As previously reported, Ottawa requires every province to have a system with a minimum $20 per tonne carbon price in place by Jan. 1, 2019, rising by $10 a year until 2022.
(Source: CBC, Various Media, Canadian Press, 15 Jan., 2018)
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The trial involves the Tesla Powerpack 2 large-scale battery and is the same modular, scalable technology installed in Tesla's projects in South Australia and Southern California.
The trial will be located at Mercury's R&D facility in South Auckland, which is connected to the national grid and has the capacity to scale battery storage. The project is slated to be underway in August, 2018.
(Source: Mercury NZ, NZ Herald, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mercury NZ, Fraser Whineray, CEO, +64 9 526 8270, www.mercury.co.nz; Tesla Powerpack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack
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Subject to the confirmation of the pathway compliance, all necessary processes to trade the D7 RIN credits will be completed in the first quarter of 2018.
ENVIA's Fischer-Tropsch process creates a drop-in fuel from renewable biogas and pipeline natural gas. For a fuel produced exclusively from renewable feedstock, this equals to RIN values at around $4.0 per gallon .
(Source: Velocys PLC, ENVIVA, Alliance News , 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 - Houston Office, email@example.com, www.velocys.com; ENVIVA Energy, www.envivabiomass.com
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"The most recent Environment Canada data show that nearly 40 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions came from just 563 individual operations, mainly power plants, refineries and cement plants. They should be contributing their fair share towards meeting our commitments to slash GHG and avoid going above 1.5 degrees C global average temperature, as promised in Paris. Instead, those big polluters located in provinces that have refused to create their own carbon tax will have a special rate based on a complex pricing mechanism using energy intensity and an average of industry emissions," said Ms. May.
"With hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal subsidies still going to the fossil fuel industry - which successive Canadian governments have promised to phase out since 2009 - the Trudeau government is already breaking its promise to Canadians," added Green Party climate critic and meteorologist Richard Zurawski. "The new proposal to give carbon tax breaks to the largest polluters is yet another squandered opportunity to show real leadership in the fight against climate change." (Source: Green Party of Canada, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, Debra Eindiguer ,
(613) 240-8921, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenparty.ca
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The U.K. has legally-binding targets known as carbon budgets to set out a plan to gradually reduce pollution. The fourth carbon budget seeks to cut emissions by 51 pct by the middle of the next decade compared with 1990 levels. It's on track to meet its target for 2020.
As previously reported, Germany, Ireland and Belgium probably won't meet their 2020 goals and are likely to exceed their limits.
is allocating £100 million to research carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.
(Source: Committee on Climate Change, Bloomberg, January 16, 2018)
Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, www.theccc.org.uk
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The City Council has instructed to the appropriate city agencies to identify possible actions to help the City reach its goal: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and alternate transportation; significantly increasing trees and shade in Phoenix; improving energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; and expanding options to purchase clean energy.
Last year the city of 4,574,351 residents committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 pctby 2025 within its own facilities and operations.
(Source: City of Phoenix, AZBig Media, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Phoenix, www.coolphoenix.com, www.phoenix.gov/sustainability
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
Wind energy is reportedly expected to generate more than $85 billion of economic activity in the U.S., including an addition of nearly 50,000 jobs across the wind value chain.
(Source: sPower, Various Media, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com; Vestas,
Chris Brown, President United States and Canada, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com
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Of the approximate 6,100 worldwide companies that report climate-related data to CDP, 607 now claim to use "internal carbon prices" while 782 say they will introduce similar measures within two years. Total annual revenues of these 1,389 carbon-price champions amount to $7 trillion, according to the Economist.
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,Economist, Jan., 2017) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086, email@example.com, www.cdp.net
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Air travel mitigation fees will be added to a fund that a fund that will help finance finance university projects that make a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Air travel emissions account for approximately 5 pct of UCLA's greenhouse gas emissions, and have continued to grow during the last several years. UCLA is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which specifies that each institution decrease its emissions. UCLA's Sustainable Practices Policy also has a sustainable transportation component which includes a guideline regarding business-related air travel greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to a comprehensive carbon neutrality commitment. (Source: UCLA Newsroom, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: UCLA, Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.sustain.ucla.edu/airtravelfund
sustainability.ucr.edu/docs/acupcc-ig.pdf; American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, http://secondnature.org/climate-guidance/the-commitments
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The province's previous Liberal government conceded that the 2020 target would not be met and renewed a target of reducing emissions 80 pct by 2050 while dismissing a 40 pct by 2030 target as recommended by a climate panel it had commissioned.
