The recently published recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures point to the clear need for investors to be able to stress test their portfolios against a below 2 degree C scenario.
The Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative is due to report on its initial projections for credible carbon price ranges in Spring 2017. (Source: CDP, Sustainable Brands, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946, www.cdp.net;
We Mean Business Coalition, www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org
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According to the report, "Energy storage will play a crucial role in helping to meet demand for low-carbon electricity in developing nations. By 2020, these countries will need to double their electricity generation and by 2035 will account for 80 pct of the total growth in energy generation and consumption globally." The report also finds that while the cost for deploying renewable energy systems continues to fall, integrating technologies such as PV rooftop and solar farm systems into regional grids will require energy storage in the form of batteries and other technologies for load continuity.
Those storage technologies include mechanical systems such as flywheels, compressed air or pumped hydro; electrochemical storage, such as lithium-ion and flow battery technology; and thermal systems like phase-change technology. Phase-change tech uses materials such as molten salt to store heat from concentrated solar farms for later release in steam generators.
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HERE. (Source: World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) , ComputerWorld, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org
The operation has been stalled since owners secured a tentative land deal with the town of Botwood in June.
The facility will rely heavily on the former Abitibi Bowater timber stand, which contains about 280,000 cubic metres of wood, and sawmill producing 20 million board feet of lumber annually.
The biofuel will be targeted at European markets.
Tennessee-based Proton Power will provide the technology and consulting services for the facility. (Source: NewGreen Technology Inc ., CBC News, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: NewGreen Technology Inc., (813) 944-3185, www.newgreentech.us; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.protonpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Proton Power, Woody Biomass, BiofuelNewGreen Technology Inc, Forest Biomass, Biofuel,
The bond offering proceeds will be used for the construction of a 240,000 tpy, biocoal production facility at the Port of Natchitoches Louisiana. (Source: Biomass Secure Power, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: Biomass Secure Power, Jim Carroll, President and CEO, (604) 807-4957, www.biomasssecurepower.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Secure, Biocoal, Biomass ,
The company's New Hampshire customers will have the option of purchasing a system outright or making monthly payments through a financial company Vivint Solar has partnered. New Hampshire customers will also be eligible for applicable state rebates or federal tax credits for their solar power. As part of each sale, Vivint Solar designs, installs and maintains the system. (Source: Vivant Solar, 20 Jan., 2017) Contact: Vivint Solar, David Bywater, CEO, Rob Kain, VP Inv. Relations, (801) 229-6460, email@example.com, www.vivintsolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar, Solar, Residential Solar, RooftopSolar,
The StingRAY wave power system harnesses ocean energy by using two forward and aft floats coupled to low-torque, high-speed generators located in the nacelle of the StingRAY.
The system can be deployed in series to build offshore wave farms similar wind turbine installations. Columbia Power's StingRAY is designed for deployment in 60 meters or more depth at least 3-4 miles offshore.
(Source: Columbia Power Technologies, 20 Jan., 2017)
Contact: NREL National Wind Testing Centre, Mark McDade, Project Manager, (303) 384-6900, www.nrel.gov/nwtc; Columbia Power Technologies, (434) 220-7590, www.columbiapwr.com
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WVU researchers are applying the study data to develop models to forecast methane emissions from the future heavy-duty transportation sector to help the industry target improvements in engine technologies and fueling operations and to identify best practices for minimizing emissions. To that end, the researchers looked at methane emissions from the pump-to-wheels sector of the natural gas supply chain and characterized emissions factors for each major source associated with currently manufactured heavy duty vehicles and fueling systems.
The research team studied 22 natural gas-fueled transit buses, refuse trucks and over-the-road tractors, as well as six liquefied natural gas and eight compressed natural gas refueling stations. They also examined cryogenic boil-off pressure rise and pressure control venting from LNG storage tanks, using both theoretical and empirical modeling.
Vehicle tailpipe and crankcase emissions were found to be the highest sources of methane.
