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Ontario Upgrades Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Date: 2017-03-03
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has issued new guidelines to help builders reach Ontario Building Code energy efficiency targets for new small and large buildings. With the changes, large buildings constructed in 2017 and beyond are required to be 13 pct more energy efficient and small buildings, such as single-family homes, must be 15 pct more energy efficient than the baseline standard of 2012.

Two sets of Supplementary Standards have been issued with different mechanisms that builders can follow as they strive to reach the new targets. In February 2016 the draft Supplementary Standard SB-12 for smaller buildings was released to the industry with those standards finalized in the summer. Then draft SB-10 standards for larger buildings were circulated in September with the final version coming into effect in January.

The SB-12 standards with the new prescriptive compliance packages will impact exterior insulation values and continuous insulation, window, door and skylight efficiency, space heating equipment and domestic water heaters, indicates the ministry. Heat transfer is also addressed in SB-12 with heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator systems now mandatory for all prescriptive compliance packages. Drain water heat recovery units are now required for prescriptive compliance packages.p> (Source: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Daily Commercial News, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Chris Thompson, Builing Codes Mgr., (416) 585-6500, www.mah.gov.on.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


CarbonCure Slatted for Alberta Concrete Plants (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure,Emission Reduction Alberta
Date: 2017-03-03
Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies reports it expects to receive as much as $3m from Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA) to further optimise and accelerate the adoption of its carbon dioxide-utilisation technology in Alberta, Canada.

CarbonCure's retrofit technology sources CO2 emissions from local industrial emitters and converts the greenhouse gas into nano-sized minerals which are then injected into concrete for added strength. The technology is currently installed in more than 40 concrete plants across North America, and is part of a growing new sector of technologies that convert CO2 emissions into products which could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 pct by 2030.

Emissions Reduction Alberta was established as a key partner of the Government of Alberta to address climate leadership priorities. The Alberta government provides grants to ERA to enable it to fulfill its mandate. This funding comes from Alberta's large emitters who choose to pay into the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund as a compliance option if they are unable to meet emissions reduction targets. ERA aims to accelerate development of innovative technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and secure the province's success in a lower carbon economy. (Source: CarbonCure, GasWorld, 2 Mar., 2017)Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, , (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Emission Reduction Alberta , www.eralberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Cement,  


GOP HECC Prioritizing RFS,Ethanol Pipeline Legislation (Reg & Leg)
RFS
Date: 2017-03-03
In the Nation's Capital, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (HECC) are reportedly planning to push legislation this year to change the federal ethanol mandate (RFS) and make pipeline approvals easier in an effort to "put the consumer first and build policy from there. The ultimate goal of just freeing up the market, getting rid of the mandate and letting competition fill the void."

President Trump has said he supports the RFS, and his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has committed to enforcing it. Pruitt previously expressed his concern about the impact of a high-volume mandate.

Notable quote from Scott Pruitt: "The American People are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses." (Source: The Hill Blog, Various Media, 1 Mar., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  ,  


Abengoa Reports 2016 Loss of €7.6Bn (Int'l. Report)
Abengoa
Date: 2017-03-03
In its recently published 2016 financial results Spanish renewable energy specialist and ethanol producer Abengoa reports a €7.6 billion loss for 2016, a significant portion of which it attributes to restructuring. The company reported a €1.2 billion in 2015.

Abengoa's bioenergy units were particularly hard-hit with several bioethanol plants in the US and Europe paralyzed by bankruptcy proceedings. (Source: Abengoa, Biofuels Int'l, Various Media, 1 Mar., 2017)Contact: Abengoa Bioenergy, www.abengoa.com, www.abengoabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa,  Biofuels,  


E.ON Touts Texas Waves Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
E.ON North America,ERCOT,Greensmith Energy
Date: 2017-03-03
E.ON North America is reporting that its Texas Waves energy storage projects will be co-located at the existing E.ON Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas. Texas Waves consists of two 9.9 megawatt (MW) short duration energy storage projects using lithium-ion battery technology.

The Texas Waves projects will provide ancillary services to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market and will be capable of responding to shifts in power demand more quickly, increasing system reliability and efficiency. The project is expected to be online before the year end.

E.ON will be partnering with energy storage software and services provider Greensmith Energy for the Texas Waves projects. (Source: E.ON North America, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: E.ON North America, Mark Frigo, VP Energy Storage, Mark Frigo, (503) 481-8622, mark.frigo@eon.com, www.eon.com; Greensmith Energy, www.greensmithenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON ,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  ERCOT,  Greensmith Energy,  


SimpliPhi Offers AccESS Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
SimpliPhi Power
Date: 2017-03-03
Ojai, California-headquartered SimpliPhi Power reports it is now offering its versatile "AccESS" energy storage solutions to residential installers. The SimpliPhi AccESS all-in-one-box energy storage system (ESS), which was developed in partnership with solar and energy storage installers, is now available from CivicSolar as a fully integrated energy storage and management solution that is ideal for installers new to energy storage and interested in applying for Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) incentives for their residential projects. The SGIP program reserves incentives specifically for residential energy storage projects of 10kW or less, with incentive levels decreasing as demand grows.

The AccESS plug-and-play Energy Storage System (ESS) easily integrates power storage into new and existing solar installations, both on and off grid. The system includes award-winning battery technology combined with a Schneider Electric inverter charge controller, associated power electronics and overall system management as well as pre-programmed software settings and system performance monitoring for a variety of installations, including self-consumption or net metering. (Source: SimplPhipower, PR, 1 Mar., 2017) Contact: SimplPhipower, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, www.Simpliphipower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  


SkySpecs, Siemens Collaborate on Drone Wind Turbine Inspection Technology (Ind. Report)
SkySpecs,Siemens Wind Power
Date: 2017-03-01
Ann Arbor, Michigan-headquartered drone manufacturer SkySpecs reports it is collaborating with Siemens to develop and deploy a cost and time effective automated drone technology for on-site wind turbine and blade inspections.