The present NDP government notes that the 2015 emissions were offset by 1.7 million tonnes of forestry offsets, reducing the emissions to 61.7 million tonnes.
(Source: Various Media, Vancouver Sun, 12 Jan., 2018)
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The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.
Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid.
(Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ.,
SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733, www.alfredstate.edu; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700, www.arc.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet, Alfred State College, SUNY, Biorefining, Biofuel, Bioplastic, Bioproducts,
In 2017, the LEED Gold-certified HCC and Global Center signed on as a partner with the Cleveland 2030 District, a movement to create high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations by reducing energy consumption. (Source: HCC, Trade Show News Network, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: 2030 Districts,
Cleveland 2030 District, www.2030districts.org/cleveland; Huntington Convention Center, (216) 428-1600, www.clevelandconventions.com
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The project is slated to be operational this spring. The solar shade structure installation will offset approximately 1,300 metric tpy of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to removing nearly 280 cars from the road for a year.
Borrego Solar and SDCOE are also planning a 106-kilowatt solar project at Camp Cuyamaca.
(Source: San Diego County Office of Education, Borrego Solar, Jan., 2018) Contact: San Diego County Office of Education, (858) 292-3522, www.sdcoe.net; Borrego Solar, Mike Hall, CEO, Dan Berwick, VP Strategy, Business Dev., (888) 898-6273, www.borregosolar.com
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If passed, the bill would come into force on July 1, 2019 and increase annually by 3.5 pct over inflation. The tax would raise about $1.5 billion over the first two years and an estimated $3.3 billion over the next four years.
Half of the revenue from the tax -- which would be paid by power plants and fuel importers but would ultimately come down on consumers -- would be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as programs to expand opportunities for renewable energy at both homes and utilities, and research of clean energy technology. An additional 35 pct would go into flood management and storm water infrastructure, and would also be used to reduce risks of wildfires.
It's estimated the tax could result in a residential electricity price increase of about 5 percent, a residential gas price increase of about 10 percent; gasoline prices could rise between 6 to 9 percent by 2035, according to policy officials briefing. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, K5 News, Others, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wash. State Gov. Jay Inslee, (360) 902-4111, www.governor.wa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Washington State,
The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.
New Jersey was a founding member of the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI.
(Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Paris Climate Agreement, Chris Christie, RGGI,
As noted in the report, over 345 private and public sector organizations have committed to improving their energy efficiency across their entire building portfolio by at least 20 pct within a decade.
Download the US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report HERE.
(Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, Various Media., January 9, 2018)
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Eight lower-carbon fuels will be put under closer scrutiny, including renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, tire-derived fuels and rubber. These fuels have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement works in Canada and around the world. The research will also measure the environmental aspects of sourcing, processing and full-scale commercial operation of each alternative fuel compared with fossil fuels.
Project funding is being provided by Alberta Innovates, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It includes research by Millenium EMS Solutions Ltd, Geocycle and WSP Global Inc.
(Source: Lafarge Canada, CEMNET, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lafarge Canada, Rob Cumming, Environmental Director , (403) 292-1555, www.lafarge-na.com
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The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office has consequently identified the need for technologies to be developed for the efficient use of lignin as a key target for accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy.
To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis' research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis' technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum.
That pathway relies on Attis' patented and patent-pending AST-Organosolv process to fractionate biomass into cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, followed by the conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into biofuel (butanol), and the conversion of lignin into acrylonitrile-butadiene-lignin (ABL Resin) using technology developed and patented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and licensed to Attis.
(Source: Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., PR, Accesswire, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, Attis, www.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com, www.amsnt.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Innovations, lignin Meridian Waste Solutions, MSW, Municipal Solid Wastes, USDA,
The first of its kind in Australia, the Aurora Solar Energy Project will incorporate SolarReserve's solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage capacity of 1,100 megawatt-hours.
As part of the project, SolarReserve will establish a research partnership with South Australian universities to advance solar thermal research and education in South Australia.
(Source: SolarReserve, PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve,
Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274
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Together, the facilities process approximately 700,000 tpy of municipal solid waste to generate about 23 megawatts of renewable energy for the state Capitol complex.
(Source: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Central Penn Business, Covanta, 8 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, (719) 293-5569, www.lcswma.org; Covanta, Stephen Diaz, VP, (862) 345-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.covantaenergy.com
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Specifically, PSE is donating $350,000 to install solar panels at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Community Action of Skagit County, Island Senior Resources, Salvation Army Bremerton and the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. All five projects will be installed by June.
