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Okanagan Wind's Pennask Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
Okanagan Wind
Date: 2017-04-10
In British Columbia, Canada, Okanagan Wind is reporting that its 10 Sevion 3.2 M114 CCV wind turbine Pennask Project is now operational and generating power for the province's electricity grid.

The Pennask project, which is located on Crown Land, was developed in colaboration with the Penticton Indian Band, the Westbank First Nation, and the Upper Nicola Band. The wind farm is expected to reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions by 60,000 tpy. (Source: Okanagan Wind, Various Media, Global News, 7 April, 2017) Contact: Okanagan Wind, www.okanaganwind.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Senvion,  


KPN Joins SBTi Project to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
KPN
Date: 2017-04-10
Netherlands-headquartered telecom provider KPN International reports it has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an initiative to help international companies develop science-based methods to contribute to the reduction in CO2 emissions.

KPN operates as a 'climate-neutral' company using renewable energy sources and offsetting its use of fossil fuels. It also works on ways to reduce energy in its operations, encourage employees to use public transport, and recycle or sell old network equipment and buildings. In addition, the Dutch operator works on reducing emissions from use of its products and services by customers; these are targeted to fall by 20 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2040, compared to 2014 levels.

The SBTi initiative counts over 40 members, including companies such as Eneco, Walmart, Sony and Nestle, and more than 180 have said they will work on setting SBTi targets. (Source: KPN, elecompaper, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative , info@sciencebasedtargets.org, sciencebasedtargets.org' KPN, +31 10 428 9571, www.kpn.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Total Inks Technology Centre Mongstad CCS Agreement (Int'l)
Technology Centre Mongstad,Statoil
Date: 2017-04-10
Multinational oil and gas major Total reports the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister under which it will join the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), one of the world's largest facilities for testing carbon capture and storage (CCS). TCM has a carbon storage capacity of 100,000 tpy and has enabled companies to facilitate international CCS projects.

The MoU agreement will extend test operations scheduled for completion this coming August through to 2020. Both Shell and Statoil will be involved in these tests as partners to TCM.

TCM, which was established in 2012, has developed partnerships with the US Department of Energy. The facility will continue to test new technologies and will assist Statoil's feasibility studies for CCS at three locations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. (Source: Total, edie.com, 7 April, 2017) Contact: Technology Centre Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Technology Centre Mongstad,  Statoil,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Court Upholds California Cap-and-Trade Program (Reg & Leg)
California ARB,California Chamber of Commerce
Date: 2017-04-10
California's controversial cap-and-trade program, a cornerstone of the state's battle against climate change, has been upheld by a state appeals court. Two judges on the appeals court panel sided with state officials who argued that the program, which requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, The California Chamber of Commerce's (CCC) 4 year old legal challenge to, and contention that, California's cap and trade system functioned as an unconstitutional and illegal tax and hindrance to business has been dismissed by a three member state court of appeals in Sacramento. The court ruled that the state's Cap-and-Trade system was within the state's authority to regulate. The decision could, however, be appealed to the California Supreme Court. (Source: CCC, LA Times, Various Other Media, 6 April, 2017)Contact: California Chamber of Commerce, www.calchamber.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Cap-and-Trade,  


Study Links Wealth and Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-04-07
Income Inequality and Carbon Emissions in the United States: A State-Level Analysis, 1997-2012, a new Boston College study has found that U.S., state-level carbon emissions are higher in states with concentrations of wealth. The study found that state-level emissions between 1997 and 2012 were positively associated with the income share of the top 10 pct of a state's population.

Using the 2012 state data for carbon emissions, the study found a 1 pct increase in the income share of the top 10 pct of a state's population resulted in additional annual carbon emissions, led by: Texas -- 812,325 to 934,174 metric tons, followed by California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, New York and Michigan -- 184,835 to 212,560 metric tons, in that order.

In addition to income, the analysis considered population size, per capita gross domestic product, urbanization, manufacturing as a percentage of state GDP, fossil fuels production, and the level of state's commitments to environmental regulation in their conclusions. (Source: Ecological Economics, Boston College, 1 April, 2017) Contact: Boston College, Prof. Andrew Jorgenson, (617) 552-1293, Andrew.jorgenson@bc.edu, www.bc.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Rocky Mtn. Plans $3.5Bn Wind Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2017-04-07
In its new 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Rocky Mountain Power (RPI) reports it will invest approximately $3.5 billion on wind energy and energy transmission projects in Wyoming and the surrounding regional service area.

The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a comprehensive decision support tool and road map for meeting the company's objective of providing reliable and least-cost electric service to all of our customers while addressing the substantial risks and uncertainties inherent in the electric utility business. The IRP is developed with considerable public involvement from state utility commission staff, state agencies, customer and industry advocacy groups, project developers, and other stakeholders. The key elements of the IRP include: a finding of resource need, focusing on the first 10 years of a 20-year planning period; the preferred portfolio of supply-side and demand-side resources to meet this need; and an action plan that identifies the steps we will take during the next two to four years to implement the plan.

Access the Rocky Mountain Power Integrated Resource Plan details HERE. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming Business Report, 4 April, 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


ITM Power Seals £3.5Mn 3MW Electrolyser System Deal (Ind. Report)
ITM Power
Date: 2017-04-07
London-headquartered energy storage specialist ITM Power reports its has inked a £3.50 million contract for the deployment of 3MW of electrolysis with associated hydrogen energy equipment, in the UK. Details of the transaction have not been released.

ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions that meet the requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and for the production of clean fuel for transport, renewable heat and chemicals.

The Company presently has £21.79 million of revenue under contract and a total pipeline of £24.65 million, according to a company release. (Source: ITM Power, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ITM Power,  Energy Storage,  Electrolyser,  


UK Carbon-Neutral Lab Scores BREEAM, LEED Certifications (Int'l)
AECOM,BREEAM,USGBC
Date: 2017-04-07
In the UK, Nottingham University's GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry has been awarded BREEAM Outstanding and LEED platinum certifications for green buildings. The laboratory was constructed from natural materials by infrastructure services firm AECOM, which delivered the project's BREAAM and LEED services, including a carbon-neutral lab powered by solar energy and biofuel. The infrastructure firm also provided mechanical and electrical engineering, ensuring excess heat generated is used by adjacent buildings on the campus.

