According to the researchers, "a tree growing on a ridge may only ever grow to be 30 feet tall. But the same species down in the drainage bottom could be 150 feet tall and it could have 10 times the biomass, and that would mean it was doing maybe 10 times the carbon capture of the trees on the ridges."
Simply put, trees and other plants use biomass, or their living tissue, to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as part of the photosynthesis process that puts oxygen back into the atmosphere. Taller trees have more biomass. The research
could be useful to land managers and scientists modeling the effects of climate change.
(Source: University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, Aug., 2017)
Contact: University of Arizona, Tyson Swetnam, Ecologist, (520) 626-2465, https://research.arizona.edu/learn-more/bio5-institut, www.bio5.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,
Within the parameters of technical feasibility and cost effectiveness, federal efficiency standards compel product designers and manufacturers to reduce the amount of energy and water necessary for the proper operation of appliances and other building equipment. Operational efficiency means less waste of natural and financial resources. The legal limit on energy/water consumption for designated products -- applied equally to all manufacturers of those products -- makes energy efficiency a priority instead of an afterthought or a competitive disadvantage .
Download the Environmental and Energy Study Institute Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances, Lighting and Equipment report
HERE Contact: EESI, (2020 628-1400, www.eesi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Environmental and Energy Study Institute,
The new rules require utilities produce 80 pct of their power from low-carbon sources by 2050, and creates a cap-and-trade program for 21 fossil fuel power plants in the state Mass Live reports. The rules also call for lower emissions from state-owned or leased vehicles and a reduction in methane leaks along natural gas distribution lines.
The expanded regulations come nine years after Massachusetts lawmakers passed a climate change law to cut emissions by 25 pct below 1990 levels by 2020, and by 80 pct before 2050. As of 2014, the Bay State's emissions were down 21 pct from 1990 levels. (Source: Mass Live, the Hill, Others, 11 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG Emissions, GReenhouse Gas Emissions,
To that end, the transportation ministry is promoting biofuel and electric powered public transportation and working with the Finance Ministry to cut the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on biodiesel from the present 18 pct to 5 pct. The government has also passed legislation requiring flexi-engines, shipping and inland waterways to use methanol and other Biofuels .
(Source: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Times of India, 11 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas www.petroleum.nic.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Methanol,
Pilot projects include the installation of two large-scale ground source heat pumps in Edinburgh's Saughton Park Winter Gardens and new building developments, energy efficiency measures in NHS Lanarkshire health centres and Orkney schools, and the extension of a district heating network to tower blocks in Falkirk.
(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 10 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
The report concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years.
Merkur Offshore is a JV of its shareholders PG Merkur Holding , InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions and Coriolis.
The Merkur Offshore wind farm features 66, GE Haliade 150 offshore wind turbines with nominal power of 6 MW each.(Source: CWind, EBR, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: CWind Global, +44 (0) 1245 702000, firstname.lastname@example.org, cwind.global.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CWind, Offhsore Wind.Merkur,
Autani's EnergyCenter building management platform connects Lighting, Metering, HVAC, Refrigeration and Sensors to control, monitor and verify energy consumption through a single system with either wireless or wired connectivity. (Source: Hitachi Capital, 9 Aug., 2017) Contact: Htachi Capital America, Jeff Cowan, (952) 996-0270, email@example.com; Autani, www.autani.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation,
The nearly $8 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project is expected to earn the College $122,757 in energy rebates and incentives and deliver more than $576,000 annually in energy savings for the next 15 years.
The project includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 474,900 square feet of space in 17 campus buildings and and consists of 16 Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that will prove entirely self-funded within the 15-year repayment term. Work on the projec t is slated to get underway this fall. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 10 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Luzerne County Community College,:
Lisa Nelson, 570-740-0732, www.luzerne.edu; Ameresco,
CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco, Energy Efficiency,
Biox purchased the 50 million liter (13.2 million gallon) nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, from Methes Energies Canada Inc. in 2016 for $4.5 million. This spring, Biox announced it is working with Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. to lease Forge up to four acres at the Sombra site for construction of a 25 MMly renewable diesel plant using Forge’s technology. (Source: Biox, 89 Aug., 2017)
Contact: BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bioxcorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biox, Biodiesel, Methes Energies Canada ,
The Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project calls for the planting of native trees and watershed land restoration. The improvements will be paid for
through the sale of carbon offset credits, with one such credit typically certifying the storage of one metric ton of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in plants and other organic material.