Siemens is involving its Wind Power business and its next47 venture unit to help refine SkySpecs technology for utility-scale wind turbine inspections and prepare it for commercial readiness. The joint effort will enable Siemens to incorporate more advanced preventive maintenance techniques and provide significant turbine maintenance and power generation data. (Source: SkySpecs, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Skyspecs, Danny Ellis, CEO, Theresa Trevor, Media, theresa.trevor@skyspecs.com, www.skyspecs.com; Siemens Wind Power, www.siemens.com; next47, www.next47.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkySpecs,  Wind,  Siemens Wind Power,  


Pattern Completes 184MW British Columbia Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Pattern Development
Date: 2017-03-01
Pattern Development is reporting construction of the 184.6MW Meikle Wind power project in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is now completed. The Meikle Wind project, which utilizes 61 GE wind turbines to generate sufficient power for over 54,000 British Colombian home, has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with BC Hydro.

With the completion of Meikle Wind farm, British Columbia's total wind energy capacity now stands at 673.6MW, according to Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). (Source: pattern Development, PR, 28 Feb., 2017) Contact: Pattern, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Development,  Wind,  


Indiana Senate OKs Solar Energy Incentive Cuts (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-03-01
In the Hoosier State, the Indiana Senate has passed legislation tabled by Sen. Brandt Hershman (R) that would eliminate much of the financial incentive for solar panel installations.

Solar panel owners who feed surplus energy to the power grid are currently compensated at a retail market rate that helps pay off their investments. The new bill would drastically reduce that rate in five years, although existing solar panel owners would be grandfathered in for 30 years. The legislation requires Indiana House of Representatives approval.

Solar energy reportedly accounts for less than 1 pct of Indiana's power.(Source: Various Media, WHIO, 27 Feb., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Incentive,  


Vattenfall Plans Aberdeenshire Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l)
Vattenfall,European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (
Date: 2017-03-01
Swedish power company Vattenfall reports it is seeking approval to add 16 wind turbines to the 36.9 MW Clashindarroch Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Vattenfall was behind the 11-turbine Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm (AOWFL) -- aka the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) offshore wind farm that now-US President Donald Trump claimed would ruin the view from his nearby golf resort.

On July 25, 2016, then presidential hopeful Trump tweeted "Offshore wind will destroy Scotland." As far as we can determine, Trump has not yet tweeted his opposition to Vattenfall's planned expansion and Scotland remains un-destroyed. (Source: Vattenfall, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 27 Feb., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall Wind, Gunnar Groebler, Sr. VP Wind, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre ,  Vattenfall,  Donald Trump,  


Buy Clean California Calls for Construction Material Carbon Disclosure (Reg & Leg)
Buy Clean California
Date: 2017-03-01
In the Golden State, the Buy Clean California Act -- AB 262 -- would require state agencies to evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions of cement, steel, asphalt and other products specified for infrastructure work.

AB 262 calls for the state to develop a formula to comparatively assess emissions associated with designated building or construction material production and for agencies to strive to purchase materials with the lowest emissions, regardless of production origin. Under AB 262 infrastructure project bidders would complete a standard form stating cumulative greenhouse gas emissions in materials' production.

"By focusing the buying power of California's budget, of which approximately $10 billion per year goes to infrastructure each year, AB 262 will help ensure a thriving market exists for low-carbon industrial products," according to Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). (Source: Office of California Assembly member Rob Bonta, Sacramento Concrete News, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Buy Clean California, www.buycleancalifornia.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


China Forecasts 1 pct CO2 Reduction for 4th year (Int'l)
Greenpeace East Asia
Date: 2017-03-01
In New Delhi, Greenpeace East Asia reports that for the fourth consecutive year, China's National Energy Administration is forecasting a roughly 1 pct drop in China's CO2 levels. According to Greenpeace East Asia, "This would be the fourth year in a row of either zero growth or a decline in CO2 emissions -- this reinforces China's growing status as a global climate leader, and sends a strong signal to US President (Donald) Trump."

According to the US EPA's 2011 report, China was responsible for 28 pct of the total global CO2 emission coming from the fossil fuels. This was followed by the US at 16 pct, while India was responsible for 6 pct of carbon emission.

The Greenpeace report also notes that China's absence of commitments to cut greenhouse gases other than CO2 will occasion an increase on GHG emissions until at least 2030. (Source: Greenpeace East Asia, Various Media,Feb 28 2017)Contact: Greenpeace East Asia, www.greenpeace.org/eastasia

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  GHG Emissions,  


DRAX Bidding for Two Bankrupt US Wood Pellet Makers (Int'l, M&A)
DRAX,Texas Pellets
Date: 2017-03-01
In the UK, British power producer DRAX reports its is seeking the acquisition of several U.S. woody biomass pellet producers and to that end has submitted initial binding cash offers for the operating assets of Texas Pellets and Louisiana Pellets, both of which are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Texas Pellets is the owner and developer of a wood biomass pellet manufacturing facility located in Woodville, Texas. Louisiana Pellets is based in in Urania, Louisiana.

Although DRAX' bids could be accepted by the sellers, the successful purchaser will probably be determined through auctions which are being held today, March 1 and tomorrow, 2 March 2017. According to a DRAX statement, "Drax has previously indicated its intention to expand its self-supply compressed wood pellet operations to support 20-30 pct of its generation requirement. Subject to a disciplined approach to pricing in the auctions, the acquisition of these assets would help Drax meet this target." (Source: DRAX, Insider Media, 27 Feb., 2017)Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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


CCS Market Worth $19Bn by 2024, says Hexa Research (Ind. Report)
Hexa Research
Date: 2017-03-01
| Hexa Research According to market consultancy and research firm Hexa Research’s Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market report, worldwide CCS is projected to grow at a CAGR of 25 pct from 2016 to 2024 reaching nearly $19 billion by 2024. This industry could witness significant growth over the next few years owing to high investments in emission reduction technologies. Moreover, in-depth research and exploration activities may also propel demand.

