CleanerFilters.com is an online air filter subscription service. UCapture's online shopping platform offsets a users' carbon footprint when they shop with over 2000 online partners. The service is 100 pct free to use, and is designed to combat climate change by funding projects that reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: CleanFilters.com, PR, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: CleanerFilters.com, John Price, Pres., www.CleanerFilters.com; UCapture, www.ucapture.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsets, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Carbon Footprint,
The equipment utilizes scalable MB PERC technology on the MAiA 2.1 system platform which will deliver a significant increase in cell efficiency, according to aMeyer Burger statement.
(Source: Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., SolarServer, Other Media, Jan. 9, 2017) Contact: Meyer Burger, Peter Pauli, CEO, +41 33 221 2800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.meyerburger.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger Technology, Solar,
The research team calculated that while carbon dioxide remains by far the most significant gas driving human-induced climate change, methane, while much less abundant, is even more potent than previously thought. They found that a one tonne emission of methane has the equivalent warming effect of 32 tonnes of carbon dioxide -- up from the previous estimate of 28 tonnes. While previous studies have focused on the role of methane in greenhouse trapping of the infrared energy emitted by the Earth and its atmosphere, this new study also took into account the way methane absorbs energy from the sun, at shorter wavelengths. It shows that much of the extra absorption is in the lower part of the atmosphere, where it has a warming effect.
Human activity has led to more than a doubling of the atmospheric concentration of methane since the 18th century. Methane emissions due to human activity come from agricultural sources, such as livestock, soil management and rice production, and from the production and use of coal, oil and natural gas. (Source: University of Reading, Phys.org, 10 Jan., 2017) Contact: University of Reading, Professor Keith Shine, Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science, http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/userpages/swsshine.php; Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, www.cicero.uio.no/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news, Methane Emissions news, GHGs news, Climate CHange news,
As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, the new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners.
The REMADE Institute will focus on driving down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste and aims to achieve a 50 pct improvement in overall energy efficiency measures that could save billions in energy costs and improve U.S. economic competitiveness by 2027.
U.S. manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s total annual energy use. The physical products that are created as a result of manufacturing embody most of that energy. The research and deployment of cost-effective technologies that could reduce the energy used in materials production could offer energy savings of up to 1.6 quadrillion BTU annually in the U.S.-- more than the electricity, oil and other energy consumed by New Hampshire, Hawaii, Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C. and Vermont combined. (Source: US DOE, Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.
4 Jan., 2017)Contact: Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance, email@example.com, www.smialliance.org
About 60 pct of Albertans will receive a full rebate but, due to the way the rebates will be paid, the 60 pct total will not be reached until the government has gone through a full year of payments. The rebates are paid in January, April, July and October. People who qualify for $400 or more will receive payments every quarter. People expecting between $200 to $399 will receive payments in January and July, and those getting $100 to $199 will receive their full annual rebate in January.
The provinces $20 per tonne carbon tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, has been controversial since it was introduced in 2016.. (Source: Alberta Environment Minister,, Various Media, CBC News, 10 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
Federal support for first-of-a-kind IBRs could reportedly reduce the technical and financial risks associated with the operation of commercial scale biorefineries.
The DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has identified, via stakeholder engagements through a request for information (RFI) and a biorefinery optimization workshop, areas in which DOE and USDA-NIFA can effectively support technology development and engineering solutions to economically and sustainably overcome technology barriers.
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be coordinated and co-funded by BETO and USDA-NIFA. It seeks applications for projects focused on lowering technical and financial risk, addressing challenges encountered with the successful scale-up, and reliable, continuous operation of IBRs. Upon conclusion of the review process, meritorious proposals may be recommended for funding by either of the participating agencies. This FOA invites applications for: the following four topic areas:
For the year 2016, the volume of isobutanol production was approximately 440,000 gallons, below the previously announced estimate of approximately 500,000 gallons.
The Luverne plant is presently offline for maintenance and upgrades but expected to be back online next week, according to a GEVO release. (Source: Gevo, PR, 9 Jan., 2017)Contact: GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, Isobutanol, Biofuel,
Shipments to Brazil jumped to 50.9 mg in November, representing 42 pct of the monthly total. Exports to Brazil have been rising steadily since May, when the country recorded 6 mg of imports from the U.S. Canada scaled back imports from the prior month as 24.8 mg (20 pct of U.S. ethanol exports) in November. Meanwhile China increased its purchases of U.S. ethanol, pulling in 19.8 mg (16 pct). Other ethanol importeres included India (11.3 mg, or 9 pct), Peru (5.1 mg, or 4 pct), South Korea (3.9 mg, or 3 pct) and Mexico (2.8 mg, or 2 pct). (Source:
Renewable Fuels Association , 7 Jan., 2017) Contact: Renewable Fuels Assoc., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Developers are being asked to respond to an "expression of interest" no later than Jan. 31. Information from these responses may help in the development and issuance of a more formal RFP within a competitive bidding process or the issuance of an alternative means of procurement.
