfill Gas-to-Energy Market research report is a detailed and in-depth analytics of Global Landfill Gas-to-Energy (LFGE) Market.

The report includes LFGE details related to the market share, historical data, opportunities, profitability, growth rate, sales, key players, product types, regions, revenue distribution,and others.

Access sample market research report and details HERE. (Source: Questale, NB Post, 22 June, 2018) Contact: Questale, (201) 555-0123, www.questale, com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Landfill Gas-to-Energy,  


Wisc. County Climate Action Plan Wins Support (Funding)
Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-25
In the Badger State, the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change is reporting receipt of $29,500 in grant funding from the Minneapolis-based Carolyn Foundation. The grant will support Dane County's efforts to model various polices, programs and projects to be included in a Dane County Climate Action Plan.

The Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC) has convened a 37 stakeholder member Council on Climate Change to help the county develop a Climate Action Plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To that end, the OECC contracted with Sustainable Energy Economics, the proprietary owner of the Framework for Analysis of Climate-Energy-Technology Systems (FACETS) model. (Source: Dane County Wisc., Sun Prairie Star, 23 June, 2018)Contact: Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change, https://climatechange.countyofdane.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


ArcelorMittal Cleveland Steel Mill DOE 50001 Ready (Ind. Report)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2018-06-25
ArcelorMittal USA, a US Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants partner, attained the US DOE's 50001 Ready designation for the energy management system at its large steel mill in Cleveland, Ohio. This achievement is helping the plant meet long-term corporate energy goals established in partnership with the Better Plants program and sustain its energy savings over time.

The DOE 50001 Ready program is a self-guided approach for facilities to establish an energy management system and self-attest to the structure of ISO 50001, a voluntary global standard for energy management systems in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. The program does not require external audits or certifications. ArcelorMittal USA was the first steel company to join DOE's Better Plants program with 17 of its US plants.

ArcelorMittal USA produces 3.8 million tpy of steel. (Source: ArcelorMittal USA, Green Car Congress, 23 June, 2018) Contact: DOE 50001 Ready, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/50001Ready; ArcelorMittal USA, usa.arcelormittal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  Energy Efficiency,  DOE 50001 Program,  


Electrix Wins Aussie Smart Street lighting Lighting Project (Int'l)
VINCI Energies
Date: 2018-06-25
In the Land Down Under, VINCI Energies's Australian subsidiary Electrix, reports it has secured a 7-year, €37 million streetlight network management contract for the Canberra Region (population 400,000) awarded by the Australian Capital Territory Government.

It contract includes the renovation, operation and maintenance of more than 80,000 streetlights, 50,000 of which will be replaced with LEDs to achieve a target of 47 pct energy saving. In addition, a smart monitoring system will be installed to track the streetlight network in real time.

Under this contract, VINCI Energies will implement the CityApp application to support maintenance and operation and the BIMCity hypervisor to ensure better customer service, network reliability and safety and track performance indicators.

This is the first contract in Australia to combine smart LED streetlight installation, smart city network implementation and overall infrastructure management. It is also the first streetlighting project to be carried out under an Energy Performance Contract. (Source: VINCI, NewsWire, 22 June, 2018) Contact: VINCI Energies, www.VINCI-Energies.com; Electrix, www.Electrix.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  LED,  Street Light,  


Brazil's 61st Biodiesel Auction Tops 264Mn Gallons (Int'l Report)
Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels
Date: 2018-06-25
The Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) reports 1.01 billion litres (264.17m gallons) of biodiesel totaling $700 million from 38 producers were contracted in the 61th biodiesel auction last week. Almost 90 pct of the total bear the Social Fuel Seal, which gives producers incentives to source raw materials from small farms, ANP said.

Brazil's biodiesel auctions are designed to meet the legal requirement for the 10 pct minimum blend of biodiesel in diesel sold at the pump. The 61th tender will ensure the biofuel supply in the domestic market from July 1 to August 31, 2018, the agency noted.