According to PSE, the grants will allow each organization to meet at least 10 pct of their load with solar energy. These organizations will receive not only energy savings, but also eight years of renewable energy production incentive payments from the state.
(Source: Puget Sound Energy, Jan., 2018) Contact: Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com
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Located on the Texas Gulf Coast in San Patricio County, the Midway Wind project will incorporate 47 Siemens Gamesa G132 turbines for a total project capacity of 162.9MW. The project is expected to be commissioned and operational in Dec, 2018. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.
Sammons Renewable Energy invests in and develops renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company identifies solar, wind and hydro related development opportunities over a minimum threshold of $40 million in value. Sammons Renewable Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sammons Infrastructure, a Sammons Enterprises, Inc. company.
(Source: Sammons Enterprises Inc., PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Sammons Enterprises, Christine Anderson, (214) 210-5064, email@example.com; Apex Clean Energy, www.apexcleanenergy.com
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The program is for all long-term MEAN participants with a maximum of $2,500 per customer or owner. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, PR, Des Moines Reg., , 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, nmppenergy.org/mean/LED-lighting-program, www.nmppenergy.org
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China, the world's largest GHG emitter, pledged to slash carbon dioxide produced per unit of GDP growth by 18 pct over 2016-2020 and to cap total energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by the end of the decade.
The remote western regions of Tibet and Qinghai, the rural southwestern region of Guangxi and the northeast rust-belt province of Liaoning all their targets, according to a China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) release.
(Source: Indian Express, Reuters, NASDAQ, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
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"The increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are having an effect. Our ability to predict that effect is very limited." -- US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson
"I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary driver to the global warming that we see." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
When asked whether carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change: "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in." (Climate change is) "one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
"We don't know definitively, in my opinion, what is causing climate change." -- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
"An invisible, harmless trace gas in the Earth's atmosphere, CO2 is a plant food." -- Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump Nominee to lead the Council on Environmental Quality
"I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch." -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussing climate change.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Donald Trump,
From 2009 to 2013, Pasadena cut GHG emissions by 9 pct from 2.05 million metric tons of CO2 to 1.9 million. Most of the reduction was the result of decreased gasoline consumption and use of more efficient electric appliances. Even so, the city's GHG emissions rose by 64 pct.
Access the City of Pasadena/Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley Tribune,
7 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Pasadena, ww5.cityofpasadena.net
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Working with local industry partners Sasol UK and Ingenza Ltd, the University researchers developed a process that enables the E. coli bacterium to act as a very efficient carbon capture device. When the bacteria containing the FHL enzyme are placed under pressurized CO2 and hydrogen gas mixtures -- up to 10 atmospheres of pressure -- a 100 pct conversion of the CO2 to formic acid is observed. The reaction happens over a few hours and at ambient temperatures. The "microbial cell factory" could be used to mop up CO2 from many types of industry.
Not only capturing CO2 but storing or recycling it is a major issue. There are millions of tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere every year. For the UK alone, the net emission of C02 in 2015 was 404 million tonnes. There is a significant question of where can we put it all even if we capture it, with current suggestions including pumping it underground in to empty oil and gas fields, according to the researchers release.
(Source: University of Dundee, Public PR, 8 Jan., 2018)
Contact: University of Dundee, Professor Frank Sargent, www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/people/frank-sargent; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, www.bbsrc.ac.uk
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Germany is widely expected to miss its 2020 emissions target due in part to a booming economy and increased immigration.
(Source: swissinfo.ch, 8 Jan., 2018)
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The task force, which is charged with examining the feasibility of transporting methanol to India and converting it into olefins, parafins and other chemicals, is expected ro submit areport within 60 days.
The task force is under the joint chairmanship of the federal ministries of Coal and Steel. Coal India Chairman Gopal Singh, BHEL CMD Atul Sobti, SAIL Chairman P K Singh, JSW Steel Chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal, Essar Steel Chairman Shashi Ruia and NMDC CMD Baijendra Kumar, and others are members of the task force.
The program was previously expanded to include a building energy performance -- benchmarking -- rating system as a means to track such performances with its free online Portfolio Manager tool. Benchmarking is determined by comparing buildings nationwide comprised of the same primary use, and data comes from the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.
More than 450,000 commercial buildings are presently benchmarked with ENERGY STAR which helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015, while costing only $57 million a year to run.
A recent survey on ENERGY STAR found strong nonpartisan support from industry groups:
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 fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel in transportation, and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers.
