CCC and RHF put together a package of carbon credits for borrowers equal to the estimated amount of carbon emitted by a similarly sized house over the course of one year, and subsequently, the life of the loan. Calculations are based on square footage and state energy data. The Carbon Neutral Mortgage is currently available in New Jersey, and is expected to expand to more states later this year.
When borrowers close a Carbon Neutral Mortgage, they receive acknowledgement, personalized certification and have a specified number of carbon offsets removed from circulation in the global carbon markets and “retired” in their name — meaning that they, and only they, can ever get credit for reducing those emissions.
The carbon credits included in each package are vetted by Gold Standard, Voluntary Carbon Standard and the Clean Development Mechanism.
Each RHF Carbon Neutral Mortgage amounts to an estimated 100 - 350 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Through the new partnership, CCC and RHF expect to deliver tens of thousands of tons of CO2 emission reductions every year.
(Source: Carbon Credit Capital, Sustainable Brands, 13 Feb., 2018)Contact: Carbon Credit Capital, (212) 925-5697, email@example.com, www.carboncreditcapital.com; Residential Home Funding Corp. of America, (888) 763-3500, www.rhfunding.com
The EP also approved two funds to help foster innovation and spur the transition to a low-carbon economy. A modernization fund will help to upgrade energy systems in lower-income EU member states. MEPs tightened up the financing rules so that the fund is not used for coal-fired projects, except for district heating in the poorest member states. An innovation fund will provide financial support for renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and low-carbon innovation projects.
The law also aims to prevent "carbon leakage" , i.e. the risk that companies might relocate their production outside Europe due to emission reduction policies. The sectors at the highest risk will receive their EU ETS allowances for free. Less exposed sectors will receive 30 pct for free.
(Source: European Parliament, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, firstname.lastname@example.org, eurooparl.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament, Carbon Emissions, EU ETS,
The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forest and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) is a mitigation mechanism to combat climate change. The international programme operates under the principles of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and enhancing carbon sequestration through improved forest protection and management.
The REDD+ Readiness programme was established in Bhutan in 2010. In 2013, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank approved the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and the project was implemented from 2015 with $3.8 million in World Bank grant funding.
In the three years, the project completed the National Forest Inventory, established heritage forests, land use and land cover mapping 2016, revised forest and nature conservation rules and regulations of 2017, build capacity for forest management, and institutionalized national forest monitoring system and forest reference emission level including the forest resource information management system. (Source: Kuensel, World Bank, 12 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD+, World Bank, Reforestation, Deforestation, Climate Change,
The new homes will be built to an average 7 star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) rating. A higher rating means less energy goes to heating, cooling and powering appliances. The Australian government requires all new homes to have at least a 6 star NatHERS rating. However, a 7 star rating should translate into a 25 per cent cut in energy use compared with the average home.
According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian households are responsible for about 20 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. The average household generates more tham 7 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Energy Matters, 9 Feb., 2018) Contact: CEFC, email@example.com, www.cefc.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Energy Efficiency ,
AT&T is also signing on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles which represent large customers' renewable energy needs and helps them stream-line solutions for buying cost-effective renewable energy. The group is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is made up of large energy buyers working to spur progress on renewable energy and fulfill their increased demand for it. AT&T is also a member of the Business Renewables Center, an initiative that, along with the Buyers’ Principles, forms part of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.
Since 2010, AT&T has implemented over 65,000 energy efficiency projects resulting in annualized savings of $427 million. (Source: AT&T, PR, Telecompetitor, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, Mike O'Sullivan, Snr. VP Development, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com;
Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, www.buyersprinciples.org; Business Renewables Center, www.businessrenewables.org
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The first component of the project focuses on the dissemination of knowledge to increase communities understanding of the linkages between climate change and their current land use practices. The second component focuses on the provision of demand driven sub-grants to communities and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) to put into practice knowledge acquired by the beneficiaries for climate change mitigations.
