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Air BP Extends Jet Biofuel Footprint in Sweden (Int'l Report)
Air BP
Date: 2017-07-31
Air BP has extended its biofuel footprint in the Nordics with the supply of commercial jet biofuel (biojet) now available at Halmstad Airport, Sweden. BP collaborated with Halmstad Airport and Swedish domestic airline, BRA to make this possible.

The first batch was delivered to Halmstad Airport on June 29th and was successfully uplifted by BRA when it refueled its ATR 72-600 aircraft. The fuel is available to all airlines that refuel at the airport. This follows Air BP's introduction of biojet at Oslo Airport in January 2016.

Air BP is growing its regional biojet footprint on an ad-hoc basis. In October 2016, Air BP was the first aviation fuel supplier to be independently certified Carbon Neutral for into-plane fueling operations at 250 Air BP locations. In November 2016, Air BP announced an investment of $30 million in biojet producer Fulcrum with the aim of distributing and supplying biojet into aircraft at key hubs across North America to meet growing demand. Air BP presently fuels over 6,400 flights daily at more than 600 global locations in over 45 countries. ( Source: Air BP, PR, July 26, 2017) Contact: AirBP, Thorbjorn Larsson, General Manager Air BP Nordics,www.airbp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air BP,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


Go Electric Inks Army Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Go Electric Inc
Date: 2017-07-31
Anderson, Indiana-headquartered energy storage specialist GoElectric Inc. is reporting receipt of a $1.7 million contract to construct 1-MW, lithium-ion battery energy storage system at the Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah.

The energy storage project is expected to help the depot more efficiently provide power across its 24,000-acre site as well as cut energy costs by using battery power to avoid peak-usage charges.

Go Electric Inc. develops customer side of the meter energy solutions that help facilities, communities and military bases be energy resilient and sustainable, according to the company's website.(Source: GoElectric , AP, 30 July, 2017) Contact: Go Electric Inc., (765) 400-1347, www.goelectricinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Go Electric,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Democrats Introduce Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
American Enterprise Institute
Date: 2017-07-31
On July 26 at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced this year's version of their bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and David Ciciline (D-RI).

The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act would put an initial tax of $49 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent and raise the tax every year by 2 pct above inflation. The tax revenue would provide $550 refundable credits to taxpayers, some to lower the corporate income tax rate from 35 pct to 29 pct , and some to provide grants to states for various programs. The bill would also create a border adjustment system that would tax imports from nations that do not have comparable carbon taxes and refund taxes on exports to those nations.

Former Treasury Secretaries Baker, Shultz, and Paulson; former EPA Administrators Ruckelshaus, Thomas, Reilly, and Whitman; and leading economists and former presidential economic advisors Arthur Laffer, Gregory Mankiw, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, reportedly all support a revenue-neutral, border-adjustable carbon fee. (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute, 30 July, 2017) Contact: Competitive Enterprise Institute, (202) 233-1101, https://cei.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  American Enterprise Institute,  Competitive Enterprise Institute,  


Georgia Power Rewards College's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2017-07-31
Georgia Power reports it has awarded a $100,000 energy efficiency rebate to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

To qualify for the rebate, the liberal art college updated lighting in more than 15 on-campus facilities, replaced chillers that serve a large portion of the campus, and completed other energy related improvements that Georgia Power estimates will save more than 2,000 megawatt-hours of power consumption annually.

Georgia Power's Commercial Energy Efficiency program rebate program has awarded more than $44 million in rebates since it began in 2011. (Source: Georgia Power, Decaturish.com, 28 July, 2017) Contact: Agnes Scott College, (404) 471-6000, www.agnesscott.edu; Georgia Power, www.southerncompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  


Johnson Controls "Smart City" Energy Efficiency Proposal Considered in Marquette (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2017-07-31
In Michegan, the town of Marquette city commissioners are preparing to vote on a Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls (JCI) "budget-neutral", $28 million energy performance contract for infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements throughout the community of 20,200 +- inhabitants.

The $28 million JCI contract guarantees the city will save $42.4 million over the 20-year contract, with no additional tax burden or water utility rate increase on the community, according to the JCI proposal executive overview. The contract work includes: 22 traffic intersections; replacing 3,300 water meters with a "smart city" advanced metering infrastructure system; renovations to city hall; 2,500 LED street lights and 125 bike path lights; an electrical co-generation plant at the Wastewater Treatment Plant; numerous building envelope, lighting and HVAC improvements; and others. (Source: City of Marquette, Johnson Controls, Mining Journal, 29 July, 2017) Contact: City of Marquette, www.mqtcty.org; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Smart City,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ecuador Ratifies Paris Accord (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-31
In a formal announcement last week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said his country has ratified the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has officially joined virtually every nation on earth -- except the U.S. under the Trump administration -- seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the effects of global warming.

This coming Thursday and Friday, Ecuadorean lawmakers and others from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet in Panama for the second Summit of the Parliament Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. The event was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), headquartered in Panama city, to discuss measures to fulfill the commitments agreed under the Paris Accord. The Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are among the organizations expected to attend. (Source: Various Media, telesur, 29 July, 2017)

Editor's note: While Ecuador, with a population of 16.39 million and a gdp of $97.8 billion compared the US with 323.1 million and a gdp of $18.57 trillion, can apparently afford the Paris Accord Uncle Sam can't, according to Pres. Donald Trump, and had to drop out.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Smart Energy, Energy Storage Plan Touted in UK (Int'l)
SMart Energy,Ofgem
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark is promoting an innovative plan that will transform how homes and businesses store and use energy. The plan would support innovative new technologies that give homes and businesses more control over their energy consumption.

The proposed plan would also create opportunities and jobs in new technologies such as smart appliances, smart meters and other improvements to manage the energy system.

