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Mongolian Gobi Desert Wind Farm Goes Online (Int'l. Report)
Clean Energy Asia
Date: 2017-10-11
In Mongolia, Clean Energy Asia LLC and its its shareholders Newcom LLC and SoftBank subsidiary SB Energy Corp., are reporting commercial opereations are underway at ite 50MW Tsetsii Wind Farm located in the Gobi Desert. The Tsetsii Wind Farm is SB Energy's first power generation project in Mongolia.

Mongolia has a power-supply capacity of 1130MW, consisting of 88 pct coal, 6 pct diesel, 6 pct renewable energy, and 2 pct hydropower, sources according to the Department of Energy, Mongolia, 2015. The country plans to increase renewable energy's share to 20 pct by 2020 and to 30 pct by 2030. (Source: Clean Energy Asia, PR, Various Media, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Asia LLC, SoftBank Group Corp., SB Energy Corp., Kenichi Yuasa, +81.3.6889.2300, sbpr@softbank.co.jp, www.sbenergy.co.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Asia,  Wind,  


GEVO, LANL Collaborate on Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
Los Alamos National Laboratory , GEVO
Date: 2017-10-11
Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. reports it is partnering with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on a project to improve the energy density of certain Gevo hydrocarbon products, such as its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ), to meet product specifications for tactical fuels for specialized military applications such as RJ-4, RJ-6 and JP-10, which are currently purchased by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The DOE Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio) funding is supporting the project.

Gevo and LANL are looking to develop a low-cost, catalytic technology that would be bolted-on to Gevo's existing isobutanol-to-hydrocarbons process to produce high energy density fuels (HEDFs). With the successful scale-up of this technology, it is believed that Gevo's HEDFs could be produced at a lower cost than the petroleum-based equivalent. If this project is successful in scaling HEDFs cost-effectively, there may be an even broader application in the general aviation sector, enabling higher energy density jet fuel that would provide superior mileage to traditional aviation fuels.

Gevo produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed in Luverne, Minnesota, and has developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. The company also operates a biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics. (Source: GEVO, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Los Alamos National Laboratory, (505) 667-5061, www.lanl.gov; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Alamos National Laboratory ,  GEVO,  Alcohol Jet Fuel,  Isobutanol,  Ethanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Climate Change -- Notable Quote
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth
Date: 2017-10-11
"Climate change is a global, long-term issue so we've been sustaining a platform to tackle that problem for many years. We should keep as many options as possible to tackle this issue, to make the general public know about it and for each government to support and promote measures." -- Dr Kenji Yamaji, Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth , Tokyo. 7 Oct. 2017, www.rite.or.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Bioenergy Could Help Secure UK's Energy Future, says ETI (Int'l)
nergy Technologies Institute
Date: 2017-10-11
In the UK, new research published by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) reports that bioenergy could meet around 10 pct of the country's future energy requirements and help reduce 55 million tpy of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, if used in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). ETI's research also noted that by planting nearly 1.4 million hectares of second generation, non-food bioenergy crops by 2050, the UK could achieve a cost-effective, low-carbon energy system, as well as create new farming and forestry jobs.

ETI programme manager Geraint Evans said: "Biomass is already one of the largest and most versatile sources of renewable energy in the UK. To keep the UK on the trajectory for scaling up domestic biomass production into the 2050s, there should be a steady increase in the planting of second generation bioenergy crops on marginal arable land or appropriate grassland in the UK by about 30,000ha per year. Steadily increasing the planting of bioenergy crops in the UK would allow the sector to develop best practices. This approach will also help the sector monitor and manage impacts on other markets and the wider environment more effectively." (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, power-technology.com, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, Dennis Gammer, ETI CCS Strategy Manager, www.eti.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Woody Biomass,  Energy Technologies Institute,  


Cdn. Government's Climate Change Readiness Questioned (Ind. Report)
Canadian Environment commissioner
Date: 2017-10-11
In Ottawa, the Canadian Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand's annual report questions the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's readiness and ability to protect over $66 billion in federal assets like bridges, roads and airports, while still providing services when disasters and the impacts of climate change strike.

According to Commissioner Gelfand, "Only five of the 19 federal government departments she audited for the annual report have even figured out where the risks are from climate change, let alone how to mitigate such risks." "It's time to move from planning to action," the commissioner added.(Source: Insurance Business Canada, Canada Press, Various Media, 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, www.oag-bvg.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Global Warming,  


New Hampshire Bank Wins LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-10-11
In Manchester, New Hampshire, St. Mary's Bank reports its headquarters building has been awarded the US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

LEED certification was extended for the implementation practical and measurable construction and operation strategies including: the use of recycled construction products and materials; well-insulated walls and roof; tight-fitting windows and doorways that prevent heating and cooling losses; LED lighting; energy efficient plumbing fixtures; rooftop solar; and an energy monitoring system. (Source: St. Mary's Bank, Cabinet Press, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: St. Mary's Bank, www.stmarysbank.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Gold,  


Aemetis Risks Loosing NASDAQ Listing (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2017-10-11
NASDAQ reports that on October 5, 2017, its Listing Qualifications Department advised Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. that based upon the closing bid price of the Company's common stock for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company did not meet the minimum bid price of $1.00 per share required for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market. Aemetis will have 180 calendar days, or until April 3, 2018, in which to regain compliance to Nasdaq Listing Rules or risk being de-listed.