Brazil's National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) is the regulatory agency that oversees activities undertaken by the oil, natural gas and biofuel industries in the country. It is in charge of issuing non-statutory regulations (resolution, norms) for these sectors, awarding exploration, development and production licenses and concessions, and conducting regulatory inspections, directly or through other state entities. The agency also defines interests for the government and third parties, as well as taxes -- such as royalties -- that oil companies are obliged to pay by contract. (Source: Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Renewables, Others, 25 Fune, 2018) Contact: Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, +55-21-21128100

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


160 Biomass Processing Plants Planned for Punjab (Int'l Report)
National Thermal Power Corporation
Date: 2018-06-25
Aiming to use "paddy" straw and agriculture waste to produce animal feed and biocoal, the Punjab government reports it is seeking to attract private investment to establish 160 "paddy" straw biomass processing plants. The Punjab finance minister confirmed the state would invest Rs 10,000 crore in the 160 biomass plants which could directly and indirectly employ approximately 50,000 people.

The plants will purchase straw and agriculture waste from farmers and convert it into biocoal which will be sold to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

In related Indian clean fuels news, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited Is reported to be working on supplying CNG gas for vehicles and Erika, an English firm, is working on production of bioethanol from straw. (Source: Times of India, TNN, 25 June, 2018) Contact: National Thermal Power Corporation, www.ntpc.co.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Straw Biomass news,  


EPA Stalls Biofuel Blend Quota Announcement (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-06-25
Bloomberg and others are reporting oil industry criticism has caused the Trump Administration to reconsider a proposal to require large refineries to blend more biofuel to make up for "hardship" exemptions granted to smaller refineries. Accordingly, the EPA has put a planned announcement on proposed biofuel quotas for 2019 on hold.

Ethanol producers and farm-state lawmakers say that recent waivers granted to small refiners have undercut the Renewable Fuels Standard. The Trump administration's plan to make up for the lost biofuel gallons would have put the burden on non-exempted refineries, prompting an outcry from the two top oil industry trade groups.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Various Media, Bloomberg, HoosierAg Today, 24 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Ethanol Blend,  Pruitt,  


EU Palm Oil Biofuel Ban Stalled Until 2030 (Ind. Report)
EU, Palm Oil
Date: 2018-06-25
A recent meeting between the European Parliament, Commission, and European Council has suspended the implementation of a policy that would have banned the use of crude palm oil as a basic material for biofuel in 2020 and instead set a target of 2030 for the complete ban of palm oil.

The EU's new policy will start reducing crude palm oil imports gradually in 2023 before the complete banning effective in 2030. Until then, the percentage of palm oil in EU biofuel will be kept at 2019 levels.

Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85 pct of the world's palm oil supply, reportedly expressed relief in response to the EU decision while the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said that although the EU decision was "very welcome" the upcoming ban would cause it to aggressively seek new markets.

Under current EU law, palm oil must come from certified sustainable plantations. Even so, environmentalists note that palm oil diesel still produces three times the carbon emissions of fossil diesel. Environmental organizations and green activists accuse the palm oil industry of causing massive deforestation and rainforest destruction, thus hastening climate change. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Citizen Truth, 24 June, 2018)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, www.mpoc.org.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


Boralex Completes Kallista Energy Cash Acquisition (M&A Report)
Boralex , Kallista Energy
Date: 2018-06-22
Montreal-based renewable energy developer Boralex Inc. reports it has completed its €129 million ($149.5 million) cash acquisition of the Paris headquartered wind power firm Kallista Energy Investment SAS from Ardian Infrastructure.

Kallista Energy's portfolio includes 163 MW of wind farms in operation, 10 MW under construction, a 158-MW project in the pipeline. The acquisition will increase EDF's French installed wind capacity to 799 MW. (Source: Boralex, Renewables, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, Patrick Decostre, VP-GM Boralex Europe, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com; Kallista Energy, 01 58 22 21 85, http://kallistaenergy.website

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex ,  Kallista Energy,  Wind,  


Americans for Carbon Dividends Carbon Tax Advocacy Group Launched (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax, Exelon, First Solar, AWEA
Date: 2018-06-22
The newly launched bipartisan Americans for Carbon Dividends, which follows on an unsuccessful attempt last year from Republicans George Shultz and James Baker to push a price on carbon, would place a $40 per ton tax on CO2 that would increase over time. Some money would be returned to the public through a carbon dividend of approximately $2,000 per year for a family of four.