The plan also recognizes the role that energy storage can play in a smart energy grid and the opportunities presented by falling costs of battery technologies designed to store surplus energy.

The full implementation of the plan to move to a smarter energy system alongside other changes could help save as much as £40 in energy costs over the next few decades, according to research conducted for BEIS by Imperial College and the Carbon Trust. (Source: Ofgem, Various Media, 26 July, 2017) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary, Rt. Hon. Greg Clark, www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark; Ofgem, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Energy Storage,  Ofgem,  


Waste Wood Biomass Plants Planned for Napa, Calif. (Ind. Report)
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
Date: 2017-07-28
In California, the city of Napa, and Napa Recycling and Waste Services are proposing the development of two, 1-MW each waste woody-woody biomass burning power generation facilities in the city of 81,500 residents.

According to the Napa Valley Register, each of the two plants would cost approximately $12.6 million to construct. Power from the facilities would be sold to the utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The plants will generate around 15,000 megawatt-hours per year for approximately 2,200 households. (Source: Napa Recycling and Waste Services, Napa Valley Register, CDR, 26 July, 2017)Contact: Napa Recycling and Waste Services, (707) 256-3500, www.naparecycling.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


Ireland Expected to Miss 2020 GHG Emissions Target (Int'l)
Climate Change Advisory Council
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) reports that Ireland is likely to miss its 2020 targets to reduce emissions "by a substantial margin" which will have negative implications for 2030 Paris Climate Accord obligations.

CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem.

The CCAC report also says "It is urgent that effective additional policies are implemented to place the economy on an environmentally sustainable pathway to a low-carbon Ireland in 2050." It also notes that while the National Mitigation Plan identified a range of options, "the introduction of, and commitment to new, cost-effective emission reduction policies and measures is essential." It also recommends the removal of ongoing subsidies for power production from peat which, when co-fired co-firing with with 30pc biomass and 70pc peat, produce more emissions than coal. (Source: Irish News, 27 July, 2017) Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council , Professor John Fitzgerald, Chairperson, www.climatecouncil.ie

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


Biomethane Central to UK Clean Air Strategy, says ADBA (Int'l)
Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
Date: 2017-07-28
In the UK, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has called on the Government to make biomethane-fueled buses and heavy transport vehicles central to its Clean Air Strategy.

Biomethane is a low-carbon transport fuel produced by anaerobic digestion (AD), a natural process that breaks down organic wastes and purpose-grown crops to create a biogas that can be upgraded to create a methane-based fuel. The UK AD industry currently has sufficient capacity to produce enough biomethane to power the UK's entire bus fleet, and the use of biomethane for buses and HGVs has increased in recent years in response to concerns over the cost of fossil-fuel-based fuels and their negative impact on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions..

"The use of biomethane derived from well-managed feedstocks as vehicular fuel can help to reduce the scandalous levels of air pollution we see in towns and cities across the UK, costing thousands of lives each year", according to ADBA CEO Charlotte Morton. "Long-term support for AD is crucial for reducing emissions from the difficult-to-decarbonise transport sector and for improving air quality in our cities and towns to save lives," Morton added. (Source: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), July, 2017) Contact: ADBA, Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3176 0503, http://adbioresources.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biomethane ,  


Barbados Advances Renewables, Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Gov. of Barbados
Date: 2017-07-28
Further to our June 30th coverage, in Bridgetown, the Caribbean island nation of Barbados government reports it aims to save as much as $3 million per year in electric power costs with the implementation of a $24.6-million Public Sector Smart Energy Programme (PSPP).

The program, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Union (EU), includes upgrading approximately 30,000 street lights nationwide to energy efficient LEDs, greater energy efficiency measures and an increased reliance on renewable energy sources for the island's power needs.

The government aims to reduce the Bds$800 million ($400 million US) fuel import bill , 50 pct of which is used for power generation. It also aims to promote the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources and to allow independent power producers to supply electricity in addition to the Barbados Light and Power Company (BL&P). (Source: Gov. of Barbados, IPS, 27 July, 2017) Contact: Barbados Light & Power, Roger Blackman, www.blpc.com.bb

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Street Light,  Barbados,  


Houston Data Center Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Houston Skybox One Data Center
Date: 2017-07-28
In the Lone Star State, the 96,129-square-foot purpose-built Houston Skybox One Data Center reports it has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in Texas to receive the designation, according to a release.

The building's LEED qualifying green features include: multiple rooftop solar arrays; guaranteed 100 pct renewable energy for individual occupants; an industry leading PUE rating, highlighting design efficiency for the Houston climate; an "evaporcool" system for improving mechanical efficiency; three times the rainwater detention required by code; and other energy efficiency equipment and features. The facility provides four private data halls and 54 MW of power. (Source: Houston Skybox One Data Center, ProudGreenBuilding, 27 July, 2017)Contact: Houston Skybox One Data Center, www.skyboxdatacenters.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


College Touts Net-Zero Energy Facility Teaching Tool (Ind. Report)
Mohawk College,World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-07-28
In Hamilton, Ontario, the $20 million Mohawk College Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, which is currently under construction, is being touted as a unique, hands-on learning tool for current and future building professionals alike.

The net zero-targeting project is part of Canada Green Building Council and World Green Building Council pilots that will establish benchmarks for carbon neutral buildings.