Aemetis, Inc. is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. The company produces approximately 60 million gpy of ethanol in Keyes, California and operates a technology lab in College Park, Maryland. (Source: NASDAQ, Aemetis Inc. 5 Oct., 2017)Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 390-3275, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  


London Environment Strategy calls for Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l)
London
Date: 2017-10-11
London Mayor Sadiq Khan's office has released a draft of the London Environment Strategy outlining the city's strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The city's plan is backed by serious science and stakeholder consensus, according to the Mayor's office.

The city's air quality strategy calls for Londoners to make 80 pct of their trips on foot, by bicycle or public transport and all taxis and cars-for-hire to be zero emission vehicles by 2033, buses by 2037, all new road vehicles by 2040, and the entire transportation system will be zero emission by 2050. As part of its strategy, London also plans to develop a resilient, low- or zero-carbon energy infrastructure that allows the city to generate more of its own energy.

London has also joined the BreatheLife network , making it the world's first mega-city to commit to reaching the World Health Organization's air quality guidelines. (Source: Times of India, UNI, Oct., 2017) Contact: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk/people/mayoral/sadiq-khan

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Low-Carbon,  Net-Sero Carbon,  


Landsec Touts Science-Based Carbon, Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
Landsec
Date: 2017-10-11
In London, the UK's largest commercial property company Landsec, with a portfolio of assets, including shopping centres and offices valued at £14.4 billion, reports that rather than making incremental improvements in the operational energy efficiency of each of its 120 assets, it is adopting a science-based target for reducing costs and corporate carbon emissions.

Since 2013, the company's energy saving measures have resulted in a 19 pct cut in carbon intensity (kgCO2/m2). By 2030, that is expected to drop by 40 pct and set the company on an 80 pct carbon intensity reduction by the middle of the century. Landsec's tenants have also avoided energy and carbon costs of £2.9 million per year when compared to 2013/14 costs.

Elsewhere, site specific energy reduction assessments continue to find more energy reduction opportunities. In 2016, 65 Landsec projects costing a total £2.4 million are expected to save customers 7.7 million kWh of energy and £877,000 per year in reduced energy bills, with a ROI of under 3 years. The company is also transitioning to strategic energy management programmes, rather than purely focus on operational activities. Additionally, the company's new Responsible Property Investment Policy makes carbon emissions, sustainability and energy efficiency a major consideration in new property acquisitions. (Source: Landsec, CSR, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Landsec, Tom Byrne, Landsec’s Energy Manager. Robert Noel, CEO, https://landsec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Terrapass, Lyft Partner on Transport Carbon Offsets (Ind. Report)
Terrapass,LYFT
Date: 2017-10-09
Houston-headquatered Terrapass, a member of the retail energy provider Just Energy Group, reports it is partnering with Lyft, the fastest growing ride-share on-demand transportation service in the US, to offset carbon emissions associated with travel for all University of Michigan football games for the 2017/2018 season.

Football fans traveling via Lyft will have their travel to and from Michigan State stadium balanced with carbon offsets purchased by Terrapass. The carbon offsets will be sourced from the South Kent Landfill in Byron Center, MI.

Just Energy specializes in electricity and natural gas commodities, energy efficiency solutions, and renewable energy options in Canada, the UK, Germany and the U.S. The company serves approximately 1.5 million residential and commercial customers. (Source: Just Energy Group. PR 6 Oct., 2017) Contact: Just Energy Group Inc., Morgan Smith, (713) 881.8641, mpsmith@justenergy.com, www.justenergy.com; Terrapass, www.terrapass.com: Lyft, www.lyft.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Terrapass,  Carbon Offsets,  


BC Dist. of Houston Lauded with Climate Leader Award (Ind. Report)
Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities
Date: 2017-10-09
In Canada, the Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities Green Communities Committee (GCC) reports it has recognized the District of Houston with its Climate Leader of 2016 "Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments Award." The Green Communities Committee was established under the Climate Action Charter to support local governments in achieving their climate goals.

The District of Houston's Climate Action Character commitments include the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions to 33 pct of 2007 GHG levels by 2020 through the implementation of the Community Energy and Emissions plan as well as the Official Community Plan. I

Under the community plan, LED street lights were installed in 2016 and a life-cycle maintenance plan was completed for better energy management and greater energy efficiency. The year, the District of Houston is increasing its use of renewable energy, "fine-tuning" its energy conservation and efficiency measures as well as its commitment to its Climate Action Charter commitments. (Source: Green Communities Committee, Houston Today, 4 Oct., 2017)Contact: Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities, www.ubcm.ca; District of Houston, (250) 845-2238, doh@houston.ca, www.houston.ca; Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


dynaCERT Touts Proprietary GHG Tracking System (New Prod & Tech)
dynaCERT
Date: 2017-10-09
Toronto-headquartered dynaCERT Inc. reports the filing of a U.S. Provisional Patent Application for its "Systems and Methods for Tracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated With an Entity."

