"Both the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have highlighted the crucial role CCS technologies will have to play if the international community wants to meet the emissions pledges set out in the Paris Agreement. Yet in spite of these warnings, and the strong support of world leaders and many climate scientists, OECD governments have been stepping back from funding large-scale CCS projects, thereby slowing the pace of development. As a result, few CCS projects are in the works, and many more have been cancelled, not least by President Obama and the British government. What is more, the hundreds of billions that are being spent on renewable energy have significantly worsened the prospects of the technology ever being applied on anything like the utopian scale that is being advocated.
"This new Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) report explains the reasons for the manifest failure of CCS to progress and illustrates the economic and technological limits of a technology that has been promoted for too long on the basis of wishful thinking."
BOTTOMLESS PIT --
The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report
HERE. (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation June, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Gordon Hughes, www.thegwpf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Capture and Sequestration,
The moratorium through the end of 2020 would give a consultant time to determine where wind farms might conflict with training areas for military aircraft.
The moratorium would block two projects already in development, Alligator River in Tyrrell County and Timbermill Wind in Chowan and Perquimans counties. Both have already been approved by the Department of Defense under the state's 2013 regulations governing wind development.
(Source: WRAL, Other Media, 29 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,
The PACE-funded energy efficiency features include an 884 KW solar array, a "green" roof, LED lighting, HVAC, insulation and storm-water retention systems. The funding is through through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (DC PACE) program, in partnership with locally-based EagleBank. At $25 million, the funding is the nation's largest single PACE note issued to date and the first issued for a stadium project.
The stadium's PACE-funded measures are expected to result in a 25 pct reduction in energy use and a reduction of 820 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, Various Others, 28 June, 2017) Contact:
DC United, www.dcunited.com; PACE, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pacenow.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy, PACE, Energy Efficiency,
The coalition's notice to the EPA cited the agency's failure to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for "unreasonably delaying" the issuance of such controls. It also argues that EPA's failure to act since September 2015 to issue controls on methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry violates the EPA's non-discretionary duty under the Clean Air Act and is an unreasonable delay in setting such controls.
Last week, a coalition of 14 states filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA's actions halting regulation of methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry. In February, a coalition of seven attorneys general and two environmental agencies urged U.S. Senate leadership to oppose a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal a rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands.
Illinois AG Madigan has also condemned federal executive's attempt to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and opposed the drastic budget cuts proposed for the EPA. (Source: Office of Illinois Attorney General, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Office of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, (312) 814-3400, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Clean Power Plan,
GIA members include ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., DNV GL, Lloyd's Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, Ricardo UK Ltd., Royal Caribbean Cruises, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd., Silverstream Technologies, Stena AB, Total Marine Fuels, Wartsila Corp., Mediterranean Shipping Co., and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (Source: International Maritime Organization, American Shipper, 30 June, 2017) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions, Carbon Emissions, International Maritime Organization,
UPS presently operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide including electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane , lower-carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) .
(Source: UPS, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: UPS,
Kristen Petrella, (404) 828-4182, email@example.com, www.ups.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,
The study measured the local exhaust pipe emissions of working machines from two size categories, operating in an environment simulating real-life working conditions. The tests covered, for example, loading and driving of the working machine both with and without load. The results were derived from a comparison between the use of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel and conventional fossil diesel meeting European EN 590 diesel fuel standard specifications and consisting of 7 percent of conventional biodiesel, in line with the maximum limit specified by the standard.
(Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Neste, Jukka Nuottimäki, Associate, Neste, tel. +358 50 458 2726, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neste.com; Tampere University of Technology,
Panu Karjalainen, Postdoctoral Researcher, +358 45 359 2979, email@example.com
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ICP aims to standardize energy efficiency upgrades through the adoption of best practices that work to make projects more attractive to investors and building owners. The protocols adopted by IREE-certified projects and verified by credentialed Quality Assurance providers help reduce transaction costs and increase confidence in savings to help engage private capital and scale up energy efficiency investments.
The expansion will be overseen by the ICP Europe Consortium, which includes EnergyPro Ltd; RdA Climate Solutions in Portugal and Spain; Serimus in Germany; Denskatt in Austria & Bulgaria; and Verco in the UK; as well as Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP) and GRESB, the global ESG benchmark for real assets.
