In the fleet test with Mercedes-Benz vehicles, sunliquid 20 exhibited good combustion properties with a high degree of efficiency and identical consumption compared to today's standard E10 fuel. Due to the slightly lower energy density of E20 compared to E10, slightly higher fuel consumption was expected under the same operating conditions. The tests, which were performed under laboratory conditions, demonstrated variability in the consumption analysis in which additional consumption between 0 and 3 pct was observed.
Sunliquid®20 cellulosic ethanol also allows greenhouse gas emission savings of up to 95 pct across the entire value chain, according to Clariant.
(Source: Clariant, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: Haltermann Carless, +49 (0) 40 333 180,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.haltermann-carless.com; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant, Cellulosic, Ethanol,
"The United States leads the world in the production and refining of oil and natural gas, as well as in the reduction of carbon emissions. BLM's rule is technically flawed and redundant, and it could impede the technological innovations that have led to increased domestic use of cleaner-burning natural gas -- the main reason US energy-related carbon emissions have fallen to levels not seen since the early 1990s.
"The rule's unnecessary requirements could result in the shut-in of a number of currently producing wells, reducing revenues to the federal treasury and the supply of affordable energy for American consumers and businesses. Given the broad impacts to US oil and natural gas production on Indian and federal lands, the lack of authority by BLM to regulate air quality and the fact that US producers already are highly incented to capture methane for delivery to American consumers, it is appropriate for the Congress to use the CRA to disapprove this redundant and unnecessary regulation.
"We applaud the efforts to strengthen and rationalize US energy policies and stand ready to work with Congress and the new administration on a smarter, science-based regulatory approach to continue meeting America's energy needs and expanding US global energy and environmental leadership." (Source: API, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: API, Jack Gerard, Pres., CEO, (202) 682-8000, www.api.org
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas -- the most important contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. There is now international agreement that methane is 34 times more potent than CO2 over a century, but 84 times more over only 20 years.
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Petroleum Institute, Methane, Bureau of Land Management, Methane,
The Schneider Electric office, designed by Aevitas Group, is a star-shaped structure optimized for a superior energy performance incorporates a central, enclosed, quadruple-volume atrium flooded with natural light that penetrates the interior through large skylights.
The building facades are single glazed, double glazed and clad in insulated aluminium panels. The Building's low-flow pluming fixtures and drip-irrigation systems cut water consumption by 55 percent. An efficient waste management plan reduce the amount of waste generated during the construction. Renewable energy systems, lighting control, BMS, daylighting control and HVAC systems add to the building's energy efficiency. (Source: Schneider Electric, Inhabitat, Feb., 2017)
Contact: Schneider Electric South Africa, +27 11 254 6400 - Head Office, +27 11 046 1900 - Midland OPffice, http://www.schneider-electric.co.za, www.schneider-electric.com; Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services, www.schneider-electric.com/ess;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric , Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification,
The new plant has achieved integrated operation of both gasifiers and has been burning syngas from lignite low-grade coal and generating electricity in both combustion turbines since Jan. 29, according to a company release.
The plant must shut down for one week prior to going into service to allow last-minute repairs and final improvements.
When fully operational, the plant will be the first clean-coal plant of its kind in the U.S. and a model for CCS technology.
(Source: Mississippi Power, Kallanish Energy, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Mississippi Power, Anthony Wilson, Pres., CEO, (855) 693-8326, www.mississippipower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mississippi Power, CCS, Carbon Capture,
According to BHP's climate change specialist Dr.Fiona Wild, "Although CCS and its component processes have successfully been demonstrated, more needs to be done to make it economically viable for wide deployment.
In the nearer term, industry and government must work together to develop pilot projects, demonstration plants and 'first of a kind' commercial scale CCS operations."
