The pilot project aims to understand how energy storage can help manage the impact of high concentration of rooftop solar energy on a feeder in the Stapleton neighborhood This includes accommodating more solar energy on the grid, while storing excess solar power.
For the project,
San Francisco-based Sunverge Energy is providing six in-home batteries and control software while
Waitsfield, VT-based Northern Reliability is supplying six, utility-scale batteries. The batteries are expected to be installed in the fall and to comprise two 18-kW batteries, two 36 kW batteries and two 54 kW batteries.
(Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, Beth Chacon, Dir. of Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660, www.sunverge.com; Northern Reliability, (802) 496-2955, northernreliability.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy , Solar, Energy Storage, Sunverge Energy,
The Testkit is able to obtain and provide actionable solar energy cost and PV performance information from PVMC test and consortium member sites to improve solar cells, components, modules, systems, and operations and maintenance protocols. The PVMC Testkit can be applied to any currently deployed PV system and allows the PVMC to collect and model data and perform key measurements at the sites to validate predictive models. Array owners receive periodic performance reports that compare predicted versus actual performance to help identify where energy losses are occurring, embracing a data-driven approach to maximize cost effective operations and maintenance.
The Testkit, which is available to companies that partner with PVMC, helps users better comprehend the impact of PV system variables, such as light conditions, tilt, and angle, through the use of unmatched hardware analysis and predictive software. Users can also benefit from aggregated data on pre-competitive technologies to promote the further effectiveness of technologies being developed by PVMC partners.
(Source: DOE Sun Shot Initiative, U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, PV Tech, 13 Feb., 2017)
Contact: SUNY Polytechnic Institute, (315) 792-7257, https://sunypoly.edu; U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, www.uspvmc.org
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Both wind farms will see the introduction of the new Senvion 3.6M140 turbine into the Australian market. Compared to its predecessor, the energy yield has been increased by up to 20 pct at wind speeds of 7.5 m/s, and the lifetime has been extended by 25 pct from 20 to 25 years. Improvements to the blades have resulted in lower sound in all operating modes. Combined, the projects will deliver over 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy to Australian consumers.
Since commencing operations in Australia in 2002, Senvion has installed 218 wind turbines from across the Senvion two megawatt series with a cumulated rated power of over 440 MW in Australia. Senvion Australia Pty. Ltd. is the regional subsidiary providing Senvion wind turbine technology and solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Southern Pacific region. (Source: Senvion, PR, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: Nexif Energy, +65 6302 9120, www.nexifenergy.com; Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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As part of their partnership, Alstom Transport design more efficient transport networks to meet higher energy and operational efficiency based on CoSMo's software platform.
(Source: Alstom Transport, PR, Mass Transit, Feb 14, 2017) Contact: Alstom Transport, Eric Marie, VP , (800) 245-3723, www.alstom.com; The CoSMo Company, Michel Morvan, +33 4 37 66 7157, www.thecosmocompany.com
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Initially in 2008/09, the province's carbon tax was revenue neutral, keeping with the B.C. government's commitment. To offset the new revenue, the government introduced new cuts to personal and business tax rates and a new tax credit for low income earners. However, just five years later the government no longer provided tax cuts to sufficiently offset the additional carbon tax revenue.
Beginning in 2013/14, the government started counting as offsets a number of existing tax credits that pre-dated the introduction of the carbon tax.
Once the pre-existing tax reductions are excluded, B.C. taxpayers paid $226 million in increased taxes in 2013/14 and $151 million in increased taxes in 2014/15. The carbon tax will result in a cumulative $865 million tax increase on British Columbians between 2013/14 and 2018/19, according to the government's own projections.
Access the Fraser Institute's Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British Columbia's Carbon Tax report HERE.
(Source: Fraser Institute, PR, MarketWire, 16 Feb., 2017)
Contact: Fraser Institiute,
Charles Lammam, Director, Fiscal Studies, Bryn Weese, Media, (604) 688-0221 x 589,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraser Institute, Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
The 2014 Farm Bill gave USDA authority to provide technical assistance to farmers and land owners in support of their response to climate change. Barrett says that while other states like California have also begun to develop programs with similar aims, New York's carbon farming tax credit would be the first of its kind to create a tax break for farmers who use climate-smart methods.