The consortium aims to develop the new energy performance protocols for the additional sectors, referencing existing best practices. (Source: Green Buildings Certification, July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Certifications Inc.,
Sarah Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gbci.org;
Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe, europe.eeperformance.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Green Building Certifications ,
The Ministry has begun adoption of an Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Methodology as a blueprint to guide the strategic development and modernization of the energy sector over the next 20 years.
When completed, the IRP will establish the projected electricity demand over a 20-year period and determine the generating capacity and technologies necessary to satisfy the demand over the period.
The IRP components include: institutional strengthening; investments in energy efficiency and conservation; demand side management and energy efficiency/conservation education awareness.
The IRP programme is administered by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 30 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The effort includes controlling HVAC, sensors, software and lighting controls to help Chase branches cut electric and gas consumption by 15 pct.
The deal is the next step of a program that began last year to retrofit Chase office with LED lighting. To date, 2,500 branch offices have had new lighting installed, cutting Chase's lighting energy consumption by 50 pct. (Source: GE, Columbus Dispatch, Others, 3 July, 2017) Contact: GE Power, www.gepower.com;
JPMorgan Chase Corporate Office, (212) 270-0589, www.jpmorganchase.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric, JPMorgan Chase, Energy Efficiency,
Schneider Electric's energy efficiency project for the school district consisted of enhanced lighting in classrooms, hallways, gyms and outdoor spaces; mechanical replacements at the central office; new building controls; and the implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol and IT enterprise management systems.
These upgrades cut the district's energy consumption by 29 pct and reduced its utility budget by more than $565,000 annually.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 2 July, 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com;
Etowah County Board of Education, www.ecboe.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric , Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency Incentive,
Loews had set a goal to reduce energy use across all of its hotels by 20 pct in ten years. Over the past two years, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has improved its energy efficiency by 22 pct and achieved a total energy cost savings of $328,250.
To achieve its goal, the Vanderbilt Hotel upgraded all public-area lighting fixtures to LEDs, installed new direct-drive elevator hoist motors on seven passenger elevators, replaced outdated 750-ton centrifugal chillers with re-sized, highly-efficient 500-ton chillers, and installed a new, more efficient water system. The hotel also installed new variable frequency drives on the existing chilled water and condenser pumps for enhanced HVAC efficiency and replaced the water distribution media inside the cooling tower. And by enhancing and insulating the hotel's exterior envelope and ballroom roof, the building's overall R-value was improved by 20 pct.
(Source: US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center, Contact: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, www.loewshotels.com/vanderbilt-hotel; Better Buildings Solution Center, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/solutions
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Better Buildings Solution Center, Energy Efficiency,
Additionally, the government will ask Hydro-Quebec to develop expertise in solar energy and construct a solar park and increase hydro-electric power production.
The plan includes a goal of converting 25,000 homes from oil-based heating systems to other forms of energy within three years.
(Source: Montreal Gazette, Presse Canadienne, Others, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005, www.hydroquebec.com;
Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, https://mern.gouv.qc.ca/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Hydro-Quebec,
Under the terms of their agreement, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will construct an $11 million gas treatment plant at the landfill site while Waste Management will maintain a gas extraction system and build a pipeline to the Emerald Park Landfill operated by Advanced Disposal. The gas will be used for power generation at MMSD's Jones Island water treatment facility.
The agreement is expected to
save district rate players as much as $10 million over the 20 year contract. MMSD will pay Waste Management 36 pct of the market price for natural gas based on energy content, not volume, under the terms of the revised agreement.
(Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, Bioenergy Insight, Others, 28 June, 2017)Contact: Waste Management, (414) 281-8900; Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, (414) 325-5100,www.mmsd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, Waste Management, Biogas,
The project will allow the utility to develop, test and evaluate the potential benefits of utility-scale battery energy storage technologies and investigate operating needs and associated costs. Researchers will also use the site to advance control technologies, increase value gained from storage and determine solutions to integration challenges for energy storage on the electric grid.
