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CDP Initiative Aims to Develop Credible Carbon Pricing for Investors (Ind. Report)
CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project
Date: 2017-01-25
The London-headquartered Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), on behalf of the We Mean Business Coalition, reports it has has convened a panel of utilities and investment leaders from across the G20 under the Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative -- the world's first industry-led initiative aimed at defining the carbon prices needed for the power sector to meet the COP21 Paris Agreement. Over the next two years, the CEOs from PGGM, Engie, Bank of America, Iberdrola, YesBank, Hermes Fund Managers and other leaders will shape realistic prognoses of the range of investment-grade carbon prices needed to de-carbonize electric power generation through 2020, 2025 and 2030. During the course of 2017, the initiative will expand its scope beyond the power sector to include other high-emitting sectors.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  CDP,  Carbon Disclosure Project,  Carbon Emissions,  


Energy Storage Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets -- World Bank IFC Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-01-25
Over the next eight to nine years, energy storage capacity in developing countries is expected to skyrocket from the present 2 GW to over 80 GW, according Energy Storage Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets, a new report from the World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC). The report notes that 78 GW of new solar and wind generating capacity was installed globally in 2016, and that 378.1GW is projected to be installed over the next five years.

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.

Download the Energy Storage Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets report HERE. (Source: World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) , ComputerWorld, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org


Newfoundland Biofuel Plant Close to Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
NewGreen Technology Inc,Proton Power
Date: 2017-01-25
In Atlantic Canada, NewGreen Technology Inc. reports it is expecting a tentative offer from the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government for a sufficient allocation of locally harvested wood fibres as feedstock for its proposed $i85 million biofuel plant in Botwood, Newfoundland.

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, info@protonpower.com, www.protonpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Proton Power,  Woody Biomass,  BiofuelNewGreen Technology Inc,  Forest Biomass,  Biofuel,  


$60Mn Bond Issue Approved for New La. Bio-coal Plant (Ind. Report)
Biomass Secure Power
Date: 2017-01-23
Abbottsford, British Columbia-headquartered bio-coal producer Biomass Secure Power reports the Louisiana State Bond Commission has approved the sale of $60 million in tax exempt bonds by the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Biomass Power Louisiana (BPL).

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 ,  


Vivint Solar Expands into Granite State (Ind. Report)
Vivint Solar
Date: 2017-01-23
Residential solar provider Vivint Solar Inc. reports it has expanded into the Manchester, Nashua and Concord New Hampshire markets. The company presently is active in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington, D.C.

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, ir@vivintsolar.com, www.vivintsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar,  Solar,  Residential Solar,  RooftopSolar,  


Wave Power Testing at NREL Wind Energy Testing Site (Ind. Report)
National Wind Technology Centre
Date: 2017-01-23
Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Columbia Power Technologies reports it will be testing its StingRAY direct-drive wave energy system at the NREL-operated National Wind Testing Center (NWTC) in Boulder, Colorado.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Wind Testing Centre,  


Nat Gas-Fueled Truck Methane Emissions Studied (Ind. Report)
West Virginia University
Date: 2017-01-23
Researchers at West Virginia University, in collaboration with the American Gas Association, International Council on Clean Transportation and others, is studying methane emissions from heavy-duty vehicles that burn natural gas instead of diesel fuel. The WVU "pump-to-wheels" study is the first end-use paper in a collaborative scientific research series designed to measure and better understand the sources and amount of greenhouse gas methane that is emitted across the natural gas supply chain.

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, nigel.clark@mail.wvu.edu, www.wvu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Transportation Emissions,  Natural Gas,  


Adara, Aquion Partner on Intelligent Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Adara Power,Aquion Energy
Date: 2017-01-23
Milpitas, California-based lithium-ion solar energy storage systems supplier Adara Power, is reporting that its iC3 Platform now supports Aquion Energy's Aspen Batteries, which feature Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) technology.

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,  


SmartestEnergy Touts Certified 100 pct Renewable Electricity Product (Int'l, Ind. Report)
SmartestEnergy,The Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-01-23
In the UK, London-headquartered independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy is reporting the launch of the UK's first independently certified 100 pct renewable electricity product for businesses.

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,  


Chinese Ethanol Imports Cancelled (Int'l Ind. Report)
China, Ethanol, Biofuel
Date: 2017-01-23
Reuters is reporting that Chinese purchasers have cancelled the importation of as many as seven ethanol shipments that were due to arrive at Chinese ports by the end of March. The cancellations are being seen as the first sign of likely hike in ethanol import duties which could slow the demand for ethanol in the world's fastest-growing market.

