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EnergyAustralia, Redback Launch Residential Energy Management System (New Prod. & Tech.)
EnergyAustralia,Redback Technologies
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Land Down Under, electric power and gas retailer EnergyAustralia's $9.3 million investment in Brisbane-based energy management business Redback Technologies last October has now born fruit with the company launching the Redback Smart Hybrid System for homes today.

The energy management and storage system combines solar inverter, a battery enclosure and intelligent energy management software in a single outdoor hub which can be paired with solar panels and batteries. It also has an app so users can access, monitor and control their energy use from a smartphone or tablet.

Retailer EnergyAustralia estimates an average home would save around $1,500 annually when the system is combined with solar panels and a battery. A complete new system would cost around $9,000 to install or $7,000 to retrofit to existing solar panels, based on inverter modifications, and pay for itself within seven years.

The Redback Smart Hybrid Inverter has a 5 kW power output and the potential to store up to 13.2 kWh of electricity -- sufficient for 75 pct of the average home's daily energy needs. The modular design means a homeowner can start with 3.3kWh of storage and add more battery units over time. (Source: Energy Australia, Business Insider Australia, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: EnergyAustralia, Andrew Perry, www.energyaustralia.com.au; Redback Technologies, +61 1300 240 182, https://redbacktech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyAustralia,  Redback Technologies,  Energy Management,  


Watertown Mass. Examines Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Watertown Mass., USGBC
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Bay State, the Watertown Town Council is considering major changes in energy efficiency standards that would require new buildings in all Watertown commercial corridors to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard.

Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review. Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard. The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects. According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning, http://www.watertown-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=85; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU Legislators Back 40 pct Energy Efficiency Target (Int'l)
EC
Date: 2017-09-11
Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Environment Committee reports it has agreed to raise the 28-mmember trading bloc's proposed 30 pct legally-binding target under the Paris Climate Agreement to 40 pct, post 2020. The MEPs also agreed to close several loopholes that undermined annual energy savings.

Current European Union energy efficiency legislation obliges member states to save the equivalent of 1.5 pct of energy sold to consumers every year. But there are a number of loopholes which mean savings across the EU are reduced to just 0.75 pct including exempting the transport sector from the obligations. (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 8 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Union,  European Commission,  Energy Efficiency Target,  


NASA Climate Missions Threatened by Trump Budget (Ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2017-09-11
The White House has announced President Trump's intention to nominate Representative James Bridenstine, (R-Okla) as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator.

If appointed and confirmed, Bridenstine, who is best known for his views on climate change and opening space to commercial plunder, would be tasked with implementing Trump's proposed budget cuts which would slash as much as $561 million from NASA's annual budget and ground the following NASA education programs and climate-related satellite missions:

  • the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a satellite currently in space monitoring solar wind, or the charged particles being flung outward by the sun;

  • The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Environment (PACE) mission which is slated for launch within the next five to six years and will keep an eye on the seas, which is crucial to understanding how the planet responds to climate change;

  • The Orbiting Carbon Observatory and the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, both of which measure climate change, rising sea levels and other applications could also be cut. (Source: Common Science, NASA, Gonzaga Bulletin, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (818) 354-7716, www.nasa.gov; Rep. James Bridenstine, https://bridenstine.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Climate Change,  


  • DOE Reports Additional $8.8Mn for Algae Tech. Innovations (R&D)
    DOE ,BETO
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The U.S. Department of Energy is reporting the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million for projects that will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms in order to reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The funding for this initiative now totals over $16 million.

    The organizations selected include:

  • The Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with Global Algae Innovations, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Colorado State University, will improve the productivity of wild algal strains using advanced directed evolution approaches in combination with high-performance, custom-built, solar simulation bioreactors;

  • The University of California, San Diego, will develop genetic tools, high-throughput screening methods, and breeding strategies for green algae and cyanobacteria, targeting robust production strains;

  • The University of Toledo, in partnership with Montana State University and the University of North Carolina, will cultivate microalgae in high-salinity and high-alkalinity media to achieve productivities without needing to add concentrated carbon dioxide;

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will ecologically engineer algae to encourage growth of bacteria that efficiently remineralize dissolved organic matter to improve carbon dioxide uptake and simultaneously remove excess oxygen. (Source: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Algae,  Algal Biofuel,  Algae Biofuel,  


  • Japanese Biomass Power Capacity on the Rise (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-11
    In Tokyo, a Nikkei survey of 45 companies, including major power providers and members of a renewable energy industry group with combined biomass power generation capacity of 800,000kW, has found that the country's present 3.1 million kilowatts biomass power generation capacity is set to increase by 1.7 million kilowatts for a total of 4.8 million kilowatts by 2023. The survey also found that investment is expected to top ¥700 billion ($6.42 billion) over the same period. (Source: Asian Review, Nikkei, 7 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    Burning Coal Methane for Carbon Credits Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Strategies Corp.
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Lakewood, Colorado-based Global Carbon Strategies Corp. (GCS) reports it plans to "flare" up to 400,000 million btu of vented coal mine methane gas per year from 6 "gob" mines in Utah under a five-year contract with Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

    Under federal legislation, mine operators are permitted to vent mine methane without penalty. GCS' proposal qualifies under California's cap-and-trade system.

    GCS will pay a 12.5-cent royalty per million btu flared, plus $5,000 per year per mine in rent. Carbon offsets are currently selling for $5.80 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent.

    According to the EPA, coal mines represent 12 pct of all human-caused methane emissions and are the nation's second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after CO2. Even so, methane emissions from mines are exempted from regulation under the Clean Air Act because the gas has to be vented from underground coal deposits to prevent lethal explosions.