The site includes three testing bays for energy storage technologies, each able to house up to one megawatt of storage.
Testing multiple storage technologies at one time will allow researchers to assess how the individual systems operate and any potential grid integration challenges as the systems work together. The site will also function as a "virtual lab" for use by other utilities working with EPRI to address potential gaps associated with utility-scale energy storage.
(Source: LG&E KU , 28 June, 2017) Contact: Louisville Gas and Electric, https://lge-ku.com; EPRI, www.epri.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute ,
To date, the Kemper project has cost $7.5 billion, but the planned carbon capture and coal gasification technology is $4 billion over budget and three years behind schedule. Southern Company has unloaded Approximately $800 million of the plant's spiraling costs on ratepayers, and the plant has received $382 million in federal Energy Department grants, according to the company. Southern and its Mississippi Power subsidiary has already written off $2.9 billion of the project cost, according to a June 23 Standard and Poor's credit analysis.
The plant was intended to be the first clean-coal plant of its kind in the U.S. and a model for CCS technology. (Source: St Louis Post Dispatch, 29 June, 2017)
Contact: Mississippi Power, Anthony Wilson, Pres., CEO, (855) 693-8326, www.mississippipower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal, CCS, Mississippi Power, Southern Company, Kemper ,
Greenhouse gas emissions are about 42 pct lower than in 1990, about halfway to the 2050 commitment to reduce emissions by at least 80 pct below 1990 levels. However, progress is stalling with emissions mainly falling in the power sector since 2012 and rising in the transport and buildings sectors.
CCC calls for the government to continue reducing emissions across the economy and to address the gap between agreed upon emissions reduction targets and the impact of existing policies. The government should also find ways to bring forward additional low-carbon electricity generation through the 2020s and set out a strategy for deploying carbon capture and storage technology, CCC said.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. The CCC's role is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, BBC, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, www.theccc.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change, Low-Carbon Economy, GHGs,
Per terms of the contract, JinkoSolar will supply its high efficiency solar modules worth 38.4 MW beginning in July through to November.
The Hokkaido island project is funded through Tokumei Kumiai investments by Japanese institutional investors, Aquila Capital from Germany and Japan's Green Power Development Corporation. (Source: Jinko Solar, Various Media, Zacks, 26 June, 2017) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, email@example.com, www.jinkosolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jinko Solar, Solar,
Backers of the Climate Leadership Council supporters hope that strengthening public support for carbon taxes, along with growing concern over increasingly sever weather will start to erode the decade-long impasse in US climate policy.
Other supporters and founding members of the plan included Unilever, PepsiCo, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and the green groups Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy.
(Source: Carbon Leadership Council, Guardian, Various Others, June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Leadership Council, (202) 864-2552, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clcouncil.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council, Carbon Tax,
DONG Energy owns 50 pct of both Gode Wind 1 and 2, while Global Infrastructure Partners holds 50 pct share in Gode Wind 1. Talanx, the third-largest German insurance group, also holds an indirect interest. Four Danish pension funds hold 50 pct in Gode Wind 2.
In spring 2017, DONG Energy participated in the first of two German auction rounds for offshore wind energy. All three awarded projects -- with a total capacity of 590MW -- are located in the German North Sea and are expected to be completed by 2024, subject to final investment decision which is expected to be made in 2021. The Gode Wind 3 project will receive €60 per MWh in subsidies. (Source: DONG Energy, 26 June, 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO of Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Offshore Wind, Wind,
The floating foundations are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed. Commissioning of the Hywind project is slated for 4Q, 2017. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, PR, Windtech, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa, Offshore Wind, Floating Offshore Wind ,
The two proposal, which are subject to regulatory approvals in both states, would increase wind's share of the company's generation mix from 20 pct to 40 pct.
Amarillo-based utility Southwestern Public Service Company generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Texas and New Mexico. The company generates electricity through various fuel sources, such as coal, natural gas, wind, and solar power. It also conducts various wholesale marketing operations, including the purchase and sale of electric capacity, energy, ancillary services, and energy related products. The company provides electric utility services to approximately 389,000 retail customers. It serves large commercial and industrial electric retail customers of various industries.
