While emissions from electrical plants fell in 2015, driven down partly by the rapid growth of large solar facilities, transportation related emissions rose, due in part to low fuel prices and an improving economy, both of which typically entice people to drive more. Transportation is the state's largest source of emissions with 39 pct.
Since peaking in 2004 at more than 489 million metric tons, California's emissions have fallen about 10 pct to 440 million metric tons.
California legislation calls for emissions to return to their 1990 level of 431 million metric tpy by 2020, then drop another 40 pct by 2030.
(Source: CARB, San Francisco Grate, Others, 9 June, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, CARB, Carbon Emissions, Climate Chanhe,
The city previously committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 pct from the year 2005 to 2025 under the previous Obama presidential administration. (Source: Cicago Mayor Office, Chicoagoist, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Chicago Mayor's Office, https://www.cityofchicago.org/Mayor
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The completed facility will incorporate a yeast processing plant, an oilseed crushing plant for the creation of non-food grade vegetable oil, and a biodiesel plant.
Construction is slated to get underway in 2018. Upon completion, the planned commercial scale facility would have the capacity to produce up to 26,000 tpy of soymeal, 2,000 tpy of yeast products and 15 mega litres per year of biodiesel. (Source: Bio Processing Australia, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 9 June, 2017)
Contact: Bio Processing Australia , John Lockhart, CEO, +61 2 6365 2266, www.biopro.com.au
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According to APROBI data, Indonesian biofuels production capacity presently stands at 11 million kilolitres per year, 4 million of which is sold to the domestic market. The remaining 7 million kilolitres are "idle" and could be sold in the Chinese market, according to APRBOI. (Source: Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association, Jakarta Post, June 12, 2017) Contact: APROBI, +62 21 2938 0882, email@example.com, www.aprobi.or.id
More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association, Biofuel, Biodiesel ,
Minnesota Power is seeking Minnesota PUC approval for and additional 250 MW of wind power capacity, 10 MW of solar power capacity and 250 MW of combined-cycle natural gas generation. The new resources will increase the company's wind portfolio of 620 MW and double its solar generation capacity.
Minnesota Power aims to meet or exceed state standards for renewable power, energy conservation and carbon emission reduction through fleet transition of smaller coal units and the addition of renewable energy. The utility has already achieved a 25 pct renewable energy mix well ahead of the state's goal of 25 pct by 2025. Minnesota Power expects to reduce carbon emissions on its system by about 40 pct by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. (Source: Minnesota Power, PowerGrid, Others, June 7, 2017) Contact: Minnesota Power, ALLETE, Alan Hodnik, Pres., CEO, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625, www.mnpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power, Allete, Renewable Energy,
The Energy Star Challenge for Industry is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency by 10 pct within five years. The Cemex terminals achieved it in just one year. The company plans to roll out the programme to all of its logistics operations. (Source: Cemex, Cemnet, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Cemex USA President, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Matt Wild, VP Logistics, Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cemex, ENERGY STAR, Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation,
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said, "I don't believe you can have a real conversation about clean energy without including CCUS. We have already seen the success of projects like Petra Nova in Texas, which is the world's largest post-combustion carbon-capture system," Sec. Perry said. The system at Petra Nova can capture 1.6 million tpy of CO2 from an existing coal-fired power plant unit, a capture rate of up to 90 pct from a supplied slipstream of flue gas.
According to IEA Exec. Dir. Dr. Faith Birol, "Investment has flowed to CCUS projects where there is a confluence of factors which constitute a viable business case. We need to find more such opportunities, where a commercial case for CCS can be built with reasonably modest well targeted public interventions." (Source: IEA, PR, Free Press Wire Service, 6 June, 2017) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org; CEM-8, www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/CEM8
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, CCUS, International Energy Agency, CCS, Carbon Capture and Storage,
GCE plans completing projected production figures, production goals, sales figures and site acquisition costs in the very near future, and
will be meeting with its' underwriter to determine the REIT pricing, according to a release. Global Clean Energy plans on becoming the managing general partner and retain 20 pct equity ownership of the REIT. The final size of the offering will be determined based on the speed at which the operation can be built out. (Source: Global Clean Energy Inc., PR, 6 June, 2017) Contact:
GLOBAL Clean Energy, INC.,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy, Algae, Biofuel,
The Arunachal Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NRL for supplying locally sourced bamboo for feedstock.