The building was designed for minimal energy consumption and incorporates natural ventilation, wind catchers, a "green" roof, a water leak detection system and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to deliver energy and water reductions. (Source: ProudGreenBuilding, 5 April, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; AECOM, Matthew Butler, Associate Dir of building Engineering, www.aecom.com; BREEAM America, Barry Giles,CEO, Niall Trafford, COO, www.bre.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News AECOM ,  BREEAM,  USGBC LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


California, Scotland Ink Climate Change Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding (Ind. Report)
Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding
Date: 2017-04-07
According to a Government of Scotland release, both California and Scotland have set climate and clean energy goals to cut greenhouse gases 80 pct by 2050 and both have signed off on an Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding (Under2MOU). Both jurisdictions recognize there are significant economic benefits in jobs, investment, clean energy and the low carbon economy from taking swift action to combat climate change. To that end, the two governments seek to capitalize on the huge potential of the Under2MOU,and have committed to decisive climate action covering the more t one billion people and over a third of the global economy to which both jurisdictions are signatories.

In the coming years, there will be crucial opportunities for the Governments of California and Scotland to influence higher global ambition on climate change, and to work together to support climate action through the following opportunities set out in the Under2MOU:

  • Scotland and California will support the efforts of other state, regional, and city signatories to the Under2MOU to share ideas and best practices on how we have reduced greenhouse gases and expanded renewable energy development, including by providing expert staff support to other jurisdictions and to leading working groups within the Under2MOU Coalition on these and related topics;

  • Through the Under2MOU Scotland and California will also share information and best practices with other signatories on how we have undertaken long-term, deep de-carbonization planning;

  • Scotland and California will work individually and together to raise international attention to the actions and ambitious reduction goals of climate leaders at a sub-national level around the globe, including at key upcoming international climate and energy conferences and summits, in the lead-up to 2018 and beyond. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: Gov, of Scotland, Central Enquiry Unit, +44 131 244 4000, ceu@gov.scot; Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding, http://under2mou.org/background

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Southern Power Commissions 120-MW W.Tex. PV Park (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power,First Solar Inc
    Date: 2017-04-07
    US wholesale energy provider Southern Power is reporting the start of commercial operations at the 120-MW East Pecos solar park in West Texas. The facility uyilizes approximately 1.2 million solar panels by First Solar Inc., which constructed the park in 2016 and provides operation and maintenance services. The facility's power output outputand related renewable energy credits will be sold to Austin Energy under a 15-year PPA.

    Southern Power presently has 3,200 MW of U.S. renewable energy project in operation or under construction, according toi the company. (Source: Southern Power,Solar, Renewables Now, Other Media, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Solar,  First Solar Inc ,  


    Petroecuador Inks $95Mn E5 Ethanol Offtake Agreement (Int'l)
    Petroecuador
    Date: 2017-04-07
    Petroecuador, Ecuador's state-owned petroleum fuel company reports it has inked a $95 million offtake agreement for domestically produced "Ecopais" anhydrous ethanol. commercial roll out of the Ecopais -- a 5 pct ethanol - gasoline blended transportation fuel. The agreement will see the fuel marketed in eight provinces. (Source: Petroecuador, Various Media, Biofuels Digest, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Petroecuador, www.eppetroecuador.ec

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    HZI BioMethan's Brie Facility Exports First Biomethane (Int'l)
    Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan
    Date: 2017-04-07
    Switzerland-headquartered Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan (HZI BioMethan) reports that its biogas processing plant currently under construction in Brie-Comte-Robert, France, is now feeding biomethane into the grid,

    The as yet un-named facility, which is one of 5 such plants in France, uses a wet digestion system and membrane technology to produce an average of 130 metres cubed per hour of biomethane, according to HZI. The plant's capacity is designed to be increased to 2.21 million m3 per year.

    HZI BioMethan was created when the Swiss company bought the assets of insolvent Germany-based MT-BioMethan more than two years ago. (Source: HZI BioMethan, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, 6 April 2017) Contact: HZI BioMethan, +41 44 277 11 1, info@hz-inova.com, www.hz-inova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Methane,  Biogas,  


    Magnolia Wins U.S. Thin Film Solar Cell Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    Magnolia Solar
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Rogers, Arizona-based Ecoark Holdings, Inc. reports its Albany, New York-headquartered subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded U.S. Patent No 9,590,133 which relates to the development of "Thin Film Solar Cells and Methods of constructing the same."

    Magnolia Solar, which was acquired by Ecoark in 2016, develops flexible, lightweight, high-efficiency solar cell technologies for a wide range of applications. The company's technology portfolio includes nanostructured antireflection coatings, advanced thin film photovoltaic absorber structures, and novel low-cost manufacturing processes. Magnolia Solar is now the assignee of seven U.S. Patents and has 16 additional patent applications that are at various stages of review at the U.S. Patent Office. These issued patents describe and protect Magnolia Solar's innovations in the field of high-performance, lightweight flexible solar cells for photovoltaic applications and expands the intellectual property portfolio to these issued patents. (Source: Ecoark, Magnolia Solar, MarketWire, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Magnolia Solar, (518) 618-4200, www.magnoliasolar.com; EcoArk, Randy May, CEO, (479) 259-2977, info@ecoarkusa.com, http://www.ecoarkusa.com/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Magnolia Solar,  Thin Film Solar,  Solar Cell,  Solar,  


    Con Edison Solutions Confirms DOL ESPC Contract (Ind. Report)
    ConEdison Solutions,U.S. Department of Labor Mine and Safety Health Administration
    Date: 2017-04-05
    ConEdison Solutions, an energy services unit of Con Edison, reports it has entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for energy efficiency upgrades at U.S. Department of Labor Mine and Safety Health Administration's 288,000 square foot facility in Beaver, West Virginia. Under the terms of the contract, ConEdison Solutions will be responsible for the financing, implementation, and post-construction services associated with the contract.