(Source: Southwest Public Service, Santa Fe New Mexican, Power Engineering, Power Engineering, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy, Southwest Public Service, Wind,
The measure affects gasoline only, not diesel, and excludes Mexico City and a host of surrounding municipalities in the State of Mexico, as well as Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state and Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 26 June, 2017) Contact: CRE, www.cre.gob.mx/wfer/english.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mexico Ethanol, Ethanol Blend, E10,
According to the survey, most energy professionals favour maintaining EU energy efficiency, renewable energy directives, and climate legislation. Most oppose an energy price cap but favour stronger action on better building standards and energy efficiency as the best way to meet carbon targets and restore trust in the industry.
The survey also highlighted the need to begin decarbonizing heat for homes and business.
(Source: Energy Institute, Guardian, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, CEO, +44 20 7467 7100, www.energyinst.org
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The 5-MW photovoltaic system and 500-kilowatt battery storage system will be financed by a power purchase agreement (PPA). In addition to energy cost savings from solar production, adding Stem's software-driven energy storage positions UC Merced to achieve significant demand charge savings over the first 10 years of the project.
Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed. Styem analytics optimize the value of customers' energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid.
(Source: SunPower Corp., 26 June, 2017) Contact: Stem, (415) 937-7836, email@example.com, www.stem.com; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower, University of California Merced, Solar, Energy Storage,
"We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry.
Interestingly, Sec. Perry was recently upbraided by the American Meteorological Society for lacking a "fundamental understanding of science" after he claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change.
The former Lone Star State governor told CNBC TV that "the most likely primary control knob (for climate change) is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in", rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry, Climate Chage, CCS, CCUS, Paris Climate Agreement,
The EC also agreed on a proposal for a revised directive on the "decarbonization" of energy and energy performance of buildings.
(Source: EU Council, EC, Independent, 27 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, European Council,
The Alaska Energy Authority is working with the communities of Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska Susitna, Fairbanks North Star, Juneau and the Municipality of Anchorage -- to iimplement a uniform program and consolidate management of the initiative into a statewide entity. Smaller cities and boroughs could then join the program at later date.
Representatives from the four boroughs and Anchorage are expected to begin regular meetings state entities, lenders and contractors as early as August to pass the necessary ordinances and to implement the program. (Source: KBBI News, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Alaska Energy Authority, Katie Conway, Gov. Relations Manager, (800) 315-6338, www.akenergyauthority.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiewncy, PACE,
The Detroit 2030 District has 39 members, including 20 property owners and operators of 61 downtown buildings covering almost 10 million square feet. Detroit joins 15 other North American cities with business communities that have signed onto the pact, and is
the second city after Grand Rapids in Michigan to sign on to the project. (Source: USGBC, MLive, 26 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, Emile Lauzanna, Regional District Director, Detroit 2030 District, Connie Lilley, Director, www.2030districts.org/detroit; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Detroit 2030 District, USGBC, Carbon Emissions,
SBI's drop-in products do not require blending or any modifications to engines or infrastructures. Biofuels emit less CO2 than petroleum products so their addition to fuels has the potential to reduce transport emissions and help fuel suppliers meet lower carbon or renewable fuel standards.
Under the terms of their agreement, Shell and SBI will work together to demonstrate the potential of the technology and, if successful, scale up for commercial application. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Shell Canada, Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels, www.shell.ca; SBI BioEnergy, Inder Pal Singh, Pres., Ceo, (780) 413-9832, www.sbibioenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell, SBI BioEnergy, Biofuel, Drop-in FUel, Aviation Biofuel,
The Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of meeting all of the city's energy needs with 100 pct renewables by 2045. St. Petersburg is the only other Florida city with a similar commitment.
In addition to the establishing a community-wide target for 100% renewable energy, the commission also voted to adopt a goal of powering all municipal operations in the city with 100 pct renewables by 2030 and at least 50 pct by 2024. (Source: Sarasota City Commission, Sierra Club, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Sarasota City Commission, (945) 954-4115, sarasotagov.org/Commissioners/Index.cfm
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, 100 pct Renewable Energy,
Gardner took over the project when Solexus, which is still part of the project, ran into permitting and financing delays and problems.
