According to the NZBA, "Government should be sitting down with renewable organizations as a group and discussing how we can deliver the highest value options and ensure the economy and society benefits across all measures -- not just cost. This should be done before they start paying any of that $14 billion. Buying carbon credits offshore will only give tax payer money away when it could be used to help business and local government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We should be taking advantage of low-cost opportunities to reduce our carbon emissions here in New Zealand by increasing our use of bioenergy, particularly in the heat sector."
“Bioenergy has the potential to add revenue of $6 billion to the country's economy, and to create jobs and economic growth -- particularly in the regions.
In the short term, we'd like the Government to encourage the heat market to use wood fuel, farmers to process farm waste to produce bioenergy and local authorities to use organic waste for heating and transport fuel instead of dumping it in landfills," the NZBA added.
(Source: NZ Bioenergy Association, PR, Scoop NZ, 24 May, 2017)
Contact: NZ Bioenergy Association, Grant Smith, Chair, +64 (0)4 385 3398, http://www.bioenergy.org.nz
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Biomass,
Consistent with President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order, EPA will continue to review these actions to ensure that they protect the environment and enable a growing economy.
Municipal solid waste landfills receive non-hazardous waste and under updated rules are required to install and operate landfill gas collection systems that monitor landfill gas/methane emissions.
With the proposed cuts,
the agency would focus on basic research and free those technologies to private industry for development and commercialization. (Source: DOE, Bloomberg, Various Media, May 24, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CLean Coal, Coal, USEPA, Carbon Emissions,
The company has submitted and is awaiting a feasibility study to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and it is awaiting official approval.
Two projects, boosting the company's capacity to capture CO2 by a total of 1.3 million tpy are already in operation.
In 2013, the NDRC implemented a new policy to promote carbon capture and storage. The policy called on local governments to take further steps on pilot projects, which could enhance research on capturing CO2 to help tackle climate change and create economic benefits.
(Source: Yanchang Research Institute, Ecns.cn, China Daily, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Yanchang Research Institute, english.sxycpc.com/Companies/Institute.htm; NDRC, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture, Carbon Dioxide, NDRC, Emissions, CCS,
Organizations that have signed on to the initiative account for more than 4.4 billion square-feet of building space and have dedicated $7 billion in funding, according to For Construction Pros.
Initiative partners have reported results across nearly 38,000 properties and, on average, are on pace to meet the Better Buildings goal after improving energy performance by more than 2 pct each year. Since the program's launch, 40 organizations have met their energy goals, six have achieved their water goals and 12 have met their financing benchmarks.
(Source: US DOE, Construction Dive, Others, 24 May, 2017)
Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Initiative, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/
More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Initiative,
The project is slated to get under almost immediately for completion and startup in late 2018.
The expansion is expected to double the plant's present 70 million gpy capacity to 150 million gpy. (Source: Marion County Commission, Various Media, 25 May, 2017) )Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News POET, Ethanol, Corn Ethanol,
Columbia's present ethanol blending mandates stand at 8 pct (E8) in the central Antioquia department and 6 pct (E6) for the rest of the country, although three eastern departments that border Venezuela are excluded from mandates. Despite the 8 pct requirement, the country is currently unable to produce enough to meet the mandate.
Columbian biodiesel mandates range from 0 pct to 10 pct across the country. The USDA foercasts that biodiesel production will rise to 700 million lpy in 2017, up from 580 million litres in 2016. (Source: Fedebiocombustibles, REM, 25 May, 2017)Contact: Fedebiocombustibles, +57 1) 342 1552,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend news,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blend,
The researchers used pyrolysis, heating the wood to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen, to create the fuel they claim could offer almost three times as much energy output per energy input compared to corn ethanol.
Despite confirming the potential use of the oak biofuel, the researchers say questions remain around whether the production process is practical and if the fuel would offer the benefits and greenhouse gas reductions claimed claimed. The efficiency and energy needed for the fuel-creation process, as well as the source of the oak feedstock, is also unclear.
The research was published in The Royal Society of Chemistry's Energy & Environmental Science journal. (Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Professional Engineering, PR, 22 May, 2017)Contact: University College of London, Prof Mark Barrett
Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems Modelling
Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
Faculty of the Built Environment, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,
The turbines will be
manufactured at GE's European facilities in Barcelona and Salzbergen,Germany.