Three-quarters of Arunachal Pradesh's abundant and fast-growing bamboo resources are presently wasted.
(Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Indian Express, Think Change India, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery, www.nrl.co.in
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The transcriptome was characterized to search for homologous transcripts of genes involved in important metabolic pathways, such as lignin and cellulose biosynthesis. Homologous transcripts of genes involved in stomatal development and those related to stress-associated proteins (SAPs) were also identified.
This study provides the first available leaf transcriptome for giant reed. These data will be highly useful for studying the mechanisms underlying its extreme adaptability. The identification of homologous transcripts of metabolic pathways also offers a platform for genetic improvement. (Source: Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA), 7 June, 2017) Contact: University of Tuscia, +39 0761 3571, http://www.unitus.it
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According to the economists, the high price and price certainty would give businesses and governments an incentive to lower emissions even when fossil fuels are relatively inexpensive. They also suggest that poor countries could aim for a lower tax since their economies are more vulnerable.
On March 15, 2017 we quoted Lord Stern: "The basic scientific conclusions on climate change are very robust and for good reason. The greenhouse effect is simple science: greenhouse gases trap heat, and humans are emitting ever more greenhouse gases." (Source: AFP, Various Media, June, 207) Contact: Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics, +44 (0) 20 7955-7871; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lse.ac.uk; Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, (212) 854-1481,email@example.com
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The utility, which has money each year for incentive programs including a lighting rebate and HVAC rebate, would not require additional funding from the city for the new program.
The Water and Light Advisory Board has approved further development of the new incentives program which is still in its conceptual stage.
(Source: Columbia Water & Light, Columbia Tribune, 4 June, 2017) Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Tina Worley, Utility Services Manager, John Wulff, Key Accounts Energy Management, (573) 874-7325, www.como.gov/WaterandLight
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Eficiency Incentive,
The company plans to build a complex of three limited liability companies including
Boise Biogas which will operate anaerobic methane gas digesters to produce biogas and byproducts that will result in fertilizer, compost and livestock bedding.
DualFuel Technology will clean and compress the biogas so it can be delivered through a pipeline for retail sale, but the gas will not be stored on site. Another company, Bio Ag Resources will use sorghum fiber in a pulping process to make fiber-molded plates, bowls and other products. (Source: Treasure Valley Renewables, Idaho Press Tribune, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Treasure Valley Renewables,
Neill Goodfellow, VP, 804 Nw 24th St B,
Fruitland, ID, 83619, USA
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In Easton, Solect Energy has constructed a 2.8-MW SunPower solar carport system at Stonehill College. The college will buy electricity generated by the system at a competitive rate under a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower which requires no upfront investment.
In Bridgewater, Green Street has developed a 4.1-MW SunPower® Helix™ Roof system at Ajax United Drive, LLC. Green Street will own the offsite solar power system and renewable energy credits while Attleboro Public Schools will purchase the power through a 20-year PPA. Energy from the system is expected to meet about 75 pct of electricity needs for five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.
SunPower solar technology has also helped a number of Massachusetts schools save on energy costs, including Cape Cod Community College, Clark University, Edgerly School, Harvard University, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. (Source: SunPower Corp., PR, Stockhouse, June, 2017) Contact: Solect Energy , www.solect.com; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower, Solar,
The next Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which is open to the public, will take place June 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and will focus on developing advice and guidance that promotes R&D leading to the production of bio-based fuels and products.
Stakeholders interested in attending the meeting and/or presenting oral comments should contact Dr. Mark Elless Mark.Elless@EE.Doe.Gov and Roy Tiley firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available HERE. (Source: DOE EERE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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Bioenergy S.A., which operates from its 504,000 lpd plant in Puerto Lopez in the department of Meta, has produced a total of 800,000 liters to date and is seeking agreements with other wholesalers, according to the company.