(Source: Gardner Capital, Industry Dive, 23 June, 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900, www.gardnercapital.com/development
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gardner Capital, Solexus, Solar,
The legislation directs the Public Service Commission to develop an energy storage deployment program and a storage procurement target for 2030. The legislation aims to ensure that energy storage is among the options that New York regulators and utilities use to increase grid resiliency and integrate more renewable and distributed resources into the grid.
(Source: Various Media, Smart Grid Observer, 23 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
The $46 million loan comes out of a special fund distributed through the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, which was established by the Legislature in 2013 to provide financing for clean energy technology.
(Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 23 June, 2017)
Contact: Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, (800) 587-3868, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://gems.hawaii.gov; Green INfrastructure Authority, gems.hawaii.gov; Hawaiian Department of Education, www.hawaiipublicschools.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority,
The Climate Leadership Council is an international collaboration to promote a carbon dividends framework as an effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution. Schneider Electric joins a broad coalition of top companies and NGOs, including 11 of the largest companies in the world, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, to advance a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens the economy and protects the environment.
The carbon dividends plan is based on: a gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax; monthly carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue; the rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.
The carbon tax is a market-based mechanism to drive emission reductions while the dividend ensures the plan is beneficial for working Americans.
BP, ExxonMobil, GM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander Bank, Total, Unilever, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy are among the Climate Leadership Council founding members. (Source: Schneider Electric, 20 June, 2017) Contact:
Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com
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INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO have proposed that the IMO maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported one kilometer by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008.
The international shipping industry was not included in the Paris Climate Accord although the industry
is responsible for transporting about 90 pct of global trade and 2.2 pct of the world's annual man-made CO2 emissions. (Source: Maritime Exec., Various Others, 22 June, 2017)Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization, IMO, Maritime Emissions,
IBM also notes that between 1990 and 2016, the company conserved 7.2 million MWh of electricity, avoiding 4.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road for a year.
(Source: IBM, PR,23 June, 2017) Contact: IBM, Wayne Balta, VP Corporate Environmental Affairs,
Rachel Thomas, email@example.com, www,ibm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News IBM, Carbon Emissions, CO2, Climate Change,
The report examines how 34 different energy measures, most of which rely on various building controls, could affect energy use in commercial buildings such as stores, offices and schools. According to the report, roughly 20 pct of America's total energy use goes toward powering commercial buildings, about 15 pct of which have building automation-control systems which, if properly maintained and used could cut annual commercial building energy use by an average of 29 percent.
The report recommendations include:
Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction HERE.
(Source: PNNL, MTNV News, 24 June, 2017) Contact: PNNL,
N. Fernandez, (509) 372-6083, www.pnnl.gov
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The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment will expose a mature woodland to CO2 levels predicted to be prevalent in 2050. Scientists aim to measure the forest's capacity to capture carbon released by fossil fuel burning, and thus determine the trees capacity to absorb carbon pollution long-term.
With deforestation shrinking the carbon storage capacity of the world's forests, researchers hope that a greater understanding of their role in climate change mitigation could help policymakers make informed decisions.
(Source: University of Birmingham, Citizen Digital, Reuters, 24 June, 2017)Contact: University of Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, Michael Tausz, Co-Director, +44 1785 284624, www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bifor/index.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Carboon, Carbon Storage, CO2,
In his vetot, Sandoval said he was concerned about passing new energy legislation in light of the state's pending Energy Choice Initiative which, if adopted, could dramatically restructure the state's electric power market.
The Governor tasked his Committee on Energy Choice to study and make recommendations on the ramifications of a higher renewable portfolio standard and the community solar program.
(Source: Office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, GTM, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval, gov.nv.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar, Solar, Nevada Solar, Solar Incentive,
ABB has delivered five new WindSTAR transformers to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, to be deployed at the world's first 66 kV offshore wind farm in the UK. The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) is a 41.5 megawatt (MW), five-turbine wind farm, located off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland, with the capacity to deliver clean power to 34,000 homes.
