Under the terms of the agreement, Modon will allocate land to the Chinese company in its industrial cities and the National Industrial Clusters Development Program will assist Goldwind in identifying investment opportunities and support its search for local partners.
(Source: TradeArabia News Service, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact:
Saudi Industrial Property Authority, email@example.com, www.modon.gov.sa/en;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine, Goldwind Science & Technology ,
The integrated Smart Building Platform is being delivered through ECS' Smart Building as a Service program which includes open-architecture building automation for HVAC, intelligent LED lighting, IP camera and card access, and integrated on site sub-metering. The program enables precise energy and operations management while delivering continuous real-time data analytics on facility system performance.
The Regent Medical Properties installation has been financed through the Efficiency Made Easy program available from Constellation, a retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services and subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. The Efficiency Made Easy program enables commercial and industrial supply customers to implement energy efficiency and other solutions without upfront capital expenditures (Source: ECS Global Solutions, Facility Exec., 23 Aug., 2017)
Contact: ECS Global Solutions, , Len Pisano, Chief Development , (718) 855-5888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ecsglobal.com
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The paper concludes that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science -- by way of its scientists' academic publications -- but promoted doubt about it in advertorials and thus misled the public.
Big Rivers, a member-owned, not-for-profit, generation and transmission cooperative, is currently constructing seven PV Array Systems in McCracken, Marshall, Livingston, Henderson, Daviess, Meade, and Breckinridge counties.
The REAP grant will be utilized for purchasing and installation costs. Many of the selected locations are also offices for the member-owner distribution cooperatives that Big Rivers serves. The solar project is expected to cost approximately $435,000, with Big Rivers contributing more than $350,000.
The seven solar arrays will generate a combined 165,000 kWh annually. (Source: Big River, PR, Gleaner, 26 Aug., 2017) Contact: Big River, Bob Berrry, Pres., CEO, (270) 827-2561, www.bigrivers.com
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Comcast plans to begin marketing Sunrun's rooftop solar services to its customers in selected states later this year. This agreement follows a successful one-year solar pilot program in which participating Comcast subscribers will have the option of signing up for a Sunrun BrightSave plan which provides customers with 20 years of solar energy at a fixed monthly rate.
As part of this agreement, Comcast will receive fees for new customers they bring to Sunrun. Comcast is also eligible to acquire as much as 9.99% of Sunrun's stock if it can lock down 60,000 customers.
The Comcast and Sunrun joint release notes that rooftop solar is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry, nearly tripling in size in the U.S. by 2025, according a 2017 Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.(Source: Comcast, Sunrun, Zacks 25 Aug., 20170 Contact: Sunrun Inc., (855) 478-6786, www.sunrun.com; Comcast, www.corporate.comcast.com/contact-information
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The Canadian federal government and Alberta's energy regulator are in the process of designing new rules to reduce methane emissions. The proposed federal regulations would force industry to regularly check for gas leaks and install equipment that prevents the gas from venting. The feds estimate that its proposed rules would slash methane emissions by 282 megatonnes by 2035.
Methane, aka natural gas, is at least 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas over the long term than carbon dioxide. The energy industry is Canada's largest source and controlling those releases is considered to be one of the most cost-effective ways for the industry to address climate change. (Source: EKOS Research, BOE Report, Canadian Press, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: EKOS Research Associates, www.ekos.com
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The facility, which will utilize 4 Vestas V126 turbines of 3.3 MW each, is expected to be online by the end of 2017.
The plant will be juwi's first wind park in Brandenburg, where it has already installed several photovoltaic (PV) parks. (Source: juwi Group. Various Media, 23 Aug., 2017)Contact: juwi group, Christian Hinsch, Communications, 011 +49. (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, email@example.com, www.juwi.com
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The two firms will initially integrate thin-film solar cells in the panoramic roof of Audi models with the aim feeding solar energy into the vehicle's electrical system , including air conditioning and other electrical appliances. In time, the solar power will be integrated into the vehicle's drive train battery for additional primary power.
The two firms plan to jointly present an Audi vehicle prototype featuring an integrated prototype solar roof by the end of 2017.
Alta Devices Inc. is a leading manufacturer of GaAs thin film cell devices and a supplier of mobile energy application products. It has the world's thinnest, lightest, flexible GaAs thin film solar technology with the highest conversion efficiency. (Source: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, CNW, 23 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567, www.hanergy.com; Alta Devices, (408) 988-8600, www.altadevices.com; Audi AG, www.audi.com/corporate/en.html
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The study aims to determine the feasibility of reproducing and expanding other, similar urban programs across the state.