(Source: Bioenergy S.A, Finance Columbia, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Bioenergy S.A.,
Rafael Pittaluga, GM, +578 6612432, www.bioenergy.com.co; Terpel, www.terpel.com
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The first 150-200MW phase is expected to reach financial close in 2018. GE will supply turbines to both phases of the project. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy, Windpower Monthly, Other Media, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power,
Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, www.mainstreamrp.com;
GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President and CEO, Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com
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"Siemens supports the Paris Climate Accord signed by 194 countries as it is an important element in enabling and encouraging governments, other businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to tackle climate change. Siemens is disappointed by President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
"Along with other major corporations from around the globe, Siemens understands that taking action to address the causes of climate change is not only prudent, but also makes economic sense. Siemens' $110 million investment targeting our facilities will pay for itself in just five years and generate at least $20 million in annual savings thereafter.
"The company recognizes that an increased push for energy efficiency, renewable energy technology and electric mobility, along with the growing digitalization movement and carbon pricing, will speed up a carbon-free future, supporting the growth of a global middle class as well as prosperity for developing countries and increased resilience of economies." -- Siemens, Public Release, June 6, 2016
Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com
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Forward Labs's solar roof is a standing-seam metal roof topped by a large piece of tempered glass beneath which sits an "optimal chromatic cloaking" layer.
The company is targeting homeowners looking to replace their roof or looking to design and build a new home, as well as new-construction professionals.
The system goes beyond design. An average installation takes two to three days, according to the company.
Multiple beta installations are already in operation, and Forward Labs is taking preorders for its first production roofs in 2018. (Source: Forward Labs, Tech Times, May, 2017)
Contact: Forward Labs, Zack Taylor, CEO, (800) 408-3698, www.forwardsolarroofing.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar, Forward Labs, Solar, Tesla Solar,
Under Cuomo's executive order, every affected entity will also need to adopt a plan for activities and programs to help reduce New York State's greenhouse gas emissions by March 31, 2018. The agencies are also directed to implement measures including no- and low-cost operational improvements, retro-commissioning, capital energy efficiency retrofits, and onsite renewable and high-efficiency heat and power projects. The state DEC and NYSERDA have also been directed to develop an approach to emissions reduction measurement for the affected entities to adopt.
According to Governor Cuomo, the White House's decision to abandon the Paris accord was "reckless”, with repercussions for the United States and the planet."
"This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change. We (NeweYork) will not ignore the science and reality of climate change." (Source: WIVB.com, 1 June, 2017)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cuomo, Paris Climate Agreement,
California has the largest carbon trading cap-and-trade system in the United States. China has has launched seven pilot regional trading schemes and
plans to roll out a nationwide market later this year.
(Source: Various Media, Reuters, 2 June, 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown, California Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Market, China Carbon Market,
Xergi A/S is jointly owned by industrial conglomerate Schouw & Co. and DDH (Hedeselskabet).
(Source: Xergi, 2 June, 2017) (Source: Xergi, (503) 830-4086 – US Office, email@example.com, www.xergi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Xergi, Biogas, Biomethane, Methane,
According to the WGBC, the construction sector needs a "dramatic" shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to avoid the need for future major retrofits and to prevent the lock-in of carbon emitting systems for decades to come.
Access the full
From Thousands to Billions --
Coordinated Action towards 100 pct
Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, May, 2017) Contact: WGBC, www.worldgbc.org
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The dramatic green lighting is intended to mark the wide disapproval of the U.S. administration's decision. It is also intended to signal a policy shift and the wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and for Washington's ties with the world.
US state leaders from Washington, California and New York all announced Thursday that they will form a US climate alliance in spite of Trump's withdrawal from the accord.