The dynaCERT patent-pending technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these additives through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency. The technology can accurately track, measure and report on greenhouse gas emissions. The data collected by the system will be used to determine the amount of greenhouse gas credits or offsets with a view to certify carbon credits. dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. (Source: dynaCERT Inc., 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: dynaCert, Jime Payne, Pres., CEO, (416) 766-9691x2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT ,  Carbon Emissions,  


Trump's Obama Clean Power Plan Repeal Effort Expected (Reg & Leg)
EPA,Clean Power Plan
Date: 2017-10-09
According to Bloomberg, CNN and others, the US EPA still plans to propose the repeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan meant to curb primarily coal-burning lower generation plant greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed repeal effort is in line with Trump's string of executive orders seemingly aimed at discrediting the Obama administration and challenging the legality of the Clean Power Plan itself. The proposed repeal -- see attached -- is widely expected to be launched this week.

Review the full EPA proposal HERE. (Source: EPA, CNN, Various Others, Oct. 7, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA Pruitt,  Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


City leaders warming to energy efficiency idea

Date: 2017-10-08
Officials considering $1.6 million LED lighting project in pursuit of future savings Logansport, Indiana city and utilities officials continue to consider upgrading local street and building lighting, which an energy firm estimates would lead to over $1.4 million in savings over 15 years. The consideration stems from an energy audit representatives from Siemens' Indianapolis office discussed with officials in March. That audit explored options for increasing energy efficiency for the more than 3,000 streetlights throughout town and at nine municipal properties, including the City Building, the two fire stations and a garage rented out to the local ambulance service. A guaranteed energy savings contract would help pay for the project, through which public entities work with companies like Siemens to plan a project that guarantees energy savings. Those savings can be used to help fund the project, allowing public entities to avoid a large investment. The $1.6 million project would be finished in six months or less and start out by resulting in annual savings of about $145,000. The city's principal and interest payments along with an annual service contract of about $10,000 for Siemens to measure and verify the savings for three years would mean the city would pay more on the program for the first four years than it would be saving on energy costs, he said. (Source: Loganport, Pharos-Tribune, 6 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  LED Light news,  SIemens news,  


AMP's Dairy Waste-to-Fuel Pathway CARB Certified (Ind. Report)
AMP Americas,California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-06
Chicago-headquartered CNG and RNG producer and marketer for heavt transport vehicles AMP Americas reports its RNG operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has received the first dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB awarded the company a Carbon Intensity (CI) score of -254.94 gCO2e/MJ, which the company noted is the lowest ever issued by CARB.

AMP Americas' Fair Oaks Farms facility began production in 2011 and produces over 1.5 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste. The facility is the first, and to-date only, U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard-certified dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel project in the U.S.. Construction is currently underway for a second RNG project using dairy digester methane gas, according to AMP. (Source: AMP Americas, Fleet Owner, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: AMP Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700, www.ampcng.com; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  AMP Americas,  California Air Resources Board ,  


Big Apple Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Empire State, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's office has released a plan that aligns the city with with the Paris Climate agreement limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C. The Mayor's plan calls for the city to cut emissions by 80 pct below 2005 levels by the middle of the century and for the city to offset all remaining carbon pollution by 2050.

The plan, which focuses on specific actions including a greater reliance on renewable energy, covers building codes, energy production, energy management and efficiency, as well as significant measures to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and clean transportation.

Download Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement HERE. (Source: City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Neutrality,  Mayor Bill De Blasio,  


MID Buying Solar to Meet Calif. Renewable Mandate (Ind. Report)
Modesto Irrigation District
Date: 2017-10-06
In the Golden State, the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) reports it will purchase approximately $230 million-worth of Southern California-generated solar power over the next 20 years to meet the state's renewable energy mandate. The power will be purchased at a fixed price and sold st the market rate at time of sale.

MID secures most of its renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in northwestern states and expects to meet California's 33 pct from renewable sources threshold in 2020, but would fall behind a higher mandate by 2023 without the new solar purchase.

MID will spend about $7 million a year buying solar power from NextEra Energy's Blythe IV solar farm in Riverside County near the Arizona border. MID will pay another $5 million a year for power from Recurrent Energy's Mustang Two Barbaro solar farm in Kings County near the Lemoore Naval Air Station. (Source: Modesto Irrigation District , Modesto Bee, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Modesto Irrigation District, (209) 526-7337, www.mid.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy Credit,  


Iowa Biodiesel Board Urges Trump to Stop EPA Gutting of RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-10-06
The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) has sent the following message to the Trump Administration urging the President to stop the U.S. EPA from slashing biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program which was intended to stimulate renewable fuel growth, not hinder it:

"Gutting biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard would bring an Iowa manufacturing success story to its knees, deal a blow to an already struggling farm economy, and shake the state economy. This is a major issue for the Midwest and U.S. agriculture, and we implore President Trump to stop his EPA administrator (Scott Pruitt) from forsaking this driver of American jobs, all in an apparent move to appease the oil industry.