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,  


Salt Lake City Considers Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ordinance (Ind. Report)
Salt Lake City
Date: 2017-01-23
As part of its commitment to pursuing cost-effective measures to reduce air pollution, Salt Lake City Council is considering an energy benchmarking and "tune-up" ordinance for commercial buildings of 25,000 square feet or more. Under the city's proposed program, a building's annual energy use would be benchmarked using the EPA's free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software. Buildings with lower energy scores that are also eligible for utility-sponsored energy efficiency incentives would then be required to "tune-up" building energy systems and energy efficiency.

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) Contact: www.slcgreen.com/elevatebuildings

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmark,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


Dimension Data Achieves Carbon Neutrality Goal (Ind. Report)
Dimension Data,The Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-01-23
Global ICT solutions and services provider DimensionData reports it has reached its 2014 its sustainability Carbon Neutral by reducing its ¹carbon emissions to below one million tons, and preventing 4,000 tons of electronic waste from going to landfill.

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, greenbusiness@carbontrust.com, www.carbontrust.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Trust,  Carbon Neutral,  


Ethanol's 43% Advantage Over Gasoline

Date: 2017-01-22
A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol A lengthy ICF report recently released by USDA concludes that corn-based ethanol emits 43 pct lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline. The report states: “a biofuel must have a life-cycle greenhouse gas profile of at least 20% lower than that of the fossil fuel it replaces to qualify as a renewable fuel under the RFS2.” That equation factors in more efficient farming methods and more intense conservation practices such as reduced tillage, cover crops and variable-rate nitrogen applications. Steffen Mueller, economist with the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center, argues that better farmer practices have in turn made ethanol production increasingly more efficient. “The report provides a sound incorporation of the recent energy efficiency improvements achieved by corn ethanol plants, many of which were driven by the incentives provided by the RFS2,” he says. “Corn ethnol today now mirrors the environmental benefits of advance biofuels.” Mueller has been sharing the findings of his research with other countries as well as in the U.S. “Several [regions] like the EU and Japan require a greenhouse gas reduction of 50% to qualify corn ethanol blends into their fuel supply – this is without considering international land use assessments in recognition of the uncertainties surrounding this science,” he says. “[The recent] USDA report shows that the average U.S. produced corn ethanol easily meets these international requirements, which documents the competitive advantage of this fuel in green markets abroad.” About 2.76 gallons of ethanol can be produced from a bushel of corn, according to the report. (Source: AgWeb, 17 Jan., 2017)


Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative Seeking Applications (R&D, Ind. Report)
USDA, US DOE
Date: 2017-01-20
In the nation's capitol, the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in coordination with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is announcing its intent to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative.

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:

  • Feedstocks development to address research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities regarding feedstocks and feedstock logistics (including harvest, handling, transport, pre-processing, and storage) relevant to production of raw materials for conversion to biofuels and bio-based products.

  • Biofuels and bio-based products development to address RD&D activities to support (1) development of diverse cost-effective, innovative technologies for the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels, bioenergy, and bio-based products and (2) product diversification through technologies relevant to the production of a range of bio-based products (including chemicals, animal feeds, and co-generation power) that potentially can increase the feasibility of fuel production in a biorefinery.

  • Biofuels development analysis to apply systems evaluation methods that can be used to optimize system performance and market potential and to quantify the project's impact on sustainability; accordingly, successful applications will consider the life-cycle (cradle-to-grave) impacts including environmental, social, and economic implications attributable to the project.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA US DOE EERE,  BETO,  


  • Laos Includes Biomass in Energy Generation Expansion (Int'l)
    Laos
    Date: 2017-01-20
    In SouthEast Asia, Laotian Government reports it is investigating the promotion and production of biomass and other renewable energy sources for power production.

    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,  


    APS, AES Announce Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service, AES Energy Storage
    Date: 2017-01-20
    Arizona Public Service (APS) and AES Energy Storage are reporting an agreement under which AES will provide a pair of 2-MW AES Advancion to APS solar energy storage arrays to be deployed as part of the APS Solar Partner Program (SPP) and represent AES' first installation in Arizona.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service,  AES Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    Eguana, LG Chem Expand Energy Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Eguana Technologies Inc.,LG Chem
    Date: 2017-01-20
    In Calgary, Alberta, Eguana Technologies Inc. reports the expansion of its energy storage partnership with LG Chem. Development and has begun to optimize integration and delivery of LG Chem's new industry-leading JH3 battery cell technology for stationary storage systems as part of Eguana's AC Battery portfolio.