The WB and its partners are implementing similar community projects in Mexico, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Brazil, Laos and Congo. (Source: GNA, World Bank, 9 Feb., 2018)
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The BPI program was launched by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Navy (Navy) in 2013 to provide incentive funds to companies refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to the Navy under the then "Great Green Fleet" initiative.
As we reported on Dec. 21, 2016, In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus launched the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" of ships. In its 2012 demonstration, the Green Fleet used biofuels that cost $27 per gallon, compared to about $3.50 per gallon for conventional fuels. The Navy eventually scaled back its ambitions and the Green Fleet's 2016 Mediterranean voyage used a blend that was 95 pct conventional fuel to 5 pct biofuels at a cost of $14.60 per gallon compared to the $1.60 per gallon price of conventional fuels. (Source: Federal Record, 1 Feb., Nat. Law Review, Various Media, Bergeson & Campbell, Feb. 2018) Contact: USDA,
Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive Program, www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/energy-programs/farm-to-fleet/index
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"We are pleased that Congress recognized the importance of biomass-based diesel and its place in the value chain and passed a retroactive extension of the biodiesel mixture excise tax credit for 2017. This credit will allow needed infrastructure investments to grow the production and distribution of these valuable renewable products. However, we are disappointed that despite strong bi-partisan support, Congress did not complete the job and continue the biodiesel tax credit into the future. Though frustrated with the partial outcome, we would like to thank all of our supporters and champions; a large group of members worked tirelessly on our behalf and we appreciate their efforts. Specifically, we would like to thank Sen. Grassley, Sen. Cantwell and their allies for their unwavering support for our industry.
"We are pleased our supporters in Congress continue to recognize the value the biodiesel tax credit brings, like lower RIN costs, continued economic development, jobs, support of our nation’s farmers and a cleaner environment. We will continue to work alongside our elected officials and the administration on a long-term extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Doing so is not only smart energy policy, it's smart tax policy." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.,PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, Scott Hedderich
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (515) 710-6248, Scott.firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
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Connecticut is a RGGI member state along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. New Jersey, a former RGGI member state is rejoing and Virginia is seeking entry.
(Source; CT News Jumkie, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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According to Meridian, the US corn ethanol industry produces about 50 million tpy of distillers dried grains(DDGs) which Genarex's technology converts into a polymerized material branded as Bylox. This material is claimed to have a high value as a functional filler in numerous plastic formulations.
Attis Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., recovers lignin from the byproduct stream of biomass processing industries, such as pulp and paper and cellulosic ethanol. The recovered lignin is said to be unique in that it is a melt flowing biomaterial that is low cost and acts as a polymerized biofiller in applications such as plastics, adhesives and transportation fuels.
.(Source: Meridian, WMW, 10 Feb., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, www.amsnt.comwww.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com; Genarex LLC, (470) 253-1616, email@example.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/genarex-inc, www.generex.com
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USC researchers used a catalyst called H-SAPO-34 derived from a class of nanoporous crystals (zeolites) to convert methane directly to ethylene and propylene, or olefin. The USC method replaced traditionally difficult, expensive and inefficient processes that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The majority of ethylene and propylene is produced from petroleum oil and shale liquid cracking, which consumes enormous amounts of energy. Contact time is the key for this effective and simple catalyst to produce usable fuel from methane.
While similar in structure and name, methane is not directly interchangeable with methanol, although most methanol is synthetically produced from methane. The USC scientists have reduced the steps necessary to efficiently convert methane to olefins.
The research was made possible with the support of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: University of Southern California News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute (213) 740-5962, loker.usc.edu
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As part of the coalition, and under a 2015 agreement with the province of Ontario, University of Toronto has also joined UC3 and has set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 37 pct from 1990 levels by the year 2030. Despite a 26 pct growth in floor space and an 18 pct enrollment increase, U of T lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions by 32 pct from 2008 to 2016. The university is also developing programming to engage the Toronto area community in sustainability.