The city previously considered the sequestration impact of its parks and forests, but similar forest management proposals have focused largely on erosion control and windbreaks rather than the benefits of carbon sinks. (Source: Buena Vista Department of the Environment,
Contact: Urban Permaculture Institute , www.upisf.com; Buena Vista Department of the Environment, www.doe.gov.bz/index.php/component/tags/tag/28-buena-vista
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The upgrades will be paid for by a revenue limit exemption from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Under the exemption, the school district will be reimbursed for approximately two-thirds of the energy efficiency upgrade costs. (Source: School District of Beloit, Beliot Daily News, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: School District of Beloit Director of Business Service, Jamie Merath, www.sdb.k12.wi.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Key areas for energy savings potential include lighting, space heating, and household electronics for residences, while in the commercial sector, lighting, computer and HVAC equipment hold the most promise. In Canada, electricity and natural gas utilities are largely responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the largest efficiency improvements will result from their actions, such as incentive programs to install energy efficient equipment or appliances, conducting energy audits, and performing energy efficient retrofits. Efficiency measures could also include a broader suite of policy instruments, such as land-use measures, equipment and building performance standards, and renewable subsidies.
The report provides an overview of remaining energy potential that exists in Canada and applies their average energy intensity improvements to the National Energy Board's (NEB) long-term energy forecast to determine the impact that such improvements would have on Canada's future energy consumption.
The NEB expects that Canada's energy demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 0.7 per cent, reaching 13,868 petajoules (PJ) by 2040. Applying a range of energy efficiency improvements could result in as much as a 15 per cent reduction in energy consumption forecasted by the NEB, approximately 5 per cent below the 2017 level for residential, commercial and industrial energy use.
From a climate change perspective, however, the contribution of energy efficiency policies will be smaller. Electricity in Canada currently comes from sources that are approximately 80 per cent renewable or very low emissions and could be near 100 per cent by 2035. The most important contribution energy efficiency gains can make is to reduce the need for hydrocarbons to provide heat.
Access the report at no cost HERE.
(Source: Conference Board of Canada, 24 Aug., 2017) Contact: Conference Board of Canada, (866) 711-2262, contactcboc@
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Dear Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment,
"On behalf of the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), I am writing to inform you that per the terms of the charter the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (Committee) will expire on August 20, 2017. The Department of Commerce and NOAA appreciate the efforts of the Committee and offer sincere thanks to each of the Committee members for their service."
Yours Truly, Benjamin Friedman, NOAA.
OR, as the Donald would say, "You're Fired!"
The 15 person advisory committee membership included industry, academia, government and nonprofits
The advisory committee offers expertise on such things as climate effects and risk assessment and management.
Advisory committee members were appointed by the NOAA administrator in consultation with the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
(Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , Various Media, 18 Aug., 2017)
Contact: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov
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QSTec has an 8,000 metric tpy high quality, solar grade Polysilicon manufacturing facility in the Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC), Qatar that produces polysilicon for use in the world's most efficient solar technologies. The company has installed ground and rooftop PV installations at its RLIC site with a total installed capacity of 1.1 MW.
QSTec is a JV between Qatar Solar, a fully owned subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the Qatar Development Bank.
(Source: QSTec, SolarWorld Industries, TradeArabia News Service, 20 Aug., 2017)Contact: SolarWorld AG, Frank Asbeck, CEO, www.solarworld.de/en/home;
Qatar Solar Technologies, www.qstec.com
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The Whitney's PACE financed improvements include: storm windows for the building's 200-plus windows; LED lighting throughout; energy efficient HVAC equipment; energy efficient kitchen equipment; and a smart phone operated building controls system. The energy efficiency measures are expected to cut the restaurant’s energy cost by almost $24,000 per year. Construction is set to begin this month and could be finished by the year end. (Source: The Whitney, Development News, 22 ug, 2017) Contact: The Whitney, www.thewhitney.com; Petros PACE Finance, (512) 599-9038, www.petros-pace.com; PACE, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pacenow.org
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Instead of providing immediate funding for organizations and individuals, the project will select and verify innovative solutions and topics that meet the criteria of mitigating climate change and improving livelihoods for rice farmers.
The AgResults Vietnam project is managed by SNV and co-sponsored by the governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The AgResults project total funding is approximately $122 million. (Source: Nhan Dan, Various Media, 22 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, GHGs, Climate Change Mitigation,
On June 19, 30 CGIAR scientists, representing seven CGIAR Centers and six CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), exchanged recent research findings and identified priorities for a future research agenda on soil carbon and climate change. CGIAR's current soil carbon and climate change work includes:
According to the company's website, its renewables portfolio includes wind, hydro and geothermal plants. The company has also purchased the license of an 88-MW wind project in Afyon province, western Turkey. The Afyon-2 plant is expected to generate 255 million kWh of electricity per year, according to the website.