Factors attracting investment are popularity of clean power technologies and implementation of discharge compliance norms. Regulations from the U.S. transportation department & the EPA for medium and heavy-duty vehicles can improve the demand for carbon capture technology. Since this market is in the nascent stage, there is no clarity on the price of stocked up carbon. This may hamper demand in the forthcoming years.

The global Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market is divided into applications, technologies, and regions and segmented into industrial, agriculture, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)which witnessed the highest demand and contributed to more than 50 pct of the overall revenues in 2015.

Significant technological improvements in non-power sectors can positively influence overall demand. Such positive initiatives regarding the application of latest technologies could benefit the global market in the long run. Moreover, greater awareness among policy makers about the importance of limiting carbon discharge can attract substantial investments. The various technologies are pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-firing, and industrial. Demand for pre-combustion technology in the United States may witness robust growth. Major global CCS players are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; The Linde Group; Sulzer Ltd.; AkerSolutions ASA; and Statoil ASA, according to the report.

Browse report details HERE. (Source: Hexa Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hexa Research, Ryan Shaw, (800) 489-3075, sales@hexaresearch.com, www.hexaresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


WELL Community Standard™ Taking Shape (Ind. Report)
International WELL Building Institute
Date: 2017-03-01
In New York, the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) is reporting on the progress of development of the WELL Community Standard™, noting that its Working Group Members and contributors are providing the kind of industry perspective that bodes well for the standard's global uptake. The WELL Community Standard™ pilot is planned to be launched later this year.

The development of the WELL Community Standard focuses on evidence-based research and understanding requirements for community health and wellness to derive appropriate, actionable strategies and interventions. WELL Community Standard Working Group Members include Arup, Gale International, Hart Howerton, HKS, McLennan Design, Shanghai UBPA and the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Tropicana Field Conceptual Master Plan Project in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the U.S. Green Building Council and others.

The WELL Community Standard™ will build on the existing IWBI WELL Building Standard, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact human health and wellness. To date, WELL has over 350 projects registered or certified encompassing over 73 million square feet in 28 countries worldwide. The International WELL Building Institute(IWBI) is a public benefit corporation focused on human health and wellness through the built environment. (Source: International WELL Building Institute, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO, Callie Stanton, (646) 654-3438, cstanton@nikecomm.com, www.wellcertified.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


SEER Sub. Secures $1.4Mn SulfAx™ System Order (Ind. Report)
Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources.MV Technologies
Date: 2017-03-01
Golden, Colorado-headquartered Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER), a provider of renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services, reports that MV Technologies, its wholly owned subsidiary has secured $1.4 million in purchase orders for its next generation hydrogen sulfide removal system -- the SulfAx™ System.

The SulfAx™ System eliminates hydrogen sulfide by optimizing a high-capacity granular media that is readily disposable as a non-hazardous material under California's stringent solid waste regulations. SulfAx™ Systems are for use in treating biogas streams from landfills to anaerobic digesters at farms, wastewater treatment facilities, and food & beverage processing operations. (Source: Seer Group, PR, MarketWire, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Seer Group, John Combs, CEO, (720) 460-3522, receptionist@seer-group.com; www.seer-corp.com; MV Technologies, www.mvseer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  anaerobic digesters,  Landfill Gas,  Methane Emissions ,  


MnSP Proceeding with SD Soy Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Soybean Processors
Date: 2017-03-01
Further to our Feb 13th coverage, Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP), a membership cooperative, and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) reports it is working with the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to complete a construction feasibility study for its planned $240 million soybean processing plant in Spiritwood, North Dakota.

When fully operational, the plant will have a soybean crushing capacity of 125,000 bushels per day and will produce 490 million pounds of oil, half of which will be used to produce biodiesel and other marketable products.

MnSP owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, Minnesota. (Source: MnSP, World-Grain, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Soybean Processors, Scott AUstin, GM, (507) 842-6677, www.mnsoy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Soybean Processors,  Soybean,  Biodiesel,  


1414 Degrees Touts Thermal Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
1414 Degrees
Date: 2017-02-27
In the Land Down Under, 1414 Degrees reports it is in the process of testing a prototype of its patented molten silicon storage device at its Tonsley Innovation Precinct site south of Adelaide.

1414 Degrees' process can store 500 kWh of energy in a 70-centimeter cube of molten silicon -- about 36 times as much energy as Tesla's 14KWh Powerwall 2 lithium ion home storage battery in about the same space, the company points out.

The device stores electrical energy by using it to heat a block of pure silicon to melting point – 1414 degrees Celsius. It discharges through a heat-exchange device such as a Stirling engine or a turbine, which converts heat back to electrical energy, and recycles waste heat to lift efficiency. The devices could increase the revenue of a wind farm by 25 pct, through increased output and exploiting higher wholesale prices when the wind isn't blowing. For a hydroponic farm, it can provide heat as well as electricity, according to the company.

1414 Degrees also reports it has raised $500,000 of a $2 million seed capital issue and is in talks with a hydroponic herb farm and wind farm suppliers about pilot commercial scale trials of its technology. The company is also planning a $10 million IPO to fund construction of the first two 200 MWh units. (Source: 1414 Degrees, Next Big Future, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Kevin Moriarity, Chairman, +61 408 173 157, www.1414degrees.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Lockheed Martin Tech. Equipped Tidal Turbine Deployed in Pentland Firth (Int'l Report)
Atlantis Resources ,Lockheed Martin
Date: 2017-02-27
In Edinburgh, Atlantis Resources Ltd. is reporting the deployment of a AR1500 tidal energy turbine equipped with new Lockheed Martin (LMT) technology in Pentland Firth, off the coast of Scotland. Lockheed Martin designed and delivered the 1.5 MW AR1500 turbine and the subsystems, the Yaw Drive System (YDS) and the Variable Pitch System (VPS).

