Xcel has submitted proposals for the 522-MW Sagamore Wind project in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, and the 478-MW Hale Wind scheme in Hale County, Texas. The former is developed by Invenergy, while NextEra Energy Resources developed Hale Wind. (Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 22 Mar, 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy, Wind,
The EECP, a collaboration with international funding partners, has retrofitted various government facilities including public health, administrative and educational buildings while, at the same time offering energy conservation and efficiency training for local firms and tradesmen.
The EECP, launched in 2012, aims to enhance Jamaica's energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and execution of energy efficiency and energy conservation cost-saving measures in the public sector.
The EECP was originally programed to expire at the end of 2015, but was extended with additional government funding.
(Source: Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica Information Service, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology , (876) 929-8990, www.mstem.gov.jm
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jamaica, Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation,
The bill halts the approval of new wind facilities in North Carolina while an independent study is done on the effects that building wind turbines could have on the state's military operations. The bill aims to avoid conflicts with the state's six existing installations before additional projects are developed. North Carolina is home to roughly 60 pct of all incentive-qualifying wind and solar energy facilities in the nation, according to on of the bills sponsors, Sen. Harry Brown. (Source: Coastal Review Online, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Sen. Harry Brown, (919) 715-3034, email@example.com
EIB contributed €40 million ($43.2 million) to the fund, while Eiffel Investment Group is providing €100 million ($108.0 million)and several unspecified public and private institutional investors are now conducting due diligence. The fund is expected to total €200 million.
The credit lines granted by the fund will have a maturity of 6 to 36 months and will be guaranteed by the financed assets. Loans will be repaid once the developer has been awarded a long-term financing contract.
(Source: EIB, Various Media, PV Mag, 24 Mar., 2017)
Contact: EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791, www.eib.org; Eiffel Investment Group, www.eiffel-ig.com
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Rather than cut their own carbon emissions, industrialized nations use the scheme to typically buy the credits which then pay developing countries to cut their greenhouse gases instead. But among industrialized nations there is trading, too, and the Swiss began looking into setting up an emissions trading platform similar to Britain's, which was launched in 2002. In the EU scheme, power companies were included whereas the British trading scheme was open to all sectors except transport and power sectors.
In Switzerland, the C02 tax has since 2008 been the main instrument for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But companies that generate a lot of emissions can be exempted and must participate in the Swiss emission trading system or commit to reducing their emissions by setting a target. The system lets companies keep polluting up to a certain limit, after which they must offset their emissions. They can then buy back the surplus rights of a company that pollutes less.
The auditors found, however, that a large number of emission allowances were available free of charge, to prevent companies from relocating their production. Half of the 55 companies that participated since 2013 have so far not had to buy emission rights. (Source: swissinfo.ch, Mar., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Market, Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax,
The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. Regulators at the Air Resources Board, which approved the strategy, and other government agencies will now need to write detailed rules for achieving the reductions.
As the world races to limit rising temperatures from climate change, some experts have suggested that targeting these pollutants could help make big gains more quickly. They hope the state's action will help demonstrate policies that other governments could imitate.
The emissions are sometimes referred to as “short-lived climate pollutants” because they have a relatively short life span once they’re dispersed into the atmosphere. But they’re particularly potent — methane, for example, is about 80 times more damaging in terms of heating the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
The law sets targets for reducing certain emissions by 2030. Methane and hydrofluorocarbons would need to be cut to 40% below 2013 levels, and black carbon would need to be reduced to 50% 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% of the state’s methane emissions. (Source: CARB, LA Times, 23 Mar., 2017)
Edeniq claims it terminated its merger agreement with Aemetis in August 2016 and is defending itself against a merit-less lawsuit Aemetis filed shortly thereafter. The company claims that two two of Aemetis' four original claims dismissed.
Edeniq claims that Aemetis was unable to finance the merger and fraudulently induced Edeniq to enter into the agreement by misrepresenting the circumstances under which it could do so.
Edeniq also seeks to enjoin Aemetis from misappropriating and using its trademark.
