More details on this FOA can be found HERE.
(Source: US DOE, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: US DOE Media, (202) 586-4940 www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
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The researchers found that the chemical fingerprint of CO2 captured from power stations and industrial sites remains recognizable after it's injected underground, and can be distinguished from other sources of the gas, such as groundwater or natural emissions from plants and bacteria.
According to a University of Edinburgh statement: "The chemical fingerprint of captured CO2 varies depending on the capture technology used. This will be useful for tracking CO2 injected into storage sites and means that in most cases there is no need to add expensive artificial tracers."
(Source: University of Edinburgh, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stephanie Flude, http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stephanie-flude(7fc05249-dbeb-4603-a5ec-ac2ca605d200).html
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The new facility will produce 500 tpd of methanol and 200 tpd of formalin.
India produces just 25 pct of its domestic methanol requirement and imports the balance from the Middle East. (Source: Assam Petrochemical, Economic Times, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: Assam Petrochemicals Ltd., +91 361 246 1470, www.assampetrochemicals.co.in
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Morgan Stanley has lowered its carbon footprint by 36 pct and met its previous goal for cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions earlier than planned.(Source: Morgan Stanley, Renewables Now, Other Media, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact:
Morgan Stanley, (212) 761-4000, www.morganstanley.com
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Germanwatch notes that India's per capita emissions are "relatively low" despite the fact India is one of the ten largest CO2 emitters. It also states that India's 25 pct of the energy supply is covered by renewable energy and that the Indian government is running "one of the largest renewable capacity expansion programmes in the world".
Over all, India's performance in areas of efficiency and emission levels puts India far ahead of China. When it comes to energy efficiency, India's performance has been categorized as a "poor". However, China trails India with a "very poor" performance in terms of energy efficiency too.
Both India and China have performed almost equally when it comes to development of emissions, climate policy and renewable energies.
Within the G20 economies, India's climate change performance is ranked 4th, while China is ranked 12th.
(Source: Germanwatch, MoneyControl, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Germanwatch, www.germanwatch.org/en
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In 2008 the petroleum industry, under the direction of Konkraft, set a collective energy efficiency goal equivalent to 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year between 2008 and 2020. Statoil's share of this was 800,000 tonnes. In 2015, four years ahead of schedule, Statoil achieved this goal and raised its target by 50 pct to 1.2 million tonnes the same year.
In August 2016, the petroleum industry, under the direction of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, launched an ambition of introducing carbon reduction measures equivalent to 2.5 million tonnes on the NCS by 2030, compared with 2020. Statoil's share of this is 2 million tonnes.
(Source: Statoil, Oil & Gas Eurasia, 22 Sept., 2017)
September 21, 2017) Contact: Statoil, Arne Sigve Nylund, Exec. VP, Development and Production Norway, www.statoil.com; Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, www.norskoljeoggass.no/en
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Generate Capital partnered with Dynamic Systems Management LLC, an experienced Waukesha, Wisconsin-based developer and operator of biodigesters, to manage the facility. With the new upgrades, the plant is now equipped with state-of-the-art controls for improved monitoring and measures to minimizes odors. A stringent digestate management plan approved by the Michigan DEQ ensures the full life cycle of the waste is accounted for.
(Source: Generate Capital, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Generate Capital, www.generatecapital.com; Dynamic Systems Management
Daniel Meccariello, CEO, (262) 825-3133, email@example.com, www.dynamicgrp.us
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The group aims to raise awareness of the industry, its economic impact, the supporting role it plays for British agriculture, and the environmental benefits of the bioethanol it produces, E10 in particular.
(Source: Biofuels Int’l., Various Media, 20 Sept., 2017)
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Citigroup owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate in over 7,900 properties including its new NYC global headquarters currently under construction to LEED Platinum energy efficiency certification standards.
Citi is joining the global "R100" initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP and part of the We Mean Business Coalition. (Source: Citigroup, Energy Mgr., Other Media, 19 Sept., 2017)Contact: Citigroup Inc., www.citigroup.com
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The report provides the following policy recommendations for the Federal Government: include a GHG metric in Canada's future retrofit building code; develop regional retrofit roadmaps; prioritize investments in scalable retrofit projects; and supporting mandatory energy benchmarking. http://www.cagbc.org/retrofitroadmap.
A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada details HERE.