The installation is the latest development in the MeyGen project which deliver tidal power to as many as 175,000 homes in Scotland.

The MeyGen project is the largest tidal energy project in the world. Atlantis plans to deploy nearly 270 turbines to generate about 400 MW of energy, enough to power 175,000 homes. (Source: Lockheed Martin, PR Newswire, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Lockheed Martin, Frank Armijo, VP, www.lockheedmartin.com/energy; Atlantis Resources Limited, +44 131 659 9690 – Edinburgh Office, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com; MeyGen Ltd., Dan Pearson, CEO, +44 (0) 3137 3467, www.meygen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maygen,  Atlantis Resources,  Lockheed Martin ,  Tidal,  


Dynapower Meets UL Smart Inverter Requirement (Ind. Report)
Dynapower, Intertek
Date: 2017-02-27
South Burlington, Vermont-headquartered energy storage inverter specialist Dynapower reports its MPS-250 is the first storage-only energy inverter to be confirmed by Intertek to meet the UL 1741 SA draft "smart" inverter requirements.

Compliance with this standard ensures that Dynapower's MPS-250 smart inverter is California Rule 21 and Hawaii Rule 14H compliant through the use of Intertek's SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program.

In addition to the smart inverter features required by the new standard, Dynapower also incorporated Dynamic Transfer as a standard feature into the Generation 2 MPS-250. Dynamic Transfer enables a "backup power" mode of operation for energy storage systems. More than 300 MW of Dynapower's high reliability, energy storage inverters are deployed worldwide. (Source: Dynapower, PR, Bus. Wire, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: Dynapower, Chip Palombini, sales manager of the energy storage group. www.Dynapower.com; Intertek, Sunny Rai, VP Renewable Energy, www.intertek.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dynapower,  Intertek,  Inverter,  Energy Storage,  


RES Wins NREL Wind Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2017-02-27
Hertfordshire, UK-headquartered Renewable Energy Systems (RES) reports its RESolve energy storage system has been selected for the energy storage test project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) National Wind Technology Centre (NWTC). The RESolve system, which is expected to be installed in April, will be used to test various modes ranging from frequency regulation, renewable energy integration, and seamless grid-to-island transition.

RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company with a 12 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission, according to the company's website. (Source: RES, Various Media, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: RES +44 0 1923 299200, www.res-group.com; NREL, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy Systems ,  


Airex Inaugurates Quebec Biomass Torrefaction Plant (Ind. Report)
Airex Energy
Date: 2017-02-27
Laval, Quebec-headquartered Airex Energy is reporting the commissioning of its biomass torrefaction demonstration plant in Becancour, Quebec. The $10 million industrial-size demonstration plant showcases Airex Energy's trademarked biomass torrefaction technology that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions for many industries still using coal or coal byproducts.

Airex Energy's torrefaction process converts biomass residues into biocoal pellets as a replacement for coal and oil. Biocoal's unique properties allows it to easily disintegrate, so it can be ground up and combined with bituminous coal in thermal power stations producing electricity, without major changes to existing systems for handling, storing, and grinding coal. The CarbonFX system also produces biochar for soil remediation, liquid filtration and metal reduction and rehabilition of inactive mining sites. (Source: Airex Energy, PR, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: Airex Energy, Sylvain Bertrand, CEO , (450) 661-6498, www.airex-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airex Energy,  biomass torrefaction,  Biochar,  Biocoal,  Wood Pellets,  


Pacific Biodiesel Farming Sunflower Biodiesel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies
Date: 2017-02-27
In the Aloha State, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies reports it is scaling-up sunflower and other biodiesel feedstock cultivation on the Island of in Maui. The initial crop project on 115 acres will expand diversified agriculture by growing combine-harvested oil crops on land previously used for sugar cane production.

Pacific Biodiesel is planting sunflowers as its first biofuel crop on Maui, applying the knowledge learned from its past experience and partnership with the US military as part of the Hawaii Military Biofuels Crop Program that demonstrated the planting, growing and processing of biodiesel feedstocks on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Based on previous experience growing sunflowers, the company expects an initial yield of 100+ gallons of oil per acre per harvest, with up to three harvests per year possible. (Source: Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, Maui Now, Various Other Media, ,February 24, 2017) Contact: Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, (808) 877-3114, info@biodiesel.com, www.biodiesel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Biodiesel Technologies,  Biodiesel ,  


BSI Revises Building Energy Efficiency Specs (Int'l)
British Standards Insitution
Date: 2017-02-27
In the UK, the British Standards Institution (BSI) reports it has revised and expanded its PAS 2030:2017 specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in both commercial and residential existing buildings. The expansion includes definitive requirements for design aspects to be validated by installers, as well as specific methods, processes and procedures to be employed in commissioning installation and handover of projects.

The PAS revision was sponsored by BEIS Home Energy and supports the government's Energy Company Obligatio nenergy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The revisions in PAS 2030 were prompted by changes in UK legislation relating to energy efficiency and to meet the requirements of suppliers and users of energy efficiency measures.

The revised PAS includes requirements for installation processes, process management and service provision, as well as criteria relating to installation methods, equipment, tools, product or system and material suitability. The commissioning of installed measures and the training, skills and competence of the people undertaking such installation, is also covered in PAS 2030. (Source: British Standards Institution, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: British Standards Institution, www.bsigroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


Singapore Launching Carbon Tax in 2019 (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Singapore, Finance Minister,International Emissions Trading Association
Date: 2017-02-27
In the city-state of Singapore, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat last week announced plans to implement a carbon tax beginning in 2019, making it the first Southeast Asian economy to introduce a mandatory carbon pricing scheme.

