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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Asia, Wind,
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, email@example.com, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Alamos National Laboratory , GEVO, Alcohol Jet Fuel, Isobutanol, Ethanol, Aviation Biofuel,
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,
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,
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, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,
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,
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,
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,
email@example.com, www.justenergy.com; Terrapass, www.terrapass.com: Lyft, www.lyft.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Terrapass, Carbon Offsets,
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.houston.ca; Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, AMP Americas, California Air Resources Board ,
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 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,
"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,
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.
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 ,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
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,
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,
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,
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, email@example.com, 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,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Heat, Biomass,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Sorghum, Cellulosic,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News redT Energy, Energy Storage,
Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,
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, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, California Air Resources Board,
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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"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
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Renewable Energy,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar-Tectic , Solar, Thin-Film Solar, Solar Cell,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp, Wind, Solar ,
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,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, France Carbon Tax,
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,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission, Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Building Performance,
America's Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future HERE. (Source: NRDC, Sept., 2017) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, NRDC,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB, Northvolt, Battery, Energy Storage,
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,
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, email@example.com, www.lime-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lime Energy, Energy Efficiency,