LM Wind Power, recently acquired by GE, will provide the blades from plants in Ponferrada and Castellon.
(Source: GE Renewable Energy, renews, Various Media, 18 May, 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,www.ge-energy.com; Forestalia Group, email@example.com, www.forestalia.es
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy, Forestalia Group, LM Wind Power, GE,
Many businesses and environmental groups have welcomed the plan on the grounds that Bangladesh -- one of the countries considered most threatened by climate change impacts -- needs to make a strong statement as some governments such as the U.S. pull back from action on climate change.
Bangladesh produces about 0.44 tpy of CO2 per person, much lower than the United States' 16.4 tpy, Australia's 16.3 tpy and Qatar's 40.5 tpy, according to World Bank figures.
(Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 May, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
The state's former republican presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Christie withdrew his state from RGGI in 2011 on the grounds that it was ineffective and a tax on utility customers. Since then, he has blocked legislative efforts to rejoin RGGI with vetoes.
When it was a RGGI member, New Jersey received over $100 million from the program, but much of it was diverted to prop-up the state budget or fund other programs. RGGI member states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
(Source: NJ Spotlight, Various Sources, 23 May, 2017)
Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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Shell executives claimed that binding emissions reduction targets would mean "tying its hands" and weakening the company because it would be forced to reduce production and sales. (Source; Royal Dutch Shell, Daily Mail, Reuters, 23 May, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell, Carbon Emissions,
BEC commercial and residential members will receive financial benefits by earning capacity reduction credits for production during electrical usage peak times. Those members will have a better understanding of when to sell into the market and when to store energy, according to BEC.
An Apolloware pilot program is under way through the end of 2017.
(Source: Bandera Electric Cooperative, 22 May, 2017) Contact: Bandera Electric Cooperative, William Hetherington, CEO, (866) 226-3372, www.banderaelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Software, Solar Energy,
The video is intended to dispel the widespread confusion created within the marketplace by a handful of merchant refiners and investors who have petitioned the EPA to shift the compliance requirements. Doing so would undercut RFS efforts to sustain the use of renewable fuels in gasoline and diesel fuel, according to the video.
NACS, NATSO, SIGMA and a coalition of more than 35 organizations and companies representing the entire fuel supply chain, from refiners to retailers to renewable fuels groups, oppose shifting the compliance responsibility on the grounds that it would create disruption in the marketplace and ultimately raise prices at the pump.
(Source: NACS, 23 May, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, www.natso.com; NACS, www.nacsonline.com; SIGMA, www.sigma.org;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend, Point of Obligation, NATSO, SIGMA, NACS,
According to GEVO, isobutanol is an ideal renewable gasoline blendstock because of its high energy content, high octane, low water solubility and low volatility. GEVO's isobutanol meets the ASTM 7862 specification that covers isobutanol blends with gasoline.
(Source: GEVO, PR, 23 May, 2017)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, Isobutanol, Biochemical, Biofuel,
The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment— particularly in disadvantaged communities.
To date, more than $600 million in cap-and-trade investments have helped deliver approximately 115,000 zero-emission and plug-in cars; 46 heavy-duty, zero-emission trucks; 950 zero-emission delivery, utility and refuse trucks; 407 zero-emission transit buses, shuttles and light rail cars; and 29 electric school buses in California.
Moving California highlights many ongoing projects, such as the new zero-emission car-sharing programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods, low-carbon agricultural worker van-pools in the San Joaquin Valley, and pilot projects to help low-income consumers afford the cleanest vehicles on the market. CARB says the website also features testimonials from community members who have benefited from these programs.
Access the the Low Carbon Transportation -- Moving California website HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 18 May, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, California Cap-and-Trade, Cap-and-Trade,
The Nissan cells will be manufactured by Nissan in Sunderland, UK, and sold in the UK in partnership with Eaton Corp, a US power management company. Beginning in July, the XStorage Home systems will sell for approximately £5,000 , exclusive of installation. . (Source: Nissan, CTBR, Guardian, May, 2017) Contact: Nissan, www.nissan.co.uk/experience-nissan/electric-vehicle-leadership/xstorage-by-nissan.html; Tesla Powerwall, www.teslamotors.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nissan, Tesla, Tesla Power Wall, Energy Storage, Battery,
Engineering and construction activity revenues reached €295 million and the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to €49 million, versus €391 million and €7 million respectively in the first three months of 2016.
