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Janicki Bioenergy Now Sedron Technologies (Ind. Report)
Janicki Bioenergy,Sedron Technologies.
Date: 2018-10-26
Sedro-Woolley, Washington State-based Janicki Bioenergy reports it is now operating under the name Sedron Technologies. The name change is intended to distinguish it from manufacturing company Janicki Industries and to highlight the company's focus on technology. Sedron Technologies invents and manufactures products such as waste and water treatment systems for developing nations, according to a company news release.

The company was founded in 2014 after creating the Omni Processor -- a system that takes in human waste and produces both electricity and clean drinking water -- with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Source: Sedron Technologies LLC, Skagit Valley Herald , 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Sedron Technologies LLC, Brenda Thomas, (360) 399-6193, info@sedron.com, www.sedron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Janicki Bioenergy,  Sedron Technologies.,  


NY/NJ PA Stresses Energy Efficiency to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Goals (Ind. Report)
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 2018-10-26
In the Big Apple, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports its Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, with a 35 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2035 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The Port Authority plan builds on a 13 pct reduction in carbon emissions the agency had already achieved over the past 10 years.

To that end, the Port Authority will invest $100 million in airport energy efficiency with between 600 and 750 light duty vehicles being swapped out for electric powered vehicles. New lighting will be installed at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, World Trade Center, George Washington Bridge, and three airports, and 35 intra-airport shuttle buses to be converted to electric power. The plan would not immediately address emissions from truck and rail operators at the port, nor would it cover the major airlines serving the region. (Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, PR, northjersey.com, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: NY/NJ Port Authority, Rick Cotton, Exec. Dir., (973) 961-6007, www.panynj.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  


Longmont Growing Sustainable Business Program (Ind. Report)
Platte River Power Authority
Date: 2018-10-26
The Colorado city of Longmont -- pop. 94,400 -- is touting its Sustainable Business Program for saving Longmont businesses millions of dollars by upgrading water and electrical appliances and other environmentally sustainable practices. The city is now launching a 5-month pilot program aimed at connecting more small and minority-owned businesses to cost-reducing green initiatives.

While the pilot program will be open to all businesses, Longmont officials are hoping to spread the $3.2 million-worth of benefits received by the city's commercial power customers in the last two years to more small and minority-owned workplaces. Those savings were realized by Longmont businesses through rebates on 530 energy-efficiency improvement projects completed over the past two years through the Efficiency Works program, which is offered in Platte River Power Authority's four member cities -- Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park.

The Efficiency Works' rebate programs use funding from the power provider and member municipal utilities for rebates on projects such as converting lighting to LED bulbs, installing high-efficiency air conditioning and heating systems and improving refrigeration systems. The program also encourages urges waste diversions, water use reduction and environmentally sustainable employee transportation recommended by Boulder County's Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program.

Throughout Boulder County from 2010 through 2017, the county-funded PACE program has recorded more than $21 million in private investments, matched by $4.3 million in rebates from PACE, toward upgrading the electrical, water, lighting, heating, cooling and waste systems of 1,409 businesses, including 365 in Longmont. (Source: City of Longmont, Longmont Times Call, Other, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Platte River Power Authority, (970) 226-4000, www.prpa.org; City of Longmont, www.longmontcolorado.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiiency,  Platte River Power Authority ,  


NYSERDA Offers Bldg. Net-Zero Energy Performance Funds (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2018-10-26
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of $10 million for clean energy projects to reduce carbon emissions at commercial and industrial buildings statewide. The funding is part of the Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge to determine whether flexible uses of funding for clean energy projects is more cost-effective and reduces more carbon emissions than traditional state-supported programs.

The Carbon Challenge will offer awards ranging from $2 million to $5 million to help offset the development costs of clean energy projects at large-scale buildings. The projects should demonstrate the highest potential for lowering carbon emissions in buildings with an aggregate 12-month average demand of 10 MW or greater, and achieve this in a cost-effective way. Projects can involve energy efficiency or distributed energy resources that provide increased flexibility for commercial and industrial customers to achieve carbon reductions. All proposals must include a three-year carbon emissions reduction target and identify the path to achieving the target.

Awards will be made to proposals demonstrating the highest potential for cost-effectively implementing carbon-reducing clean energy actions, which must be completed by 2021, according to NYSERDA. (Source: NYSERDA, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


SolarReserve Scores $2Mn to Advance CSP Thermal Tech. (Funding)
SolarReserve
Date: 2018-10-26
In the Golden State, Santa Monica-based commercial-scale solar specialist SolarReserve reports it has been selected for $2.0 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) R&D. The award was part of the DOE's FY2018 SETO funding for new projects that will lower solar electricity costs and support a growing solar workforce.

SolarReserve's project aims to develop a best-in-class next generation heliostat design, optimized for CSP technology projections.

Heliostats are the dual-axis solar tracking mirrors that concentrate and focus the sun's energy onto an energy collection receiver atop a central tower. Within the receiver, fluid flows through piping that forms external walls; this fluid absorbs the heat from the concentrated sunlight. In SolarReserve's technology, the fluid utilized is molten salt, which is used both as a heat transfer fluid as well as a thermal energy storage medium.

SolarReserve will partner on the project with South Africa's Stellenbosch University and Sandia National Laboratories to leverage their complementary innovations and testing facilities. (Source: SolarReserve, PR, Business Wire, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274, mary.grikas@solarreserve.com, www.solarreserve.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , (202) 287-1862, solar@ee.doe.gov, energy.gov/solar-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarReserve,  CSP,  


GM Proposing National Zero-Emissions Vehicle Rule (Ind. Report)
General Motors
Date: 2018-10-26
In Detroit, it is being widely reported the America's largest auto maker General Motors will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles that run on electricity or hydrogen fuel cells.