(Source: BHP Billiton, The Australian, BHP Website, Feb., 2017) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton, CCS, Climate Change, Carbon Capture,
Swift Current was formed late in 2016 with the aim of bringing large-scale, 2016 production tax credit qualified, energy projects to the market and attract long-term investment in clean, renewable power. (Source: Swift Current Website, Feb., 2017) Contact: Swift Current, Tony Lent, CEO,
Will Havemeyer, Media, (866) 319-1949,
Logan County Economic Development Partnership, Bill Thomas, (217) 648-5077,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,
In Britch Columbia, small wind projects have proliferated under the provincial utility BC Hydro's Standing Offer Program which allows renewable energy projects between 100 kilowatts at 15 megawatts to sell power to the BC Hydro grid at above market rates.
(Source: Dawson Creek Mirror, February 2, 2017) Contact: RES Canada, (514) 525-2113,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Systems Canada, Wind,
At the 2016 ICAO Assembly, the European Union and its member states played an instrumental role in securing a deal on a global market-based measure to stabilize international aviation emissions. The system will require airlines to monitor and report their annual CO2 emissions on international routes and offset those exceeding 2020 levels.
The EC is proposing to continue with the current geographic scope of the EU ETS for aviation, covering flights between airports in the European Economic Area. The roposal to revise the EU ETS will be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council, which are expected to finalize the co-decision process before the year end.
Detailed rules of the Global Market-Based Measure will be prepared in 2017 and endorsed by ICAO in the course of 2018. The EU is committed to reduce domestic economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. (Source: International Civil Aviation Organization, EU, Press Release, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, email@example.com, www.icao.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, Aviatioon Emissions, International Civil Aviation Organization ,
Urth Energy was established as an alternative to the major retailers by offering electricity from renewable resources and allowing solar customers to sell their excess power back to the grid at wholesale rates rather than fixed rates.
The company's spot market-based feed-in tariff (FiT) package -- Urth Trader -- was reportedly the first of its kind in Australia.
Urth Trader was notable in that households were not allowed to opt in or out of the wholesale price, but to receive the wholesale price for all their exports.
(Source: Various Media, RENew Economy, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: Urth Energy, +61 1300 698 784, www.urthenergy.com.auAussie
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Solar, Solar, FiTs,
The plant is expected to be open in the summer of 2019.
The planned 200-tpd facility, which could be expanded to 400 tpg under the plan, is expected to be operational in the summer of 2019.
(Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: BioEnergy Hawaii, Guy Kaniho, GM, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bioenergyhawaii.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BioEnergy Hawaii, Waste-to-Energy, anaerobic digestion ,
To meet its goals, Tetra Pak will improve energy efficiency at its facilities and cut its energy consumption by 12 pct. It will also purchase electricity from renewable energy sources, invest in green energy products and renewable electricity certificate programmes.
The company also plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain by 16 pct per unit of revenue by 2020, working from a 2010 baseline. (Source: Tetra Pak, European Supermarket Mag., 4 Feb., 2017) Contact: Tetra Pak, Mario Abreu, VP Environment, www.tetrapak.com;
Science Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
Vega Biofuels recently filed a Provisional Patent Application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the title, Method and Apparatus for Torrefying Biomass.
Vega's generation 4 machine has been used to produce a bio-coal product that looks very similar to a piece of traditional Powder River Basin Coal and is approximately the size of a golf ball. As a result of the demand for other applications, Vega Biofuels has developed both a powder version and a pellet version of its bio-coal product.
(Source: Vega Biofuels, PR, 3 Feb., 2017)
Vega Biofuels, Inc., (800) 481-0186, :email@example.com, www.vegabiofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels, BioCoal, Woody Biomass, Biomass Torrefaction,
ABB's modular and containerized microgrid solution PowerStore™ will blend the complementary capabilities of flywheel and battery storage. The flywheel will facilitate the integration of fluctuating wind power and the battery will be used for long-term storage. The battery has a capacity of 500 kilowatt hours with a maximum performance of 2 MW.
ABB's Microgrid Plus control system will monitor the hybrid storage solution and ensure proper load sharing between the two storage mediums. It is also equipped for remote service and maintenance.