The Joyce Center facility is designed to support the expansion of the college's engineering program, although it will ultimately accommodate up to 1,000 students from various disciplines in flexible learning spaces. The facility is expected to operate at roughly 70.5 to 71 kWh per square metre on an annual basis, one-third of which is assigned to equipment and plug loads and two-thirds of which is assigned to building systems. The facility features geothermal and photovoltaics systems for heating and cooling, as well as occupancy sensor controlled lighting and ventilation. (Source: Mohawk College, Canadian Facility Management & Design, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Mohawk College, (905) 575-1212, www.mohawkcollege.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; World Green Building Council, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Building,  


Sumitomo Takes 50 pct Stake in Pacific BioEnergy (M&A, Intl)
Pacific BioEnergy,Sumitomo Corporation
Date: 2017-07-26
Prince George, British Columbia-headquartered Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PBEC) reports that Sumitomo Corporation of Japan has acquired a 48 pct equity stake in the company. Concurrently PBEC has acquired the 34 pct minority interest in Pacific BioEnergy Limited Partnership (PBLP) from its European partner giving it 100 pct ownership of the facility. PBEC, through the PBLP facility and affiliated manufacturing facilities in Chetwynd and Fort St. John currently markets in excess of 550,000 tpy of industrial grade pellets to the European and Asian markets. In addition, PBEC in partnership with the Nazko First Nation in Quesnel operates a 200,000 tpy Biomass pre-processing facility converting low grade timber into merchantable saw logs, high quality pulp chips, furnish for pellet manufacturing and "hog energy" fuel.

Sumitomo Corporation, which owns several power generation plants in Japan, has been importing wood pellets for power generation since 2008.

Since 1994, PBEC has exported approximately 3.5 million tonnes of wood pellets to markets in Europe and Asia. This equates to more than $600 million in sales. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corporation , 24 July, 2017) Contact: PBEC , Don Steele, CEO, (250) 562-7220, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; Sumitomo Corporation, www.sumitomocorp.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woodt Pellet,  Pacific BioEnergy,  Sumitomo Corporation ,  


IGPC Doubling Ethanol Production in Ontario (Ind. Report)
IGPC Ethanol
Date: 2017-07-26
Further to our October 26, 2016 coverage, Ontario-based IGPC Ethanol Inc. is investing $120-million to double ethanol production capacity at its facility in Aylmer, Ont. With the expansion, IGPC will produce at least 400 million lpy of ethanol, and will be one of Canada's largest renewable fuel producers.

When fully operational in November 2018, the expanded IGPC plant is expected to create over $248 million per year in economic activity in Ontario and add $73 million in GDP while generating $31 million in direct and indirect wages. It will also add an estimated $85 million over 25 years in tax revenues to federal government coffers. (Source: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Various Media, 24 July, 2017)Contact: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Jim Grey, CEO, (519) 765-2575, www.igpc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News IGPC Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  


Johns Hopkins Touts Emissions Reduction Success (Ind. Report)
Johns Hopkins University
Date: 2017-07-26
More than a decade ago, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2025. Since making that pledge, the institution has grown by 11 pct. -- approximately 1.3 million additional square feet -- equivalent to half the square footage of the Empire State Building.

A new Johns Hopkins' report on the university's meeting its emissions and climate change commitment through fiscal year 2016, which ended on June 30, 2016, notes that "While total energy consumption has increased since our baseline year, we are getting more efficient per square foot. Consumption has decreased since last fiscal year, and total emissions are down thanks to conservation, efficiency gains, and improvements in our regional grid." The report adds that since determining a baseline measure of greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, Johns Hopkins has already achieved a 35 pct reduction through energy conservation strategies. (Source: Johns Hopkins, University News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Johns Hopkins University, Bob McLean, VP Real Estate and Facilities, (410) 516-8000, www.jhu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Johns Hopkins University,  


Duke Awards $278.000 Energy Efficiency Rebate to UCF (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2017-07-26
In the Sunshine State, the University of Central Florida (UCF) (64,500 enrollment) reports receipt of $278,000 in rebates from Duke Energy for recently implemented energy-efficient initiatives. The school has earned more than $1 million in rebates for energy-efficient measures since 2010.

The recent upgrades include two water chillers for District Energy Plant IV, an under-construction water plant that will produce chilled and hot water to cool and dehumidify campus buildings. The chillers will hold 4,000 tons (1 million gallons) of chilled water that will serve Research Building 1 and be added to an existing underground infrastructure that serves nearly 75 pct of campus buildings. Over the lifespan of the presently under construction District Energy Plant IV the university is estimated to save $121,000 annually in operation costs. The remaining $78,000 of the recent rebate is from automation controls installed in Student Health Services, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering II buildings. The controls use CO2 sensors that measure when more outside air is needed to balance the CO2 levels in the buildings. Vents admit fresh air as needed to reduce the demand on de-humidification equipment. (Source: Univ. of Central Florida, Campus News, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; UCF, Curtis Wade, Dir. Utilities & Energy Services.(407) 823-2000, www.ucf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  


Battery Storage, Energy Efficiency Companies Raise $1Bn January - June, 2017 (Ind. Report)
Mercom Capital Group
Date: 2017-07-26
The global clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group reports that global battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies raised more than $1 billion in venture capital (VC) funding during the January-June period of this year. In the corresponding period of 2016, $ 807 million was raised.

In January-June 2017, smart grid companies raised $304 million while VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies totaled $242 million in 20 deals. On a quarter on quarter basis, VC funding for battery storage companies jumped to $422 million in 10 deals in April-June this year compared to $58 million in eight deals in January-March 2017. VC funding into energy efficiency technology companies fell significantly to $29 million in Q2 2017 compared to the $213 million in in Q1 2017, the report said. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, PTI, Financial Express, Others, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: Mercon Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group,  Energy Efficiency,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  SmartGrid,  


£9Mn Programme to Accelerate UK Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator
Date: 2017-07-26
In the UK, new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) programme to help develop energy efficient technologies and the UK's industrial competitiveness has been launched. The Carbon Trust, an independent carbon reduction organization, will run the four-year scheme which aims to reduce costs and increase energy efficient options for a range of industrial sectors.