    Prior to signing the contract on December 20, 2016, CES developed and finalized an investment grade audit report and proposed the necessary energy efficiency improvements including: domestic hot water heaters, cooling towers, energy management and controls system, air handling units, lighting improvements, water conservation measures and vending machine controls.

    The completed contract is expected to save the DOL $415,000 in energy costs in the first year and over $290,000 per year thereafter. (Source: ConEdison Solutions, EL&P, April 3, 2017) Contact: ConEdison Solutions, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ConEdison Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Natural Gas Plant Methane Emissions Higher than Expected (R&D)
    Purdue University ,Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In addition to its cost benefit for electric utilities, natural gas generates significantly lower carbon emissions per kWh than coal. Even so, a new study from Purdue University and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has found that methane emissions from natural-gas power plants are 21 to 120 times higher than originally estimated. These findings are based on measurements of methane emissions at three power plants and three refineries in Utah, Indiana, and Illinois. According to the EDF DeSmogBlog. "power plants currently use more than one-third of natural gas consumed in the U.S., and the volume used is expected to increase as market forces drive the replacement of coal with cheaper natural gas." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, Purdue Univ., Green Car Congress, 29 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Natural Gas,  Purdue University,  Environmental Defense Fund ,  


    UK's GHG Emissions Fall Fourth Year in a Row (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-04-05
    in London, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS0 is reporting that Britain's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 6 pct to 466 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2016, compared with 2015 levels. The drop, which is being largely attributed to a decline in coal-fired power generation, marks the fourth straight yearly drop. The country's GHG emissions have fallen 42 pct since 1990, meaning it is half way towards meeting its Paris Accord target to cut its GHG emissions by 2050 to 80 pct below 1990 levels.

    Britain plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 unless they are fitted with CCS technology. The UK is Europe's second-largest emitter behind Germany. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Reuters UK, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  GHGs,  


    Trump Challenged on Energy Efficiency Inaction (Ind. Report)
    Trump
    Date: 2017-04-05
    A coalition of environmental NGOs -- including the Consumer Federation of America, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club -- along with the state of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New York City and Pennsylvania, have launched a broad legal challenge against the Trump administration's "illegal suspension of rules to improve the energy efficiency of ceiling fans, portable air conditioners and other products." The challenge comes on the heels of the DOE's delayed standards proposed under the Obama administration to reduce air pollution and operating costs associated with the products.

    The coalition plans to sue the DOE in 60 days for the agency's stalling of proposed standards for air compressors, commercial boilers, portable air conditioners, power supplies, and walk-in coolers and freezers. Implementation was delayed after the Trump White House directed federal agencies to put new regulations on hold until the Trump appointed new leaders could review them. The Obama administration issued a similar directive in 2009. (Source: YubaNet, Common Dreams, Reuters, Various Media, 3 April, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    LG Offering New NeON®R Solar Panel in Australia (Int'l)
    LG Electronics
    Date: 2017-04-05
    South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics (LG) reports it is introducing its LG NeON® R solar panel to the Australian solar market.

    The LG NeON® R solar panel has enhanced durability, performance under real environment, aesthetic design plus industry leading output efficiency guaranteed over 25 years. The NeON®R has no metal electrode on the front of the module, but has 30 multi-ribbon busbars at the rear of the module, allowing the panel to perform at a higher efficiency when the temperature is higher due to the panels upgraded low-temperature coefficient of Pmax -0.30 (%/oC). The LG NeON® R can be either roof or ground mounted, according to the LG release. (Source: LG Electronics, PR, 3 April, 2017) Contact: LG Electronics USA, John Taylor, (847) 941-8181, john.taylor@lge.com, www.lge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Electronics ,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    Bushmills Ethanol Joins Growth Energy (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy, Bushmills Ethanol
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Growth Energy, the trade association for U.S. ethanol producers and supporters, welcomed Bushmills Ethanol as its newest member. Bushmills Ethanol is located in Atwater, Minnesota and produces 49 million gallons of ethanol per year. (Source: Growth Energy, Bushmills, Minnesota Farm Guide, 4 April, 2017) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; Bushmills Ethanol Inc., (320) 974-8050, www.bushmillsethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Bushmills Ethanol,  


    Archimedes Touts India's First Rooftop Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    Archimedes Green Energys
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Hyderabad, India-headquartered Archimedes Green Energys (P) Ltd. is touting the launch of India's first Rooftop Wind Turbine -- the AWM Archimedes Wind Mill which is presently being manufactured in Korea.

    The silent rooftop wind turbines can generate 1500kWh of energy at low velocity winds from 0.9 meter/second to as high as 14 meters/second and rotates a full 360 degrees to take advantage of low wind speeds. In high winds such as 22 meters/second, the unit automatically stops to avoid damage to the turbine. Available in two sizes -- 36Kgs and 112kgs -- the unit is easily transportable and ideal for small residential applications. (Source: Archimedes Green Energys , April, 2017) Contact: Archimedes Green Energys, Gajjala Suryaprakash, CEO , info@archimedesgreenenergys.com, www.archimededgreenenergys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Rooftop Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    LCE Confirms 100-Turbine Texas Wind Farm Financing (Funding)
    Lincoln Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-04-05
    US wind and solar developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) reports it has arranged financing with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and Rabobank for its Willow Springs wind project in Texas. Long-term tax equity will also come from BAML and from BHE Renewables LLC, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

    I Squared Capital-backed LCE has ordered GE 2.5-116 wind turbines and a 30-year service agreement for the 100-turbine wind park.When fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate approximately 1 TWh of power annually,which will be sold to Merrill Lynch Commodities. (Source: GE, Renewables Now, Others, April, 2017) Contact: Lincoln Clean Energy, Declan Flanagan, CEO, (512) 215-4452, info@lincolnclean.com, www.lincoln-clean-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lincoln Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    Notable Corporate Climate Change Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2017-04-05
    "We believe climate change is real and the science is well accepted. Climate change is one of our most significant global challenges and strong action is critical to meeting the serious threat posed by greenhouse gas emissions." -- General Electric, Jeff Immelt, CEO