(Source: CaGBC, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia., 20 Sept., 2017)
Contact: CaGBC, www.cagbc.org
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The project will destroy methane and produce carbon offsets under California's cap-and-trade system. The investment is based on the anticipated ten-year value of carbon credits from a livestock digester project located at West-Star North Dairy farm in California's San Joaquin Valley. Visalia-based California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) is partnering on the digester project which is expected to begin generating carbon offsets in January 2018 with initial cash flow from the sale of these offsets in 2019.
Climate Trust Capital's Fund I is focused on investing in high-quality, U.S.-based carbon offset projects. Fund I will be the first in a series of Climate Trust Capital-led investment funds built to appeal to institutional and impact investors. The West-Star North project will be developed in accordance to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Compliance Offset Protocol for Livestock Projects.
(Source: Climate Trust Capital, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Bioenergy Inc., (559) 667-9560, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.calbioenergy.com;
Climate Trust Capital,
(5030 238-1915 x211 , www.climatetrust.org
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The policy requires utilities purchase enough renewable energy certificates equivalent to a set percentage of their electricity supply or pay a penalty. Each certificate represents 1 megawatt-hour of electricity generated from renewable energy source.
According to the state Public Service Commission, Maryland electricity ratepayers paid more than $125 million for the renewable energy certificates in 2015.
Wind and solar currently powers 117,000 residents in Baltimore.
A similar previous proposal to increase the state's use of renewable energy was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan on the grounds that it would increase residential electric power rates. (Source: Morningside Herald, Various Others, 16 Sept., 2017)
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Bunge Limited is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries. The company buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains, processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products, produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane, and other related activities. (Source: Bunge Ltd, AgriBusiness, Sept., 2017)Contact: Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com
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The new mandates that will force building owners to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and meet fossil fuel caps which will see upgrades to boilers, water heaters, roofs, windows and others. Specifically, the new mandated fossil fuel caps will apply to all buildings over 25,000 square feet, and will require replacement of fossil fuel equipment as well as energy efficiency upgrades over the next 12 to 17 years. The new program is expected to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 7 pct by 2035
Smaller building owners will qualify for support from a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program low interest rate financing. It is expected that such a program will have the potential to finance $100 million annually in energy efficiency and clean energy projects. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor, Various Media, Sept., 2017) Contact: Office of NYC Mayor,
Mark Chambers, Dir, Office of Sustainability, www1.nyc.gov/site/sustainability/index.page
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Greenflex offers various operational, sustainable solutions focusing on energy strategy and performance, financing the transition and asset management, integrating a sustainable vision and strategy, stakeholder relationship management, and responsible products and consumption.
(Source: TOTAL, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Total, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l, email@example.com;
Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l, www.total.com, firstname.lastname@example.org: GreenFlex, www.greenflex.com
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The project is the culmination of a 15-month partnership between Geneva Airport, Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, and SkyNRG which developed an Airport Approach model to help airports play a more active role in accelerating the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
(Source: Geneva Airport, ATW, 18 Sept., 2017)Contact: Carbon War Room, www.carbonwarrrom.com; Neste Corp, Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services, +358 50 458 4078, www.neste.com; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505, email@example.com, www.sktnerg.com
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The project -- a first for any U.S. college or university -- was initially recommended by the 2014 Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force to investigate the feasibility of carbon pricing. After a pilot program analyzed the impact of carbon pricing, the project steering committee found that a $40 per metric ton of CO2 price would be the most effective policy. The Carbon Charge Task Force, along with a $21 million capital investment in energy efficiency, is part of Yale President Peter Salovey's six sustainability initiatives.
Yale is a strategic partner of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, an alliance of private sector groups seeking to promote carbon pricing conversations among international companies.
The university intends to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions 43 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Yale News, 19 Sept., 2017) (Contact: Yale, Carbon Charge Initiative, Casey Pickett, Director, (203) 436-4314, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://carbon.yale.edu, www.yale.edu
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A companion bill -- SB 242 -- would establish state-of-the-art consumer protections, further setting PACE apart from other forms of financing by requiring a recorded, live, confirmation of terms before the property owner-borrower signs an assessment contract.
SB 242 also sets data reporting requirements to local government partners, including data that speaks to the projected energy and water savings and the categories of products installed and homeowners served. (Source: California State Legislature, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)
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Small businesses participating in the program receive free assessments identifying ways to reduce energy use and are directed toward rebates for upgrades that reduce their energy use.
Since 2009 when the program began small businesses have received over $35 million in incentives from Consumers Energy, according to a company release.