Recognizing Singapore's vulnerability to possible sea level rises brought about by climate change, the Finance Minister described his carbon tax proposal as the "most economically efficient and fair way" to meet Singapore's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target under the UN's Paris climate agreement. Singapore has committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.

The Singapore government is considering a carbon tax between S$10 (US$7) and S$20 (US$14) per tonne of climate-warming GHG emissions. Six GHGs, including CO2, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons, will be covered. The tax will apply to power stations and other large emitters producing over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. An estimated 30 to 40 companies fall in this category, according to the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). (Source: Gov. of Singapore, Finance MinisterBridges, 23 Feb., 2017) Contact: Singapore, Finance Minister, www.mof.gov.sg; International Emissions Trading Association, www.ieta.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Emissions Trading Association,  Carbon Tax,  Singapore,  Carbon Emissions,  


DRAX Burns UK Taxpayers for £1Bn to Burn Biomass Pellets (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2017-02-27
In the UK, the DRAX power station, Britain's single largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, has reportedly been given an additional £548 million to fund its controversial practice of burning woody biomass wood chips rather then coal. With this additional funding, DRAX has scored more than £1 billion in taxpayer support over the past two years to burn biomass fuel.

Britain is more reliant on biomass, alongside wind and solar power, amid pressure to close dirty coal-fired stations. DRAX, which supplies about 7 pct of Britain's electricity, now generates two-thirds of its power from U.S. produced woody biomass pellets.(Source: DRAX, Sunday Times, Various Media, 26 Feb., 2017) Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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


WRI Welcomes ExxonMobil's Support for Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
ExxonMobil, World Resources Institute
Date: 2017-02-27
Oil giant ExxonMobil's new Chairman & CEO Darren Woods recent blog post on the company's position on a carbon tax has been welcomed by the following statement by Sam Adams, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute:

"It's a welcome sign that support for a carbon tax has been growing in recent weeks, including from the new CEO of ExxonMobil, who has reaffirmed the company's stated position in favor of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. After years of opposing climate action, it's time for ExxonMobil to fully align its considerable lobbying power, including through trade associations, to support an effective price on carbon.

"The announcement comes on the heels of a proposal from several respected Republican leaders for a carbon dividend. We are hopeful that these announcements will jump-start a serious bipartisan conversation about how to enact a federal carbon policy that drives down emissions and benefits people." (Source: World Resources Institute, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7600, www.wri.org; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  ExxonMobil,  Carbon Tax,  WRI,  World Resources Institute,  


St. Paul Launches Climate Carbon Neutrality Plan (Ind. Report)
Compact of Mayors
Date: 2017-02-27
In Minnesota, the city of St. Paul reports it is planning to institute an Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution pave the way to the city's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. St, Paul is one of 633 worldwide communities that have agreed, as part of a , to develop plans to address climate change.

To expedite its goal, St. Paul city staff spent the past year gathering related data and found that St. Paul's emissions, which are caused by everything from car trips to home energy use to industrial processes, equaled 3.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015, not including emissions from power plants.According to the data, transportation was responsible for 37 pct of the city's emissions, 35 pct was from commercial businesses and 17 pct was emitted by residential properties.

Xcel Energy began working with the city last year to collect energy usage data and improve building efficiency as part of the company's "Partners in Energy" program, which dovetails with the city's action plan. (Source: Xcel Energy, StarTribune, Mar., 2017) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, www.compactofmayors.org

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China Investing $184Mn in Guinea Bissau Biomass Plant (Int'l)
Biomass
Date: 2017-02-27
In Bissau, the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, the Chinese ambassador has announced that China will invest $184 million dollars -- almost 95 pct of the project's total cost -- in the construction of a 30 KW , 2 generator, biomass power plant in the city of Guinea Bissau.

Guinea Bissau, a former Portuguese colony (pop. 500,000 +-), suffers chronic power shortages. In 2015, China pledged almost $60 billion in supports for African energy and other projects. In Guinea Bissau, china has covered the cost of a national stadium, main parliament building and a government palace. The b city is located on the Geba River estuary, off the Atlantic Coast of Africa. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, Feb, 207)

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Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Approved in N.Y. (Ind. Report)
Long Island Power Authority
Date: 2017-02-24
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has given the nod to the South Fork Wind Farm, the nation's largest and the Empire State's first offshore wind farm. Approval of the 90 megawatt development 30 mi. approximately southeast of Montauk, is the first step toward developing an area that can host up to 1,000 MW of offshore wind power, according to a release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office. The wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 50,000 Long Island homes. (Source: REV4NY, Office of NY Gov. Mario Cuomo, Construction Equipment Guide, LIPA, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: REV4NY, www.ny.gov/REV4NY

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Vestas Reclaims First in Wind Turbine Maker Ranking (Int'l)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Date: 2017-02-24
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Danish wind turbine specialist Vestas reclaimed the top spot in the annual ranking of wind turbine manufacturers with 8.7 GW of turbines installed in 2016, good for 16 pct of all onshore wind installations last year.

General Electric placed second with 6.5GW, some 0.6GW more than in 2015. Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology fell from first to third place with 6.4GW in 2016, while Spain's Gamesa came in fourth place for onshore turbine installations, narrowly ahead of Germany’s Enercon. Nordex Group is in sixth place, after its merger with Acciona Windpower last year. China's Guodian United Power remained in seventh place, ahead of Siemens which fell four places in the onshore ranking compared to 2015. China's Ming Yang and Envision tied for ninth place.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiles its annual onshore and offshore turbine manufacturer ranking based on its unique bottom-up project database and selected market sources to provide a global, harmonized methodology. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance. 22 Feb., 2017)

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FPL Commits to Additional Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2017-02-24
Following on our Jan. 18th coverage, Juno Beach-headquartered Florida Power & Light (FP&L), the Sunshine State's largest electric utility, reports it has begun generating power at its Manatee Solar Energy Center next to its four-decade-old fossil fuels-generating plant in Parrish, Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County and Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County.