Haldor Tops0e is the technology provider for all 4 plants utilizing their proven autothermal reforming (ATR) technology as well as their state of art catalysts to provide the lowest CAPEX and OPEX for this facility.
(Source: IGP Methanol LLC, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.igpmethanol.com; Haldor Topsoe, www.topsoe.com
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A 2016 EU-funded study found that biodiesel produced from palm oil was three times more polluting than traditional diesel. In 2017, MEPs voted on a resolution urging the European Commission to phase-out the use of vegetable oils in biofuels by 2020. They also called for a single certification scheme to guarantee only sustainably produced palm oil enters the EU market.
According to the ethanol trade group ePURE Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin."The (European) Parliament needs to send a clear message that not all biofuels are created equal. It is time for the European Parliament to put into law the resolution on palm oil it adopted last spring and stop promoting the use of palm oil and derivatives in biofuels. Crucially, ethanol is not responsible for any of the concerns associated with palm oil cultivation,"
The proposed ban on palm oil still faces hurdles however, starting with a political agreement from the 28 EU member states, which will be required to finalise the adoption of the revised renewable energy directive.
There are still concerns however that the EU's bioenergy policy might lead to deforestation -- especially when it comes to "solid biomass" that is sometimes burned to generate electricity.
The EC's sustainability criteria for biomass includes imports of wood pellets from Canada and the US, which are produced from round trees and are shipped to Europe for burning in power plants.
. (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com, www.epure.org
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The study is in response a City Council bill Dec. 19 city council bill and is a step toward requiring city ferries to use more efficient, environmentally-friendly fuels.
The study will consider the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric as well as the
availability, storage, ferry compatibility, potential limitations and regulations relative the the use of alternative fuels.
The city would convert the ferries to these energy sources if the study determines that using renewable fuels is feasible and practical.
(Source: NYC Council, LIC Post, Various Media, Jan., 2018)
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The company began developing a biomass gasification CHP system in 2008, resulting in an operational demonstration and pilot plant in 2014. The 20 kWe/123,000 Btu demonstration plant runs on propane and features a 2000-litre buffer tank, according to the company website. The firm offers two micro-CHP systems, a 9.75 kWe/17.5 kWth unit and a 12.5 kWe/21.5 kWth unit. The systems can run on diesel, biodiesel, vegetable oil, wood gas, hydrogen and waste oil, or a blend of diesel and waste oils, and are controlled by an Arduino-based open-source system.
Egenolf Alternative Energy Inc. is divided in three business branches:
(Source: Egenolf Alternative Energy, PEI, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Egnolf Alternative Energy Inc., (250) 900-0156, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biomassenergies.net
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The five-year facility with Fubon Bank, Shin Kong Bank, Bank SinoPac, and Chang Hwa Commercial Bank carries options for two five-year extensions.
Neo Cathay Pacific, a joint venture between Neo Solar Power and Cathay Life Insurance, has, via its own subsidiary Si One Corp, secured $167 million (US) syndicated loan to develop 100 MW of solar projects in Taiwan.
(Source: Neo Solar Power, Various Media,
PV Mag., December 27, 2017) Contact: Neo Solar Power, +886-6-700-6588,
Fax: +886-6-384-1111, www.nsp.com
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Vestas will supply the wind turbines as well as service the project under a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, WindTECH, 2 Jan, 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000, www.avangridrenewables.us, [Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com
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The University is considering expanding the 21-acre solar farm to help meet renewable-energy goals outlined in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)underwhich the campus is expected to be "carbon neutral" by 2050.
The university has a 10-year PPA with Phoenix Solar LLC, which built and operates the farm. In 2016, the university paid almost $1.4 million to Phoenix Solar for the farm, when it produced almost 7,300 MWh hours of electricity.
The university hopes to eventually produce 25,000 MWh of solar power under iCAP. (Source: Univ. of Illinois, PR, AP, St.Louis Post Dispatch, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Illinois, Morgan Johnston, Assoc. Dir. of Sustainability, (217) 333-1000, www.illinois.edu; Phoenix Solar LLC, www.phoenixsolar-group.com
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Through innovation in water heating, an insulated slab, attic insulation, the HVAC and solid, panelized wall systems, the house uses a consistent amount of energy throughout the day.
Meritage Homes also partnered with Duke Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design a way to monitor the home and understand the energy use. According to EPRI, a home with the same square footage as the reNEWable Living Home would use 23,910 kWh annually. By using the DOE BeOpt software, the advances of the reNEWable Living Home reduce that by 30 pct to only 16,887 kWh per year.