Although full details of the auto giant's proposal are not yet available, the GM proposal is thought to be based on current standards now required in California and nine other states. Under those rules, GM must sell a minimum of around 2,200 fully electric vehicles in California this year, or about 1.1 percent of the roughly 200,000 cars, trucks and SUVs that it normally sells in the state each year.

Under a regulation finalized by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama administration, the fleet of new automobiles would have to deliver 36 mpg by 2025 -- 10 mpg higher than the current requirement. (Source: GM, Washington Post, Various Media,26 Oct., 2018) Contact: GM, Mark Reuss, Exec. VP Product Development, www.gm.com/contact-us.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


EIB Funds Semi-Submersible Platform Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
European Investment Bank,EDP Renováveis
Date: 2018-10-24
The European Investment Bank (EIB is reporting a € 60 million loan to Portuguese energy giant EDP Renovaveis subsidiary Windplus S.A. for the construction of a first-of-its-kind, semi-submersible platform offshore floating wind farm to be located about 20 km off the coast of Portugal.

The project will also be supported by the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Project facility, which is funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme , and an additional €29.9 million from the EU NER300 programme, plus up to €6 million from the Government of Portugal, through the Portuguese Carbon Fund.

Until 2020, "InnovFin -- EU Finance for Innovators" offers a range of tailored products which will make available financing in support of research and innovation (R&I) by small, medium-sized and large companies and the promoters of research infrastructures. (Source: European Investment Bank, EDP Renewables, 19 October, 2018) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Windplus SA, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/windplus; EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Wind,  EDP Renovaveis,  Repsol,  Windplus S.A,  


Denmark, Ethiopia Expanding Wind Energy Cooperation (Int'l)
Danish Energy Agency
Date: 2018-10-24
In Denmark, the Danish Energy Agency reports it will add 7 million DDK to its financial support for the 2017, Danish-Ethiopian Accelerating Wind Power Generation partnership programme in Ethiopia.

The Danish support specifically provides wind measurements and the expertise of the Danish Energy Agency concerning public procurement of wind-farms, and cost-efficient expansion of wind energy. The Ethiopian programme will be cooperatively administered by the Royal Danish Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Danish Energy Agency, Danish system operator Energinet.dk, the World Bank and relevant Ethiopian counterparts. With this new agreement, the pprogram will run until the end of 2020 with a total budget of 35 million DKK. (Source: Danish Energy Agency, reve, October 19, 2018) Contact: Danish Energy Agency, +45 33 92 67 00, https://ens.dk/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Danish Energy Agency,  


Norwegian Aventus Air Tech Aims to cut CO2 Emissions (Int"l)
Avantus Air
Date: 2018-10-24
In Oslo, Norway's budget air carrier Norwegian Air is touting new Aventus Air weather service technology to help cut airplane fuel consumption and thus lower air craft carbon emissions.

The Aventus Air weather service provides pilots with accurate wind and temperature information in accordance with their flight plan. The data is transferred to the aircraft's systems to help optimize the flight path for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The company estimates the system could reduce CO2 emissions across the company by as much as 16,000 tpy. The air carrier recently completed a successful pilot test of the technology in collaboration with Swedish developer AVTECH Sweden AB. The project was partially funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. (Source: AVTECH Sweden AB, Norwegian Air, BG, 22 Oct., 2018)Contact: AVTECH Sweden AB, +46 8 544 104 80, www.avtech.aero

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


T-Mobile Joins Puget Sound Energ Green Direct Program (Ind. Report)
T-Mobile, Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2018-10-24
In Washington State, wireless network operator T-Mobile US, Inc. reports it has joined Puget Sound Energy's Green Direct program, giving the company access to a blend of local solar and wind renewable energy sources, which will be used to power its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington by 2021.

The Green Direct program will enable T-Mobile to purchase clean energy from dedicated local solar and wind energy farms in Washington state, further pushing it towards its strong commitment to renewables. (Source: T-Mobile, ALGOESONLINE, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: T-Mobile, (425) 378-4000, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/tmobile-usa-inc; Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Puget Sound Energy,  


UK Carbon Tax Cut Could Boost Coal-Fired Power Emissions, says Report (Int'l. Report)
Aurora Energy Research
Date: 2018-10-24
In the UK, Oxford-headquartered Aurora Energy Research reports a cut in the UK's Carbon Price Support tax could trigger a resurgence in coal-fired power generation and higher CO2 emissions into the 2020s. The Aurora findings are ahead of the UK Autumn Budget October 29 and energy industry speculation that the government might respond to rising CO2 prices in the EU Emissions Trading System by reducing the UK's top-up tax paid by domestic power generators.

According to the Aurora report, the difference between maintaining and cutting the tax could equate to 12 TWh of production a year for four years after coal plants would otherwise have closed. If the government were to reduce the CPS to £7/tonne CO2 from the current £18/tonne CO2, coal plants would stay on the system until 2025, generating an average 12 TWh/year in the period 2021-25.

The report notes that if the tax was maintained at £18/tonne CO2, this would result in coal coming off the system as early as 2021/2022. Cutting the CPS to £7/tonne CO2 would increase CO2 emissions by 29 million tonnes during the fourth carbon budget period (2023-2027) compared to maintaining the status quo.