(Source: West Virginia University, State Journal, 22 Jan., 2017)Contact: West Virginia University, Prof. Nigel Clark, (304) 293-6457,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Transportation Emissions, Natural Gas,
The Adara iC3 Platform adds intelligent controls and cloud connectivity to Aquion's environmentally-friendly batteries to deliver a complete energy storage system that is remotely monitored and dispatched for grid-connected applications. The iC3 Platform also enables the Aquion Energy Aspen Batteries to be deployed for aggregated demand response programs and to meet utility and local regulations requiring remote programability. The iC3 Platform integrates battery and inverter controls with cloud-based software and a robust IoT connectivity solution.
Adara Power's Energy Storage Solutions are designed to support consumer self-consumption and enable a resilient renewable energy grid, according to the company.
(Source: Adara Power, PRWeb, benzinga, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Aquion Energy, http://aquionenergy.com; Adara Power, Neil Maguire, CEO, (408) 391-9360, www.adarapower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aquion EnergyEnergy Storage, Lithium-Ion Battery, Battery,
The new product, which has been assessed and certified by independent consultancy The Carbon Trust, will provide businesses with confidence to report zero carbon emissions from their purchased electricity supply. Customers will be able to trace every megawatt-hour to the source of origin, which is then tracked and allocated an "Emissions Factor Model" to report the exact carbon footprint of the electricity used. SmartestEnergy's Tariff Emission Factor Model, which sees the company allocate renewable energy certificates (REC) to specific tariffs and customers, creates a "certified link between energy generation and end consumers."
In 2016 SmartestEnergy launched the UK's first energy labels which specifies the source and carbon content of the electricity customers purchase , and has issued them to more than 500 companies.
SmartestEnergy's renewable energy electricity products comply with the global Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance.
(Source: SmartestEnergy, edie newsroom, 19 January 2017) Contact: SmartestEnergy, Robert Grove, CEO, +44 20 7448 0900, www.smartestenergy.com; The Carbon Trust, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SmartestEnergy , The Carbon Trust, Renewable Energy,
Based on China not listing a new ethanol import tariff for 2017, the tariff is expected to rise from 5 to 30 pct, effectively shutting imports out of the market based on current prices, according to Reuters.
Chinese ethanol imports during the first 11 months of 2016 hit 765,316 cubic metres, up 51 percent on the prior year, while 2015 imports of 686,904 cubic metres jumped 2,741 pct year on year, according to the Reuters report.
(Source: US AgNet, Reuters, Others, 18 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, China Biofuel, China Ethanol,
The proposed market-based ordinance is projected to eliminate as much as 98 tpy of criteria pollutants.
(Source: Salt Lake City, Press Release, 22 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmark, Energy Efficiency, ENERGY STAR,
In 2014, Dimension Data announced it would cut its clients' carbon by 1.8 million tons more than what the company itself produced. To that end, the company worked with The Carbon Trust and Carbon Smart consultancy firms to define the targets and methodology for it's clients, and it's own carbon reduction.
Dimension Data also committed to keep its carbon emissions below one million tons for the next five years.
(Source: Dimension Data, PR, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Dimension Data, Ruth Rowan, Marketing, (212) 613-3486,
www.dimensiondata.com/en; Carbon Smart, +44 20 7048 0459, www.carbonsmart.co.uk; Carbon Trust, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carbontrust.com
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Projects funded through this RFA, titled Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and bio-based products, and diversify our energy portfolio.
The BRDI program requires that funded projects address at least one of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas:
The RFA is slated for issuance in February 2017. (Source: US DOE, USDA, Jan., 16, 2017)Contact: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, https://nifa.usda.gov; BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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Along with the construction of more transmission lines and substations, Laos also plans to expand the country's current 42 operational power plants with installed capacity of 6,391MWgenerating generate about 33,822.4 GWh annually .
The number of power plants will increase from 42 to 50. (Source: Gov't of Laos, Various Media, China Daily, Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Renewable Energy,
The AES Energy Storage arrays will provide sufficient storage capacity to power 1,000 homes. The pair of 2-MW Advancion energy storage arrays are expected to become operational in early 2017.
