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Calif. Lauded for Short-Term GHG Pollutants Legislation (REG & LEG)
COP23
Date: 2017-11-15
AT the UN COP23 meeting in Bonn, the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme's Climate and Clean Air Coalition has recognized the state of California with its Climate and Clean Air Award for having the "most comprehensive and strongest set of targets for reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions -- black carbon, methane -- into state law."

The U.N. award recognizes California Senate Bill 1383 aimed at cutting California's methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases to 40 pct and black carbon to 50 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. This year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of meeting the bill's targetswith the approval of approved new regulations to cut down on methane emissions from oil and gas field operations by more closely monitoring and repairing methane leaks. (Source: CARB, Various Media, WQED, 12 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  GHG,  Methane,  California Air Resources Board,  Black Carbon,  


Livestock Methane Acounts for 23 pct of Global Warming (Ind. Report)
New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.
Date: 2017-11-15
A new study from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre reports that methane emissions from livestock are responsible for approximately 23 pct of all global warming -- more than estimates based only on greenhouse gas emissions.

The study also looked at how reductions in livestock emissions would impact on allowable carbon dioxide emissions consistent with long term temperature goals.

Methane, which is a short lived gas in the atmosphere of 12 years. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has a 1000 year decay period, and nitrous oxide (NO3) about 100 years. (Source: NZ Farmer, 13 Nov., 2017)Contact: New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, Dr. Harry Clark, Dir., +64 6 356 8019, www.nzagrc.org.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Livestock Methane,  Climate Change,  Methane,  


Natural Gas Has No Climate Benefit, says UK Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency,EDF
Date: 2017-11-15
A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study concludes that just the methane emissions escaping from New Mexico's gas and oil industry are "equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants." And, the report concludes, if the goal is to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming, the evidence is overwhelming that natural gas has no net climate benefit in any timescale and "categorically has no role to play as a "bridge" fuel to a carbon-free economy.

Download the Oil and Gas Methane Emissions in New Mexico report HERE. (Source: EDF, Think Progress, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDF, www.edf.org; IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Methane,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  Environmental Defense Fund,  IEA ,  


NUI Galway Leading Irish Ag Waste-to-Biofuel Project (R&D)
NUI Galway
Date: 2017-11-15
In Ireland, NUI Galway university reports it will lead a national effort to turn waste into biofuels, making Ireland more energy self-efficient. Research leader Prof. Piet Lens and his team are looking to use microbial life to to advance the £5 million project which is being funded by Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) Research Professorship Programme. Lens will be looking to develop novel bioreactor concepts that will recover energy from agricultural and livestock waste and wastewater.

Technology is presently being developed that can take waste products such as methane and use them to produce fuel and other valuable products, while reducing pathogen levels and greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of his research, Lens will focus on finding new marine bacteria for potential energy generation, developing mathematical models for bioenergy production, creating new bioreactor configurations and then turning these ideas into a working product. Lens will collaborate nationally with research teams in NUI Galway, the MaREI and Beacon research centres, and the Energy and Dairy Processing Technology Centres. (Source: NUI Galway, Silicon Republic, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: NUI Galway, Prof. Piet Lens, +353 91 524 411, www.nuigalway.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioreactor,  Biofuel,  Biogas,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-11-15
"I actually don't know what that means, the 2C target". -- George David Banks, Special Climate Change advisor to U.S. Pres. Donald Trump

Banks has been involved with climate policy, of which the 2C target is a fundamental tenet, since the Bush administration. Contact: George David Banks, http://www.energyandpolicy.org/george-david-banks-trump-wind-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  


WELTEC BIOPOWER Expands Uruguayan Biogas Plant (Int'l Report)
WELTEC BIOPOWER
Date: 2017-11-15
The German plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER recently signed the contract for a biogas plant extension of the milk powder producer Estancias del Lago (EDL) in Uruguay. From late 2018, the plant with its eight digesters will generate a rated thermal input of more than 6 Megawatt from cattle manure and fodder leftovers. The company will use the biogas for drying and steam generation purposes in the production process. WELTEC set up the first 800-kW biogas plant for EDL in 2013.

In view of the dimensions of the AD plant, the structural preparations already started in September 2017. In early 2018, WELTEC BIOPOWER will begin installing the six new stainless-steel digesters and the two pre-storage tanks for the slurry. With WELTEC's custom-developed process control system CeMOS, the entire biogas plant will be fully automated from the end of 2018. Two gas boilers use part of the biogas that is produced every day to generate heat for the biogas process. Most of the biogas is piped to a neighbouring milk powder production facility where it covers up to 35 pct of the heat required for the drying process. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 14 Nov., 2017) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Ann Borries, +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  


Edeniq Joins Calls for Strong 2018 Cellulosic Targets (Ind. Report)
Edeniq
Date: 2017-11-13
Vasalia, California-headquartered cellulosic and biorefining specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports it has joined with other cellulosic technology companies in meetings with congressional leaders in Washington to stress the importance of the 2018 cellulosic annual renewable volume obligation (RVO) being set at 384 million gallons, as originally proposed by the EPA and sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in May. The 2018 cellulosic RVO will be included in EPA's final 2018 federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS rule which is slatedfor release later this month.