    To calculate the carbon offsets the methane destruction is worth, GCS is relying on Salt Lake City-based consulting firm Bluesource, which will register the offsets with the Climate Action Reserve. They could then be issued California Air Resources Board (CARB) which has authorized 7 mines to join the offset program. (Source: GCS, CARB, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017) Contact: Global Carbon Strategies, C. Kennedy, VP, 1885 Denver West Court, Lakewood, Colorado, 80401, -- phone and email not presently available; Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, (801) 538-5100, https://trustlands.utah.gov; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; Bluesource, www.bluesource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluesource,  California ARB,  ,  Global Carbon Strategies,  Methane,  Carbon Credit ,  


    Has Joule Unlimited Reached its Limit? (Ind. Report)
    Joule Unlimited
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Bedford, Mass.-headquartered Joule Unlimited Inc. is reportedly quitting the biofuels business and has laid off most of its 120 employees, sold its New Mexico manufacturing facility, and is trying to sell its patents, according to the Boston Globe.

    The decade-old biofuels company raised at least $200 million in venture capital to commercialize a process that would convert carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into fuels using microorganisms. (Source: xeconomy, Boston Globe, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Joule Unlimited, Felicia Krupps, (781) 533-9121, fkrupps@jouleunlimited.com, www.jouleunlimited.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule Unlimited,  Biofuel,  


    Toms River Schools Plans $17Mn in Energy Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Energy Savings Improvement Program
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In the Garden State, the Toms River Regional School District reports it is planning $17 million in infrastructure upgrades through an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) that will fund the upgrades through energy cost savings, the district announced.

    ESIP allows public entities to finance and pay for capital upgrades with the energy cost savings generated by installing energy conservation measures (ECMs) without tax increases to the public. The typical energy conservation measures include LED lighting and controls, HVAC systems, boilers, building envelope improvements (the building envelope is the walls, the roof, windows, doors, anything that separates the outside of the building from the inside) and energy management systems.

    The ESIP related upgrades will be implemented with the assistance of Maser Engineering, DCO Energy and CDI, and a district news release said it will be self-funding and budget neutral. The completed project will deliver $1.1 million in New Jersey Clean Energy Program incentives and more than $900,000 per year energy cost savings, according to a School District news release . (Source: Toms River Regional School District, Toms River Patch, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toms River Regional School District, (732) 473-9168www.trschools.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Savings Improvement Program ,  


    BEC Cutting Westlakes Science & Tech. Park Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Britain's Energy Coast
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Cumbria, UK, Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) reports the appointment of the Bolton-based construction firm Forrest as a new energy contractor and partner at BEC's Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven. The appointment is intended to bring low carbon power generation and export capabilities to Westlakes in a bid to cut its carbon footprint.

    Forrest, based in Bolton, will be developing a plan based on smart-microgrids and energy technologies for the two-square-mile site. It will also explore the energy efficiency of the existing property portfolio, asset and maintenance plans and future developments will be taken into consideration for a fully integrated solution. It is thought their plan could use distributed energy, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, and energy efficiency measures.

    Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) owns, operates, develops and regenerates high quality property assets and uses the profits to facilitate programmes that improve the area and support low carbon goals. (Source: BEC, Cumbria Life, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Britain's Energy Coast, Michael Pemberton, CEO, +44 1946 595200, http://britainsenergycoast.co.uk; Forrest, +44 1942 841122, www.forrest.co.uk

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


    EDP Renewables, Cummins Ink Indiana Wind Farm VPA (Ind. Report)
    EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Following on our August 21 coverage, Columbus, Ohio-headquartered heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturer Cummins reports it has inked a 15-year "virtual-power purchase agreement" (VPA) with Houston-based EDP Renewables North America to expand the Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex which operates hundreds of turbines spread out over White, Jasper, and Benton counties in northern Indiana.

    The deal will allow EDP to add 25 to 35 turbines to the facility to generate an additional 262,000 MWh per year of capacity -- sufficient to power 20,000 average Indiana homes.

    Under a VPPA, a company agrees to pay a renewable-energy-project developer a fixed rate for electricity over a contracted period, usually 10 to 20 years, while continuing to buy electricity from the local utility. The company does not get the energy directly. Instead, the developer sells the power onto the grid, where it is bought by other consumers at wholesale prices. (Source: Cummins, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Mark Dhennin, Dir. Energy and Environment, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, www.cummins.com; EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cummins Diesel,  EDP Renewables North America,  Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,  


    US Methanol's W.Va. Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    US Methanol
    Date: 2017-09-08
    US Methanol is reporting groundbreaking at its first American facility, Liberty One, in Institute, near CHarleston, West Virginia. The 200,000 metric tpy methanol is expected to fully operational in mid-2018.

    The Liberty One facility will incorporate parts of a deconstructed methanol production plant from Rio De Janerio. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved a $10 million loan in May in developing the site for use. (Source: US Methanol LLC, WV Metro News, Others, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: US Methanol LLC, (681) 205-8511, info@usmeoh.com, www.usmeoh.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol,  Methanol,  


    DONG Dismantling First Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-09-08
    DONG Energy is reporting the dismantling of its first offshore wind farm. All salvageable turbine components and parts will be reused when possible while the blades will be reused in an innovative noise barrier concept. Prior to this, however, some of the blades will become part of a research project at DTU Riso. Components that are not immediately reusable have been transported to a certified recovery company.

    "This is the first time we're dismantling an offshore wind farm, but luckily, we've been able to draw on our vast experience from constructing offshore wind farms and working offshore," says Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer in DONG Energy. "In cooperation with the winning contractors, we developed the dismantling method and entered a long process with the authorities to obtain all necessary permits." (Source: DONG Energy, PR, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer, www.dongenergy.com

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


    Swedish Timber Firm Investing $12.5Mn in Biofuel Production (Int'l)
    Sodra Timber
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer Sodra reports it will invest more than SEK 100 million ($12.5 million) in the production of biomethanol from forest biomass raw material. The project is expected to bet underway shortly and is scheduled to be ready for operation by spring 2019, according to a company release.