As a follow-up order, ABB will supply another 11 such transformers to be deployed in large-scale offshore wind turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. This offshore wind test and demonstration facility, is located about 2.4 km off the coast of Aberdeen Bay, will incorporate a 92.4-MW offshore wind power plant with capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of nearly 80,000 homes. (Source: ABB, PR, 23 June, 2017)Contact: ABB, +44 (0) 43 317 5404, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.abb.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB, Wind,
Globally, steel accounts for 5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than every plane on Earth. However,
California mills tend to be cleaner, by virtue of the state's strict emissions limits , and bills passage would likely result in business for the U.S., and the state's steel industry.
The state will also take into account emissions from transportation, meaning California will likely buy more locally sourced steel, cutting down on pollution from shipping beams, pipes, and rebar long distances.
(Source: Think Progress, Nexus Media, Others, 21 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint ,
The product integrates Smappee's patented NILM (Non Intrusive Load Monitoring) technology with sub-metering clamps to measure real-time energy use from household electronics and appliances energy use.
Ideally suited for homes with solar and other renewable technologies, Smappee Plus acts as an energy traffic controller by directing the energy flow within a user's home to maximize both energy efficiency and clean energy payback, according to the manufacturer.
(Source: Smappee, PR, Builder Mag., 20 June, 2017) Contact: Smappee, (408) 479-3748 -- US Office, info@Smappee.com, www.Smappee.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Monitoring, Energy Management,
The catalyst was synthesized using porous crystals called metal-organic frameworks which allow precise spatial control of the chemical elements.
This new catalyst efficiently produces almost pure methane from CO2. Carbon-monoxide production has been minimized and stability is high under both continuous reaction for several days and after shutdown and exposure to air. Only a small amount of the catalyst is required for high production of methane which increases economic viability. The catalyst also operates at mild temperatures and low pressures.
"The catalyst discovery process involved the synthesis and screening of more than one hundred materials. With the help of CSIRO's rapid catalyst testing facility we were able to test all of them quickly allowing the discovery to be made in a much shorter period of time," said , AIM Future Science Platform Director with CSIRO.(Source: University of Adelaide, 20 June, 2017) Contact: University of Adelaide,
Prof. Christian Doonan, Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials, +61 (0)8 8313 5770, Mobile: +61 (0)468 736 709, email@example.com, www.adelaide.edu.au; CSIRO, Dr. Danielle Kennedyenquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au
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The methane rule, which was finalized in the dying days of the Obama administration, mandates that energy companies capture rather than flare methane which is about 25 times more potent at trapping heat than CO2 and make up approximately 9 pct of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA estimates.
(Source: Smart Brief, AP, 21 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Methane Rule, GHG, Greenhouse Gas,
The motion to intervene in the case -- Clean Air Council v. Pruitt-- supports environmental organizations seeking to immediately stop the EPA's administrative stay of a 2016 rule that would prevent the emission of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from facilities constructed after September 2015.
Along with Vermont, the motion to intervene includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington along with the City of Chicago.
(Source: Vermont AG, Vermont Biz., June 21, 2017)
Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, www.atg.state.vt.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
The legislation establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and requires an updated action plan every four years.
Sweden, which previously committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, generates 83 pct of its electricity from nuclear energy and hydropower, having met its 2020 target of 50 pct renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule.
The country now plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 pct and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad. (Source: New Scientist, Futurism, Others, 20 June, 2017)
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The increase is part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and follows input from stakeholders in the government, private sector, research scientists and social interest groups.
Mexican regulators moved in August 2016 to allow ethanol in local fuel supplies, except in its three largest metropolitan areas -- Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City.
(Source: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, AgWired, Other, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, +52 55 5233 1500, firstname.lastname@example.org, cre.gob.mx
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S.B. 90 is widely seen as a compromise solution to implement a clean energy constitutional amendment approved by 73 pct of Florida voters in August.
According to the not-for-profit Center for Biological Diversity, the Sunshine State's solar industry ranks only 13 in the nation for installed capacity, although it is third in technical solar potential. The Center also notes that Florida is one of the 10 worst states for blocking distributed solar with bad policies.
(Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Various Media, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Chad Tudenggongbu, (917) 558-0849, email@example.com, www.biologicaldiversity.org
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