(Source: Consumers Energy, Renewable Energy, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Consumers Energy, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
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The industry group says attractive feed-in tariffs would be beneficial to lock in forward energy contracts.
In the meantime, Timber Queensland is collaborating with the sugar industry, which is leading the state's bio-fuels drive.
(Source: Timber Queensland, ABC Rural Australia, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Timber Queensland , Mick Stephens, CEO, +61 7 3254 1989, www.timberqueensland.com.au
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The company must first obtain all of the necessary state and local regulatory approvals before construction begins in arly 2019 (Source: Wisconsin PSC, Wisc. AgConnection, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wisconsin PSC, (608) 266-5481, https://psc.wi.gov
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According to a statement from Fawn Sharp, President of the Portland, Oregon-based Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, "there is a very high likelihood that tribal leaders will end up proposing their own carbon-tax initiative to send to voters next year." The Alliance said no piece of its proposal is finalized, and there's still time for the tribes and other groups to come together behind one ballot measure."
According to the Alliance's website the coalition would like to see a carbon tax that generates more than $1 billion a year in revenue and dedicates 70 pct of that money to clean energy, mass transit, energy efficiency and similar projects. The remaining 30 percent would go toward clean water and forest-health projects.
The tribal initiative calls for the carbon tax to start at $25 per metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions with increases based on inflation and other factors.
(Source: Daily World, News Tribune, 16 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Fawn Sharp, Pres., (503) 249-5770, www.atnitribes.org
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With the Yarmouth project on hold, Beothuk and Denmark-based Copenhagen Offshore Partners are now working on developing a 180-MW offshore wind energy project in
St. George's Bay, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland project is estimated to cost up to $800 million, all of which is to be financed by Copenhagen Offshore Partners which would take an equity stake in the project. (Source: Beothuk Energy, SaltWire, 15 Sept., 2017)Contact: Beothuk Energy Inc., Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241, www.beothukenergy.com; Copenhagen Offshore Partners, http://cop.dk
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If approved, the would have made California the biggest economy in the world committed to getting 100 pct of its power from wind, solar and other clean alternatives. Hawaii has already set that goal, but its population is a fraction of the Golden State's 39 million residents.
The 100 pct renewable energy bill was widely opposed by the state's publicly owned utilities -- Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Company -- and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1245, which claimed the bill did not do enough to protect consumers in the event that renewable energy proved more expensive the fossil fuels.
(Source: Various Media, NBC, 16 Sept., 2017)
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The European Parliament also voted to keep aircraft emissions from outside the European Economic Area out of the UE ETS until December 2020, pending the introduction of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in 2021. CORSIA details HERE.
(Source: ICAO, Runway Girl Network, 12 Sept., 2017)
Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, email@example.com, www.icao.int
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In 2016, Dutch companies covered by the EU ETS emitted 94 megatons of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and perfluorocarbons (PFCs). The slight drop was apparently largely due to a reduction of nitrous oxide production in the chemical industry. But even this level is, in fact, higher than such pollution in 2012, which is attributable the rise to the opening of coal plants resulting in CO2 emissions.
Overall, the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 11 pct since 1990, but the government is required to make a 25 pct cut by 2020. (Source: Dutch Emissions Authority, Volkskrant, DutchNews.nl, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Dutch Emissions Authority, www.emissionsauthority.nl
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The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, prior to expanding production to include cellulosic ethanol with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year.
(Source: Enerkem, PR, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com
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The Smart Building Operations Pilot aims to inform the day-to-day decisions of building equipment operators at 10 large Chicago buildings utilizing smart meters and sub-meters and:
To date, the combination of Chicago's building energy benchmarking program and ComEd's energy efficiency programs have reportedly saved customers more than $2.5 billion in energy costs. (Source: City of Chicago, Various Media, ProudGreenBuilding, Sept., 2017)
Contact: The Accelerate Group, theaccelerategroup.com; ComEd, (312) 394-3500, www.ComEd.com;
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According to DONG Energy, the contract guaranteed "strike" price was £57.50 per mWh, the lowest ever price for UK offshore wind.
(Source: BBC, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy
, Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
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The hospital reports will continue to work in partnership with Toronto Hydro to ensure site preparations for the new patient care tower meet energy efficiency standards. (Source: Toronto Hydro, Inside Toronto, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toronto Hydro, Joe Bile, Manager of Conservation Demand Management Program Delivery and Business Development, (416) 542-8000, www.torontohydro.com; Michael Garron Hospital, (416) 461-8272, http://www.tegh.on.ca/bins/index.asp; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
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The EU has a target to cut emissions by 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and forests acting as "carbon sinks" removing more than 400 Mt CO2 from the atmosphere annually -- equivalent to 10 pct of the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions -- is part of the EU's meeting its carbon reduction targets.