Additional information is available HERE.
(Source: HECO, Pacific Bus. News, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: HECO,_Shelee Kimura, VP Corporate Planning and Business Development,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Co., Wind,
The Siemens-Gamesa company is expected to seek a third-party purchaser for Adwen once the merger is completed. (Source: AREVA, Wind Power, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Adwen, email@example.com, www.adwenoffshore.com: Areva,AREVA, Arnaud Bellanger, CEO, www.areva.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Areva, Adwen, Wind,
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced entirely from waste and residues and has up to p0 pct lower greenhouse gas emissions during the life cycle of the fuel, compared to conventional fossil diesel.
(Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neste.com; Lassila & Tikanoja, www.lassila-tikanoja.fi/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, NEXBTL, Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel,
Through the guaranteed energy savings performance contract, facility improvements will include energy management control system enhancements, air handler upgrades, new boilers, chilled water system improvements, and the installation of high-efficiency LED lighting technology, according to NORESCO.
Total cost savings over the course of the contract are estimated to be more than $33.8 million and the upgrades will eliminate the introduction of nearly 18.3 million pounds of emissions into the atmosphere. And cut energy costs by as much as 7- pct. (Source: NORESCO, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: Noresco, Michael Beccaria, Snr. VP, (480) 308-0331, www.noresco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO, Energy Efficiency,
The PetraNova project received $190 million in grant funding from the US Department of Energy -- a little under one-fifth of the project's costs -- but apart from that the project is entirely run on commercial terms, and can cover its costs at today's oil prices of about $50-$55 per barrel., according to NRG CEO Mauricio Gutierrez . By way of contrast, the other large carbon capture project now nearing completion in the US, Southern Company's Kemper plant in Mississippi, a regulated market, has gone way over budget and behind schedule. In 2010, its budgeted cost was agreed with the state's regulators at $2.8 billion. Now, with start-up scheduled for the end of this month, it is estimated at about $7 billion.
Petra Nova is fitted at a standard coal-fired unit, capturing the carbon dioxide from the flue gases using a process from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that has been in use since 1999. NRG and JX have not revealed the cost of capture, but Jesse Jenkins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimates that it works out at about $70 per tonne, unsubsidised. That is already lower than at the world's first large-scale carbon capture project at a power plant, at Boundary Dam in Canada. Completed in 2014, it cost more than Petra Nova, about $1.3 billion and captures less carbon dioxide at 1 million tpy. (Source: NRG, Financial Times, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: NRG Energy Inc., Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, (713) 537-3000, www.nrgenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy, Carbon Capture, CO2, Enhanced Oil Production,
Under their agreement, Southern Power would purchase wind turbine equipment from Siemens and Vestas for use in the projects. The equipment will be used to secure current tax credits. RES will act as lead develop and balance-of-plant provider for projects that will use the equipment, allowing Southern Company to serve as co-developer for future projects.
Southern Power presently owns approximately 2,700 MW of renewable energy across 33 facilities that have either been announced, acquired or are under construction. (Source: Southern Power, Various Media, Daily Energy Insider, Jan., 2017) Contact: Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com; RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Wind,
A single adult earning up to $47,500 per year will receive a rebate of $200, and a couple making a maximum combined $95,000 per year will get $300. Rebates will rise in 2018, in tandem with the carbon levy, to $300 for singles, $450 for couples. Well over half of all Alberta residents are expected to receive a rebate. The carbon tax is expected to cost an average family about $450 per year.
The rebate cash is intended to help offset the costs of the new carbon tax. With the carbon tax, the retail price of gasoline has jumped 4.5 cents per litre, diesel is up more than 5 cents per litre , and natural gas is by $1.011 per gigajoule.
(Source: Gov. of Alberta, National Observer, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017)Contact: Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office/default.aspx
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Beginning this year, commercial and multi-family buildings over 25,000 sq-ft in Denver will be required to track and report their EPA ENERGY STAR score. In 2018, buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to report their score. The ENERGY STAR score measures and tracks their energy use, will be made available to the public on an annual basis.
(Source: City of Denver, Institute for Market Transformation, Facility Exec., Jan. 2017) Contact: Denver City Council, www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-city-council.html; EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Benchmarking, ENERGY STAR,
According to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, from December 16 to 21 Beijing and 23 other Chinese cities have announced red smog alerts in response to extreme smog and carbon emissions.