Supporters of the policy include Exelon Corp., First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, say it's a climate policy that makes economic sense. Exelon has reportedly contributed $1 million to the initiative and AWEA is offering financial support, according to Americans for Carbon Dividends. (Source: Americans for Carbon Dividends, GTM, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Americans for Carbon Dividends , info@afcd.org, www.afcd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Exelon,  First Solar,  AWEA,  


Global Offshore Wind Portfolio at 105 GW, says RenewableUK (Int'l)
RenewableUK
Date: 2018-06-22
According to the UK renewable energy trade group RenewalUK, the global portfolio of offshore wind projects in operation, under construction or in development currently stands at 104.8 GW -- up 10 pct since June, 2017's 95 GW. The UK remains the largest offshore wind market with a portfolio of 35.2 GW, followed by Germany with 23.4 GW, Taiwan with 8.3 GW, China 7.7 GW and the US with 7.5 GW. The top five countries account for nearly 80 pct of the global market, according to RenewableUK. (Source: RenewableUK, Renewables Now, 21 June, 2018) Contact: RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, Jennifer Webber, External Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


AEP's $4.5Bn Wind Project Wins Another Approval (Ind. Report)
AEP Corp,Invenergy
Date: 2018-06-22
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based utility American Electric Power (AEP) is reporting its proposed $4.5 billion Wind Catcher Energy Connection project has landed required approvals from Louisiana and Arkansas -- two of the four states it will ultimately serve. Texas and Oklahoma have not yet approved the proposed 2,000-MW wind farm to be constructed in Texas and in Cimaroon County on the Oklahoma panhandle.

The project would be developed by Chicago-based Invenergy LLC and will incorporate about 800 wind turbines supplied by GE Renewable Energy. Invenergy would sell the farm upon completion, expected in in 2020. AEP's Southwestern Electric Power Co. will own 70 pct of the project and Public Service Company of Oklahoma will hold the remaining 30 pct. Southwestern Electric Power Co. says the project will save customers $4 billion over its 25-year life, compared to what it would cost to buy the power on the open market, noting no fuel costs, tax credit benefits and cost-efficient delivery thanks to the dedicated power line. It serves 231,000 customers in Louisiana. AEP serves 5.4 million customers in 11 states. It has 33,000 megawatts of energy generation capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of solar energy as well as 224,000 miles of distribution lines. (Source: AEP, Columbus Business First, 20 June, 2018)Contact: AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com Southwestern Electric Power, www.swepco.com; Invenergy, Invenergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, https://invenergyllc.com/what-we-do/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy ,  AEP,  American Electric Power,  Wind,  


ADM, DuPont Collaborate on Cellulose Enzymes (Ind. Report)
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Date: 2018-06-22
Chicago-headquartered Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and DuPont Industrial Biosciences report they are collaborating to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for grain-based ethanol production.

Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber which, broken down, releases more sugars to be fermented into ethanol.

Ethanol from corn kernel fiber may qualify for D3 RINS under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which encourages producers to utilize non-starch components of grains and other waste products in the production of biofuels. Initial product prototypes have proven successful in both laboratory and ethanol plant scale testing, and more evaluations are planned, the companies say. (Source: ADM, DuPont, World-Grain, 21 June, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Troy Wilson, www.biosciences.dupont.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland ,  DuPont Industrial Biosciences,  Cellulosic,  Enzyne,  


EDF Renewables, PGGM Ink US Wind, Solar Projects Deal (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-06-22
In the Golden State, San Diego-based independent power producer EDF Renewables reports it has sealed a Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) that will see Dutch cooperative pension fund manager PGGM Infrastructure Fund acquire 50 pct ownership in: Red Pine Wind, Rock Falls Wind, Switch Station 1 Solar and Switch Station 2 Solar with a total capacity of 588 MW. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent. EDF Renewables will remain involved in the projects as a co-owner providing management services and provider of operations and maintenance services.

EDF Renewables is one of North America's largest renewable energy developers with with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. (Source: EDF Renewables, BusinessWire, 21 June, 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables, Raphael Declercq, Exec. VP Strategy, Sandi Briner, (858) 521 3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; PGGM, +31 (0)30 277 1500, www.pggm.nl

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


Growth Energy Predicts 2,800 New E15 Retailers by 20121 (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy,Prime the Pump
Date: 2018-06-22
According to the biofuel trade association Growth Energy, over 2,800 retail sites will sell 350 million gpy of E15 by 2021.