(Source: Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu Star, AP, Aug., 2017) Contact: Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project, (808) 587-0166, email@example.com,http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/forestry/frs/initiatives/forestcarbon/pmra/
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit, Reforestation,
To that end,
the council unanimously adopted a resolution that supports goals of the Paris Agreement and commits the city to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through additional policies and programs than those currently included in its own Climate Protection Action Plan.
The council also directed city staff to explore ways of measuring and reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: City of Leguna Beach, Daily Pilot, p Aug., 2017) Contact: City of Leguna Beach, City Council, (949) 497-3311, www.lagunabeachcity.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord, Climate Change,
The Methane Detectors Challenge pilot test is part of a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), oil and gas companies, US government agencies and technology developers. The initiative aims to enable better early detection and repair of methane leaks, and ultimately reduce emissions.
In addition to the Methane Detectors Challenge, Shell is involved in other partnerships, including the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) to understand the gaps in methane data and detection technology. (Source: Shell Oil, Aug., 2017)Contact: Shell US, (713 )241-6161, www.shell.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Shell Oil,
Utah launched its statewide C-PACE program in 2015 after passing legislation enabling commercial PACE in March 2013. Senate Bill 221 authorized local governments to adopt C-PACE financing programs, which offered commercial and industrial property owners a unique mechanism to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy building upgrades.
Senate Bill 273, enacted in March 2017, expands the scope of eligible projects, establishing a statewide C-PACE District, and more clearly defines the process of developing and closing projects.
In this updated program, financing is provided by private capital providers in an open market and repaid through a voluntary assessment on the owner's property tax bill over a period of up to 30 years.
(Source: Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, PE Web, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED),
energy.utah.gov; C-PACE, www.PACEworx.com; Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Brian McCarter, CEO, www.eeperformance.org/sustainable-real-estate-solutions.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE, PACE, Energy Efficiency,
The upgrades are expected to increase output of the wind projects by 20 pct on average while extending the operating life of the projects and thus allow the projects to re-qualify for federal production tax credits for an additional 10 years.
(Source: PacifiCorp Energy, Saratoga Sun, 2 Aug., 2017)
Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp Energy, Wind, Wind Turbines,
As we previously reported, Musk says the new tempered, textured glass tiles look like ordinary roof tiles but allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. They are "tough as steel" and can weather a "lifetime of abuse from the elements" as well as be fitted with heating elements to melt snow in colder climates. According to Musk, the tiles are "never going to wear out", have a "quasi-infinite lifetime" and are comparable to competing high-efficiency solar panels. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla, Solar, Solar Roof Tile, Elon Musk,
Currently, air regulators seeking orders to curtail operations that violate rules and threaten public health must go through a lengthy administrative hearing process during which time pollution continues unabated.
(Source: Various Media, LA Times, 7 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emittions,
The proposed legislation would set a target of zero-net emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by 2050 and bind future Governments to act decisively to reduce emissions. It would also establish an independent body to make recommendations to government on how to enact greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Oxfam, VSA, Unicef, and Amnesty International are among the NGOs that believe the New Zealand government is not doing enough to reach its Paris Climate Accord target of reducing its net emissions of harmful gases to 57.7 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. (Source: NZ Stuff, 8 August, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
"(The phrase) 'climate change' is in the 'avoid' category, to be replaced by 'weather extremes'. Instead of 'climate change adaption', staff are asked to use 'resilience to weather extremes'.
"The primary cause of human-driven climate change is also targeted, with the term 'reduce greenhouse gases' blacklisted in favor of 'build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency'. Meanwhile, 'sequester carbon' is ruled out and replaced by 'build soil organic matter.' "
We can't help but wonder if a rose by any other name really smells as sweet?