    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,  


    Exxon, Synthetic Genomics Continue Algae Biofuels R&D (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil,Synthetic Genomics
    Date: 2017-01-20
    La Jolla, California-based Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and petroleum giant ExxonMobil are reporting the extension of their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing oil production.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Genomics ,  Algae,  Algae Niofuel,  Biofuel,  ExxonMobil,  


    UNECE, World Coal Tout Long-Term Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe,World Coal Association
    Date: 2017-01-20
    The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing their long-term collaboration and commitment to facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal industry. The groups aim to increase the awareness of the role of coal in the global energy mix and in providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

    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, info@worldcoal.org, www.worldcoal.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Coal,  World Coal Association,  Climate Change,  


    BAAQMD Methane Emissions Double Previous Estimates (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2017-01-20
    According to a new study from US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), methane emissions, particularly from landfill and other biological sources in the San Francisco Bay Area (BAAQMD) may be twice as high as previously officially estimated.

    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, mlfischer@lbl.gov, 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 ,  


    ORNL Develops Carbon Capture Crystals (New Prod & Tech)
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Date: 2017-01-20
    At the U.S. DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers investigating methods for eliminating water contaminants are reporting the discovery of a way to capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere. Using aqueous guanidine solutions, the process offers a possible solution to capturing and storing atmospheric CO2, a greenhouse gas suspected of contributing to global warming.

    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 Energy Efficiency Loans Under New Management (M&A)
    Greenstone Finance, Aurium Capital Markets
    Date: 2017-01-18
    In the UK, Greenstone Finance Ltd.and Aurium Capital Markets are reporting the acquisition of the Green Deal Finance Company, the business behind the Green Deal loan scheme, which provided households with accessible financing for home energy improvements. The loans will continue to be offered and upheld under the group's new ownership.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Deal Finance Company,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Denmark's Thurobund Bay World's Largest CO2 Sink (Int'l

    Date: 2017-01-18
    Phys.org is reporting researchers have found a small bay in Denmark they claim holds a world-record amount of carbon.

    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 Acquires UK Energy Services Firm Cynergin (Int'l, M&A)
    Veolia,Cynergin
    Date: 2017-01-18
    Recycling and waste management company Veolia is reporting the acquisition of energy services and London-headquartered energy performance contract (EPC) specialist Cynergin Group.

    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, enquiries@cynergin.com,www.cynergin.com; Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cynergin,  Veolia,  Energy Management,  


    FP&L Planning 298 MW of New Solar Farms (Ind. Report)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2017-01-18
    Last Friday the 13th, Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L) released its plans to add more than 298 MW of solar capacity in the Sunshine State in 2017, having just commissioned in three PV parks totaling 224 MW.

    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,  


    US Auto Carbon Pollution Standards to Remain Unchanged Through 2025 (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2017-01-18
    In Washington, the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reports that the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks will be maintained. The final determination finds that a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 at lower costs than predicted.

    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,  


    MidAmerican Sets Iowa Wind Farms Construction Date (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy
    Date: 2017-01-18
    Following up on our August 31st coverage, Berkshire Hathaway-owned US utility MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it plans to start construction in April on two Iowa wind farms with a combined capacity of 338 MW, the first as part of its $3.6 billion 2-GW Wind XI project in the state.

    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,  


    Airlines UK Sets Aviation Carbon Emissions Cutting Targets (Int'l)
    Airlines UK
    Date: 2017-01-18
    The London-headquartered Association of UK Airlines (Airlines UK), the trade body representing UK-registered airlines, has issued a report detailing four areas of work to help reduce aviation carbon emissions. The organization id calling for; the continued introduction of new aircraft; greater fuel efficiency; the use of sustainable fuels; and support for international carbon trading and offset schemes.

    The report considers each of these four areas in turn, explaining industry activity, progress and initiatives:

  • UK airlines have introduced more than 470 aircraft into service with orders placed for another 400. These new aircraft offer at least a 13 pct improvement in fuel efficiency.
  • Airlines, with their industry partners, are also working hard on other ways to create greater fuel efficiency. These initiatives include making aircraft fly more direct routes, with an uninterrupted climb and descent, while also having aircraft taxi on the ground without all their engines running.
  • Sustainable aviation fuels developed from waste produced from domestic, commercial and industrial processes also offer opportunities. The report endorses the conclusions of the Sustainable Aviation 'Sustainable Fuels Road Map' and welcomes recent government consultation on including sustainable aviation fuels in its updated renewable transport fuel policy.
  • Once all of the airline initiatives to cut CO2 emissions have been exhausted, some form of carbon offsetting scheme will still be required to meet lower CO2 emission goals. Globally, airlines now have a target to cut CO2 emissions from all journeys by 50 pct of their 2005 levels, by 2050.

