Cleanergy's GasBox waste-to-energy system is installed in a modular container and converts methane gas into electricity. The GasBox is an autonomous and flexible Stirling Engine unit incorporated with a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality.
The firms will initially install 50MW capacity in 2018, while the remaining 150MW will be installed as a second step that includes energy storage.
(Source: Cleanergy, June, 2017) Contact: Cleanergy, Jonas Eklind, CEO, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cleanergy.com; Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies, www.cccme.org.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy, CSP Solar, Stirling Engine,
Using CO2 to generate fat from algae is not necessarily new, but the amount of fat produced by this new strain of algae is hugely significant since fatty algae make the strain more fit to eventually produce biofuels at an industrial scale, according to the the researchers.
Algae based fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than most other energy sources,and could potentially play a vital role in the transition to emission energy sources. Just as significantly, unlike other biofuel feedstocks such as corn or sugar cane, algae production on an industrial scale would not have a negative effect on food production.
SGI and ExxonMobil have been collaborating on algae biofuels R&D since 2009.
(Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Synthetic Genomics, www.syntheticgenomics.com; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil , Synthetic Genomics, Algae, Biofuel,
Presently, European biofuel companies mostly manufacture biodiesel from methanol and rapeseed oil.
Biodiesel comprises of long, even hydrocarbon compounds with diverse properties to diesel produced from mineral oil. The Researchers used Bioethylene to cleave the commercial rapeseed oil esters.
The new process tweaks the biodiesel's chemical properties by incorporating ethylene, which can be produced from bioethanol. (Source: University of Kaiserslautern, AZO CleanTech, 20 June, 2017)Contact: University of Kaiserslautern,
Prof. Dr Lukas Goosen, +49 631 2050, www.uni-kl.de/en/home
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,
The CeGBC Standard focuses on carbon use over energy efficiency and offers different certification paths for new projects and existing buildings. To earn the designation Zero Carbon Building Design, new projects must demonstrate an annual zero carbon balance, provide a zero carbon transition plan, install a minimum of 5 pct onsite renewable-energy generation capacity, achieve specific thermal-energy demand intensity (TEDI) target assessing annual heat loss, and fulfill reporting obligations on energy use, intensity, annual peak demand and embodied carbon.
The new Standard addresses carbon emissions in commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings
and builds on the CaGBC's LEED programs, under which a total of 102-million square metres of buildings with LEED registrations and certifications had been recorded as of last Dec. 31.
(Source: CaGBC, Daily Commercial News, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,
When fully operational late next year, the $43 million facility will produce sufficient natural gas to supply a city of 40,000 people. BP Energy Corporation will purchase the facility's natural gas output .
Wasatch Resource Recovery is a cooperative partnership between Salt Lake City-based ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District.(Source: Wasatch Resource Recovery, Salt Lake Tribune, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Wasatch Resource Recovery, www.wasatchresourcerecovery.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digester, waste-to-energy, methane,
The report encourages countries to follow an integrated policy approach consisting of: defining standards and regulations; establishing policies to achieve public acceptance (awareness campaigns, labeling schemes); finance and financial delivery mechanisms (utility contracts, bulk procurement, partnerships); monitoring, verification and enforcement (product registration, testing); and environmentally sound management of lighting products (hazardous substance standards, end-of-life policies).
The U4E is a public-private partnership comprised of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility , the United Nations Development Programme, the International Copper Association, CLASP, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others.
Download the Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting report HERE. (Source: U4E, June, 2017) Contact: UN Environment, (U4E) Economy Division Energy, Climate, and
+33 (0)1 44 37 14 50,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficient Light,
Black carbon darkens ice in the Arctic and reduces the albedo of snow, thereby speeding up melting. The main sources of black carbon emissions in the Arctic are vehicles and companies that use wood and coal, as well as forest fires, power stations and gas flares at oil fields.
The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum of the Arctic states (Russia, Canada, the United States and North European countries) and Arctic indigenous communities. It focuses on environmental monitoring, identification of pollution risks, preparedness for environmental accidents, sustainable development, conservation of natural diversity, and questions related to the Arctic sea areas.
(Source: Arctic Council, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Arctic Council, http://arctic.ru
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The annual review found while renewables only met 4 per cent of total primary energy demand globally, the growth in renewables represented nearly a third of the total growth in energy demand in 2016. The report also showed how growth in overall energy demand is beginning to slow, as energy efficiency measures become more popular.
Access BP's Statistical Review of World Energy report HERE.