Editor's Note: With a population of 21.7 million, Beijing's planned removal of 300,000 vehicles seems a half-hearted less than adequate solution to the city's emissions problem. (Source: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, China Daily, Various Media, 7 Jan., 2017) Contact: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, http://www.bjepb.gov.cn
The report finds that algae costs more per unit than other biofuel crops but is claimed to yield 10 to 100 times more fuel per unit area. In 2014, the prices of oil were between US $ 56 to US $ 120 per barrel. The cost of producing micro algal biomass in 2014 was $2.95/kg through photo bioreactors. If the annual biomass production capacity is increased to 1000 tons then the cost will reduce to $1.5/kg for a litre of crude oil.
The extraction of biofuels from algae is largely dependent on organic solvents such as benzene. The companies that are working on innovating algal biofuel technology are Algenol Biofuels Inc., Blue Marble Productions, Solazyme Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., Diversified Technologies Inc., Origin Oils Inc., Proviron Industries nv, Oilgae and Genifuel Corporation.
Request Free Report Sample HERE. (Source: Future Market Insights, PR, Jan., 2017)
Contact: Future Marketinsights, + 44 (0) 20 7692 8790, (347) 918-3531
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New Haven has previously been recognized by Energize Connecticut in the past for its efforts in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Source: Shore Publishing, Zip06, 6 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Energize Connecticut, (203) 797-0460, www.energizect.com; Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com; United Illuminating, www.uinet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News United Illuminating, Energy Efficiency Rebates, Energy Efficiency Incentive, Johnson Control,
The 365 MW solar portfolio is comprised of 24 individual ground-mounted solar farms built built by SunEdison in 2014 and 2015 by SunEdison. Each of the portfolio's solar plants are eligible for the government-backed Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) and 14-year PPAs.
(Source: Vortex, Various Media, PV Mag., 6 Jan., 2017)
Contact: TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, email@example.com, www.terraform.com; Vortex Solar Investments,
EFG Hermes, www.efghermes.com/en
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The consortium includes WE&RF representing many of the 16,000 wastewater systems in the USA, Genifuel Corporation with technology from DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Merrick & Company, Southern California Gas Company, Tesoro Corporation, Metro Vancouver, MicroBio Engineering, Brown and Caldwell, and over a dozen utility partners. (Source: US DOE, WERF, Various Media, 6 Jan., 2017) Contact: WERF, (571) 384-2100, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.werf.org; US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Biosolids, Biofuel,
The two firms plan to develop other wind energy projects in the western US, in addition to the Tehachapi project.
(Source: Eolus North America, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)
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The Good Traveler Program began a year ago at the San Diego International Airport and has offset about 9.8 million air miles or 1,770 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to an airport release. (Source: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin American Statesman, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, www.abia.org; The Good Traveler, www.thegoodtraveler.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Good Traveler Program , Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint,
Both the EPA and Dept. of Interior have written rules to limit the methane emissions from oil and natural gas drilling.
All of the rules McCarthy mentioned were finalized by Obama last year within the time period that allows Congress to undo them through the Congressional Review Act. (Source: The Hill, Various Others, 4 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Rep. Kevin McCarhy, (202) 225-2915, https://kevinmccarthy.house.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Coal,
The AFPM syas its refining members are adversely impacted by EPA's "overestimate of 2016 cellulosic biofuel production" and are unable to acquire the requisite amount of cellulosic biofuel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to comply with EPA's 2016 cellulosic mandate under the RFS.
"Although the 2016 compliance year is not complete, it is now obvious that there will be a significant shortfall in the quantity of cellulosic biofuels available for compliance. Indeed, the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) data posted through October (the most recent data available) confirms that the cellulosic biofuel industry has not produced enough qualified product to enable compliance with the 2016 cellulosic standard.
In fact, analyzing the amount of cellulosic fuel produced through November results in a 2016 annualized cellulosic biofuel production rate between 173.8 and 190 million gallons, approximately 40-60 million gallons short of EPA's estimated target," the AFPM said. (Source: AFPM, Various Media, Jan., 2017)
Contact: AFPM, C. Thompson, (202) 457-0480, email@example.com, www.afpm.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Cellulosic Biofuel, RFS,
Receipt of orders prior to the year end is noteworthy as
Dec. 31 is the deadline of the federal wind Production Tax Credit.
Projects that start construction in 2016, a definition that includes the option of spending millions of dollars on orders of wind turbines to be installed over the next few years, qualify for a $23 tax credit for every megawatt the wind farm produces ever hour for its first 10 years in operation.