(Source: New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, WAMC, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, (518) 455-5177, assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Didi-Barrett
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MnSP is a member-owned cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel production operation in Brewster, MN.
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission is working with MnSP on a feasibility study.
(Source: North Dakota Soybean Processors, Feb., 2017) Contact: North Dakota Soybean Council, www.ndsoybean.org; North Dakota Soybean Processors, Scott Austin, GM, www.mnsoy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Soybean Processors, Biodiesel, Soybean,
The move follows other NCCS initiatives aimed at the country's pledge to slash emissions intensity to 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. To help reach its goal, the government plans to improve manufacturing sector energy efficiency and tighten energy monitoring and reporting requirements for large industrial players. The industry sector, which accounted for 59 pct of Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, is expected to take most of the weight of a carbon price. The petroleum refining, chemicals and semiconductor sectors made up the bulk of these emissions. mechanisms to price carbon.
Worldwide carbon prices range from about $1 per tonne of carbon emissions in Poland and Mexico, to $137 per tonne in Sweden, according to the World Bank. (Source: Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat, Singapore Times, 17 Feb., 2017)
Contact: Singapore National Climate Change Secretariat, https://www.nccs.gov.sg
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China was the leading destination for U.S. DDGs followed by Mexico, Vietnam and South Korea. However, U.S. DDGS exports to China fell 63 pct in 2016 compared to 2015, as the country implemented anti-dumping and countervailing duties against U.S. product. Meanwhile, shipments to nine of the other top-10 markets experienced growth in 2016. DDGS exports to Mexico, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey and Thailand grew by a combined 2.06 mmt in 2016. The RFA report also found:
The system recognizes the electrical 'fingerprint' of individual appliances then brings together a building's total energy signal, identifies the appliances present, and separates appliance-specific energy consumption data on the amount of energy an appliance is consuming.
Where conventional smart meter systems record low-resolution total energy use (generally for the purpose of billing), CSIRO-developed 'cognitive metering' technology identifies individual appliances using a unique signature of high-frequency electrical data.
(Source: CSIRO, Climate Control News,, 15 Feb., 2017) Contact: Ecocentric Energy , Tim Bray, CEO, www.ecocentric.energy
CSIRO , Karl Rodrigues, Energy Director, email@example.com, www.csiro.au
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The Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition is dedicated to the development of the nation's wind and solar energy resources to meet America's domestic energy demands in an environmentally responsible manner -- while reducing the nation's dependence on imported energy sources and stimulating state and national economic development.
Down load the full letter HERE. (Source: Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, www.governorswindenergycoalition.org
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Since 2009, SEEP has invested more than £650 million in over one million energy efficiency measures in Scottish households.
(Source: Scottish Housing News, 15 Feb., 2017)
Contact: Scotland Energy Efficiency Programme , +44 131 244 4000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Action/lowcarbon/LCITP/SEEP
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The 30MW Yaloak South Wind Farm will incorporate 14 Senvion turbines capable of producing sufficient electricity for 15,700 homes and abate approximately 70,667 tpy of greenhouse gas pollution .
RCR will perform engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and commissioning of the Balance of Plant works, including site access roads, hardstands, fences, drainage, wind turbine foundations, substation, electrical reticulation and control system. Entura will undertake the electrical balance of plant design of substations and medium-voltage (MV) collection system. (Source: Entura, Hydro Tasmania, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Entura, www.entura.com.au; Hydro Tasmania, www.hydro.com.au; RCR Tomlinson, www.rcrtom.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Australia Wind,
The Brisbane council, which reached the landmark through internal energy efficiency and emissions reduction projects, along with renewable energy and carbon offset purchases, is the first major government in Australia to achieve the milestone.
The council's greenhouse gas emissions were "equal to zero", with 800,000 tonnes of carbon emissions offset each year, at an annual cost of $6 million.