    The report sets out the following requests for government backing to help the aviation industry meet its aspirations of carbon reduction:

  • Prioritize and support industry efforts to deliver airspace modernization;
  • Include airspace, as a critical part of the UK national infrastructure which requires long-term strategic decision making by the National Infrastructure Commission;
  • Deliver legislation for including all sustainable aviation fuel producers in the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation;
  • Provide a clear long-term policy to encourage UK sustainable aviation fuel production;
  • Work with the industry to avoid duplication or competitive distortion for UK airlines between global and regional aviation carbon trading and offsetting schemes;
  • Start negotiations with other countries on how the new carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation will deliver a halving of global airline net CO2 reductions by 2050;
  • Continue to invest and support the UK aerospace industry to deliver affordable, new aircraft technology and grow the number of high value jobs in the UK.

    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, info@airlinesuk.org, http://airlinesuk.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Global Coal Bed Methane Consumption 2016 Market Research Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Coal Bed Methane
    Date: 2017-01-18
    The Global Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Consumption 2016 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) market.

    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.

    Request a report sample HERE. (Source: Report Bazzar, Jan., 2017) Contact: ReportBazzar, Mary Jane, (212) 389-6363, sales@reportbazzar.com, www.reportbazzar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal Bed Methane,  


    Hilton Hotels Lauded for Superior Energy Performance (Ind. Report)
    Hilton, US DOE,Better Buildings Challenge
    Date: 2017-01-18
    McLean, Virginia-headquartered hospitality industry giant Hilton Worldwide reports it is the first hospitality company to achieve Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) certification from the U.S. DOE for leadership and improvement in energy management and productivity at three landmark hotels -- Washington Hilton, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and Hilton Union Square San Francisco.

    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, Fallon.Mcloughlin@hilton.com, www.hiltonworldwide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  ISO 50001,  Better Buildings Challenge,  


    Siemens Wins Aussie Museum Energy Efficiency Contract (Int'l)
    Siemens Building Technologies
    Date: 2017-01-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Museum Victoria complex in the state of Victoria reports it has awarded a contract to Siemens Building Technologies Division to improve the energy efficiency and cut the carbon emissions of the largest museum complex in the Southern Hemisphere.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Building Technologies news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  


    Bushmills Plans Ethanol Production, Plant Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Bushmills Ethanol Inc
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Bushmills Ethanol Inc., a 4i5 member farmer cooperative near Atwater, Minnesota, reports that subject to regulatory approvals, it will expand its facilities and increase annual production of denatured corn ethanol from 65 million to 100 million gpy.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Bushmills Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    Sioux City OK's Wastewater Biofuel Project Funding (Ind. Report)
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In the Hawkeye State, Sioux City city council is reporting approval of $1.3 million funding for engineering fees associated with a methane-to-fuel conversion project at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The plant presently "burns off" the plant's methane production.

    The 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,  


    NV Energy Seeking Solar Net Metering Ruling Reversal (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In Carson City, NV Energy -- dba Nevada Power -- reports it is asking the state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reconsider a decision that restored more favorable net metering rates for up to 1,250 future residential rooftop solar customers in Northern Nevada. The PUC's decision last month redirected energy savings originally intended for many of NV Energy Sierra Pacific customers to a limited number of new rooftop solar customers, according to the utility. The PUC order established rates for a three-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2017 for NV Energy's Northern Nevada customers.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    PCE Seeking to Expand Renewable Electricity Supply (Ind. Report)
    Peninsula Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), an electric power provider in San Mateo County, California, reports it is finalizing contracts with renewable energy suppliers and enrolling a second round of residential and other customers. As one of the Golden State's five functioning community choice aggregators, PCE allows San Mateo County and its cities to combine individual customers' buying power to purchase or develop alternatives to the investor-owned utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The nonprofits are legal in seven states, and seven more are planned to begin in California in the coming years.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peninsula Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Anaerobic Digestion Enhancing Tech. Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    anaerobic digestion, Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reports it has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas while using the remaining biosolids for a high-quality fertilizer.

    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, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000, www.anl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  BETO,  anaerobic digestion ,  Energy,  Biogas,  


    Reno City Council Supporting Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Reno Nevada
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In Nevada, the Reno City Council reports it has voted to support energy efficiency and clean energy and to join the Sustainability Partners in Northern Nevada (SPINN) coalition comprised of local and state agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and others seeking to promote environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social equity within our communities.