Under the IEEA scheme, between 15 and 30 technology developers and industrial companies may receive funding ranging from £150,000 to £1 million to support demonstration projects. The programme also aims to address technical and commercial challenges by providing "incubation support" and funding to increase UK expertise, exports and jobs.

The industrial sector accounts for 17 pct of the UK's total energy use, up to 40 pct of which is lost due to inefficiency in equipment, mechanical limitations and heat loss during the manufacturing process. (Source: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, UK Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, www.carbontrust.com/client-services/programmes/industrial-energy-efficiency-accelerator


Enercon to Recondition 1,200 Turbines in India (Int'l)
Enercon,WindWorld India
Date: 2017-07-26
Following on our May 31st coverage, German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon reports that with the resolution of its decade-long legal battle with its former JV partner WindWorld India, it is set for a major refurbishment of its Indian wind turbine fleet.

With Enercon's re-entry into the Indian market, approximately 800 inactive wind turbines and a further 400 operating in curtailed mode totaling 860 MW capacity India could be refurbished and re-activated. During Enercon's legal exclusion from the Indian market, its former joint venture partner WindWorld India illegally used Enercon's technology to manufacture wind turbines, according to Enercon. Enercon will now supply original spare parts and required tools to Renom Energy Services, Kintech Synergy, and Powercon Ventures India, the firms that will repair and maintain the more than 6,700 Enercon wind turbines in India. (Source: Enercon, Various Media, July 24, 2017) Contact: WindWorld India, +91 22 6692 4848, www.windworldindia.com; Enercon Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, www.enercon.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Wind,  WindWorld India,  


Statoil's Hywind Floating Wind Farm Underway off Peterhead (Int'l)
Statoil
Date: 2017-07-26
Norwegian company Statoil reports its Hywind fully floating offshore wind farm -- the world's first full-scale floating wind turbine installation -- is well underway 25 km off Peterhead, Scotland. When fully operation by the year end, Hywind will generate sufficient electric power for 20,000 Scottish homes.

According to Statoil, the new wind farm will be the first of many in waters too deep to anchor conventional wind turbines on the seabed. Instead, the turbine tower is mounted on a huge, weighted tube that floats 78 meters deep in the sea and held in place by underwater mooring lines. The 12,000 tonne, 253 meter-high towers were built in Spain and assembled at Stord in Norway. The Hywind project costs £190 million ($337 million) and was subsidised by the British government. (Source: Statoil, BBC, Strait Times, Others, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Statoil, Irene Rummelhoff, Exec VP New Energy Ventures, Stephen Bull, Snr, VP, Offshore Wind, Leif Delp, Hywind Project Dir., +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Floating Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa Seals 76MW Mexican Wind Deal (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2017-07-26
Siemens Gamesa reports it has sealed a deal with independent developer Fuerza y Energia Limpia de Tiziminunder. Under the terms of the deal, Siemens Gamesa will supply and install 36 G114-2.1 MW turbines totaling 76 MW at the Tizimin wind farm which is being developed in the state of Yucatan. The agreement includes a five-year of service and maintenance clause. Commissioning is scheduled for 2018. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, NA Wind, Various Others, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


Mass. Offshore Wind Site Wins BOEM Site Plan Approval (Ind. Report)
BOEM, DONG Energy,Eversource
Date: 2017-07-24
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports it has aaproved an offshore wind Site Assessment Plan to the Bay State Wind offshore wind farm being developed by New England's Eversource Energy and Danish offshore wind giant DONG Energy.

The two firms are set to develop an area off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, that reportedly has the potential for 2 gigawatts (GW) or more of capacity. The partners have deployed three meteorological buoys to measure wave and wind speeds, as well as wave direction and currents. The two floating light and detection ranging buoys (FLIDARs) buoys and the single metocean/current buoy will be deployed for two years to gather additional project data. (Source: BOEM, Eversource, CleanTewchnica, 21 July, 2017) Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; DONG Energy, Thomas Brostrøm, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

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


Massive Turbines Approved for Apple's Oregon Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables,Apple
Date: 2017-07-24
In Salem, Oregon state regulators report approval of the largest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest for the Montague Wind Power Facility -- Apple's Oregon wind power project being developed by Avangrid Renewables. The approval allows turbines with rotor diameters of 136 meters and generating capacities of 3.6 megawatts. A specific manufacturer or turbine model has not yet been identified. Construction of the Gilliam County wind farm is expected to get underway prior to Sept. 14, 2017, for completion and commissioning by the end of 2018. (Source: Avangrid Renewables, Portland Business Journal, 18 July, 2017) Contact: AVANGRID Inc., James P. Torgerson, Pres., Frank Burkhartsmeyer, CEO, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Apple,  Wind,  


1858 Vintage Bucknell Building Scores LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
Bucknell University,USGBC
Date: 2017-07-24
In Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell University reports its second-oldest on campus building -- Roberts Hall constructed in 1858 -- has been awarded US GReen Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. According to the university, energy consumption dropped by 30 pct with the recently completed building restoration, addition of central air conditioning and extensive energy related upgrades. The work included the almost complete replacement of the building's exterior walls, new metal roofing, all new plumbing with low-flow fixtures, new double-paned, argon-filled vwindows, new HVAC, LED Lighting and occupancy sensors, smart thermostats and others. Roberts is the eighth LEED certifield building on the Bucknell campus. (Source: Bucknell University, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Bucknell University, www.bucknell.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Ont. Bldg. Code Upgraded for Greater Energy Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Date: 2017-07-24
At Queen's Park, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced the replacement of the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2019. The changes support the government's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) of June 2016, with a view to reducing GHG emissions and implementing energy-efficient measures in new homes and large buildings. The concept is to bring these structures closer to being "net-zero energy buildings" (NZEB) where the energy used by the building is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on site.

