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GTT Unloading Smart Home Energy Patent Portfolio (Ind. Report)
GTT Group
Date: 2017-09-27
Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the premier provider of patent analysis and transaction advisory worldwide, is reporting the availability of the Smart Home Energy Management Patent Portfolio related to energy management systems (EMS), methods and devices for local and remote management power usage, battery charging and storage, and security applications for Smart Homes and Buildings. Patents in the portfolio cover a secure EMS control interface, managing network traffic among connected devices using different protocols and controlling the charge/discharge of battery cycles, and others. (Source: GTT Group, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: GTT Group, (503) 200-5168, www.gttgrp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GTT Group,  Energy Management,  


$36Mn Carbon Capture Tech. R&D Funding Announced (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2017-09-25
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office Of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $36 million in Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies financial assistance to advance carbon capture technologies. The funding will support cost-shared R&D projects that will continue the development of carbon capture technologies to either the engineering scale or to a commercial design.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CO2,  CCS,  


CO2 Storage Monitoring Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Edinburgh
Date: 2017-09-25
In Scotland, University of Edinburgh researchers report they have developed a new method of monitoring sequestered carbon by analyzing its chemical fingerprint. Designed to monitor and ensure the safe storage of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the new method will aid the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


Assam Petrochemicals Plans Second Methanol Plant (Int'l)
Assam Petrochemicals Plans Second Methanol Plant (Int’l)
Date: 2017-09-25
In India, Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL) reports will invest close to Rs 1337 Crore to etablish a second unit in Namrup in Upper Assam for the production of methanol and formalin .

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Assam Petrochemicals news,  Methanol news,  


Morgan Stanley Plans Carbon Neutrality by 2022 (Ind. Report)
Morgan Stanley
Date: 2017-09-25
New York-headquartered multinational financial services giant Morgan Stanley reports will seek to source 100 pct of its global electric power requirements from renewable energy sources under a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2022. To that end, the company plans to cut overall energy consumption by 20 pct from 2012 levels, improve energy efficiency and consider power purchase agreements, renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. Morgan Stanley will also join the Climate Group and CDP RE100 Initiative comprised of companies committed to power 100 pct of their operations with renewables.

Since 2006, 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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  CDP,  RE100,  


India Beating China in Climate Change Measures (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-09-25
According to the Bonn-based not-for-profit NGO Germanwatch, India is out-performing China on climate change protection measures deployed as rated by the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). The performance was analyzed on parameters such as emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energies, efficiency and climate policy.

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

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


Statoil Surpasses Climate Target Years Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
tatoil
Date: 2017-09-25
Oslo-headquartered oil and gas producer Statoil reports it has achieved its 2015 target of reducing the CO2 emissions from the Norwegian continental shelf by 1.2 million tpy from 2008 to 2020 -- equal to the annual emissions from some 600 000 vehicles.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Carbon Emissions,  Emission Reductions,  


NZ Green Building Council, Superhome Tours Partnering (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2017-09-25
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is partnering with the Superhome Tours which showcases sustainable houses by providing popular tours of innovative homes. The agreement will see homes on the Superhome Tours verified under the New Zealand Green Building Council's Homestar certification scheme. Homestar is a national rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. (Source: NZ Green Building Council, PR, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: NZ GBC, Andrew Eagles, CEO, www.nzgbc.org.nz

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


Fremont, Michigan Regional Biodigester Reopens (Ind. Report)
Generate Capital,Dynamic Systems Management
Date: 2017-09-22
San Francisco-based waste-to-energy infrastructure specialist Generate Capital Inc. report has resumed operations at the Fremont Regional Digester facility in Michigan. The plant can process approximately 165,000 tpy of organic waste into renewable electricity -- sufficient power for 2.500 homes per year.

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, info@dynamicgrp.com, www.dynamicgrp.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News biodigester,  Dynamic Systems Management,  Generate Capital,  Biogas,  


UK Parliamentary Group Supporting Bioethanol Industry (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-22
In London, a new bi-partisan committee of Parliamentarians and Peers has been launched to support and promote the UK's bioetrhanol industry and products, according to a report in Bioenergy Int'l. The group will hold events and meetings to discuss policy, share news and report on relevant issues as well as holding the government to account on environmental commitments.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  E10,  UK Biofuel,  


EU Lowering Imported Chinese Solar Panel Minimum Prices (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2017-09-22
The EU announced on Sept. 16 that it would progressively reduce the minimum prices that Chinese solar panel makers are allowed to sell their products for in Europe, allowing price cuts every three months beginning Oct. 1 but ending July 2018. Chinese companies that sell below the minimum prices are subject to import duties of up to 64.9 pct. (Source: EU, SA News, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Cell,  China Solar,  