According to Sarah Caswell, Edeniq VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs, "it is critical that the EPA issue its final 2018 RFS rule with a cellulosic RVO at the level originally proposed to OMB in May, so that the RFS law will continue to work as Congress intended. By setting the 2018 cellulosic RVO at the level which reflects actual expected production for next year, EPA will be sending the all-important signal to the market that will give cellulosic producers and investors the confidence they count on to maximize growth and production. This progress will help meet the RFS cellulosic statutory volume requirements set by Congress a decade ago."

Edeniq's processes for producing and measuring low-cost cellulosic ethanol requires zero capital investment and can be easily integrated into existing biorefineries. Edeniq currently sells or licenses its technologies to ethanol plants in the United States. (Source: Edeniq, PR, Bus. Wire, 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: Edeniq, Inc. Sarah Caswell, VP, Gov. Affairs, 402-935-3081 scaswell@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq,  Cellulosic,  RFS,  


Bloomberg Launches AMERICAS PLEDGE in Bonn (Int'l Report)
COP23,Bloomberg
Date: 2017-11-13
"This coalition represents more than half of the US economy. If this group were a country, we would have the world's third largest economy. In other words, a group of citizens, states and businesses who remain committed to the Paris agreement represent a bigger economy than any country in the world, outside the US and China.

"We (the coalition) should have a seat at the (COP23) table and the ability to work with our peers in other nations. That is the aim of our pavilion." -- Former NYC Mayor, billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg launching AMERICAS PLEDGE a coalition of cities, states and businesses representing more than half of the US economy in Boon, 11 Nov., 2017.

Bloomberg, the UN climate body's special envoy for cities, said non-state actors had already taken the US "half way" to meeting the national carbon-cutting pledge made under former president Barack Obama: a 26-28 pct cut in emissions from 2005 levels by 2025.

Download AMERICAS PLEDGE HERE.

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Climate Change,  Michael Bloomberg,  Climate Change,  


IEA Energy Services, M-III Partners Report Merger (M&A)
IEA Energy Services
Date: 2017-11-13
NYC-headquartered corporate consultancy M-III Partners LP reports it is merging with with IEA Energy Services, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm in the renewable energy sector, in a deal worth approximately 255 million.

IEA Energy Services owns the operating assets of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, a company created to acquire and manage firms delivering infrastructure solutions for the renewable energy and infrastructure industries. M-III will be renamed as Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc (IEA), which will own all of the existing renewable energy EPC businesses of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives. The IEA businesses have reportedly installed around 7,200 wind turbines in about 200 projects totaling over 14GW of electricity. (Source: IEA Energy Services, CTBR, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: IEA Energy Services, JP Roehm, CEO, https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-p-roehm-427a8119; M-III Partners, Mohsin Meghji, CEO, (212) 716-1491, www.miiipartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Energy Services,  


NJ Governor-Elect Murphy Pledges RGGI Re-Entry (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2017-11-13
In the Garden State, Governor-elect Phil Murphy has vowed to "immediately" bring his state back into the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which swaps pollution credits and invests that money back into clean energy programs.

Outgoing New Jersey Governor and Trunp supporter Chris Christie -- using typical Trump terminology -- called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure" when he withdrew his state from it beginning in 2012.

Participating RGGI states -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- agree to limit pollution from power plants and to allow energy producers to bid against each other in auctions for the right to emit carbon. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is being used to fund clean-energy and energy efficiency programs. (Source: WNPR, RGGI, Various Media, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  


COP23 Updated on IMO's GHG, Climate Change Work (Int'l)
IMO
Date: 2017-11-13
From the COP23 climate conference meeting in Bonn, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reports the IMO's draft strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships has certified more than 2,600 ocean-going ships to the mandatory energy efficiency design requirements, which have been in force since 2013.

The IMO also reports the significant global reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships from 1 January 2020 is expected to further contribute to maritime GHG emissions through the anticipated resulting uptake of alternative fuels. IMO also noted its capacity-building and technical cooperation with the UNDP-GEF-IMO global energy efficiency project (GloMEEP) and the European-Union funded maritime technology cooperation centre's network (GMN) project. (Source: IMO, Marine Link, 7 Nov., 2017)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  


Mexico Adopts Mandatory Energy Efficiency Standards (Int'l Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-11-13
In Mexico City, the Mexican government has established mandatory minimum energy efficiency standards, effective April, 2018, for external power supplies in on-mode, maximum power limits for external power supplies in no-load or vacuum mode, as well as test methods and conformity assessment and marking requirements. It covers external power supplies that convert alternating current voltage to a single level of fixed continuous current voltage with a maximum output power of 250 watts or less. External power supplies incorporating a battery, battery pack or battery type/chemistry switch, as well as supplies that form part of equipment and apparatus that are not sold to the public and are intended for special uses, are excluded from the new regulations. Details have not been announced. (Source: Mexico Sec. of Energy, Various Media, Nov., 2017) Contact: Mexico Sec. of Energy, calidad@energia.gob.mx, www.gob.mx/sener

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


$35.2Mn for Calif. Dairy Anaerobic Digester Projects (Funding)
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Date: 2017-11-13
In Sacramento, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reports it has awarded $35.2 million in grant funding to 18 dairy digester projects across the state. Dairy digester grant recipients will provide an estimated $71.2 million in matching funds for the development of their projects.. These projects, part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, will reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms.

CDFA, which also administers the Alternative Manure Management Program promoting non-digester manure management practices to reduce methane emissions, received 53 applications requesting a total of $29.5 million in grants.

Financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters comes from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that uses Cap-and-Trade program funds to support the state's climate goals. CDFA and other state agencies are investing these proceeds in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide additional benefits to California communities.

The Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions. (Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture, PR, Nov., 2017) Contact 2017 Dairy Digester Research and Development Program www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/dd; CDFA, www.cdfa.ca.gov; California Climate Investments, www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digester,  Methane,  


TUV Rheinland, GIGA Partner on Sustainable Building Design (Int'l)
TUV Rheinland,GIGA
Date: 2017-11-13
Reporting from Cologne, global testing and certification provider TUV Rheinland says it has joined forces with the international standards organization Global Innovations Green Algorithms (GIGA) to help designers build more sustainable buildings.

Under the new partnership, some contents of TUV Rheinland's global Certipedia certificate database will be fed into GIGA's online material data hub, Origin, which includes certified, environment-friendly building materials and products. This will empower designers to easily find and source green, healthy and sustainable building products. TUV Rheinland's Certipedia database will be integrated into Origin's infrastructure in the fall of 2017.

GIGA's assessment infrastructure, tools and metrics are used by hundreds of companies to track and communicate the health performance of their buildings and indoor spaces. (Source: TUV Rheinland, Nov., 2017) Contact: TUV Rhineland, Holger Kunz, Executive VP Products, www.tuv.com; GIGA, www.gigabase.org, https://origin.build

More Low-Carbon Energy News GIGA,  TUV Rheinland,  Sustainable Building,  


NAIT Developing Long-Haul Trucking Low-Carbon Fuel (Ind. Report)
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology,Oberon Fuels
Date: 2017-11-13
On the Canadian Praries, the Edmonton-based Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) reports it has has partnered with industry stakeholders to bring all-weather low-carbon fuel to the long-haul trucking industry. Working with Mack Trucks, Westcan Bulk Transport, and Oberon Fuels, the effort is supported by the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade with funding of $368,000. .

NAIT researchers will work to develop fuel moisture management technology for dimethyl ether (DME), which is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel alternative made from natural gas or methanol produced from biomass feedstock. The technology aims to remove any residual water from the DME before injection into the engine, eliminated the risk of corrosion and reduced performance. NAIT plans to test the technology using Mack trucks from Westcan's operating in Alberta. (Source: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Truck West, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Dr. Glenn Feltham, Pres., CEO, (780) 471-6248, www.nait.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News DME,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  LOw-Carbon Fuel,  


EU Expecting COP23 Affirmation of Paris Climate Agreement Targets, Progress (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
COP23, Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-11-13
At the opening of the COP23 meeting in Bonn, the European Commission (EC) reported that the European Union cuts it greenhouse gas emissions 23 pct between 1990 and 2016, while the economy grew by 53 pct over the same period. According to the EC's latest report -- Two years after Paris -- Progress towards meeting the EU's climate commitments -- the falling emissions in a growing economy is a strong confirmation that the EU's remains firmly on track to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.

Under the Paris agreement, the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% pct by 2030 while modernizing the EU's economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. In 2016, EU emissions decreased by 0.7 pct while GDP grew by 1.9 pct.

The EU is one of the major economies with the lowest per capita emissions, and the emissions per unit of GDP continue to fall. The progress report also looks at the EU's contribution to international climate action. In 2016, the EU and its Member States continued to be a major provider of climate finance to developing countries, increasing their overall contribution to last year reach €20.2 billion. (Source: EU, EC,New Europe Online/KG, 7 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


ICS Calls for Zero CO2 Emissions for Ocean Shipping (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping,IMO
Date: 2017-11-13
According to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents more than 80 pct of the world's maritime fleet, the elimination of carbon emissions from oceangoing vessels is achievable by the end of this century. To accomplish this goal the shipping industry must continue to support International Maritime Organization (IMO) with developing an ambitious CO2 reduction strategy, as well as embrace renewable energy-based power technologies.

. While still requiring final IMO verification, ICS said current emissions reduction measures undertaken by the maritime industry has reduced the annual CO2 emissions to about 8 pct below the 2008 peak, despite a 30 pct increase in maritime trade. Various IMO member states have called for ship emissions reductions in the range of 50 to 70 pct by 2050 and 2060 (Source: ICS, American Shipper, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Methanex, Painted Pony Energy Ink Feedstock Deal (Ind. Report)
Methanex,Painted Pony Energy
Date: 2017-11-13
Vancouver-headquartered methanol producer Methanex reports it has inked a 14-year agreement with Calgary-based gas producer Painted Pony Energy for the majority of the natural gas required for Methanex's 600,000 mt methanol plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The agreement is slated to begin in 2018 and features a competitive fixed price for gas. Contracted quantities will be lower in the contract's early years to allow for Methanex's pre-existing natural gas forward purchase contracts, and will increase to roughly 50,000 MMBtu/d -- approximately 80 pct -90 pct -- of the plant's gas requirements from 2023, according to a Metrhanex statement. (Source: Methanex, SP Global, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: Methanex, John Floren, Pres., CEO, (604) 661 2600, www.methanex.com; Painted Pony Energy, (403) 475-0440, www.paintedpony.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanex,  Methanol,  


Advanced Chemical Technologies Plans Sarnia Methanol Demo (Ind. Report)
Advanced Chemical Technologies
Date: 2017-11-13
Advanced Chemical Technologies reports it plans to construct a $150 million commercial scale green methanol demonstration facility at Transalta's Bluewater Energy Park in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario by late 2020. To that end, the company has partnered with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) to conduct a feasibility study and identify any commercial barriers to the project.