For projects that begin construction in 2017, the credit is at 80 pct of the full value; dropping to 60 pct for projects started in 2018; down to 40 pct of the original value for projects started in 2019.
(Source: Vestas, Denver Bus. Journal, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
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The Lufthansa-owned Swiss International Air Lines contended that its treatment under the EU's Emission Trading System (EU ETS) infringed on the principle of equal treatment under EU law by treating Switzerland differently from other third countries. The ECJ disagreed with the airline and ruled that the bloc was not obliged to treat all countries outside the bloc equally.
Although not an EU member, Switzerland has a special trading status within the EU, including on climate legislation. It is also the only nation outside the EU whose flights are subject to the EU ETS. As such, Swiss International Airlines has had to surrender its emissions allowances for flights to and from EEA states and Switzerland. It had sought damages for these carbon permits, worth millions of euros.(Source: Swiss Air, Manila Bulletin, Other Media, Reuters, 27 Dec., 2016) Contact: European Court of Justice, http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/j_6/en/; Swiss International Air Lines, www.swiss.com/corporate
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, Carbon Emissions,
The provincial levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the circumstances, at the rate of CAD $20 per tonne in 2017 rising to $30 per tonne in 2018.
The carbon tax is expected to raise $9.6 billion over the next five years. $3.4 billion will be used to support large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology. $2.2 billion will be plowed into green infrastructure, including public transit; and $645 million is earmarked for the Energy Efficiency Alberta program. The remaining $3.4 billion will go towards assisting mitigate the impacts of the levy on low and middle income families, businesses and other groups.
The province aims to phase out all coal-fired power in the province by 2030 and has set a 30 pct target for renewable energy production.
Download Alberta carbon levy and rebates details
HERE. (Source: Province of Alberta, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)Contact: Province of Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773, http://esrd.alberta.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,
Citing the Ontario Auditor General's report that indicates cap-and-trade will cost businesses and households about $8 billion from 2017 to 2020, the Green Party coalition of chambers expressed concern over the tax's economic impact.
The Chambers of Commerce group cited the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was a reason to delay cap-and-trade.
According to the group, if Canada imposes a carbon tax and Trump doesn't, Canadian industries will be hurt. (Source: Various Media, Sudbury Star, 26 Dec., 2016) Contact: Ontario Chambers of Commerce, www.occ.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, CarbonTax, Cap-and-Trade,
Volta, which was founded in 2014, manufactures turn-key lithium-ion energy storage systems for recreational vehicles, marine and specialty commercial vehicle applications. Volta systems use tested, automotive-grade lithium-ion technology to provide more energy with less noise, space, weight, and charging time than traditional methods.
(Source: Volta Power Systems, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Volta Power Storage,
Jack Johnson, (616) 931-3661, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.voltaps.com
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Viridity serves primarily retail energy providers, utilities, and large industrial and commercial clients. The company's offerings help clients optimize and monetize their energy management, demand response and storage facilities potential by interacting on their behalf with regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.
Viridity has over 850 MW across 3,000 sites, including management of a portfolio of non-utility storage assets located in the northeastern US, under contract. (Source: Ormat Technologies, PR, 3 Jan., 2017)
Contact: Ormat Technologies,
Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030,
email@example.com, www.ormat.inc; Viridity Energy, Mack Treece, COO, CEO, (484) 534-2222, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://viridityenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridity Energy, Ormat Technologies, Energy Storage,
The Cass County Board of Supervisors will issue a $4 million bond for infrastructure work on the 102-acre site just outside of Atlantic.
(Source: IRFA, Various Media, Wallaces Farmer, 2 Jan., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Elite Octane,
The facility, which has been out of production since 2015, will be used for storage and pre-treatment of feedstocks for Neste's renewable diesel refineries. (Source: Neste. Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, Jan., 2016) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, (713) 407-4400 - Houston, Texas office, email@example.com, www.neste.com;
Electrawinds ReFuel B.V., +31 115 478 420, ewi.electrawinds.be
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Biodiesel,
The Salt Fork Wind Project, located in Donley and Gray Counties, Texas, utilizes 87 Vestas wind turbines. The Tyler Bluff Wind Facility in Cooke County, Texas, consists of 52 Siemens wind turbines.
EDF Renewable Services, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of EDF RE, will provide balance-of-plant services for the projects. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, Electric Light & Power, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, www.edf-renewable-energy.com; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power, EDF Renewable Energy, Wind,
As part of the $587 million sale, Petrobras sold its 46 pct stake in ethanol producer Guarani SA, which was acquired for $202 million by its French partner Tereos SA, which will now own all of the company.