"The market is already reacting to this impending blow. Commodity prices crashed on the news of EPA's indicated plans to cut biodiesel. We were already in the midst of a downturn in the ag economy, with many farmers in the red for the fourth year in a row. We have excess feedstock capacity due to a surplus of corn and soybeans on the market, which has lowered commodity prices. Gutting the RFS would exacerbate farmer struggles and could push us deeper into an agriculture recession. It could also cost thousands of Iowans their jobs as plants are forced to make cutbacks and even shutter their doors. We do not believe this is what President Trump wants for rural communities.

"Here in Iowa, many of us feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football as Lucy pulls it away. We have stood on the edge of expansion. Many of our plants have already spent millions of dollars on expansion, based on the promise of a growing RFS, and others have had further growth planned. This would mean more jobs, more dollars circulating through Iowa's communities, and more American manufacturing. We have the capacity to achieve this, but it is at a standstill." (Source: Iowa Biodiesel Board, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, Director, (866) 683-4172, www.iowabiodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biodiesel Board ,  RFS,  EPA,  


NRRI Touts Refined Woody Biomass Solid Biofuel (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota Duluth
Date: 2017-10-06
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is touting the launch of its Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Coleraine Lab. The facility can convert 3-4 tpd of woody biomass waste to solid briquette biofuel that "replicates the energy output and durability of traditional coal" and can be used as an alternative to coal. A further processing could to create syngas or liquid fuels, according to the Lab.

In 2018, the lab plans to install a moving bed torrefaction reactor increase the output of briquettes. Another methodology, hydrothermal carbonization, will convert processed materials and agricultural products to an "energy mud" that can be used alone or "with other torrefied products to form solid fuels."

The NRRI bio-energy lab is partially funded by Xcel Energy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Power, Heetway, K.R. Komarek, Inc. and the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions, which was launched in 2014.

The Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energfy Solutions (CAWES) is an open-platform collaboration of public and private sector institutions representing green energy, forest management, research, philanthropy, and private industry committed to advancings sustainable, scalable, distributed wood-to-energy solutions that stimulate forest restoration and rural economic development through research and application of advanced wood-to-energy solutions. (Source: UMD, Business North,4 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota Deluth, (218) 726-8000, www.d.umn.edu; NRRI, Dr. Rolf Weberg, Exec. Dir., (218) 788-2694, www.nrri.umn.edu; CAWES, www.usendowment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  torrefaction,  Biofuel ,  


Court Orders Reinstatement of Obama Methane Rule (Reg & Leg)
Obama Methane Rule
Date: 2017-10-06
In San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to immediately reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.

The order comes as the Department of Interior (DoI) is moving to delay the rule until 2019, on the grounds that it is too burdensome to industry. The DoI tried earlier to postpone part of the rule set to take effect next year. The ruling found the DoI failed to give a "reasoned explanation" for the changes and offered no details on why an earlier analysis by the Obama administration was faulty.

The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year. (Source: DoI, Various Media, 4 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  Obama Methane Rule,  


ExxonMobil Expands Methane Emissions Reduction Program
ExxonMobil
Date: 2017-10-06
Fort Worth-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil has announced an enhanced program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities nation wide. across the United States.

The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.

XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.

ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

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


J. Craig Venter-led Team Granted $10.7 Mn to Optimize Metabolic Networks Enabling Next-Gen. Biofuels (Funding, R&D)
J. Craig Venter Institute
Date: 2017-10-06
In La Jolla, California, the not-for-profit J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $10.7 million grant from the US DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Genomic Science Program to optimize metabolic networks in model photosynthetic microalgae, called diatoms. The aim is to substantially increase oil, or lipid production, enabling next-generation biofuels and other bioproducts.

Building on prior synthetic biology and diatom research, methodologies will be developed and optimized for introducing and transplanting new biological functions into diatoms, which are a globally abundant class of algae. Initial modeling exercises will guide targeted genetic manipulations, associated systems biology experiments, and result in iterative network and genome-scale cellular modeling.

Based on the photosynthetic efficiency and growth potential of microalgae, it is estimated that annual oil production of greater than 30,000 liters, or about 200 barrels of microalgal oil per hectare of land may be achievable in mass culture of oil-rich algae. This is 100-fold greater than that of soybeans, a major feedstock currently used for biodiesel. (Source: J. Craig Venter Institute, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: J. Craig Venter Institute, Andrew Allen, Ph.D. , (858) 200-1800, www.JCVI.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaeVenter Institute,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  


ENERGY STAR Cuts Could Threaten Canadian Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
ENERGY Star
Date: 2017-10-06
According to Natural Resources Canada (NRC), the Trump Administration's plan to slash the DOE ENERGY STAR program budget by 40 pct could cripple the program and put at risk up to one-third of the emissions reductions Canada hopes to achieve from its national climate change action plan. Indeed, NRC is skeptical that Canada could continue with the ENERGY STAR if the Americans withdraw.

President Trump's spring budget proposal has threatened to eliminate the entire $50 million funding for ENERGY STAR but House of Representatives passed its budget bill, which proposes to cut the ENERGY STAR budget by 40 pct.