New and modified requirements include: solar-ready roofs and conduits; reduction of trade-offs between building bnvelope and heating systems for energy efficiency compliance requirement of heat or energy recovery units in all buildings; encouraging "greywater" reuse systems; continuous insulation requirements; energy-efficient windows and sliding doors requirements; air leakage testing and air tightness requirements, and others. (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs , Globe, Miller Thompson LLP, Lexolocy, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (416) 585-7041, www.mah.gov.on.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Code,  Ontario Building Code,  


Independence Utilities Center Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Burns & McDonnell
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Show Me State, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency and water conservation to the Independence (Missouri) Utilities Center. The Kansas City-based firm Burns & McDonnell delivered architectural, engineering and construction services for a full-scale renovation of the 47,500 square-foot building which was completed in October 2016. The building has also been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a winner of a Capstone Award in the green design category.

Key additions and energy efficiency improvements include: new wall and roof insulation, thermal windows, aluminum exterior panels and sun shades, a "cool" white roof to reduce heat gain; high efficiency HVAC and new LED lighting; rooftop solar array and wind turbine capable of providing 15 pct of the building's annual energy needs; improved ventilation; energy recovery; heat pump; and others. The combination of systems makes the building 51 pct more efficient than a comparable baseline building. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, PR, 20 July, 2017)Contact: Burns & McDonnell, www.burnsmcd.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


EWE Gasspeicher Plans Massive Redox Flow Tech Energy Storage Project (Int'l, Ind. Report)
EWE Gasspeicher
Date: 2017-07-24
Oldenburg, Germany-headquartered gas storage firm EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, a subsidiary of Germany utility EWE, reports it plans to construct a redox flow technology battery with sufficient capacity to power a city the size of Berlin for an hour. If built, the project will involve filling two salt caverns, each of around 100,000 cubic meters in volume, with brine to create a redox flow battery that has capacity of up to 120 MW and 700 megawatt-hours.

EWE Gasspeicher presently uses caverns for natural-gas storage and is looking to bring the novel redox flow "brine4power" (b4p)technology to market by 2023.

The project will be based on a process developed at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Thuringia, which employs electrolytes based on recyclable polymers dissolved in salt water. Following testing, EWE is planning a second aboveground prototype of up to 500 kilowatts and 2.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: EWE, EWE GasspeicherPR, gtm, 20 July, 2017) Contact: EWE Gasspeicher GmbH, +49 441 350100, www.ewe-gasspeicher.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  redox flow battery,  Battery,  


Report Recommends Cap on UK Bioenergy Crop Production (Int'l)
Royal Academy of Engineering ,National Farmers Union
Date: 2017-07-24
In the UK, a newly released report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) is calling for a cap on the production of bioenergy crops on prime agricultural lands as a means of avoiding an inadvertent increase greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the report, energy crops should only be cultivated on marginal land which is unsuitable for food production or housing, or has been degraded through deforestation.

The report also calls for a renewed focus on converting waste cooking oil, municipal solid waste, whisky production dregs and others into second generation biofuels.

On the downside, limiting bioenergy crop production could cause new problems. Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1 million tpy of feed-grade wheat into bioethanol, has previously said it could face closure if crop-based biofuels in petrol were to be restricted.

UK National Farmers Union (NFU) NFU combinable crops chairman Mike Hambly says: "This report clearly demonstrates the need for biofuels and we are pleased to see the RAENG recognise the role UK agriculture has to play in this. The report focuses heavily on the benefits of second generation biofuels -- something the NFU has long supported -- but we caution investment into this next step will only be secured on the back of first generation fuels and the Government must recognise this in future policy making." (Source: NFU, Royal Academy of Engineering, FG Insight, 28 July, 2017) Contact: NFU,www.nfuonline.com; Royal Academy of Engineering, www.raeng.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Crop,  


South Miami Mandates Residential Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
South Miami
Date: 2017-07-24
In the Sunshine State, the community of South Miami (12,200 +- pop) city council report approval of an ordinance requiring all new, and some renovation, residential construction to incorporate rooftop solar panels and capacity.

The ordinance, which comes into force Sept. 18, requires 175 square-feet of solar panels per 1,000 square feet of roof. (Source: City of South Miami, AP, Various Media,21 July, 2017) Contact: City of South Miami, (305) 663-6338, www.southmiamifl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar ,  


Exec. Order Creates Vermont Climate Action Commission (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-07-24
Last Thursday in Montpelier, just weeks after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the almost universally accepted Paris Climate Agreement, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) issued an executive order creating a 21-person climate action commission to be composed of business leaders, transportation experts, members of the agriculture and forestry sectors, utility representatives, and others. The Commission will advise the governor's office on a long-term plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions and embrace renewable energy.

The Governor said "Despite what's going on in Washington, I am committed to doing our part." (Source: NECN, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vermont Governor Phil Scott, governor.vermont.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate CHange,  


Growth Energy Counters Oklahoma Senator's Anti-Ethanol Claims (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2017-07-24
Growth Energy issued the following statement in response to Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R) opposition to the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which aims to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends with more than 10 pct ethanol. Inhofe claimed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) harms the environment and that ethanol increases food prices and damages vehicle engines:

"E15 is a federally approved fuel for all cars made since 2001. It boosts octane, saves consumers up to 10 cents per gallon, and improves the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and displacing toxic additives in gasoline. Consumers have recently surpassed 1 billion miles driven on the fuel, and it is now available at more than 900 retail sites across 29 states. Drivers are demanding E15, and more retailers are offering it every day.

"However, due to an outdated regulation that hasn’t been updated since 1990, gas stations are forced to restrict their sales to flex-fuel vehicles only, or remove it from sale altogether between June 1 and Sept. 15. That means that when gas prices are at their peak, consumers are denied the choice of an affordable, cleaner option for their cars.