(Source: Edeniq, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Mar., 2017)
Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edeniq.com; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0939, www.aemetis.com
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Two years ago, San Antonio-headquartered NuStar Energy floated a proposal to handle 22,000 bpd of oil without first completing an environmental impact statement. When the cited nixed theproposal, NuStar dropped its oil plan and switched to ethanol storage and shipping instead. NuStar's ethanol plan was approved on the proviso that oil would at no future date enter the picture.
NuStar has until April 5 to appeal the decision. (Source: NuStar, Various Media, KUOW, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: City of Vancouver, Community and Economic Dev., Jon Wagner, email@example.com, www.cityofvancouver.us; NuStar Energy, (210) 918-2000, www.nustarenergy.com
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Vega Biofuels has received and completed the first order under the terms of the agreement with AKP. AKP is establishing a Cannabis growing facility in Anchorage and will use Vega's biochar in its soil mixture. (Source: Vega Biofuel, Various Media, Mar., 2017)
Vega Biofuels, Inc., (800) 481-0186, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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In November, the EC proposed that the current obligation on countries to deliver annual end-use energy savings of 1.5 pct should continue after 2020. The proposal included a new exemption, which would allow countries to reduce the needed savings by the amount of renewable energy generated by installations in buildings.
The document notes that existing renewable energy measures be taken into account if they generate end-use energy savings relative to the technology they replace. (Source: EU, ENDS Waste & Bioenergy, Mar., 2017) Contact: EU Energy Efficiency Directive , ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-directive
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JA Solar ended 2016 with an in-house annual ingot/wafer manufacturing capacity of 2.5GW, up from 1GW in 2015. In-house solar cell capacity reached 5.5GW, up from 3.6GW at the end of 2015 and in-house PV module capacity also reached 5.5GW at the end of 2016, up from 3.6GW, according to a statement.
In 2017, JA Solar will add 500MW of ingot/wafer production capacity to reach 3GW and 1.5GW of solar cell capacity to reach an in-house production level of 7GW by the year end. The company notes that its 1.2GW Malaysian solar cell facility, which had predominantly produced P-type multi cells, will shift around two thirds of capacity to P-type mono-PERC cells in 2017.
The Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) is a group of big-six c-Si module suppliers in the modern solar PV industry. The "big six" industry group members were Canadian Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS, JA Solar, Jinko Solar, and Trina Solar. Yingli Green, the world's largest solar monocrystalline silicon manufacturer and GCL , the world's largest solar poly crystalline silicon manufacturer, both joined the SMSL in mid-2016
(Source: JA Solar, PV Tech, 20 Mar., 2017)Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com
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The CARICOM Energy Strategy calls for a 33 pct reduction in energy intensity to be applied in all CARICOM Member States by 2027.
REEBC is expected to address: thermal performance requirements for walls, roofs and windows; day lighting, lamps and luminaire performance; energy performance of chillers and air distribution systems; the electrical wiring system; solar water heating; appliances; renewable energy; zoning of buildings, climate classification, building energy management systems, and others. (Source: CARICOM, Jamaica Observer, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: CARICOM, www.caricom.org
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More than 472 million square feet of space was LEED certified between January 2016 and mid-March of this year. A total of 10 cities each saw at least 10 million square feet of newly constructed or renovated space certified.
Approximately two-thirds of all LEED properties have attained "Gold" or "Silver" certification while 5 pct scored "Platinum" recognition, the highest certification level available.
The U.S. cities with the most LEED-certified space, ranked by square footage are New York with 30, 647 million square feet, followed by Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, and Los Angeles with 10,853 million square feet. (Source: US Green Building Council, Memphis Bus. Journal, 22 Mar., 2017))Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Ontario plans to link its cap-and-trade system with a joint Quebec-California market which, in its most recent auction sold only 18 pct 18 per cent of allowances offered. Previous auction results ranged from a high of 88 pct to only 11 pct on the low end. Since 2014, the linked market has sold 74 per cent of its credits at auction.
Ontario is capping emission allowances at roughly 142 megatonnes this year, declining about four per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.