The council measured emissions from all sources, including landfills, electricity, fleet vehicles and the cities' buses and ferries.
(Source: City of Brisbane, brisbanetimes.com.au, 15 Feb., 2017)
Contact: Brisbane City Council,
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MEPs approved the European Commission (EC) proposal to increase the "linear reduction factor" --- the yearly reduction of credits in order to deliver on the carbon curbs -- by 2.2 pct from 2021, as against 1.74 pct in the existing legislation. This factor should be kept under review with a view to increasing it to 2.4 pct by 2024 at the earliest, say MEPs. The parliamentarians also want to double the MSR's capacity to mop up the excess of credits on the market. When triggered, it would absorb up to 24 pct of the excess of credits in each auctioning year, for the first four years. They agreed that 800 million allowances should be removed from the MSR as of 1 January 2021.
The draft measures were approved by 379 votes to 263, with 57 abstentions. MEPs will now enter into negotiations with the Maltese Presidency of the Council in order to reach an agreement on the final shape of the legislation, which will then come back to Parliament. (Source: EU, European Parliament, Press Release, Feb, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament, Carbon Emissions, COP21, EU ETS,
New enzymes developed by DSM are also expected to improve effectiveness of the enzyme mix, further reducing costs for the process. CRB has been awarded the contract for the design, engineering and construction management. Basic engineering is complete, and construction is expected to begin in late spring or early summer.
POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET, LLC. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the company is a cooperative effort of two innovators that provides a key to unlocking the opportunity of converting corn crop residue into cellulosic bio-ethanol. an integrated technology package for the conversion of corn crop residue to cellulosic bio-ethanol. (Source: POET-DSM Various Media, EIN, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, Steve Hartig, General Manager, (630) 780-8171, email@example.com, www.poetdsm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News POET-DSM, Cellulosic Ethanol, Project Liberty,
In Chile, the company, through a subsidiary, added 542 MW of solar and wind energy projects while in Brazil Enel commissioned the 102 MW Apiacas hydropower park. In Peru,
Enel Green Power Peru is developing a 160 MW solar power project for commissioning later this year. In Mexico the company commissioned
a cumulative capacity of 229 MW and added 573 MW of renewable energy capacity in the United States. (Source: Enel Global Renewable Energies, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Enel Global Renewable Energies, Francesco Venturini, www.enel.com, Enel Green Power North America, Rafael Gonzalez, CEO, (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com
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Ann Arbor's 2030 District, currently categorized as "emerging," recently received a $15,000 grant from Architecture 2030 and Summit Foundation as a match to various local commitments. Ann Arbon's 2030 District aims to build the founding membership of property owners and managers, professional service providers and community stakeholders for an official 2030 District launch by the end of 2017. The Ann Arbor district also plans to begin hosting events to showcase local and regional high-performing projects while aligning buildings with the technical assistance necessary to monitor of their energy use. The new district will also leverage the private sector in meeting Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan goal of cutting carbon emissions 25 pct by 2025 and 90 pct by 2050.
Albuquerque, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Grand Rapids, Ithaca, Loas ANgeles, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Portland Me., San Francisco, Stamford, Seattle and Toronto are all 2300 District participant cities.
(Source: mLive, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: 2030 District, www.2030districts.org
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The data found that between 2010 and 2013 buildings in the city cut energy consumption by 6 pct and carbon emissions by between 6 pct and 8 percent.
The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more in 10 years.
(Source: Energy Manager, Metered New York, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Metered New York, http://metered.urbangreencouncil.org; New York Urban Green Council (212) 514-9385, www.urbangreencouncil.org
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The plant, which processes more than 100,000 bpd of corn, is equipped with cutting-edge technologies allowing it to use green energy derived from solid waste and methane gas from the nearby Sioux Falls city landfill. (Source: POET, PR, 13 Feb., 2017)
Contact: POET Ethanol Products, (316) 303-1380, www.ethanolproducts.com
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According to the company, one tonne of waste coffee grounds can create 245 litres of biodiesel, enough to fill four cars. The company also claims that
218 tonnes of used coffee grounds can be processed into 98 tonnes of biomass pellets -- sufficient to heat 435 homes for a year.