(Source: USDA, Jezabel, The Slot, 7 August, 2017)Contact:
USDA Director of Soil Health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, (202) 205-7712, www.nrcs.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Global Warming,
In solar cell technology, RIT researchers are focused on maximizing how much of the solar spectrum can be taken in using tandem junction solar cells based on III-V compounds -- metallic and non-metallic elements on the Periodic Table to supplement silicon, RIT said.
The project will be conducted over a two-year period and aims to expand the scope of III-V solar cells beyond niche markets.
The RIT research has received a $149,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the climate, health and environmental effects of operating energy storage devices and to propose new electricity system policies that allow the economic benefits of storage to be captured without causing inadvertent emissions. Work is slated to begin this fall. (Source: Rochester Inst. of Tech., Rochester Business Journal, Kerry Feltmer, Aug,, 2017) Contact: Rochester Institute of Technology, www.rit.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rochester Institute of Technology, Solar, Solar Cell, Energy Storage,
Schemes receiving funding will be those which encourage international collaboration and knowledge-sharing between offshore wind developers.
sectors to improve the industry as a whole.
The OWA programme brings together nine of the largest offshore wind developers in Europe – DONG Energy, EnBW, E.ON, Iberdrola, innogy, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall.
(Source: Gov. of Scotland, The Courier, Various Media, 5 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, Scotland Offshore Wind, Carbon Trust,
The ordered systems will be used to speed the ramp-up of the new production lines and assist in solar cell R&D and production equipment development. The systems are scheduled for delivery in September and October. (Source: Aurora Solar Technologies, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies, Michael Heaven, CEO, Pres., (778) 241-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar Technologies, Solar,
Under the Master Agreement, Aemetis has predominant exclusive rights to use the InEnTec gasification equipment and technology for cellulosic ethanol production until 2024. The gasification technology complements Aemetis' current license with LanzaTech for syngas-to-ethanol conversion, providing Aemetis with a complete technology solution to produce locally sourced, low carbon cellulosic ethanol, accoding to a release.
(Source: Aemetis, Inc., PR, 4 Aug., 2017)
Contact: InEnTec, (509) 946-5700, email@example.com, www.inentec.com; Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO,(408) 213-0939, www.aemetis.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Cellulosic Ethanol, InEnTec,
PCJ is making the effort to develop local alternative energy sources to rely less on imports and help advance the Jamaican economy and agricultural sector with satellite farms even as small as an acre being able to grow caster plants.
As previously reported,
small-scale trials and improvements to the new blend are ongoing in cooperation with the Jamaica's University of Technology.
(Source: Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica, Various Media, 4 August., 2017) Contact: Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica, Winston Watson, Gen, Mgr., (876) 929-5380, www.pcj.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Castor Seed Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blend ,
According to O'Halloran, "If we incentivize the Southeast to plant switchgrass instead of loblolly pine, for example, how would that affect local climate? This study will give us some answers. Biofuels are about reducing fossil fuel use in the interest of benefiting the climate, so this research is about getting a holistic view on whether this is actually beneficial to the environment."
The research aims to analyze how switchgrass fields and loblolly pine forests affect local temperatures through the exchange of water, energy, radiation and carbon with the atmosphere, and also quantify below- and above-ground carbon fluxes in both loblolly pine and switchgrass plantations and assess the greenhouse gas emissions of the full biofuel production chain for each crop. This will provide a comparative picture of the potential of these feedstocks to reduce carbon emissions when generating electricity by co-firing in a coal power plant.