ACT's proprietary process will use industrial CO2 emissions, natural gas, water, and electricity to produce methanol which can be used as a fuel and in products like plastics and adhesives. (Source: Advanced Chemicals Technologies, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Blackburn, Nov., 2017) Contact: Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc., Doug Beynon, Pres., (405) 843-2585, www.advchemtech.com; Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020, /www.bincanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Biochemical,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada ,  


Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op Launched in New Zealand (Int'l Report)
Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op
Date: 2017-11-10
In Kapiti, New Zealand, the recently launched Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op reports it is accessing a crowd-funding campaign to equip its small-scale biodiesel production facility. The plant will use locally sourced used cooking oil to produce biodiesel with BioPro190 technology

The co-op members will provide the initial equity capital but are looking to raise additional money via crowdfunding to acquire a mini-tanker to transport the fuel and other equipment. The co-op's first biodiesel production is expected to be delivered in January, 2018. (Source: Kapiti Biodiesel Coop. PR, Co-op News, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: Kapiti Biodiesel Co-op, http://www.ica-ap.coop/icanews/introducing-kapiti-biodiesel-cooperative

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


Holloman AFB Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Holloman USF
Date: 2017-11-10
El Paso Electric (EPE) and the Holloman USF base in New Mexico report construction is underway on a new 5 MW solar facility that will serve the Holloman Air Force Base. The solar plant will be an EPE owned dedicated energy resource for Holloman and is the first renewable energy project that EPE will build to serve a military installation.

With the addition of this solar facility, EPE will increase its utility-scale renewable energy solar resources to a total of 115 MWs. The Holloman solar facility is expected to be operational in Q3, 2018. The 56,000 thin-film module solar facility will generate enough clean energy to power more than 1,700 homes annually. (Source: El Paso Electric, USAF, Alamagordo News, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: El Paso Electric, Mary Kipp, Pres., CEO, Richard Turner, VP Corporate Development, (800) 592-1634, www.epelectric.com; Holloman AFB, www.holloman.af.mil

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


Germany Offsetting COP23 Carbon Footprint with CERs (Int'l)
COP23
Date: 2017-11-10
Reporting from Bonn, Fiji's Ambassador to the European Union and COP23 Climate Ambassador Deo Saran says the German government will calculate the carbon footprint of COP23 and offset emissions with the purchase of certified emissions reduction credits (CERs) from the Clean Development Mechanism projects (CDM), with a preference for CERs registered in Small Island Developing States, including Fiji.

Fiji, which is the presiding President of the COP23 conference now underway in Bonn to 17 Nov., says COP 23 brings a sense of urgency as several Pacific islands are threatened by rising sea level and could soon disappear underwater. (Source: Fiji Times, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: COP23 President Fifi, www.cop23.com.fj

More Low-Carbon Energy News CDM,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  Carbon Footprint,  


Mandatory State Policies Best for Curbing Power Plant Emissions, says Emory Study (Ind. Report)
Emory University
Date: 2017-11-10
According to a study from Emory University, US state policies aimed at mitigating power plant emissions vary widely in effectiveness, state policies with mandatory compliance have seen the largest reductions in power plant emissions. Accordingly, the study recommends that individual states adopt a policy under which power plants are required to register and report greenhouse gas emissions.

The study analyzed 17 policies adopted by various states relating to climate and energy. States that adopted a mandatory policy for power plants to register and report greenhouse gas emissions showed the largest reductions, at an average of 2.6 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The second most significant policy involved public benefit funds allotted for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. That policy was associated with a reduction of 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions from power plants.

The study is unclear on whether one of these single policies was the actual driver of the reduction in emissions, or an indicator that a state takes climate change mitigation seriously and is attacking the issue on many fronts, the report authors claim. For instance, three states -- New York, Connecticut and Oregon -- have each adopted both of the top two most effective policies, along with at least eight others. Georgia, on the other hand, has adopted only one state policy to curb power plant emissions -- calling for voluntary reporting of emissions. Emissions are on the rise in Georgia, along with several other states that had adopted a voluntary reporting policy, the analysis showed. (Source: Emory Health Sciences, PR, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Emory Health Sciences, Carol Clark, (404) 727-0501, carol.clark@emory.edu, www.emory.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


ExxonMobil Partnerships Focus on Lowering Energy Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report, R&D)
ExxonMobil partners with Singapore universities to focus on energy innovation, lower-emissions technologies
Date: 2017-11-10
Oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is partnering with Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore on the 2019 opening of the proposed Singapore Energy Center.

The Center will focus on new technologies that could improve energy production, enhance energy efficiency and other efforts to mitigate the risk of climate change. ExxonMobil will support the center's wide range of early-stage research projects while the company's researchers and scientists collaborate with students and faculty at the two universities, as well as other industry contributors, once the center opens in early 2019.