As the emissions cap declines, the government hopes companies have more incentive to invest in technologies that cut their emissions.
Ontario's results will be made public on April 3. (Source: Ontario Environment Ministry, Various Media, 23 Mar., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Ontario Carbon Market, Carbon Credit Auction, Carbon Credits,
NTR previously ordered Senvion turbines for the 26.7MW Quixwood Moor project in southern Scotland, UK, which is also expected to come online this year.(Source: Senvion, WP Monthly, 20 Mar., 2017)Contact: Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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The Energy labeling framework clarifies the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances -- dishwashers, televisions, fridges, etc. -- to help homeowners reduce energy consumption and costs. The regulation establishes deadlines to replace the current A+, A++, A+++ classes with an A to G scale and sets out a procedure for rescaling labels based on technological development.
The proposal also sets clearer rules on promotional campaigns, national incentives to promote higher classes of efficiency and aims to improve enforcement mechanisms and transparency towards customers by creating a database of products covered by energy labeling requirements. (Source: EC, PR, 23 Mar., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Council, Energy Efficiency,
The Trump presidential "circus" has described the ENERGY STAR program as a "lower priority and poorly performing" program. The DOE proposal for EERE would not eliminate funding entirely, but instead "focuses" it on research that can be commercialized and properly carried out and funded by private commercial enterprises, not by governments. (Source: Various Media, Window & Door Manufacurers Assoc., 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, ENERGY STAR,
According to the minister, Pakistan has developed comprehensive policies and plans that include both adaptation and mitigation measures, both of which are subject to and dependent upon the availability of adequate funding.
The minister added that the recently approved Pakistan Climate Change legislation established three important institutions -- the Pakistan Climate Change Council, Pakistan Climate Change Authority and Pakistan Climate Change Fund. Specifically,
the Climate Change Council would approve and monitor implementation of a comprehensive adaptation and mitigation policies and may direct any government agency to prepare and implement climate change projects. The Climate Change Fund would be utilized for expenditures incurred by the authority, for financial assistance to suitable adaptation and mitigation projects and for sustainable development of resources and research. (Source: Pakistan Minister for Climate Change, Dawn, 22 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change, www.mocc.gov.pk
To achieve greater efficiencies, the Amarillo VA constructed an ice thermal storage system designed to shift the facility's air conditioning peak load from daytime to nighttime. The center also constructed parking areas covered by solar panels.
The two technologies together produce approximately 3.5 million kWh annually, over one-third of the center's total energy consumption. When the thermal storage system runs in tandem with the PV system, the center can defer daytime air conditioning, which fulfills the mission's objective of net-zero energy consumption during peak sunlight. (Source: Amarillo VA Medical Center, US Dept. of Veteran Affairs, PR, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Amarillo VA Medical Center, Samuel Hagins, Energy Manager, (806) 355-9703, www.amarillo.va.gov
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The modular, 500,000 gpy automated system features proprietary distillation and dehydration modules and plant-wide implementation of Greenbelt's proprietary automated process controls.
(Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., PR, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, www.greenbeltresources.com
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Meyer Burger's MAiA 2.1. tool is a cell coating platform for PERC cells, and is an upgrade on previous iterations.
This year to date, orders for Meyer Burger's PERC tooling technology have surpassed $100 million.(Source: Meyer Burger, PV Mag., 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800, email@example.com, www.meyerburger.com
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In July, 2016, Manta Biofuel won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop its algal technology. Manta's algae biofuel can be used as a drop in replacement for traditional crude oil and can be refined into gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other petroleum derived products. Refiners are the primary end consumers of crude oil and this is the larger market Manta will address in the long term.
(Source: Manta Biofuel, Baltimore BUsiness Journal, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Manta Biofuel, www.mantabiofuel.com
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To produce their biomethane, wastewater is separated from sludge in treatment plants, and then becomes gas after a fermentation treatment. Following a purification and enrichment process, the biogas can be utilized as fuel and works well in compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled vehicles.