(Source: ABB, PR, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: ABB, Massimo Danieli, Managing Director ABB Grid Automation, www.abb.com; Chugach Electric, Paul Risse, Snr. VP, (907) 563-7494, www.chugachelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Chugach Electric Association, ABB Microgrid, Energy Storage, Flywheel, Battery,
UK-based Active Energy, which manages woodlands and develops clean-energy products, is seeking to supply its fuel to utilities willing to switch to biomass in order to cut carbon emissions. In November, the London-based company obtained funding for its first industrial-scale plant which will be located in Canada, according to Bloomberg.
RMP is planning an 18-hour test using a 10 pct blend of CoalSwitch and 90 pct coal in late 2017 . (Source: Active Energy Group , RMP, Bloombery, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: AEG, Richard Spinks, CEO, www.active-energy.com/aeg-coalswitch; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News CoalSwitch, Rocky Mountain Power, Active Energy Group ,
The report comprises precise information, comprehensive analysis in two ways -- qualitative and quantitative -- industry experts' inputs, and information provided by industry analysts and industry participants involved in the entire value chain.
The report highlights major markets and their present trends, along with corresponding market segments along with data regarding various market factors and their impact on the overall market and its segments. The report focuses on regional as well as global market, its key players, along with market segments including detailed study on various divisions and its applications. The report analyzes the scope of Bio Butanol industry including size, share, analysis, sales, supply, production, definition, specification, classification, demands, application, forecast trends, industry policy, and news.
Browse complete report HERE.
The measure would increase requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar power to 25 pct by 2020 from the present 20 pct by 2022. (Source: Beliot Daily News, Others, 31 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,
The EU aims to increase energy efficiency by 20 pct by 2030. To that end, the EC and European Investment Bank's "Smart Finance for Smart Buildings" initiative hopes to unlock approximately €10 billion of public and private funds between now and 2020. The EC is also working on a plan for the de-carbonisation of existing buildings by 2050.
Download the EC report on the State of the Energy Union Report HERE. (Source: European Commission Energy Union, PR, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: European Commission Energy Union, https://ec.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union news, European Commission news, Climate CHange news, Energy Efficiency news,
If approved, the measures would cut greenhouse gas emissions from the affected buildings by 40 to 55 pct. The measures would cover increased insulation and air tightness, improved windows, heat-recovery ventilators and other more efficient equipment and measures.
The additional green measures would increase building costs by an average of $3.50 per square foot, according to the city.
Last summer, city councilors approved a green building plan aimed at reaching zero greenhouse gas emissions in all newly permitted buildings by 2030, according to a city release. (Source: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Sun, Others, 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: City of Vancouver, Sean Pander, Green Building Manager, (604) 871-6542, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vancouver.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Standard, Green Building,
. On average, 8.6 pct of spending in low income European households is used for energy, a figure which has increased since 2005. Home heat and energy costs have become a financial burden to almost one-quarter of EU homeowners; a figure that EU member states must take into account when designing efficiency schemes.
The EU aims to increase energy efficiency by 20 pct by 2030. To that end, the EC and European Investment Bank's "Smart Finance for Smart Buildings" initiative hopes to unlock approximately €10 billion of public and private funds between now and 2020. The EC is also working on a plan for the de-carbonisation of existing buildings by 2050.
Download the EC report on the State of the Energy Union Report HERE.
(Source: European Commission Energy Union, PR, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact:
European Commission Energy Union, https://ec.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, European Commission, EU,
As many as 22 commercial owners and tenants have already joined the Challenge, and will work together to identify unique and creative solutions to implement better energy efficiency and sustainability projects in their buildings. Their commitment is expected to cut citywide CO2 emissions by an additional 60,000 mtpy and generate an estimated $50 million in energy cost savings while helping NYC achieve its goal of reducing citywide GHG emissions 80 pct by 2050.
The existing, 2007 vintage NYC Carbon Challenge program includes 17 universities, 10 hospitals, 24 commercial tenants, 10 commercial owners, 20 residential property management companies and 18 hotels. Altogether, the participating Challenge companies and organizations have reduced GHG emissions by more than 340,000 metric tons and saved over $150 million in energy costs. (Source: Commercial Property Executive, Feb.,2017) Contact: NYC Carbon Challenge, CarbonChallenge@cityhall.nyc.gov, www.nyc.gov/carbonchallenges
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYC Carbon Challenge, Carbon Emissions,
The project is being pursued at various laboratories in five stages as follows: In Tier I, scientists in Sequim and New Mexico test up to 30 different algae strains to see how weather tolerant they are and the top third will go to Tier II.