APS anticipates Arizona's energy needs will be approximately 25 percent higher by 2025. The company plans to meet 50 percent of that growth with renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Source: AES, Electric Light & Power, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: , AES Energy Storage, www.aesenergystorage.com;
Arizona Public Service Co., www.aps.com
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The US Residential AC Battery, based on LG Chem's JH2 cell technology, has been certified to meet US national standards and passed rigorous internal testing at both Eguana and LG Chem. Deployments in the Hawaii and California markets have taken place in both homeowner and utility applications.
Eguana will also expand its AC Battery product line to introduce a 15kVA/37kWh commercial energy storage product based on the JH3 cell in the same standalone module format in the second quarter 2017. (Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., PR, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: LG Chem,
Peter Gibson, US Sales Director , www.lgchem.com, www.lgesspartner.com; Eguana Technologies Inc. , Vishwas Ganesan, Bus. Dev., (408) 685-2670, Vishwas.Ganesan@EguanaTech.com, www.EguanaTech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eguana Technologies Inc., Battery, Energy Storage, LG Chem,
The two firms have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission alternative to traditional transportation fuels since launching the program in 2009. Work continues toward developing strains of algae that demonstrate significantly improved photosynthetic efficiency and oil production through selection and genetic engineering of higher-performance algae strains.
ExxonMobil is engaged in a broad range of research on advanced biofuels, partnering with universities and other companies. The purpose of these research and development programs is to explore new technologies and seek the best pathways toward scalable and cost-effective production of advanced biofuels. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, PR, 18 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Synthetic Genomics, www.syntheticgenomics.com;
ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
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According to World Coal, "Coal will continue to be part of the global energy supply for the foreseeable future. Therefore, clean coal technologies are critical to achieve the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement including high efficiency-low emissions technologies, methane management, carbon capture and storage and identifying the most efficient coal resources."
(Source: World Coal, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: UNECE, www.unece.org; WCA, Benjamin Sporton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7851 0052, email@example.com, www.worldcoal.org
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According to the study, methane emissions are about 1.8 times what the BAAQMD has estimated. In statistical parlance, the study results had a 95 pct confidence level that methane emissions are 1.3 to 2.3 times the inventory. The study also found that about 82 pct is from biological -- landfill -- sources and 17 pct from fossil fuel sources. The study combined measurements of air samples from six towers in and around the BAAQMD with calculations based on atmospheric transport models.
Methane is a short-lived greenhouse gas that traps about 83 times more heat than carbon dioxide per unit mass when averaged over a 20-year timescale. Methane stays in the atmosphere for about 10 years, whereas carbon dioxide may stay in the atmosphere for more than 100 years. The researchers believe methane is 10 to 15 pct of California's total greenhouse gas emissions on a 100-year timescale.
The research was funded by the California Energy Commission's Natural Gas Research Program.
(Source: LBL. News Release, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: LBL, Marc Fischer, Researcher, (510) 486-5539, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lbl.gov;
California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4287, www.energy.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Methane, Landfill Gas, Methane Emissions, Climate Change ,
The researchers found that guanidine solutions develop crystals containing carbonate formed when air-bourne CO2 reacts with water. The research team has developed a process for vaporizing carbon crystals at temperatures between 80 and 120 degrees Celsius and piping the released gas to underground storage reservoirs.
The researchers believe the discovery could be adapted to capture CO2 emissions directly from industrial sources.
Carbon capturing crystals are not new, but prior to their formation in guanidine, it required vaporization at temperatures up to 900 degrees Celsius -- a process that ended up creating more CO2. Guanidine's much lower vaporization temperature could be accomplished via solar energy, and has ORNL scientists hopeful the process could advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate climate change. (Source: ORNL, Construction Dive, Others, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: ORNL, (865) 574-5035, www.ornl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide, CO2, Oak Ridge National Laboratory , Carbon Capture, CCS,
Green Deal loans cater to those facing heavy upfront costs for essential upgrades such as boiler replacements, homeowners who want to increase the value of their home with green upgrades and landlords that have been requested to upgrade the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of a home.