In previous similar ExxonMobil initiatives, in 2014 the company became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative with a five-year, $25-million commitment to support faculty and student research efforts. In 2016, ExxonMobil announced a $15 million investment as a leading member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute exploring transformational energy innovations. ExxonMobil is also a founding member of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University, supported by a $100-million commitment announced in 2002. GCEP is focused on developing fundamental, game-changing scientific breakthroughs that could lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions and a less carbon-intensive global energy system. (Source: ExxonMobil, World Oil, 7 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change ,  


EU Calls for 30 pct Vehicle CO2 Reduction by 2030 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-11-10
On Wednesday, the 28-member European Commission (EC)announced proposals for stricter carbon dioxide (CO2) limits for cars and vans to cover the period from 2021 up until 2030, the current key target year in the battle against climate change. The EC also wants new vehicle to emit 15 pct less CO2 by 2025 with the 30-pct rate kicking in five years later.

Automakers that miss the desired targets would, under the proposed legislation, be subject to penalties as high as €95 ($110) per gram of CO2 above the prescribed limit. The proposal requires approval by the 28 EU members states and the European Parliament before becoming law. The auto industry has warned the 30 pct might be "overly challenging." (Source: EC, Various Media, Deutsche Welle, 8 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  COs,  


ICS Forecasting Carbon-Free Shipping after 2050 (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-11-10
In Bonn, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced its vision for a carbon-free fleet in the second half of the century and proposed that International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states adopt a "suitably ambitious goal" for a reduction in carbon emissions, based on an "agreed percentage."

In addition to any climate measures that IMO may adopt, unrelated regulatory initiatives are likely to lead to emissions reductions in the near term due to "significant increases in marine fuels and the switch by the entire world fleet to low sulphur fuels." "This should greatly incentivize, to the extent this is possible, the further reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by ships.," the ICS says. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping , MarExec,, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org International Chamber of Shipping,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  IMO ,  


NV Energy Seeks Three Nev. Solar Project Approvals (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2017-11-10
NV Energy reports it has filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to approve three new long-term solar power purchase agreements totaling 100 megawatts. The three new solar renewable energy projects, if approved, will be built in Nevada.

The 50-MW Turquoise Nevada solar project, to be constructed in the Reno Technology Park will benefit from a 25-year PPA and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020. The Turquoise Nevada solar project is a venture of Estuary Capital Advisors and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. NV Energy has submitted a separate request with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to utilize the NV GreenEnergy Rider program to help a major customer offset 100 percent of its next phase of growth with solar energy.

If approved, the new solar energy projects will be operational on or before September 1, 2020. (Source: NV Energy, Various Media, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: NV Energy , Pat Egan, VP Renewable Energy and Smart Infrastructure, www.nvenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Soplar,  ,  


Ameren's Energy Efficiency Program Saves Kraft Heinz $1.1Mn (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2017-11-10
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri, the Show Me State's largest utility reports that by identifying energy efficiency opportunities and possible upgrades, its BizSavers Program helped Kraft Heinz food processors realize over $1 million in incentives and save more than 15 million kilowatt-hours annually -- the equivalent of energy consumed by 1,216 homes -- at its Kirksville plant. Efficiencies were gained by installing LED lighting and motor controls, and optimizing compressed air systems, according to a press release.

The Ameren program offers cash incentives and technical assistance to businesses for improving their energy efficiency. The moves at Kraft Heinz will save (Source: Ameren, Kirksville Daily Express, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Rich Wright, Manager Energy Efficiency, www.AmerenMissouri.com/BizSavers

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Denver Voters Pondering "Green" Roof Initiative (Ind. Report)
Green Roof
Date: 2017-11-08
In Colorado, Denver voters are considering the Denver Green Roofs Initiative -- Initiated Ordinance 300 -- that if passes would require all buildings greater than 25,000 square feet dedicate a portion of their rooftop to green space or a combination of green space and solar panels. Buildings between 25,000 and 49,999 square foot would have to set aside 20 pct of the rooftop while buildings 50,000 to 99,999 square feet would have to set aside 30 percent and so on up to 60 percent for buildings 200,000 square feet and larger.

The owners of existing buildings could get a waiver and pay a fee in lieu of installing a green roof at the time of roof replacement if their building was not engineered to withstand the additional weight of a green roof. (Source: Builder, Various Media, Denverite, 6 Nov., 2017)

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Max Bogl Completes World's Tallest Wind Turbine (Int'l)
Max Bogl Wind AG
Date: 2017-11-08
Sengenthal,Germany-based Max Bogl Wind AG reports it has completed construction of the world's tallest wind turbine with power production capacity sufficient for 1,000 homes.

The 178m (584ft) tall turbine is mounted on a 246.5 meter (809 foot) tower measured from the tips of the extended upward blades. For every added meter in height, the annual energy output is upped by 0.5-1 pct due to lower turbulence and stronger, more consistent winds. The tower is equipped with a pumped-storage that can provide up to 16 MW in power. (Source: Max Bogl Wind AG, Electrek, Others, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Max Bogl Wind AG, +49 9181 909-0 www.mbrenewables.com/en/pilot-projec

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South Africa Confirms 50,000 Tonne CCS Project (Int'l Report)
South Africa
Date: 2017-11-08
The South African Department of Energy and South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage reports South Africa plans to sequester initial 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide at a depth ranging from 800 meters to 2 kilometers beneath the earth surface -- depending upon rock formation suitability -- at KwaZulu-Natal near the Mozambique border. The project is expected to get underway in 2019.

