The SBV program facilitates access to DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources needed to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products, and gain a global competitive advantage, according to the DOE.
(Source: US DOE SVB, 25 April, 2017)
Contact: DOE Small Business Voucher Pilot Program, www.sbv.org; Synvitrobio Inc., https://synvitrobio.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com; Kalion Inc., www.kalioninc.com
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Earlier this month, the ministry announced it had cleared 27 companies to bid for a 300-megawatt solar plant and 24 firms for a 400-MW wind farm. The long-term power-purchase agreements will be guaranteed by the government.
(Source: Arabian Business, Bloomberg, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Turki al-Shehri, Renewable Energy Development, www.meim.gov.sa
The new turbine variants are expected to be available in Q1 of 2018 and Q3 of 2018 for the V120-2.0 MW.
The new upgrade is the fifth major upgrade since Vestas introduced the 2 MW platform in 2000. (Source: Vestas, Business Standard, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
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The utility plans to have the first 10 megawatt utility-scale project online in 2018 and, to that end, is seeking industry partners as well as partnering with the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) for two, 10-MW solar projects to serve First Nations communities. SaskPower is also looking for other community groups, like co-operatives that may be interested in partnering on similar renewable energy projects.
The solar projects are part of the provincial government's plan to generate 50 pct of the province's power from renewables by 2030. (Source: Saskpower, Global News, Others, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Saskpower, Howard Matthews, VP Power Production, Guy Bruce, VP Planning, Environment & Sustainable Development, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com
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To that end,
the city has already taken steps to limit energy use by adding new HVAC systems, retrofitting energy-efficient lighting in city buildings, and other measures.
But Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney wants to take things to the next step, developing a plan to reduce the city's carbon emissions 80-percent by 2050.
(Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, WVTF, NPR, 26 April, 2017) Contact: City of Richmond, Levar Stoney, Mayor, RVA Green 2050, www.richmondgov.com/Sustainability/RVA_Green.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
Other cities and entities joining the program include Anacortes, Snoqualmie and Mercer Island. King County, Western Washington University and Sound Transit also committing to the project. Major private customers include Target, Starbucks and REI.
(Source: City of Bellevue, Bellvue Patch, 26 April, 2017) Contact: City of Bellevue, http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/environmental.htm; Puget Sound Energy, Kimberly Harris, President & CEO, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy , Renewable Energy,
Daimler plans to expand throughout Europe and start selling the units in the U.S. this year. The residential unit comes complete with the battery, solar panels, an inverter, and an energy management system and costs around $10,000, including installation. (Source: Mercedes-Benz, Treehugger, Inhabitat, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Mercedes-Benz, www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz-energy/energy-storage-home-installer; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm
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The library's sustainability features include an innovative integration of mechanical systems with a passive heating system that uses the heat accumulated in a glass prism for redistribution through a geothermal loop. Low-flow in-floor ventilation reduces the number of ducts required and the building relies mostly on natural light for energy savings. The project also used certified wood and recycled or regionally sourced materials and incorporates a stormwater recovery system.
(Source: RAIC, DCN News, April 24, 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council, Green Building, Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification,
The RFA says it will share its analysis with the EPA and Congress in order to prevent any push back against the RFS. (Source: RFA, WNAX Radio, 24 April, 2017)
Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions, according to ENERGY STAR. (Source: Meritage Homes, Builder, ENERGY STAR, April, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; Meritage Homes, (877)275-6374,
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ThermoChem's steam reforming gasification systems are also suitable for woody biomass and other waste feedstocks.
(Source: U.S. DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 24 April, 2017)Contact: ThermoChem, (707) 575-1310, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thermochem.com; PNNL, Karl Albrecht, Chemical Engineer, (509) 371-6775, www.pnnl.gov
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In the first two rounds of the program, 12 DOE national labs received funding to partner with 76 small businesses. This new announcement means SBV will have forged partnerships between 114 American small businesses and the national labs.
The eight participating DOE laboratories this time include Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Argonne National Laboratory's Prototype Cell Fabrication Facility, and Sandia National Laboratories' Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility.