Green deal loans offer competitive interest rates and are repaid through household energy bills, which are likely to have been reduced from the energy savings generated from measures installed using the loan. (Source: Greenstone Finance Ltd., Aurium Capital Markets, Energy Live, 16 Jan,, 2017) Contact: Greenstone Finance Ltd., Kilian Pender, CEO, www.greenstonefcs.com;
Green Deal Finance Company, www.tgdfc.org
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According to Phys.org, seagrass and underwater meadows have the capacity to store large amounts of carbon dioxide. While seagrass meadows are found worldwide, scientists have pinpointed one meadow in Denmark which they say is the most efficient.
The meadow is located in a bay called Thurobund on the island of Thuro in the South Funen Archipelago of Denmark.
According to Professor Mariann Holmer of the University of Southern Denmark, Thurobund bay has unique conditions that add to its carbon capturing capabilities.
Thurobund stores 27,000 grams of carbon per square meter. The highest numbers found in other locations around the world have never been more than 10,000 to 11,000 grams per meter squared. (Source: Inhabitat, Phys.org, 16 Jan., 2016) Contact: Professor Mariann Holmer, University of Southern Denmark, www.sdu.dk/ansat/holmer.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, CO2, Carbon Sink,
Veolia currently provides energy management services to more than 100 hospitals in the UK and Ireland. (Source: Veolia. PR, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017)Contact:
Cynergin Group, +44 (0) 845 257 7080, email@example.com,www.cynergin.com; Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com
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In a December 31st statement, FP&L reported the commissioning and startup of three 74.5-MW universal solar power plants in Florida -- the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center and the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. This year, the utility intends to build four more universal solar power plants, of the same size, in Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties. Local approvals have been obtained for construction work as early as Q1.
The company also plans to install a number of solar systems in local communities and is developing further large-scale solar projects at an unspecified later date. (Source: FP&L, SeeNews, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017)Contact: Florida Power & Light, www.fpl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light, Solar,
The standards are projected to result in average fleet-wide consumer fuel economy sticker values of 36 mpg by model year 2025, 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average. Since the first year of the GHG standards, manufacturers have been developing and adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates. At the same time, the American car industry has been thriving. The Administrator is retaining the current standards to provide regulatory certainty for the auto industry despite a technical record that suggests the standards could be made more stringent.
(Source: EPA, PR, 13 Jan., 2017( Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas-ghg
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Vehicle Emissions, GHGs,
The two facilities, which will incorporate 1,000 Vestas 2-MW turbines, are expected to be completed by the year end. (Source: MidAMerican Energy, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy, Wind,
The report considers each of these four areas in turn, explaining industry activity, progress and initiatives:
The report sets out the following requests for government backing to help the aviation industry meet its aspirations of carbon reduction:
According to Airlines UK, "UK airlines have invested in more than 470 new aircraft since 2005, at a cost of over £37 billion, helping the industry reduce its carbon emissions by 20 million tonnes."
(Source: Airlines UK, Travel Weekly, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: Airlines UK, Tim Alderslade, CEO, +44 20 7808 7111, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://airlinesuk.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions, Carbon Emissions,
The report provides an overview of the CBM industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures.
The report states the global Coal Bed Methane (CBM) market size (volume and value), and the segment markets by regions -- USA, Europe, China and Japan, and others -- types, applications and companies, complete with corporate profiles, are also discussed. CBM industry development trends and marketing channels are also analyzed.
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(Source: Report Bazzar, Jan., 2017) Contact: ReportBazzar, Mary Jane,
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This recognition follows Hilton's system-wide ISO 50001 Energy Management certification across its entire hotel portfolio in 2014.
Energy is typically the second or third largest cost for the average hotel, and there are strong financial and performance incentives in reducing overall usage and driving greater efficiencies. Through LightStay, its proprietary measurement platform across more than 4,500 hotels globally, Hilton has gathered data across its global portfolio to analyze how hotels are managing energy performance and driving improvements over time.