(Source: BP Group, Climate Action Program. UNEP, 14 June, 2017)
Contact: Climate Action Program, +44 (0) 20 7871 0173,
www.climateactionprogramme.org; BP Group, www.bp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BP, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The Initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and is a member of the We Mean Business Coalition. The Initiative is designed to provide companies "with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions." The Initiative helps companies ensure and develop emissions reductions that are in line with the level of de-carbonization necessary to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees C compared to pre-industrial levels.
(Source: DONG Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 16 June , 2017]
Contact: Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
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Nordex will be installing its N131/3000 turbine in France for the first time. With a rotor diameter of 131 meters, the N131/3000 will be the largest turbine installed in the country to date, according to the company which currently has an installed capacity of more than 1.7 GW in France. (Source: Nordex, NA Windpower, Others, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300, email@example.com, www.nordex-online.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex, Wind, Wind Turbine,
says advancement of the projects will “help meet the expanded renewable energy portfolio standard set in the state's new energy laws.”
The initial Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County started serving electric customers in Michigan’s Thumb region in 2014. (Source: Michigan PUC, Consumers Energy, MPR, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Michigan PUC, Sally Talberg, Chairperson, (517) 284-8100, www.michigan.gov/mpsc; Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy, Wind,
The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source. The paint contains a recently-developed compound that looks and feels like silica gel commonly used to absorb moisture but acts like a semiconductor. Additionally, the synthetic molybdenum-sulphide material catalysis the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen.
According to lead researcher Dr. Torben Daeneke, mixing the compound with titanium oxide particles leads to a sunlight-absorbing paint that produces hydrogen fuel from solar energy and moist air.
Because titanium oxide is the same white pigment commonly found in wall paint when it is combined with the new material, the solar paint can "convert a brick wall into an energy harvesting and fuel production real estate." This means there is no need for filtered or clean water to feed the system. And, any location that has water vapor in the air -- including remote areas -- can produce fuel, according to Daeneke.
(Source: RMIT University, Inhabitat, Science Daily, June, 2017) Contact: RMIT University, Dr. Torben Daeneke, +61 3 9925 2090, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rmit.edu.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Maryland, New York and the City of New York are the plaintiffs.
(Source: Society of Environmental Journalists, AP, Others, 14 June, 2017)Contact: California Attorneys General Xavier Becerra, oag.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE, Energy Efficiency,
GMP has been testing Aquanta's technology for several months, with the goal of using its real-time networks and predictive analytics to turn existing home water heaters into an energy-saving and grid-responsive energy storage device.
GMP estimates that about 50,000 electric resistive water heaters are in use by its customers. Each uses about 4 kilowatts of energy and a natural target for demand response programs that pay customers for the right to shut off their water heaters in emergencies.
Aquanta's $150 device installs on existing water heaters, measures both electricity and temperature, and connects via Wi-Fi to its cloud-based software platform to allow direct control via the homeowner's smartphone.
It also gives the utility access to these water heater sensor-control devices in aggregate, not just as an emergency demand response resource, but as part of controlling its larger grid needs.
(Source: Green Mountain Power, Aquanta, GFTM, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, Dir. Generation and Renewable Innovation, (888) 835-4672, www.greenmountainpower.com; Aquanta, Matt Carlson, CEO, https://aquanta.io
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The projects, which are all contracted with Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of its long-term energy plan, are being developed in collaboration with Hecate Energy, a global developer, owner and operator of solar, wind and storage projects.
The projects will incorporate Powin's modular Stack 140 -- a modular, purpose-built 140kWh battery array that easily scales up to multiple megawatt applications. All Stack 140 systems are operated by Powin's proprietary bp-OS battery management software and include the industry-exclusive Battery Odometer and Warranty Tracker. (Source: Powin Energy, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoff Brown, Pres., Victor Liu, (503) 598-6659, email@example.com, http://PowinEnergy.com;
Ontario IESO, John Cannella, (416) 506-2823, www.ieso.ca; Hecate Energy, www.hecateenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Independent Electricity System Operator, Powin Energy,
Kansas Ethanol's 2009 vintage plant was one of the first 14 ethanol plants to adopt ICM Fiber Separation Technology to boost yields. (Source: Kansas Ethanol LLC, Weekly Hub, Various Media, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Kansas Ethanol LLC, (620) 257-2300, www.kansasethanol.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Kansas Ethanol, Ethanol,
The project is aimed at fighting desertification and climate change, as well as energy conservation, soil erosion prevention, economic development and boosting employment in Iran.