Canada joined ENERGY STAR in 2001, and expects to spend spend approximately $10.5 million to run its side of the program this year. The ENERGY STAR program is the basis for almost all of the energy-efficiency programs run by Canadian provincial energy efficiency and climate change programs aimed at cutting nearly 30 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions over the next 13 years . (Source: ENERGY STAR, Canadian Press, Various Media, 1 Oct., 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Eficiency,  


Green Charge Developing Bay State's Largest Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Green Charge
Date: 2017-10-06
ENGIE subsidiary Green Charge Networks reports it will develop and operate a 3 MW battery energy storage system at the 5.76-MW Mt. Tom Solar array adjacent to the former Mt. Tom Power Station in Massachusetts.

The system, which could be the largest utility-scale energy storage system in the Bay State when completed in April 2018, will deliver energy to Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E). The system will be used to optimize intermittent solar energy and reduce utility capacity costs for HG&E while reducing stress on the grid. HG&E was awarded a $475,000 MA Department of Energy Resources Grant to contract with, schedule, measure, and analyze the energy storage system. (Source: Green Charge, Power Engineering, Others, October, 2017)Contact: Green Charge Networks, (800) 426-5010, info@greencharge.net, www.greencharge.net; Holyoke Gas & Electric, (413) 536-9400, www.hged.com; ENGIE, www.engie.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Charge,  ENGIE,  Energy Storage,  


Tropical Forests Becoming Carbon Sources, Not Sinks (Ind. Report)
NASA JPL
Date: 2017-10-04
A recent NASA study that combined ground and satellite measurements has concluded that tropical forests seem to be a net source of heat-trapping carbon emissions, rather than a carbon sink.

The study bolsters a growing consensus that tropical forests are drying out or being cleared, burned and logged so fast that they now emit more carbon than they sequester. Whereas earlier estimates based on measurements of atmospheric carbon flows suggested that tropical forests might be carbon neutral or even a net sink, more-recent studies -- including ones based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite -- agree broadly with this recent paper, according to David Schimel, an ecologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Schimel suspects that human activities such as starting fires and natural factors including droughts have severly hindered tropical forests' carbon storage capability.

The study estimates that the world's tropical forests release approximately 425 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to roughly 5 pct of the globe's annual fossil-fuel emissions and about five times more than estimated in 2011. (Source: NASA JPL, Nature, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA JPL, David Schimel, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA JPL,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  


Oil Giants Ink Norwegian Carbon Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
Shell, Statoil,Total
Date: 2017-10-04
Energy Voice is reporting oil industry giants Norske Shell, Statoil and Total have formed a partnership to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage CCS)in Norway. In June, Gassnova awarded Statoil the contract for the first phase of the project. Norske Shell and Total E&P Norge are now entering as equal partners while Statoil will lead the project which will store CO2 captured from onshore industrial facilities in Eastern Norway.

The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tpy. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO2 volumes as required at future dates.(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 2 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Statoil,  Total,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  


Novato Calif. Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project Opens (Ind. Report)
MCE,Waste Management
Date: 2017-10-04
San Rafael California-based community energy utility MCE Clean Energy and Houston-headquartered Waste Management Inc. are reporting the opening a 3.9 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Houston, Texas based waste and recycling firm's Redwood Landfill site in Novato, California.

The $14.5 million plant is expected to eliminate 8,900 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions and generate sufficient base load electric power for over 5000 households. The project is MCE's third renewable energy project in Novato. (Source: MCE, Waste Management Inc., 3 Oct, 2017) Contact: Waste Management, Paul Pabor, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 632-3674, www.wm.com: MCE Clean Energy, www.mcecleanenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  MCE ,  Waste Management,  Methane,  


CSU Funded for Better Algae Biofuels R&D (Funding, R&D)
Colorado State University
Date: 2017-10-04
Colorado State University scientists are reporting receipt of as much as $3.5 million over three years in US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) funding for Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for Renewables aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The overall project goal set by the Department of Energy is to double the yield of biofuel precursors from algae to about 3,700 gallons per acre per year.

Strategies to be used by the team to meet this goal include increasing algal cultivation productivity, optimizing biomass composition, and extracting and separating different types of algal lipids to reduce the cost of upgrading them to renewable diesel.The study will be led by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

The researchers will use an algae species called Desmodesmus armatus, and will focus on fundamental processes of efficiently channeling carbon dioxide into useful fuel intermediates. The project will work to ferment carbohydrates in the algal cells into chemicals of interest, including ethanol, as well as a fuel precursor called 2,3 butanediol.

Other partners on the project will work on the algae-to-bioproduct life cycle, including modification of growing pond conditions, and separating algal solids from water to remove lipids.