The Growth Energy release credits the not-for-profit Prime the Pump market development campaign for: doubling the number of E15 stations four years in a row to include 1,400 stations across 30 states; securing commitments of more than 2,800 retail sites that will offer E15 by 2021 generating approximately 350 million new gpy of ethanol; and adding three major new retailers to the program in 2017, including a game-changing partnership with Kwik Trip which successfully rolled out E15 at 300 sites in just four months.

Both Growth Energy and Prime the Pump are arguing for relief from the current Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limitations to further spur the growth of E15 sales. Volatility defines its evaporation characteristics of a liquid fuel; RVP -- expressed in pounds per square inch (psi) -- is a common measure of and generic term for gasoline volatility. The RVP of gasoline can range from 7 to 15 psi. Ethanol itself has a very low volatility: -2 psi RVP. The higher the RVP of a fuel the worse its emissions are. (Source: Growth Energy, Green Car Congress, 21 June, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; Prime the Pump, http://primethepumpfund.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Ethanol Blend,  E15,  Biofuel,  Prime the Pump,  


New Internet-Based Biomass Feedstock Supply System Touted (Int'l)
Valmet,Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto
Date: 2018-06-22
Finland-based engineering company Valmet and Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy (TSE) are reporting the development of DNA Fuel Chain Management, an internet-based system to support the delivery of woody biomass, straw, peat, coal, refinery gas and refuse-derived feedstock.

The system is being implemented at utility company TSE's new €240 million multifuel plant in Naantali, which became operational at the end of last year. The facility will process up to 1.2 million cubic metres per year of woody biomass an generate 146 MW of electricity and 250MW of heat.

The DNA system creates the fuel purchasing plan and distributes it to suppliers. This includes the exact amount, type of fuel and delivery time slot desired from each supplier. (Source: Valmet, Ends Waste&Bioenergy, 19 June 2018) Contact: Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy, Tapani Bastman, CEO, +358 40 5778122, www.tset.fi; Valmet, Bertel Karlstedt , Pres. Pulp & Energy, +358 (0) 10 672 0000, www.valmet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  Biomass,  


Friends of Science Society Challenges Cdn. Carbon Tax, Climate Change Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Friends of Science Society
Date: 2018-06-22
The Canadian carbon tax and climate change policy revolt gained strength as Conservative Premier-elect Doug Ford gave notice he would scrap the present cap-and-trade deal with California and Quebec, as reported by CBC News on June 15, 2018. Ford also has stated he is willing to go to court to challenge the Liberal Canadian federal government's intention to impose a carbon tax on provinces.

The scientific justification for carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and the Paris Agreement took another hit on June 20, 2018, when the Financial Post published an article by economist Ross McKitrick laying out flaws in climate simulations (models) upon which carbon taxes and climate policies are based. The article noted: "It also means that greenhouse gas emissions do not have as big an impact on the climate as has been claimed, and the case for costly policy measures to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions is much weaker than governments have told us. For a science that was supposedly 'settled' back in the early 1990s, we sure have a lot left to learn," the McKitrick article said.

The Friends of Science Society, an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens, says CO2 from human industrial emissions has nominal impact on climate, there is no significant climate risk and no need to phase out fossil fuels or enact related climate policies.

Download the Friends of Science Society Challenging the Canadian Federal Government's Carbon Pollution Pricing System Results Report HERE. (Source: Friends of Science Society, PR WEB, June, 2018) Contact: Friends of Science Society, (888) -789-9597, contact@friendsofscience.org, www.friendsofscience.org

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NEC Commissions Europe's Largest Energy Storage System (Int'l)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-06-22
Boston-based smart energy storage solutions specialist NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) is reporting the completion and commissioning of a 48 MW, 50 MWh energy storage system in Jardelund, Germany, for EnspireME -- joint venture between Netherlands headquartered Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation will investigate connecting the storage system battery to local wind farms, providing further value for wind farm owners by storing excess electricity generated during periods of curtailment.