    "Our company's success ultimately depends on our ability to reliably source high-quality crops and other raw materials. (Clean energy is) key to unlocking new business growth potential for the US and around the world." -- General Mills, Ken Powell, CEO

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    DRAX Biomass Wins Bankrupt Louisiana Pellets (M&A)
    Drax Biomass ,Louisiana Pellet
    Date: 2017-04-05
    Following up on our March 1st, 2017 coverage, UK-headquartered DRAX Biomass reports it has won the bidding battle for the acquisition of the bankrupt Louisiana Pellets' 450,000 metric tpy woody biomass plant in Urania, Louisiana.

    DRAX Biomass expects to close the purchase by the end of April, subject to court approval. Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. (Source: DRAX Biomass, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 4 April, 2017) Contact: DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com, www.draxbiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Louisiana Pellet,  DRAX Biomass ,  Woody Biomess,  Wood Pellet,  


    Index Tracks Declining Power Sector Carbon Emissions -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Mellon,Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
    Date: 2017-04-03
    In Pittsburgh, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Americas and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) report the unveiling of the CMU index measuring carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electrical power generation sector.

    The CMU Carbon Index, which found that U.S. power producers had cut CO2 emissions intensity by 24pct since 2005, offers a comprehensive picture of the environmental impact of electricity production in the U.S and will measure the environmental impact of the U.S. power grid during the previous 12 months and over an extended period to 1990.

    The CMU index also provides a summary of the amount of electric power was generated by coal, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy sources.

    According to the Carbon Index: more than half of the reduction in CO2 emissions intensity since 2005 is due to a shift from coal to natural gas; emissions intensity of the natural gas fleet has reduced by 17 pct since 2001, as more efficient turbine technologies and operating schedules have been introduced; since 2005 renewable electricity has grown from 9 pct of U.S. generation to 15 percent--an increase of nearly 75 percent.

    Access the CMU Carbon Index HERE. (Source: CarnegieMellon College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, PR, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering, Professor Samaras. Professor Azevedo, http://engineering.cmu.edu; Carnegie Power, www.changeinpower.com; Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc., Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, www.psa.mhps.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Mellon,  Carbon Emissions Emissions,  


    China "100 pct Committed" to Paris Climate Agreement, says Pres. Xi Jinping (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-04-03
    Last week in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping , in an apparent response to Trump's move to dismantle Obama-era policies and extract the U.S. from the world's climate change fight, called for the U.S. to "honor its commitments" to fight climate change. Speaking for Pres. Xi Jinping foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said:

    "Whether other countries commit to these goals or not, China is resolute in meeting the goals and actions. We will continue to work with relevant parties to enhance dialogue to move forward the efforts to ensure our economy can be put on green and low carbon path. It will also pass on green climate to our future generations.

    "Climate change is a challenge faced by all mankind. The Paris agreement is a milestone in the global campaign in climate governance. It is a consensus of the international community and ushered a new stage of the global endeavour in seeking low carbon development, Lu added.

    "All countries including, the US and China, have made contributions and we still believe that all parties should go with the tide, seize the opportunity, fulfill their pledges and implement the agreement." (Source: PTI, Hindustan Times, Others, 29 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Hickenlooper Takes a Stand on Obama Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
    John Hickenlooper
    Date: 2017-04-03
    In Denver, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (Dem) is taking a stand against Trump's move to quash the Obama Clean Power Plan. Hickenlooper says his state, the seventh-largest energy producing state in the U.S., will not be deterred by Trump's agenda and will continue its push to increased renewable energy and slashing carbon pollution.

    According to the governor, Colorado has been addressing climate change since at least 2004, when voters approved a measure requiring utilities to source a minimum of 10 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2015. The target was later increased to 30 pct by 2020. In 2010, the state enacted legislation requiring utilities to replace some coal-fired electrical generating plants with natural gas facilities.

    According to a spokesperson for the governor, Colorado has not yet met the goals but is on track to do so by 2030 -- the deadline in the Clean Power Plan for U.S. states to cut carbon emissions 30 pct. Although some states favour Trump's move others are moving ahead on their own initiatives to cut carbon emissions or encourage renewable energy. (Source: Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper, LMTonline, AP, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, (303) 866-2471, www.colorado.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News John Hickenlooper,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  Trump,  


    Notable Quote
    Niskanen Center
    Date: 2017-04-03
    "There are probably 40 Republican members of the House and maybe 10 Senate members who are to varying degrees uncomfortable with (republican) party orthodoxy on climate. We've moved people from rather unthinking dismissal of carbon pricing to cautious neutrality to entertaining a conversation and exploring the possibilities. When that may bear fruit depends on political circumstances and windows of opportunity that you can't predict." -- Jerry Taylor, founder of the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think tank. Contact: Niskanen Center, www.niskanencenter.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Thomasville Schools, Schneider Electric Ink Energy Efficiency Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2017-04-03
    In the Peach State, the Thomasville City School System reports it has sealed an deal with energy management specialist Schneider Electric for a comprehensive energy efficiency modernization of its facilities. The $2.9 million self-funded project will encompass energy efficiency upgrades to five schools and the board of education office facility. Upon completion, the school system is expected to save $150,000 per year in energy expenses.

    Schneider's energy conservation measures includ:

  • Installation of a district-wide building automation system to increase visibility into energy management;
  • Interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades;
  • Water system upgrades to reduce consumption ;
  • Installation of a PC power management system to reduce computer power usage;
  • Extensive sealing of windows, doors, gaps and cracks across all buildings to improve comfort and efficiency.