In addition to the production of 'coffee logs' for woodburners and biomass pellets for biomass boilers, bio-bean is now developing a system to convert the oils from coffee waste in to biodiesel for vehicles.
(Source: Caffe Nero, Various Media, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Caffe Nero, Matt Spencer, Commercial Director, +44 117 929 4992, www.caffenero.com;
BioBean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bio-bean.com
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To meet its goal, the co-op has updated its strategic plan ranging from controlling costs and developing smartgrid technology to wildlife conservation reducing greenhouse emissions. The updated strategic plan includes: holding controllable cost increases at or below inflation; maintaining system reliability at 99.96 pct or better; establishing a rate structure that is fair between classes of members and encourages usage during lowest-cost periods; addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions, adapting to local impacts and developing mitigation measures to protect assets; and obtaining long-term incidental federal and state permits that set requirements for conservation of endangered bird species.
The co-op will continue investing in energy storage and other technologies to maintain or improve operations, with the eventual goal of a 100 pct renewable future.
(Source: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Cooperative News, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, David Bissell, Pres., CEO, www.kiuc.coop
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Algae cultivation and processing is considered an environmentally attractive method to produce biofuel and other value-added bio-products.
(Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., PR, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456, email@example.com, www.co2solutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions, Enzymes, Biofuel,
Northrop Grumman's Building 100 is a large, highly specialized manufacturing facility featuring:
The pilot project will use hydrothermal processing technology to convert wastewater solids into methane -- renewable natural gas as well as liquid fuels. SoCalGas will help oversee the project's design and assist in obtaining state and federal regulatory approvals and incentives. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system.
The consortium includes the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, which represents many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the U.S. The consortium also includes Genifuel Corp. with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Co., Tesoro Corp., Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and several utility partners.
(Source: Southern California Gas Company, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas, SoCalGas, Methane, Renewable Natural Gas,
The improvements will come at no additional cost to taxpayers and will largely pay for themselves in energy savings over the next 15 years, according to school officials. The projects are being financed under provisions of a state law that authorizes public entities to implement an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) if the savings generated from reduced energy use will be sufficient to cover the cost of the program's measures. The total cost of the energy efficiency upgrades is approximately $5 million. The projects will result in $4.65 million in energy savings over the next 15 years.
Honeywell is in the process of preparing bids for the various energy conservation measures. Greenskies Renewable Energy, LLC, the company awarded the solar paneling project, arranged for financing of the $2 million project. (Source: Northern Highlands Regional High School, NorthJersey.com, 10 Feb., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
The existing volumetric requirements on renewable fuels have had an effect equivalent to removing 1 million vehicles from Canada's roads every year. These gains have been achieved without any required change in driving behavior or increased consumer cost. Analysis of life-cycle GHG emissions has shown that ethanol can burn up to 62 pct cleaner than pure gasoline and that biodiesel is up to 99 pct cleaner than petroleum diesel, not to mention the economic benefits that our $3.5 billion industry has brought to the Canadian economy. Renewable Industries Canada is therefore advocating for the increased volumetric requirements with an inclusion of up to 10 pct ethanol, and 5 pct biodiesel. These measures would remove the equivalent of an additional 1 million vehicles from the nation's highways.
According to the USDA, the U.S. renewable fuel standard (RFS) has resulted in the cumulative CO2 savings of 354 million metric tons over the period of implementation, and U.S. GHG emissions associated with corn-based ethanol are about 43 pct lower than gasoline -- comparable to reducing GHG emissions in the U.S. transportation sector by as much as 35.5 million metric tpy.
Increased volumetric requirements also provide market certainty and business opportunity. In Ontario, biodiesel producer BIOX acquired an additional facility that had been shuttered, thanks to the province's Greener Diesel Mandate. At IGPC Ethanol Inc., construction begins this spring on a project that is intended to double production, due to the province's announced intention to increase renewable fuel content in gasoline as part of its climate action plan. Ontario also recently launched consultations aimed at further reducing emissions from gasoline by an additional 5 percent.
