Marathon's smallest refinery is a 93,000 bpd facility in Canton, Ohio. 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: Reuters, Seeking Alpha, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Marathon Petroleum, Corporate,
(419)421-3070, (419) 425-7040,
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, RFS, Hardship Waiver,
Under the legislation, the funds could either be taken by a school system in cash, or applied to offset some of the cost of operating other facilities.
The legislation, which was supported by several school systems and by Dominion Energy, passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate unopposed.
The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Northam in March, gives the state Corporation Commission until Dec. 1 to set up the guidelines for administering the the pilot program. It is slated to run for six years (Source: InsideNova, Various Media, 22 May, 2018)
Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy , Feed-in Tariff, FITs, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The plant, which will produce corn oil, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, DDGs for livestock feed is slated to open next spring.
(Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, ICM, Others, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Elements LLC, (316) 796-0900,
www.icminc.com; The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Element LLC, The Andersons, ICM Holdings,
The software can be accessed from the Open Telekom Cloud without NZR's proprietary software, thus reducing IT and other costs.
(Source: NZR, Deutsche Telekom, telecompaper News, 22 May, 2018) Contact: NRZ, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nzr.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,
As in Germany, E.On will be the first energy company in Britain to offer its customers a digital assessment of the PV potential of their homes.
Ultimately, Sunroof "translates" the determined amount of light into energy and the potential cost savings. Based on this data, customers in Germany can request a complete package consisting of a photovoltaic module and the E.ON SolarCloud, optionally with Aura battery storage. E.On also provides a "sunshine guarantee" to ensure that the solar system achieves the calculated yields, with lower values met with financial compensation by the company.
The two firms are also preparing a market launch in Italy, while the one-year programme in Germany will now be extended until the end of the year.
Google launched Sunroof in the United States in 2015. The platform is currently covering approximately 60 million buildings. According to Google, around 79 pct of the roofs covered by the application were suitable for the installation of a solar power generator, while in the south of the country, their percentage reached 90 pct.
(Source: E.ON, Google, PR, Impact4All, 22 May, 2018) Contact: E.ON, www.eon-solar.de;
More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON, Google, Sunroof,
The fund's initial 18MW portfolio will include three lithium-ion battery projects sites worth approximately £11.2m.
The seed portfolio will include the operational 6MW Boulby plant in North Yorkshire and a 49 pct share of the online 4MW Cenin facility in Wales and the pre-construction 10MW Lower Road development in Essex. (Source: Gore Street, renews, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street Capital, Battery, Energy Storage,
Based on Ideol's shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and designed to operate in the world's most extreme environments, the universal floating substation will remain flexible to client demands and/or specific certification requirements and accommodate both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters.
The solution aims at being market-ready for France's upcoming floating commercial tenders, accoring to a statement.
(Source: Ideol, STX, Windpower Eng., May, 2018) Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en
STX Solutions Europe, www.offshore-technology.com/contractors/design-engineering, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/stx-europe-offshore-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News STX Europe Offshore Energy, Offshore Wind, Offshore Energy, Ideol, Offshore Wind, Floating Wind,
In keeping with the agreement, Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has mothballed plans to submit more than 350,000 signatures they collected in support of a clean energy initiative that would have called for an increase to the state's renewable portfolio standard. DTE and Consumers Energy intend to achieve their 50 pct by 2030 green goal through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.
Michigan legislation requires utilities to source 15 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2021. (Source: Healthy Michigan, DTE, Energy Insider, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, www.cleanenergyhealthymichigan.com; DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE, Consumers Energy, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy,
The completed solar project will be owned and operated by IGS Solar. Cleveland Public Power will purchase all of the plant's generated electricity which is expected to exceed 5 million kWh, according to the release.
(Source: Conti Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 22 May, 2018) Contact: IGS Solar, Hugh Scott, www.igssolarpower.com; Conti Solar, (732) 860-4660, www.contisolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News PV, Landfill Solar, Conti Solar, Solar, IGS Solar,
The initiative part of Governor Cuomo's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 40 pct by 2030. The state also aims to source 50 pct of its power from renewable energy by 2030. It also follows through on a pledge he made in 2016 to restrict coal use across the state.