The company's backlog in engineering and construction as of 31 March, 2017 included bookings of new projects for a total approximate value of €200 million in Chile, Argentina, UK and Belgium, among others.
Revenues in the concession-type infrastructure activity hit €41 million and EBITDA amounted to €25 million in Q1 of 2017, compared to €34 million and €21 million, respectively, during the first three months of 2016.(Source: Abengoa, Various Media, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Abengoa, www.abengoa.com
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Using Aurora's technology, 400 to 800 wafers can be measured in minutes as opposed to the traditional time and labor intensive practice of removing three or four wafers from each batch for a manual test.
(Source: Aurora Solar Technologies, Inc. PR, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies Inc.,
(778) 241-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aurorasolartech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar Technolog, Solar Waferies , Solar,
The Eastman Business Park is opening a new battery cell assembly facility in July that will add new capability to the existing Kodak Pilot Commercialization Center. The new facility will provide a full set of resources for energy storage inventors, entrepreneurs and commercial developers. When fully operational, the facility will produce 250,000 car batteries, 1 million home battery units or support 300 microgrids to power small towns. (Source: Eastman Kodak, Messenger Post Media , 16 May, 2017)
Contact: Eastman Kodak, Dolores Kruchten, Pres., www.eastmanbusinesspark.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eastman Kodak, Lithium-ion Battery, Li-Ion, Battery, Energy Storage,
CREP is part of the Montana Renewable Portfolio Standard which promotes the development and ownership of smaller renewable energy projects by in-state owners.
Proposals are due June 28, 2017, with selection of finalists expected in September. All inquiries and correspondence regarding this RFP must be directed to Sapere Consulting.
(Source: Northwestern Corp., PR, 17 May, 2017) Contact: NorthWestern Corp., www.northwesternenergy.com; Sapere Consulting, Steve Lewis, (206) 726-3695, email@example.com, www.Sapereconsulting.com/RFP; NorthWestern Energy, www.northwesternenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NorthWestern Energy, Renewable Energy,
To earn the certification, SAISD partnered with Cenergistic, Inc. to manage energy use throughout the district. Cenergistic worked directly with each campus to identify opportunities to save energy. As of January the district had achieved over $1.6 million in cost avoidance through the Cenergistic program, according to a SAISD release.
ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the buildings perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
(Source: standard Times, 19 May, 2017)
Cenergistic Inc., (214) 275-2814, www.cenergistic.com; San Angelo Independent School District, www.saisd.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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Landfills account for more than half of the state's known methane emissions. Farms account for 22 pct of methane emissions, oil and gas facilities account for another 11 pct, while the industrial and transportation sectors account for the balance. Methane is about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, but much shorter-lived in the atmosphere.
Under the state methane plans, the state would help local landfills divert more organic waste away from disposal and improve gas collection systems that can harvest methane and burn it to generate electricity.
Of the top 30 methane sources in New York, 27 are landfills, according to EPA figures. (Source: New York State, Office of the Gov, May 19, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas, Methane,
The minister added It's not yet known where the money will come from to foot the $14.2 billion dollar bill but noted that businesses reliant on carbon-intensive transport will be required to purchase international credits to account for their emissions, while the government will absorb the cost of buying credits for industries exempt from the Emissions Trading Scheme such as agriculture.
New Zealand's pledge under the Paris Agreement is to reduce emissions by 30 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 while
domestic emissions are expected to increase.
Source: NZ Newshub, 22 May, 2017) Contact: Energy Minister, Judith Collins, https://judithcollins.national.org.nz
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits news, Cap-and-Trade news, Carbon Emissions news,
The loan funds will be primarily used for the purchase of purchase of machinery and equipment for the planned Liberty One Methanol plant which will be reconstructed from a methanol plant that is being disassembled in Brazil. The plant is expected to be up and running by the year's end or early 2018. (Source: West Virginia Economic Development Authority, Charleston Gazette, AP, 19 May, 2017)Contact: West Virginia Economic Development Authority, (304) 558-3650, www.wveda.org; U.S. Methanol, Brad Gunn, COO, (888) 772-9930, www.usmeoh.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol, US Methanol,
Few plants live on the continent, but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years. The researchers used moss bank cores -- which are well preserved in Antarctica's cold conditions -- from an area spanning about 400 miles. The scientists analysed data for the last 150 years, and found clear evidence of "change points" -- points in time after which biological activity clearly increased -- in the past half century. The research team, which included scientists from the University of Cambridge and British Antarctic Survey, say their data indicate that plants and soils will change substantially even with only modest further warming. The researchers now plan to examine core records dating back over thousands of years to test how much climate change affected ecosystems before human activity started causing global warming.