If successful, the pilot project would be repeated on a larger scale in the seabed somewhere between Durban and Richards Bay. The commercial-scale facility would enable ESKOM, the country's dominant utility, and other large industrial operations to continue burning coal and other fossil fuels for decades. (Source: South Africa Department of Energy and South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.Business Day, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Department of Energy and South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage, www.sacccs.org.za

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Scotland 'On Target' For 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Int'l)
Scotland
Date: 2017-11-08
A leading climate change academic has announced that Speaking at the Citizen's Assembly event in Dublin, of the According to University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences Professor Andy Kerrs, Scotland is likely to meet its target of creating 100 pct of its power from renewable sources by 2020. The country has increased the percentage of energy created by renewables sixfold over the last 15 years and has reached its own emissions targets fives years ahead of time,

Scotland has exceeded the target of 500 MW from locally-owned, locally-sourced renewables by 2020, and has accordingly revised the goal upwards to 1,000 MW (one gigawatt) produced.

Scotland is also aiming for a 42 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. (Source: University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences, Irish Times, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences, +44 131 651 7068, www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences

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Acciona Touting Latin American Renewables Growth (Int'l Report)
Acciona Energia
Date: 2017-11-08
Spain's Acciona Energia is reporting the commissioning and startup of its 246MW, 776,000 module El Romero solar plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The facility is connected to the Chilean Central Interconnected System grid and supplies electric power to Google under a PPA until 2030.

Acciona, which presently owns a total 897MW of wind and photovoltaic power capacity in Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica, plans to construction of a further 700MW that will come online in 2018 and 2019. Other projects are under development for completion in 2020, according to the company. (Source: Acciona Energia, RENews, 4 Nov., 2017) , Contact: ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

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Yokkaichi Solar Power Station Construction Underway (Int'l)
Renova Inc
Date: 2017-11-08
PV specialist Renova Inc reports the groundbreaking on the 21.6-MW, Yokkaichi Solar Power Station plant in Mie prefecture, Japan. The plant, which is slated to come online in March, 2019, is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 6,750 area households.

Renova presently has 161.8 MW of renewable energy capacity in operation. (Source: Rnova Inc., Renewables Now, Various Media, Nov., 2017) Contact: Renova, www.renovasolar.com

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HSBC Commits $100Bn to Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
HSBC
Date: 2017-11-08
In London, banking giant HSBC reports it has earmarked $100 billion for financing low-carbon technology and sustainable development by 2025. The commitment is part of the bank's package of measures to strengthen its commitment to tackling climate change and other "green" goals. The bank will also reduce support for coal-fired power generation and increase disclosure of "climate risks" in its lending book under new policies announced on Monday.

The just announced $100 billion will support projects that contribute to reducing carbon emissions or meeting the UN's sustainable development goals, which cover a range of social and environmental challenges.

The bank also announced all electricity used by HSBC would be sourced from renewable sources by 2030, through direct investments in green power projects or through power purchase agreements to help finance their development. The bank will also adoptrecommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. (Source: HSBC, Financial Times, Others, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: HSBC, www.hsbc.com

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UN Entities Achieve Climate Neutrality (Ind. Report)
UN
Date: 2017-11-08
According to the UN's Greening the Blue report the UN emitted 1.90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq) in 2016 -- an average of 7.18 tCO2eq per capita. The UN headquarter offices in New York, various field offices and warehouses, accounted for 46 pct of the total, air travel accounted for 42 pct and other travel made up the balance.

The organization offset 37 pct of its total reported emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. and is is on track to 100 pct climate-neutrality by 2020, according to the Greening the Blue According to the report 39 of the UN's 69 agencies achieved climate neutrality in 2016 The climate-neutral UN entities include UN Environment (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Postal Union (UPU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and others.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UN, Greening the Blue, IISD, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Greening the Blue, www.greeningtheblue.org

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WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2017-11-08
"We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa. This is part of a long-term warming trend," -- UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

Download the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 HERE. (Source: WMO, Nov., 2017) Contact: World Meteorological Organisation, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

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Alberta Waste-to-Biofuel Plant US EPA RFS Approved (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2017-11-08
Further to our Sept. 18th coverage, Montreal-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. reports it has received US EPA approval approval to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alberta facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Enerkem's Edmonton facility is the first ever municipal waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant to receive approval to sell in the United States. Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels are to be blended in the conventional transportation fuel pool by 2022. Enerkem is now registered for D3 Renewable identification numbers (RINs) credits. Previously this year, the Edmonton biofuel facility was expanded to produce 13 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol following the commissioning of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit. The Edmonton plant was funded by private sources, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Alberta Innovates and Alberta Energy. (Source: Enerkem Inc., 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Sustainable Development Technology Canada, www.sdtc.ca; Alberta Innovates, (780) 427-1956, bio@albertainnovates.ca, http://bio.albertainnovates.ca

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Costa Rica, KLM Partnering on Aviation Biofuels Flights (Int'l)
KLM,SkyNRG
Date: 2017-11-08
In San Jose, the government of Costa Rica and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are reporting a Letter of Intent to cooperate on the use of aviation biofuels. To that end KLM has begun new twice-weekly direct flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Costa Rica's San Jose (SJO) airport using bio-based jet fuel.