In launching UC3, an initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. All UC3 members have pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral.
Specific to Ohio State's carbon footprint is a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and another to reduce total campus building energy consumption by 25 pct by 2025. Since 2015, Ohio State cut its emissions by 4.8 pct.
Immediate goals for each UC3 member includes convening a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and other local stakeholders. UC3 will operate in close partnership with Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to taking action on climate.
In 2016, the UC3 coalition together performed about one-quarter of the environmental science research conducted by all U.S. institutions, according to data collected by the National Science Foundation. From 2012 to 2017, researchers at UC3 member institutions were responsible for 48,518 publications on climate science-related topics, including environmental science, agricultural and biological sciences, energy, engineering, earth and planetary sciences, and more.
(Source: The Ohio State University, University of Toronto, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Ohio State University, osu.edu/initiatives/sustainability; Second Nature, http://secondnature.org/UC3; UC3 Climate Leadership Network, http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-network-map; University of Toronto, University Climate Change Coalition, Prof. John Robinson, (416) 946-8939, https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/profs/john-robinson
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The city expects to meet its goal through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and optimal business practices, the possible enrollment in the DTE's MIGreenPower program or building extensive solar infrastructure in Ann Arbor. The 100 pct renewable goal covers Scope 1 emissions (directly produced by city facilities and city vehicles) and Scope 2 emissions (electricity, steam, and heating and cooling that is purchased for city government use). Scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions from commuting or travel, goods, or waste) is not included. Direct purchase of carbon offset certificates is reported to be unlikely.
In addition to this resolution, the city passed a resolution last August supporting a federal Carbon Fee and Dividend plan, such as the one proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby. (Source: Citizens Climate Lobby, WEMW 7 Feb. 2018) Contact: Citizens Climate Lobby, https://citizensclimatelobby.org; City of Ann Arbor, City Council, (734) 794-6161, www.a2gov.org; DTE MIGreenPower Program, http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-tou-MISCON_Presentation-MIGreenPower-Londo_602575_7.pdf
Houston is classified as a Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) market under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.(Source: GEVO, Various Media, 8 February, 2018) Contact: Musket Corp.,
JP Fjeld-Hansen, VP, www.musketcorp.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
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The Cyclone Thermal Medium (CTM), also a proprietary technology, is a benign storage agent that does not solidify and can retain high temperatures. It will flow thru the Cyclone trough system and gather heat from the sun and move it to the Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit. The TSU can also be used to store energy from bio-mass and other heat sources to be used to heat water, heat homes, or produce electricity or a combination of all three.
(Source: Cyclone Power Technologies, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Cyclone Power Technologies,
(954) 943-8721, www.cyclonepower.com
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Of the project's total capacity, 229MW will be purchased by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Another 114MW comes under a PPA between the consortium that owns the project and the company Tuto Energy Trading. The power from this capacity will be sent to the installations of a major Mexican industrial group. Energy produced by the remaining 61MW will be sold on the wholesale electricity market.
The facility will incorporate 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels mounted on horizontal tracker systems and will generate approximately 963GWh of power -- sufficient to cover the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican homes.
Acciona Energia will carry out the turnkey construction of the Mexico plant as the EPC provider. It will also has a 2-year operation and maintenance (O&M) contract. (Source: Acciona, 7 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Tuto Energy, 52-55-55401540, www.biofields.com; Contact: Acciona Energia, Acciona Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com
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The energy efficiency-related grants are the result of a successful pilot program called Grants to Green, a three-year effort of the Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, and Efficiency Maine.
(Source: Maine Community Foundation, Lincoln News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maine Community Foundation, Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Snr. Program Manager, email@example.com, www.mainecf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Grants,
From 2004 to 2015, waste generation in Vietnam increased by about 78.2 pct from 15.6 million tpy to about 27.8 million tpy. To date, only one plant, supported by technical assistance funds and grants, has been built with a capacity to treat 75 tpd of industrial waste and a power generation capacity of 1.93 MW.