(Source: Clemson Univ., Media Release, 4 Aug., 2017) Contact: Clemson University, Assist. Prof. Thomas O'Halloran, (843) 546-1013, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clemson.edu/public/baruch/index.htm
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Climate Change. Polar, Switchgrass,
To achieve carbon neutrality, the airport uses renewable-biodiesel fuel in vehicles operating at the airport. It has also installed the largest airport solar power plant in the Nordic area, and other energy efficiency, low-carbon features that have delivered almost
$130,000 per year in energy cost savings. (Source: Helsinki International Airport,
August 3, 2017) Contact: Helsinki International Airport, +358 200 14636, www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-airport;
Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation,
Gov. McAuliffe directed the DEQ to develop a regulation that allows for the use of "market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances through a multi-state trading program." The only similar program is Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which sets regional yearly caps for carbon emissions, regulates emissions from fossil fuel power plants above 25 MW, and auctions off those carbon-dioxide allowances.
Virginia's power plants emitted nearly 34 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, up from 31 million in 2011, and are expected to rise to 37 million tons in 2019 and then fall to about 34.8 million tons by 2023, according to the DEQ.
However, Virginia cannot sell allowances and raise revenue without legislative approval. That presents a complication for the panel in sorting out how to participate in RGGI's allowance-trading market without setting up its own auction and becoming a full-fledged member. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Aug., 2017)
Contact:Department of Environmental Quality, David Paylor, Director, (804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI, Carbon Emission, Clean Power Plan,
The report claims one in five councils surveyed across Australia are aiming for 100 percent renewable energy and/or zero emissions. The report also notes that urban centres are major contributors to carbon emissions, producing about three-quarters of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from electricity and energy use in buildings and transport.
By changing the way we use and produce energy, says the Climate Council, "70 percent of emission reductions required to meet the Paris Climate Agreement can be achieved in cities."
Investments in renewable energy worth millions of dollars are being rolled out across Australia by a number of local councils, according to the report. (Source: Australian Climate Council, Architecture & Design, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Australian Climate Council, www.climatecouncil.org.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Climate Change,
Four of the sites are in operation and were completed between 2013 and 2017. The four operating projects are: 44.4MW Knocknagoum, 44MW Leitir Guingaid Leitir Peic, 65MW Knockduff, 25MW Killaveenoge.
The fifth project, the 45MW Slievecallan West site, is under construction and slated for completion in early 2018. It will comprise 18 Nordex N90 2.5MW turbines.
Invis will retain a 40% stake in the five projects, which are located in the southwest of Ireland. (Source: Various Media, Windpower, 31 July, 2017) Contact:
Invis Energy, +353 1669 463, http://invisenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,
The German auto industry is heavily invested in diesel engines to help meet tougher carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards and, rather then accept the demise of diesel is developing software upgrades that should reduce NOx emissions by between 25 and 30 pct on average with no negative effect on fuel economy or engine performance. (Source: Motor Authority, 3 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News NOx, CO2, Vehicle Emissions,
Michigan State University was selected to manage the fourth project, which will work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBI International to optimize a two-stage process for deconstruction of biomass into two clean intermediate streams: sugars for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and lignins for the production of multiple value-added chemicals and as a feedstock for renewable bichemicals.
All four projects are supporting the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. Producing high-value bioproducts alongside cost-competitive biofuels has the potential to support a positive return on investment for a biorefinery through converting biomass to where it is most impactful. Producing value-added coproducts is an approach to achieving DOE's strategic goal of producing hydrocarbon fuels at $3 per gasoline gallon equivalent.
(Source: US DOE, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical, BETO, DOE EERE, Biochemical, Biofuel,
According to ADM CEO Juan Luciano, the plant will simplify its production process
and focus on the more profitable higher-grade industrial and beverage alcohol and export fuel and reduce the compan ethanol capacity by more than 100 million gpy.(Source: ADM, Various Media, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, email@example.com, www.adm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland, Ethanol,
EDGE serves as an asset rating instrument that defines whether a building has met the minimum standard of 20 pct less energy, 20 pct less water and 20 pct less embodied energy in materials compared to a base case building.
Broadening the scope of EDGE to include buildings of all vintages is beneficial to building owners, managers managers, banks and buyers. (Source: EDGE, DMG, EcoBusiness, Aug, 2017) Contact: EDGE Buildings, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edgebuildings.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDGE Green building Certification, Energy Efficiency,
LEED for Cities combines sustainability, social equity and human experience with technology and analytics and is based on LEED -- the world's most widely used program for green buildings and communities.