The new rulings limit all coal plants to producing no more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of electricity generated.
The regulations remain open to consultation for the next two months and three public hearings on the matter. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Various Media, 23 May, 2018)
Contact: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo
More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo, Coal, Climate Change, CO2, Carbon Emissions,
According to the release, eEnergy experts assume that by 2030 France will be able to meet one-third of its gas requirements with biomethane. An essential prerequisite for the implementation, however, is the application of efficient and practice-proven processing technologies.
ETW and its French partner GASEO, have integrated ETW SmartCycle technology into a compact, flexible and energy-efficient container concept that reduces space requirements, assembly times and without losses in biomethane quality. The "smart" process control reacts automatically even to large volume flow fluctuations and changing raw gas qualities with loss in yield or quality of the biomethane produced.
(Source: ETW Energietechnik PR, 22 May, 2018)
Contact: Dr. Oliver Jende,
+49 2841 9990 203,
+49 173 418 6052
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane, Biogas, Methane ,
The company recently narrowed its list of potential sites down to a few locations in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota, after evaluating offerings from various state governments and proposals of targeted land owners, site developers, contractors, feedstock suppliers, and supply chain partners.
Attis is planning to select at least two sites in 2018. (Source: Attis Industries, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 23 May, 2018)
Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisinnovations.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Renewable Fuel, Biofuel,
The funding will be targeted towards innovations which could reduce the cost of CCUS technology and make the process more commercially viable at scale. There are currently 22 plants in operation, working to capture industrial carbon dioxide emissions.
The government will issue a call for CCUS innovation projects lasting up to 28 months and worth £15 million in grants. Projects will be able to apply for grants of up to £5 million each. An additional £6.5 million has been committed to the Accelerating Carbon Technologies research programme, on which the UK partners with nine other European countries to innovate in the carbon emissions sector. (Source: UK Ministry of Energy & Clean Growth, Government Europa, 23 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, CCUS, CO2 Emissions, Climate Change,
When fully operational the project is expected to generate approximately 50GWh of power -- equal to nearly 39kt of avoided CO2 emission annually.
(Source: Vortx Energy, Power Technology, Others, 21 May, 2018)
Contact: Vortex Energy Windpark Linda, vortex-energy-group.com/en/next-milestone-reached-at-wind-farm-linda
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,
Stora Enso's bio-composites, which can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials, can be used to make a wide range of goods, from car parts to kitchen utensils and bottle caps.
In 2018, Stora Enso invested €12 in bio-based material production, and claims it will be able to produce 15,000 tpy of DuraSense material at its Hylte Mill in Sweden. (Source: Stora Enso, Business Green, May, 2018) Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso, Bio-plastic, Bio-chemical,
The wind farm, the Show Me State's largest, will incorporate 175 American-made wind turbines that will generate sufficient electric power for an estimated 120,000 homes. Groundbreaking is expected in summer 2019 for commissioning and power production in 2020.
The transaction is subject to various conditions and regulatory approvals and an acceptable Midcontinent Independent System Operator transmission interconnection agreement.
Ameren Missouri expects to add 100 MW of solar-generated energy over the next 10 years, 50 MW of which is targeted to come online by 2025.
(Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Michael Moehn, Pres., Ajay Arora, VP Power Operations and Energy Management, www.Ameren.com/Missouri
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri, Wind,
According to the Financial Times article, unless government rigs the market in favor of clean energy investments it cannot meet its legally binding climate change targets.
But, as the Guardian recently noted, to boost clean energy's market share government must also penalize or ban fossil fuel investments. Such penalties can come in many forms, not only the obvious ones like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, but also interminable environmental reviews and permitting delays.
The UK Department for Business, Investment and Industrial Strategy recently published a proposal to weaken the grip of "under-performing local planning authorities that repeatedly fail to determine oil and gas applications within statutory time frames." The Department seeks to expedite environmental reviews of onshore hydraulic fracturing projects.