This 30 pct deduction was captured with 100 pct LED lighting, using a heat pump water heater, insulating the slab at an R10 value, using R30 closed cell spray foam insulation in the roof, installing a SEER 18, 9.3 HSPF HVAC system and using the HercuWAll ICF 4-inch solid panelized wall system.
(Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, 4 Jan., 2018)Contact: Meritage Homes, www.meritagehomes.com; EPRI, www.epri.com; Duke Energy Carolinas, (704) 594-6200, www.duke-energy.com
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Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Reuters, Various Media, 4 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
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The 50MW portfolio includes a 40 MW facility in Glassenbury in Kent and a 10 MW installation in Cleator in Cumbria, represents the largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid. The Cleator and Glassenbury sites secured two contracts with National Grid in August 2016 for battery energy storage systems to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator. NEC ES provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. EFR service directly to National Grid. Energy storage operation for EFR will be handled by an automated operating mode designed specifically for the UK frequency response service, and is part of the AEROS® controls system, NEC's proprietary energy storage control software.
NEC Energy Solutions' megawatt-scale energy storage and control systems provide greater stability to the grid while maximizing renewable generation, while in telecom, datacenter, and other industrial applications, its high performance lithium-ion battery systems provide better value than traditional lead-acid batteries, according the the company. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, email@example.com, www.neces.com; Low Carbon,
www.lowcarbon.com; VPI Immingham, www.vitol.com
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Since 1990, Canada's freight railroads have decreased their GHG emissions intensity -- the rail sector's carbon footprint relative to its traffic -- by 41.7 pct. despite a 76.8 pct increase in rail traffic over the same period.
(Source: Railway Association of Canada, Progressive Railroading, Jan., 2018) Contact: Railway Association of Canada, Gerald Gauthier , Acting Pres., www.railcan.ca
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While CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances were phased out by the mid-1990s, the study notes that the Antarctic ozone hole -- first discovered in 1985 -- "is healing slowly" because the man-made substances that caused the hole in the first place "have 50 - 100 year lifetimes."
Accordingly, researchers believe that it could be several decades before the ozone hole is eliminated altogether.
(Source: NASA Goddard, Common Dreams, Jan., 2018)
Contact: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard
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U.S. biodiesel exports totaled 5,411.7 metric tons in November, down 73 pct from a year ago, with Canada the top destination taking 53 pct of the total, followed by Peru and the Netherlands.
U.S. exports of distillers grains (DDGHs) totaled 875,302 metric tons in November, down 11 pct from a year ago. Mexico was the top export destination accounting for 16 pct of the total followed by Vietnam. (Source: USDA, Various Media,DTN, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA, Ethanol Exports, DDGs, Ethanol,
Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. played a major role in the reduction. While it has continued to operate its two nuclear plants that don't emit any meaningful carbon, the company closed several coal-fired power plants in Ohio and boosted its use of renewable energy.
The decline is attributed to the advent of cheap shale gas which has caused new natural gas power plants to come online in Ohio and nearby states that sell their power into Ohio on a shared electric power grid. That's all while companies like FirstEnergy have shuttered coal plants that can't compete economically with natural gas-fired plants.
In 2005, approximately 88 pct of Ohio's electric power was coal generated. Today it is closer to 50 pct, according the the EIA.
Over 60 generation units at about 20 coal-fired plants have been closed down in Ohio since 2010.
(Source: US EIA, Crain's Cleveland Business, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov; First Energy, www.firstenergy.com
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The document published by the EPA states that depending upon the evaluation conducted by EPA of the lifecycle, the biodiesel and heating oil manufactured from distilling of sorghum oil through a process called transesterification, and the jet fuel, renewable diesel, and heating oil produced from distilling sorghum oil through a process called hydrotreating, to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by half.
(Source: National Sorghum Producers, CMFE News, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, John Duff, Bus. Gir., (806) 749-3475, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://sorghumgrowers.com
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The Albertan levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. The rate is based on the amount of carbon pollution released by the fuel when it is combusted.
The Government said that revenue from the levy will continue to be invested in the province, through green infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy, bioenergy, and innovation.
The Government estimates that 60 pct of households will receive a full or partial carbon levy rebate in 2018. (Source:(Source: Alberta Environment Minister, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx
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All of the 7 projects, which are located in Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ohio respectively, have long-term PPAs in place.
(Source: EDP Renewables North America, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, (713)265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com
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