The multidisciplinary team includes CSU's Ken Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering; Graham Peers, associate professor of biology; and Jason Quinn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; along with partners at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Arizona State University, Utah State University, and representatives from industry. San Diego-based Sapphire Energy is a project partner and has pioneered the use of D. armatus for biofuels. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, kenneth.reardon@colostate.edu, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University,  Sapphire Energy,  Algae,  Algal Biofuel,  BETO,  


€16Mn Woody Biomass Heat Plant Slated for Lithuania (Int'l)
Axis Industries Group
Date: 2017-10-04
BaltCap, a leading private equity and venture capital investor in the Baltic countries , reports that its BaltCap Infrastructure Fund (BInF) and Axis Technologies, a subsidiary of Lithuania-headed Axis Industries Group, have inked a EPC contract for a 48 MW woody biomass plant near Gariūnai in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The €16 million biomass heat plant is expected to supply nearly 10 pct of the Vilnius heat demand when completed and fully operational by the beginning of 2019. (Source: BaltCap, Various Media, Bioenergy Int'l, 2 Oct. 2017)Contact: BaltCap, www.baltcap.com; Axis Industries Group, +370 5 239 4804, www.axioma.eu/en/group-of-companies <

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Danforth Scores $16Mn to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy (Funding)
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,
Date: 2017-10-04
In the Show Me State, the St. Louis-based independent plant science institute Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is reporting receipt of a 5-year, $16 million grant from the U.S. DOE for continued research using green foxtail (Setaria viridis) grass.

The project aims to identify new genes and pathways that contribute to photosynthesis and enhanced water use efficiency. The researchers will then deploy these genes using tools of the emerging field of synthetic biology to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments.

This project aims to deliver stress-tolerant sorghum lines, addressing DOE's mission in the generation of renewable energy resources. The development of a low input, environmentally safe and highly productive sorghum germplasm will help in the production of biofuel and establish an environmentally friendly lignocellulosic energy economy. Sorghum is a member of the grass family is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, making it an ideal crop to target for improvement. (Source: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Melanie Bernds, (314) 587-1647, mbernds@danforthcenter.org, www.danforthcenter.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Danforth Plant Science Center,  Sorghum,  Cellulosic,  


RedT Energy Supplying First Aussie Hybrid Energy Storage System (Int'l, Ind. Report)
redT Energy
Date: 2017-10-04
In the UK, London-headquartered energy storage specialist redT Energy reports the sale of a vanadium/lithium hybrid energy storage system to be deployed at Monash University's new Biomedical Learning & Teaching building in Melbourne, Australia.

The system consists of 900 KW an hour of redT flow machines coupled with a 120 KW C1-rated lithium battery. Along with on-site solar PV assets, the system is expected to reduce the university's energy costs and create potential new revenue streams in the form of contracted and merchant grid services. The sale is the first hybrid energy storage system in Australia. (Source: redT Energy, Alliance News, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: redT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com

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Livestock Methane's Climate Impact Underestimated (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-10-04
A new study suggests that researchers may have underestimated the impact of methane emissions from livestock on climate change. Considering changes in the way livestock is kept and used, researchers found that previous estimates that served as basis for the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, were underestimated by 11 as much as 11 pct. The study, which has been published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management, also showed that methane was responsible for about 16 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2006.

Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.

Download the full study HERE. (Source: Springer Open, Nature, TechTimes, Others, 30 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Livestock Methane,  Methane,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate CHange,  


MagneGas Seeks Advanced Biofuels Grant for Multi-Fuel Gasification System (Ind. Report)
MagnaGas
Date: 2017-10-02
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Corporation, a clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, reports it is applying for an innovative grant to produce a multi-fuel gasification system which is small, efficient and cost effective.

The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.

MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com

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AB 262 Makes Materials Carbon Footprint Major Factor in California Construction Projects (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Golden State, legislators are considering Assembly Bill 262 -- the Buy Clean Act -- requiring all state departments and the Universities in the state system to purchase steel and other infrastructure building materials from low-carbon producers. Currently, pricing is the deciding factor and the manufacturer's carbon footprint hold little sway in the state's purchasing process.

If passed into law, contractors bidding on state projects would be required to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) proving that steel, glass, rebar and cement to be used in a project are at or below the average carbon footprints. Businesses in the state are already required to meet the most stringent climate regulations in the nation and are thus well-poised to meet AB 262's requirements. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Capital & Maine, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Air Resources Board, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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Former Sec. of State Baker Calls for Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-10-02
Last Thursday at the Global Energy Transitions Summit in Houston, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III caled for a carbon tax as the most efficient way of reducing emissions and fighting climate change.

According to Baker, a carbon tax proposal represents a good faith effort to move beyond debate over current climate policies and fighting climate change using a carbon tax and tariffs would be more effective than emissions regulations.

"I don't think we ought to let our national debate on this issue wait until somehow 'the moment is right.' Such a perfect moment may never arrive if we spend too much time debating the exact role that mankind may play in climate change and not enough time seeking solutions," Baker said. (Source: Source: Xinhua, Various Other Media, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Rice University Baker Institute, www.bakerinstitute.org

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DONG Energy Changing Focus and Name to Orsted (Int'l Report)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Danish energy giant DONG Energy reports it is changing its name to Orsted and refocusing it business on "green" renewable energy. The company is also divesting its upstream oil and gas business, the company and halting all use of coal.

"Our focus going forward will be on green growth based on our existing business platforms in offshore wind, biomass, green customer solutions and advanced waste-to-energy solutions" , CEO Henrik Poulsen said in a release.