(Source: AFP, i24 News, Various Other Media, 2 June, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,
The LEED Earth campaign offers LEED certification at no cost to the first project to earn LEED certification in countries where the rating system is still emerging, according to the USGBC. The campaign also offers free certification for the first LEED platinum project in any country.
Presently, 32 countries are recognized by the LEED Earth campaign. (Source: USGBC, PR, 2 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED, Energy Efficiency,
Cornell Tech is the technology-focused campus of Cornell University located in New York City. In operation since 2012, Cornell Tech is a research and graduate-level education institution.
To meet net-zero, the Cornell Tech campus is employing solar power, geothermal ground source heat pumps, an energy-efficient facade balancing the ratio between transparency and opaqueness to maximize building insulation and decrease energy demand, and smart building features monitoring lighting and plug load use. The strategy to achieve a low-energy building is through a stepped approach prioritizing reduction in energy demand through load reductions as well as maximizing passive and energy efficient design, and using renewable energy to power the building systems.
The 4-story, 160,000 sq-ft Bloomberg Center is slated to open in September.
(Source: Cornell Tech, Cornell Chronicle, 31 May, 2017)
Contact: Cornell Tech, (646) 632-4948, https://tech.cornell.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification, USGBC,
Renova Energia also reports the termination of 188.2 average megawatts (MWa) of wind energy sale contracts, as part of a refocusing of its business.(Source: Renova Energia, Renewables Now, Others, 29 May, 2017)
Contact: Renova Energia, +55 (71) 3352 2550, www.renovaenergia.com.br; Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova Energia, TerraForm, Brookfield Asset Management,
The project, which is expected to be commissioned and operational by the year end, will generate approximately 1,250 GWh of tpy of CO2. The project has a PPA in place with
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company.
(Source: Enel Green Energy, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America, Wind,
Brazil has been the dominant market to date installing 2.5 GW in 2016 alone, and exceeding 2.4 GW annually for three years in a row, but the report predicts an impending drop from 2019 due to slumping demand for electricity with no new wind Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed at auction in 2016,.
According to MAKE, Mexico has so far implemented a long-term series of power auctions which will support the country’s target of 35 pct renewable energy. Argentina has set a target of sourcing 20 pct of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025, while Chile, as part of its own 20%/2025 target, connected 498 MW worth of wind power in 2016. (Source: MAKE, May, 2017) Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.consultmake.com
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Clean Energy's Redeem™ brand of RNG fuel is derived from methane-biogas which is processed, purified and sent into the interstate natural gas pipeline and made commercially available to Clean Energy customers. RNG has the lowest carbon intensity of all commercially available transportation fuels.
(Source: Republic Services, Inc., PR, May 31, 2017)
Contact: Republic Services, Pete Keller, VP Recycling and Sustainability. http://www.republicservices.com; Clean Energy, http://redeem.cleanenergyfuels.com
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MEF is a new manufacturing process that biologically converts cellulose and other organic materials into protein and industrial chemicals. It is a continuous, self-sustaining fermentation process that is focused on economics, resulting in a significant reduction in the energy required, thereby making the process environmentally and economically sustainable, according to IBC.
The MEF process takes inbound organic waste, such as food waste, paper and other food processing waste streams, and converts 95 pct of this material into saleable products. Using MEF, 3 to 10 tpd of waste can be processed in a plant the size of several 40-foot containers. Industrial chemicals created by the MEF process include enzymes, protein, lipids and phospholipids. These products are suitable for use in the paper, animal feed, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, lubricant, sealant and adhesive industries. (Source: Integrated Biochem, WasteToday, June, 2017) Contact: Integrated BioChem, http://integratedbiochem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Integrated BioChem, Biomass ,
The EPA order is widely seen as yet another Trump attempt to discredit the Obama administration's climate change related initiatives, including the Paris agreement which Trump is threatening to withdraw the U.S. from.