    Upon completion of the project, the district will reduce its power consumption by 1.4 million kilowatt hours, with no up-front capital investment. In addition to annual energy savings, the upgrades will remove 1,049 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Construction is underway and is expected to be complete this fall. (Source: Thomasville School System, PR Web, Variuos Media, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.enable.schneider-electric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric ,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • California Legislates Short-Lived Super Pollutants (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-03-31
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board is launching a new strategy for slashing short-lived "super pollutants" including methane from cow manure, black carbon (soot) from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. These "super pollutants" have a relatively short life span once dispersed into the atmosphere but are particularly potentas green house gases.

    The new strategy sets targets for reducing super pollutants emissions by 2030. Methane and hydrofluorocarbons would need to be cut to 40 pct below 2013 levels, and black carbon would need to be reduced to 50 pct below 2013 levels. Meeting the goals could require more efficient refrigerators, replacing wood stoves and diverting waste from landfills. Some of the projects would involve incentives funded with public dollars. The biggest and most controversial changes could occur at dairies, where manure contributes an estimated 25 pct of the state's methane emissions. (Source: CARB, LA Times, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Black Carbon,  California Air Resources Board,  


    W. Va.'s Third Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant Operational (Ind. Report)
    Cox Enterprises
    Date: 2017-03-31
    Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises is reporting that the New River Energy landfill gas-to-energy facility near Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, is now fully operational and generating sufficient power for approximately 2,300 homes. The facility is a joint venture of the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority (RCSWA) and Seven Island Environmental Solutions, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.

    The Beckley facility is the third landfill in the state to use methane for power generation rather than burning it in a flare. The city of Charleston landfill has had a system similar to Beckley's since 2011, as does the Wetzel County landfill which has been in operation since 2003, according to the EPA.

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas 28 to 36 times more effective than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 100-year period, according to the EPA. (Source: Cox Enterprises, State Journal, 26 Mar., 2017) Contact: Cox Enterprises, www.coxenterprises.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Methane,  Cox Enrterprises,  


    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2017-03-31
    "We don't even know how far we've gone, or if we've gone over the (climate change) edge. There are tipping points, feedback loops. This is not some linear set of problems that we can predict. We have to take measures against an uncertain (climate change) future which may well be something no one ever wants. We are talking about extinction. We are talking about climate regimes that have not been seen for tens of millions of years. We're not there yet, but we're on our way." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown, July 21, 2015

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Jerry Brown news,  


    Canadian Coalition Highlights Carbon Offset/Emission Reduction Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Viresco Solutions
    Date: 2017-03-31
    Meeting in Calgary, more than 75 Canadian agriculture industry leaders from crop and livestock organizations, NGOs, and governments including Carbon Credit Solutions, Agrium and Ducks Unlimited Canada have launched the ad hoc Coalition on Offset Solutions.

    The coalition advocates the creation of a global Bio-Offset Hub and a dedicated $30 million multi-year research and innovation fund to advance the optimization of greenhouse gas reductions and the generation of economic value for agriculture and forestry producers as well as municipalities. The hub will be a multi-stakeholder network for collaboration with government and funding agencies to develop emission reduction policies and programs.

    Financed by membership fees and investments, the Coalition aims to make the Bio-Offset Hub a global center for leadership on biological emission reductions.

    The biological sector -- including agriculture, forestry, wetlands and municipal waste -- represents more than 30 pct of Canada's carbon reduction potential. Expanding carbon reduction innovation through dedicated funding envelopes, gives producers an edge in international markets requiring and promoting low-carbon agricultural products. It also helps to put Canada's economy on a low carbon pathway. Canada is already a world leader in biological offsets and emission reduction strategies and Alberta's offset market has the largest number of biological reduction protocols in the world. (Source: Coalition on Offset Solutions, MarketWire, yahoo Finance, 27 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  


    Tlou Energy Investing in COal Bed Methane Projects (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-03-31
    In Botswana, Tlou Energy Limited is reporting completion of a £3.1 million placement of new ordinary shares to UK and Australian investors.

    The proceeds of the placement, along with existing cash, will be invested in coal bed methane opportunities and the acquisition and interpretation of new 2D seismic data of prospective coal bed methane reserve areas. The funds will also cover the completion of various studies as required for the submission of federal mining license applications and on-going production testing. Tlou Energy is focused on delivering power in Botswana and the broader southern African region through the development of coal bed methane projects. (Source: Tlou Energy, Coal World, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Tlou Energy Limited, www.tlouenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal Bed Methane,  


    Aussie Bio-Manufacturing Hub in Planning Stages (Int'l. Report)
    VTT,CSIRO,Australian Paper
    Date: 2017-03-31
    In the Land Down Under, Federation University, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), and Melbourne-based Australian Paper Co. are reported to be advancing plans to create a bio-manufacturing hub in the Latrobe Valley.

    The venture, which could create thousands of jobs and stimulate hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, aims to use Australian Paper's existing 50 MW biomass plant at the Maryvale mill to form the core of a bio-manufacturing facility. This bio-refinery would use lignin extracted from trees to produce high-tech, renewable bio-products.

    Subject to the findings of a $2.7 million concept feasibility study, a $20 million pilot plant would be constructed in 2020 follows in 2022 by a $100 million full-scale bio-refinery. A critical part of the plan is the immediate establishment of a research centre, a BioCore, with Federation University, VTT and CSIRO. The research center is expected to cost approximately $15 million. (Source: Australian Paper, Gippsland Times, 28 May, 2017) Contact: VTT, Kati Koponen, +358 40 4878123, kati.koponen@vtt.fi, www.vtt.fi; Australian Paper, +613 8540 2300, www.australianpaper.com.au; CSIRO, Karl Rodrigues, Energy Director, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  VTT,  Bio Products,  Bioenergy,  


    Beer Giant AB InBev Commits To 100 pct Renewable Electric. (Int'l)
    AB InBev
    Date: 2017-03-31
    The world's largest beer maker AB InBev reports it is committed to sourcing 75-85 pct of its electricity through renewable energy direct Power Purchase Agreements and/or on-site solar projects. According to AB InBev, its commitment to renewable energy will lower the company's operational carbon footprint by 30 pct -- equivalent to removing nearly 500,000 cars from the highway. Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100 at The Climate Group.