"A vote against this bill is a vote against consumers -- it's saying that you don't trust consumers to make their own choices at the pump. In fact, Growth Energy released a survey showing that U.S. small engine owners are pleased with the performance of their fuel and find it easy to pick the best option, including regular unleaded blends of 10 pct ethanol (E10).

"This legislation is a common-sense fix that has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. We applaud the bill's champions in the Senate for keeping the focus where it needs to be -- ensuring year-round consumer savings at the pump." (Source: Growth Energy Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


Ireland Outlines Vague Climate Change Mitigation Plan (Int'l)

Date: 2017-07-24
In Dublin, Ireland's Environment and Climate Action minister Denis Naughton is reporting the launch of Ireland's first statutory national climate change mitigation plan. The plan is intended to provide a sustained, considered and strategic approach to incremental and permanent decarbonization involving all of government and society.

The plan roughly outlines a series of mitigation measures and actions ranging from national transportation electrification, lower speed limits, decreased parking spaces to discourage drivers and encourage the use of public transit, to increasing the country's forestry cover from 11 pct to 18 pct by 2050, all of which would contribute to a lowering of carbon emissions. The immediate challenge is to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030. The plan, in its current form, offers few details. (Source: The Planner, July, 2017) Contact: Ireland Environment and Climate Action Ministry, +353 1 678 2000, www.dccae.gov.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  Decarbonization ,  


Vestas Scores 48.3-MW Dominican Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Vestas,Elecnor S
Date: 2017-07-21
Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S is reporting receipt of an order for 14 units of its V117-3.45 MW wind turbine from Spanish group Elecnor SA for the Larimar II wind farm in Enriquilloin Province, the Dominican Republic.

Under the terms of the contract, Vesta will deliver and install the turbines beginning in Q1, 2018 for commissioning in Q3, 2018. Elecnor will build the wind farm under a $89.1-million turnkey contract from Spanish utility Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina SA (EGE Haina). (Source: Vestas, Various Media, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Elecnor SA, www.elecnor.es/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Elecnor S,  


"Gov. Brown's Climate Change Deal a Lesson in Compromise That Should be Studied in the White House" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-07-21
"(California Governor) Brown's hardball messages (on climate change and cap-and-trade), his willingness to compromise and personal dealings with lawmakers were persuasive enough for him to win arguably his biggest legislative victory as governor.

"It was a model of how to finesse controversial bills through a Legislature. And it stood in stark contrast to the bumbling we've been watching in the White House and Congress, most notably the failed, humiliating efforts on healthcare.

"The merits of Brown's (climate change - carbon emissions) cap-and-trade legislation are not the point here. Many Republican conservatives complain that it's just another tax hike on consumers. Democratic liberals grouse about a giveaway to big oil. Supporters -- the vast majority of legislators -- proudly proclaim that California is showing the world how to save the planet." -- George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 20 July, 2017)

Editor's Note: HERE, HERE -- We Couldn't agree more!

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Smartcool Drives Mercedes Dealership Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Smartcool Systems
Date: 2017-07-21
Vancouver-headquartered Smartcool Systems Inc. reports that its ECO3 energy solution product has driven in excess of 30 pct energy savings at the Mercedes-Benz, Ipswich auto dealer in the UK. The dealership is part of the Jardine Motor group.

LCS Energy, an energy efficiency and reduction services specialist, working with Smartcool engineers, installed Mitsubishi heat pumps at the Merdeces-Benz dealership site site via an OEM control card without downtime. Smartcool engineers then installed device level sub- metering to measure energy consumption through a web portal. The data showed continued savings in excess of 30 pct. Contact: SmartCool, James Martin, Bus. Dev, , (604) 904-8632, www.smartcool.net, www.smartcooleco3.com LCS Energy, +44 (0) 1480 470064, office@lcsenergy.co.uk, www.lcsenergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smartcool Systems ,  Energy Efficieny,  Energy Management,  


energyOrbit Automating PNM Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
energyOrbit
Date: 2017-07-21
In Albuquerque, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) reports it has tapped the Demand Side Management (DSM) platform from San Francisco-headquartered energyOrbit to track and report on its customer energy efficiency and rebate programs.

By leveraging the cloud-based energyOrbit platform allows seamless access to multiple parties or outside sources to submit their data electronically, all in one place. The energyOrbit platform is suitable for both small and large energy efficiency programs and can be scaled up to service substantial program growth and expansion.

By engaging with energyOrbit, similar utilities have achieved improved efficiency and DSM operational savings by as much as 75 pct. Powered on the Salesforce platform, the energyOrbit customer engagement solution is designed to provide an integrated user experience to streamline energy audits and free up administrator workloads, resulting in greater administrative focus on program strategy and implementation. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EnergyOrbit, Udi Merhav, CEO, www.energyorbit.com, Twitter(@energyOrbit; PNM, Pat Vincent-Collawn, Pres., (505) 241-4548, www.pnmenergyefficiency.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNM,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Management,  


$60Mn Fraud Earns Former Biodiesel Execs. Prison Time (Ind. Report)
Triton Energy
Date: 2017-07-21
On Tuesday, the US Dept. of Justice announced that Fred Witmer and Gary Jury, the former co-owners of Fort Wayne, Indiana-headquartered biodiesel producer Triton Energy LLC, have been sentenced to 57 months and 30 months in prison for generating more than $60 million in false tax- and renewable-fuel credits.