    The plant will produce 5,000 tpy of biomethanol. from crude methanol produced by the manufacturing process at Sodra's new Monsteras pulp mill. (Source: Sodra, Lesprom 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sodra Timber, +46 470 89000, www.sodra.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sodra Timber,  Biomethanol,  Biofuel,  


    31 Utilities Added Energy Storage Project in 2016 (Ind. Report)
    Smart Electric Power Alliance
    Date: 2017-09-08
    According to a recent Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) survey, 71 utilities report having at least one energy storage installation deployed in their service territory at the end of 2016 and 80 pct of utility respondents reported they are currently implementing or considering energy storage to defer grid investments. Within that group, 31 utilities said they deployed their first energy storage project last year.

    According to 155 utility survey respondents, 207 megawatts/257 MWh of energy storage were added to the grid last year, across 829 systems. Residential deployments accounted for 4.5 megawatts/7.5 MWh; non-residential deployments accounted for 54 megawatts/68 MWh and utility-owned deployments totaled 151 megawatts/181.6 MWh.

    Utilities provided cumulative and 2016 data on energy storage installations interconnected in their service territories prior to December 31, 2016. Energy storage installations included in the results include batteries, flow batteries, kinetic energy storage (such as flywheels), supercapacitors, and compressed air energy storage. The survey did not include pumped hydropower, thermal energy storage, or electric vehicles. (Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance, GTM, Various Media, September 07, 2017) Contact: Smart Electric Power Alliance, (202) 857-0898, https://sepapower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance ,  Energy Storage,  


    China Set for November Carbon-Trading Plan Launch (Int'l)
    National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Following-up on our February 6 coverage, after four years of pilot programs in 7 cities and provinces involving more than 2,000 "high emitting" companies and manufacturers, China is set to finally launch a nationwide cap-and-trade carbon-trading system in November to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the system will cover companies with annual energy consumption of over 10,000 metric tons of standard coal. These companies are primarily in the petrochemical, chemical, building materials, iron and steel, nonferrous metals, paper, electric utilities and aviation sectors.

    Carbon markets have been operating successfully in the European Union -- EU ETS -- and the U.S. state of California, despite some problems in determining prices and emissions caps. In time, China's national trading system could become the largest in the world and could help China meet its pledges to cut carbon emissions per unit of gdp by 40-45 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and reach peak emissions by around 2030, according to the NDRC. (Source: NDRC, Radio Free Asia, Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Cap-and-Trade,  China Carbon Market,  China National Development and Reform Commission ,  


    Minneapolis Convention Center Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Minnesota, the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC LEED certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM).

    Last spring, the MCC completed a major sustainability effort to install a 250,000-gallon storm water system, which allows the facility to divert an estimated 5.4 million gallons of runoff rainwater annually from the river and redirect it to an underground storage system for the venue's irrigation. Other center energy efficiency initiatives and measures include offsetting energy usage by 100 pct with solar and wind power; recycling 60 pct of waste in 2016; collecting 160 tons of organics for hog feed and composting; donating 4 tons of food per year and others. (Source: Minneapolis Convention Center, Trade Show News Network, Sept., 2017) (Contact: Minneapolis Convention Center, Jeff Johnson, Exec. Dir., (612) 335-6000, www.minneapolis.org/minneapolis-convention-center; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


    Arch Coal Seeking BLM Methane Emissions Concessions (Ind. Report)
    Arch Coal
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Colorado's North Fork Valley, Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk coal mining operations, the state's largest methane emitter and the nation's second largest coal miner, is asking the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cut the royalties it pays on some of the coal it extracts. The BLM is reportedly prepared to cut the royalties from 8 to 5 percent for a part of the mine where extracting coal is technically challenging and thus more expensive. The West Elk mine is on federal land, so its royalties are split between the federal Treasury and the state, which shares its portion with local government.

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) has come out in support of the discount on the proviso that Arch Coal commits to developing a methane capture strategy. To date, the state has led the nation in requiring oil and gas producers -- but not coal miners -- to control methane emissions.(Source: Arch Coal, BLM, High Country News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper,  Arch Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Methane,  BLM,  Coal Bed Methane,  


    1884 UMass Chapel Wins LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In the Bay State, the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports its recently renovated 1884 vintage Old Chapel has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold Certification after extensive energy efficiency and other structural upgrade completed by the architectural firm Finegold Alexander.

    In 2015, a $21 million renovation, addition, and preservation effort got underway including: a 21 pct cut in overall energy use through added insulation; exhaust air recovery system installation; improved interior and exterior lighting power density, and variable speed pumping on chilled and hot water distribution; 34 pct reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures; 82 pct of new wood products are FSC Certified; 83 pct of existing structural elements were reused; 84 pct of construction waste was diverted from landfills; high efficiency LED light fixtures were used throughout;comprehensive transportation management plan; water efficient landscaping that improves site ecology without permanent irrigation methods; and others. (Source: UMass, USGBC, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: UMass Amherst, www.umass.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Library's Sustainability, Energy Efficiency Recognized (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Juneau, Alaska, the Mendenhall Valley Public Library is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification -- the building in the state capital to receive LEED Gold certification. Only two buildings in Alaska have received platinum certification: the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park, and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks.

    The library's energy efficient features include: low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials; strategically-placed clerestory windows to take advantage of natural light while minimizing heat loss; ground source geothermal heating system; and others. The USGBC LEED rating system determined the building to be 48 pct more efficient than their baseline building. (Source: USGBC, PropudGreenBuilding, Juneau Empire, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Delta Americas HQ Wins CBE Livable Buildings Award (Ind. Report)
    Delta Americas ,UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Fremont, California-headquartered power and thermal management solutions specialist Delta Americas is reporting its headquarters building has been honored by UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE), earning an Honorable Mention in its 2017 Livable Buildings Award program.