    In Mexico, AB InBev has inked its first Power Purchase Agreement with Spanish electric company Iberdrola for 490 gigawatt-hours of wind power per year for its largest brewery, in Zacatecas. (Source: AB InBev, PR, Zacks, Others, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: AB InBev, www.ab-inbev.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Iberdrola,  Wind,  


    College Energy Efficiency Upgrades Could Save $5.1Mn (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Rhode Island College
    Date: 2017-03-31
    In Providence, Rhode Island College reports it and Ameresco have inked a $5 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which is expected to save the institution more than $340,000 annually for the next 15 years.

    Ameresco will perform energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades at 33 buildings and across 1.2 million square feet on campus. The improvements are likely to include: energy management system advancements, central plant improvements, building weatherization, energy efficiency motors, demand-control ventilation, transformer replacements, window air conditioner timers, air handling unit/rooftop unit replacements, vending machine controls, kitchen hood controls, repair of heat recovery units, and water conservation measures.

    The two-year project is underway and scheduled for completion in September 2018. (Source: Rhode Island College, Energy Manager, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: Rhode Island College, www.ric.edu; : Ameresco, Michael T. Bakas, Snr. VP, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island College,  Ameresco,  Energy Efficency,  


    Colombian Ethanol Producer Upping Capacity to 500,000 lpd (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-03-31
    In Meta, Colombian ethanol producer Bioenergy reports it is increasings its ethanol production capacity from 113,000 lpd to 504,000 lpd.

    Bioenergy, which is operating from its El Alcaravan plant, is currently storing its ethanol as it strives to hit its ethanol production capacity of 504,000 lpd of ethanol. (Source: Bioenergy, 28 Mar., 2017). Contact: Bioenergy, Rafael Pittaluga, GM,, +578 661-2432, www.bioenergy.com.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


    Governors Reaffirm Commitment to Clean Power Plan Targets (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2017-03-31
    With the Trump administration's announcement that the U.S. will begin to dismantle Obama's Clean Power Plan, California Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo have issued issued the following statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and curb carbon pollution:

    "Dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other critical climate programs is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science. With this move, the Administration will endanger public health, our environment and our economic prosperity.

    "Climate change is real and will not be wished away by rhetoric or denial. We stand together with a majority of the American people in supporting bold actions to protect our communities from the dire consequences of climate change.

    "Together, California and New York represent approximately 60 million people and 20 percent of the nation's GDP . With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future."

    California and New York lead the nation in ground-breaking policies to combat climate change. Both states -- which account for roughly 10 pct of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the United States -- have adopted advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to meet and exceed the requirements of the Clean Power Plan and have set some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America -- 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. California and New York will continue to work closely together and with other states to help fill the void left by the federal government. These efforts complement California and New York's ongoing efforts to broaden collaboration among sub-national leaders on climate change, including through the Under2 Coalition -- a pact among cities, states and countries around the world to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius in order to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences. California and New York are among the Under2 Coalition's 167 jurisdictions representing more than one billion people and $25.9 trillion in combined GDP -- more than one-third of the global economy. (Source: Office of Gov. Jerry Brown, PR, 28 Mar., 2017)Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  Jerry Brown,  Andrew Cuomo,  


    BioHiTech Takes Minority Stake in MSW Recovery Facility (M&A)
    BioHiTech Global
    Date: 2017-03-31
    Chestnut Ridge, New York-headquartered waste management specialist BioHiTech Global is reporting acquisition of a 17.2 pct equity interest in the nation's first resource recovery facility utilizing a proprietary mechanical biological treatment (MBT) technology, developed by the Italian firm Entsorgafin, for the disposal and recycling of mixed municipal solid waste (MSW). BioHiTech, through its interest in Apple Valley Waste Conversions, has the exclusive development rights for this technology in eleven states in the northeast US and the District of Columbia.

    The waste-to-solid fuel plant utilizing the MBT a patented process is currently under construction in Martinsburg, West Virginia, for commissioning in Q4 2017. The facility, which is being partially financed with a $25 million tax-exempt bond issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, will receive MSW through a ten-year contract with a regional waste hauler, approximately half of which will be converted into a clean burning EPA approved "solid recovered fuel" (SRF) through the patented MBT process. The facility has a 10-year contract for the sale of the SRF with a West Virginia that intends to use the SRF as an approved supplement to fossil fuels in cement production. (Source: BioHiTech Global, Mar., 2017) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Frank E. Celli, CEO, (888) 876-9300, www.biohitech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  MSW,  


    Galloper Offshore Wind's 56 Foundations in Place (Int'l Report)
    GeoSea,Galloper Wind,Innogy
    Date: 2017-03-31
    RWE Innogy UK, the lead developer of the 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the UK's east coast, reports the installation off all of the project's 56 turbine foundations have been completed two months ahead of schedule. Installation of the Galloper project's 6 MW Siemens turbines is slated to get underway soon for commercial operations in 2018.

    The Galloper wind farm is a joint equity partnership between Innogy UK, UK Green Investment Bank, Siemens Financial Services, Macquarie Capital and Sumitomo Corp. (Source: Innogy UK, Various Media, ReNews, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: UK Green Investment Bank, www.greeninvestmentbank.com; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, Dr. Hans Bunting, Managing Director, 011 +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com; Siemens Financial Services, www.finance.siemens.com; Macquarie Capital, (212) 231-1000, www.macquarie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Green Investment Bank,  Macquarie Capital,  Offshore Wind,  DeoSea,  Galloper Wind,  Innogy,  


    Kriegers Flak Offshore Windfarm Subsidies Approved (Int'l Report)
    European Commission
    Date: 2017-03-31
    In Brussels, the European Commission's competition commission is reporting its approval of Danish government subsidies for the proposed Kriegers Flak offshore windfarm in the Danish section of the Baltic Sea.