Citigroup Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Ind. Report)
Citigroup
Date: 2017-09-22
NYC-headquartered financial services giant Citigroup reports it will be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. The company is looking at onsite power generation, power purchase agreements and renewable energy credits to help reach its goal.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Citigroup,  


CaGBC Roadmap Recommends Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-09-22
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada, a detailed recommendation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hospitals, universities and other large building accross Canada. The report provides recommendations to retrofit large buildings that will contribute to achieving a reduction in GHG emissions of at least 30 pct -- 12.5 million tonnes -- by 2030, with the potential to reach 51 pct -- 21.2 million tonnes. Among its key findings, the Roadmap concludes that:
  • Achieving a 30 pct or more reduction in building emissions by 2030 is achievable by focusing on a targeted number of buildings that have the greatest potential to reduce carbon;

  • Buildings including office buildings, shopping malls, universities, and arenas constructed between 1960 and 1979 across all provinces represent the age class with the largest opportunity for total carbon emissions reductions;

  • Alberta and Ontario currently emit the most carbon and therefore have the greatest potential for reducing emissions. This is due to the carbon intensity of Alberta's electricity grid and the number of large buildings in Ontario;

  • All provinces will need to prioritize recommissioning for large buildings -- between 25,000 and 200,000 sq.ft -- and deep retrofits for buildings over 35 years old in order to meet the target. These two actions will reduce emissions by a collective total of 4.1 MT CO2e, providing 62 pct of the reduction activity needed;

  • Fuel switching must be completed in 20 pct of buildings over 35 years old across Canada. Currently, fuel switching is particularly attractive in provinces with clean electricity grids such as British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In these regions, significant effort should be put into increasing the adoption of efficient heat pump technology. This will reduce emissions by 1.6 MT CO2e, or 25 pct of the reduction activity needed;

  • In provinces with carbon intense electricity grids -- Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia -- 30 pct of buildings will need to use renewable energy in order to meet the target. This will cut emissions by 0.9 MT CO2e, representing 13 pct of the reduction activity needed.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council ,  


  • Biogas Project Included in Carbon Inv. Fund Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Trust,California Bioenergy
    Date: 2017-09-22
    U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the Climate Trust, reports it will invest more than $862,000 of Climate Trust Capital's Fund I in a covered lagoon digester -- its first carbon investment in the biogas sector.

    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, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com; Climate Trust Capital, (5030 238-1915 x211 , www.climatetrust.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Bioenergy,  CalBio,  Carbon Trust ,  


    Renewable Energy, Environmental Groups Want Maryland's Renewable Energy Standard Increased (Ind. Report)
    Maryland
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Maryland environmental advocates along with renewable energy developers and stakeholders are calling for the state to increase its renewable energy mandate to require 50 pct of the Old Line State's power to come from renewable sources by 2013.

    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)

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


    Bunge Taking 70 pct Stake in Malaysian Palm Oil Firm (Int'l, M&A)
    Bunge
    Date: 2017-09-20
    White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major, palm oil trader and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd. reports it will purchase a 70 pct stake in an un-named Malaysian palm oil producer for $946 mln, to expand its higher-margin food ingredients business.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bunge,  Palm Oil,  


    NYC Mandates Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has announced new requirements for building owners to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of NYC's 14,500 least-efficient buildings, which together produce 24 pct of NYC's total greenhouse gas emissions.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  PACE,  


    TOTAL Acquires GreenFlex Energy Efficiency Business (M&A)
    Total,GreenFlex
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Paris, French energy giant TOTAL is reporting the acquisition of GreenFlex. GreenFlex combines data intelligence and equipment management and financing to help clients efficiently manage their energy consumption. The acquisition will expand TOTAL's energy efficiency offering, over and above the growth of its affiliates BHC Energy in France and Tenag in Germany. TOTAL intends to offer its customers integrated solutions, from optimization of energy needs and sources and finding financing solutions to energy management and emissions measurement and reduction. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

    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, laetitia.maccioni@total.com; Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l, www.total.com, holding.communication-financiere@total.com: GreenFlex, www.greenflex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Total,  GreenFlex,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


    Geneva Airport, Neste Introducing Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l)
    Neste,Carbon War Room
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Switzerland, the Geneva Airport reports that in collaboration with Finland-based Neste it will introduce renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations, targeting at least 1 pct of annual jet fuel consumption from late 2018.