The European Commission's initial proposal for a regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) introduced a "no-debit" or zero target whereby EU countries must offset all deforestation either by equivalent reforestation or improved forest management and thus have a neutral impact on climate change. The Commission proposal also required all 28 EU states to account for the emissions produced from burning biofuels, which was not the case previously.
The MEPs have also adopted a mandatory 2000 -2012 historical baseline obliging EU countries to count all emissions coming from changes in forest management in subsequent years. This means that if a country increased its harvesting levels, the reduction in "carbon sink" capacity would be accounted as a net increase in emissions.
The MEPs also raised the upper limit for forest credits that EU countries can use to offset emissions in other types of land (wetlands, for example) from 3,5 pct to 7 pct of the total current sink capacity of forests.
(Source: European Commission, EURACTIV.com, Various Others 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: European Commission, ec.europa.eu/commission
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Some 500 companies, including 80 in the United States, reported using carbon pricing. Many oil and gas companies such as British energy company BP use an internal, or "shadow," accounting method to track their carbon emissions, it said. Other companies charge carbon fees to internal business units.
According to the World Bank, 42 governments have or plan to have a way to tax carbon emissions or have a cap-and-trade system that allows industries with low emissions to sell their unused permitted capacity to larger emitters.
(Source: C2ES, World Bank, Voice of America, Sept., 2017) Contact: Climate and Energy Solutions , (703) 516-4146, www.c2es.org
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The rule set specific limits on toxins like lead, arsenic and mercury in wastewater from power plants, potentially lowering pollution by 1.4 billion ppy and saving an estimated $500 million in public health costs.
(Source: EPA, Various Media, EcoWatch, 12 Sept., 2017)
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In line with state-level greenhouse gas-reduction goals, the ECAP seeks to lower emissions in the unincorporated county to 15 pct below 2007 levels. Through 2016, the county has achieved 16 pct of its 2020 emissions-reduction target.
Since implementing the plan, the county has received two American Planning Association (APA) awards for its Energy and Climate Action Plan, one from the local APA Central Coast Section and a state-level recognition for Innovation in Green Community Planning. (Source: Santa Barbara County, Noozhawk, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Santa Barbara County, www.CountyofSB.org
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The de Blasio administration is pproposing annual penalties that increase with a building’s size and its fossil-fuel usage. Beginning in 2030, a 30,000-square-foot apartment building that exceeds certain energy targets would pay $60,000 for each year it doesn’t meet the new standards, according to the mayor’s office. A building with 1 million square feet that was operating outside the required efficiency standards would pay as much as $2 million in annual penalties. Buildings not in compliance also would be prevented from receiving permits for major renovations. City officials said they intend to help owners afford energy upgrades through low-interest financing
de Blasio said as he directed city agencies to report by Sept. 30 on their efforts to achieve reductions in carbon emissions.
(Source: Office of NYC Mayor , Washington Post, Others, 13 Sept., 2017)
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The STORNETIC DuraStor® flywheel is purely mechanical and designed for a very high number of charging cycles. Applications include Grid Services, Micro Grids and Island Grids, Hybrid-Systems (e.g. in combination with thermal power stations or batteries), breaking energy of rail vehicles, wind energy, and others. (Source: Stornetic, PR, Facebook, 12 Sept,. 2017) Contact: STORNETC, +49 24 61 65-7100, email@example.com,
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The delegation aimed to "understand, explore and do a circumspective and preliminary analysis of steps to be taken in incorporating this technology into its suite of solutions", a media release said.
(Source: PTI, india.com, ZeeBusiness, Sept., 2017)
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The UK is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Europe and its utilities are among the largest purchasers of EU ETS permits. (Source: EU, Reuters, Others, 11 Sept., 2017)
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This is possible because carbon atoms occur in heavy and light forms, or isotopes, and measuring the relative amounts of each can reveal the source of the carbon. The new instrument, developed by NIST chemists Adam Fleisher and David Long and based on a technology called cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS), promises to dramatically reduce the cost of those measurements "Measuring carbon isotopes is an extremely useful technique, but until now, it has found limited use because of the cost," said Long. "Lowering the cost will open the way for new applications, especially ones that require testing a large number of samples."