Together, the three plants generate 225 of FPL's total 335 MW of solar power which is sufficient for 60,000 homes. FP&L plans to build 8 additional solar plants with a total capacity of 600 megawatts, enough power for roughly 120,000 homes, according to a release. Construction is to begin this spring, with about 200 to 250 workers at each site. Each of the recently completed 74.5-megawatt solar facilities cost approximately $130 million to construct. (Source: Florida Power & Light, Herald-Tribune, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: FP&L, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

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Lancaster Legislates Zero Net Energy Solar Homes (Reg & Leg)
Solar
Date: 2017-02-24
The City of Lancaster, California (pop. 160,000) reports it has amended its 2014 ordinance requiring that all new homes be equipped with rooftop solar panels. The amended ordinance now requires that the solar panels supply electric power adequate to meet all of the homes power needs. Not every house will be able to support that much solar capacity, so the ordinance gives builders the option paying an in-lieu fee of $1.40 per square feet of constructed home, or a combination of solar panels and fee. The fee option unlocks a 50 pct discount on the generation component of the homeowners' electricity bill for 20 years.

In effect, the City of Lancaster has legislated a "Net Zero Energy" policy for all new construction. Other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica and San Francisco, have introduced similar standards. California is slated to enforce similar measures statewide in 2020. (Source: City of Lancaster, gtm, Others, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: City of Lancaster, Buillding and Safety Dept., (661) 723-6144, www.cityoflancasterca.org

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OPG Expands Wood Pellet Producers Opportunities (Ind. Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada,Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2017-02-24
According to the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, one of its members, Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Thunder Bay Generating Station is the only plant worldwide that has been converted from coal firing to burn advanced wood pellets as it sole, primary fuel. OPG is also collaborating with Natural Resources Canada to evaluate advanced biomass fuels -- all methods of thermal upgrading (torrefaction, steam treatment, carbonization, etc., intended to improve the characteristics of the beneficiated fuel (calorific value, grindability, water resistance, etc). -- for use in power generation and other industrial sectors.

The collaboration aims to improve the understanding of both suppliers and end users on the current state of advanced biomass fuel development, to improve the characteristics of the fuels as needed, and to assist in the development of standardized, objective tests to define and measure the criteria required by industrial end users.

OPG has already received interest from a number of Canadian and international utility companies who intend to participate in the project and will provide feedback on the types of tests to be conducted and the actual methods employed. Fuel developers will receive industry feedback on the characteristics that are important to end users and have the opportunity to adjust their feedstocks and processes to suit these needs, including the submission of additional fuels into the program for analysis.

The program will objectively rank all fuels tested regarding their relative performance to replace coal, in the broad areas of handling and combustion performance. OPG expects to identify several fuels that are close to commercial readiness and consider a number of pilot scale tests on these leading candidates. The criteria to be tested and the methods used will be discussed among the end users participating in the program. (Source: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, OPG, February 22, 2017) Contact: OPG, Les Marshall (289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com; Wood Pellet Association of Canada, www.pellet.org

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EU, Seychelles Partnering on Climate Change Mitigation (Int'l)
Seychelles
Date: 2017-02-24
In Brussels, the EU Ambassador and Republic of Seychelles officials are reporting a recent on site meeting to discuss coastal flood adaptation and mitigation activities of the Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance Project. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the project and its implementation.

The Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance Project was established by the European Union in 2007 and funded with €285 million for the period 2008 to 2013 to help the small island nation adapt to climate change. A major component of the Seychelles project concerns the implementation of coastal climate change adaptation in risk-prone areas. These activities, which will be implemented by the United National Development Programme (UNDP), include an integrated Shoreline management plan, hydrological and topographic studies on flood buffering and salinization control measures, and the restoration of wetlands as a sustainable means to reduce flood risks. The project is expected to run until 2019.

To-date, similar EU programmes have supported more than 70 initiatives in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific and Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. In light of its success, the European Union has allocated an additional envelope of €350 million for the programme for the period 2014-2020. (Source: EU, Feb. 22, 2017)

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Carbon Tax Proposed for Washington, DC (Ind. Report)
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Date: 2017-02-24
In the nation's capitol, the nonprofit Chesapeake Climate Action Network and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission are proposing a $20 per tonne carbon tax on Washington, DC fossil fuel polluters including electric power utilities, heating and transportation providers.

The carbon emissions would be quantified by the energy companies themselves and the regional grid PJM. Most of the tax collected would be returned to residents in the form of a quarterly return. Residents would receive about $200 per year.

Previous Washington sustainability measures, like 2011 Sustainable DC, aimed to reduce nonrenewable energy sources by 50 pct by 2032. To meet this goal the Department of Energy and Environment and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility invested about $23 million into renewable energy services, according to a 2016 progress report. (Source: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, GW Hatchet, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, (240) 396-1981, www.chesapeakeclimate.org

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Finnish Env. Minister Defends Climate Change Policy (Int'l)
Finland Environment Minister
Date: 2017-02-24
In Helsinki, Finland's Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen reports that Nordic countries should be world leaders in climate policy and that Finland could reach its Paris Climate Agreement goals well ahead of schedule and be carbon-neutral by the year 2045.