    The LEED Platinum certified net-zero-energy HQ building's sustainable design and high quality-of-life properties were instrumental in its receiving the honor.

    Based on its calculated energy usage in 2016, the HQ building's Energy Use Intensity (EUI) achieved 21.6, indicating the facility saved 90 pct more energy than traditional buildings (Average EUI: 212)*1. In July of this year, the building achieved full net-zero operation, with its solar energy generation surpassing consumption.

    The Delta America Headquarters utilizes many of Delta's own technologies, such as its solar PV inverters, energy-savings variable frequency drives, elevator power regeneration technologies, a wireless outdoor LED lighting system, InfraSuite Datacenter infrastructure solutions, electric vehicle charging solutions, and building automation management and Delta Energy Online software. In 2016, Delta was recognized by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level. (Source: Deltas America, PR, IBN, 31 Aug., 2017) :Contact: Deltas America, M.S. Huang, Pres., www.deltaww.com; UC Berkley Center for the Built Environment, (510) 642-4950, cbe@berkeley.edu, www.cbe.berkeley.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UC BerkleyCenter for the Built Environment,  Delta Americas ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    ENOC Launches Biodiesel 5 in Dubai (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Emirates National Oil Company
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Dubai, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) is reporting the introduction of Biodiesel 5, a biodiesel transportation fuel product produced from vegetable oil, waste cooking oil and animal fats. The fuel can be used in diesel engines and has proven to reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new product is in line with the UAE Energy Plan leading up to 2050 which targets an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the country's economic requirements and environmental goals. (Source: ENOC, Albawaba Business, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: ENOC, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO, www.enoc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates National Oil Company,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


    Aussie Tidal Energy Project Sets Power Production Record (Int'l)
    Atlantis Resources
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In the Land Down Under, tidal energy specialist Atlantis Resources is reporting a world record 700MWh--2GWh production output for a tidal stream power station from its facility in Scotland's Pentland Firth.

    The Meygen project incorporates multiple machines and is the largest tidal stream energy project in the world. The project's 4, 1.5MW turbines generate sufficient power for about 2,000 homes. (Source: Atlantis Resources, Renew Economy, Others, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantis Resources,  Tidal Power,  Ocean Power,  


    Senvion Wins 62-MW Austrian Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
    Senvion,Windkraft Simonsfeld AG
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Wind turbine manufacturer  Senvion reports the signing of contracts with Windkraft Simonsfeld AG under which it will supply 20 wind turbines with a total output of 62 megawatts (MW) for four projects in Lower Austria. The two companies previously worked together on four Austrian wind projects totally approximately 65 MW. For all four projects, Senvion has signed full-service contracts lasting 15 years with extensions for up to 20 years. The wind farms are expected to be constructed between 2018 and 2020/21.(Source: Senvion, Sun & Wind, Others,1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Windkraft Simonsfeld AG, +43 25 76 324, www.wksimonsfeld.at; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Windkraft Simonsfeld AG,  


    Notable Quote
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-09-06
    "We're taking action on a number of issues I know mean a lot to people here in Saskatoon and across this great province. That includes moving forward with our plan to put a price on carbon pollution.

    "I know this can be a contentious issue but I also know it's the best way for Canada to reduce emissions while we grow our economy in a clean and sustainable way." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 31 Aug., 2017)

    Editor's Note: Last December, eleven Canadian provinces and territories -- excluding Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- agreed to the carbon price plan in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The federal government wants provinces to phase in carbon pricing that would reach $50 a tonne by 2022 or develop a cap-and-trade system. If the provinces fail to do so, the feds have promised to impose a plan upon them.

    The Manitoba government of Premier Brian Pallister (PC) has been considering a $25 per tonne carbon tax by 2022 -- half of what the federal government has insisted must be in place by 2022. Manitoba farmers would be exempt from the tax, which, at $25 per tonne, would raise $250 million annually and add about $6.00 to the cost of a 50-litre tank of gasoline and up the cost of an average home's natural gas heating cost by $265 per year. (Source: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Canada Press, Others, Contact: Government of Manitoba, Premier Hon. Brian Pallister, premier@leg.gov.mb.ca

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


    Nordex Cost Cutting Cuts 400 - 500 Jobs (Int'l Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Wind turbine maker Nordex reports it is axing 400 to 500 jobs in Germany and other European centers by the end of 2017. Globally, the company employs approximately 5,200. The move is seen as a cost-cutting measure in the face of declining demand and "market conditions." (Source: Nordex, Various Media, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  


    Biocoal Woodchip R&D May Cut Steel CO2 Emissions (Int'l, R&D)
    Biocoal,SSAB
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Stockholm, Sweden, steelmaker SSAB and metallurgy specialist Swerea MEFOS are reporting a SEK13,000,000 ($1,632,295) research project that they claim could cut carbon emissions from steelmaking by as much as 30 pct by using biocoal -- woody biomass -- in blast furnace-based steel manufacturing. SSAB presently accounts for approximately 10 pct of Sweden's CO2 emissions.

    According to the SSAB - Swerea MEFOS joint release, the project will showcase the possible replacement of black coal with pre-treated biomass products from forestry operations. The project is expected to begin operational testing in 2018/2019. (Source: SSAB, Swerea NEFOS, Steel Times, Int'l., 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Swerea MEFOS, www.swerea.se/en/mefos; SSAB, Era Kapilashrami, head of metallurgy, www.ssab.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biocoal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Amec Foster Wheeler Scores $604Mn Methanol Plant Contract (Ind. Report)
    Amec Foster Wheeler
    Date: 2017-09-06
    London, UK-headquartered Amec Foster Wheeler reports it has been awarded a $604 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) fixed price contract for part of a $1.85 billion methanol plant being developed by Yuhuang Chemical, a US-based subsidiary of China's Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Company.