In 2017 the UK Treasury recouped £1 billion in tax receipts from the mechanism which was capped at £18/tonne CO2 from 2016 to 2020. The freeze was extended to 2021 in the 2016 budget. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, S&P, Global, Oct., 2018) Contact: Aurora Energy Research, +44 0 1865 952 700, contact@auroraer.com, www.auroraer.com


Planned St. Joseph Mo. Biodiesel Plant Cancelled (Ind. Report)
St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Show Me State, the city of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,200 -- mayor's office is reporting a planned $190 million biodiesel plant in the city has been scrapped by the developer St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC. The plant would have used an adjacent railroad to transport biodiesel produced from used restaurant and other waste greases. (Source: City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC., (316) 977-8585, www.icmbiofuels.com; City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray, www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  ,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  ,  


MethaShip Touts Methanol's Maritime Fuel Prospects (Ind. Report)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2018-10-24
The Washington-based Methanol Institute is reporting the findings of the MethaShip Research Project which has concluded that renewable Methanol offers a long term solution for the maritime shipping industry's carbon emission reduction strategy.

The MethaShip research found that Methanol can offer a dramatic improvement in emissions reduction across multiple ship types once the IMO has established the statutory framework conditions necessary for an industry-wide reduction of CO2 emissions.

The MethaShip research project concluded that: the properties of Methanol surpass other alternative fuels in shipping; the major benefit is the storage at ambient temperature and ambient pressure without loss; in terms of ship design, Methanol is space-saving, simple and practical with the established advantages of a liquid fuel; methanol offers compelling environmental properties and has the most promising lifecycle analysis when produced from renewable sources; and an already widespread availability could be a key enabler for methanol. (Source: The Methanol Institute, Shipping News, 23 Oct., 2018) Contact: Methanol Institute, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  


$15Mn Aussie Partner's to Create Fuel from Renewables (Int'l)
ARENA
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Australian (ARENA) reports it is partnering with the energy firm Jemena Ltd. on a $15 million trial project to create hydrogen gas from solar and wind power.

The partners plan to construct a 500-KW electrolyser in western Sydney as part of Project H2GO. The facility will be able to generate enough hydrogen to power about 250 homes. The resulting fuel would be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales. (Source: Jemena, Power Eng., 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au; Jemena, Frank Tudor, Managing Dir., 1300 536 362, https://jemena.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  


Valmet Supplying Biomass Pre-treatment System for Clariant's Romanian Plant (Int'l. Report)
Valmet, Clariant
Date: 2018-10-24
Further to our Sept. 14 coverage, Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet reports it will deliver a BioTrac biomass pre-treatment system to the Swiss company Clariant's 50,000 tpd Sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania, which is slated for startup in 2020.

The delivery includes a BioTrac™ biomass pre-treatment system with a capacity of over 800 tpd of dry biomass, as well as all main parts for biomass dosing, the reactor, the feeding system to the reactor, and steam separation.

Clariant's Sunliquid® technology converts agricultural residue such as wheat straw into cellulosic ethanol, an advanced, sustainable and practically carbon-neutral biofuel. (Source: Valmet Oyj, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Valmet, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, Valmet, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45, anja.pomrehn@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  Clariant,  Sunliquid,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Green Climate Fund Earmarks $1Bn for Poor Nation Projects (Int'l)
UN Green Climate Fund
Date: 2018-10-24
During a recently concluded four-day meeting in Bahrain, the South Korean-based UN Green Climate Fund announced approval of more than $1 billion funding for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. The funding included projects linked to geothermal energy in Indonesia, greener cities in Europe and the Middle East, and protection for coastal communities in India. The Fund also agreed to start seeking fresh money next year as its initial capital of about $6.6 billion is expected to be exhausted soon.

Download UN Green Climate Fund details HERE. (Source: UN Green Climate Fund, Hindu Business Line, Oct., 2018) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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


Ameresco Inks San Antonio AFB Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Ameresco,Mission Solar Energy
Date: 2018-10-24
Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting receipt of a self-funding Energy Savings Performance Contract that includes ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services, from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy for the implementation of a $133.5 million energy resilient infrastructure project at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas.

Under the terms of the contract, Ameresco will provide solar, energy efficiency and reliability upgrades to 900 buildings across five military installations. The company will build a microgrid integrating 20 MW of new onsite energy photovoltaic (PV) assets, 4 MW of gas fired backup generation and 4 MW/8 MWh of battery energy storage.

Under the ESPC contract, more than 14.7 million square feet of buildings will receive; energy and water conservation upgrades designed to cut building energy consumption by 24 pct annually; HVAC management control systems; over 2 million gallons of thermal energy storage; more than 140,000 new LED lighting systems and building envelope improvements. To support energy assurance, Ameresco will install new onsite distributed energy assets capable of islanding from the electric utility, including a combined heat and power (CHP) system comprised of nine microturbines for a total capacity of 585 kW, 4-MW of natural gas-fired standby generation and an 11.7-MW groundmount solar PV array at the Security Hill Landfill at Lackland Air Force Base and over 5 MW of roof-mount PV at Fort Sam Houston.

Ameresco selected San Antonio-based Mission Solar Energy to manufacture and provide over 54,200,370 W of "Buy-American" compliant solar modules to be used in the project. The ESPC is guaranteed to provide $8.7 million in annual energy savings to JBSA. (Source: Ameresco, Solar Power, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Exec. VP GM Federal Solutions, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, www.dla.mil/Energy/Contact

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerseco,  Solar,  Mission Solar Energy,  


$30Mn Committed to Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Project (Int'l.)
Nigeria
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Nigerian capital city of Akure, the Nigerian federal government reports it has earmarked $30 million for an existing Cassava Ethanol Project at Okeluse in Ondo State.

The project, which is expected to break ground next month, was planned and then abandoned under a previous administration. The project will be constructed on 15,000 hectares near a Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) facility. The World Bank supports the project. (Source: This Day, Various Media, 23 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Red Rock Biofuels Leasing EFT's Fischer-Tropsch Tech. (Ind. Report)
Emerging Fuels Technology,Red Rock Biofuels
Date: 2018-10-24
Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc (EFT) reports has executed a license agreement with Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) under which EFT will provide its TL8a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB's biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon, USA.