    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, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Neste,  Carbon War Room,  SkyNRG,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Yale Touts University-Wide Carbon Charge Project (Ind. Report)
    Yale University
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In New Haven, Conn., Yale University reports the implementation of a carbon charge designed to effectively tax University buildings for the cost of their CO2 emissions. The initiative, which took effect on July 1, is intended to research and develop lessons relevant to national carbon pricing policy.

    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, casey.pickett@yale.edu, http://carbon.yale.edu, www.yale.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Charge,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Neutral,  


    Oregon Carbon Cap-and-Invest Supporters Look to 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Oregon, democratic supporters of a Cap-and-Invest proposal are laying the groundwork for the Oregon Legislature to take on the issue next year. The bill, which is intended to cut emissions and spur renewable energy, would set an upper limit on the amount of fossil fuels used by Oregon companies and impose a fee on companies that exceed the limit. The money generated would be used on projects that would reduce carbon emissions in Oregon. Republican Cap-an-Invest opponents are painting the proposal as essentially a new tax and not meant for tackling contentious issues such as climate change. (Source: NW News Network, Various Other, 18 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Calif. Passes PACE Consumer Protection Legislation (Ind. Report)
    PACE
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In Sacramento, the California Legislature reports it has approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a comprehensive consumer protection, underwriting and regulatory framework for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) The legislation -- AB 1284 -- would significantly enhance PACE underwriting, regulate PACE at the state level and enforce compliance with all PACE laws by PACE administrators and individual contractors. Specifically, the bill would:
  • Strengthen and standardize the current underwriting standards in PACE based on home equity and on-time mortgage and tax payment history; and require that the most accurate automated valuation models are used for establishing the value of the home;

  • Establish new underwriting standards predicated on income verification and ability-to-pay to determine that property owners can meet their annual PACE obligation in addition to their current debt obligations and basic household expenses; and;

  • Create a licensing and regulatory framework for the PACE industry in California, which will be subject to oversight by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Consumers Energy Efficiency Program Saves Michigan Small Businesses Big Bucks (Ind. Report)
    Consumers Energy
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Michigan's largest utility, Consumers Energy reports its voluntary 8 year old Small Business Energy Efficiency Program has helped more than 10,000 small businesses statewide lower their costs with incentives to cut energy consumption.

    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

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


    Lack of Incentives Stymie Aussie Timber Bio-Fuel Industry (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-20
    In the Land Down Under, the Queensland timber industry reports a lack of government incentives is hindering the development and growth of woody biomass -- wood waste biofuel and power production. Approximately 1 million tpy of wood waste is generated in Queensland, an amount that could create about 100 megawatts of baseload power, according to the industry group Timber Queensland which is investigating the viability of green power plants at the state's sawmills.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic ,  


    Enel Green Power, Anheuser-Busch Ink Major Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Missouri-based beer maker Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser and Stella Artois, is reporting it has sealed a PPA for 152.5 MW of wind energy produced at Enel Green Power's 298 MW Thunder Ranch wind farm near Billings, Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch will receive approximately 610 gigawatt-hours per year of renewable energy -- sufficient to produce 20 billion 12-ounce servings of beer each year. (Source: Anheuser-Busck, Various Media, 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Wind Energy,  


    Wisc. Anaerobic Digestion Project Scores $15Mn Grant (Funding)
    Wisconsin PSC,BC Organics
    Date: 2017-09-18
    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has approved a conditional $15 million Focus on Energy grant to BC Organics, LLC to build and operate a $60 million integrated anaerobic digester project that will be shared by at least nine dairy farms in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy farm manure and other waste. BC Organics is a consortium of 24 members led by Wisconsin-based Dynamic Concepts of Waukesha, along with WEC Energy Group, US Biogas LLC and BioStar Organics.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion news,  Wisc. PSC news,   news,  


    North Western Tribes Taking Carbon Tax Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Tribal leaders in the U.S. Northwest are considering their own plan to tax carbon emissions and are working on a Washington statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot.