(Source: Guris Holding, Dunya Daily, Other Media, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Guris Holding, +90 312 438 1150, www.guris.com.tr
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Home Depot will make use of power purchase agreements in leasing roof space and generating solar energy.
It is expected that electricity grid demand at every Home Depot store will be reduced by the solar farms at a level that is estimated to be between 30 pct and 35 pct per year. Previously this year, Home Depot invested in a renewable energy farm in Northeast Texas and has committed to purchasing approximately 50 megawatts per year of wind energy. (Source: Home Depot, TechnoTribune, 19 Aug., 2017) Contact: Home Depot, https://corporate.homedepot.com/contact-us
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The transaction increases EDL's North American landfill gas to energy operations from 12 to 28 sites, and
increases EDL's North American assets to 204MWe, making EDL one of the top three landfill gas to energy business in North America.
EDL is currently the largest producer of clean energy from landfill gas in Australia. (Source: Energy Developments Limited , CK Infrastructure, Xinhua, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Energy Developments Ltd., +61 7 3275 5555, www.energydevelopments.com
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The move is part of the Fund management's strategy to address climate change investment risk. As of June 30, the Fund's total carbon emissions intensity is 19.6 pct lower, and its exposure to carbon reserves is 21.5 pct lower, than if the changes had not been made.
The low-carbon portfolio is based on a carbon measurement methodology for listed equities developed by the fund's trustees in concert with MSCI ESG Research which provided independent carbon data and company ratings. The fund is also advancing other climate change strategies including incorporating climate change risk into its investment analysis, engaging with portfolio companies to promote better risk management, and identifying new investment opportunities from the global transition to a low-carbon economy.
(Source: NZ Super Fund, NZ Chief Investment Officer, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: NZ Super Fund, Adrian Orr, CEO, email@example.com, www.nzsuperfund.co.nz
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When fully operational, the five projects will increase the states community solar power by about 13 pct and cut carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy.
(Source: Ameresco, WBJournal.com, Aug 18, 2017)
Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Blue Wave Solar, (844) 786-4100, www.bluewavesolar.com
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In a virtual power purchase agreement, the wind farm owner sells the power into the broad power markets that feed the regional electric grid.
(Source: Cummins, Seymour Tribune, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cummins,
Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, /www.cummins.com;
EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com
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Smithfield Hog Production in north Missouri is partnering with Roeslein on the biogas plant to be constructed in 1,000 acres in Harrison County . The site is being provided by the Nature Conservancy . Duke Energy in North Carolina is contracted to purchase part of the processed fuel to assist in realizing clean energy standards for power generation.
(Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, NewsPress, Aug., 2017) Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy, Biogas, Methane, anaerobic digestion , Biogas,
Kontrol Energy Corp. offers market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy Corp. , Aug., 2017) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp.,
Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400, email@example.com, www.kontrolenergy.com; Efficiency Engineering, (519) 624-9965, www.efficiencyengineering.com
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Established in 2014, Zuma Energia is financially backed by Actis and Mesoamerica. (Source: Vestas, Environmental Protection, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US/Canada Pres., +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com; Zuma Energia, www.zumaenergia.com
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The company, which was recently formed by the merger of the Danish wind energy specialists Jupiter and Bach,operates eight production facilities worldwide in Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Spain, China and the USA. (Source: Jupiter Bach, Plasteurope.com, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Jupiter Bach, www.jupiterbach.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Jupiter Bach, Wind Turbine,
Duke Energy Carolinas owns 35 solar facilities in the region, but does not currently purchase wind capacity.
The addition would allow Duke Energy to comply with North Carolina's 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that mandates companies to add up to 12.5 pct of its energy needs through "renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures" by 2021 and beyond. (Source: Duke Energy, Ashville Citizen Journal, Coastal Review, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology,
Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.duke-energy.com
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Solar Command Check alerts registered customers if it detects a potential problem with their PV systems. Solar Command Check is available to customers on a solar tariff with AGL, a smart meter with more than 30 days of data, who are registered for My Account on the AGL website, have no solar battery and are not already subscribed to our subscription-based Solar Command monitoring service.
AGL Energy is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies providing electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services to Australian homes and businesses.