On the other hand, environmental organizations and the Green Party aren't buying the government's line and have criticized the government's climate-change-averting measures for being halting at best. The government's detractors claim the government's policies on logging could even endanger Finland's forests' role as a major carbon 'sink'. The Environment Minister says the decreased carbon sinks can be replenished in time and the the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute suggest that logging will effectively nullify Finland's emissions cuts, with or without the Paris Agreement. (Source: Finland Environment Minister , Yle, 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: Finland Environment Ministry, www.ym.fi/en

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Clean Energy Testbeds Launched in Seattle (Ind. Report)
University of Washington Clean Energy Institute.
Date: 2017-02-22
At the University of Washington in Seattle, the newly opened Washington Clean Energy Testbeds lab is providing researchers and entrepreneurs with space to test and scale up their designs and ideally bring them to market faster. The lab aims to close a critical gap in getting clean-energy technologies from idea to prototype.

Everyone from students to industry startups to government researchers can use the state-funded, 15,000-square foot testbed facility. Users can rent time, lab space or technical expertise to test batteries for energy storage, fabricate materials for solar cells or experiment with other devices, software or systems.

Located in a former sheet metal fabrication facility near the University's Seattle campus, the 15,000-square-foot Washington Clean Energy Testbeds provide researchers and cleantech businesses customized training and access to top-quality fabrication, characterization, and computational instruments. Specifically, these instruments are for printing, coating, and testing the materials and devices needed to achieve ultra-low-cost solar cells and batteries as well as developing the system integration software and hardware to optimize the performance of devices and systems. (Source: University of Washington, PR, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, wcet.washington.edu; Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, J. Devin MacKenzie, Director, (206) 543-5964, uwcei@uw.edu,www.cei.washington.edu

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Virginia Awarded $500,000 to Support PACE Program (Funding)
PACE Program
Date: 2017-02-22
U.S. DOE reports the Old Dominion State has been selected for a $500,000 grant to support commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs in communities statewide. The grant, which will be managed by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), will advance low-cost financing for private sector clean energy investments in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

The grant funds will support the formation of the Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance (MAPA) which will inform localities, lenders and borrowers about the financing advantages of PACE. MAPA will also work with interested localities to develop streamlined, consistent practices for cost effective program administration, financial underwriting guidelines, measurement and verification requirements and contractor training and support.

PACE is a no-money-down financing tool currently used in 16 states and Washington, DC. PACE allows owners of commercial, industrial, multifamily and nonprofit properties to receive low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy investments that enhance building performance and efficiencies.

Through the PACE program, cities, towns and counties work with private lenders who are repaid when localities collect PACE loan payments from borrowers in the form of special property assessments added to a borrower's tax bill. (Source: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Virginia Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, www.dmme.virginia.gov; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

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PJM Investing $1.5Bn to Improve Electric Transmission Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
PJM Interconnection
Date: 2017-02-22
Audubon, Penna-headquartered regional transmission organization (RTO) PJM Interconnection reports Board approval of a $1.5 billion budget to improve electric transmission infrastructure in its 13-state and Washington, D.C., coverage area. The project includes reconstruction and upgrading of existing lines in the service areas of Metropolitan Edison, PP&L, PSE&G, American Electric Power, Dominion, and Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. PJM operates the power transmission system in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. (Source: PJM Interconnection, Kallnish Energy, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com

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Germany Limits Onshore Wind Expansion (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
Germany
Date: 2017-02-22
In Germany, the BNA network regulator reports that onshore wind power expansion in northern parts of the country will be limited to 902 MW annually until at least August 2019.

The grid restrictions, which apply to the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Pomerania, as well as the northern parts of Lower Saxony, follows the reform of the Renewable Energy Act limiting overall wind energy expansion to 2800 MW every year until 2019. The restriction is intended to improve the synchronization of renewables and grid expansion amid internal bottlenecks in transporting wind power from northern to southern Germany. (Source: BNA, PEI, Various Media, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: BNA, www.bundesnetzagentur.de

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Atmospheric Methane Measurement Satellite on Track (Int'l)
German Aerospace Center
Date: 2017-02-22
The German Aerospace Center Space Administration and Airbus Defence and Space GmbH report the inking of a contract for the design and construction phases of the German-French climate satellite MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing LIDAR Mission). When launched in 2021, the MERLIN satellite will measure the methane concentration in Earth's atmosphere to an unprecedented level of accuracy and thus further research into the causes of climate change.

The German DLR Space Administration will develop and construct of the MERLIN satellites' on-board methane LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) equipment. DLR's work is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. (Source: German Aerospace Center, 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administration , Martin Fleishmann, +49 228 447-120, http://www.dlr.de

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Evaluating Fate of Stream-Borne Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-02-22
First application shows majority of methane in study stream emitted to the atmosphere. A new method for determining stream methane emissions at the watershed scale has been developed by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Utah, North Carolina State University and Ohio State University.

Scientists applied a new method, which involves injecting gas into stream water, to determine the fate of methane discharged into streams. This new method provides an understanding of the percentage of stream methane escaping to the atmosphere as emissions versus in-stream bacterial consumption and oxidation to carbon dioxide.

The full report is available HERE. (Source. American Chemical Society, PR. 17 Feb., 2017) Contact: American Chemical Society, (202) 872-4600, www.acs.org

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DRAFT Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990--2015 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2017-02-22
According to the US EPA's draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.2 pct from 6,736 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2014 to 6,586 million metric tons in 2015. The report weights carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other GFGs based on their global warming impact.

The report notes that GHG emissions have historically tracked alongside economic growth, correlating with demand for electricity and with manufacturing activity, and that total GHG emissions fell 8.8 pct between 2007 and 2009 as the U.S. economy slowed. Since that time, GHG emissions have been relatively flat despite economic growth, increased energy efficiency, and the power sector's shift from coal to cleaner natural gas and renewable energy sources.