Thanks in part to offshore natural gas production, which is now declining, the UK has "had competitively-priced energy since 1990 whilst reducing carbon emissions across the economy by 49 pct." (Source: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy Competative Enterprize Institute, 20 May, 2018)Contact: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Carbon Tax,
The strategy includes a proposal on carbon budgets, aimed at reducing London's greenhouse gas emissions -- a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels in 2018-2022, which is in line with with the Paris climate agreement to limit global climate change to 1.5 degrees. In addition, the mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces. Since assuming the mayor's chair, Khan has directly funded the planting of over 70,000 trees and committed £4 million to support additional plantings. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Fleet News, Iran Financial Tribune, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Transportation Emissions,
According to the restoration project leader Morag Angus, of South West Water, "The peatlands of South West England are very important for water quality, carbon storage, biodiversity, cultural history, recreation and farming but they are the most vulnerable in the UK to the impacts of climate change, due to their southerly position. For this reason, they need to be prioritized nationally and restored for the benefit of all and future generations."
Peatlands store vast amounts of carbon in their soils -- about 60-times the amount of carbon that is released annually from fossil fuel burning. One-third of all the soil carbon in the world is in peatland ecosystems even though they cover only 3 pct of the terrestrial land surface, according to a 2015 joint study from Chapman University in California, University of Oregon and Purdue University .
(Source: DEFRA, Cornish Times, 20 May, 2018)Contact: DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs
More Low-Carbon Energy News DEFRA, Peatland, Carbon Storage,
Japanese firms have lagged efforts across global finance to align their businesses with climate change goals. Sumitomo Mitsui and its two main domestic rivals remain among the world's biggest funders of coal power projects, according to transparency advocacy group BankTrack. Other financial institutions cutting funding in the coal power sector include HSBC Holdings, Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank. (Source: Sumitomo Mitsui, Australia Financial Review, Others, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Sumitomo Mitsui, www.smbc.co.jp/global
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sumitomo Mitsui, Coal, Coal-Fired Power,
Xcel Energy's proposal consists of two new wind farms, which will generate most of the new power, but also includes a 30-year PPA with NextEra Energy Resources through which the company will acquire energy from other wind facilities in Texas.
The two new farms are estimated to cost $1.6 billion to construct and are anticipated to save Texas and New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period. The two new facilities, which are expected to come online in 2023, will generate sufficient electric power for more than 360,000 homes annually.
The pumped hydro-power storage scheme involved using excess -- off-peak wind power -- to pump seawater into a reservoir in a flooded coastal valley. The water could then be released during peak times to drive large turbines in order to generate electricity.
Statkraft generate approximately €5 billion in annual revenue from hydro, wind, solar and gas power at 370 installations and is the Nordic region's second largest power firm. The project is as yet unfunded.
(Source: Statkraft, Independent Ireland, 20 May, 2018)Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572, www.statkraft.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft, Pumped Hydro, Energy Storage,
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 MW of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years.
(Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 1420 WBSM, 20 May, 2018)
Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Deepwater Wind, www.dnwind.com; Bay State Wind, www.baystatewind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Offshore Wind, Bay State Wind, Deepwater Wind,
Barclays is advising EDF on the sale which would be the largest in a series of EDF transactions intended to expand into other energy sectors. To that end, in November 2017, EDF sold an 80 pct stake in five of its onshore wind farms totaling 100 MW to Greencoat UK Wind. It continues to run the sites and provide maintenance and operational services.
(Source: EDF, Financial Times, 20 May, 2018) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables, Wind, Renewable Energy,
APICORP notes that MENA's major energy-importing companies are working to improve renewable energy legislation and infrastructure, while most exporting countries have "done little to incorporate renewables."
According to APICORP large oil and gas reserves and cheap extraction costs mean that hydrocarbons continue to meet rising demand in countries like Kuwait and Algeria. Legislative factors such as "policy uncertainty" and the lack of an efficient and supportive regulatory framework, are also contributing factors to the slow uptake of renewable energy. Even so, the UAE and Dubai are "on track” with their renewable energy targets and the introduction of competitive bidding, feed in tariffs (FiTs), tax exemptions, and power-purchase agreements (PPAs) to encourage renewable energy projects.