Ethanol is sure to figure prominently in this equation, and our industry looks forward to continued momentum on both sides of the border.
(Source: Renewable Industries Canada, Jim Grey, Chair, 10 Feb., 2017)
Contact: Renewable Industries Canada, IGPC Ethanol Inc., (51( 765-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Renewable Industries Canada, www.ricanada.org
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The agency's renewable energy portfolio also includes 44 MW of wind energy from the Oak Glen Wind Farm, 8 MW of bioenergy from Hometown BioEnergy, and renewable energy purchases from other utilities. MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for the output of the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. The wind farm, comprised of 39 wind turbines, entered commercial operation in December 2016.
MMPA wholesales electricity to its member communities who in turn deliver and sell that electricity to the residential and business customers in their communities.
Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard requires 25 pct of the Agency's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025.
(Source: Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: MMPA, (612) 349-6868. www.mmpa.org
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The 29 turbines for the Corti wind farm in Bahia Blanca are expected to be delivered in Q3 for commissioning in Q2 of 2018, according to Vestas.
The Danish firm has secured 225 MW in Argentinian orders since last December, including contracts from Genneia and YPF Energia Electrica -- a subsidiary of YPF Oil Co. To meet growing demand Vestas opened an office in Buenos Aires last year. (Source: Vestas, Kallanish Energy, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
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The Windfit solution, which was developed by the Montpellier, France-headquartered company Sereema, is designed to help operators optimize energy production and maintenance strategies for wind farms. Using embedded sensors, Windfit boxes measure wind turbine activity and automatically transmit the information to a cloud platform. Using dedicated algorithms, it then processes the data in real time with the aim of providing a better understanding of the conditions of operation and to allow for a more effective diagnosis of the settings necessary for optimal yield on any windfarm. RES will deploy Windfit group at the Claves windfarm in the south of France, which is equipped with six turbines of 1.75 MW.
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 RES website.
(Source: RES Group, PEI, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: RES Group, www.res-group.com; Sereema, +33 4 1193 2937, email@example.com, www.sereema.com
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According to NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk,
'Signals now being sent from Washington, D.C. make it clear that it is up to the states to take the lead on climate action and to lay the groundwork for a new energy economy that benefits all Americans."
NCEL member and Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinberg added the following statement:
"Your Connecticut colleagues applaud Rhode Island's commitment to protecting the health of all of us across New England by considering this carbon-pricing plan. Along with our neighbors in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, we hope to join Rhode Island in forging regional leadership on carbon pricing policy which will ultimately benefit our citizens for generations to come." (Source: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, PR, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Jeff Mauk, Exec. Dir., (202) 744-1006, http://ncel.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,
The former heavyweights took their proposal right to the top and pitched it to the First Daughter Ivanka, Trump's number-one son in law Jared Kushner and V.P. Mike Pence. Baker is being widely quoted as saying "It's really important that we Republicans have a seat at the table when people start talking about climate change. I don't accept the idea that it's all man made, but I do accept that the risks are sufficiently great that we need to have an insurance policy (when it comes to climate change)."
The plan also reportedly calls for "border adjustments" -- Mexico and Canada? -- to increase the cost of products from countries that do not have a similar tax.
At $40 per ton, the carbon tax plan could raise as much as $300 billion in revenue.
The proposal would also protect fossil fuel companies from legal action for any past or future environmental damages. (Source: Breitbart , NY Times, TPM, Various Others, 8 Feb., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Clean Power Plan,
The broadly supported plan calls for a working group of city officials, experts at local colleges and other community members to devise strategies over the next year by which the city could shrink its carbon footprint. The city will also examine what other cities have done, analyze its own carbon emissions and suggest best practices the city could employ to promote energy conservation and sustainability in municipal operations.
Bethlehem is a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy which argues that cities, which account for 70 pct of the world's emissions, can have a significant impact on reducing pollution.