In Tier II, Sequim houses a unique climate-simulating system called Laboratory Environmental Algae Pond Simulator (LEAPS) that simulates climates and seasons around the world inside glass cylinder photobioreactors. Two other labs will evaluate the algae to determine it value and other potential uses that could make algae biofuel production more cost-effective. Scientists also will research how resilient certain algae strains are to predators, like protozoans, and other competing algae.
In Tier III, researchers in New Mexico will further test top-performing algae strains, which includes forcing cells to grow faster or generate more oils, using state-of-the-art laboratory techniques.
In Tier IV, algae strains will travel to outdoor ponds in Arizona to compare biomass output with earlier steps.
In Tier V, scientists will study the algae strains that performed the best in different lighting and temperature conditions. Study data will be added to PNNL's Biomass Assessment Tool to help researchers generate maps that illustrate the expected biomass productivity of each algae species grown in outdoor ponds nationwide. Laboratory officials said work that could stem from this project includes converting harvested algae into biofuels, examining operational changes such as crop rotation to further increase biomass growth and assessing the technical feasibility and economic costs of making biofuel from algae selected through this process.
Algae project details are HERE. (Source: PNNL, Sequim Gazette, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: PNNL: Marine Sciences Laboratory, (360) 683-4151, marine.pnnl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Algae, Biofuel,
As the anchor off-taker of these projects, Blue Cross is also supporting BlueWave's "Solar for the 100%" mission by giving nearly 200 local residents and small businesses the opportunity to reduce their electric power costs and choose local, clean energy in the National Grid territory of Southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to co-developing these projects, BlueWave is also partnering with Ameresco to provide community solar customer management services for these projects through their Community Solar Share program and Solar Management Platform (SMP). (Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, PR, PharmaWeb, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: Ameresco, Michael T. Bakas, Snr. VP, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; BlueWave Renewables, (617) 209-3122, bluewaverenewables.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BlueWave Renewables, Ameresco, Solar, Community Solar,
In a less optimistic baseline scenario, a doubling of global transport demand will lead to a 60 pct increase in CO2 emissions between 2015 and 2050.
The ITF says a key factor for the difficulty in reducing transport CO2 emissions over the long run is shifting global trade patterns. As trade moves to regions with a lack of rail or waterway infrastructure, greenhouse gas emissions from road freight will almost double. The report finds that a reduction in urban traffic and increased truck-sharing, route optimization and a relaxation of delivery windows would help to mitigate the emission increases.
(Source: International Transport Forum, Samrt Highways, 30 Jan., 2017)
Contact: International Transport Forum, Jari Kauppila, Head of Modelling and Statistics, Fax: +33 1 45 24 97 42 / + 33 1 45 24 13 22, email@example.com, www.itf-oecd.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions, CO2, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Emissions,
Juhl Energy is focused on competitive, clean energy solutions, including wind, solar, hybrid systems and heat/power projects designed for rural communities, municipal electric companies, and medium-sized industrial companies throughout the United States. The company has completed 25 wind farms totaling more than 350 MW and services every aspect of development from general consultation, construction and management, to system operations and maintenance. (Source: Juhl Energy Inc. PR, MarketWire, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Juhl Energy Inc.,Dan Juhl, CEO, Jody Janson, IR, (888) 438-5845, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.juhlenergy.com; ConEdison Development, Christine Nevin, (914) 286-7094, email@example.com, www.conedsolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Juhl Energy Inc., ConEdison Development,
Accordingly, the company has incurred approximately $21 million in restructuring charges, including a $19 million impairment charge to write down the carrying value of the company's solar manufacturing equipment to recoverable amounts.