The MENA countries typically include: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included.
(Source: APICORP, Construction Week, 20 May, 2018)
Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, www.apicorp-arabia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Renewable Energy, Renewables, MENA,
The report calls for a 30 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Other recommendations include: mitigation of the state's carbon footprint; adaptation to a changing environment; climate change research; and responses to climate change related natural disasters. The commission also recommends the state move to 50 pct renewable electricity sources and increase its overall energy efficiency by 15 pct.
Download the Draft Plan HERE. (Source: Office of the Governor, KTVA, 19 May, 2018)Contact: Office of the Governor, https://gov.alaska.gov/contact
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, acknowledged the resolution was instrumental in Shell's plan to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Follow This, The Guardian, 29 May, 2018)Contact: Follow This, https://follow-this.org; Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company
More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell , Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
"For years, we have been researching cost-effective ways to break down lignin and convert it into valuable platform chemicals," Sandia bioengineer Seema Singh said.
"We applied our understanding of natural lignin degraders to E. coli because that bacterium grows fast and can survive harsh industrial processes," she added in the work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,.
(Source: Sandia National Laboratories,
IANS, Quint, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Sandia National Laboratories, Seema Singh, Bioengineering, (925) 294-4551, www.jbei.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Seema-Singh_CV_JBEI.pdf
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin, Biofuel, Biochemical, Renewable Fuel, Sandia National Laboratories,
EQUATE's 16,500 square-meter headquarters building conserves energy consumption by reducing water usage by 36 pct, utilizing solar energy to generate around 8 pct of the total building consumption, and achieving energy cost savings of 26 pct.
(Source: Equate, PR, albawaba, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Equate, www.equate.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency, USGBC,
The program, which quickly grew into the largest LED distribution programme in the world, has led to energy savings of over 38,952 million kWh, annually, amounting to Rs 15,581 crore in energy savings, according to an EESL statement.
In its commitment to reduce carbon intensity by 33 to 35 pct between 2005 and 2030, India has recognized energy efficiency as a key mitigation strategy, with the UJALA scheme serving as the government's flagship programme for efficient domestic lighting. India's share in the global LED market has increased to 12 pct cent from 0.1 pct, with the penetration of LED in the domestic market rising to 10 per cent from 0.4 per cent, according to EESI.
(Source: EESL, PTI, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services India, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Dir., www.eeslindia.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News EESL, LED Light, Energy Efficient Light,
Enogen is classified as an "identity preserved crop" and must either go to the ethanol plants that contract for it or be used as livestock feed.
The product is presently being used or tested in over 30 ethanol plants nationwide, including Tharaldson Energy at Casselton, N.D., and Midwest AgEnergy Group plants at Spiritwood, N.D., and Underwood, N.D.
(Source: INFORUM, AgWeek, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net;
Tharaldson Energy, www.tharaldsonethanol.com; MidwestAgEnergy Group, www.midwestagenergygroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tharaldson Energy, Syngenta, Enogen, Corn, Ethanol Corn Ethanol, AgEnergy Group ,
BECCS is important to the climate change fight because the technology will remove the greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere at the same time as electricity is produced and not contribute to climate change.
A 2016 report by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) suggests that by the 2050s BECCS could deliver roughly 55 million tpy of net negative emissions in the UK -- almost half the nation's emissions target.
(Source: DRAX Power, The Business Desk, 21 May, 2018) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; C-Capture, Chris Rayner, founder of C-Capture and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, www.c-capture.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX, Biomass, CCS,
Mesa Canyons will be located on 50,500 hectares of land in Lincoln County and connect to the 345kV AC Western Spirit line that will run for about 225km from the wind farm to Public Service Company of New Mexico's transmission system near Albuquerque.