    The project, which includes the construction of a 1.8 million-tpy methanol plant, is being built at YCI's 1,300-acre site in St. James Parish, Louisiana. (Source: Amec Foster Wheeler, Digital Look, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: Amec Foster Wheeler, Jonathan Lewis, CEO, +44 (0)20 7429 7500, www.amecfw.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AMEC news,  Amec Foster Wheeler news,  Methanol news,  


    Nigeria Joining CORSIA Aviation Carbon Emissions Scheme (Int'l)
    NCAA,CORSIA
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Ikeja, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) reports Nigeria will join the C02 Emissions Mitigation Measures and Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) implementation when the pilot phase of the program takes off in 2021.

    The NCAA also reports the country has developed and submitted its State Action Plan to ICAO and Nigeria was joining CORSIA to be able to contribute to solutions for carbon emission. NCAA adds it has developed State Action Plan and measures to address CO2 emissions from international aviation through aircraft technology; operational improvements; sustainable alternative fuel for aviation; and others. (Source: NCAA, ICAO, Gistmaster, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman, Director General, CEO, +234 1 493 0026, www.ncaa.gov.ng; CORSIA details HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


    RMP Inks Alternative Solar Net-Metering Program (Ind. Report)
    Rocky Mountain Power,Utah Division of Public Utilities
    Date: 2017-09-01
    Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), Utah's largest power provider reports it has agreed with the Utah Division of Public Utilities to drop its bid to change the way customers with rooftop solar pay for their power and will instead grandfather in existing net-metering customers until the year 2035 and decrease the value of credits customers receive in exchange for the excess power their panels generate.

    Under the terms of the agreement, RMP will continue to accept new net-metering applications through Nov. 15 then cap that program to new customers. Existing and households with new rooftop solar installations will be treated more or less as any other residential customer after Nov. 15th. RMP also agreed to author a study on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar that will be used to establish a permanent rate for surplus power delivered to the utility when the transition period ends. Net-metering customers will continue to receive credits from Rocky Mountain Power for surplus power as they currently do, through the year 2035. The utility currently credits rooftop solar customers the equivalent of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, according to Rocky Mountain Power. The agreement is subject to the Utah Public Services Commission approval.

    (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net; Utah Division of Public Utilities, (801) 530-7622, https://publicutilities.utah.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Solar,  Net Metering,  


    EPA Temporarily Waives Ren. Fuel Blending Requirements (Ind. Report)
    RFA
    Date: 2017-09-01
    Following on our August 25th coverage, the Washington Examiner is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday approved a fuel blending waiver in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, and D.C. -- due to possible fuel supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the elimination of the volatility requirements for gasoline allows the corn ethanol industry to sell higher 15-pct ethanol blends in the gasoline supply in those states, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) which earlier this week lobbied the EPA head Scott Pruitt to issue a national fuel waiver.

    The EPA fuel waiver will make it easier for gasoline and diesel supplies to be distributed by relaxing Clean Air Act regulations that require special blends be made available to meet state-specific emission requirements. Current EPA emission rules don't allow for E15 to be blended in the summer because of its high fuel volatility and pressure rating. The new waiver relaxes those requirements for reformulated gasoline and low volatility gasoline through Sept. 15, opening up an opportunity to sell more E15 from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic. (Source: RFA, Washington Examiner, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E15,  Ethanol Blend,  RFA,  Fuel Emissions ,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  


    GSU R&D Photosynthesis Insight Could Yield Novel Solar Cell Design (Ind. Report)
    Georgia State University
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In Atlanta, Researchers from Georgia State University (GSU) report they have explored a concept called "inverted-region electron transfer," which could lead to new cells that could harness energy, such as hydrogen gas.

    The team analyzed the photosynthetic reaction centers found in the freshwater cyanobacterium species Synechocystis, which possess the same machinery used in this process as plants. During this procedure, plants absorb energy from the sun, making an electron move rapidly across the cell membrane. The electron essentially never returns to its starting point, which is what makes solar energy capture so efficient in plants. By contrast, the electron often returns to its starting points in artificial solar cells, causing the contained energy to be lost.

    In a statement the researchers said the "findings point to new ways on how one might think about designing artificial solar cells that can be used, for example, for producing hydrogen gas, which can be used as a clean and renewable fuel."

    This understanding could be useful in the solar market industry which is focused on enhancing production of solar technology and driving down costs. The work has revealed one design principle that is at play in efficient solar energy conversion in plants, and the hope is that this principle could be utilized in the design of new and better types of artificial solar cells, according to the researchers. Findings from this study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Georgia State Univ., Aug., 30, 2017), Contact: Georgia State Univ., Prof. Gary Hastings, Lead Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, (404) 413-2000, www.gsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Cell,  


    Arensis Snares Scottish Wood Pellet Maker Verdo (M&A, Int'l)
    Arensis,Verdo
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In Los Angeles, Arensis, an international provider of off-grid energy generation systems is reporting the acquisition of the Verdo Renewables 60,000 tpy woody biomass pellet plant in Grangemouth, Scotland. The acquisition, part of a £50 million UK investment plan, gives Arensis a sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel supply for its German sister company Entrade power generators.