Celestica's products include inverters, energy storage products, smart metres and other electronic components. (Source: Celestica, RenewablesNow, Others, 31 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Celestica, (888) 899-9988, (416) 448-5800, www.celestica.com
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Powerley is focused on; energy efficiency; actionable accuracy; elevated engagement; intelligent DR; and new revenue streams. Powerley's platform provides a complete smart home experience from which utilities can offer connected solutions -- positioning utilities within a smart home market which is expected to surpass $171 billion by 2022.
(Source: Powerley, PR,
Business Wire, January 31, 2017)
Contact: Powerley, Manoj Kumar, CEO, (248) 537-9440, www.powerley.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The SOLAR WARE Samurai® inverters are UL approved and are designed to meet IEEE 1547 standards for interconnection of distributed resources, with key features for interconnection and plant operation that include: power factor control; reactive/active power control; TMEIC's proprietary anti-islanding technique; and advanced fault ride-through features. (Source: Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Business Wire, Jan., 2017) Contact: Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Electrical Distribution Division
Tricia Ann Breeger, GM, (724) 772-2177
General Manager, Trica.Breeger@meppi.com, www.meppi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi, Solar, PV,
The white paper was developed to help cement organizations understand the ways in which they can reduce their carbon emissions using a renewable fuel.
The paper provides an overview of the benefits of using a low carbon, renewable fuel in cement calciners and kilns and explores the characteristics of non-waste fuels and the benefits of leveraging the environmental improvements within this sector. It also touches on the challenges and future directions of meeting emission limits under various rules and guidelines.
A complimentary copy of the white paper is available at www.accordantenergy.com.
(Source: Accordant Energy, Military News, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact:
Accordant Energy, LLC, Paula Calabrese, Senior VP, Chief Strategy Officer,
Mary Mullin, (802) 772-7368, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.accordantenertgy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Accordant Energy, Renewable Fuels, Carbon Emissions, Cement,
"I can tell you that the state of the Iowa Renewable Fuels industry is uncertain, but unrelenting. We are ready to go. We are ready to produce the fuels that the U.S. and world consumers want and are demanding. They are cleaner, they're cheaper, they're better and we can do this."
"He (Trump) traveled all throughout Iowa during that campaign and he saw pretty quickly that if you want jobs and if you want energy in rural America -- that means renewable fuels. So his (Trump's) belief in renewable fuels and the renewable fuel standard is very sincere based on that education he got here in Iowa." (Source: Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Radio Iowa, 30 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, email@example.com, http://iowarfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Ethanol, Biofuel,
"On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) I write to express ATR's strong support for using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Waste Production, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule – commonly referred to as the BLM Methane Rule.
"The BLM Methane Rule is a product of federal regulatory overreach, released in the eleventh hour by the Obama Administration, serving only to preserve the former President's legacy at the expense of responsible U.S. energy production. BLM not only lacks the statutory authority to enact the Methane Rule, but the rule is also duplicative and wholly unnecessary.
"Under the Clean Air Act the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the states, is vested with the sole authority to regulate air quality. By releasing the Methane Rule, BLM is attempting to regulate air quality and has thus exceeded its statutorily granted authority. It is also the case that EPA last year finalized rules to regulate methane emissions on top of existing state regulations. Thus the BLM's rule is wholly duplicative and adds to an already substantial regulatory burden on American energy production.
"Furthermore, the Methane Rule is a regulation in search of a problem. Since 1990 natural gas production has increased by almost 50 percent while methane emissions from oil and gas development have declined by over 20 percent, thanks to advances in technology.
"I urge you and your colleagues in Congress to use the authority granted under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the BLM's Methane Rule."
(signed) Grover G. Norquist,
Americans for Tax Reform (Source: Americans for Tax Reform, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Nordquist, Pres., (202) 785-0266, www.atr.org; Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Americans for Tax Reform, BLM Methane Emissions ,
Exxon, which expects oil to remain the primary global energy source through 2030, sets the most store on technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Colton said. Global carbon dioxide emissions will peak in the 2030s and then fall as energy efficiency and clean power increase,. "A very meaningful and constructive process," he added. (Source: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon, Climate Change,
Under the terms of its license agreements, ADM and Little Sioux will use uses Edeniq's Pathway Technology to measure the amount of cellulosic ethanol produced, and provide the required information to register for D3 cellulosic RINs with the EPA.