LEED for Cities provides cities with a framework for measuring and managing the performance of water consumption, energy use, waste and transportation. LEED for Cities is administered through GBCI's Arc performance platform.
GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials for LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Investor Confidence Project (ICP), Parksmart and Zero Waste. GBCI's expansion into Europe will help facilitate the growth and advocacy of LEED, and GBCI's other sustainability programs in the European region.
(Source: U.S. Green Building Council, PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact: USGBC,
www.usgbc.org; Green Business Certification, www.gbci.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, Green Building, LEED Certification,
Instead of the traditional process of replacing the entire volume of a building's indoor air every one to two hours, HLR modules clean and recycle existing indoor air enabling a 60 to 80 pct reduction in required outside air intake, and a decrease in cooling and heating energy consumption by as much as 40 pct. solutions.
(Source: enVerid Systems, Inc., PR, Aug. 1, 2017) Contact: enVerid Systems, . Udi Meirav, CEO, enverid.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News HVAC, Green Building, enVerid Systems,
In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sought a two-year pause on the new methane rule so the agency could "look broadly" at regulations and "review their impact" with the end view of abolishing the Obama era legislation.
"Today's issuance of the mandate by the full D.C. Circuit protects families and communities across America under clean air safeguards that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sought to unlawfully tear down," said Peter Zalzal, lead attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, one of the groups that challenged the EPA.
(Source: Newsmax, EDF, Various Others, , EPA, 1 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Scott Pruitt, Methane Emissions,
The issuance was split into a $750 million , five-year offering that matures on Aug. 10, 2022, and a $500 million ten-year bond offering that matures on Aug. 10, 2027. Both bond issues were widely distributed geographically with 52 pct of the total issuance going to banks, 25 pct to central banks and official institutions, and 23 pct to fund managers.
The transactions were lead-managed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Agricole CIB, and J.P. Morgan. A syndicate group was also formed consisting of Citi, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, and TD Securities, according to ADB.
ADB aims to raise between $27 billion to $30 billion from capital markets in 2017. (Source: ADB, GMA, Others, Aug., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, www.adb.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News ADB, Green Bonds, Asian Development Bank, Green Bond, Climate Change Funding,
VESTA™1000 ensures compliance with the January 1, 2018 implementation of CARB's Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. A 20 pct (B20) blend of biodiesel with VESTA™ 1000 reportedly reduced NOx by 1.9 pct and particulate matter by 18 pct compared to CARB diesel fuel. California Fueling, LLC will produce the formula, and Pacific Fuel Resource, LLC will deliver the product to market. The two companies will work cooperatively with NBB members as well as those in the California fuel community to support the ongoing use of biodiesel diesel blends up to B20. (Source: NBB, Pacific Fuel Resource, July, 2017)
Contact: Pacific Fuel Resource, Paul Nazzaro, (978)438-6090, email@example.com, www.pacificfuelresource.com;
(800) 841-5849, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biodiesel.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California ARB, NBB, Biodiesel,
The alt fuels and biofuels industry claimed the EPA erred in its interpretation of its own authority to waive biofuel requirements and that this misuse of authority played into arguments made by refiners and other members of the oil industry. The court agreed and ruled that the EPA can not waive the RFS requirements because of a shortage of biofuel refueling stations or pumps at gasoline stations, or similar reasons. The EPA can, however, waive the annual RFS blending requirements for ethanol and other biofuels only because of lack of supply.
With the court ruling, the EPA must now reset the 2016 annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements.
(Source: CSNews, EPA, July 31, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, RFS, Ethanol Blend,
In 2010, Interagency Working Group established a social cost of carbon measurement for federal agencies to use in resource planning and policy making. President Trump suspended the use of a social cost of carbon measurement in federal planning.
Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) are the primary USGCRP vehicles for implementing and coordinating global change research activities within and across agencies. These groups are critical to integration and assessment of progress throughout the Program. The working groups span a wide range of interconnected climate and global change issues and address major components of the Earth's environmental and human systems, as well as cross-disciplinary approaches for addressing these issues.