    Arensis has 185 power systems in operation across the UK, and currently delivers 85 pct of all small-scale biomass generation in country. The company operates a biomass research institute at the Knowlsey Industrial Park near Liverpool and recently installed 32 Entrade biomass conversion units at two Greenyard frozen food processor locations in the UK. (Source: Arensis, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, , 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Arensis, Entrade, Julien Uhlig, CEO, (213) 477-7392 - U.S. Office, j.mros@arensis.com, www.arensis.com; Verdo Renewables, +44 0 1264 342 009, www.verdorenewables.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Trump "Stands by Ethanol Industry" -- Notable Quote
    Ethanol,Trump
    Date: 2017-09-01
    According to a tweet from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) "U.S. President Donald Trump told him he is 'pro ethanol' and will stand by a campaign promise to support the ethanol industry. He (Trump) assured me he's 'pro ethanol' and I'm free to tell the people of Iowa he's standing by his campaign PROMISE." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Twitter, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley, https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Etanol,  Trump,  


    €47Mn Available for Romanian Carbon Emissions Reductions (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-01
    The European Commission Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development reports it has allocated €47,210,000 for carbon emission reduction initiatives and projects in urban areas of Romania until March 20 2018.

    Investments meant to improve public urban transport and other low-carbon or carbon emissions reduction projects may qualify for funding.

    Under the offering, the European Fund for Regional Development ensures 85 pct of project value, the state budget 13 pct and the applicant's contribution must be 2 pct or more. (Source: EC Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development, ActMedia, Romanian Business News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Romanian Agency for South-Eastern Regional Development, https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/regional-innovation-monitor/organisation/regional-development-agency-south-east-region-romania


    Former Abengoa Biodiesel Plant Back in Action (Int'l. Report)
    Abengoa,Cepsa Bioenergia
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In Spain, after an 18 month mothballing, Abengoa's former biodiesel plant in San Roque is back in business under the ownership of Cepsa Bioenergia. The upgraded plant, which produces 200,000 metric tpy of FAME along with 25,000 tpy of glycerin, has been integrated into Cepsa's Gibraltar-San Roque Refinery complex next door.

    Cepsa Bioenergia purchased the facility from Abengoa in February as part of the latter's asset liquidation process during its bankruptcy and restructuring process. (Source: Cepsa Bioenergia, El Estrecho Digital, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cepsa Bioenergia, +34 913 54 27 12, www.cepsa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cepsa Bioenergia,  Abengoa,  Biodiesel,  


    Walmart Expects 1 Billion Tonne CO2 Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
    Walmart
    Date: 2017-09-01
    Arkansas-headquartered retail giant Walmart reports the launch of Project Gigaton, a new sustainability platform that will eliminate over 1 billion metric tons (gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the Walmart supply chain by 2030 -- the equivalent of removing 211 million cars from the road for an entire year. By way of comparison, in 2014 entire plant's total carbon emissions was 9.75 gigatons.

    Project Gigaton focuses on limiting Scope 3 carbon emissions which are a consequence of normal business operations, but over which the company has no direct control. In order to cut down on these carbon emissions Walmart has launched an online portal where their suppliers can navigate to better manage their waste, energy use, product design, packaging, deforestation, and more. The project is also intended to make Walmart's processes and operations more transparent. (Source: Walmart, Good360, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Walmart, Kathleen McLaughlin, VP, corporate.walmart.com/contact-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Walmart,  Carbon Footprint,  


    U.S. DOE Promoting Net-Zero Energy Schools (Ind. Report)
    US DOE, NREL
    Date: 2017-09-01
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it is working with k-12 school districts around the country to break down barriers to zero energy schools and to create educational facilities that can produce enough renewable energy to meet their consumption needs.

    To that end, DOE has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a feasibility study on zero energy schools and provide specific energy usage targets to cost-effectively achieve zero energy and focused on strategies to balance energy consumption and energy supply. The pathways for managing energy consumption include optimal design of the building walls, roof, and windows, lighting systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, controls, and service water heating. (Source: US DOE, NREL, ProudGreenBuilding, Aug. 31, 2017)Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, www.nrel.gov; US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  NREL,  US DOE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Tougher EU Vehicle Emissions Tests Now in Force (Int'l)
    Vehicle Emissions
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In the European Union, effective today, tougher and more realistic vehicle emissions tests, including anew laboratory test WLTP, will introduce much more realistic testing conditions for measuring vehicle pollutants and CO2 emissions.

    Under a second new test to measure emissions on the road -- RDE Test -- a car will be driven on public roads over a wide range of conditions using portable measuring equipment. RDE will complement WLTP to ensure that pollutant emission levels, measured during the laboratory test, are confirmed on the road.

    Together, the new tests will provide a more accurate basis for measuring a vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions. The new tests will apply only to new cars from September until the end of the year and to all vehicles from September 2018. (Source: EURACTIV, Others, 30 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Duke Energy, Florida PSC Agreement Calls for $6Bn in Florida Energy Investments (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2017-09-01
    Duke Energy reports it plans to add 700 MW of solar power capacity in Florida in the next four years under the terms of an amended agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). The agreement, which proposes an investment of approximately $6 billion in solar energy, smart meter, grid improvement, new billing options, electric vehicle charging stations and up to 50 MW of battery storage systems, will come into force in January 2018.

    Duke Energy intends to start building a 74.9-MW solar park in Jasper, Hamilton County at the beginning of next year. It will be its sixth photovoltaic (PV) facility in the state, comprising about 300,000 solar modules with an expected output sufficient for 20,000 homes. (Source: Duke Energy, RenewablesNow, Others, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Florida, Harry Sideris,Pres., www.duke-energy.com; Florida Public Service Commission, www.psc.state.fl.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  PV,  


    HERO Energy Efficiency Funding Now in Palm Beach (Ind. Report)
    PACE,HERO
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In the Sunshine State, home owner across Palm Beach County now have access to HERO financing for residential energy, efficiency and wind-resistance improvements. Low, fixed-interest HERO program funding can be repaid over time through a voluntary additional assessment on the homeowner's property tax bill. Eligible improvements include solar panels, energy-efficient HVAC systems, roofing and windows, roof-to-wall connections, storm shutters and other products that can protect against wind damage and meet or exceed Florida Building Code requirements.