NEC provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services which included its GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution and its AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls software. The system, Europe's largest, incorporates approximately 10,000 lithium-ion battery modules that are enough to store power for about 5,300 German households for 24 hours. (Source: NEC Corp, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com; Eneco Group, www.enecogroup.com; NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508), 497-7261 rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

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GEVO, Avfuel Ink Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2018-06-22
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO Inc. reports it has inked an agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018. Avfuel services over 3,000 locations worldwide. The Supply Agreement with Avfuel is GEVO's first long-term commercial supply agreement for its ATJ.

Iniially, GEVO will supply Avfuel from its 70,000 gpy hydrocarbon processing facility in Silsbee, Texas. GEVO expects to construct a larger-scale hydrocarbon facility at its existing ethanol and isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota, subject to financing. Upon completion of the Luverne Hydrocarbon Facility, GEVO would supply Avfuel with larger volumes of ATJ, ramping up to 1,000,000 gpy of unblended ATJ which, when blended with conventional jet fuel, would produce many millions of gallons of finished ASTM D1655 jet-fuel product.. (Source: GEVO, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Avfuel Corporation , Craig Sincock, Pres., CEO, Marci Ammerman, VCP Marketing, (734) 663-6466, mammerman@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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Notable Quotes
RFA
Date: 2018-06-22
"(The) EPA is trying to undermine the RFS program under the cover of night. And there's a reason it has been done in secret -- it's because EPA is acting in contravention of the statute and its own regulations, methodically destroying the demand for renewable fuel." -- RFA Pres. Bob Dineen discussing the EPA's recent granting of numerous RFS "hardship" waivers. Contact: RFA, Bob Dineen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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Capstone Microturbine Customers Realize Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Capstone Turbine
Date: 2018-06-22
Van Nuys, California-based microturbine energy systems specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation is reporting that Capstone end-use customers saved an estimated $194 million in annual energy costs and 314,000 tons of carbon last fiscal year.

Capstone's high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) Signature Series product line-up is making significant progress in the CHP market, which is specifically focused on growing the energy efficiency market. In fiscal 2018, the energy efficiency market vertical accounted for 47 pct of product revenues, followed by the natural resource at 38 pct and renewable energy at 9 pct. The critical power and microgrid market verticals combined for 6 pct of annual product sales, according to the company release. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corporation, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com

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Aloha State Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Reg & Leg)
Hawaii
Date: 2018-06-22
The Hawaiian State Legislature has inked legislation committing to 100 pct renewable energy and to becoming carbon neutral by 2045. The legislature also committed to eliminate fossil fuels in ground transportation by 2045, and that the rise in sea levels be considered when proposed developments projects are being scrutinised. Hawaii reportedly could be hit by $19 billion in damage due to rising sea levels, according to the Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation report. The legislation has been described as "just plain common sense."

Hawaii is the ninth lowest producer of energy-related CO2 emissions among the 50 US states, according to the US Energy Information Administration. It is also a member of the United States Climate Alliance, a group of state governors that have agreed to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Source: Various Media, Compelo, June, 2018)

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Ga. Schools Expect $9.4 Mn Savings with Upgrades (Ind. Report)
ABM
Date: 2018-06-22
ABM Industries Inc. reports it has has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program for Georgia's Oglethorpe County Schools that is projected to save over $9.4 million in energy and operating costs over 20 years. The project is scheduled for completion in April 2019.

Energy-efficiency enhancements will include: retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting: upgrading all HVAC systems, including replacement of 7 roof top units, 6 split systems, 17 packaged terminal units, 3 mini split units and 71 wall-hung pump units; installation of HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency; ventilation systems at each of the school system's buildings will be upgraded, and each building will be sealed; and water conservation systems will be installed. (Source: ABM, PR, NewsWire, 20 June, 2018) Contact: ABM, ABM's Energy Performance Contracting Program , (212) 297-9721, www.abm.com

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EIA Details Energy Efficiency Incentives Results (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-06-22
According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey (EIA-861) of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency, U.S. electric utilities reported spending $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, for an average of $24 per customer.

Most reported spending supported residential and commercial energy efficiency: 43 pct of spending targeted residential customers, 49 pct targeted commercial customers, and the remaining 8 pct targeted industrial customers. Average reported spending per customer varied by state, from $0 in Alaska to $128 in Massachusetts. High-spending states and low-spending states tend to be concentrated in particular regions. By U.S. census region, average utility spending ranged from $11 per customer in the South to $47 per customer in the Northeast. Spending also was higher in certain states with high electricity prices, such as Hawaii, or in certain states with climates that require more energy for heating and cooling, such as Illinois and Arizona.

