The recommendations initially required for property owners to improve energy efficiency in their buildings every five years in addition to the benchmarking and transparency requirements. Those recommendations were met with stiff resistance from the city's commercial real estate sector.
(Source: Denver City Council, Denver Business Journal, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: Denver City Council, www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-city-council.html
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OG&E, a subsidiary of Oklahoma city-based OGE Energy Corp, paid almost $650,000 in incentives to secondary schools and approximately $365,000 to universities through its SmartHours for Schools program.
The SmartHours for Schools program has led to a savings of more than $2.2 million for Oklahoma schools since its inception in 2012.
(Source: OG&E, Daily Energy Insider, Other Media, December 21, 2016 )Contact: OG&E, www.oge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency IncentivesEnergy Efficiency, Oklahoma Gas & Electric,
The DOE anticipates that the Lake Charles project will be able to defray the high costs carbon capture by selling carbon for use in enhanced oil recovery operations.
The Lake Charles project is headed Lake Charles Holdings, according to the DOE.
(Source: US DOE, FuelFix, 21 Dec., 2016) Contact: Lake Charles Holdings LLC, (713) 963-3650, 2 Boulevard Place, Suite 600, Houston, Texas, 77056
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Methanol, CO2 , Carbon Emissions , Enhanced Oil Recovery,
The satellite, which was sent into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kms above the earth, will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of atmospheric CO2 and collect data that will help scientists better understand and fight climate change.
China is the third country after Japan and the US to monitor greenhouse gases through its own satellite. (Source: Xinhua, Various Other Media, Dec., 22, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,
The official quarterly figures tracking growth in year-on-year emissions, confirms projections from the Melbourne-based independent consultancy Ndevr Environmental's prediction that Australia's emissions would be rising, and would continue to do so. The government figures suggest that in 2030, emissions will have risen by 10 pct above June, 2016 levels -- 1 billion tonnes more than permitted under the country's 2030 emissions and climate change commitments.
The report projections do not take into account policies that might emerge from the government's 2017 review of climate policy. The review is not expected to include discussions of any form of carbon price, cap-and-trade or emissions intensity scheme. (Source: Australia Department of Environment and Energy, SBS, Guardian, Others, 22 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Australia Department of Environment and Energy
www.environment.gov.au; Ndver Environmental Consulting, +61 3 9865 6225, www.ndevrenvironmentalconsulting.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
Hazen has partnered with Amherst-based Genoverde Biosciences, Inc. to test the commercial viability of his technology. Hazen is also chief scientific officer for Genoverde, which recently received a one-year, $225,000 grant from NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program to evaluate the use of its "gene trait approach"to bioengineering loblolly pine for high wood density by modifying secondary cell wall gene regulation.
If rhe technology is successful, this bioengineering project would provide more wood material per tree and per acre with no added cost to production processing. The bioengineered trees would also help to protect the environment by sequestering more atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate global climate change.
Genoverde's CEO Michael Harrington says by redesigning and optimizing Hazen's grass technology specifically for loblolly pine, he expects similar yield increases leading to the company's first entry into the forest products market with a bioengineered pine tree. Genoverde is also exploring the use of this and similar technologies that enhance yield in other commercially important agricultural crops.
In collaboration with Genoverde, the Hazen lab will plant bioengineered pine seedlings in a greenhouse to test the new approach to greater strength and increased biomass leading to a commercially valuable improved tree crop.
(Source: UMass Amherst, December 19, 2016) Contact: UMass Amherst, Sam Hazen, Researcher, (413) 545-4546, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bio.umass.edu/biology/hazen;
Genoverde Biuosciences, Michael Harrington, CEO, (202) 531-4897, email@example.com, www.genoverde.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News UMass Amherst,
Specifically, the Committee decided to include shipping emissions in the European Union's (EU's) Emissions Trading Scheme ( EU ETS) from 2023 if the IMO does not have a comparable system operating for global shipping from 2021.
Among the maritime industry groups, Danish Shipowners' Association, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), and the .
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are opposed to the action.
"Non-EU nations will be disappointed and very concerned by yesterday's vote in the European Parliament Environment Committee following IMO's adoption just a few weeks ago of a comprehensive road map for action," said ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett.