    HERO, a public-private partnership between the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) and Renovate America, is the nation's largest Property Assessed Clean Energy(PACE) financing program.

    HERO financing offers fixed interest rates ranging from 3.49%-7.99 pct and funds up to 100 percent of the home improvement, while the term of the financing is based on the useful life of the product, up to 25 years. (Source: Renovate America, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Greg Frost, (619) 568-6747, gfrost@renovateamerica.com, www.renovateamerica.com; Florida Development Finance Corp., Bill Spivey, Exec. Dir., (407) 956-5600, www.enterpriseflorida.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HERO,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Financing,  


    Increased Focus on Energy Efficiency Urged in UK (Int'l)
    REMEHA,Energy Institute
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In the UK, following the results of a recent Energy Institute (EI) survey, REMEHA, a leading supplier of heating solutions and a pioneer in condensing boiler technology and low carbon boiler systems, is calling for a strengthening of government's energy efficiency policy and a more robust follow through on policy enforcement and delivery.

    Of the respondents to the EI survey, 64 pct said that energy efficiency should be prioritized since it is considered he least expensive and lowest risk measure to reduce emissions and support the UK in seizing the economic advantages of moving to a low-carbon economy. Despite the importance of energy efficiency, only around half of those surveyed felt that government policy had been effective in this area during 2016. Without better policy instruments, nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe the UK will fall short of meeting the fifth carbon budget, which requires emissions to be 57 pct lower than 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: REMEHA, Heating & Ventilating Review, Aug., 2017) Contact: RENEHA, Paul Wilson, Nat. Sales Mgr., www.remeha.co.uk; Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100, www.energyinst.org

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


    Fiberight's ME. Waste-to-Fuel Project Near Startup (Ind. Report)
    Fiberight
    Date: 2017-08-30
    Following on our October 24, 2016 coverage, Maryland-based Fiberight reports its waste-to-energy plant which is under construction in Hampden, Maine, is reaching financial close and expects to begin accepting waste material from more than 100 area communities as originally scheduled. The facility may not, however begin processing biofuels from the wastre immediately and large portion of the waste may be headed for landfill sites.

    Fiberight is a privately held company with operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming municipal solid waste (MSW) and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol as the core product. (Source: Fiberight, CM, 26 July, 2017) Contact: Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275, emcafee@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiberight,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


    Busan Opens Korean Methane Fuel Cell Power Plant (Int'l Report)
    Busan Green Energy
    Date: 2017-08-30
    In South Korea, Busan Green Energy Co. Ltd. , a special purpose company formed by the Busan Metropolitan City government, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company, Busan City Gas and Samsung C&T Corporation, are reporting completion of a 180.8 billion won fuel cell power plant near Hauendae Shin Dosi.

    The power plant will utilize the hydrogen and oxygen compound methane, a central component of natural gas, causing a chemical reaction to generate electricity. The facility will generate 250,000 MWh of energy and 240,000 Gigacalories (Gcal) of heating per year.

    Busan Energy Co. Ltd. manufactures and distributes renewable energy equipment. The Company produces electricity generators, fuel batteries, and other products.(Source: Busan Green Energy, Korea BizWire, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Busan Green Energy , +82-51-703-1831

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell,  Methane,  Green Energy,  


    RFA Calls for Hurricane Harvey Fuel Waiver (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2017-08-30
    In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) asked the agency to "take immediate action to expand the scope and geographic coverage" of the fuel waiver issued by the agency Aug. 26 in response to Hurricane Harvey.

    "While EPA's August 26 waiver of certain reformulated gasoline (RFG) and Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements was a welcome step, it is not delivering meaningful relief from escalating gasoline prices in Texas and across the rest of the country. Specifically, RFA is asking EPA to relax the RVP limits to 10 psi for all finished gasoline blended with ethanol in conventional and RFG areas nationwide, through Sept. 15. In effect, this could be achieved by specifying that gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol by volume qualifies for the "special provisions for alcohol blends" found in 40 C.F.R. 80.27(d) (i.e., the 1.0 psi "waiver" for 9 -- 10 pct ethanol blends.

    "In the days since EPA issued the August 26 fuel waiver, market conditions have worsened and supply shortages are expected to be more severe than previously thought. Gasoline futures prices have surged nearly 10 percent since August 24, 2017, the day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

    "It is being broadly reported that at least 10 percent of the nation's refining capacity has been shuttered as a result of the hurricane, and analysts now expect further price surges in the wake of hurricane-related refinery and terminal outages. In addition, both offshore and onshore drilling rigs have been idled, leading to lower crude oil production and tighter supplies for refineries in the weeks ahead.

    "The action we are requesting would significantly enhance flexibility for blenders and refiners and help alleviate the logistical challenges and shortfalls that are causing gas prices to spike. Relaxing RVP requirements to 10.0 psi nationwide would immediately allow gasoline blenders to produce fuel that complies with EPA regulations using any available gasoline blendstock on the market. It would also immediately allow blenders to use up to 15 percent ethanol by volume in all finished gasoline in all areas of the country, proving a badly needed source of additional supply and helping to offset gasoline shortfalls resulting from refinery and terminal outages.

    "While the waiver issued August 26, 2017, allows gasoline with less than 9 pct ethanol by volume to qualify for the special provisions for alcohol blends requirement (i.e., the 1 psi waiver for E10), it did not allow blends containing up to 15 percent to qualify for the provision. Extending this temporary waiver to 15 percent ethanol blends would greatly assist in alleviating current price spikes and supply crunches." (Source: RFA, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Bluff Point Wind Center Energy Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-08-30
    In a news release, NextEra Energy Resources LLC reports construction of its $200 million wind project in Jay and Randolph counties Indiana is well underway. The project includes construction of the 119.9-MW Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in southern Jay County and 57 General Electric wind turbines which are expected to generate sufficient power for more than 36,000 homes. the release said. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, WISHTV, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Wind,  


    Delaware Establishes Offshore Wind Working Group (Ind. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2017-08-30
    In Dover, Delaware Governor John Carney on Monday signed an executive order establishing the Offshore Wind Working Group to study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development to serve Delaware.