The key to these measurements is carbon-14, a radioactive (yet harmless) isotope of carbon that is formed in the upper atmosphere. That carbon-14 finds its way into all living things. Unlike regular carbon, carbon-14 is unstable, with a half-life of 5,730 years. When living things die, they stop incorporating carbon into their bodies, and their carbon-14 starts to decay away.
Fossil fuels also are the remains of living things, mainly plants that died hundreds of millions of years ago. Virtually all their carbon-14 decayed away eons ago, so anything derived from them is marked by the absence of measurable amounts of carbon-14, which is extremely rare.
CRDS instruments analyze gases by detecting the wavelengths of light they absorb. For instance, CO2 that contains carbon-14 -- heavy CO2 -- absorbs a slightly different wavelength than regular CO2.
To test biofuels and bioplastics, you would first burn those materials, then collect the resulting CO2 for analysis. This would allow you to test a fuel mixture to determine what fraction of it is biofuel. In the airline industry, for example, this would be useful because some countries require that aviation fuels include a specific biofuel percentage. Such tests could also be used to verify that bioplastics, which sell for a premium, do not contain petroleum-derived compounds. To estimate fossil fuel emissions in a geographic area, you would collect many air samples across that area and analyze the atmospheric CO2 in those samples. Areas with high fossil fuel emissions, such as cities and industrial zones, will have below-normal concentrations of heavy CO2.
A report from the National Academy of Sciences estimated that 10,000 samples a year, collected at carefully chosen locations around the United States, would be enough to estimate national fossil fuel emissions to within 10 percent of the actual value. Such a system of measurements can increase the reliability of national emissions estimates. This would be especially useful in parts of the world where high-quality emissions data are not readily available.
(Source: NIST, PR, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: NIST, Adam Fleisher, David Long, (301) 975-2758, (303) 497-4044, www.nist.gov
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APS wants to expand the program to include commercial and industrial customers and would grow the program's focus to include an examination of pumped water storage and opportunities to save both energy and water in utility water delivery systems.
The utility this month filed demand management programs that include incentives for smart thermostats, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric school buses and charging infrastructure, water heater timers, and other resources.
APS said it intends to purchase a supply of smart thermostats that include energy efficiency savings functionality and the ability to control the thermostat remotely through a cell phone app. The devices will also be capable of utility communications for use in future demand response events. Thermostats will be provided free for participating customers who meet program requirements.
Among the other programs APS proposed is a "reverse demand response" pilot that aims to address negative pricing in the middle of the day.
The utility wants to shift non-residential load to times when renewable energy abundant, and aims to reduce the need to curtail solar during periods of negative pricing. To be eligible, dispatchable customer load must have a demand of at least 30 kW. (Source: APS, UtilityDive, 12 Sept., 2017)
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The solar installations are intended to cut energy consumption and save operating expenses.
The project is being funded with private capital through the Connecticut Green Bank. The project cost has not been revealed but the savings are estimated at approximately $10 million over 20 years. Installations are slated for additional member schools at future dates.
(Source: Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System, WTNH, AP, 9 Sept., 2017)Contact: Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System, (850) 244-7600, www.ct.edu
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The YC600 works with 60 and 72-cell PV modules and offers dual, independent MPPT per panel. The unit operates within a wide MPPT voltage range. The unit features both integrated ground and DC connectors for fast installation and maintains inherent compliance to NEC 690.12 Rapid Shutdown code requirements. An integrated ZigBee antenna offers broadband communication over a mesh network for accurate data monitoring.
(Source: APsystems, PR, 10 Sept., 2017)
Contact: APsystems, Jason Higginson, Marketing, (206) 774-8524, Jason.Higginson@APsystems.com, www.APsystems.com
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Previously this year, the school received $2.5 million in California Energy Commission grant funding which will enable it to precisely monitor, control and adjust energy use in key buildings and lead to an expected 20 pct saving in energy consumption. The three-year project will enhance existing energy management systems for 10 buildings on campus and will provide for additional occupancy sensors and automated controls as well as optimization of air circulation, lights and thermostats.
Since 2010,the College has implemented programs that include real-time metering for electricity, gas and water on all major buildings and education and social marketing programs to help address climate change and promote sustainable behavior. (Source: Pomona College, Inland Empire, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pomona College, (909) 621-8000, www.pomona.edu
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