The two firms are establishing a commercial production prototype in a municipal waste treatment plant serving Barcelona. The LIFE+ Methamorphosis biogas can be utilized directly in cars or could be added to the natural gas distribution network, according to the project's website.
SEAT will supply vehicles to test the biofuel. The European Commission is funding the project. Other companies participating include Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Gas Natural, the Catalan Institute for Energy, and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. (Source: SEAT, New Atlas, 20 Mar., 2017)
Contact: SEAT, www.seat.com; Life Metzmorphosis, http://www.life-methamorphosis.eu/en/el-projecte
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In his message, the PM added that the government realizes the importance of trees as best instruments of Climate Change Mitigation and also noted that the country is committed to deal with the impacts of climate change through its technology framework, enhanced capacity building, and its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
(Source: Radio Pakistan, Other Media, 21 Mar., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
In January, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released important measures to address methane pollution from new oil and gas operations. March 22nd would have marked the public comment period deadline for the measures. Yet the industry's aggressive lobbying of state legislators likely prompted DEP to extend the comment period to June 5th.
The coalition emphasized the urgent need for DEP's proposed standards for new sources, and called on DEP to quickly develop rules to cover existing sources of natural gas that are already polluting the air.
However, since the measures were introduced the General Assembly has been working to undermine them through Legislation (SB 175) that would prevent the state from adopting methane standards that are more stringent than the federal government's. (Source: Earthworks and Partners, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: Clean Air Pennsylvania, www.CleanAirPA.org; Earthworks & Partners, www.earthworksaction.org; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Neil Shader, (717) 787-1323, www.ahs.dep.pa.gov
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Honeywell will install 3,400 rooftop solar PV modules designed to generate approximately 1,275 kilowatts of power in four buildings at the military base. The company will also update existing lighting fixtures, install rooftop air conditioning units, integrate smart irrigation controls at Fort MacArthur and add solar reflective window film at seven buildings within the Los Angeles AF Base.
The project aims to cut energy consumption at Los Angeles AF Base by 17 pct a year for $800,000 per year in energy saving over the term of the contract.
business. (Source: Honeywell, Executive Business, 16 Mar., 2017) Contact: Honeywell, John Rajchert, Pres. Building Solutions, (800) 345-6770, www.buildingsolutions.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com
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The project included the whole Balance of Plant (BOP)-- civil works, medium voltage grid, step-up substation, high voltage grid and interconnection substation.
GES' civil works included the turbie s and foundations, access roads and three bridges. The electrical works included 100 km cable for the medium voltage grid and 20 km high voltage line.
(Source: Global Energy Services, PEI, 17 Mar., 2017)
Contact: Global Energy Services, +34 944 712 131,
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Buildings account for 40 pct of energy consumption and 36 pct of CO2 emissions in the EU. Older buildings can be up to 20 times as inefficient in their energy consumption for heating as new ones. Approximately one-third of Europe's building stock is more than 50 years old, but by improving energy performance and reducing energy demand, CO2 emissions could be reduced by around 5 pct.
EC legislation driving energy efficiency in buildings includes the 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive. Countries, too, have national measures to reduce the energy consumption of buildings. These include schemes to provide financial support for insulation measures, air sealing, and improved ventilation systems. (Source: EC, New Europe Online, 16 Mar., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy, EIB, EC,
China currently produces 7 million tpy of ethanol each year using other methods, which can "hardly satisfy" its industrial and energy needs, according to Liu.
(Source: Chinese Academy of SciencesGeoNews, AAPP, March 18, 2017)
Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum, english.sxycpc.com, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, english.dicp.cas.cn; Chinese Academy of Sciences, www.cas.ac.cn
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The New River facility is part of Cox Enterprises' Seven Islands Environmental Solutions new technologies program. The company seeks to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon-neutral by 2044. Since 2007, the company has invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation initiatives offset 82,000 tons of CO2, diverted 97,000 tons of waste from landfill and conserved 57 million gallons of water.