"But we hope that EU governments and the European Commission will see sense and recognize that threats to their trading partners will not serve the development of the global solution which both they and the shipping industry want and need."
On the other hand, the Port of Rotterdam welcomed the decision. (Source: Ship & Bunker, Hellenic News, Various Other Media, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; ICS, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping, International Maritime Organization, Maritime Emissions, EU ETS,
The new GE wind turbine will generate 2.75 megawatts of power at its peak, enough to power around 250 Saudi households, while reducing the consumption of approximately 18,600 bpy of oil equivalent.
(Source: Saudi Aramco, Al Arabyi, 18 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, VP Power Systems, 011 +966 13 872 0115, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.saudiaramco.com; General Electric, Hisham Albahkali, CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, www.ge-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Wind, Saudi Aramco, Wind,
A capacity addition of 14.30 GW of renewable energy has been reported during the last two and half years under Grid Connected Renewable Power -- 5.8 GW from Solar Power, 7.04 GW from Wind Power, 0.53 from Small Hydro Power and 0.93 from Bio-power.
As of October 31, 2016, India installed solar energy projects with an aggregate capacity of over 8727.62 MW and is actively promoting the adoption of renewable energy resources with generation-based incentives, capital and interest subsidies, viability gap funding, concessional finance, fiscal incentives and other initiatives. (Source: Daily Excelsior, Various Other Media, 19 Dec., 2016)
For both projects, Medio Energy will provide technical knowledge, experience, a skilled workforce, capital, and technical and economic capabilities as well as necessary equipment for construction and operation of the power plants.
(Source: Mehr News, Construction Week, 18 Dec., 2016) Contact: Medio Energy Invest, +49 8094 9078430, www.medio-energy.de; Khuzestan Regional Electricity Company, www.kzrec.co.ir
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Solar, Renewable Energy,
AsiaWEA will hold its inaugural meeting during the annual Asia Wind Energy Conference during Singapore International Energy Week in October 2017. The association sees wind market opportunities in countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Taiwan, it says.
(Source: Business Times, Associations Now, Various Trade Media, 19 Dec., 2016)Contact: AsiaWEA contact information is not yet available.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Wind Energy Association , Wind,
According to the WCWGA, a Canadian carbon tax makes even less sense with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President.
"The reality is that there is not going to be a carbon tax on growers in North Dakota and Montana. There is more of a realization about issues around competitiveness and maybe we should be giving this a bit of second sober thought before plowing ahead," says WCWGA Exec. Dir. Robin Speer.
According to the WCWGA,
a carbon tax will go through the entire value chain from the farm to the grocery store aisle and kitchen table, taxing everything along the way.
The federal government is giving all provinces until 2018 to implement a carbon tax or it will do it for them. Saskatchewan says it opposes a carbon tax.
(Source: Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Sasknow.ca, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Robin Speer, Exec. Dir., (306) 955-0356, www.wheatgrowers.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Canada Carbon Tax,
China is at the top of the list with 34.62 million gross square metres of certified LEED space. Canada, India, Brazil and the Republic of Korea rounded out the top five countries respectively. Other countries in the top 10 include Taiwan, Germany, Turkey, Sweden and the UAE to bring the number of certified projects to a total of 27,699.
Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics.
The green building materials market is expected to reach $234bn by 2019 with increased consumer demand pushing the world's green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, according to a USGBC statement.
(Source: USGBC, Construction Week, 19 Dec., 2016)
Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, US Green Building Council, LEED Certification,
The new 2016 edition contains several important changes to reduce energy consumption, including a new compliance path and a significant change in formatting, intended to improve its overall flexibility and use. A range of technical changes are also included, affecting building envelope, mechanical and lighting systems.
More information on code adoption and related technical assistance is available at www.energycodes.gov.
(Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, ProudGreenBuilding, 19 Dec., 2016)
Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; ASHRAE, Tom Phoenix, Pres., (800) 527-4723, www.ashrae.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Building Energy Efficiency, ASHRAE,
GBS has been instrumental in mare then 600 LEED certifications over the past 16 years.