RRB is a subsidiary of IR1 Group LLC , which is constructing the Lakeview biorefinery. IR1 will build a global portfolio of biorefineries to convert forest and sawmill waste woody biomass into renewable jet and diesel fuels. Through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, IR1 makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale.

RRB's Lakeview, OR biorefinery will convert approximately 136,000 dry tons of waste woody biomass into 15.1 million gallons of renewable jet, diesel and gasoline blendstock fuels per year. (Source: Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc, PR, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc., Mark Agee, Business Dev., magee@emergingfuels.com, www.emergingfuels.com; RedRock Biofuels, 970.223.6766, info@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com; IRL Group, www.ir1group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emerging Fuels Technology,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  


Bridgestone HQ LEED Certified for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Bridgestone Americas
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Volunteer State, auto tire manufacturer Bridgestone Americas Inc. reports it has earned US Green Building Council LEED Gold energy efficiency certification for its 514,000-sq.-ft, 30-story headquarters office building in Nashville.

The building, which was constructed in December, 2017, received the award for: environmentally conscious designs and sustainability features; high-efficiency flush and low plumbing fixtures; interior LED lighting fixtures; low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring products and composite wood products and furniture; recycled content in materials; white reflective roofing; low-mercury lamps and incorporating materials manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

Bridgestone Americas boasts five LEED-certified locations, including its Americas Technical Center in Akron and tire plant in Warren County, Tenn (Source: Bridgestone Americas, Tire Business, Bridgestone, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bridgestone Americas, (615) 937-1000, www.bridgestoneamericas.com/en/contact-us/corporate-contacts/united-states; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


Willdan Wins Hospitality Energy Mgmt. Contract (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Company,Wildan
Date: 2018-10-24
Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group Inc. reports it has been awarded a pay-for-performance contract by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to implement the utility's Commercial Energy Management Technology (EMT) for Lodging Program. This two-year, $2.5 million program will bring EMT-system-based, natural-gas-saving energy efficiency projects to participating lodging customers consuming 50,000 therms or less annually.

Willdan will begin each project by performing a building energy audit and proposing an energy efficiency project plan based on the customer's needs and budget. Data measurement commences after new equipment, including the EMT system, have been installed. In addition to measuring and verifying energy savings, Willdan will provide engineering, technical, and administrative assistance to customers through the duration of the program.

The Program offers up-front incentives to help offset customer out-of-pocket costs, and upon confirmation of energy savings, customers will receive additional incentives based on actual natural gas savings, capped at 50 pct of project costs. (Source: Wildan, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: WildanGroup Inc., Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (714) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.wildan.com; SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas Company,  Wildan,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Foresight Snares Simple Power Wind Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
Foresight Group, Simple Power Ltd
Date: 2018-10-24
London-headquartered investment manager Foresight Group LLP is reporting the acquisition of Belfast, Ireland-based Simple Power Ltd which, with 52 sub-250-kW single wind turbines, boasts the largest distributed wind portfolio in Northern Ireland. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The Simple Power portfolio qualifies for participation in the recently launched Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) in Ireland. Each machine has a standardized lease, grid connection and PPA as well as long-term fixed price operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements, according to the release. (Source: Foresight Group Renewables, Oct., 2018) Contact: Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100, www.foresightgroup.eu; Simple Power Ltd., +44 28 9024 1199, www.simplepower.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Foresight Group ,  


Norwegian Partnership Offering Carbon Capture Tech Testing (Int'l)
Technology Center Mongstad, DNV GL
Date: 2018-10-24
In Norway, Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) a testing facility for carbon capture, and certification body DNV GL in Oslo, are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support carbon capture technologies.

Under their agreement, TCM and DNV GL will offer services to technology and other companies and organizations wishing to test and verify their carbon capture technologies and thus expedite the commercialization of their technologies and processes. (Source: TCM, PR, Renewable Energy, Oct., 2018) Contact: TCM, Ernst Axelsen, CEO, Erik Haugan, Bus. Dev., www.tcmda.com/en; DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Technology Center Mongstad,  DNV GL,  Carbon Capture,  


ALDF Suing Feds to Act on Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Date: 2018-10-24
In Cotati, California, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) reports it has taken legal action to compel the U.S. government to act on climate change. The move follows a similar lawsuit filed by a group of young activists. That action was put on hold by a federal court on the grounds that the political process, not the courts, should address the issue of climate change. Details HERE.

The new plaintiffs contend they have a "fundamental right to be left alone free from human interference in the wilderness" and are asking a federal court to rule that the U.S. government is violating that right by contributing to a dangerous concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and thus created a dangerous atmosphere. The lawsuit specifically names the U.S. Department of Interior, the USDA, the EPA, Department of Defense and other agencies.

The new lawsuit is taking a new tack. While the first suit focuses on constitutional rights to life, liberty and property and protection of public trust resources, the new suit focuses on "the simple right to be let alone, the right long recognized and protected under banners like privacy and liberty," according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. (Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Oregonian, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Animal Legal Defense Fund, (707) 795-2533, https://aldf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Kid,  Climate Lawsuit,  Climate Change,  


SunCommon Announces Orange County Community Solar Array (Ind. Report)
SunCommon
Date: 2018-10-24
Waterbury, Vermont-based solar energy specialist SunCommon reports it has partnered with the Orange County Citizens Foundation to construct a small scale solar array to power more than 60 area homes and businesses in Spring Valley, New York.

The community solar array will incorporate approximately 1,000 panels that homeowners and businesses will be able to purchase with no up-front costs.