(Source: AGL, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, email@example.com, www.agl.com.au
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Cellufuel initially raised $270,000 from provincial venture capital agency Innovacorp and $2 million in clean tech funding from the Canadian federal government as well as a $500,000 loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Private sector investors includ Ontario-based Tatro Group, a trucking firm Montreal renewable energy firm Boralex. (Source: Cellufuel, Chronicle Herald, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: Cellufuel Inc., Chris Hooper, Pres., (800) 893-2708, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cellufuel.com
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The EU trading system includes approximately 11,000 stationary installations that emit around 2 billion tpy of CO2.
The Swiss system caps the amount of emissions that can be emitted at 5.63 million tpy of CO2 for 2013 and must reduced by 1.74 pct every year, based on the amount defined for 2010.
The Swiss cap is meant to be 4.91 million tonnes in 2020, which would provide for a reduction of 13 pct compared to 2013. The 54 "heavy emitter" companies in the Swiss emissions trading system emit a combined total of about 5.5 million tpy of CO2.
(Source: swissinfo.ch, Aug., 2017)
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The Trump order establishes a two-year deadline for major infrastructure plan permits and introduces a "one Federal decision" protocol to ensure one agency leads the permitting process, even if other agencies are required for environmental reviews.
The Obama order was intended to reduce US exposure to expected climate change related increases in sea level, droughts and floods over the coming century and was widely applauded by environmentalists and infrastructure experts.
(Source: Various Media, Business Green, 16 Aug., 2017)
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Coal21, which was established in 2006 by the Australian Coal Association now merged into the Minerals Council of Australia, has to date invested $300 million in cleaner coal projects, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) initiatives at the Queensland Callide power plant in Victoria's Otway Basin.
The Coal21 Fund has also received
$550m from the Australian and state governments and coal related industry.
The fund is primarily financed by a levy on coal production at Australia's thermal and coking coal mines. Major players include Glencore, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy.
(Source: Minerals Council of Australia, The Australian, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Australia Minerals Council of Australia , +61 2 6233 0600, www.minerals.org.au
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With the Powerly Energy Bridge program, BC Hydro pilot customers can use their smart phone to manage home energy and smart home devices through the HydroHome app. With a constant connection to the home's smart meter, the Powerley Energy Bridge enables real-time access in energy usage for the home as well as disaggregation into various appliances.
The Powerley Energy Bridge acts as a smart home hub, allowing control and automation of thermostats, power outlets, light switches, sensors and other smart devices.
The Powerley platform also allows utilities secure access to analyze behavioral data, execute advanced demand response programs, manage program logistics and capture energy usage insights. (Source: BC Hydro, EL&P, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: BC Hydro, Tim Mosley, Senior Program Manager, https://twitter.com/timmosley, www.bchydro.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Hydro, SMart Meter, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency,
Targray is a multinational renewable commodities company that develops commercial solutions for 4 major industries: Battery & Energy Storage, Solar Photovoltaics, Biofuels, and Optical Media. As one of North America's leading biodiesel suppliers, Targray operates one of the industry's largest dedicated rail fleets and over 40 supply terminal tanks nationwide. from coast to coast. (Source: Targray, Newswire, DigitalJournal, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Targray, www.Targray.com/biofuels
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According to the report, Novozymes' bioenergy division generated 18 pct of company's sales during the first six months of 2017.
currently supplies enzymes to five biomass conversion facilities. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, Aug., 2017)
Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com
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The governor also approved legislation allowing farmers to build renewable energy projects on their land on the proviso that the project covers no more than 20 pct of total acreage.
The state's renewable portfolio standard calls for 38.5 pct renewables energy by 2035. (Source: Various Media, Utility Dive, 10 August, 2017)
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The 3.4M140 turbine with hub heights of 110 and 130 meters, is specifically designed for low wind conditions, such as forested and mountainous areas.
Serial production of the 3.4M140 is slated to get underway before the year end, according to a company release. (Source: Senvion, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Notus Energy, +49 331 620 4340, http://w3.windmesse.de/notus; : Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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The CEI building energy efficiency features include energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and mechanical systems, insulation, and a rooftop solar array that generate more than half of the buildings electric power.
The CEI headquarters is the sixth new commercial project in Maine to receive a LEED platinum designation. (Source: Coastal Enterprises Inc., Portland Press, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Coastal Enterprises Inc., (207) 504-5900, www.ceimaine.org; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Under the OG&E Schools and Government Efficiency Program, the utility provides incentive funding for energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits based on the measures that the organization chooses. These incentives can cover up to 90 pct of the cost of purchasing and installing equipment.