(Source: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Trend, 17 June, 2017) Contact: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, www.unido.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration, United Nations Industrial Development Organization,
The report, Global Biodiesel Market 2017 Research study covers biodiesel industry development trends, details of import/export, biodiesel industry supply, product details and specifications, the cost of biodiesel market share and revenue, leading biodiesel manufacturers, biodiesel prices and market revenues, regional markets and related biodiesel industry information.
In addition to "smoothing" the output of solar farms onto the grid, Eskom also wants to investigate the use of energy storage to deal with peak demand periods and to defer grid transmission and distribution infrastructure costs. (Source: Eskom, Energy Storage, 12 June, 2017) Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development, www.eskom.co.za
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom, Energy Storage, Battery Energy Storage,
In announcing the collaboration, the two companies say that the electroplating process can deliver a cost reduction per-watt of around $0.01, or around 15 pct.
Aiko produces both multi and monocrystalline PERC PV cells, including bifacial products. Rena has supplied alkaline texturing, Rena BatchTex, and edge isolation, Rena InOxide+, equipment to Aiko for its monocrystalline cell production lines.
Aiko has achieved efficiencies of 21.5 pct on mono PERC cells and has achieved a bifaciality of over 70 pct.
(Source: Rena Solar, PV Mag., Others, June 12, 2017)
Contact: Aiko Solar Energy, www.aikosolar.com; Rena Solar, +49 7723 9313-0, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rena.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, PV,
The legislation is intended to ensure that wind farm operations and wind turbines do not interfere with the mission readiness of the state's 11 airbases and do not have a "serious negative impact on the state's economy."
(Source: Various Media, Power Engineering, 12 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Texas Wind, Production Tax Creditnd,
Pacific Ethanol successfully trialed Whitefox's ethanol dehydration unit at their Madera plant in 2015 and then agreed on a commercial deal in 2016. The two firms are now in talks for additional installations at 7 further Pacific Ethanol plants.
Whitefox specializes in membrane-based technologies with a focus on efficient ethanol production. Their solution minimizes waste and emissions whilst increasing energy efficiency and returns on production.
The demand for Pacific ethanol is growing, with 850 million gallons exported from the US every year.
(Source: Whitefox Technologies, Innovate UK, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446,
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The report found that delaying the implementation of CCS at scale would add between £1 billion and £2 billion per year to the otherwise lowest cost options for an energy system capable of reducing carbon emissions in line with the 2050 emissions reduction targets. The report also found:
Access the Taking Stock of UK CO2 Storage Report
HERE. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, June, 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, Dennis Gammer, ETI CCS Strategy Manager, www.eti.co.uk
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To that end, the company intends to construct a plant that will "rival Tesla's Gigafactory in both size and scope" at a yet to be determined Asian location. The new plant, which is expected to have a production capacity of 50 GWh by 2020, is expected to cost $2.9 billion.
The company presently holds a 35.2 pct stake in Amita Technologies Inc., a Taiwan-based manufacturer of lithium ion and polymer batteries.
(Source: Energy Absolute, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Energy Absolute, www.energyabsolute.co.th
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Energy storage projects on MECO grids include a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at the company's Wailea Substation in South Maui and projects with the independently owned Auwahi and Kaheawa wind farms on Maui and the Lana'i Sustainability Research solar farm. A BESS is currently being tested on Molokai, the utility added.
In 2016, 37 pct of the electricity used by MECO customers came from renewable resources, including private solar power, wind and hydroelectricity, according tp MECO.
(Sourse: Maui Electric, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Maui Electric, (808) 871-9777, www.mauielectric.com;
Smart Electric Power Alliance, www.sepapower.org
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India's energy storage market for rooftop solar and other off-grid renewable energy applications is expected to be worth Rs 16,500 crore by 2022, according to the Delhi-based not-for-profit Council for Energy Environment and Water (CEEW). To meet the expected growing need, companies are launching advanced technologies including Li-ion, flow batteries, flywheel and lead-carbon batteries.
(Source: Indian Oil Corp., ETEnergy World , 14 June, 2017) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation , Energy Storage, Lithium-Ion Battery,
The Labor party is opposed to the change and some Labor MPs question both the science and economic viability of the technology. The opposition also claims it is inappropriate for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund CCS since it is forbidden to do so under existing legislation.