Access the DRAFT Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990--2015 HERE. (Source: US EPA, Morning Consult, 15 Feb., 2017)

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NAM Wants Obama's Methane Rule Scrapped (Reg & Leg)
National Association of Manufacturers
Date: 2017-02-22
In Washington, DC, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is asking US lawmakers to "disapprove" of and halt the Obama Administration's Venting and Flaring Rule (Methane Rule) enacted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on November 18, 2016. The rule regulates methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands.

According to NAM. The Methane Rule "requires additional and costly measures for oil and gas activities but fails to accurately account for technological limitations and market realities, the cost of which will be borne by manufacturers that rely on such a feedstock to run their processes or as compounds that go into everyday products."

According to the US Department of Interior, approximately 375 billion cubic feet of methane has entered the atmosphere over five years, ending 2014. If that methane was captured and resold, it would not only cut dangerous emissions but it could also go to productive use by helping heat homes and businesses. (Source: National Association of Manufacturers, Environmental Leader, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: National Association of Manufacturers, Eric Newhouse, Snr. VP, (202) 637-3000, manufacturing@nam.org, www.nam.org

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Abengoa Bioenergy Asset Sales Distribution Settled (Ind. Report)
Abengoa Bioenergy US
Date: 2017-02-22
Reuters is reporting that the creditors of bankrupt Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding have agreed upon the distribution of asset sale proceeds.

Under the terms of the agreement, Santander and Abengoa's othermajor creditors will receive their pro rata share of $32.5 million of cash from the asset sale proceeds. The remainder will be distributed among the other creditors.

The 2016 sale of Agengoa's ethanol plants realized approximately $140 million which was immediately claimed by lenders of the Abengoa parent in Spain as well as the unit's unsecured U.S. creditors and suppliers. A hearing to approve Abengoa Bioenergy's reorganization plan, which would allow it to begin seeking creditor votes for its plan to exit bankruptcy, is being heard in US Bankruptcy Court in St. Louis (Source: Abengoa, Biofuels Int'l, Various Other Media, Feb. 20, 2017)Contact: Abengoa, www.abengoa.com; Abengoa Bioenergy, www.abengoabioenergy.com

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Mercer Acquiring German Woody Biomass Power Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Mercer International Inc
Date: 2017-02-22
Vancouver-headquartered Mercer International Inc. reports it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of one of Germany's largest sawmills and a biomass power plant, near Friesau, Germany for approximately $55.1 million plus defined working capital of approximately $9.0 million.The biomass fueled cogeneration power plant has an annual production capacity of approximately 13MW of electricity and 49.5MW of thermal energy. The plant sells electricity pursuant to a long-term fixed price green power tariff that runs to 2029; (Source: Mercer International, NASDAQ, GlobalNews, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Mercer International Inc., (604) 684-1099, info@mercerint.com, www.mercerint.com

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Wood Pellet Producer Equustock Acquires New Plants (M&A)
Equustock
Date: 2017-02-22
Lowes Park, Illinois-based wood pellet producer Equustock LLC is reporting the acquisition of two manufacturing facilities in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Kingsbury, New York. The Rapid City plant is the former Mountain Pine Management facility and the site in Kingsbury is the former location of Royal Wood Shavings.

The Kingsbury plant produces manufactured shavings for the equestrian community serving the Northeast U.S. Equustock plans to immediately upgrade equipment and packaging lines to accommodate its three distinct shavings products, as well as custom-labeling for select clients. (Source: Equustock LLC , PR, Various Media, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Equuistock LLC, Claire Brant, CEO, (866) 962-4686, www.equustock.com

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Mo. Ag. Dept. Offering Biofuel Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Date: 2017-02-22
In the Show Me State, the Missouri Department of Agriculture reports it is accepting applications for the 2017 Extended Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grant program to accelerate the use and availability of higher blends of ethanol fuel as clean burning, renewable alternatives to conventional unleaded gasoline and, in turn, drive economic development in the state.

The BIP program is supported by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the state's ethanol refineries, and a national ethanol industry funded program called Prime the Pump. Prime the Pump works with fuel retailers to install as many as 171 fuel pumps and expand access to renewable fuels in Missouri.

Missouri fuel retailers can participate through a special block grant program funded by the USDA and administered by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Funding will be awarded to eligible business owners to purchase and install ethanol fuel pumps (E15-E85 certified blender, E85 dedicated) and storage tanks. (Source: Missouri Department of Agriculture, Hannibal Courier-Post, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Missouri Department of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, Dir., Jane McIntosh, (573) 751-4211, agriculture.mo.gov; Missouri Corn, Bradley Shad, Director of Marketing, (800) 827-4181, www.mocorn.org

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Newfoundland and Labrador come to agreement on C$185 million biofuel facility

Date: 2017-02-21
In Canada, the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has signed an agreement for the C$185 million biofuel facility NewGreen Technologies proposed after determining that it could provide the amount of fiber needed to make the project viable. The facility will produce green diesel from sawmill waste co-located with a sawmill that will produce floorboards. NewGreen Technologies will begin hosting informational meetings in the community next month to discuss plans for the project’s roll out. Botwood is one step closer to an economic boost that the mayor hopes could bring financial stability to the central Newfoundland town and neighbouring communities for decades to come. The Newfoundland and Labrador government has signed an agreement in principle with NewGreen Technologies for a proposed $185-million biofuel plant to be built in Botwood. The agreement "focuses on the development of a comprehensive business plan from Newgreen Technology Inc. and potential fibre arrangements to be provided by the Government to support the project," according to a statement from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods. The project would include a sawmill producing floor boards, a biofuel plant that creates clean diesel from the sawmill's waste and improvements to the shipping port in town. The plant could mean between 400 to 600 jobs to the region during construction, and 150 full-time jobs during production. (Source: CBC, Feb. 20, 2017)

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