(Source: Asian Dev. Bank, OpenGov, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org
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"As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.
"So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like?
Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include:
new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation."
(Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres., www.xtoenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News XTO Energy, Methane, GHG, ExxonMobil,
In 2017, UPM began evaluating the potential of building a smaller biorefinery in Germany to convert woody biomass into materials that can be used in textiles, bottles, composites and plastics. (Source: UPM, Various Media, Reuters, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM, Biofuel, UPM Biofuel, Woody Biomass,
As previously reported, Enerkem's first commercial plant in Edmonton began producing ethanol in September, 2017
The new investment funds will support construction of a second facility in Varennes, Quebec. Construction is slated to get underway this Spring for completion in 18 to 24 months.
Enerkem is also developing a project in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Enerkem's process turns solid waste into methanol.(Source: Enerkem, Montreal Gazette, 6 Feb., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem, Waste-to-Fuel, Methanol, Ethanol,
Each of the facilities six digesters will have a volume of 5,250 cubic metres. As well as two walking floors, four biogas Kreis-Dissolver units are used to process the input materials, including maize, silage, turkey manure and dairy slurry.
Once commissioning at the facility has been completed, the biogas produced will be compressed to bio CNG and sold locally from the plant premises in China.
(Source: EnviTec Biogas, China Daily, February, 2018)Contact: EnviTec Biogas AG, +49 (0) 44 42 / 8016 - 8100, email@example.com, www.envitec-biogas.com
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"We need to get some accountability in the RIN market. There is a lot of speculation that goes on with respect to RINs, there are enforcement issues, fraud that occurs ... there is a lot to be done to get accountability and reform in the RIN market.
"Whether or not the EPA can take action to allow sales of E15 year-round. In the past, the EPA has said they could not issue a Reid Vapor Pressure, or the tool used to measure the evaporative emissions of fuel, for E15 for the summer months. Meaning, the fuel couldn't be sold during that time." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt commenting on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) associated costs and their impact on
a recent Philadelphia refinery bankruptcy.
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The DEC also says Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in the state have decreased by 8 pct since 1990, and that Alaska is 40th out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for total greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2014, Alaskans contributed roughly 35 million metric tons of carbon and carbon equivalent. Thirty-nine states had higher overall greenhouse gas emissions, with Texas being the highest at almost 650 million metric tons and D.C. the lowest with just a few metric tons.
Each of the states which came in higher in per-capita emissions has a population below 2 million and comparably large amounts of industry. Industry -- 54 pct -- percent) and transportation -- 35 pct -- are Alaska's largest greenhouse gas emitters by sector.
(Source: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Juneau (Alaska) Empire, AP, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, (907) 465-5066, http://dec.alaska.gov
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Toyo Engineering Corporation will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. Pacifico Energy previously construction and is operating two solar power plants in Okayama and one solar power plant in Osaki City, Miyagi.
(Source: Pacifico Energy, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pacifico Energy, 03-4540-7830(Main), firstname.lastname@example.org;
http://www.pacificoenergy.jp/en/; Chubu Electric, www.chuden.co.jp/english
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Canada is contributing $122 million to be used by WB IFC to "catalyze" private sector investment in renewable energy by offering concessional financing mixed with WD IFC's own account resources to mitigate a variety of risks that can deter private investment in renewable energy.
The Canadian contribution is inline with its commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative. (Source: World Bank IFC, Various Media, PV Tech, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org
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The project aims to provide an overview of forest projects that can offset CO2 GHG emissions and the mechanisms for participation in forest conservation, reforestation, improved forest management and other related programs.