Hilton has also set targets in the areas of water conservation, waste diversion, carbon reduction and social impact. Hilton is also partnered with the U.S. DOE through the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve a 20 pct energy savings goal over the next ten years. (Source: Hilton Worldwide, PR, Jan., 2017) Contact: Hilton Worldwide, Fallon Mcloughlin, (703) 883-5549,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, ISO 50001, Better Buildings Challenge,
Under the terms of the contract, Siemens will install the Desigo CC building management system which will see optimization of the control strategies for the mechanical plant. The system also has the future capability to integrate with the existing lighting, fire and security system at the Museum. The energy consumption of the chiller plants will be optimized using Demand Flow at the Melbourne Museum, whereas at the Immigration Museum, the existing chillers will be replaced completely. All museums will see upgrades that reduce water use and make lighting more energy efficient via implementation of a new lighting design that incorporates the latest LED technology. (Source: Siemens, 14 Jan., 2017) Contact: Siemens Building Technologies, www.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies
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The proposed expansion includes four new 730,000-gallon fermenters and several smaller above-ground storage tanks.
With the expansion, the amount of corn processed at the plant would increase from 25 million to 38.5 million bpy and dried distillers grain (DDGs)and wetcake production would also rise. (Source: Bushmills Ethanol Inc., West Central Tribune. 10 Jan. 2017)
Bushmills Ethanol Inc., (320) 974-8050, www.bushmillsethanol.com
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project, which is expected to come in at $9 million or more upon completion in late 2018, could pay for itself within two years. (Source: SioulandMatters.com, 9 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sioux City Utilities, Mark Simms, Dir., (402) 454-7520, www.sioux-city.org/utilities
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Wastewater,
In October 2016, NV Energy said it worked with a broad coalition of customers and participants in the rate case to lower annual electricity rates for residential and small general service customers by approximately $2.92 million annually, or a total of $8.77 million over the three-year period. The cost savings would be shared across a broad base of Northern Nevada electric customers.
NV Energy argues that the December order directed the savings to a limited number of customers who install rooftop solar systems and get a retail rate credit from the utility for the excess electricity the systems generate.
(Source: NV Energy, Review Journal, 12 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Nevada PUC, (775) 684-6101, http://puc.nv.gov; NV Energy, www.nvenergy.com
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PCE, which has a short-term PPA energy retailer Direct Energy, offers an electricity packages that provides 50 pct renewable energy, and second package provides 100 pct renewable energy. PG&E offers a the 30 pct renewables package.
According to PCE, it will soon need a larger, longer term supply of renewably generated power to meet the demand. To that end,
PCE last fall issued a request for offers from energy suppliers and is currently evaluating bids.
(Source: Peninsula Clean Energy, Half Moon Bay Review, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Peninsula Clean Energy, Jan Pepper, CEO, George Wiltsee, Director of Power Resources, (866) 966-0110, www.peninsulacleanenergy.com
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With $1.5 million over three years funding from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ANL has developed and "de-risked" the technology, which is now ready for scale-up.
Biochar, charcoal derived from plant material, is created in processes such as gasification and pyrolysis, which also produce energy in the form of syngas or liquid fuels. ANL has demonstrated success using biochar from gasification of both corn stover and woody sources. Anaerobic digestion usually creates biogas that is mainly a combination of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, and extra steps are required to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas by removing the CO2 and other contaminants. Adding biochar directly to the anaerobic digester sequesters the CO2 and creates a biogas stream that is more than 90 pct methane and less than 5 ppb hydrogen sulfide, thus reducing the need for upgrading steps. The biochar also improves many of the operating conditions for anaerobic digestion, and can serve as a high-quality fertilizer.
ANL and Roeslein Alternative Energy preparing to scale up the technology to produce renewable natural gas ecologically and economically. The technology could dramatically improve the economics of anaerobic digestion projects. The reduction of upgrading steps alone could make many smaller biogas projects become profitable. The technology further reduces capital and operating expenses by improving digester conditions and producing fertilizer, which would provide even greater economic benefit.
(Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office;
Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, email@example.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000, www.anl.gov
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SPINN is committed to: advance energy efficiency and eenewable energy; waste minimization through recycling; promoting green gleets through the Clean Cities Coalition; and integrating sustainability into long range planning. Documents.
Some coalition members also support proposals likely to be introduced during the upcoming state legislative session, particularly regarding how Nevada evaluates the consumer benefits of various energy efficiency programs offered by major utilities.