KLM will share its knowledge and expertise with the Costa Rican government in close cooperation with its partner SkyNRG. KLM operated its first flight using biofuel in 2009 became the world's first airline to operate a commercial flight using sustainable biofuel. According to the airline, by using biofuels it can reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as 80 pct compared to fossil fuels. (Source: KLM, Nov., 2017) Contact: KLM Corporate Office, www.klm.com/Office; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

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Good News from Syria -- at Last! (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
COP23
Date: 2017-11-08
Yesterday in at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Syria, the last remaining non signatory to the Paris Climate Accord, announced it would now join the agreement.

The Syrian announcement leaves the US "alone in the desert" as the world's only country -- large or small, rich or poor -- not signed on to the landmark climate deal after "The Donald" Trump announced the U.S. economy "couldn't afford the economic impact" of the deal.

In announcing the Syrian change of heart, the country's Deputy Minister of "The Syrian Arab Republic supports the implementation of Paris climate change accord, in order to achieve the desired global goals and to reflect the principles of justice and shared responsibility, but in accordance with the capabilities of each of the signatories." (Source: BBC, Various Media, 7 Nov., 2017)

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POET DSM Claims Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
POET DSM
Date: 2017-11-08
Emmetsburg, Iowa-based ethanol producer POET DSM reports the company has achieved a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels that has been their biggest hurdle toward commercialization. According to POET DSM Spokesman Matt Merritt, the breakthrough was in pretreatment which is the first stage of cellulosic biofuel production. He says their next step is to get that licensed and out to other biofuel plants.

Merritt says by taking the cellulosic feedstock -- corn stover, cobs, leaves, husks -- and processing it so that enzymes and yeast can access the cellulosic sugars, it then ferments them into biofuel. The process benefits biofuel plants as well as farmers and the environment, according to Merritt. (Source: POET DSM, WNAX Radio, 6 Nov., 2017)Contact: POET LLC, Jeff Broin, CEO, Jeff Lautt, Pres., COO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

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BREEAM USA Announces U.S. Market Availability (Ind. Report)
BREEAM
Date: 2017-11-08
BREEAM USA -- Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method -- is touting the availability of the BREEAM standard for existing buildings to the U.S. market. BREEAM provides science-based sustainable certification and improvement for buildings not covered by existing programmes. The method enables property investors, owners, managers and occupants to drive sustainable improvements through operational efficiencies and effective building management.

The BREEAM In-Use standard is available to all commercial existing buildings of any size, age or condition.

BREEAM USA, a partnership between BRE Group and BuildingWise, a US-based LEED certification consultancy, has been used on over two million registered projects and over 550,000 certified buildings in 70 countries. (Source: BREEAM USA, Contact: BREEAM America, Barry Giles, CEO, Niall Trafford, COO, www.bre.co.uk

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Col. Credit Union Finances Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Credit Union
Date: 2017-11-08
In Boulder, Colorado, the new federally chartered Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) reports it is looking to finance PV and other clean energy systems and energy efficiency projects for its members. The Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) is affiliated with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) of Boulder, Colorado.

As an example, 100 pct financing with no money down may be offered for solar energy systems with the solar system equipment, not the property, as security. Financing could come directly from the credit union or through its cooperative partners. (Source: CESU, Nov., 2017) Contact: CESU, (720) 479-7900, www.cleanenergycu.org


GEF Funding EESL's $454Mn Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Date: 2017-11-06
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is reporting $454 million in funding to India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project. The project funding is comprised of a $20 million grant and co-financing of $434 million in the form of loans and equity, including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL further proposes to build an `Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund' (EERF) for sustainable funding mechanism of energy efficiency projects in the country.

The EERF mechanism will support the 'proof of concept' investments for the new technologies of super-efficient ceiling fans, tri-generation technologies and smart grid-applications and ultimately scaling up energy efficiency financing and programme development to help cover initial investment costs of identified energy efficiency programmes like street lighting, domestic lighting, five-star rated ceiling fans and agricultural pumps.

The GEF project further brings together many technical and financing partners including United Nations Environment (UN Environment), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues. (Source: GEF, domain-b, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

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NRDC Identifies Expected COP23 Trends (Int'l. Report)
COP23,COP21,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-11-06
The upcoming COP23 -- the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC -- round of international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, will set the tone for how leaders will come together during the TU.S. Trump administration and how they will take action on climate change during the Trump era, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The NRDC has identified the following key themes it expects to dominate the meetings: (listen to the recording):

  • U.S. climate action continues despite President Trump -- While President Trump has announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, NRDC says it has witnessed a resounding revolt in the U.S. to against Trump's decision by Governors, Mayors, business leaders, and citizens. States are committing to expand renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner transportation. Mayors are committing to go to power their cities with 100 pct renewable energy and are finding ways to use energy more efficiently. Business leaders are committing to power their companies with 100% renewable energy and to ensure that their supply-chains are helping solve climate change, not make it worse. In short, Trump may be trying to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, but we are still in and committed to helping deliver on America's climate targets.

  • Countries are acting at home -- Key countries are showing that they aren't waiting to implement new actions to reduce their emissions and meet their Paris targets. While not all countries are yet on track to meet their targets, noticeable progress has been made in some of the world's biggest emitting countries.

  • Paris Agreement "rulebook" matters a great deal -- The Paris Agreement established the essential foundations for how the world is going to advance international climate action for decades to come. Critical to its continued success will be ensuring that the "rulebook" for the Paris Agreement helps to ensure that countries meet their targets and creates incentives for countries to beat their targets. Countries agreed to finalize the details of the Paris rulebook next year, so this year's meeting needs to ensure strong progress towards building a system of strong rules to help ensure that the promise of the Paris Agreement is translated into reality in the years ahead.