The new collaborations are focused on advanced manufacturing, buildings, bioenergy, solar, geothermal, wind energy and others.
(Source: USA DOE, 24 April, 2017) Contact: DOE Small Business Voucher Pilot Program, www.sbv.org: Solar and Wind contact Sandia National Lab, David Kistin, (505) 205 – 3598, email@example.com
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Belgium is committed to backing nine offshore wind farms and the current concessions at an expected cost of between €3 billion (USD 3.2 billion) and €5 billion for the remaining three projects, according to the L'Echo report. If constructed, the three wind farms could be operational in 2022 or 2023.
(Source: L'Echo, Various Media, 21 April, 2017) Contact:
Belgian State Secretary for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and the North Sea, Philippe De Backer, www.belgium.be
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The SolaireHolman facility, which incorporates 203,840 solar panels, was developed and implemented jointly by two Engie subsidiaries -- Solairedirect North America and Houston-headquartered Engie North America. The facility will generate sufficient electric power to meet 10.5 pct of the city's electricity needs. (Source: Engie SA, Renewables Now, Others, 24 April, 2017) Contact: Solairedirect North America, https://www.solairedirect.com; Engie North America, (713) 636-0000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.engie-na.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie, Solar, Solairedirect North America, Engie North America,
India added a total of 5,400 MW of wind energy capacity; at 2,050 megawatts Gamesa captured 38 pct of the market and has maintained it's position as India's leading turbine manufacturer for the last several years. In FY2014-15, the company commissioned 657 MW, while in FY2015-16 this capacity increased to 1,000 megawatts, translating into a 30 pct share in the Indian market.
(Source: Gamesa, CleanTechnica, 24 April, 2017)Contact: Gamesa, +34 948 771 000, www.gamesacorp.com
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Driven Innovation is an indirect, non-wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing-based financial services provider China Huarong, one of the biggest shareholders of United Photovoltaics. The new subscription expands the group's issued shares from 7,452,032,287 to 8,152,032,287, reducing the stake of its largest shareholder -- China Merchants New Energy (CMNE) -- to 24.52 pct. China Merchants Group indirectly holds a 79.36 pct stake in CMNE.
The company, which recently announced plans to change its name to Panda Green Energy Group, raised HK$223.9 million last month with the issuance of 270,000,000 new shares. In August 2016, the company generated net proceeds of HK$364 million by issuing three-year convertible bonds, exclusively to finance the construction of solar projects.
(Source: United PV, PV Mag., Various Media, 24 April, 2017) Contact:
United Photovoltaics, +852 3112 8461, email@example.com, http://unitedpvgroup.com; Driven Innovation, www.driveninnovation.com
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The project is expected to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 21,000 tpy and generate as much $10 million in annual revenue from the sales of surplus gas through a partnership with Northwest Natural. With that expected revenue, the $12 million project is expected to pay for itself in about 3 to 4 years.
(Source: City of Portland, Portland Tribune, KOIN 6 News, 23 April, 2017) Contact: City of Portland, Portland Water Bureau, Nick Fish, Commissioner, (503) 823-4000, www.portlandoregon.gov
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The program will fund the investigation of various carbon removal initiatives and technologies, including directly extracting CO2 and methane from the atmosphere, CCS installations and enhancing the ability of soils to absorb carbon. More than 100 researchers at 40 U.K. universities and partner organizations are expected to participate.
According to the four major research groups, given the continuing huge volume of CO2 emissions -- currently 35 to 40 billion tpy -- it will be exceedingly difficult to hold global temperature increases to 2 degrees C (3.6 F) without deploying "negative emissions" technologies. (Source: NERC, Yale E360 Digest, Yale School of Forestry and Environment, 24 April, 2017) Contact: National Environmental Research Council, www.nerc.ac.uk
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The BTEC handbook accompanies BTEC's Wood Energy Financial Calculator, an online pre-feasibility tool, which allows facility managers, project developers, and others interested in modern wood heating to calculate cost and energy savings associated with converting fossil fuel-powered heating systems to wood.
The Wood Energy Financial Calculator is designed to encourage the development of new markets for modern wood heating systems, expand the use of wood heating in high-performance buildings, and show the viability of wood as a heating source in rural communities.