Methane, which is relatively short-lived at 20 years, is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat. (Source: EPA, Reuters, Various Media Sources, 31 May, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump news, EPA news, Methane Rule news,
NRDC Climate and Clean Air Program Director David Doniger issued the following statement:
"On the heels of news reports that the U.S. will walk away from a global commitment to combat climate change, President Trump is sabotaging headway the U.S. has already made. The Trump administration is giving its friends in the oil and gas industry a free pass to continue polluting our air. EPA is continuing to put thousands of people in communities near these facilities at increased risk for asthma attacks and cancer. We will fight Trump's latest polluter giveaway in court."
(Source: NRDC , PR, 31 May, 2017) Contact: NRDC, Kate Slusark Kiely, (212) 727-4592, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Defense Council, Paris Climate Agreement.Methane Rule ,
The biofuel delivery flight concept, originally devised by Cathay Pacific in 2015, is in keeping with Airbus commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of each flight starting with the aircraft delivery. Airbus says it will continue its efforts by collaborating with all stakeholders in the biofuels sector and is committed to environmental efficiency and to meeting international aviation's emission reduction targets. (Source: Airbus, PR, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Airbus, +33 5 61 93 55 55, www.airbus.com/tools/contacts/
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news, Jet Biofuel news,
With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, R&D capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG utilises an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon intensity products. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Various Media, 30 May, 2017)
Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
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The plant, which is expected to begin production in mid 2018, will be the largest such facility in Europe, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (Source: Daimler, ARS Technica, Various Media, 29 May, 2017) Contact: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/next/connectivity/mercedes-benz-energys
More Low-Carbon Energy News Daimler, Lithium-Ion Battery, Energy Storage,
Redflow previously contended that its 5-kilowatt, 10-kilowatt-hour ZCell outperforms lithium-ion batteries on a per-kWh basis on cost, fire safety, operating life and speed of charge.
The company will, however,
continue to offer the residential ZCell battery in Oceania, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa while cutting back on activities in the U.S. and Europe and
relocating its manufacturing from Mexico to a location in Southeast Asia to shorten the distance between production and customer.
(Source: Redflow, GTM, May, 2017) Contact: Redflow, Simon Hackett, CEO, +61 73376 0008, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.redflow.com.au; Redflow
ZCell, email@example.com, www.zcell.com
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The company's high-capacity ESS modules are scalable to 39 basic modules with a capacity of 4.8 kWh. This means the storage capacity can increase up to 39 times or that a maximum of 188 kWh can be stored, amounting to 20 days of power consumption by an average European household. The company is also launching high-voltage ESS modules that can scale up to 600 volts from the current 50 volts. High-voltage battery modules enable homes to save costs of parts needed for voltage transformation.
According to market researcher B3, global sales of residential ESS products are expected to grow around 16 pct annually to about 146,000 units by 2020. In 2016, Samsung SDI had the largest share in the global residential ESS market with 30 percent, it said. (Source: Samsung SDI, Korea Herald, 29 May, 2017) Contact: Samsung SDI, www.samsungsdi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI, Energy Storage, Battery,
The Business Council said carbon capture and storage technology would be critical in meeting Australia's emissions targets beyond 2030.
The Australia Institute released a report on Tuesday that finds Australian governments have spent $1.3 billion on carbon capture and storage initiatives over the past 14 years with no large-scale projects resulting.
(Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, news.com.au, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal.
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The standard is designed to be broadly applicable for new and existing buildings and is the first program of its kind to make carbon reduction the key indicator for building performance.
A zero carbon building (ZCB) is "one that is highly energy efficient and produces onsite, or procures, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the " New buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building Design certification must model a zero carbon balance, have highly efficient envelope and ventilation systems to meet thermal energy demand intensity targets (TEDI), and produce at least 5 pct of their power requirements on-site via renewable energy systems, among other requirements. Existing buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building - Performance designation must meet most of the same demands as the new buildings, but are exempt from needing to produce on-site renewable energy or achieve the TEDI targets.