Pattern Development also plans to start work this summer on the 221MW Grady wind farm in New Mexico. The project is slated to enter commercial operations in spring 2019. (Source: Pattern Development, PR, renews, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, email@example.com, www.patternenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy Group, Wind,
Award recipients included four organizations that have invested in green and high-efficiency buildings: the Glenn Group, Harrah's Reno Hotel and Casino, the University of Nevada, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Reno also recognized two notable ENERGY STAR certified buildings -- JC Penney's Logistics Center and Silver Lake Apartments -- both of which had recorded significantly lower energy consumption than their peers across the nation.
In addition, the City lauded eleven leaders in the city's ReEnergize Reno energy efficiency challenge program. Through the program, launched in October of last year, commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings have committed to cut their energy consumption 20 pct by 2025.
The divestiture is expected to help Westport Fuel streamline its product offerings and focus more on providing alternative-fuel vehicle components and systems to the transportation sector. (Source: Westport Fuel Systems, PR, Zacks, 21 May, 2018)Contact: Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto, (604) 718-2046, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wfsinc.com; Snam S.p.A., www.snam.it/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Westport Fuel Systems, Alternative Fuel, CNG,
Sistema.bio will use the funds to scale-up its hybrid reactor biodigesters, delivering sustainable renewable energy and agricultural products to more small farmers in Kenya.
Sistema.bio generates revenues from sales of the high-performance bio-digesters and the sale of utility accessories suitable for cooking, heating, mechanical energy and electric power generation. The company also offers interest-free payment plans to small farmers.(Source: Sistema.bio, Capital Business, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Sistema.bio, +254 7044 44215, www.sistema.bio
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas, bio-digesters, Anerobic Digestion ,
The mayor of Accra, who is also C40 Vice Chair for Africa, noted the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The programme was designed in collaboration with climate expects from Ricardo Energy and Environment who will work closely with the cities to develop their action plans and support greater vertical integration between the city and national government climate strategies.
The support will include a dedicated City Advisor based in each City, a series of workshop, and access to expert technical advice as needed. Nairobi and Abidjan have also joined the programme and are anticipated to submit their climate action commitments soon.
(Source: Modern Ghana, 17 May, 2018) Contact:
International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., email@example.com, www.c40.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change Paris CLimate Agreement, International Climate Initiative,
States like South Australia and Victoria have begun ramping up their renewable energy capacity, and grid managers are beginning to focus on integrating energy storage -- i.e. the mammoth Hornsdale Power Reserve, a 129 MWh Tesla lithium-ion energy storage facility in South Australia, which was turned on for the first time towards the end of 2017.
The new $7 million ($5.23 million US) in funding seeks to further develop new technologies that can provide grid stability and security services as well as support projects such as system strength provision, frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), fast frequency response (FFR), inertia provision and measurement, and other services that may enhance system security.
The Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia was a beneficiary of funding from ARENA to trial frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) (as was the 168 MW Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania which is still underway) and is now registered for six of eight FCAS markets in Australia. The project will provide valuable insights into the cost-benefit of using pre-curtailment to provide FCAS services from a new technology source.
(Source: ARENA, CleanTechnica, 16 May, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://arena.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA, Renewable Energy,
Cadent claims the pipeline project will help cut the carbon emission by 1 million tpy, roughly equivalent of taking 600,000 vehicles off the road.
Reports reveal that at the Cheshire-based new plant, hydrogen will be produced from natural gas using steam methane reformation methods with carbon capture and storage (CCS).
(Source: Cadent Gas, AlgosOnline, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Cadent Gas, https://cadentgas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cadent, Hydrogen, CCS, GHGs, Carbon Emissions ,
SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.
SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources, Salt River Project, Solar, Energy STorage ,
Electricity generated from the two hydro facilities will be sold under PPAs at fixed prices until 2020 and on the spot market.
The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals in Chile and marks a final partnership agreement between the two firms, who were selected through a bidding process. (Source: Innergex, Power Technology, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Energia Llaima, www.ellaima.cl; Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, email@example.com, www.innergex.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro, Energia Llaima , Innergex,
The program, which issues cash rebates and financing for solar installations, helped nearly 80 homes and businesses since the program started in 2015.