Since 2014, 512 cities representing 433 million people have signed on to the Compact of Mayors to reduce carbon emissions..
(Source: Bethlehem Morning Call, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, www.compactofmayors.org
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Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates sufficient solar electricity to power up to 150 miles of EV driving each day. The system's solar electrical generation is enhanced by the patented EnvisionTrak™ solar tracking system which allows the unit to generate as much as 25 pct more power than fixed solar arrays.
EV ARC™ products are manufactured by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other team members.
(Source: Envision Solar, Contact: Envisiopn Solar, Desmond Wheatley, CEO , (866) 746-0514, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.envisionsolar.com
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MnSP, a membership cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, Minn., plans to move forward with construction following further due diligence, necessary approvals and a successful engineering study.
MnSP is working with the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to complete the construction feasibility study.
(Source: Minnesota Soybean Processors, Jamestown Sun., 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Soybean Processors, (507) 842-6677, www.mnsoy.com
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Sierra Energy's patented FastOx gasifier converts municipal waste and biomass waste into renewable diesel and an energy-dense gas with high hydrogen content.
While the FastOx gasifier is primarily designed to reduce greenhouse gases and dependence on petroleum, most of the award funding will go toward developing a pilot program aimed at waste reduction in the slums of Mexico City.
Placing a FastOx gasifier at a landfill site, the company aims to launch a machine that would process 25 tons of waste per day, generating 1 megawatt of electricity. That amount is enough to power at least 1,000 homes. If successful in Mexico, the company could turn to additional markets across Latin America as well as Southeast Asia.
(Source: Sierra Energy, Davis Enterprise, 12 Feb., 2017) Sierra Energy, (530) 759-9827, www.sierraenergycorp.com
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A new interconnection lateral would allow Transco to deliver natural gas to YCI St. James Enterprises' LLC proposed methanol manufacturing plant at the Yuhuang Chemical Plant in St. James Parish, according to the FERC filing. The agreement requires the two parties to enter into a firm transportation service agreement with a 20-year primary term.
Transco) is an interstate natural gas transmission company. Transco operates about 9,800 miles of natural gas pipeline extending from the Gulf of Mexico to New York. The company also operates 45 gas compressor stations, four underground storage fields, and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility
(Source: Transco, NGI, 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., (713) 215-2000
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Lead researcher Biny Estime's research has been published as a peer-reviewed article in Scientific Reports on Jan. 19. Estime developed a new medium -- Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic (TAPP) -- can transition from solution to a gel through relatively small variations in temperature. Microalgae are seeded in the medium at 15 degrees C. When the temperature is increased by 7 degrees C, the medium becomes gelatinous and microalgae then grow in clusters that are up to 10 times larger than those grown in the traditional medium. Once they are grown, the temperature is decreased and the medium is returned to a solution. The algae is separated out through gravity, and can then be harvested.
The medium prevents algae from growing on the sides of a container, letting light penetrate to each level of algae, thus eliminating the need for constant stirring. The Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering has secured a provisional patent on the process. (Source: Syracuse University, Phys.Org, Feb, 2017) Contact: Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering, Bindy Estime, http://eng-cs.syr.edu/our-departments/biomedical-and-chemical-engineering/
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The 10MW of extra capacity is sufficient for 1,200 homes and to avoid approximately 8,200 metric tpy of carbon emissions. UPS presently operates solar power systems at it facilities in
Palm Springs, California, and Lakewood, Parsippany and Secaucus , New Jersey.
Between 2009 and the end of 2016, UPS invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally.
(Source: UPS, PR, 9 Feb., 2017) Contact: UPS, www.ups.com
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Upon commissioning in early 2019, the Puerto Libertad facility will generate sufficient electric power for 489,000 average Mexican homes. Acciona Energia will be in charge of the plant's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).
Construction is expected to get underway before the year end. (Source: Acciona, SeeNews, Others, 7 Feb., 2017)
Contact: Tuto Energy Trading, www.notus.de/en/energytrading;
ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com
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The contract ensures the college will receive a fixed rate of savings on their monthly utilities. If those savings are not met, Johnson Controls will pay the difference.