Energy efficiency has reportedly created 1.9 million jobs nationwide, including more than 15,300 in Nevada.
Further, in 2012, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project conducted a study, The $20 Billion Bonanza, which demonstrates that cost-effective efficiency improvements to Nevada buildings could generate $3.4 billion in net economic benefits statewide over the next decade. (Source: City of Reno, 13 Jan., 2017)
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ASU and PayPal will pay a premium for the renewable-energy credits from the plant in a deal approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state's regulator.
Power from the plant won’t go directly to ASU and PayPal, but the power they purchase from the facility is meant to compensate for traditional utility-grid power used at their facilities.
(Source: Arizona Public Service Co., Arizona Republic, 13 Jan., 2017) Contact: Arizona Public Service Co., Marc Romito, Mgr. Renewable Energy, www.aps.com
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Fully 97 pct of MIT's greenhouses gas emissions are a result of buildings operations. Two pct of the emissions were "fugitive" that leaked from refrigeration equipment, among other sources. The remaining one pct of emissions was attributed to the school's vehicles fleet, according to an MIT release.
MIT has invested in energy efficient technologies and upgrades and cleaner fuels in order to achieve its targeted reductions improvements. The school is also cutting emissions by purchasing environmentally friendly electricity, upgrading its cogeneration power plant and various other measures. (Source: MIT, The Tech, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: MIT Sustainability office, sustainableMIT@mit.edu, www.mit,edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GHG, Carbon Emitions ,
According to Fairbanks, its services have saved customers over 25 million kWh, over $3 million in annual energy costs and obtained more than $4 million of incentives through the company's services.
(Source: Fairbanks Energy Services, PR, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: Fairbanks Energy Services, Shannon Shea, (781)658-3266 x1006, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fairbanksenergy.com
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The Windy City's Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance is based on the US EPA's ENERGY STAR scoring system, which measures how efficiently buildings use energy on a scale of 1 to 100, with 50 being the average energy performance. The Chicago ordinance requires all buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to track energy use, report to the city annually and verify data accuracy every three years. Unfortunately, the ordinance does not require property owners to make any energy-related investments.
The city estimates the ordinance has saved $17.8 million in energy costs through energy efficiency upgrades since its inception. (Source: wttw, Chicago Tonight, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Performance, Energy Management, ENERGY STAR, Energy Benchmarking, Energy Efficiency,
Under the pilot program, Ameren Missouri would own, operate and maintain PV solar equipment on a customer's premises under a long-term lease agreement. Ameren Missouri would retain and own all electricity and associated renewable benefits from the facility. Power generated by the individual units would be interconnected to Ameren Missouri's electric distribution system.
Ameren Missouri anticipates installing three to five facilities through the pilot program, each in range of between 100 kilowatts to 2 megawatts. (Source: Ameren Missouri, 11 Jan., 2017)Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com; Missouri Public Service Commission, (573) 751-3234, https://psc.mo.gov
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"We, the undersigned members in the business and investor community of the United States, re-affirm our deep commitment to addressing climate change through the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement.
"We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy. Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost US competitiveness. We pledge to do our part in our own operations and beyond to realize the Paris Agreement's commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
"We call on our elected US leaders to strongly support:
"Implementing the Paris Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all.
"We support leaders around the world as they seek to implement the Paris Agreement and leverage this historic opportunity to tackle climate change."
The 630 company signatories to the letter -- including Avery Dennison, DuPont, eBay, EILEEN FISHER, Gap Inc., General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Hilton, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, The Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss & Co., L'Oreal USA, NIKE, Mars Incorporated, The North Face, Pacific Gas & Electric, Patagonia, Schneider Electric, Sealed Air, Starbucks, Tesla, Timberland, Unilever, VF Corporation and 605 others -- collectively generate $1.15 trillion in annual revenue and employ and employ about 1.8 million people accross 44 states. (Source: Sustainable Life Brands, 10 Jan., 2017)
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Carbon dioxide and methane are linked to climate change and peatlands, which are formed from the accumulation of dead plant material, act as "carbon sinks.