(Source: Carter County Commission, Daily Ardmoriete, 13 Aug., 2017)Contact: Carter County Commission, (580) 223-8414, www.cartercountyok.us;
CLEAResult, Michele Negley, VP, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, (405) 553-3000, www.oge.com
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The regulations are intended to ensure the Commonwealth achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020, required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The final regulations lay out an approach to reduce GHG emissions from multiple sectors to 25 pct below 1990 emissions levels and an 80 pct reduction by 2050.
The regulations address CO2 emissions; reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution mains and services; increasing clean energy through the development of a clean energy sandard; reducing CO2 missions from electric power plants; cutting sulfur hexafluoride emissions from gas-insulated switchgear; and others.
The Executive Order also directs the state to begin planning for climate change adaptation and working with communities statewide state to assess vulnerability and build resiliency to address climate change impacts.
Access the MassDEP final rules HERE. (Source: Mass DEP, Aug., 2017) Contact: MassDEP, Martin Suuberg, Dir., (617) 292-5500, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about
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In her paper, Clark looked at the goals of recently passed legislation mandating that the state of California cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct of 1990 levels by 2030, and a further reduction to 80 pct by 2050. Along with these cuts are authorizations for policy changes, technology improvements and other measures, such as rebates and upgrades in the electrical grid, that would help California achieve its goals. But policy changes and technology improvements alone won't work because people want to be comfortable in a cool (or warm) room, have convenient ways to cook food, and have lighting in their homes they consider to be warm and pleasing.
The report suggests that Californians should consider interventions to limit CO2 emissions similar to those undertaken in Japan which mandated that all government buildings could not be heated or cooled when temperatures are between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (68-82 F). Within two years of implementation, the program led to an estimated 1.14 million-ton reduction in emissions.
What is needed is more sociological research that focuses on consumer behavior and policy that focuses on reducing the overall consumption of energy, according to the study. "Through deeper examinations of the ways in which energy consumption is socially and culturally determined we can begin to construct more holistic policies that take into account why and how people actually consume energy." (Source: UC Davis, DOE Science News Source, 14 Aug., 2017)
Contact: UC-Davis, Dept. of Socialogy, Bridget Clark, (530) 752-0782, www.ucdavis.edu
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An understanding is expected to be signed between government run Goa Shipyard limited, the Indian Coast Guard and energy producer Gas India Limited (GAIL) for conducting further study of the government plan.
Presently, as part of its 2030 Energy Policy, the Province of Quebec's 2017-2020 Action Plan calls for the establishment of the province's first biofuels volumetric blending requirements starting at 5 pct for gasoline and 2 pct for diesel; as well as a 5 pct for renewable natural gas.
(Source: Greenfield Global, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field , CEO, email@example.com, www.greenfield.com
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In Q2 of this year, Rentech's industrial wood pellet revenues fell to $3.2 million compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2016. Operating loss was $2.7 million for Q2 2017, compared to $6.6 million for the same period last year, due primarily to the idling of its Wawa plant, according to a company report. (Source: Rentech, Others, Cdn. Biomass, 15 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Rentech, Sean Ebnet, VP Wood Fiber Bus., Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella, VP Investor Relations, (310) 571-9800 ext 341, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rentechinc.com; DRAX Group, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com
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El Nino is a periodic climate event that causes waters to warm up in east-central Pacific Ocean, which in turn causes huge changes in wind directions bringing less rain to south-east Asia and the Indian subcontinent, while increasing rain in other parts of the world. According to a report in the scientific journal Nature, the El Nino led to excessive carbon dioxide releases through hot weather and drought which caused extensive wildfires in south-east Asia, while drought in the Amazon rainforest stunted plant growth, reducing the amount of carbon they absorb while growing. Besides these, warmer weather and near normal rainfall in Africa caused forests to exhale more CO2.
The NASA measurements are a first for satellite tracking CO2 levels. Earlier, changes in greenery were tracked and from that deductions were made. In recent times, CO2 emissions from burning of fossil fuels had flattened out to about 36.2 billion tonnes in 2014 and 2015. Projections for 2016 indicated that emissions were still flat.
(Source: NASA, Times of India, Economic Times, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (818) 354-7716, www.nasa.gov
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The solar manufacturer has reportedly been in financial trouble due to lower priced solar panel imports from China and falling solar tariffs in India, and has been unable to restructure its approximate $ 149 million debt. The firm now has up to 270 days to resolve its debt problem or face liquidation. (Source: Moser Baer India, Financial Express, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Moser Baer Solar, +91 120 465 8000, www.moserbaersolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Moser Baer Solar, Solar,