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of 100 biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies, and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean, and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. The organization is involved in biomass thermal energy R&D, education, and public advocacy.
Access the handbook HERE. (Sources: USDA, Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Canadian Biomass, 25 April, 2017) Contact: Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Jeff Serfass, Exec. Dir., www.biomassthermal.org
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Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, author, politician, and philanthropist. His net worth is estimated at $47.5 billion, as of March 2017, ranking him as the 8th richest person.
(Source: AP, 23 April, 2017)
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Until Friday, the longest continuous period was 19 hours achieved on a weekend last May, and matched again on Thursday, 20.
In 2016, UK coal consumption for electric power generation dropped to just 9 pct, down from 23 pct in 2015. The country's last coal power plant is slated to be shuttered in 2025 as part of a government plan to phase out the use of coal to meet its climate change commitments.
(Source: UK National Grid, Guardian, 21 April, 2017)
Contact: UK National Grid, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk
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Chicago is also being recognized for:
According to DOE estimates, the standards that being blocked would combine to eliminate emissions of 292 million tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, 734 thousand tons of the pollution that creates soot and smog, 1.2 million tons of the potent climate change pollutant methane, and over 1,000 pounds of highly-toxic mercury, over a 30-year period. Over this same period, the Appliance Standard Awareness Project estimates that the efficiency standards would together save over 443 billion kWh of electricity -- the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of over 36 million households. The DOE itself estimates that the six standards would provide net savings to consumers and businesses of approximately $23.8 billion.
The coalition of states challenging the delay on efficiency standards includes Vermont, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the City of New York. The same coalition, plus the Attorney General of Maryland, is sending a 60-day notice of intention to sue to the DOE regarding the other standards. (Source: Office of Vermont Attorney General, Vermont Business, Others, April, 2017) Contact: Vermont Attorney General, T.J. Donovan, (802) 828-1371, www.atg.state.vt.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Invenergy Japan GK and SB Energy Corp will develop, finance, build and operate the 10.5 MW Queens Solar farm in Fukushima Prefecture and the 10.4 MW Koumi Kogen Solar park in Nagano Prefecture. The two projects are slated to be operational in fiscal 2018.
Invenergy Japan holds a 60 pct stake in each of the two project companies, while SB Energy holds the balance.
The partners plan to collaborate on the development of additional projects, according to the announcement.(Source: Invenergy, PR, SB Energy Corp, Various Media, 21 April, 2017) Contact: SB Energy Corp., www.softbank.jp/en/energy; Invenergy, Amy Francetic, Snr. VP New Ventures and Corporate Affairs, (312) 224-1400, http://invenergyllc.com
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SunPower designed and installed the solar arrays featuring the SunPower Helix Roof product, including battery storage systems at three stores in Southern California.
(Source: Macy's, Maryland, SunPower Corp , Various Media, 21 April, 2017) Contact: SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, www.sunpower.com
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A remarkable $11.84 billion was issued in November 2016 alone, almost 14 per cent of the total issuance that year. Various private and government organizations have issued green bonds, from Apple and Toyota to the French government and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Currently Europe is leading the green bonds market, with numerous Europe-based mutual funds focusing on green bonds -- the Allianz Green Bond fund, the AXA WF Planet Bonds fund and NN Investment Partners' NN (L) Euro Green Bond fund. France, Iberdrola, and Enel have issued a total of $10.39 billion in green bonds -- representing around 48 pct of the total issuance for Q1, 2017, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative.
A growing number of U.S. fund companies are now looking to tap into investor demand for these bonds.
The significant growth in the green bonds market has made the Climate Bonds Initiative raise its issuance estimate for this year from $130 billion to $150 billion.
(Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, UNEP, 19 April, 2017)Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net; UNEP, Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment, +254 20 762 1234, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unep.org
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Under the 24/7 ULEZ, all vehicles that travel through the ULEZ that do not meet zone's exhaust emission standards will be liable to £12.50 per day fine. The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements.