SunCommon offers solar financing at no up front cost and a low monthly payment promising that you will save thousands over the life of the system, compared to what you would have paid the utility for electricity. The array will be constructed on Citizens Foundation owned land.(Source: SunCommon, Warwick Advertiser, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: SunCommon, James Moore, (802) 882-8181, www.suncommon.com

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


New Small School Energy Efficiency Grants Available (Funding)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-10-24
New Hampshire Public Radio is reporting $100,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy School Energy and Efficiency Development (SEED) program for energy efficiency upgrades and improvements has been received by a small New Hampshire state school.

Funding from the program can be used for various energy efficiency projects including insulation, LED lighting, weatherization, and others.

According to Joe Doiron, Deputy Director & State Energy Program Administrator with the N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives in Concord, the SEED program is focused on small schools that have limited access to funds, with the hope that the winning project will be replicated. (Source: US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, NH Public Radio, 22 Oct., 2018)Contact: US DOE School Energy and Efficiency Development, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/k-12_guide.pdf; N.H. Office of Strategic Initiatives, 603-271-2155, https://www.nh.gov/osi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Energy Efficiency Saves SLO County $600,000 per year (Ind. Report)
San Luis Obispo County
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Golden State, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County officials report the county government's energy efficiency efforts have cut its energy costs by 15 pct for an annual savings of between $600,000 and $700,000 since 2010. The county currently spends about $4.5 million per year on electricity and natural gas.

To reach its energy cost cutting goals, the county partnered with PG&E and San Luis Obispo County's Energy Watch Partnership to use low-interest financing and utility rebates and incentives for a project that included: upgrading incandescent lighting to energy efficient LEDs; heating and cooling systems; energy control systems; and others. Future upgrades include: installation of solar panels; energy storage technologies that help reduce peak-demand energy needs; and upgrading thermostats. (Source: San Luis Obispo County, Tribune, Oct., 2018) Contact: San Luis Obispo County, Colt Esenwein, Public Works Director, (805) 781-5252, publicworks@co.slo.ca.us, www.slocounty.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


EPA Reports Dropping New Mexicoan Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
US EPA
Date: 2018-10-22
In New Mexico, the U.S. EPA is reporting methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the state's Permian and San Juan basins fell by 6 pct between 2016 and 2017. Total emissions dropped nearly 830,000 metric tons, according to the EPA's greenhouse gas reporting program. That lowered overall releases in both basins from a combined 13.78 metric tons in 2016 to 12.95 metric tons last year.

The Permian in southeastern New Mexico accounted for a drop of 728,000 metric tons, compared with a 100,000-metric-ton decline in the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico.

Onb the contrary, peer-reviewed report published in the Journal Science last June questioned the EPA's methodology and statistics , claiming emissions may actually be 60 pct higher than EPA estimates. (Source: US EPA, Albuquerque Journal, 19 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  US EPA,  Methane Emissions,  


Greenbyte to Monitor CGN EE Solar Farms (Int'l Report)
CGN Europe Energy,Greenbyte
Date: 2018-10-22
China-based CGN Europe Energy reports the selection of renewable energy management system Greenbyte Energy Cloud for their wind and solar PV farms. Greenbyte will be integrating more than 130 solar and wind farms in the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Senegal and Belgium totaling 900 MW of CGN EE's wind and solar assets in Europe and Africa amounting to a total of 900 MW.

Greenbyte's 'Breeze' system monitors, analyses, controls and maintains wind farms and can be used on desktop PCs, in control rooms and via mobile devices and can be remotely connected to Greenbyte's software via on-site SCADA systems. Currently, over 8 GW of renewable energy across five continents and over 20 countries are monitored with Greenbyte software. ( Source: CGN Europe Energy, PV Mag., 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Greenbyte, www.greenbyte.com; CGN Europe Energy, +33 (0)1 74 90 94 94, info.cgnee@cgnpc.com.cn, www.cgnee.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News CGN Europe Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Greenbyte,  


PwC Joins RE100 Commits to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
PwC
Date: 2018-10-22
International accountancy and consulting giant PriceWatershouse Coopers (PwC) reports its commitment to cut carbon emissions, source 100 pct renewable energy for its electricity consumption, and to offset all business air travel has been reinforced with membership in the Climate Group and CDP lead RE100 initiative. The commitment applies to 21 of PwC's largest firms accounting for 88 pct of revenues in 2018.

In addition to joining RE100, PwC has also committed to offsetting unavoidable emissions linked to air travel by investing in a range of voluntary carbon offsets. PwC network firms will select from a portfolio of offsetting projects to reflect their local priorities. Amongst the project portfolio are a biodiversity reserve in Borneo, a wind farm in Turkey, a cook stove project in China and a landfill gas project in New York state generating electricity for 18,000 homes and creating 420 acres of new wetlands. (Source: PWC, The Financial, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: PricewaterhouseCoopers, www.pwc.com; RE100, www.thre100.org; CDP, www.cdp.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  RE100,  PwC,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


Uk Pallet Manufacturer Expands Into Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Evergreen Pallets
Date: 2018-10-22
In the UK, Darlington-based Evergreen Pallets Solutions Ltd. reports receipt of £100,000 in loan funding from HSBC UK for the purchase of equipment to refine damaged pallets and other waste wood biomass into biofuel.