Plant life only exists on about 0.3 pct of Antarctica, but the findings provide one way of measuring the extent and effects of warming on the continent.
The research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
(Source: University of Exeter, PR, EurekaAlert, 18 May., 2017) Contact: University of Exeter, Dr. Matt Amesbury, +44 (0) 1392 725892, http://geography.exeter.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
The $25 million, 121,000-square-foot Clearview Hall complex is home to 457 freshmen students, four learning communities and one faculty-in-residence member.
Specifically, DTE plans to construct an additional 6,000 mw of renewable energy capacity, supplementing the 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy DTE has built since 2009.
The utility will also continue retiring its coal-fired plants, having already announced the shutdown of 11 coal units by the early 2020s. The company also intends to invest $5 billion over the next five years to modernize the electric grid and gas infrastructure.
Since 2009, DTE Energy has invested more than $2 billion in wind and solar energy. (Source: DTE Energy, Energy Insider, Various Media, 18 May, 2017)Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, www2.dteenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy, Carbon Emissions, GHGs, CO2,
The Better Buildings Challenge initiative aims to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings 20 pct more energy efficient over the next decade by focusing on overcoming market barriers and sharing partner-created solutions. The Challenge's 345 diverse member organizations represent more than 4.4 billion square feet of building space, include more than 1,000 industrial facilities, and have committed $7 billion in financing. Partners have shared energy performance results for nearly 38,000 properties. On average, partners are improving by more than 2 percent per year.
Download the full U.S. DOE 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, 16 May, 2017) Contact: US DOE Better Buildings Initiative, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/
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The LEED green building rating system is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
(Source: USGBC, Seoul Metropolitan Government, PR, Korea IT Times, 18 May, 2017) Contact: Seoul Metropolitan Government, english.seoul.go.kr; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
Vaisala's SkyServe online platform enables users to monitor data gathered by the Triton and allows Vaisala technicians to assess the performance of the global wind fleet with a minimum of downtime.(Source: Vaisala, Renewable Energy, 15 May, 2017) Contact:
Vaisala , Pascal Storck, Head of Renewable Energy , www.vaisala.com
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The Indiana Corn Marketing Council used funds provided by its member farmers to leverage additional money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership.
The grant program is run in partnership with the Indiana Department of Agriculture, Greater Indiana Clean Cities and South Shore Clean Cities. (Source: Indiana Office of Energy Development, nwi.com, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Indiana Office of Energy Development, www.in.gov/oed; USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, www.fsa.usda.gov; Family Express Corp., (219) 462-6144, www.familyexpress.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Ethanol Blends, Biofuel,
McAuliffe opted to take an executive-action based on the likelihood that the Republican-led state General Assembly would not have approved a plan to address carbon emissions, the governor's spokesman said. Furthermore, with the future of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan in doubt, McAuliffe believed the Commonwealth needed to take action on its own to regulate power plant carbon emissions.
McAuliffe's executive action calls for regulations to abate, control, or limit CO2 from Virginia's power plants. The rule is intended to "allow for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of CO2 allowances through a multi-state trading program." The proposed regulation is due to be presented to the air board by December 31.
The state air board will decide on whether to put the draft regulations out for public notice and comment under the Virginia Administrative Process Act. Once this regulatory process has begun, a future governor would have to take similar administrative procedures steps to undo any rules that are adopted. (Source: Office of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, ThinkProgress, 17 May, 2017) Contact: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, (804) 786-2211, https://governor.virginia.gov;
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Plant Emissions, Clean Power Plan, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the financing institution of the European Union (EU). Created by the Treaty of Rome, its shareholders are the EU Member States and its Board of Governors is composed of the Finance Ministers of these States. The EIB enjoys its own legal personality and financial autonomy within the EU system. The mission of the EIB is to contribute, by financing sound investment, to the policy objectives of the EU, as laid down in its statutes and in decisions of the European Council.