(Source: Cox Ent., PR, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: Cox Enterprises, Keth Mask, VP Environmental Sustainability, www.coxenterprises.com
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The Benchmarking Project aims to support the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General, and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The Benchmarking Project will measure the energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai in the three focus groups of hotels, malls and schools. DSCE will support to the Benchmarking Project and mark the first BEA demonstration project in Dubai, which will serve as a referral point to advance energy efficiency of buildings in the city, and double the rate of efficiency by 2030. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, CPI Financial, 14 Mar., 2017)Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org
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According to the study, about 3 pct of gas can leak during the lifecycle of the fuel before it loses its climate advantage. The research showed that plants generally stay under that threshold.
Late in the Obama administration, the EPA and Interior Department created regulations to reduce methane leaks in oil and natural gas drilling, but did not include other industries. (Source: EPA, Purdue University, Mar., 2017) Contact: Purdue University , Prof. Paul Shepson,
(765) 494-7441, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.purdue.edu
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Under the contract, ICF will provide continuing and expanded energy efficiency services to the Energy Trust and customers of the five investor-owned utilities it serves, to support its growing commercial retrofit program. (Source: ICF, PR, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: ICF, Mike Mernick, Snr. VP, Erica Eriksdotter, (703) 934-3668, erica.eriksdotter@ICF.com, www.icf.com; Energy Trust of Oregon, (503) 493-8888, www.energytrust.org
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Preem aims to generate about three million cubic metres of renewable fuel yearly by 2030. Vattenfall will supply climate-smart hydrogen gas for the fuel production.
Preem presently produces biodiesel from tall oil, a by-product of the forestry industry, and is
planning to produce renewable fuel from woody biomass and forestry byproducts. (Source: Vattenfall, Preem, EBR, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: Preem,
Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english; Vattenfall , Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
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The World Resources Institute's U.S. Director Sam Adams, responded to the Republican Climate Resolution as follows: "Climate change should not be a partisan issue -- it is a scientific fact as undeniable as gravity, and an urgent threat to the United States' economic well-being. In these tumultuous times, it is encouraging that Republican members of Congress put forward this resolution to take measures to combat climate change that also grow the country's economy. Support for climate action by both U.S. political parties offers the firm foundation required to make real progress.
"Today, Republican members of Congress called for action to combat climate change. We look forward to their ongoing leadership to deliver on this commitment." (Source: WRI, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: WRI, Andrew Pickens,
Communications Specialist, Climate Program, (202) 729-7940, email@example.com, www.wri.org
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As reported last June, Siemens detailed its plans to acquire a 59 pct stake in Gamesa, with current Gamesa shareholders continuing to own the remaining 41 pct.
Siemens will merge its own wind business with Gamesa, and the combined company will have its global headquarters in Spain.(Source: EU, AP, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2017)Contact: Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com; Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser, Pres., CEO, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com
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E.ON is developing the Rampion wind farm in partnership with Canadian energy company Enbridge and the U.K. Green Investment Bank. (Source: E.ON, Various Media,
March 13, 2017) Contact: U.K. Green Investment Bank, 011 +44 (0) 330 123 3021, www.greeninvestmentbank.com; E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion, U.K. Green Investment Bank, E.ON, Wind, Offshore Wind, Enbridge,
Sungevity specialized in a software platform that connected homeowners interested in going solar with installers who could perform the work, supplying instant online quotes. Although executives touted their asset-light model and aggressively expanded both in the United States and Europe, Sungevity's share of the residential solar market remained well behind such competitors as SolarCity and Sunrun. (Source: Sungevity, GTM, SF Gate, 13 Mar., 2017)Contact: Sungevity, Alec Guettel, Co-Founder, Andrew Birch, CEO, (510) 496-5500, www.sungevity.com
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The funding package is intended to help Algeria diversify its economy from its dependence on oil as well as contribute to the creation of new jobs and the modernization of public finances, according to Johannes Hahn, the EU's Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy.