The company was established in 1996. (Source: Evergreen Pallets, Insider Media, 19 Oct 20180 Contact: Evergreen Pallets, Pual Tait, Dir., +44 1325 352806, www.evergreen-pallets.co.uk

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St. Joseph Considers PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
PACE Program
Date: 2018-10-22
In the Show Me State, the City of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,400 +- -- city council reports it is considering an ordinance to make St. Joseph a Clean Energy District. If passed, the ordinance would provide alternative funding options for businesses and homeowners wanting to make energy efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

The PACE program, which would not require additional funding from the city or a special tax from residents, would provide funding for solar paneling, energy efficient hot water heating, HVAC, LED energy efficient lighting and other similar upgrades. (Source: City of St. Joseph, KQ2, 19 Oct., 2018) ontact: City of St. Joseph, www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us

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


Pittsburgh Wins $2.5Mn in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
Date: 2018-10-22
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that Pittsburgh -- the Steel City -- is a winner in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge -- a $70 million initiative aimed at accelerating efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future.

Pittsburgh will use the money to create and implement a building energy benchmarking policy, develop a statewide clean energy financing program, scale renewable power through community solar programs, encourage a shift in transportation energy use operation, and reduce over-all energy consumption by 50 pct.

About 100 of America's largest cities applied to the challenge, submitting bold plans to cut carbon emissions, Bloomberg said. All aimed to reduce air pollution and citywide emissions with specific projects to reform transit and buildings sectors -- two areas traditionally responsible for 80 pct of all citywide emissions. Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle were also Challenge winners. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies, TRIB Live, 21 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmark,  Climate Change,  


Enertiva Installing 1.1-MW Costa Rican Rooftop PV Array (Int'l)
Enertiva
Date: 2018-10-22
Central American alternative energy specialist Enertiva reports construction is underway on a 3,300 panel, 1.1-MW PV array that is being installed on the rooftop of a recreational and commercial complex in Costa Rica. When fully operational, the facility will reportedly be one of the regiuon's largest solar installations. The facility will also host wind turbines as well as solar trees. (Source: Enertiva, Renewables Now, 19 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enertiva, +502 2277-3000, info@enertiva.com, www.enertiva.com

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EBRD Funding 28-MW Kazakhstan Solar Project (Int'l. Report)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2018-10-22
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it will provide a $35-million loan for a 28-MW solar power plant in southern Kazakhstan. The project is being developed by Nomad Solar LLP, a joint special purpose company owned by French renewables developer Total Eren SA and UAE-based Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

The project is the bank's sixth under the EBRD Kazakhstan Renewables Framework. When fully operational, the facility is expected to cut 47,800 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. (Source: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Various Media, Renewables, 19 Oct., 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

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USAF, El Paso Electric Launch Holloman Solar Facility (Ind. Report)
El Paso Electric
Date: 2018-10-22
In New Mexico, the USAF Holloman Air Force Base and El Paso Electric (EPE) are reporting the startup of commercial operation of the Holloman Atlas Solar Array at the Hollomazn base.

The 42-acre solar facility incorporates almost 56,000 thin-film modules that will generate sufficient electricity to power more than 1,700 homes and prevent over 9,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The engineering firm Exyte Energy, Inc. completed Holloman Atlas Solar Array. (Source: El Paso Electric, Holloman AFB, PR, 19 Oct., 2018) Contact: Exyte Energy Inc., Jim Brown, Pres., www.exyte.net; El Paso Electric Company, Mary Kipp, Pres. and CEO, George De La Torre, (915) 543-5823, External and Public Affairs, www.epelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News El Paso Electric ,  Solar,  


Potentia to Construct SaskPower Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Potentia Renewables Inc.
Date: 2018-10-22
On the Canadian prairies, the Regina-headquartered government-owned utility SaskPower reports the selection of Toronto-based Potentia Renewables Inc. for the construction of a 200 MW wind farm just south of Assiniboia, Sask. When fully operational, the 60 wind turbine project will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 90,000 homes.

The Potentia Golden South Wind Energy Facility, which is slated for commissioning and startup in 2021, will increase the province's wind power capacity to 600 MW. (Source: SaskPower, Global News, Oct., 2018) Contact: Potentia Renewables Inc., Jeff Jenner, CEO, (416) 703-1911, www.potentiarenewables.com; Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

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Indian State Mandates Building Energy Conservation (Int'l)
Energy Conservation
Date: 2018-10-22
In India, the Andhra Pradesh state government reports it has made compliance with the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) mandatory from October 22 and, to that end, has incorporated a clause in the process of giving permissions through the Development Permission Management System of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning.

The ECBC, which aims to ensure energy savings in the buildings applies to all commercial buildings or complexes with plot areas exceeding 1,000 square metres and built-up area of more than 2,000 square metres. Buildings such as multiplexes, hospitals and hotels have to comply with the ECBC, irrespective of their built-up area. The government is also contemplating making the ECBC compulsory for residential buildings The Andhra Pradesh Bureau of Energy Efficiency has offered technical and financial support to the State Energy Conservation Mission for achieving the goal. (Source: Andhra Pradesh Bureau of Energy Efficiency, The Hindu, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Andhra Pradesh, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, www.nedcap.gov.in

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Emissions, Energy Cutting Service Launched in Singapore (Int'l)
KBC Global
Date: 2018-10-22
In Singapore, energy software and services provider KBC Global is reporting the launch of a subscription-based service that in effect acts as a "second pair of expert eyes" on a subscribing firm's facilities and energy efficiency and consumption. The resulting information is upload on KBC's secured cloud platform. The service provider will be able to monitor the plant and thereafter analyse plant performance, identify possible improvement opportunities and formulate a plan that will optimize energy efficiency , cut costs and in turn reduce carbon emissions.