Witmer admitted that fuel falsely designated for transportation was instead used to make fire-starter logs and for asphalt and cement production. Jury, received a 30-month sentence for conspiring to fraudulently claim tax credits and for providing false statements to the US EPA, according to the Justice Department press release. (Source: US Dept. of Justice, Various Media, 18 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Triton Energy,  Biodiesel ,  


NATSO Applauds Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
NATSO
Date: 2017-07-21
NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has commended Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would extend the biodiesel blenders' tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

"We applaud Representatives Black and Kind for introducing a measure that will enable consumers to have access to cleaner-burning fuel at the lowest possible cost.

"The five-year phaseout contained in this legislation -- which mirrors policy that has been enacted for other alternative energy sources such as wind and solar -- is designed to provide much-needed policy certainty to the market. The phaseout is also compatible with congressional efforts to reform and simplify the tax code.

"By keeping the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level, it will impose downward pressure on the retail price of fuel in all markets in the United States." (Source: NATSO, July 18, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biodiesel,  


USDA Grants $8Mn to Address Climate Change, Environmental Impacts on Agriculture (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2017-07-21
In Washington, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is reporting the awarding of nine grants totaling more than $8 million to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is made possible through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program

AFRI is America's flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area aims to provide risk management information and tools to enable land managers to stay viable and productive, and reduce the use of energy, nitrogen, water, and greenhouse gas emissions . Since 2009, more than $150 million in research and extension grants have been awarded through AFRI in support of efforts to adapt to and minimize the impacts of climate change.

FY16 Climate Outreach and Extension grants include: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, $250,000; New Mexico State University, $249,900; Cornell University, $250,000; University of Vermont, $248,900. Climate and Land Use grants include: University of Florida, $3,414,911; University of Idaho, $3,414,911; Clemson University, $147,744; George Mason University, $35,300; and Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, $49,260.

Among the grants, a New Mexico State University project aims to increase climate change literacy while supporting both adaptation and mitigation activities for different and diverse groups through a comprehensive program. A University of Florida project will identify and test climate adaptation and mitigation in fruit and vegetable supply chains using a holistic, systems approach based on crop, economic, and environmental modeling.

(Source: USDA, PR, 19 July, 2017) Contact: NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts , Twitter @USDA_NIFA

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


UK Carbon Footprint Shrinking, says DEFRA (Int'l Report)
DEFRA
Date: 2017-07-21
Following-up on our August 3rd, 2016 report -- UK Goods &Services Carbon Footprint Rising -- a recent report from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) claims the UK's carbon footprint fell by 1 pct between 2013 and 2014 across both emissions associated with UK produced goods and household emissions. Overall, it means the UK's carbon footprint has shrunk by 20 pct between its 2007 peak of 1,296 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and 2014, the latest year for which data is available.

The report identifies the UK's greenhouse gas -- carbon footprint as: CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and three fluorinated compounds.

Critics have argued that while the UK's domestic emissions have fallen sharply in recent years as the power system has shifted away from coal and energy efficiency has improved, the country's overall carbon footprint has changed less due to global supply chain emissions.

Today's statistics confirm emissions relating to the consumption of goods and services produced in the UK have fallen sharply, dropping 27 per cent on 1997, the first year for which these annual statistics were collected. Meanwhile, the proportion of the total GHG footprint generated directly by UK households has remained at around 17 per cent between 1997 and 2014, according to Defra.

On the other hand, emissions related to imports used by businesses and directly by consumers have risen by 19 pct over the same period, reflecting the country's shift towards a service-based, import-reliant economy.

The latest estimates follow a report in April which found the UK's per capita greenhouse gas emissions fell 33 pct between 1992 and 2014, while GDP grew by 130 pct over the same period. (Source: DEFRA, July 17, 2017) Contact: DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  DEFRA,  


Greatcell Solar, JinkoSolar Ink Collaboration Agreement (Int'l)
Greatcell Solar, JinkoSolar
Date: 2017-07-21
In the Land Down Under, Canberra-headquartered Greatcell Solar Limited (formerly Dyesol Limited) is reporting a non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with Chinese PV solar panel manufacturers JinkoSolar with support from Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore.

Under the terms of the agreement, Greatcell will make available developmental Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) devices and associated information on a strictly confidential basis to enable Jinko to further evaluate the technology. Jinko's aim is to enter into a long-term agreement with Greatcell to commercialize the technology and establish large scale manufacturing. (Source: Greatcell, ABN, July, 2017) Contact: Greatcell, Dyesol , Richard Caldwell , MD, Marine Andre, +61-2-6299-1592 mandre@greatcellsolar.com, www.greatcellsolar.com; JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greatcell Solar,  JinkoSolar,  Solar,  Dyesol,  


DRAX Advancing Coal to Woody Biomass Conversion Plans (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2017-07-21
In the UK, DRAX, the operator of a coal and biomass plant in North Yorkshire, reports it is advancing it is moving forward with plans to convert an existing coal-fired power generation unit to biomass. The company produced about 17 pct of the UK's renewable electricity in the first half of 2017.

Three of the company's six generating units are currently powered by compressed wood pellets and receive support from Renewable Obligation Certificates (for two units) and a Contract for Difference (CfD) (for one unit). (Source: DRAX, Bioenergy Insight, Other Media, 20 July, 2017) Contact: 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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Buildings Must be Net-Zero Carbon by 2050, says WGBS Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-07-21
According to the World Green Building Council's (WGBC) new From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report, the world building sector must operate at "net-zero carbon" by 2050. And, Since the building and construction sector is responsible for around 30 pct of global energy consumption and the associated emissions, this sector will play a significant role in finding the solutions.

In the report, World GBC calls for all new buildings to operate at net zero carbon from 2030, and 100 pct of buildings must operate at net zero carbon by 2050. The report outlines how these goals can be achieved through concerted action by business, government and NGOs. Achieving these targets would help to ensure that the worst impacts of climate change are avoided, and bring about many other political and economic benefits.