Little Sioux is the third plant to receive a cellulosic ethanol registration from the EPA after deploying Edeniq's Pathway Technology. The plant uses ADM's Clintozyme™ enzyme to convert lower value corn fiber into higher value fuel ethanol through an enzymatic process. Registered plants can access D3 RINS, which are worth over $2.50 per gallon in 2017.
Edeniq sells or licenses its technologies to biorefineries in the U.S. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edeniq.com; Archer Daniels Midland, www.adm.com; Little Sioux, (712) 376-2800, www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq, Archer Daniels Midland,
The property is comprised of a main office and industrial building incorporating a Biomass gasification CHP Plant believed to have a rated output of 1,000Kwe, two Jenbacher CHP engines and generators, and recycling and sorting areas.
The facility is expected to be sold to an operator already active in the recycling and green energy business to maximize the site potential, according to Lambert Smith Hampton, (Source: Lambert Smith Hampton, Business News Wales, 27 Jan., 2017)Contact: Lambert Smith Hampton, www.lshauctions.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Biomass-to-Energy,
The Initiative, which is open to small businesses in the Farmington area, connects business owners and landlords to contractors for lighting assessments and upgrades. The initiative offers higher incentives than are ordinarily available through Efficiency Maine.
Program eligibility is determined by the rate on the business's electric bill.
Under the program, a local contractor is assigned to perform an energy efficiency assessment and generate a savings estimate and proposal. Previous program participants have averaged energy cost savings of $100 per month.
(Source: Efficiency Maine, Franklin County Daily Bulldog, 29 Jan., 2017) Contact: Efficiency Maine, Rick Meinking, business program manager, [starttlink]www.efficiencymaine.com]
More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Maine , Energy Efficiency, LED Light,
The 105.8MW Number Three Wind Farm will incorporate between 35-50 wind turbines in the towns of Lowville and Harrisburg in Lewis County. The project is expected to be fully operational in 2019. (Source: Invenergy Wind, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017) Contact: Invernergy Wind LLC, (312) 224-1400, http://invenergyllc.com; NYSERDA, Dayle Zatlin, Assistant Director of Communications, (518) 862-1090 X 3359, email@example.com, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy Wind, NYSERDA, Wind,
The proposed extension relies on existing measures, such as sourcing half of the state's electricity from renewable sources and doubling energy efficiency savings by 2030, coupled with new efforts such as requiring oil refineries to cut their GHG emissions by 20 pct.
California's cap-and-trade program sets a statewide limit on GHG emissions and covers about 450 entities. The program, with a cap that declines by 3 pct a year, covers generators and industrial facilities that emit more than 25,000 mty of CO2. The cap-and-trade program is linked to the Canadian province of Quebec and Ontario is slated to join next year.
CARB is also considering the prospects of imposing a carbon tax or other regulations instead of the existing cap-and-trade program, as well as tightening its limits on the use of offsets that generators and others can use to meet their compliance targets. CARB presently limits offset use to 8 pct of each covered entity's compliance obligation. (Source: CARB, SP Global, Others, Jan., 2017)Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, Carbon Emissions, California Air Resources Board, California Cap-and-Trade,
The protocol mandated rich and developed countries to cut emissions in two phases, between 2005-2012, and then between 2013-2020, through the Doha amendment. It did not mandate any obligations on developing countries to cut emissions. With India’s ratification, 76 countries have now ratified the second commitment period and 144 countries need to ratify it for the Doha amendment to enter into force.
The Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005. There were 192 parties (Canada withdrew effective December 2012)to the Protocol. (Source: Daily News & Analysis, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21, Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol,
Under the new vehicle windscreen sticker system, levels one through five indicate how harmful the car is, with a sixth green sticker indicating the vehicle is entirely zero emission. Paris has banned cars showing a level five sticker, which covers around 6 pct of cars on French highways. (Source: Inverse, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions, Diesel Emissions,
The Formosa I project comprises two separate phases -- the first of which only saw two turbines installed back in October, 2016, for a total capacity of 8 MW. Phase II will add 120 MW in 2019.