The subscription fee is paid for from a portion of the energy savings that are achieved. The KBC service follows on the heels of Singapore's Energy Conservation Act mandating large industrial emitters to report greenhouse gas emissions from 2021. The KBC measures will help Singapore achieve its pledge under the Paris Agreement on climate change to reduce emissions intensity by 36 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. The industrial sector currently accounts for about 60 pct of Singapore's GHG emissions, according to the National Environmental Agency. (Source: KBC Global, CAN, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: KBC Global, +65 6735 5488, www.kbc.global

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METRON Raises €8 Mn for R&D Consolidation (Int'l)
METRON
Date: 2018-10-22
Paris-headquartered French energy intelligence platform specialist METRON is reporting completion of a new €8 million fundraising with commitments from BNP Paribas, Financiere Fonds Prives, and existing shareholder, Breed Reply. The funds will be earmarked for international growth and further development of the company's AI-based energy optimization solutions.

METRON offers an energy intelligence platform that collects, aggregates and analyses in real time all types of data generated by industrial systems, while interfacing directly with external data such as those from energy markets or weather forecasts. The artificial intelligence engine developed by METRON allows manufacturers to effectively reduce their energy consumption and improve their environmental footprint.

The METRON-EVA® (Energy Virtual Assistant) platform provides real-time mapping of all energy flows and visual management of energy performance indicators. Through machine learning algorithms and dedicated knowledge bases, it allow s companies to identify in industrial processes, non-intuitive optimization levers and to support their implementation to generate the expected gains. By interfacing directly with energy markets or decentralized energy assets such as renewable energies, factory operations can be optimized in real time according to production and market context.

Founded in 2013, METRON is active in ten countries and has operational centres in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. (Source: Metron, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Metron, Vincent Sciandra, CEO , +33 (0)1 40 28 65 65, info@metronlab.com, www.metronlab.com

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Global Biopellets Market Analysis and Forecast 2018-2025 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Biomass Pellet
Date: 2018-10-22
UpMarketResearch's just released 102-page Global Biopellets Market Analysis and Forecast 2018-2025 research report delivers key insights and market analysis of upcoming as well as future opportunities, revenue growth, pricing and profitability in the biopellet industry.

The report delivers a holistic overview of the market situations in the forecast period and focuses on primary and secondary drivers, market share, leading segments and geographical analysis. Key players, major collaborations, merger & acquisitions along with trending innovation and business policies are also reviewed.

The scope of the report extends from market scenarios to comparative pricing between major players, cost and profit of the specified market regions. The numerical data is backed up by statistical tools such as SWOT analysis, BCG matrix, SCOT analysis, PESTLE analysis and so on. The statistics are represented in graphical format for a clear understanding on facts and figures.

A free PDF sample copy of this report is available HERE. (Source: UpMarket Research, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: UpMarketResearch, Alex Mathews Alex@upmarketresearch.com; www.upmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biopellet,  


Cuban Biomass Power Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-10-22
In Havana, Prensa Latin is reporting Havana Energy Biopower S.A. is constructing a biomass powered electric power plant in the agroindustrial complex Ciro Redondo sugar factory of Ciego de Avila province.

The plant is expected to be commissioned in mid-2019 and will generate 60 MW of electricity per day from 1500 tpd of marabou and other invasive plant biomass.

Biopower is a mixed-capital Cuban company, of which HE owns 49 pct with 51 pct held by the Cuban company ZERUS S.A. Biopower plans to construct 5 bioelectrical plants that will generate about 300 MW of power from sugar cane bagasse in the harvest season and marabou chips outside this season. (Source: Biopower S.A., Prensa Latina, 21 Oct., 2018) Contact: Havana Energy, +537 204 7748, Biopower S.A., www.he-limited.com/biopower-sa

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BHP Billiton Calls for a Price on Carbon (Int'l)
BHP
Date: 2018-10-22
In the Land Down Under, mining juggernaut BHP Billiton Head of Sustainability & Climate Change, Dr. Fiona Wild, says Australia lacks "long term and effective climate policy" and wants a price on carbon to be part of the mix.

"We've always been really clear that we support a carbon price -- obviously there's different ways a carbon price can be designed but from our perspective a carbon price is a really important part of a long term and effective response to climate change. I think in the Australian context what we'd really like to see is a really well integrated climate and energy policy which looks at affordability, reliability and emissions reductions, and that's what we're aiming for. At the moment we don't have a long term and effective climate and energy policy," Dr Wild says.

Dr. Wilds added, "We accept the IPCC's assessment of climate change science that warming of the climate is unequivocal, the human influence is clear and physical impacts are unavoidable. We believe that the world must pursue the twin objectives of limiting climate change in line with current international agreements while providing access to affordable energy."

Dr Wild also noted that "under all current plausible scenarios, fossil fuels will continue to be a significant part of the energy mix for decades." (Source: BHP, AFR, Financial Review, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiona Wild,  BHP,  Carbon Tax,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Norwegian Aventus Air Tech Aims to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Norwegian Air
Date: 2018-10-22
Norway's budget air carrier Norwegian Air is touting its new Aventus Air weather service technology to help cut fuel consumption and thus lower carbon emissions.

The Aventus Air system provides Norwegian Air pilots with accurate wind and temperature information in accordance with their flight plan. The data is transferred to the aircraft's systems to help pilots optimize the flight path for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The company estimates the system could reduce CO2 emissions across the company by as much as 16,000 tpy.

The airline noted the recent completion of a pilot project in collaboration with Swedish developer AVTECH Sweden AB to test the technology. The project was partially funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. (Source: Norwegian Air, BG, 22 Oct., 2018)

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AU, UA Partner on Bio-based Fuel Additive Project (R&D Report)
Auburn Universit
Date: 2018-10-22
Researchers at Auburn University (AU) and the University of Alabama (UA) are working on a bio-based additive to make diesel fuel burn cleaner as part of a $2 million U.S. DOE funded project. The Auburn project is part of about $10 million in funding from the DOE for the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

The AU project focuses on a process to efficiently produce a bio-based fuel additive called "butyl acetate" -- a naturally occurring organic compound in various fruit but that can also be produced in a lab. The traditional petrochemical-based production is energy consuming and not environmentally friendly, according to Yi Wang, principal investigator for the project and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in Auburn's College of Agriculture.