"Peatlands are only a resource in the fight against climate change when left intact, and so maintaining large stores of carbon in undisturbed peatlands should be a priority," according to Leeds University ecologist and one of the study's authors, Prof. Simon Lewis.
(Source: Daily Mail, Nature, Leeds University, Jan., 2017) Contact: Leeds University, Dr.Simon Lewis, +44 (0) 113 34 33337, www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/s.lewis
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For the study, NREL simulated the operation of a grid using the modeling tool PLEXOS. NREL modeled the function of the Western Interconnection grid, which includes 11 states, two Canadian provinces, and parts of northern Mexico, in a future where wind meets 35 percent of energy needs. The study included a baseline of no transmission expansion, as well as three models with degrees of transmission expansion.
In the baseline scenario, NREL found that curtailment, situations in which wind farms are told not to generate power due to low grid capacity, could lead to higher costs and 15.5 pct of energy going unused. If four proposed transmission projects are completed, the study found that curtailment could be cut in half. Further added transmission led to even less curtailment and eventually full use of wind energy.
Overall, the results of the study found that utility grids can reliably operate with more than 35 pct wind energy and 12 pct solar energy, and that even limited transmission expansion can significantly pave the way to a renewable energy future.
Download the Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future report HERE.
(Source: NREL, Daily Energy Insider Reports, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov
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The company is presently building its first prototype plant near Southampton and has applied for planning permission for further sites around the country. Individual gasmills biodegrade grass into silage from which biogas is collected, processed and scrubbed of any other trace gases, leaving biomethane, which can be injected straight into the gas grid as a replacement for traditional fossil fuel gas.
A 5MW plant requiring a 5 acres of grass for feedstock, could produce sufficient power for 5,000 homes for a full year. The company estimates that 5,000 Green Gasmills could power the whole of Britain.
(Source: Ecotricity, power-technology, Jan., 2017)Contact: Ecotricity, Dale Vance, Founder, +44 (0) 145 375 6111, www.ecotricity.co.uk
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The 49,016 sq-metre building complex features multiple nearby amenities, major commercial thoroughfare access and direct connections to the city's METRO underground mass transportation network.
LEED energy efficiency certification upgrades include:
recovery-mode chiller to reduce natural gas consumption;
a condensation boiler;
a new preventive maintenance system;
automated boiler control;
automated water treatment systems;
state-of-the-art Metasys energy management system;
new higher-performance energy efficient light fixtures;
monitored main water meter; and
higher-performance plumbing equipment for reduced water consumption. (Source: Ivanhoe Cambridge, Jan., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
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Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BG&E) and other utilities and their customers have spent $1.3 billion on the EmPOWER Maryland program since it's 2008 launch -- money that paid for energy efficient appliances, home energy checkups, rebates and bill credits for reducing electricity usage. For every dollar spent, the state has benefited $1.81 through reduced energy usage and energy prices, according to share through a roughly $5 monthly surcharge on customer bills, according to the report.
The report identified 51 million MWh of energy saving , equal to the power consumption of 850,000 homes over five years; nearly 19 million tons in avoided carbon dioxide emissions; a reduction in energy demand that was equal to four large power plants in 2015; and, eventually, $4.1 billion in customer bill savings as the investments pay off over time.
Maryland's 2008 EmPOWER Act legislation required the state's utilities to cut per capita electric power consumption by 10 pct by 2015, but did not
require that the program go forward after meeting its goal in 2015. (Source: Maryland PSC, Baltimore Sun, Jan., 2017) Contact:
EmPOWER Maryland www.psc.state.md.us/electricity/empower-maryland; ACEEE,www.aceee.org
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As a direct representative for two enzyme production facilities located in China, CTE Global works closely with the ethanol industry to optimize ethanol production. Inc. CTE Global's products are composed of dozens of series relating to over 150 enzymatic preparations and formulations that are applied in at least 15 industries which are used in over 25 countries.
(Source: CTE Global, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Various Media, 12 Jan., 2017)
Contact: CTE Global Inc., Miriam Zaslavsky, (847) 564-5770, email@example.com, http://cte-global.com; Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Tim Rudnicki , Exec. Dir., (612) 888-9138, www.mnbiofuels.org
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