Proponents claim CCS has the potential to cut Australian coal and gas power plant emissions by as much as 90 pct. Opponents say
CCS should be looked at for use in the manufacturing sector, to help industry cut emissions. (Source: APP, Various Media, June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Capture & Sequestration,
The 250 certified properties, which collectively cover close to 3.8-million square metres, are expected to save approximately 450-million kilograms of CO2 and 380-million kWh of energy per year. (Source: GBCSA, Creamer, 12 June, 2017) Contact: GBCSA, Dorah Modise, CEO, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Green Building Council South Africa ,
Together, these leaders are sending a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the U.S. to ambitious action on climate change absent leadership at the federal level. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America's emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.
Signatories include leaders from 125 cities, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, and include Oregon and cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston as well as smaller cities like Pittsburgh and Dubuque. A mixture of private universities, state schools and community colleges have added their institutions to the statement. In total the businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses, have also signed the statement.
The statement calls "The Trump administration's announcement [one that] undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change [and a move which is] out of step with what is happening in the United States." The signers all understand that the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States' clean energy transition is an opportunity -- not a liability -- to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness. By declaring that "we are still in," the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.
In addition to this statement, since Trump's announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, 211 Climate Mayors have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities, 13 Governors have formed the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, and 17 governors have released individual statements standing by Paris. Today's statement embraces this rapidly growing movement of sub-national and civil society leaders, by announcing that not only are these leaders stepping forward, they are stepping forward together. (Source: We Are Still In, June, 2017) Contact: We Are Still In, www.WeAreStillIn.com
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GEEFS presently invests about $2 billion to $3 billion each year -- $1 billion to $1.5 billion of which goes to renewable energy projects in 17 countries, including Mexico, Canada, India, Japan and France. Wind energy accounts for 75 pct of the total, 18 pct goes to solar and 7 pct for renewable technologies. Recent wind investments include the first U.S. offshore wind farm, located a few miles from Block Island, R.I., and the Merkur wind farm in the North Sea off the coast of Germany.
GEEFS invests primarily in projects that use GE equipment. (Source: GE Energy Financial Services , Stamford Advocate, 11 June, 2017) Contact: GE Energy Financial Services, Kevin Walsh, Managing Director Renewable Energy, http://geenergyfinancialservices.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Energy Financial Services ,
The goal is to expand innovation capacity, improve access to the offshore wind industry and provide targeted support to help SMEs develop transnational business connections and collaborative innovation.
The four-year project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme.
(Source: Inn2POWER, PR, Offshore Wind, 12 June, 2017 Contact: Inn2Power, European Regional Development Fund, ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf
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According to Vestas,
a single V164¬9.5 MW can generate sufficient energy for 8,300 uk homes. The V164¬9.5 MW
Nacelle measures 20 meters long, 8m wide and 8m high, and has a swept area larger than the London Eye.
(Source: MHI Vestas, 12 June, 2017) Contact: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Jens Tommerup, CEO, +45 88 44 89 00, www.mhivestasoffshore.com
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The rulemaking to rescind the Clean Power Plan focuses on the Trump administration's often repeated contention that it is "illegal" and "too expensive for the Umited States." Environmental groups and advocates are fighting the move and the EPA still doesn't know whether the agency will try to replace the rule with less stringent standards which could also mean conceding that the agency will have to regulate greenhouse gases eventually.
The text of the rulemaking document is not yet available. (Source: White House Office of Management and Budget, June, 2017) Contact: White House Office of Management and Budget, www.whitehouse.gov/omb
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The Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression (FLASC) uses a double-chamber compressed air system for large-scale energy storage in the offshore environment. The dual chamber concept eliminates wide pressure and temperature fluctuations.
The FLASC concept developers -- Dr. Daniel Buhagiar during his Ph.D. research under the supervision of Prof. Ing. Tonio Sant --
are planning to construct a small-scale prototype for deployment later this year.
Development of the prototype is being carried out in partnership with Medserv plc., with support from the Institute for Sustainable Energy of the University of Malta.