    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    APS' $90Mn SolarPower Plant to Power PayPal, ASU (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service Co
    Date: 2017-01-16
    The Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is reporting the commissioning and dedication of t $90 million, 40-MW Red Rock Power Plant north of Tucson. The facility will supply power for PayPal and Arizona State University.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Arizona Public Service Co,  


    MIT Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 7 pct (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Date: 2017-01-16
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is reporting that greenhouse gas emissions on campus have slid 7 pct since 2014. The prestigious school is aiming for a 32 pct reduction in emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality "as soon as possible."

    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 ,  


    Fairbanks Expands Energy Offerings to Illinois (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Energy Services
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Hingham, Mass.-headquartered Fairbanks Energy Services (FES), a full-service design/build energy conservation firm and developer of comprehensive commercial and industrial efficiency projects, is reporting the opening of its Midwest office in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

    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, shannon.shea@fairbanksenergy.com, www.fairbanksenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fairbanks Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Trump Chicago Skyscraper Scrapes Energy Performance, Efficiency Benchmarking Bottom (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2017-01-16
    The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago has reportedly registered a lowly 9 out of 100 for one of the lowest energy efficiency and performance ratings among the city's 100 largest buildings.

    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,  


    Ameren Missouri Pilot Solar Program Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Ameren Missouri,Missouri Public Service Commission
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Ameren Missouri reports the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved its application for a a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct and operate small solar generation facilities at different locations within Ameren Missouri's service territory as part of its Solar Partnership Pilot Program.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri,  Solar,  


    Brookfield Offering $1.6Bm for SunEdison Yieldcos (Ind. Report)
    Brookfield Asset Management,SunEdison,Terraform
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In a Jan. 9 regulatory filing. Toronto-headquartered Brookfield Asset Management Inc reports it has proposed the acquisition of SunEdison's yieldco TerraForm Power Inc and TerraForm Global Inc. at a pre-transaction equity value of $1.6 billion (US). The offer is for $12.50 (US) cash per share. Brookfield presently holds 12.12 pct of TerraForm Power. (Source: Brookfield Asset Management, Various Media, SeeNews, 11 Jan., 2017)Contact: Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491, www.brookfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Asset Management,  SunEdison,  TerraForm,  


    630 Companies, Investors call on Trump to Accelerate the Low-Carbon Economy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Low-Carbon Economy,Climate Change
    Date: 2017-01-13
    "Dear President-elect Trump, President Obama, Members of the US Congress, and Global Leaders:

    "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:

  • Continuation of low-carbon policies to allow the US to meet or exceed our promised national commitment and to increase our nation's future ambition;
  • Investment in the low carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost the confidence of investors worldwide;
  • Continued US participation in the Paris Agreement, in order to provide the long-term direction needed to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees C.

    "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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Economy,  Climate Change,  


  • Massive Congo Carbon Sink Identified (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In Johannesburg, South Africa, a team of British and Congolese scientists recently discovered an area of peatland they say contains 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The scientists say the area, which straddles the two Congos, must be protected from development to prevent the release of CO2 and methane gas and the subsequent environmental damage.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sing,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future , NREL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    NREL
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future, a new report from NREL finds that adding transmission could significantly reduce the costs of wind energy production and help wind energy supply 20 pct of the United States' energy in 2030 and 35 pct in 2050.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Wind,  


    UK's Ecotricity Touting "Green Gasmills" (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Ecotricity
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Follwing on our Nov. 21st coverage, British clean energy company Ecotricity is reporting plans to construct "Green Gasmills" which will create clean, grid-ready gas from grass grown on marginal lands. Ecotricity claims Green Gasmills could potentially meet the gas needs of 97 pct of Britain's homes while injecting £7.5 billion per year into the economy through the development of the industry and the creation of up to 150,000 new jobs.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Ecotricity,  Methane,  Green Gas,  Anaerobic digestion,  


    Montreal Complex Wins CaGBC Top LEED Energy Efficiency Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-01-13
    In Montreal, the Le 1500 office complex designed and developed by real estate company Ivanhoe Cambridge, has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council LEED certification in Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance category.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Success Lauded (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE,EmPOWER Maryland
    Date: 2017-01-13
    According to a report from the not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the EmPOWER Maryland program has saved the state's utility customers more than $1.8 billion on their electricity bills by helping them reduce power consumption.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ACEEE,  EmPOWER Maryland ,  


    Enzyme Specialist Joins Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoc. (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, CTE Global
    Date: 2017-01-13
    Northbrook, Illinois-based enzyme provider CTE Global reports it has joined the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association as a vendor member.

    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, info@cte-usa.com, http://cte-global.com; Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Tim Rudnicki , Exec. Dir., (612) 888-9138, www.mnbiofuels.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News enzyme,  Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association,  CTE Global ,  

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