Auburn researchers have developed a process using a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Clostridium that has resulted the highest butyl acetate production ever reported in a microbial host. A patent has been filed from this work.

The additive can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Blends with different amounts of butyl acetate will be studied by the engineering researchers at UA.(Source: Auburn University, Tuscaloosa News, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: Auburn University, Prof. Ajay K. Agrawal, Mechanical Engineering, www.eng.ua.edu/people/aagrawal

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Amazonian Forest Fire CO2 Emissions Higher Than Feared, says Report (Int'l)
Lancaster University
Date: 2018-10-19
According to newly released Lancaster University research published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the aftermath of 2015 and 2016 forest fires in the Amazon resulted in CO2 emissions three to four times greater than comparable estimates from existing global fire emissions databases.

Researchers say uncontrolled wildfires in the understorey -- ground level -- of humid tropical forests during extreme droughts are a large and poorly quantified source of CO2 emissions. The study Quantifying Immediate Carbon Emissions from El Nino-Mediated Wildfires in Humid Tropical Forests, looked at a 6.5 million hectare region, of which almost 1 million hectares of primary and secondary forests burned during the 2015-2016 El Nino. Although the area analyzed covers less than 0.2 pct of Brazilian Amazonia, these wildfires resulted in expected immediate CO2 emissions of over 30 million tonnes, three to four times greater than comparable estimates from global fire emissions databases.

Dr Erika Berenguer of Oxford and Lancaster University, and colleagues found that following the fires, the surviving trees grew significantly more than those located in unburned forests. On average trees in burned areas of forest grew 249 pct more than trees in forests hit by drought but not fire. Although the growth rate is good news, this large increase in growth appears to be a relatively short-term response, according to the researchers. Professor Jos Barlow of Lancaster University said: "Only a few trees can survive these wildfires, as Amazonian forests did not co-evolve with this threat. So even though surviving trees grow faster in burned forests, this does not compensate the large carbon loss that results from tree mortality." Meanwhile, Camila V. J. Silva of Lancaster University led research including 31 other burned plots across the Brazilian Amazon, which showed that even 30 years after a fire, seemingly 'recovered' forests still hold 25% less carbon than nearby undisturbed primary forests. (Source: Lancaster University, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Lancaster University, Kieran Withey, Lead Author, Beth Broomby, +44 01-524-593-719, b.broomby@lancaster.ac.uk, www.lancs.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


Targray Touts Fargo Biodiesel Terminal Opening (Ind. Report)
Targray
Date: 2018-10-19
Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, reports the opening of its North Dakota Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. The new terminal will provide area fuel retailers, distributors and fleet managers with greater access to biodiesel which produces 80 pct fewer CO2 emissions than petroleum diesel.

Targray is a BQ-9000® certified marketer and distributor of high-quality B99.9 biodiesel and one of the country's largest and fastest-growing biodiesel suppliers with more than 40 tank locations throughout California and the Midwest. (Source: Targray, PR, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Targray, Dan Murray, VP, 514-695-8095, www.targray.com

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American Green Fuels/Kolmar Expands Production (Ind. Report)
American Green Fuels, American Green Leaf
Date: 2018-10-19
In New Haven, Conn., waste restaurant cooking oil-to- biodiesel producer American Green Fuels/Kolmar, fka American Green Leaf, reports it has increased biodiesel production over the past year from 20 million gpy to 36 million gpy with the aid of a $20 million infusion of private investment for upgrades and new equipment.

When it opened in 2013, American Green Leaf received start-up support from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The operation was acquired in 2015 by Bridgeport-based Kolmar, a commodities trading firm and an original American Green Leaf partner. (Source: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, New Haven Independent, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, Kevin Luddy, CFO, Mikulas Gasparik, VP Operations, (203) 873-2149, www.americangreenfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Green Fuels,  Biodiesel,  American Green Leaf,  


Calif. Cap-and-Trade Cash Supports rPlanet Recycling (Ind. Report)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-10-19
In Sacramento, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is reporting approval of a $2 million California Climate Investment loan to El Segundo-based rPlanet Los Angeles LLC. The loan is in support of a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in Vernon, California. The financing from the CalRecycle Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program will enable rPlanet to transform 1,000 tpy of plastic scrap into packaging and reduce 1,500 metric tpy equivalent worth of of CO2 emissions.

CalRecycle's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program designed to put billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environment. The loan program provides direct, low-interest loans to expand capacity or establish new facilities in California that use recycled materials in their manufacturing processes. (Source: CalRecycle, Recycling Today, Oct., 2018) Contact: CalRecycle, Scott Smithline, Director, www.calrecycle.ca.gov; rPlanet, info@rplanetearth.com, www.rplanetearth.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  GHG,  California Cap-and-Trade,  


Kentucky Power Seeks Eastern Kentucky Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Kentucky Power,AEP
Date: 2018-10-19
In the Bluegrass State, the Ashland headquartered utility Kentucky Power, an operating company of Columbus, Ohio's American Electric Power (AEP), reports it is seeking to add up to 20 MW of solar energy to meet growing customer interest in solar options and to diversify its electric generation mix.

To that end, the utility is seeking bids for solar resources to be purchased. Qualifying projects must be located within Kentucky Power's service territory and be operational by Dec. 31, 2021.

Currently, Kentucky Power generates about 81 pct of 2,240 megawatts of electricity from coal and about 19 pct with natural gas. (Source: Kentucky Power, Sacramento Bee, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Kentucky Power, www.kentuckypower.com; AEP, Nicholas K. Akins, Pres., (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com

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