The MadiSUN program aims to expand solar energy for homes and businesses. RENEW Wisconsin, a local nonprofit organization working to grow renewable energy statewide, administers the programs on behalf of the City. Since 2016, the City has expanded the number of solar installations on its own buildings while supporting residents to make similar investments. Madison in 2017 earned Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for its work to improve permitting and solar installation processes.
(Source: City of Madison, MadiSUN Website, WKOW, 16 May, 2018)Contact:
MadiSUN, 608.255.4044, https://madisunsolar.com; RENEW Wisconsin, 608.255.4044, www.renewwisconsin.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, RENEW Wisconsin,
Veridium, a collaborative initiative of EcoSmart Labs, Brian Kelly Capital Management, IDEAcarbon, Everland and CBL Markets, will leverage IBM's blockchain technology and expertise to transform carbon credits into a new type of digital asset that can be redeemed and traded. IBM will provide the token architecture and token interface with its various industry specific Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platforms.
According to Veridium, integrating the entire process of carbon accounting and offsetting into a digital token on a public, permissioned blockchain network can help make measuring environmental impact, transferring ownership rights, and redeeming the underlying carbon offset more efficient.
The token, called VERDE, will represent carbon accounting and offsetting backed by environmental assets, including Triple Gold REDD+ credits from InfiniteEARTH, which authored the first REDD+ forest carbon accounting methodology, a protocol now embodied in the UN Paris Agreement.
(Source: Veridium, Block Tribune, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Veridium, Todd Lemons, CEO, www.veridium.io; IBM,
Bridget van Kralingen, Senior VP, Industry Platforms and Blockchain, www.ibm.com/us-en
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"I'm done playing around. I've supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he will have broken Trump's promise and should step down and let someone else do the job of implementing Trump's (biofuel) agenda. Trump was elected with an agenda; Pruitt was not elected," Grassley said.
Grassley's position is in response to growing farm-state frustration with the EPA's management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compelling refiners to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol. Iowa is a top producer of both corn and ethanol.
(Source: Wallaces Farmer, Others, Bloomberg, 17 May, 2018)
Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley, Scott Pruitt, Biofuels,
While Smurfit Kappa's products are renewable and recyclable, the company notes that paper production itself is quite energy intensive. To address the issue, the company is moving away from fossil fuels to biomass and other renewables where feasible.
(Source: Smurfit Kappa,plc, Checkout, May, 2018) Contact: Smurfit Kappa, www.smurfitkappa.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2, Carbon Emissions,
California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.
Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.
For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.
Access California Advanced Homes Program details at cahp-pge.com and Savings by Design at www.pge.com/savingsbydesign.
(Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com
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The system, which incorporates Kokum's Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide battery technology and consists of five 2.2-MWh Kokam Containerized ESS (KCE) units, operates in conjunction with Alinta Energy's existing 178-MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station. Kokam delivered the ESS and served, alongside UGL Pty Ltd, as the system integrator on the project, the company said.
Contact: Alinta Energy, Jeff Dimery, CEO, www.alintaenergy.com; Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., Vice President of Kokam Co., Ltd., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com
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The funds will be used for product development and international marketing and thus help reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and achieve global Sustainable Development Goals.
(Source: GoodFuels, International Shipping News 17 May, 2018) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goodfuels.com; Social Impact Ventures, www.socialimpactventures.com
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Orbital's patented VE Technology® with the ground-breaking GasPT device, offers natural gas operators and users a comprehensive engineering array for the next generation of energy metering systems.
CUI Global, Inc. is a publicly traded company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through the acquisition and development of innovative companies, products and technologies.
(Source: CUI Global, Inc., May, 2018) Contact: CUI Global, www.cuiglobal.com; Orbital Gas Systems UK, Paul White, Pres., www.orbitalgas.com
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The Sierra project will utilize Fulcrum's proprietary thermochemical process to convert household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels which, when compared to traditional petroleum transportation fuel, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 pct., according to the company.
When commissioned and fully operational in Q1, 2020, Sierra will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc., PR, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, email@example.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy
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