DONG Energy is also involved in four separate offshore wind sites in the Changhua coastal region expected to total at least 2 GW upon completion between 2021 and 2024.
(Source: DONG Energy, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017)
Contact: DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
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Download the Why Should We Care About Supply Chain Analytics? De-Risking Biomass Supply Chains white paper HERE.
The following Biomass White Paper may be of interest: 5 Common Mistakes in Wood Procurement … And How to Fix Them
HERE. (Source: EcoStrat. Jan., 2017) Contact; Ecostrat Inc., (416) 968-8884, www.ecostrat.com/consulting
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In 2016, the state funded two animal waste technology projects totaling $1.8 million, the bulk of which was awarded to Clean Bay Renewables of Maryland to construct and operate a 2-MW manure-to-energy plant in Somerset County. This year, up to $2 million is available on a 50/50 cost share basis.
The program is open to businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits in Maryland. Projects may be on-farm, community, or regional in scale, and must be functional by June 30, 2019.
Applications are due by Feb. 28. http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/Documents/AWE-FY17Application_FINAL.pdf.
(Source: Maryland Energy Administration, Various Media, Jan., 2017) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, (410) 537-4000, energy.maryland.gov
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BTS Biogas processes organic waste materials, byproducts from alimentary industries, residues and agricultural by-products and energy crops into electrical energy, thermal energy , organic methane (for fuel and grid feed-in) and organic fertilizers. The company has constructed over 200 operational biogas plants in the last 10 years with plants in France, the UK, Czech Republic, Poland, and Switzerland. Recently the company signed plant construction deals in France, Japan and Thailand.
(Source: BTS Biogas, Jan. 24, 2017) Contact: GTS Biogas, Gianluca Visconti, Marketing, +39 0474 370119, email@example.com, www.bts-biogas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Biogas,
In the energy efficiency sector, the report found that VC funding fell sharply, bringing in $528 million in 33 deals compared to $852 million in 67 deals in 2015. Total corporate funding, including debt and public market financing, was $3.8 billion, compared to $2 billion in 2015.
The top VC funded companies were Ygrene Energy Fund, which raised $95 million, followed by Renew Financial with $70 million, ecobee with $35 million, and UrbanVolt brought in $32.9 million.
Efficiency Finance companies captured the most funding with $256 million in 7 deals. A total of 72 investors participated in funding deals compared to 129 investors in 2015.
Energy Efficiency companies raised nearly $3.2 billion in debt and public market financing. Financing in Energy Efficiency is also moving toward project funding. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing totaled $2.3 billion in 12 deals in 2016 compared to $1.1 billion in seven deals in 2015.
(Source: Mercom Capital Group, Jan., 2017) Contact: Mercon Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Assembly Bill 32, signed in 2006, set California's initial goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and directed CARB to develop a climate change scoping plan -- to be updated every five years -- detailing specific measures needed to reach the target.
The proposed plan continues the Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030 and includes a new approach to reduce GHGs from refineries by 20 pct. It incorporates approaches to cutting super pollutants from the Short Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy and acknowledges the need to cut agriculture emissions.
Achieving the 2030 goal will require an enhanced focus on zero- and near-zero emission vehicle technologies; continued investment in renewable energy; greater use of low-carbon fuels; integrated land conservation and development strategies; coordinated efforts to reduce methane emissions and other short-lived climate pollutants; and an increased focus on integrated land-use planning to support livable, transit-connected communities.
The plan finds that Cap-and-Trade is the lowest cost, most efficient policy approach and provides certainty that the state will meet the 2030 goals. California's Cap-and-Trade Program funds the California Climate Investments program, which funds statewide projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions. To date, $3.4 billion in cap-and-trade funds have been appropriated for the California Climate Investments program. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Jan., 2018)
Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
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The company plans to expand its component manufacturing, serial production facilities and new 6-MW testing facilities.
The move will also benefit Moventas' multi-brand service business, according to a statement. (Source: Moventas Gears, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Moventas, Arto Lahtela, CEO, +358 20 184 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.moventas.com
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