    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

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


    N.S. Offshore Wind Takes Back Seat to Newfoundland (Ind. Report)
    Beothuk Energy,Copenhagen Offshore Partners
    Date: 2017-09-18
    mega-wind farm pushed down priority list for parent company Copenhagen Offshore Partners St. John's, Newfoundland-headquartered Beothuk Energy reports its proposed $4-billion, offshore wind energy development off of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is now on hold. The 1,000-megawatt was planned to utilize Wind turbines on gravity bases in water no deeper than 30 metres.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Beothuk Energy,  Offshore Wind,  


    California 100 pct Renewable Energy Bill Quashed (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Last Saturday in Sacramento, the California state legislature defeated a pair of bills to create a regional electrical grid and a measure that would have required all electricity in the state to come from non-carbon renewable energy sources by 2045.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  California Renewable Energy,  


    EP Votes to Rein In EU ETS Aviation Emissions (Int'k)
    ICAO,European Union
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Last week in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) voted to place a firm time limit on the continued exemption of intercontinental aircraft emissions from participating in the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), putting it at odds with the more flexible approach backed by the European Commission. The Parliament also voted to reduce the amount of free allowances from 85 pct to 50 pct awarded to airlines under the EU ETS. Revenue from the auctioned allowances is used to fund EU member climate change policies.

    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, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  EU ETS,  ICAO,  


    Salalah Methanol's August Production Hits 8 Mn MT (Int'l Report)
    Salalah Methanol Company
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In Dubai, the Salalah Methanol Company LLC (SMC) reports it has reached a new production milestone of 8 million metric tonnes (8 MMT) in August. The 8 year ols company is wholly owned by Oman Oil Company (OOC). SMC, which owns and operates the methanol production facility in the Salalah Free Zone located near the Port of Salalah, recently secured a $728 million project finance facility 12 international, regional and local banks for funding an ammonia project. (Source: Salalah Methanol, Oman Tribune, 17 Sept., 2017) Contact: Salalah Methanol Company, +968 2321 8800, www.smc.co.om

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Salalah Methanol Company,  Methanol,  


    Dutch Heavy Ind. GHG Emissions Virtually Stagnate (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In the Netherlands, the Dutch Emissions Authority is reporting Dutch heavy industry GHG emission levels have remained at virtually the same levels -- with only a 4 pct drop -- since the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) was launched in 2005.

    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

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


    Enerkem's Edmonton Ethanol-from-Waste Plant Begins Commercial Production (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Following on our May 3rd coverage, Montreal-headquartered biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada. The plants is the world's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal solid waste, according to Enerkem.

    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, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Biofuels,  Cellolosic Ethanol,  


    MSU Studying Camelina as Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Michigan State University
    Date: 2017-09-18
    Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing reports it will use a $10 million U.S. Energy Department grant to study the metabolism and genes of the camelina oil seed plant, a biofuel feedstock . The research is aimed at achieving a 300 percent increase per acre in production, according to AP coverage. Camelina, which requires less water or fertilizer to grow than most food crops, has been used to produce aviation Biofuels and other products. (Source: Michegan State University, AP, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Camelina news,  Biofuel Feedstock news,  


    Chicago Launches Smart Building Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
    Accelerate Group,Green Building
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Chicago, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in partnership with local utility ComEd and the Accelerate Group, reports it is launching the Smart Building Operations Pilot, an innovative program that uses real-time energy data to incentivize energy-efficient choices.

    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:

  • Information -- The building will collect and display energy-use data in real time (or near‐real time), providing direct feedback to a building operator on the energy impact of their actions;

  • Interpretation -- The building will calculate an energy-use baseline, against which performance will be tracked every half hour, daily, and monthly. To raise awareness, building operators will receive alerts when energy use exceeds or is expected to exceed the baseline;

  • Motivation -- The program will provide an achievable and meaningful incentive to improve. ComEd will provide up to $5,000 up-front to cover hard costs and $0.05 for each kWh saved compared to the building's baseline.

    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;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Building,  Accelerate Group,  ComEd,  EDF,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  


  • DONG Wins World's Biggest Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
    DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the UK, the BBC is reporting DONG Energy has been awarded a contract for Hornsea Project Two, the world's largest offshore wind farm located in the North Sea 55 miles off the coast of Bridlington, East Yorkshire. At 1,386 megawatts, Hornsea Two, which is slated for completion in 2022, could generate sufficient power for more than 1.3 million UK homes.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Hornsea,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Toronto Hospital Awarded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Toronto Hydro,Michael Garron Hospital
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Toronto, the Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) has received $200,000 in incentive funding from the municipal power utility Toronto Hydro for achieving excellent energy savings and contributing to Ontario's conservation targets with its new, upgraded cooling tower system which will be constructed to LEED silver certification standards.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Toronto Hydro,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    Forest Carbon "Sinks" Added to EU 2030 Carbon Budget (Int'l Report)
    EU
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Brussels, European Union Parliamentarians (MEPs) report their approval of new rules for accounting for the "negative emissions" from forestry as part of the EU's 2030 climate change policy.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Carbon Sink,  Forest Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Major Corporations Calculating Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Footprint,World Bank
    Date: 2017-09-15
    According to a recent report from Arlington, Virginia-based Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. and General Motors are among the major companies worldwide calculating how much they spend on carbon emissions to show investors they are concerned about global warming. The report also found that over 700 other worldwide businesses are planning to introduce "carbon pricing" by 2018. Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emission,  Climate and Energy Solutionss,  Carbon Footprint,  


    EPA Delays Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Waste Rule (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports it has "formally" postponed implementation of the Obama administration regulations governing waste from coal-fired power plants.