(Source: Minnesota PUC, alpha news, Various Others, 31 July, 2017) Contact: Minnesota PUC, Dan Lipschultz, Commissioner, (651) 296-0406, mn.gov/puc; Interagency Working Group, www.globalchange.gov/about/iwgs
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions Social Cost, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, CO2,
GCL has independently researched and developed numerous intelligent equipment and systems including a high-speed automated tabbing machine, a high-precision layout machine and a robot palletizing system.
The company aims to achieve a 50 pct improvement in efficiency, a 60 pct reduction in online manpower and a 30 pct reduction in processing costs. Product quality improvement targets were being set at a 21 pct overall improvement across its manufacturing operations. (Source: GCL-SI, PR, 28 July, 2017) Contact:
Silicon Module Super League, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/silicon-module-super-league-smsl-2016-s-m-reza-hosseini; GCL System Integration Technology, +86 512 6983 2777, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://en.gclsi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GCL System, Solar, Vina Solar,
The new modular B-Box series is available in capacities ranging from 6.4 to 11.5 kWh, providing more than enough energy for the average household and can be scaled up to 58 kWh for commercial and industrial applications. The series offers a wide range of capabilities to meet light to heavy electrical load usage, off-grid or on-grid, single-phase or three-phase applications.
(Source: BYD, PR, July 31, 2017) Contact: KOSTAL, Christofer Kiesel, Product Manager for PV inverters and storage systems, www.kostal-kontakt-systeme.com/en; BYD, Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, +86 (7) 558 988-8888, www.byd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BYD, Energy Storage, Battery,
One study used statistical analysis to show that there is a 95 pct chance that Earth will warm more than 2 degrees C by century's end, and a 1 pct chance that it will be at or below the 2 degree mark.
The second study analyzed past GHG emissions from fossil fuels and found that the earth's temperature will rise by 2 degrees by 2100 even if the burning of fossil fuels ceased completely. It also found that if emissions continue at for another 15 years, the global temperature could rise as much as 3 degrees. (Source: Nature Climate Change, Various Media, 31 July, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Warming, Climate Change,
The suit claims the Trump administration ignored requirements under the federal Administrative Procedure Act when it suspended the transportation greenhouse gas standard which was intended to curb transportation sector climate-changing emissions. The suit asks the court to invalidate the suspension, meaning that the standard would go into immediate effect and thus help slow climate change and reduce ground-level ozone and other harmful pollutants .
(Source: U.S. PIRG, PR, 31 July, 2017) Contact:
NRDC, Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387, email@example.com, www.nrdc.org;
SELC and Clean Air Carolina, Claudine McElwain , 434-977-4090, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.selcva.org;
U.S. PIRG, Matthew Casale, 617-747-4314, email@example.com, www.pirg.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Highway Administration, Clean Air Act, NRDC,
The new features and upgrades include:
individual room zoning control; automated fan ventilation; compressor coil freeze prevention; duct supply temterature monitoring; smart start
insight and control;
energy cost reduction and excellent ROI. (Source: Save Energy Systems, Marketwired, July 31, 2017) Contact: Save Energy Systems, (617) 564-4800, www.saveenergysystems.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Save Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency,
The Carestream Colorado plant achieved energy savings of 5,119 megawatt-hours over two years by rebuilding a 40-year-old steam turbine chiller that significantly reduces electricity consumption and installing variable frequency drives on four cooling tower fan motors, eight cooling tower supply pumps and three chilled water pumps to allow each system to use only the precise amount of energy required to obtain the desired flow of water for manufacturing operations, and other improvements.
The plant also maintains an ongoing list of projects designed to enhance production and reduce energy use, recycles a variety of materials and works to control hazardous waste from product manufacturing and maintenance activities.
The company is also updating its Environmental Management System to meet the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. (Source: Carestream, PR, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carestream Health,
Robert Salmon, (585) 627-6560,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news, Energy Consumption news,