The Mayor previously announced the introduction of a Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) for London's most polluting vehicles, coming into effect on 23 October 2017. The T-Charge will apply to cars which do not meet Euro IV emission standards, and will be in force weekdays between 7am and 6pm.
A growing number of major cities around the world are beginning to take similar actions, with selective diesel car bans and periodic car bans proving the most common.
(Source: UNEP, April, 2017)Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment, +254 20 762 1234, email@example.com, www.unep.org
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In January 2015, Obama administration announced a plan to slash methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas sector between 40 and 45 pct over 2012 levels by 2025. Canada agreed to match that in March 2016.
The U.S. issued initial regulatory standards in May 2016 and issued new reporting requirements for companies to submit data on equipment and operations to better track methane emissions. The Trump administration's EPA eliminated those new reporting requirements and Trump ordered that the methane emissions standards be re-evaluated.
Canada was to issue its first regulations this spring for implementation between 2018 and 2020. Now the regulations will not be fully in place until 2023.
Even so, the Liberal government says it remains committed to cutting methane emissions 40 to 45 pct over 2012 levels by 2025.
(Source: Waterloo Chronicle, Various Canadian Media, CP, 21 April, 2017)
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The company builds, owns and operates natural gas cogeneration facilities, landfill gas to energy and biomass electreic generating plants and CNG fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada. Fortistar companies include TruStar Energy, Primary Energy Recycling, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Clock.In and Carbonfree Chemicals.
Fortistar's investment and operational projects include:
To date, Reliance Industries has drilled more than 200 wells connected to two Gas Gathering Stations in the first phase of development. The company expects to drill a further 600-800 wells and develop associated infrastructure over the next phases of development.
(Source: Reliance Industries, Business First Post, 23 April, 2017) Contact: Reliance Industries, www.ril.com
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Upgrades include an energy-efficient LED green lighting system that cuts power consumption by as much as 75 pct while allowing dimming and remote control capabilities, the installation of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to regulate air handlers and the replacement of the original chillers and cooling towers with modern equipment for more efficient heating and cooling.
The UConn -- Eversource long-term plan takes a comprehensive, cost-effective approach to energy management at all of UConn's campuses and allows the university to better forecast its budget for future improvement projects. To date, UConn and Eversource have completed nearly 80 projects to save approximately 9.5 million kWh of electricity and $1.5 million in energy cost savings.
(Source: UConn, PR, Metro-Hartford Alliance, April, 2017) Contact: UConn,
Richard Miller, Director of the Office of Environmental Policy, (860) 486-8741, firstname.lastname@example.org,
ecohusky.uconn.edu/energy; Eversource Energy, Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com
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"Across the nation, utilities are planning early retirements for coal plants, including San Juan, Four Corners and Navajo Generating Station, because coal is simply being 'outcompeted' by less expensive energy sources, including wind, solar and energy efficiency.
"These announcements point to why it is so important to prepare for the inevitable transition to clean energy. We must take this economic shift seriously and examine how we can support workers and the communities that have lived in the shadow of pollution. The Four Corners' vast solar potential and massive transmission network can create clean energy jobs and provide affordable, reliable energy to the region. This will require immediate and thoughtful action from PNM, the state, local government, and other local stakeholders.
"It is time to stop investing in technologies of the past - PNM's 2014 purchase of shares in Arizona's Palo Verde nuclear plant forced a large rate increase onto consumers last year. PNM should avoid purchasing another large share of an aging nuclear plant and all the liability that comes with it. Renewable energy, storage and energy efficiency are increasingly cheaper, safer, cleaner investments, and they protect our families in the bargain.
(Source: Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter , PR, April 21, 2017) Contact: Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Camilla Feibelman, Director, (505) 243-7767, www.riograndesierraclub.org; PNM, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com
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The SRP Board has set a goal to meet 20 percent of SRP’s retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by the year 2020. Currently, SRP is on schedule to meet the goal of delivering 15.9 percent of retail requirements through sustainable resources by the end of the fiscal year by using solar, wind, geothermal, hydro power and energy-efficiency measures.
SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users. (Source: Salt River Project, PR, 20 April, 2017) Contact: Salt River Project, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500
NextEra Energy Resources
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The report found that in developing countries, renewable energy investment fell by 30 pct to only $117 billion in 2016, while that in developed economies fell 14 pct to $125 billion. China's renewable energy investment fell by 32 pct to $78.3 billion, while countries such as Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, and Morocco all saw 60 pct or more decreases.
(Source: UNEP, Various Media Others, April 7th, 2017 ) Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, +254 20 762 1234, email@example.com, www.unep.org
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Enerkem has begun applying for the necessary permits with the state Pollution Control Agency. If approved, he privately financed facility wouldn't be built for at least three years. The plant could help the county meet its goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2030, according to Dakota County. The county presently recycles about half its garbage, but that percentage could reach about 65 pct with additional sorting at the new plant. The proposed plant site is owned by SKB Environmental, a Minnesota waste management company, which would be a partner on the project and supply much of the garbage.
Enerkem operates a similar plant in Edmonton, Alberta, and a demonstration facility in Quebec, and is finalizing the design of a second plant to process 1,100 to 1,500 tpd of garbage, outside Montreal.
(Source: Enerkem, Star Tribune, 9 April, 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com; SKB Environmental, (651) 224-6329, www.skbinc.com
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The first phase of the program involves an assessment of the city's building infrastructure, which includes validating the current conditions as well as occupancy schedules. Systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, mechanical equipment, lighting, building automation and air distribution systems, as well as street lighting will be areas of focus.
Summerside's annual energy bill, which includes heat and electicity consumed at all city facilities, costs approximately $1 million a year.
(Source: City of Summerside, Journal Pioneer, 7 April, 2017) Contact: City of Summerside, Rob Philpott, CFO, (902) 432-1230, www.city.summerside.pe.ca;
Honeywell Building Solutions, John Rajchert, Pres., (800) 345-6770, www.buildingsolutions.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com
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FEJA helps to pivot Illinois to the new clean economy by growing renewable energy resources and significantly expanding energy efficiency programs. ComEd will now begin transitioning to a new system of funding efficiency programs. Pending ICC approval,
FEJA will increase energy efficiency funding for ComEd from $250 million to $400 million per year by 2030, generating over $4 billion in consumer savings and reducing the CO2 by an amount equivalent to removing 18 million cars from the road. New, expanded energy efficiency programs will begin in January 2018. (Source: Illinois Commerce Commission, ComEd, 7 April, 2017) Contact:
ComEd Media ,
Illinois Commerce Commission, www.icc.illinois.gov
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The development is the latest in an ongoing effort at UW-M to create commodity chemicals currently derived from petroleum out of biomass. These bio-derived chemicals could serve as high value co-products of the biofuels manufacturing process, improving the economics of the cellulosic bio-refinery.
In their paper published recently by the journal ChemSusChem, Prof. George Huber and collaborators report a new chemical pathway used to produce 1,5-pentanediol, a plastic precursor primarily used to make polyurethanes and polyester plastics. The group's approach is six-times cheaper than a previously reported method, and represents the first economically viable method of producing 1,5-pentanediol from biomass.
The discovery also provides fundamental chemistry that could be applicable to a wide cross-section of products such as For instance, the same pathway could be used to produce two other plastic precursors - 1,4 butanediol and 1,6 - hexanediol -- currently derived from petroleum and which together represent an annual market of more than $6 billion.
In the long term, the team will continue to refine their work, collecting the data needed to scale their process up to pilot plant testing. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is in charge of licensing the technology. (Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, phys.org, 7 April, 2017) Contact: UW-M, Prof. George Huber, (608) 263-0346,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosics, Bio-chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cellulosic Biofuel,
Subject to pending closing conditions, Siemens and Gamesa expect to close the merger this month, after the registration of the merged entity in the Vizcaya Companies Register. (Source: Siemens, Gamesa, EL&P, 3 April, 2017)Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, Thomas Richterich, Onshore Wind CEO, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com; Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com
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HSBC, Kotak and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are amongst banks vying for a role in arranging the proposed share sale., according to ReNew Power.
Since it founding in 2011, ReNew Power has raised $850 million in equity from investors, and may raise an additional $200 million prior to its IPO, either through equity or quasi-equity instruments.