Designations for new, older buildings
(Source: CaGBC, Renx.ca, 30 May, 2017)Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,
The BEE-Cal provides a preliminary analysis that can help initiate or inform a dialogue around energy efficiency on the municipal level. In addition to estimating carbon emissions reductions, the BEE-Cal also gauges potential energy savings, local job creation, and improved social equity through a number of metrics. The BEE-Cal allows users to:
The TAF, which invests in urban solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, aimms to reduce Toronto's GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, PR, 26 May, 2017) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-0271, email@example.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions,
According to University of New Mexico Assistant Professor Matthew Hurteau and report co-author, roughly half of all human-emitted carbon is absorbed by vegetation and the ocean, and is stored through natural processes -- something that helps limit our actual carbon impact on the atmosphere. But, as forests begin to change due to global warming and large scale fires, the amount of forest carbon uptake will decrease, accelerating the amount of man-made carbon making its way into the atmosphere.
Because California is experiencing warmer and dryer conditions due to global warming, certain tree species are not able to flourish across particular geographic regions like they once were. Less tree growth, means less carbon uptake in forests.
The study also shows that wildfires will play a big role in the reduction of stored carbon. And while many of these incidents will occur naturally, Hurteau says we are, in part, to blame for their significance. Hurteau adds that researchers have identified strategies for reducing some of the fire risk by actively thinning forests to manage tree density and restoring surface fires.
Download the Potential Decline in Carbon Carrying Capacity Under Projected Climate-Wildfire Interactions in the Sierra Nevada report HERE. (Source: University of New Mexico, PR, Scientific Reports, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Univ. of New Mexico, Prof. Mathew Hurteau, (505) 277-0863, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hurteaulab.org/the-team.htm
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As part of the investment, Sky Solar's Sky Capital America Inc unit will provide project financing, system design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management and operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the first 250 MW of AmberWave BIPV technology deployments.
New Hampshire-headquartred AmberWave makes flexible silicon PV cells for solar integrated metal rooftops, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites. (Source: Sky Solar, RenewablesNow, 23 May, 2017) Contact: SKY Solar Holdings, +81 3 5235 3470, www.skysolargroup.com; AmberWave Systems Inc., www.amberwave.com
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Under the framework, the two utilities are responsible for developing and implementing net metering programs for their respective clients.
The utilities will be updating their websites with additional information in the coming weeks and expect to be in a position to begin accepting customer net metering applications effective July 1, 2017. (Source: Newfoundland and Labrador PUB, PV Mag., 22 May, 2017) Contact: Labrador Hydro, www.nlhydro.com; Newfoundland Power, www.newfoundlandpower.com; Public Utilities Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, (709) 726-8600, www.pub.nf.ca
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These regulations are part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45 pct by 2025 and remove approximately about 20 megatonnes of CO2from the atmosphere a year -- equal to removing about five million passenger vehicles from the road each year.
Quick facts on the proposed regulations:
The Government of Canada is supporting this committing $200 million to support clean-technology research, development, and demonstration and adoption of clean technology in the natural resources sectors.
(Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, PR, 25 May, 2017)
Contact: Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, Press Secretary , 9613) 462-5473, www.ec.gc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Metrhane Emissions,
Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Indonesia and Peru may contain some of the worlds large tracks of peatlands, with research suggesting that in the DRC alone, peatlands may hold 30 billion tons of carbon or three years worth of global carbon emissions.
In concert with the GLF, the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR research found "unprecedented extents and volumes of peatlands in the tropics, three times the size of previous estimates, and mainly outside Asia.
The research is meant to help countries find out if they have peatlands, determine their size and ascertain how best to protect them. (Source: IISD, 25 May, 2017) Contact: International Institute for Sustainable Development, (204) 958-7700, email@example.com,
www.iisd.org; Global Peatlands Initiative, +254-(020) 762-5109,
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Institute for Sustainable Development, Carbon Emissions, Peatland, Carbon Storage, Climate Change,
The plan, which establishes a strict monitoring system, will limit methane emissions from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure, support energy production or capture and combustion of methane at landfills and farms, and provide incentives to address methane leaks in pipelines.
(Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Engineering News-Record, JM Eagle, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Landfill Gas, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,