The EIB contributes towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the EU Members by raising substantial volumes of funds and offering fav ourable terms towards financing capital projects in accordance with EU objectives. Outside the EU , the EIB implements the financial components of agreements concluded under European development aid and cooperation policies.
As 197 sovereign governments meet in Bonn ahead of this year's November COP23, the Global CCS Institute addressed the pressing need to accelerate the global deployment of CCS in the power sector and other industries.
Despite positive CCS progress advancements over the last few years, especially in the US and China, the Global CCS Institute warns that more needs to be done to roll-out CCS and drive investment in the technology. There are currently 17 large-scale CCS facilities in operation with five more coming on stream within the next 18 months.
(Source: Global CCS Institute, World Coal, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Gloibal CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.globalccsinstitute.com
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The Position Paper recommendations include:
Download the full FEDARENE
Energy Efficiency Directive & Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
HERE. (Source: FEDARENE, +32 2 646 82 10, email@example.com, www.fedarene.org
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According to the 2014 IMO GHG Study, international shipping emitted 921 million tons of CO2 in 2008. As a result of technical and operational measures, this figure declined by 13 percent to less than 800 million tons of CO2 in 2012 or 2.2 percent of the world's total CO2 emissions. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, MarEx, 14 May, 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
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In the traditional process currently used by a small number of businesses; manufacturers mix spent coffee grounds with hexane and cook the mixture at 60 degree C for between 1-2 hours. The hexane is then evaporated to leave behind the oils. Methanol and a catalyst is then added to make biodiesel, and a glycerol by-product which also needs separating. The chemical engineers have consolidated the existing multi-stage process into a single step, known as in-situ transesterification. The new procedure combines the extraction of oil from the coffee grounds with its conversion into biodiesel.
Led by Dr. Vesna Najdanovic-Visak, the researchers have consolidated the process by using just methanol and a catalyst. This completely removes the need for hexane as well as saving on chemical waste. Najdanovic-Visak and colleagues' method can extract the same amount of biodiesel as the old method in just ten minutes.
The report detailing the study has been published in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. (Source: Lancaster University, Biofuels Int'l., Others, May, 2017) Contact: Lancaster University, Vesna Najdanovic-Visak, +44 (0) 1524 593314, http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/engineering/about-us/people/vesna-najdanovicvisak
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The plant will be constructed as part of the proposed 1.8 GW Ben Ban solar power complex in the Aswan governate in Upper Egypt. The 14. 4 square-mile, $3.5 billion Ben Ban complex is expected to come online in 2018 and will be administered by the New and Renewable Energy Authority. The complex is expected to include 41 PV plants developed by 39 private developers under Egypt's feed-in tariff scheme.
According to alfanar Energy, it has secured $55 million in funding for its project from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector.
Egypt aims to meet 20 per cent of its power needs with renewable sources by 2022. (Source: alfanar Energy, Power Engineering, 15 May, 2017) Contact: alfanar Energy, 00966-11-920-006111, www.alfanar.com
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Upon the completion, China New Energy will indirectly acquire 110 MW of solar capacity ing include both incomplete and operational assets, as well as the rights to develop undisclosed projects. It will also acquire 4.58 GW of hydropower capacity, in the form of unfinished and operational assets, as well as the development rights for projects.
(Source: United Photovoltaics, Panda Green Power, PV Mag., Other Media, 15 May, 2017)
Contact: Panda Green Power, www.unitedpvgroup.com; United Photovoltaics, www.unitedpvgroup.com; China New Energy, +86 20 8705 7185, www.chinanewenergy.co.uk
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To date, Tesco has invested over £700 million in energy efficiency in its stores and distribution centres since 2007, and cut its emissions by 41 pct per square foot of its real estate for annual energy cost savings of approximately £200 million.
Even so, the company acknowledges that more needs to be done to reach its targeted absolute reductions of 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct reductions by 2050 compared to 2015 levels.
To that end, Tesco intends to source all of its electricity from renewable sources, has signed on to the RE100 initiative, and
will push its sustainability practices down the supply chain by encouraging the use of credible science-based targets on a two degree trajectory. Alternatively, suppliers will be asked to achieve absolute emissions reductions of 7 pct by 2020 and 35 pct by 2030.