Incremental savings as a result of energy efficiency spending for reporting year 2016 totaled 27.5 billion kWh or 0.7 pct of nationwide retail electricity sales. Projected lifecycle savings were much greater, at 354 billion kWh over the lifetime of the efficiency measures used, because some measures that affect heating, cooling, and water heating equipment can provide benefits for several years. Like spending, most savings occurred in the residential and commercial sectors.

Annual incremental savings also varied by state, from near 0 pct of electricity retail sales in Kansas and Alaska to 3 pct of retail sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Average electricity savings by U.S. census region was the highest at 1.2 pct in the Northeast, and the lowest at less than 0.4 pct in the south. (Source: EIA, Today in Energy, 20 June, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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Will EPA Waived RFS Biofuels Volumes be Reallocated? (Ind. Report)
EPA,RFS
Date: 2018-06-22
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA will propose reallocating Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations waived under its "hardship" exemption program to other refiners. The move would significantly increase the regulatory costs of those refineries that do not qualify for, or have not received, a waiver.

As previously reported, "hardship" waivers were intended for small refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and thos that suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: WSAU, Reuters, 20 June, 2018)

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CTC Upgrading AF Lighting Equip. Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
US Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) Advanced Power Technology Office
Date: 2018-06-22
The US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office (ARL) reports it has awarded a $983,790 contract to Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) for energy efficiency lighting.

Currently, the Air Force uses deployable light carts that provide ground-level flightline illumination, task lighting for aircraft maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as perimeter lighting to secure deployed and contingency locations. CTC will modernize the existing light cart with upgraded technologies and control strategies for improved energy efficiency and reduced reduced maintenance and energy costs. The new Advanced Flightline Power and Light System developed by CTC will incorporate energy-efficient lighting, energy storage and various modes of operation. (Source: Air Force Technology, 21 June, 2018) Contact: US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office, http://afrl.dodlive.mil/tag/advanced-power-technology-office; CTC, Edward J Sheehan Jr., CEO, Pres., (800) 282-4392, www.ctc.com

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Chevron Launches $100Mn Future Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
Chevron Technology Ventures
Date: 2018-06-22
Chevron Technology Ventures LLC, the venture capital arm of San Ramon, California-headquartered oil giant Chevron Corp. is reporting the launch of the Future Energy Fund with an initial commitment of $100 million.

The new fund will focus on technologies that will increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as improving grid management, developing renewables and alternative fuels. Details were not available. (Source: Chevron, Houston Business Journal, June, 2018) Contact: Chevron Technology Ventures, Barbara Burger, Pres., (925) 842-1000, www.chevron.com/technology/technology-ventures

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Ontario Renewables, Green Renovation Rebates Chopped (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-22
Hard on the heels of the election of Ontario's new Conservative Premier Doug Ford's announcement to scrap the province's 2017 vintage carbon tax -- cap-and-trade program, a post on the GreenOn.ca website announced the closing of several renewable energy and residential and commercial energy efficiency rebate programs. Existing rebate program commitments will be honoured.

The rebate program was funded through proceeds from the province's cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. Ontario has earned approximately $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Bell Media, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, www.GreenOn.ca

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Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture Growing (Ind. Report)
Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture
Date: 2018-06-22
Wyoming Public Media is reporting Montana and Wyoming Governors Steve Bullock and Matt Mead have joined the Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture. Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Utah are also participating.

The Partnership aims to create a unified voice on policies related to the topic at both state and federal level. One of the first projects from the group will be getting carbon capture technology on the ground. To that end, the partnership will work to:

  • Elevate carbon capture, storage and its use as a national priority for American energy independence, job creation, environmental stewardship and global technology leadership;
  • Encourage congressional and presidential action to expand the portfolio of federal policies to put carbon capture on an equal footing with other low- and zero-emission energy technologies;
  • Foster carbon capture and CO2 pipeline infrastructure deployment in states and regions by identifying state policies and programs to complement federal policies;
  • Forge public-private partnerships to support critical projects and overcome barriers to developing, financing and implementing them. The partnership has invited 17 states to join the initiative. The coalition will be staffed by another working group of officials from 15 states also focused on carbon capture. (Source: Wyoming Public Media, 21 June, 2018)


  • CPUC OKs Regional Energy Network Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    California Public Utilities Commission
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In Sacramento, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) reports it has approved an Energy Efficiency Business Plan submitted by the Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) allowing local governments greater flexibility over program design to meet local needs and bring ratepayer dollars directly to their region. The plans outline proposed energy efficiency programming and budgets that will be implemented across the state through 2025.