The OFFSET Workshop will provide an overview and outline of specific carbon offset programs, voluntary and compliance carbon markets -- California cap-and-trade -- and the rules, regulations and guidelines for participation. Presenters will also outline different types of forest offset projects, describe the stages in the lifetime of a project, accepted carbon registries, carbon stock assessments, verification and current trends in the program.
California's forest carbon offset program, baseline assessments of carbon stocks and an accounting methodology for forest offset activities that could occur in North Carolina, will also be covered.
(Source: Appalachian Today, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Appalachian State University,
The governor did, however, agree on four fossil and clean fuel recommendations, including supporting advanced wood heat, boosting weatherization efforts, growing the climate economy, and electrifying the transportation system.
(Source: Various Media, WCAX3, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, (802) 828-3333, (802) 828-3339 - fac., governor.vermont.gov
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In total, the companies disclosing their data to CDP have been able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 434 million tonnes over the last year, which is more than France's annual global greenhouse gas emissions.
The CDP A List focuses on investors, companies and cities taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts, and has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. The CDP's network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP data and insights to make better-informed decisions.
(Source: CDP, Nestle, Consumer Healthcare News, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Nestle, www.nestle.com; CDP,www.cdp.net
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According to a university release, currently biomass is converted into a biocrude oil with a two-step energy-intensive chemical and thermal process. The second stage is refining, where hydrogen is added under high pressure and heat, serving to remove contaminants such as sulphur, nitrogen and oxygen. The University of Calgary have process "simultaneously produces and upgrades bio-oil in one step and without the need for high pressures." The process uses methane instead of hydrogen for the purification process. The uses methane directly in the crude stage, then removes the hydrogen from the methane during the purification process, as hydrogen is still required for removing impurities in the crude oil.
Key to the breakthrough is a catalyst the researchers developed at Canadian Light Source, which reacted with the methane causing it to release hydrogen. The researchers then coated the catalyst, dubbed HZSM-5, with different materials to improve its ability to react with methane.
Initial tests with the new catalyst have apparently shown it is more efficient and lower cost method of producing biofuels from waste, which also leads to better quality, more stable biofuel with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The research has been published in the journal Fuel. (Source: Canadian Light Source, FUEL, Biofuels Int'l, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canadian Light Source, Director, Dr. Dean Chapman, (306) 657-3535, Dean.Chapman@lightsource.ca, www.lightsource.ca; University of Calgary, Assoc. Prof. Hua Song, (403) 220-3792, (403) 284-4852- fac., email@example.com, www.ucalgary.ca
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The increased production is in line with the Russian government's goal to
commission 1.7 GW of PV by 2024.
Hevel's current pipeline exceeds 400 MW including 174 MW already commissioned by the end of 2017.
(Source: Hevel Group, Various Media, 29 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Hevel Group, www.hevelsolar.com/en
Renova Group, +41 (43) 210 95 95, www.renova.ru
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As previously reported, PES' plan to exit it Chapter 11 bankruptcy is dependent upon its shedding existing biofuel "point-of-obligation" biofuel blending costs under the US DOE Renewable Fuels Standard.
The company claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters. (Source: PES, Reuters, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Point-of-Obligation, RINs, Ethanol, Ethanol BlendPhiladelphia Energy Solutions, RFS, Point of Obligation, EPA,
MidAmerican Energy has come out in favor of the proposed rollbacks which, it claims, would save the average consumers about $67 annually.(Source: Various Media, KCCI, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
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Over the years, Craven County has modified the 25-year old, 50-MW biomass power plant to use increasing amounts of poultry waste and is presently upgrading the plant use the animal waste for up to 30 pct of its power.