(Source: ReNew Power, ET Energy World, 7 April, 2017)
Contact: ReNew Power, +91 124 489 6670/80, email@example.com, http://renewpower.in
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The average Briton's carbon footprint is now 33 pct less than in 1992 and they are more than 130 pct richer. According to the report, reasons for the shift include the 1990s "dash for gas" power, a switch to a more services-based economy, policies since the Climate Change Act was introduced in 2008, energy efficiency schemes and cutting methane from landfill sites.
The report also questions the notion that the UK has simply shifted its emissions overseas, with more products bought from manufacture in countries such as China where the greenhouse gas output is then counted.
Government data shows these so-called imported emissions peaked in 2007 before the financial crisis and are now, per person, almost exactly what they were in 1997, the study said.
(Source: OECD, BelfastTelegraph, April, 2017)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org
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The legislation is intended to correct changes made in 2015-16 that effectively drove up the cost of residential solar and virtually halted the state's previously booming residential-solar industry and caused Sunrun, SolarCity and many small solar contractors to leave the solar business in Nevada.
Assembly Bill 270 is among five bills aimed at promoting renewable energies.
Other measures would require solar companies to make contracts clearer, allow multiple homes to share solar energy and speed up the state's move to renewables.
State law currently directs NV Energy, the state's monopolized utility, and any other providers to generate 20 pct of retail electricity from renewable sources.
(Source: Nevada Legislature, CBS Las Vegas, AP, 6 April, 2017)
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In 2015, the ANA Airports of Portugal were successful in reducing their carbon emissions by 15 pct compared to the average of the three years from 2012 to 2014.
An initiative of the ACI, the ACA programme helps airports across the globe manage their carbon emissions. (Source: Airports Council International, airport-technology.com, 10 April, 2017) Contact: Airports Council International, www.aci-europe.org; Airport Carbon Accedidation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
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To counter the EU's concerns, the Malaysians are calling for direct meetins with EU parliamentarians and a single Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) scheme to ensure that Europe-bound palm oil and other vegetable oil exports are sustainably produced.
As previously reported, EU lawmakers have called for a wider discussion of palm oil production and use for biofuels with specific focus on the rapidly expanding palm oil industry's harmful impact on climate mitigation and biodiversity.
After India and before China, the EU is Malaysia's second-largest export market, accounting for 2,059,207 tons of palm oil products in 2016, one third of which is used for biodiesel. Indonesia and Malaysia account for approximately 85 pct of global oil palm production.
(Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, telesur, 5 April, 2017) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my
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In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and all of its partners saved American families and businesses $34 billion on energy bills while helping states achieve their air quality goals.
The ENERGY STAR program has 16,000 partners including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, the program and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions -- including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Editor's NoteThe Trump "circus" has described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program and is proposing to slash ENERGY STAR's budget and re-focus it on research that can be commercialized and carried out by the private sector, rather than the government. (Source: ENERGY STAR, EPA, PR, 4 April, 2017)
Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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The EC's decision to phase out conventional biofuels as of 2020 outlines a reduction path which should bring the share of biofuels such as rapeseed biodiesel down to 3.8 pct by 2030. Further difficulties in the development and availability of advanced feedstocks, linked with a lack of confidence by investors in view of the uncertain policy context, render the target set for advanced biofuels overly ambitious and highly unlikely to be achieved. For these reasons, FEDIOL calls on the European Parliament and EC to maintain the 7 pct cap for conventional biofuels and further invest in advanced low-carbon technologies alongside conventional biofuels, so as to meet an overall minimum 15 pct renewables' target in transport.
The fact sheet -- An EU Without First Generation Biofuels? -- is available HERE.
(Source: Fediol. PR. 6 April, 2017) Contact: FEDIOL, Nathalie Lecocq, Director General: + 32 (2) 771 53 30, www.fediol.eu
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January 2015 biodiesel production reached only 73 million gallons, making it the lowest producing month since the start of 2015. December and October 2016 were the joint highest producing months with both peaking at 144 million gallons. (Source: US EIA, Various Media, April, 2017)
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