    The Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) -- Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties -- is a group of local governments designated as program administrators for energy efficiency programs and can receive ratepayer funding directly from the CPUC rather than through Investor-Owned Utilities. Specific programming anticipated to be offered in the Tri-County Region includes: workforce education and training programs; codes and standards compliance programs; and residential (including multi-family) energy efficiency programs.

    The CPUC directed 3C-REN to put special emphasis on customers without easy access to program information or who generally do not participate in energy efficiency programs. (Source: Santa Barbara County, Public News, 12 June 2018) Contact: California PUC, www.cpuc.ca.gov

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    Waterloo U. Wins Zero-Carbon Green Building Award (Ind. Report)
    Canada GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)reports reports Cora Group's "evolv1" project at the University of Waterloo in Ontario has been awarded the the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Award. The Cora Group project is a commercial multi-tenant office building now under construction.

    A project fact sheet notes the building's sustainability elements included: a ventilation system that meets a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity; onsite renewable energy systems that provide a minimum of 5 pct of building energy consumption; maximized day-lighting opportunities; the building is oriented to minimize heat gain, using sustainable materials and high-performance building systems; and green roofs on 50 pct of the roofs throughout the campus. The facility achieved LEED Gold certification. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, DCN News services, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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    Portugal Joins 206-Member Under2 Climate Coalition (Ind. Report)
    Under2 Coalition
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The Under2 Coalition is reporting Portugal has became the latest national government to endorse the Under2 Coalition, the global network led by state and regional governments committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.

    With the addition of Portugal, the Under2 Coalition now includes 206 governments across six continents and 43 countries that collectively represent more than 1.3 billion people and $30 trillion GDP -- nearly 40 pct of the global economy. Under2 Coalition members commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 80-95 pct below 1990 levels or to less than two annual metric tons per capita by 2050.

    The Coalition was founded in 2015 by California and the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg to galvanize climate action from sub-national governments in the build up to the COP21 climate summit when the historic Paris Agreement was reached. (Source: Under 2 Coalition, Climate Group, Website, June, 2018) Contact: Under2 Coalition, Tim Ash-Vie, Director of the Under2 Coalition Secretariat at The Climate Group,www.under2coalition.org

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    NextEra, AT&T Ink 300MW Wind Power PPA (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-06-20
    NextEra Energy Inc's subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources is reporting a renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with AT&T Inc. As per the agreement, the partnership will acquire 300 MW of wind energy from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman Counties, TX.

    In February, the partnership struck a similar PPA worth 520 MW from two wind farms located in Texas and Oklahoma. Cumulatively, these two consecutive PPAs will deliver 820 MW of wind power, which will supply electricity to more than 372,000 homes per year. (Source: NextEra, Open PR, 15 June, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

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    Scatec, Equinor Ink 117MW Argentinian Solar Agreement (Int'l)
    Martifer Renewables
    Date: 2018-06-20
    In Norway, Oslo-headquartered Scatec Solar reports it has in a 50/50 JV with Equinor inked an agreement with the Lisbon, Portugal-based company Martifer Renewables for the acquisition of the 117 MW PV project Guanizuil IIA located in the Province of San Juan in the northwest of Argentina.

    The project is expected to produce about 308,000 MWh of electricity per year and has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CAMMESA.

    Construction is expected later in 2018 for commercial operation by the end of 2019.

    Argentina is targeting 20 pct of its power generation to be from renewable sources by 2025, and estimates that 10 GW of additional renewable capacity is needed.

    Scatec Solar will on a 50/50 joint venture basis together with Equinor build, own and operate the power plant at an estimated cost of $95 million.