The credits, which are used to satisfy the state's renewable energy requirements, will go to both Duke Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas. (Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Biz, Feb., 2018) Contact: Craven County Wood Energy,
Bob VanEllis,GM, (252) 633-9525, www.altagas.ca/our-infrastructure/operations/craven-county-wood-energy; Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.duke-energy.com
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To that end, the parties have dropped the previous government's target of cutting CO2 emissions by 40 pct by 2020 from 1990 levels, and adopted a legally binding 2030 goal to cut emissions by 55 pct via savings in transport, agriculture, energy and buildings supported by tax incentives or subsidies, according to Reuters.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, German Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The OGIC's billion-dollar investment arm -- OGCI Climate Investments -- supports the development, deployment and scale-up of low emissions technology. Taken together, oil and gas production by OGCI member companies represents more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production.
Petrobras, headquartered in Brazil, is a publicly-held company active in exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical-gas and biofuel segments. It has a presence in 19 countries and employees around 70,000 people.
(Source: Petrobras, MarEx, Others, 28 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO, email@example.com, www.petrobras.com;
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com
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According to Geneva-headquartered RSB, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) of 27 airlines endorses AltAir's fuels. SAFUG members have pledged to achieve RSB or equivalent certification. The Natural Resources Defense Council has also issued a recent report encouraging airlines to purchase certified-sustainable biofuels and recommended the RSB framework.
Since January 2016, AltAir has been the only refiner to continually produce biojet for commercial use. (Source: AltAir, Biodiesel, Others, 30 Jan., 2018
Contact: AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, www.altairfuels.com; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials,
Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., +41 22 534 90 50, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.rsb.org
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The nine RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The program has been credited with raising close to $3 billion for member state clean-energy and energy efficiency programs over the past decade, as well as with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: New Jersey Clean Energy, RGGI, EDF, Observer, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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The initiative is part of a roadmap being deliberated by the SCA to ensure sustainable financial markets complying with world standards and to help the country meet its carbon reductions obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. (Source: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority, Emirates News Agency, Trade Arabia, Others, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: UAE Securities and Commodities Authority , www.sca.gov.ae/English
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol,
Mercuria purchased the 102 M Mgy. plant from a subsidiary of Noble Group Ltd. in December, 2017, for $18.1 million.
The plant currently operates at a capacity of approximately 65 MMgy. The company plans to spend up to $30 million to improve efficiency and reliability and to expand production capacity to approximately 100 MMgy, according to a release. (Source: Mercuria, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office, www.thisisnoble.com; Mercuria Investments, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mercuria.jp/english
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CTC, SwRI and UDRI will perform work at their respective facilities in Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio through January 2025.
The Air Force Research Laboratory received four offers for the contract through a competitive acquisition process and will obligate $3.2 million in fiscal 2017 research and development funds at the time of award. (Source: Concurrent Technologies, GovCon Wire, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Concurrent Technologies Corp., (800) 282-4392, www.ctc.com; University of Dayton Research Institute, www.udri.udayton.edu; SwRI, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org
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CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts.
(Source: CDP, CN, Railway Age, 30 Jan., 2018)
Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086, email@example.com, www.cdp.net; Canadian National Rail, (514) 399-4821, www.cn.ca
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Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.
Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
, SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER, www.mass.gov/org; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631, https://ampion.io
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Northern Territory's state-owned power company Territory Generation announced the call for the Darwin - Katherine Alternative Energy Storage System Project earlier in January. It will be accepting proposals for different configurations with at least 30 minutes of storage in the third quarter of 2018.
The respondents include
Tesla Inc., Alstom Grid Australia, Infigen Energy, Mitsui & Co Australia, Carnegie Clean Energy, Energy Made Clean and other Australian and foreign firms. (Source: ABC Australia, Various Media, Jan., 2018)
The Methanol Park will incorporate four identical methanol Plants or "trains" each producing 1.8 million tpy of methanol from natural gas, making it the world's largest permitted methanol production facility. When fully operational, the Park will produce 7.2 million tpy of methanol. Production is slated to get underway in late 2020.
IGP is focused on methanol as a clean-burning drop-in transportation fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers.
(Source: Industrial Info Resources, IGP Methanol, Auto Channel, 26 Jan., 2018)Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.igpmethanol.com
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