The name change is expected to formally approved and adopted at a corporate shareholders general meeting on Oct. 30th. (Source: DONG Energy, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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Solar-Tectic Touts Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology New Prod & Tech)
Solar-Tectic LLC
Date: 2017-10-02
In the Empire State, Briarcliff Manor-headquartered thin-film solar specialist Solar-Tectic LLC is reporting thatits patent application for a method of making III-V thin-film tandem solar cells has been allowed by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent, the first ever for a thin III-V layer on crystalline silicon thin-film, covers group III-V elements such as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and Indium Gallium Phosphide (InGaP) for the top layer, as well as all inorganic materials, including silicon, germanium, etc., for the bottom layer. Solar-Tectic's patented technology uses common industrial manufacturing processes and no wafer which saves material and energy costs. A glass substrate instead of wafer also allows for a bifacial cell design for increased efficiency. (Source: Solar-Tectic LLC, PR, Novus Light, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solar-Tectic LLC, Ashok Chaudhari, CEO, www.solartecticllc.com

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PacifiCorp RFP Seeking 1,270 MW of Wind in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
PacifiCorp
Date: 2017-10-02
Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp Energy reports the issuance of an RFP seeking up to 1,270 MW of wind resources as well as a new 140-mile, 500-kV transmission line delivering power into the utility's Wyoming system, to be completed by the end of 2020.

To qualify, projects can be located in Wyoming, Oregon or Utah. The company will consider projects bid with power purchase agreements for up to 30 years, or "Build-Transfer" agreements where the bidder develops the project but ultimately transfers the project to PacifiCorp. Proposals for new or repowered wind resources must demonstrate that projects will qualify for the federal production tax credit, if applicable, and can be online by Dec. 31, 2020.

PacifiCorp reportedly aims to add another 859 MW of new wind capacity -- 85 MW in Wyoming and 774 MW in Idaho -- 1,000 MW or more of new solar capacity Between 2028 and 2036. (Source: PaifiCorp, UtilityDive, Various Other Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com

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Vestas Confirms 174-MW MidAmerican Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas, MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of another order from Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Company, for 100 units of its V110-2.0-MW wind turbine for MidAmerican's 2,000-MW Wind XI project spread across multiple sites in Iowa.

The supply order includes commissioning and a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, along with previously purchased Production Tax Credit--qualifying components. The turbines will be manufactured at Vestas' Colorado factories for delivery beginning in Q2, 2018. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


France Raising Carbon Tax with Many Exemptions (Int'l Report)
Carbon
Date: 2017-09-29
Reporting from Paris, Reuters notes the French government's 2018 draft budget has set a course for higher carbon taxes on fossil fuel as part of a tax on transport and heating fuels paid by all consumers. The budget plan , however, exempts utilities and other firms with high carbon emissions which operate with greenhouse gas emissions quotas or are exposed to international competition. Agricultural, heavy transport and taxi companies are also exempted.

The carbon tax will increase from the present €30.50 ($35.81) per ton to 44.6 euros in 2018, €55 in 2019, €65.40 in 2020, €75.80 in 2021 and up to €86.20 euros in 2022 then rise to to €100 in 2030. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 27 Sept., 2017)

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Perry Asks National Petroleum Council Input on CCU (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry
Date: 2017-09-29
Reuters is reporting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose department cut Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology funding, is now asking his advisory group, the 200-member National Petroleum Council, to help find ways for oil drillers to exploit "enhanced oil recovery" technology that injects captured carbon dioxide into under producing oil wells.

The former Texas governor and presidential wannabe said carbon capture and utilization had "exciting potential" and touted the Petro Nova CCUS project in Texas which will capture over 5,000 tpd of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. During last year election campaign, Perry proposed the complete elimination of the agency he now heads. Now, Perry's boss has proposed slashing the DOE Office of Fossil Energy budget by 56 pct to $280 million for the next fiscal year.

Interestingly, Perry previously said "Climate change is all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight. Al Gore is a prophet all right, a false prophet of a secular carbon cult, and now even moderate Democrats aren't buying it." (Source: U.S. DOE, Sec. Rick Perry Reuters, Various Others, Sept., 2017) Contact: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000, www.energy.gov/contributors/rick-perry; National Petroleum Council, (202) 393-6100, www.npc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


CCS Equipped Coal, Gas-Fired Power Plants Favored in UK (Int'l)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 2017-09-29
In the UK, a recent survey by the London-headquartered Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has found that approximately half of the 2,000 survey participants favour the construction of coal and gas-fired power plants equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCs) technology. Thirty-two pct said the priority should be generating electricity which had the least impact on the climate while 23 pct said it should focus on the cheapest cost for consumers. (Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Energy Live, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Institution of Mechanical Engineers , Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment, www.imeche.org

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


EC Launches Sustainable Building Performance Reporting Tool (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2017-09-29
The European Commission (EC) reports it has launched the pilot phase of Level(s), a new EU-framework for sustainable buildings Europe-wide. The test phase for Level(s) will run until 2019.