    Scatec Solar is an integrated independent solar power producer that develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains solar power plants and has an installation track record of 1,000 MW. The company holds 322 MW of solar power plants in the Czech Republic, South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras and Jordan and has 1,092 MW under construction. With an established global presence and a significant project pipeline, the company is targeting a capacity of 3.5 GW in operation and under construction by end of 2021. (Source: Scatec Solar, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen, CEO +47 976 99 144, www.scatecsolar.com; Martifer Renewables, http://martifer.com/pt/grupo/institucional/areas-de-negocio/martifer-renewables; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

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    Velocys Secures Funding for UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Project (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2018-06-20
    UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured £4.9 million of funding for the next development phase of the waste-to-sustainable jet fuel project the company is developing in the UK. As part of the funding package a grant of £434,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

    The project is being developed with support from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and British Airways. The team is developing the engineering and business case for the construction of a first plant in the UK that will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of post-recycled waste into clean-burning, sustainable fuels to be used by British Airways.

    The fuel is expected to deliver over 70 pct greenhouse gas reduction and 90 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel. The project partners expect to reach a final investment decision in the first half of 2020. (Source: Velocys, PR, Business Leader, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Fotowatio Seeking Purchasers for Indian Solar Project (M&A, Int'l)
    Fotowatio Renewable Ventures
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Madrid-headquartered large-scale solar power plant developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) is reportedly in discussions to sell its 100-MW power project in the Ananthapuramu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh, India, in a deal worth Rs 500-600 crore. Possible investors reportedly include Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), green infra JV between PE fund Everstone Group, and UK-based Lightsource, BP's Eversource Capital and others.

    The project was awarded a 100 MW PPA by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) under the National Solar Mission programme in 2016. The project is FRV's first in India. (Source: Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, Economic Times, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Fotowatio Renewables, +34 91 702 64 12, +34 91 319 12 90, info@frv.com, www.frv.com/en

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    Active Energy Refocuses on CoalSwitch (Int'l Report)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Further to our March 14, 2018 coverage, following a year of restructuring UK-headquartered Active Energy Group PLC reports it has exited the low margin, high-risk Ukrainian wood fibre operations and will focus on its coal replacement biomass fuel, CoalSwitch, and its engineered soils derivative, PeatSwitch targeted for the US, Canadian and European market.

    Inline with to restructuring and corporate strategy, CEO Richard Spinks will step down and focus his efforts on the development of CoalSwitch business opportunities in Poland and the forestry management activities in North America. (Source: Active Energy Group PLC, Proactive Investors, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

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    Buena Vista Biomass Power Auction Sale Set for July (M&A)
    Buena Vista Biomass Power
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota reports it will sell the Buena Vista Biomass Power Plant via auction. The assets will be sold via a sealed bid auction with a deadline for offers set for Thursday, July 19, 2018.

    The Ione, California plant has 18 megawatts of base-load electric generating capacity and is capable of powering 16,000 homes, according to the auction website, www.powerplantauction.com. (Source: Maas Companies, IONE Calif., PR Web, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Maas Companies, (507) 285-1444, www.powerplantauction.com; Buena Vista Biomass, www.calbiomass.org/facilities/buena-vista-biomass-power

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    Beijing Adds 25 pct Import Duty on US Ethanol (Int'l Report)
    China,Ethanol
    Date: 2018-06-20
    It is being widely reported that as Trump's trade war between the world's two largest economies escalates, Beijing has announced it will slap another 25 pct import duty on a range of US products, including ethanol. (Source: Various Media, 18 June 2018)

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    EU Compromises on Paris Climate Agreement Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Paris Climate Agreement,Energy Efficiency Directive ,European Environmental Bureau
    Date: 2018-06-20
    Meeting in Brussels, the European Union reports it has agreed to increase its 2030 energy efficiency target and a set of binding measures defined in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) by 32.5 pct by 2030. Energy efficiency stakeholders from across industry and civil society had been calling for a binding 40 pct energy efficiency target which would reflect the most cost-effective energy savings potential in the path to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement.

    As part of the compromise the Directive continues the annual energy savings obligation set by Article 7 of the EED, requiring Member States to establish policies that deliver new action and delivering new savings for households, the service sector and small businesses. (Source: EU, European Environmental Bureau , 19 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Directive, EEB, Anton Lazarus, +32 2 289 13 09, anton.lazarus@eeb.org, www.eeb.org

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