Johnson Controls will have an on-site project manager who will lead local a team of local contractors for each project. Work is expected to get underway this spring.
(Source: East Central College, Missourian , 8 Feb., 2017) Contact: East Central College. (636) 584-6500, www.eastcentral.edu; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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The university's Twin Cities Campus Sustainability Committee has outlined the following strategies to reduce energy consumption by 2050: creating a combined power and heat plant; upgrading building energy management systems, implementing green building standards for new construction and reducing laboratory energy; installation of LED lights; and installation of more building green roofs. the school also plans to target energy consumption by laboratories which use 60 pct of the University's energy.
The University of Minnesota is a member of the American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment to achieve carbon neutrality across all the University's campuses by 2050.
(Source: University of Minnesota, 9 February 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Shane Stennes, Dir. of Sustainability, www.d.umn.edu;
American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment, www.PresidentsClimateCommitment.org
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According to the UK-based Carbon Brief: "Changes in the relative wholesale price of coal versus gas, an increase in the UK's carbon tax last April, the closure of the SSI steelworks in Redcar, the rise of renewables and a rebound in nuclear output all contributed to the reduction in coal use in 2015." Carbon Brief added that coal use hit its lowest level for 150 years in 2016.
In 2015, UK emissions declined by an estimated 3.8 pct compared to 2014 figures, meaning the country is on track to meet its commitments under its carbon budget running to 2017.
Greenhouse gas emissions were largely associated with the energy sector, producing 29 per cent of overall emissions, followed by the transportation sector, business sector, residential and then agriculture at 24 pct, 17 pct, 13 pct and 10 pct respectively. (Source: UNEP, UK Statistics Authority, Climate Action, 9 Feb., 2017)Contact: UK Statistics Authority, www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk
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The E-141 EP4 is based on Enercon's new 4 MW platform that also forms the basis of the new E-126 EP4 for medium wind speed sites (wind class IIa). Both EP4 types have a nominal power output of 4.2 MW.. At sites where wind speeds average 6.5 metres per second it is designed to generate annual yields of more than 13 million kilowatt hours. According to Enercon, it is the world's highest-yielding wind class III WEC at present.
Production of both the E-126 EP4 and the E-141 EP4 is slated to start early this year. The company plans to install about 150 EP4 WECs in 2017; about 80 of these will be E-141 EP4. (Source: Enercon, Sun & Wind, Others, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: Enercon Gmbh, Arno Hildebrand, EP4 Programme Director, www.enercon.de
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Iran previously committed to developing more than 7.500 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.
(Source: Iran Enenergy Ministry, Various Media, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iran Energy Ministry, www.moe.gov.ir
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Featuring a metallic trellis, the prototype utilizes plastic flaps fashioned as leaves. The prototype has the potential to be scaled up as an artificial tree by adding more leaves to produce more wind-based electricity.
(Source: Iowa State Univ., The Missouri Injury Blog, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Iowa State Univ., Curtis Mosher, (515)294-6513, email@example.com, www.biotech.iastate.edu
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The model put forward shows that solar PV could supply 29 pct of global power generation by 2050, entirely phasing out coal and leaving natural gas with a 1 pct market share. The report also predicts EVs will account for more than two-thirds of the road transport by the mid-century -- a growth trajectory that sees EVs displace approximately 25 million bpd of oil. per day.
According to the report, a low-carbon transition will be crucial in the power and road transport sectors, which account for approximately half of fossil fuel consumption. The current state of play means that global warming could be limited to 2.4C by 2100 if EV and solar PV deployment reach the levels under the proposed scenario. The report warns that energy companies cannot afford to employ a business-as-usual approach which underestimates these low-carbon advances. Scenarios should now apply the latest cost reductions for solar PVs and EVs, along with the emissions commitments countries have made under the Paris Agreement.
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(Source: Carbon Tracker, Grantham Institute, edie.com, Feb., 2017)Contact: Grantham Institute, ; Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org
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