    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)

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


    Santa Barbara County Cutting GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the Golden State, Santa Barbara County reports that by following its 2015 Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) it has cut greenhouse-gas emissions by an estimated 30,605 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent -- equivalent to removing almost 6,500 cars off local roads for 12 months.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


    New York’s buildings emit most of its greenhouse gases. The mayor has a plan to change that.

    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has announced a first-of-a-kind initiative to force aging buildings to become more energy efficient by mandating that owners of existing buildings larger than 25,000 square feet invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, insulation and hot-water heaters in the years ahead. If approved by the City Council, the requirements would apply to about 14,500 private and municipal buildings, which the mayor’s office says collectively account for nearly a quarter of New York City’s emissions. Most buildings would need to comply with new efficiency targets by 2030.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF (Int'l)
    EDF,Stornetic
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Julich, Germany-headquartered flywheel energy storage specialist STORNETIC reports it has delivered its DuraStor® Flywheel Energy Storage system to the EDF Concept Grid site near Paris where it will be used in an advanced smart grid project. The project will assess the DuraStor® flywheel energy storage technology in a modern grid environment and special customer requirements.

    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, info@stornetic.com, www.stornetic.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF,  Stornetic,  Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  


    India Investigating Carbon Capture Utilization Storage (Int'l)
    CCSU
    Date: 2017-09-13
    The Press Trust of India is reporting that as part of India's Paris Climate Accord commitment, an Indian delegation attended an international meeting in Alabama last week looking into India's possible adaptation of Carbon Capture Utilization Storage (CCUS) from fossil fuel power plants and similar large-scale emitters.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  CCUS,  


    EU MEPs Considering UK's Post-Brexit EU ETS Status (Int'l)
    EU ETS,Brexit
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Reuters is reporting that European Union Parliamentarians(EU MEPs) will today to protect the EU carbon market -- EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) from collapse brought about by the UK's withdrawal -- Breixt -- from the EU. It is feared that the EU ETS scheme of carbon prices and credit trading could crash if the Brexit negations prove slow and the UK fails to reach at least a transitional trade deal with the EU before its complete withdrawal from the 28 member trading bloc less than two years from now. EU lawmakers will vote on a proposal to void all emissions permits issued by a country exiting the EU.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Brexit,  Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  


    Identifying Carbon Compounds Derived from Fossil Fuels (Ind. Report)
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laboratory instrument that can measure how much of the carbon in many carbon-containing materials was derived from fossil fuels. This will open the way for new methods in the biofuels and bioplastics industries, in scientific research, and environmental monitoring. Among other things, it will allow scientists to measure how much of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere came from burning fossil fuels, and to estimate fossil fuel emissions in an area as small as a city or as large as a continent.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Standards and Technology,  Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Arizona Public Service wants to boost customer storage incentive funding 50%
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2017-09-12
    Arizona Public Service's slate of efficiency and demand-side management programs for 2018 includes expanding the utility's Demand Response, Energy Storage and Load Management program by boosting funding from $4 million to $6 million and broadening the pool of eligible participants.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Connecticut Colleges Begin Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In New Britain, he Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system reports solar energy is being installed on three of its 17 member campuses -- Manchester and Middlesex Community Colleges Southern Connecticut State University.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    APsystems Unveils Advanced Solar Microinverter (New Prod & Tech)
    APsystems
    Date: 2017-09-11
    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--APsystems introduces the YC600, a dual-module, utility-interactive microinverter with Reactive Power Control (RPC) technology and Rule 21 grid support functionality at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, NV. The first of its kind, the YC600 was designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels, offer enhanced capability and meet the latest grid compliance standards, including UL 1741 SA requirements for California Rule 21 as well as voltage and frequency ride through and RPC for European and Australian DER requirements.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microinverter,  Solar,  


    Pomona College Committed to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Pomona College
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In the Golden State, Pomona College in Claremont reports it has committed to "CN 2030" -- carbon neutrality, without purchasing carbon credits, by the year 2030. To that end, the college must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero then offset an equivalent amount of any remaining emissions by retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, investing in off-site renewables and promoting alternative transportation programs.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutrality,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  

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