    The commission ruled that aid for the Kriegers Flak windfarm was in accordance with European Union guidelines because "it helps the EU to meet its energy and climate targets." The support will be granted as a premium on top of the electricity price in the Nord-Pool market. Europe's leading power market.

    The windfarm will utilize 600 Vattenfall turbines and is expected to be operational by 2021. The expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 600,000 households. (Source: European Commission, Various Media, AP, 28 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Wind Subsidies,  


    Superdome Rewarded for Energy-Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    CLEAResult
    Date: 2017-03-31
    The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stadium in New Orleans has been awarded a $50,000 cash incentive for energy efficient lighting upgrades through the Energy Smart Large Commercial & Industrial Solutions program. The upgrades are expected to save the Superdome nearly $450,000 per year and just under 4.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

    In addition to lighting upgrades, the Large Commercial & Industrial Solutions program also provides incentives for: high-efficiency unitary air conditioning and heat pumps (split systems and rooftop package units); electric chillers; energy efficient motors; window films; and other measures to cut energy consumption and increase efficiency.

    The incentives are based on $0.10 per kWh for qualifying lighting upgrades and $0.12 per kWh saved for all other upgrades. Total incentives per facility per program year cannot exceed $50,000 or the cost of the upgrade, whichever is less. Funding is limited, and incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The Energy Smart program was developed by the New Orleans City Council and is administered by Entergy New Orleans. The program provides energy-efficiency solutions to residential and commercial customers, as well as to government organizations. The program is implemented by CLEAResult, an energy-efficiency consulting firm. (Source: Biz New Orleans, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Energy Smart New Orleans, www.energysmartnola.info; CLEAResult, Glenn Garland, CEO, (512) 327-9200, www.clearesult.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  CLEAResult,  


    First Solar Set to Begin 48.5-MW Aussie PV Project (Ind. Report)
    First Solar Inc
    Date: 2017-03-29
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered First Solar, the U.S.' largest solar panel manufacturer First Solar Inc reports it has secured financing for the 48.5-MW Manildra solar farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. RCR O'Donnell Griffin Pty Ltd is the contractor for the 466,000 thin-film PV module project.

    The $85 million (AUS) project has received $9.8 million (AUS) ($7.5 million) in support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and has a 13-year PPA with local utility EnergyAustralia. Construction is slated to get underway in June for completion in Q2, 2018. The project will increase First Solar's installed capacity in Australia to over 400 MW, according to First Solar. (Source: First Solar, Various Media, Renewables Now, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., Steve Krum (602) 427-3359, steve.krum@firstsolar.com, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  Solar Australia,  


    QSTec Manufacturing Polysilicon in Qatar (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Qatar Solar Technologies
    Date: 2017-03-29
    The Qatar-based polysilicon manufacturer Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) reports it has begun producing polysilicon at its factory in Doha. The facility's present 8,000 MT capacity will be expand it to 50,000 MT.

    In 2014, QSTec acquired a 29 pct stake in German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG, and in 2016 secured a 45 pct interest in Centrotherm. QSTec is a joint venture founded by Qatar Solar, a fully owned subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, which owns 70 pct of the company, SolarWorld and the Qatar Development Bank. (Source: QSTec, Various Media, PV Mag, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: QSTec, Dr. Khalid K. Al Hajri, CEO, www.qstec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Qatar Solar Technologies ,  Solar,  


    Brookings Comments on Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Brookings Institution
    Date: 2017-03-29
    "First and most prominently, the (Trump) executive order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power Plan, one of Obama's key regulatory actions to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in the electric power sector. Because an executive order cannot directly overturn a regulation, the EPA will have to come to a finding about whether the CPP should be revised or repealed. Technically, the EPA does not have an option to repeal and not replace, because the Supreme Court has already ruled that the current interpretation of the Clean Air Act -- the legislation upon which the CPP is based -- requires the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. Repeal without replacement would contravene the Supreme Court's order, so Trump's EPA must come up with an alternative that will hold up in court.

    "Second, dismantling the CPP would put the U.S. on a higher pollution and less ambitious emissions track in the medium term. The CPP targeted a roughly 32 percent decrease in CO2 emissions from the power sector by 2030, primarily from accelerating the long-term shift away from coal-fired electricity generation. In addition to having impacts on the U.S. economy and health, removing the CPP would imply a costly delay in implementing what in the long run will be necessary reductions in our overall greenhouse gas emissions over time. In addition, the approach in the CPP was developed over many years of consultation with industry, health advocates, states, and other stakeholders. While it would impact coal, it did provide a reasonable approach to reducing the most harmful emissions and steering the economy toward a sounder energy system for the future.

    "In addition, while Trump argues that the CPP rollback will benefit jobs, he is referring to a relatively small set of interests. While it is important to be mindful of the need to blunt the potential economic hardship that people working in dying industries face, even insiders acknowledge that the coal sector is not going to recover even with these rules rolled back, not least because of mechanization. Recent Department of Energy statistics show that the coal mining industry employed roughly 66,000 miners in 2015, compared to an estimated 3 million jobs supported by clean energy. Therefore, the likely impact of the order on the coal industry will be fairly weak in the near term and, at best, mediocre in the long term. While reversing the moratorium on new coal mining leases will open new sources of supply, it will not in itself reverse the trends in energy markets that have increasingly favored gas. In addition, other regulations to control air pollution will continue to restrict the burning of coal for electricity.