The International Energy Agency estimates that the current global building stock is 223 billion square meters, and will almost double to 415 billion square meters by 2050. According to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, current renovation rates amount to less than 1 pct of the existing building stock each year. In order to achieve universal net zero carbon in the building sector by 2050, renovation rates must increase by 3 per cent every year starting in 2017, and must accelerate for every year of delay.

Access the report HERE. (Source: WGBC, 17 July, 2017) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  


Pinnacle Pellets Purchases 50th Andritz Pellet Mill (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Andritz
Date: 2017-07-19
Prince George, British Columbia-based woody biomass pellet maker Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports the purchase of its 50th pellet mill -- a Sprout 26LM II -- from Andritz Feed & Biofuel. The unit was manufactured at Andritz's Muncy, Pennsylvania plant.

Andritz pellet mills produce more than 50 pct of all biofuel pellets worldwide, according to the company.

Pinnacle operates seven pellet plants throughout B.C. and produces more than 1.5 million tpy of woody biomass pellets. The pellet plants are located in Houston, Burns Lake, Meadowbank, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Armstrong and Lavington. In total, we employ more than 250 people in those communities.(Source: Andritz, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Andritz, Mike Curci, Global Biomass Manager, Bertil Stromberg, (518) 745-2975, bertil.stromberg@andritz.com, www.andritz.com; Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., Leroy Reitsma, COO, (604) 270-9613, leroy.rettsma@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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


ORNL Biofuels, Bioproducts R&D Receives Funding (Ind. Report)
ORNL
Date: 2017-07-19
The US DOE reports it has chosen the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) as one of four bioenergy centers to receive funding to advance a new bio-based economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. The DOE will provide a total of $40 million in initial funding for the four centers in Fiscal Year 2018, with plans for a total five years of funding.

CBI will focus on the creation of high-yielding biofuel feedstock plants, using genetic studies to accelerate the domestication of perennial plants. CBI will create biocatalytic methods for high-yield production of advanced biofuels that can be blended with existing transportation fuels. The Center will also study ways to develop valuable byproducts from lignin left over after biomass processing.

CBI will work with partners from the University of Georgia, NREL, Dartmouth College, GreenWood Resources, MIT, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, University of California-Riverside, University of Colorado-Boulder, Penn State and others. (Source: US DOE, ORNL, 17 July, 2017) Contact: ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, Gerald Tuskan, (865) 576-8141, tuskanga@ornl.gov, www.ornl.gov; US DOE Office of Science, http://science.energy.gov

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"CCS Would Make Renewables, Nuclear Energy Look Cheap", says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Warming Policy Foundation
Date: 2017-07-19
"Eminent energy economist warns that carbon capture and storage will never be viable That is the stark message of Professor Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh and a former adviser to the World Bank. In a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Professor Hughes says that claims that costs will fall quickly are unlikely to be borne out in practice and even if they are, the total investment required makes CCS little more than a utopian dream.

"And even if the technology can be made to work for gas, it would come at a price that 'would make renewables and nuclear look cheap'. This is in part because of a lack of joined up policy, as Professor Hughes explains: 'Successive governments haven't thought their policies through. The focus on renewables is making CCS -- already a marginal technology -- even less viable.' A coherent strategy could reduce carbon emissions at a fraction of the current cost by switching to gas with the option to install CCS if/when it makes economic sense."

Access the full The Bottomless Pit -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE, (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation, July, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, +44 2073406038, info@thegwpf.org, www.thegwpf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Cabon Capture and Storage,  CO2,  Global Warming Policy Foundation,  


EeMAP Energy Efficient Mortgage Website Launched (Ind. Report)
EU,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-07-19
The Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative, a market-led and first-of-its-kind initiative, aims to incentivize people to purchase energy efficient properties or improve the energy efficiency of existing properties by offering preferential finance linked to the mortgage.

The initiative aims to demonstrate that energy efficiency has risk mitigation effects for lenders because of its impact in enhancing a borrower's ability to service their loan and on the value of the property which could, therefore, qualify for a better capital treatment.

EeMAP is an initiative by the European Mortgage Federation -- European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC); UK Green Buildings Council; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Ca' Foscari University of Venice, E.ON and SAFE Goethe University Frankfurt. The project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The website also hosts a series of videos summarizing the debates held at the Kick-Off Meeting and the comments of key supporters, including MEP Bendt Bendtsen, rapporteur on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. (Source: EeMap, Lending News, 18 July, 2017) Contact: EeMAP Initiative, www.energyefficientmortgages.eu Twitter at @EEMActionPlan.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EU,  


Did Trump Hoodwink French Pres.? (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-19
While re-capping his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, asserted in a Sunday report by Le Journal du Dimanche that the American leader may rescind his universally criticized withdrawal of the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The neophyte French President was apparently under "the Donald's" spell and based his judgement on a vague Trump comment "that he would try to find a solution in the coming months."

Trump will no doubt deny the comment as "fake news." We can only hope that Macron has not been deceived. (Source: Sputnik, Various Other Media, July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


Winery Energy Efficiency, Storage Saves $15Mn (Ind. Report)
Jackson Family Wines
Date: 2017-07-19
In Santa Rosa, California, Jackson Family Wines (JFW) reports that its 2015 installation of 21 Tesla Energy Power Wall stationary energy storage systems with a total 4.2 megawatts of storage capacity, along with other energy efficiency measures, have cut energy costs by more than $15 million. They also reduced the energy and water required to produce one gallon of wine.

The company is committed to reinvesting the energy efficiency savings in onsite renewable energy. (Source: Jackson Family Wines, Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Jackson Family Wines, (707)544-4000, www.jacksonfamilywines.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.teslamotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  Tesla Power Wall,  ,  Energy Storage,  

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