FLASC is being financed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) through the FUSION Technology Development Programme. (Source: University of Malta, PR, offshoreWIND.biz, June, 2017) Contact: University of Malta, Mechanial Engineering, Dr. Daniel Buhagiar, +356 2340 2340, www.um.edu.mt
More Low-Carbon Energy News Compressed Air Energy Storage, Energy Storage,
ElectraTherm utilizes Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and proprietary technologies to generate power from low temperature heat ranging from 77-122 degrees C. ElectraTherm offers 3 sizes of Power+ Generator: the 4200 generates up to 35kWe; the 4400 generates up to 65kWe; and the 6500 is the largest size model generating up to 110kWe. Power+ Generators utilize waste heat on applications such as internal combustion engines, biomass, flare gas methane and other fluids. (Source: ElectraTherm, PR, 12 June., 2016) Contact: ElectraTherm, (775) 398-4680, (877)883-7101, email@example.com, www.electratherm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ElectraTherm, Biomass,
Administered by IWBI, the WELL Building Standard is an evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features that impact human health and wellness in the built environment. (Source: American Society of Interior Designers, PR. 12 June, 2017) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO, Callie Stanton, (646) 654-3438, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wellcertified.com;
ASID, www.asid.org; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency, WELL Building Standard,
NECA 416 describes methods and procedures for installing multiple types of energy storage systems and provides information about controlling and managing energy storage systems, commissioning and maintaining energy storage systems. This new standard focuses on battery systems, flywheels, ultra-capacitors, and electric vehicle (EV) smart charger vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies that are used for storing electrical energy in premises wiring systems.
NECA 416 details are HERE. (Source: National Electrical Contractors Association, June, 2017) Contact: National Electrical Contractors Association, (501) 657-3110, www.necanet.org
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The state-of-the-art offering will include standard methanol recovery and distillation units with 2 million gpy production capacity. Custom size designs will be available per customer requests. (Source: Rayeman Elements, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Rayeman Elements Inc., (970) 344-4776, email@example.com, www.rayemanelements.com;
Saola Energy, LLC, Adam Belyamani, COO, (316) 413-3345,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,
The building sector -- responsible for 30 pct of global emissions, roughly equivalent to that of China -- has a tough challenge ahead to meet the Paris Agreement targets, according to the WGBC. Presently, there are only 500 net-zero commercial buildings and 2,000 net-zero homes around the globe.
The report lays out specific actions that the private sector, governments and NGOs can take to ensure all new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030 and that all existing buildings are renovated to operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.
The full report can be accessed HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, 7 June, 2017) Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Carbon, World Green Building Council,
Santa Barbara, California-based Infinity Renewables' Iron Star Wind Project, LLC, will generate the wind power and use the Grain Belt Express Clean Line to transmit the energy from western Kansas, where wind power can be produced at one of the lowest costs in the country, according to the memo.
According to a city renewable energy report, about 6.7 pct of the city's energy sources for 2016 were renewable, with 3.4 pct from wind, 3.1 pct from landfill gas and 0.13 pct from solar.
The city is on track to meet the 15 pct requirement by next year, according to the report. (Source: City of Columbia, Missourian, 6 June, 2017) Contact: City of Columbia, City Council, (573) 874-7222, www.como.gov; Infinity Renewables, (805) 569-6180, www.infinityrenewables.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Infinity Renewables,
Since making its carbon pledge in 2008, Switzerland's second largest retailer has reduced its annual CO2 emissions by 24.8 pct.
The company now plans to reduce its total annual energy consumption by 20 pct and increase its electric power from renewable to 80 pct by 2023.
The retailer expects these measures will result in a 50 pct cut in absolute annual CO2 emissions, compared with 2008 levels. The remaining CO2 emissions will be offset from 2023 on.
(Source: Co-op Switzerland, Co-op News, 8 June, 2017)
Contact: Co-op Switzerland, www.coop.ch/en/about-us/company.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Neutral,
According to AIA President Thomas Vonier: "The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.
"The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings. We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmosphere and harm our environment. This makes good sense economically, and it is in the best interests of those we serve: our clients and the public.
"We will also urge our members throughout the United States and the world to assist cities, states, organizations and citizen groups in meeting the aims of the climate accord."
(Source: American Institute of Architects, June, 2017)
Contact: American Institute of Architects, www.aia.org
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The interactive tool cover three different building typologies, showcasing a home, school and office building. The initiative is powered by BASF and Legrand, EmiratesGBC corporate members.
Access the Green Building Tooltips at www.emiratesgbc.org. (Source: Construction Week, Emirates GBC, PR, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Emirates GBC, www.emiratesgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Emirates Green Building Council,
The 132-MW wind farm is slated to come online in July, 2018. The Nordex Group currently has an installed capacity of around 240 MW in the Land Down Under.
(Source: Nordex, NA Windpower, Others, 8 June, 2017) Contact: Acciona, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com; Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nordex-online.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energia, Nordex, Wind,