    The working group will begin meeting next month and will review economic opportunities and environmental benefits of offshore wind development, and the costs and benefits of developing offshore wind. Working group members also will review laws and regulations governing the development of renewable energy, and recommend changes. Additionally, they will identify barriers and opportunities involved in developing offshore wind to benefit Delawareans.

    By December 15, the working group will submit a report to the Governor that makes recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry. The group also will draft any necessary legislation, including possible amendments to Delaware's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act. (Source: news.delaware.gov, 28 Aug., 2017)Contact: Delaware Governor John Carney, governor.delaware.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    CCS Market Worth Over $6Bn by 2024, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Global Market Insights,CCS
    Date: 2017-08-30
    According to a recently released report from Global Market Insights, Inc., the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market will cross $6 billion by 2024, due to the growing demand for carbon technologies to meet 20 degrees C scenario along with strict government regulations to curb carbon footprint.

    Product ability to reduce carbon emission by 85 pct to 90 pct makes CCS adoption preferable to other available alternates while favorable government initiatives to encourage adoption of sustainable technology along with measures to reduce toxic pollutant concentrations will stimulate CCS.

    In the U.S. the 2008 U.S Energy Improvement and Extension Act introduced section 45Q to provide credit of $20 per tonne for storing CO2 in deep water saline formations and $10 per tonne for storing CO2 through enhanced oil recovery. In 2016, the Obama administration funded $90 billion through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act towards strategic clean energy investment and tax credit to promote development of low carbon technologies.

    The report is available from Global Market Insights. www.gminsights.com. (Source: Global Market Insights, World Coal, 29 Aug., 2017)Contact: Global Market Insights, (216) 525-0600, www.gminsights.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Market Insights,  CCS,  Clean Coal,  Coal,  


    Cattle Methane Emissions Studied at Univ. Lethbridge (Ind. Report)
    University of Lethbridge
    Date: 2017-08-30
    On the Canadian prairies, Alberta's University of Lethbridge reports it has been awarded $1.1 million by the federal government's Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program to investigate whether the use of biochar in beef cattle diets reduces the amount of methane they produce. The project is called Assessment of the Potential of Biochar Added to Beef Cattle Diets to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture..

    Because a single cow can produce 200 to 500 lpd of methane, the cattle industry is estimated to be responsible for about 38 pct of agricultural greenhouse gases. Cattle release methane and CO2 by silently belching about once a minute. The researchers hope to find a way to reduce the amount of methane produced while still maintaining a productive herd.

    The researchers will be testing the effects of biochar which has been shown to create favourable conditions for the growth of bacteria that aid in digestion. The research will study whether small amounts of biochar added to cattle feed improves the efficiency of digestion and thereby reduces the amount of methane produced. Researchers will calculate the methane produced, measure the average daily gain, monitor the health of the cows, analyze the manure and test its effect on soils.

    For the project, the University of Lethbridge will collaborate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the universities of Manitoba and Alberta, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and two industry partners -- Cool Planet and Blue Rock Animal Nutrition. (Source: Univ. of Lethbridge, Aug. 2017) Contact: University of Lethbridge, Dr. Erasmus Okine, (403) 329-7185, erasmus.okine@uleth.cawww.uleth.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochar,  Methane,  Cattle Methane,  


    Veridium Lab Launching $150Mn Environmental Market Carbon Credit Offering (Int'l Report)
    Veridium Labs
    Date: 2017-08-30
    In Hong Kong, environmental technology startup Veridium Labs reports it aims to raise $150 million in October through the sale of tokens backed by forest Carbon Offset Credits (Carbon Credits) and other credits used to fund environmental mitigation efforts. Proceeds will be used to build a platform to enable trading of assets backed by "natural capital" -- air, water, forests, and minerals -- an untapped and undervalued asset class that academics from several U.S. universities have estimated is worth more than $120 trillion.

    Veridium will issue two types of tokens. VERIDIUM membership tokens will grant access to the trading platform while TGR tokens represent actual environmental mitigation credits. Some companies purchase the credits voluntarily while other credits, such as wetland or stream credits, are required by the U.S. EPA and other regulators. Pension funds and investment firms are the major drivers of environmental mitigation credits, as they try to ensure the companies they invest in are socially responsible, according to Veridium.

    There will be 15 million "TGR" tokens at the initial offering, backed by REDD+ forest carbon offset credits issued by Infinite Earth and backed by natural assets from the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo, Indonesia. Infinite Earth currently holds a 60-year lease on the Indonesian biodiversity reserve.

    Veridium Labs Ltd., a joint-venture between ConsenSys AG and EnVision Corporation, is an Environmental FinTech company offering a real-world application of blockchain technology that uses the cryptographic environmental mitigation offsets issued through the Veridium Network to create an entirely new asset class of commodities with net positive environmental impacts. Veridium Labs is responsible for creating enterprise solutions for corporations that will drive demand for the tokenized natural capital assets issued on the blockchain through the Veridium Network. The company is currently working on climate change risk mitigation products for institutional portfolio management companies, pension funds and endowments as well as creating sustainable supply chain solutions for Fortune 100 & 500 companies. (Source: Veridium Labs, NYTimes, Others, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Veridium Labs, Todd Lemons, CEO, +852-5808-0007, (980) 202-0297, www.veridium.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  Carbon Offset Credits ,  REDD+,  Reforestation,  

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