Level(s), which focuses on building performance indicators across areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, resource and water efficiency as well as health and comfort, aims to establish a "common language" around what sustainable building means in practice -- shifting the debate beyond energy performance. Each indicator in Level(s) is designed to link a building's impact with EU priorities for circular economy, and the framework effectively broadens the building agenda to deliver more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

EC Level(s) details are HERE. (Source: EU, Sept., 2017) Contact: EU Environment, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/contact/contact_en.htm

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America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future -- NRDC Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NRDC
Date: 2017-09-27
The attached Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) recently released America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future. report outlines measures the U.S. could take to increase renewable energy power generation and cut greenhouse gases 80 pct by 2050. The report aims to identify the cleanest, most cost-effective way to cut carbon pollution by 80 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 -- the necessary U.S. contribution if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Download the America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future HERE. (Source: NRDC, Sept., 2017) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org

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Scottish Tidal Power Station Breaks Production Record (Int'l)
MayGen,Atlantis Resources
Date: 2017-09-27
Australian tidal energy specialist Atlantis Resources reports its four-turbine MeyGen tidal power station off the coast of Scotland generated a record 700MWh of electricity, enough to power 2,000 homes, during the month of August, 2017. Since the installation of a fourth turbine in February, MeyGen has dispatched 2GWh of electricity to the grid, according to company release. A final, fifth turbine is slated for installation within the next few weeks. (Source: Atlantis Resources, Alpha, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com

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Ontario Legislation Calls for Carbon Tax Disclosure (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-09-27
At Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario parliamentarian Monte McNaughton (PC) has tabled legislation that, if passed into law, would require natural gas companies to detail cap-and-trade costs on a separate line item on rate payer's regular monthly energy bills. The bill passed second reading in a spirit of bi-partisanship and is awaiting committee review and fine tuning.

British Columbia and Quebec have similar legislation in place. (Source: Toronto Sun, Postmedia Network, Other Media, 24 Sept. 2017)

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EPA Calls for Deeper RFS Cut (Reg & Leg)
EPA, RFS
Date: 2017-09-27
On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it wants to further reduce the renewable volume blend requirements for advanced biofuels, biomass-based diesel volumes for 2018 and 2019 and the total renewable fuel volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposed reductions are in addition to the agency's proposal to cut those volumes already. The deadline for the final RFS is Nov. 30. The latest change will be subject to an additional 15-day public comment period.

In the EPA notice for data availability, the agency is seeking comment on a proposal to reduce the 2018 advanced biofuel volume requirement from the proposed level of 4.24 billion gallons to 3.77 billion gallons and also to reduce the 2018 total renewable fuel volume requirement from the proposed level of 19.24 billion gallons to 18.77 billion gallons. The EPA said in the notice the new proposal is based on concerns about biofuel imports. (Source: EPA, DTN, Various Media, 26 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  Biofuel Blend news,  Biodiesel news,  


ABB, Northvolt Partner for Mammouth Battery Plant (Int'l)
ABB,Northvolt
Date: 2017-09-27
Following on our 22nd March coverage, ABB Technology Ventures and Stockholm-based lithium-ion battery specialist NorthVolt are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership that includes products and services for Northvolt's planned lithium-ion battery plant in Sweden and close collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities. Under the MoU, ABB will support the initial phase of this project through an early investment.

Supported by ABB's industrial automation expertise, integrating robotics, machine and factory automation, electrification and ABB Ability™, ABB's unified, cross-industry digital offering, the Northvolt plant will supply European automotive industry customers with high quality and customizable battery solutions. The factory is expected to start production in 2020. (Source: ABB Technology Ventures, Northvolt, PR, Markets Insider, 26 Sept., 2017) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO , www.northvolt.com; ABB Technology Ventures, +46 21 32 5000, contact.center@se.abb.comwww.abb.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Northvolt,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


US DOE Announces $22Mn for Seaweed Biofuels R&D (R&D, Funding)
US DOE Seaweed Biofuel
Date: 2017-09-27
The US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is reporting the availability of $22 million in funding to develop biofuels from seaweed -- microalgae -- and relevant technologies across 18 innovative projects. Seaweed can be used as a feedstock for domestic transportation fuels, chemicals and a range of other commercial products.

The funded projects include developing cultivation and harvesting systems, advanced components, computer modeling, aquatic monitoring and advanced genetics tools. (Source: US DoE, Energy Live, Various Media, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: DOE ARPA-E, arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARPA-E,  US DOE,  Seaweed,  Biofuel,  


Lime Launches SAVE™ Powers Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Orlando (Ind. Report)
LIme Energy
Date: 2017-09-27
In the Garden State, Newark-based energy efficiency products and services provider Lime Energy Co. reports the Orlando, Florida rollout of its SAVE™ program for commercial and small business customers.

The SAVE™ program is designed to allow small businesses to benefit from the technology advances already achieved by larger companies and institutions. Under the program, Lime Energy provides a free energy assessment and installs new energy-efficient equipment customized to a specific business's needs at no cost to the customer. Lime Energy guarantees monthly energy cost savings and bills the customer for only a portion of realized savings, thus allowing businesses to permanently reduce their operating costs with no out-of-pocket expenses and no burden of debt.

Details of Lime Energy's Orlando SAVE™ program are HERE. (Source: Lime Energy, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Lime Energy, Adam Procell, President & CEO , Lime Energy Media Relations Christopher Maresca, (201) 416-2575, mediarelations@lime-energy.com, www.lime-energy.com

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