(Source: Tesco, Clean Energy, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Tesco, +44 (0) 11 44 1992 632222, www.tesco.com
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The Foster Campus achieved LEED Gold certification by executing strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Several other Baylor University campus buildings are LEED certified. (Source: Baylor University, USGBC, Am. School & University, 15 May, 2017)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
Albuquerque has also secured federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), which could allow it to double its funding. The projects will be financed at no cost to the public purse through energy savings and federal bond credits.
According to the release, the solar installations will be the first step in fulfilling a goal set by the City Council last December for Albuquerque to source 25 pct of its energy from solar.
(Source: City of Albuquerque, PR,
May, 201) Contact: City of Albuquerque, Michael Riordan, COO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cabq.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, City of Albuquerque,
The Programme aims to provide positive incentives to countries to contribute to climate-change mitigation through activities in the forestry and land use sectors. The programme falls under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and seeks to curb emissions, particularly in the forestry sector, most of which are tropical forests in developing countries.
The UNFCCC developed a set of guidelines for countries to implement the REDD+ mechanism which are to be implemented over three phases. The first is REDD+ Readiness, where countries are expected to design national strategies and action plans alongside relevant stakeholders, to be able to combat the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, build capacity and develop policies.
The phase also includes establishing a National Forest Monitoring System, which is a holistic system to monitor forest cover nationally over a period of time, as well as a measurement reporting and verification (MRV) system.
The country will also establish the forest reference emission levels, to estimate the total carbon dioxide the forested areas are emitting on an annual basis. This is used as a baseline to determine how well the country does in REDD+ activities.
A safeguard information system will also be set up to ensure that REDD+ activities are environmentally friendly and that any benefits accrued are distributed equitably to all stakeholders involved in the mitigation activities.
The UN-REDD was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).Jamaica is receiving support for the programme through the Green Climate Fund of the UNEP. (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 12 May, 2017) Contact: Jamaica Information Service, +876 926 3590, jis.gov.jm; UNDP, www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html; UNFCCC, http://unfccc.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation, Reforestation, UNFCCC, Climate Change, REDD+, UNEP Green Climate Fund,
Alexion was awarded LEED Platinum certification for implementing measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in various areas of building. The Company's 14-story global HQ features a "green" roof, renewable energy sources, high-performance water fixtures and materials such as paints and adhesives that provide increased air quality for building occupants. The building is expected to save 778,000 gpy of water and source fully half its of electricity from renewable energy sources.
(Source: CT Green Building Council, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, 11 May, 2017) Contact: Alexion,
Kim Diamond, (475)230-3775, www.alexion.com;
CT Green Building Council,
Judy Swann, Exec. Gir., (203) 943-5711,
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
In a brief statement, the company blamed its trouble on "illegal price dumping" by Chinese producers,
"ongoing price distortions" within the market and a "no longer positive forecast for the future."
in the SolarWorld’s downfall.
(Source: SolarWorld AG, Various Media, 10 May, 2017) Contact: SolarWorld AG, SolarWorld USA, (805) 482-6800, www.solarWorld-usa.com; SolarWorld AG, Frank Asbeck, CEO, www.solarworld.de/en/home
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The facility would house a series of independent battery modules that would store excess power from intermittent sources -- wind and solar -- in the grid, releasing it when demand grew or generation dropped off. The system is designed to be self-contained, subject to 24/7 monitoring, and equipped with fail-safe mechanisms.
NextEra presently has eight operating storage facilities in Canada.
(Source: NextEra, 11 May, 2017) Contact: NextEra Energy, Neil Watlington, Project Manager, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com
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USDA's Rural Utilities Service awarded $13 million in zero-interest loans to South Carolina co-ops through KW Savings Co., a nonprofit created by the state's co-ops.
KW Savings Co. will pour the RESP funds into lending pools for seven co-ops operating or interested in "Help My House." The group includes Aiken, Santee, Tri-County, Blue Ridge, Little River, Lynches River and Broad River electric cooperatives.
Since its founding in 2011, co-ops have helped weatherize some 630 member homes.
(Source: America's Electric Cooperatives, Santee Cooper, May, 2017) Contact: The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Mike Couick, Pres., CEO, (803) 796-6060, www.ecsc.org;
Santee Electric Cooperative, ]www.santee.org; USDA Rural Energy Savings Program, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-savings-program;
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