Approximately 35 pct of the EU funding will be allocated to the promotion of renewable energy in the oil rich country. (Source: EU, UPI, Various Media, 13 Mar., 2017)
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The $5 million facility is expected to generate approximately $1 million per year for the city coffers
and slash the city's greenhouse gas emissions by about 30,000 tpy -- equivalent of removing 8,000 cars off the road. SaskPower has set a goal of 50 pct renewable electricity generation by 2030. (Source: City of Regina, CBC News Saskatchewan, Mar., 2017) Contact: Saskpower,
Howard Matthews, VP Power Production, Mike Marsh, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com;
City of Regina, www.regina.ca
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IGS Solar has also installed solar panels on top of Sturgis Public Charter School's east and west campus buildings. The school expects to save 20 percent on electrical costs a year through this arrangement. The nonprofit school did not have to put up any money to use the solar farm, she said.
The Rochester array was developed as part of the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Solar Carve-Out II program -- a market-based incentive designed to encourage development of new solar capacity in Massachusetts. (Source: Cape Cod Times, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: IGS Solar,High Scott, www.igssolarpower.com; Melink Solar, (513) 965-7300, https://melinkcorp.com/solar
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The Department for Transport recently proposed a low cap of 2 pct compared to a European standard of 7 pct. per cent.
According to Vivergo, a cap of 2 pct or less would "not only severely impact" on the UK's ability to effectively implement E10 but also lead to the closure of the industry." Vivergo is calling for a 7 pct crop cap.
(Source: Vivergo Fuels, Insider Media, 13 Mar., 2017)
Contact: Vivergo Fuels, Mark Chesworth, Managing Dir., +44 1482 70800, www.vivergo.co.uk
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In 2015, the state announced a $10 million Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) to expand the state's energy storage industry and infrastructure. In the initiative's first phase, a Department of Energy Resources (DOER) study found that the state could support as much as 600 MW of energy storage. The aabove mentioned solicitation is the second phase of the ESI program, and it is designed to demonstrate the viability of storage in the Massachusetts grid.
The Massachusetts DOER is presently setting specific energy storage targets that are expected to be completed by July 2017 and could take effect as soon as January 2020. (Source: Massachusetts DOER, Utility Dive, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Massachusetts DOER, http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer/; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-2016, www.masscec.com
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Biochar is a highly absorbent specially designed charcoal-type product primarily used as a soil enhancement for the agricultural industry to significantly increase crop yields.
The production of Biochar for carbon sequestration in the soil is a carbon-negative process. It is made from timber waste using the company's patent pending torrefaction technology.
AK Provisions will also market Vega's biochar to other growers throughout the state of Alaska through a re-seller agreement.
(Source: Vega Biofuels,WMW, 13 Mar., 2017)Contact: Vega Biofuels, Inc., (800) 481-0186, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vegabiofuels.com
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BIOX is planning to spend $5 million on upgrades to the former Methes plant to increase its efficiency and expand its biodiesel production capabilities. The upgraded site is expected to be operational this July.
Forge's technology can produce renewable diesel fuel from most lipid feedstocks with 90 pct less greenhouse gases than conventional diesel.
The company presently a pilot plant in Edmonton, Alberta and in 2015 received $4.2 million in grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada. (Source Forge Hydrocarbons, Sarnia Observer, March 13, 2017) Contact: Forge Hydrocarbons, Tim Haig, Pres., CEO, University of Alberta, Prof. David Bressler, (780) 492-4986, email@example.com; SDTC, (613) 234 6313, www.sdtc.ca;
BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bioxcorp.com
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Schneider supplied controls will be used to cut energy consumption, increase energy security and meet energy demand from renewable sources. These controls will manage the base's distributed energy resources (DER) as well as optimize energy efficiency and "Net-Zero" resiliency. Schneider Electric will also provide cybersecurity, ongoing system maintenance and energy optimization services.
Other Schneider services will enable remote monitoring, visualization and reporting of energy loads,with the flexibility of generation control to achieve "Net-Zero" energy consumption. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, Mark Feasel, VP, Electric Utility Segment, Smart Grid & Microgrid , www.schneider-electric.com/microgrid, http://www.schneider-electric.us/en; Constellation, www.constellation.com
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