    "Dismantling the CPP would have an effect on the overall U.S. climate strategy and will make it harder and more expensive to achieve the necessary levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the longer term. But it is also important to remember that the CPP, in targeting roughly one-third of overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, is only one part of the overall strategy to drive down U.S. emissions. Electricity currently makes up about 39 percent of U.S. energy use and is responsible for about 30 percent of overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. While many of the most inexpensive and economically efficient opportunities for emissions reductions exist in the power sector, a number of other areas that will continue to see efficiency gains, such as in appliance and equipment standards and the first round of auto fuel economy standards implemented under Obama. As one example, existing appliance and equipment efficiency standards are expected to reduce U.S. CO2 emissions by 3 billion tons by 2030 -- fully half of the estimated reductions from the CPP." (Source: The Brookings Institution, Nathan Hultman, March 28, 2017)

    Note:The prestigious Brookings Institution is a century-old, Washington, DC-headquartered nonprofit public policy think tank that conducts in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. -- Brookings www.brookings.edu



    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Apple's 2017 Suppliers Improve Efficiency, Cut Emissions (Int'l)
    Apple
    Date: 2017-03-29
    According to the iPhone producer Apple's latest annual Supplier Responsibility Report, the company's Energy Efficiency program now has three times as many participating suppliers as it did last year, helping reduce carbon emissions by over 150,000 metric tpy -- equivalent environmental impact as taking 31,000 cars off the road for a year.

    Over 200,000 metric tons of waste were diverted from landfills in 2016, with Apple suppliers achieving 100 percent UL Zero Waste to Landfill validation for all final assembly sites in China for the first time. As part of it's responsible sourcing efforts, Apple notes all of its smelters and refiners of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold are participating in independent third-party audits for the second year in a row. (Source: AppleInsider, 27 Mar., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  ,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Honeywell, Tinker AFB Ink $243Mn Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell Building Solutions
    Date: 2017-03-29
    Following up on our October, 21, 2016 coverage, Honeywell Building Solutions is reporting the signing of $243 million facility energy efficiency and modernization project contract with the Tinker Air Force Base Air Logistics Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The completed project is expected to reduce the Tinker facility's energy consumption by 23 pct and save the base $20.5 million a year in energy and operational costs.

    The project is the largest energy savings performance contract the Air Force has awarded to date and is a joint effort among Tinker, Honeywell, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Headquarters Air Force Material Command and the Air Force Civil Engineering Center.

    The project will include modernizing manufacturing lines to eliminate wasted ventilation and increase worker safety, updating wastewater treatment systems to provide equipment control and alarm monitoring, installing two new 2,000-ton chillers to increase cooling systems reliability, upgrading paint booths to reduce energy used by the painting process, decentralizing the steam heating plant with a distributed heat system to lower energy use, installing more efficient LED lighting with wireless controls and installing smart meters to more closely monitor and track building energy consumption, Honeywell said.

    Through previous projects, Honeywell and Tinker have cut the base's overall energy use by 37 percent, saving about $12 million in annual energy and operating costs. An $80.6 million upgrade begun in 2012 replaced four centralized boilers with smaller, more efficient systems as part of an effort to save the base $170 million over 20 years while also cutting water use and carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Honeywell Building Solutions, NewsOK, Others, 28 Mar., 2017) Contact: Honeywell Building Solutions, John Rajchert, Pres., (800) 345-6770, www.buildingsolutions.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com; Tinker AFB, (405) 739-2026, www.tinker.af.mil

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell Building Solutions,  


    Canada Could Miss 2030 Emissions Target, says Environment Canada (Ind. Report)
    Environment Canada
    Date: 2017-03-29
    In Ottawa, Environment Canada is reporting that, based on policies in place in November, 2016, the country will not only likely to miss its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target, it is also likely to pump out 30 pct or more emissions than promised for 2030.

    The agency projects that based on policies as of Nov. 1, Canada will emit between 697 and 790 megatonnes of greenhouse gases in 2030, depending on a range of factors that include oil prices and the rate of economic growth. Canada's goal under the Liberal government is to cut emissions to 523 megatonnes in 2030 -- a reduction of 30 per cent below 2005 levels.

    Environment Canada's projections, which were compiled in February and published online this month, are more an "educated guess" and "plausible outcome" than projections based on policies in place as of Nov. 1, 2016, the agency said as a disclaimer.

    Access the Sustainability Indicators Progress Towards Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target report HERE. (Source: Environment Canada, Mar., 2017) Contact: Environment Canada, Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment Canada,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Cool Planet Raises $19.3Mn for Biochar Initiative (Funding)
    Cool Planet
    Date: 2017-03-29
    After raising $100 million in 2014 for its biofuel business, Greenwood Village, Colorado-based woody biomass-to-biofuels producer Cool Planet reports it has now raised $19.3 million for its pivot to biochar. The new focus on biochar is in part due to ongoing low oil and gasoline prices which has made biofuels less competitive. North Bridge Venture Partners, which led the $19.3 million Series A round, was also an early investor in Cool Planet's biofuels business.

    According to Cool Planet, its Cool Terra product sequesters carbon and enriches soil and boosts crop yields by nearly 15 pct. The company is also investigating ways product could be used reduce livestock methane emissions. (Source: Cool Planet, ImpactAlpha, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: Cool Planet, Howard Janzen, CEO, Mike Rocke, (940) 584-0490, www.coolplanet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cool Planet,  Biochar,  Biofuel,  


    Indonesia Counters US Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Duties (Int'l)
    Indonesian Trade Ministry
    Date: 2017-03-29
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Trade Ministry reports it has submitted a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a petition issued by the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia.

    The petition to apply such duties in the US was submitted by the US-based National Biodiesel Board (NBB). In 2013, the European Union (EU) increased duties on Indonesian biodiesel from 8.8 pct to 20.5 pct and between 22 pct and 25.7 pct for Argentinian producers, to apply for five years in both cases. Indonesia sold $982.52 million worth of biodiesel to the 28 member EU trading bloc in 2012, a year before the duties were erected. Sales dropped to about half in 2013 after the tariffs were imposed.

    Meanwhile, Indonesia's annual biodiesel exports to the US surged by 117 pct in the 2014-2016 period to 350,176 tpy for 93.75 pct of Indonesia's total 2016 biodiesel exports, (Source: Indonesian Trade Ministry, Jakarta Post, Various Other Media, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ministry of Trade Republic of Indonesia, www.kemendag.go.id/en; World Trade Organization, www.wto.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Indonesia Biodiesel,  NBB,  

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