  • While significant progress is being made by many key countries to meet their Paris Agreement targets, stronger action will be needed in the coming years if we are going to be on a safer climate trajectory. The Paris Agreement created a dynamic process for countries to adopt more aggressive commitments starting in 2020. Countries will need to be prepared to announce even stronger targets in the years to come. There are emerging positive signs that some key countries will be in a position to deliver even greater ambition than they promised in 2015, according the NRDC. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org

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  • Canadian Climate Change Talk v.s. Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Date: 2017-11-06
    According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Gen. Sec. Angel Gurria, Canada is lagging on its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite (Lib) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's well intended climate pronouncements and help getting international agreements signed. Gurria notes the irony of a pro-climate government like the Trudeau Liberals presiding over emissions increases while the U.S., under the climate change denier President Donald Trump, continues to reduce its greenhouse gas releases. Gurria adds that Alberta's discussions on eliminating the province's carbon tax sends the "wrong message to the rest of the world."

    The OEDC aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being worldwide. OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems and to better understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The organization measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analyses and compares data to predict future trends, and sets international standards on a wide range of issues from agriculture and taxes to the safety of chemicals, and others. OECD works with business through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, BNN, Canadian Press, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org/canada

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    TOTAL Joining Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Project (Int'l)
    Total,Shell,Statoil
    Date: 2017-11-06
    TOTAL, the Paris-headquartered French energy giant which has committed 10 pct of its R&D budget to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), reports it will partner with Shell and Statoil on a project to study the world's first commercial carbon storage facility near Oslo, Norway.

    The planned facility would store 35 million tpy of carbon emitted by a waste treatment plant, a cement works and a fertilizer plant. The carbon will be stored in a saline aquifer at a water depth of 1,400 meters.

    The project will be scaled to accommodate up to 1.5 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to the annual emissions of over 300,000 vehicles. in the event that other industrial operators choose to sign on. It will also help lower the cost of the technologies used, a major issue if the CCUS market is to grow.

    Climate experts reportedly estimate that several hundred billion dollars per year will have to be invested between now and 2050 to grow the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry enough to achieve carbon neutrality and meet the Paris Agreement target of holding the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees C by 2100. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 1 Nov., 2017)Contact: TOTAL, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l, laetitia.maccioni@total.com, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l, www.total.com; Statoil, www.statoil.com

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    Gardner Capital Breaks Ground on Missouri Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Gardner Capital
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the Show Me State, Gardner Capital, MC Power Companies, Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), Farmington Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and the City of Farmington are reporting groundbreaking on a 20-acre, 9,000 panel solar Farm in Farmington. When fully operational, the solar park is expected to generate sufficient electric power for nearly 500 homes in the Farmington power grid.

    Gardner Capital is a solar and housing development and investment company with offices in St. Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Springfield, Missouri. Gardner Capital has invested and syndicated more than $3 billion through various tax credit programs, including federal solar investment tax credits. (Source: Gardner Capital, PR, 3 Nov., 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900, info@gardnercapital.com, www.gardnercapital.com

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    Delaware Added to Vivent Solar's Installation Territory (Ind. Report)
    Vivant Solar
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Utah-based Vivint Solar, Inc. reports Delaware's renewables portfolio standard requiring one-quarter -- with 3.5 pct solar -- of the state's electric power to come from renewables by 2025. and net metering as significant factors in its expansion into the "First State". The company also noted the price of solar panels has dropped sharply, with installation costs a bigger part of the final bill.

    With its expansion into Delaware, state residents will be able to purchase a Vivint Solar sytem outright or finance the purchase with monthly payments through one of the institutions Vivint Solar has relationships with, or through their preferred lender, according to Vivant.

    To date Vivint Solar has installed 113,000 solar systems in 21 states including Maryland, and Pennsylvania, but not New Jersey. (Source: Vivant Solar, Delaware Business Now, 4 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivant Solar, David Bywater, CEO, (877) 4040-4129, www.vivintsolar.com

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    Industry Groups Support Biodiesel Producer's Tax Credit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Advanced Biofuels Association,
    Date: 2017-11-06
    The National Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS), the Advanced Biofuels Association, American Trucking Association, National Association of Truck Stop Operators, Petroleum Marketers of America Association, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association, and several of their members last week issued a letter to the appropriate Senate and House committees urging them to reject efforts to change the biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a producers' credit.

    The letter said the "biodiesel blenders' tax credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry that produced twice the volumes mandated under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Supporters of the blenders' tax credit are concerned that changing the tax credit to a producer only benefit will limit supply and lead to increase the cost of diesel fuel and heating oil."

    The biodiesel blenders' tax credit expired at the end of 2016. Previously, Congress has extended the credit year-by-year as part of a "tax extenders" package, and in some years applied it retroactively, as was the case for 2016. While unlikely that this or any other tax extenders will be included in the House tax package to be released this week, the Senate may consider including the biodiesel tax credit in its tax package. However, some senators representing U.S. biodiesel producers are working to change the tax credit from a blenders' credit to a producers' credit. (Source: NACS, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, ; NACS, www.nacsonline.com; Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres., www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

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