Petrobras also reported the sale of two petrochemical units -- Petroquimica Suape and Citepe -- to Mexican group Alpek SAB de CV subsidiaries Grupo Petrotemex SA de CV and Dak Americas Exterior SL for $385 million.
Petrobras is selling off noncore assets in a bid to reduce its $125 billion debt, the largest in the global oil industry.
(Source: Petrobras, MercoPress, 30 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Petrobras, www.petrobras.com; Tereos, Alexis Duval, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tereos.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras , Biofuel, Sugar Ethanol, Tereos,
In its year-end draft report, EC4 recognizes progress on mitigating greenhouse gases but concludes that Rhode Island must make drastic changes to its energy and transportation sectors to meet long-term emission reductions. Forty percent of those emissions come from the transportation sector, 20 pct from electric power production and 20 pct from residential heating.
The report also states how these sources of emissions might transform over the next 33 years. The biggest changes call for a dramatic shift from natural gas and diesel power to renewable energy, biofuels and electric vehicles. In order to cut emissions 80 pct by 2050, 76 pct of car and truck travel must come from electric vehicles and the vast majority of electric power generation must be fueled by carbon-free sources.
The report further suggests that can be curtailed by expanding local and state-wide energy-efficiency initiatives and programs, promptly repairing natural-gas leaks, reducing landfill gas emissions and supporting energy storage technologies, all of which can be supported by economic-stimulus programs. Recommended policies include further expansion of regional emission-reduction efforts for New England and eastern Canada. This is includes the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Rhode Island has already reached its emission-reduction target for 2020. The challenge is meeting longer-range cuts -- 45 pct by 2035 and 80 pct by 2050.
(Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, eco'RI news, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Janet Coit, Dir., (401) 222-6800, http://www.dem.ri.gov; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org; Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, www.planning.ri.gov/statewideplanning/climate
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, RGGI,
The province also has a plan to help wean Islanders off of carbon-based fuels by providing home energy audits and energy efficiency retrofit grants to offset the carbon tax.
(Source: Guardian, Various Media, CBC, 28 Dec., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, PEI Carbon Tax,
The report sets the foundation for the development of BETO's multi-year program plans, annual operating plans, and technology program areas as well as identifying opportunities to adapt and align BETO activities and project portfolios with those in both the public and private sectors.
The Strategic Plan centers around four key opportunities: enhancing the bioenergy value proposition; mobilizing the nation's biomass resources; cultivating end-use markets and customers; and expanding stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The Strategic Plan outlines goals for each of these key opportunities, which will be implemented through a range of sub-strategies and measured by specified success indicators.
Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy details are HERE. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 29 Dec., 2016)
Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office ,
As part of the newly-signed cooperation agreement, ACC will provide construction and financing for the solar systems, while SUMEC New Energy & Development Co Ltd will deliver technical support, engineering design and other services.
ACC noted that this cooperation will speed up the development of its rooftop solar business in mainland China. Earlier this year, the company announced partnerships with solar modules suppliers Ten K Solar of the US and Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) and Canadian Solar (Source: ACC, Various Media, SeeNews, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: ACC, www.asiacleancapital.com; SUMEC New Energy & Development Co., en.sumec.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Clean Capital, Solar, China Solar,
The funded projects are required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 pct and to develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Projects could receive additional federal funds of up to $15 million for pilot-scale facilities or $45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.
The following projects will utilize thermochemical, biochemical, algal, and hybrid conversion technologies to generate the data required to enable future commercial-scale facilities:
The JV will retrofit an existing CJCJ fermentation facility with BioAmber's succinic acid technology. CJCJ will cover all capital costs required to retrofit their fermentation facility, including plant commissioning and startup for production to begin in Q1 2018. CJCJ would own 65 pct of the JV and BioAmber would hold the balance. The JV would pay BioAmber a technology royalty for having access to BioAmber's proven bio-succinic acid technology, and would pay CJCJ a tolling fee for producing bio-succinic acid on behalf of the JV. Both partners would be entitled to a share of the profits equal to their respective equity ownership positions.
The joint venture is subject to certain conditions, including technical and commercial due diligence, with the definitive agreements expected to be signed by July 2017. As part of the LoI, BioAmber will be selling CJCJ bio-succinic acid manufactured at its Sarnia, Ontario plant, so that CJCJ can undertake market development in China and South Korea in the first half of 2017. (Source: BioAmber, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: CJ CheilJedang Corp., www.cj.co.kr/cj-en/index;
BioAmber Inc., Jean-Francois Huc, CEO, Jim Hobbs, (514) 844-8000, www.bio-amber.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BioAmber , bio-succinic acid,