(Source: Portland Business Journal, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: Green Building Services, (503) 467-4710, http://greenbuildingservices.com; RWDI, (503) 467-4710, www.rwdi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
Operating exclusively on wood pellets, the converted power unit will have a capacity of 645MW. Two other units out of a total of six power units were previously upgraded to biomass by DRAX.
The plant is expected to use approximately 2.4 million tpy of wood pellets imported primarily from the U.S, and South America. (Source: DRAX, Various Media, EBR, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: DRAX, Andy Koss, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX, Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet,
Rangkain Iltizam is a Singapore-based privately held renewable energy development company which is owned by KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd (KRU).
Asia Bioenergy Group is a business and technology incubator and strategic advisory group that draws upon the strength and experiences of its promoters who have long served in the engineering, investment banking and finance industries. Asia Bioenergy Group's focus have been in incubating start-up technology companies and early stage high growth companies. In recent years, the group have made tangible strategic investments in the bioenergy, photo voltaic energy, advanced microbial agriculture applications and biomass conversion sectors.
(Source: Asia Bioenergy Group, Malaysian Digest, 20 Dec., 2016)
Contact: KRU Energy Asia Pte Ltd, www.sgpbusiness.com/company/Kru-Energy-Global-Investments-Pte-Ltd; Rangkain Iltizam, contact information not presently available; AsiaBio, +603 6142 3088/4688, www.asiabio.com.my
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In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus launched the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" of ships. In its 2012 demonstration, the Green Fleet used biofuels that cost $27 per gallon, compared to about $3.50 per gallon for conventional fuels. The Navy eventually scaled back its ambitions and the Green Fleet's 2016 Mediterranean voyage used a blend that was 95 pct conventional fuel to 5 pct biofuels at a cost of $14.60 per gallon compared to the $1.60 per gallon price of conventional fuels.
With its Great Green Fleet initiative, the Navy has spent at least $58 million on the purchase of alternative fuels to satisfy its "political dogma", according to McCain's office.
The report also found that between fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2014, the Department of Defense purchased 32 billion gallons of conventional petroleum products at a cost of $107.2 billion or $3.35 per gallon. During the same period it purchased two million gallons of alternative fuel at a cost of $58.6 million, or $29.30 per gallon. And , along with the USDA and DOE, the DOD pumped $170 million into the Biofuels industry, according to McCain's office.
"After seven years of very expensive and time-consuming experiments with fuel alternatives, the Navy appears to have run aground on the reality of economics," McCain's report concludes. (Source: Daily Caller, Dec. 19, 2016) Contact: U.S. Senator John McCain, (202) 228-2862, (502) 670-6637,www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Navy Green Fleet, Great Green Fleet, Biofuel,
The program offers free ComEd Home Energy Assessments that give personalized savings recommendations that homeowners can use to better control the energy usage. Customers can also take advantage of cash rebates on select ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR certified CFLs and LEDs and can qualify $50 for free old appliance pickup and disposal. of old, working fridges or freezers. (Source: ComEd, PR Business Wire, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, (835) 433-2700, www.ComEd.com/HomeSavings, www.ComEd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exelon Corporation, ComEd, Energy Efficiency,
The program was launched four years ago to help food banks, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, churches, senior centers and others. These organizations got free energy efficiency upgrades and incentives for projects that amounted to more than $975,000 in 2016. Since the programs inception, Consumers Energy has spent $2.375 million on the projects at 1,300 places of worship and nonprofit organizations which have enjoyed more than $1.5 million in annual energy savings and incentives, accoprding to the utility.
(Source: Consumers Energy, Blog, 3BL Media/Justmeans, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: Consumers Energy, Tim Sparks, VP Energy Supply, www.ConsumersEnergy.com; www.ConsumersEnergy.com/CARE
More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy, Energy Efficiency,
In related news, Philippine Presidente Duterte has announced his country will honor the 2015 Paris Climate Change agreement which came into force on Nov. 4.
(Source: Various Media, Manila Bulletin, 18 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Hon. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Chairman Philippines House Committee on Appropriations, +632 931 5001X7499, www.congress.gov.ph
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The Vulcan Solar is located within the footprint of the 300MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project and, upon completion and will be the first utility scale Hybrid Renewable Energy Project in Canada and one of the largest hybrid facilities in North America. The project will utilize 300,000 ground-mounted solar PV panels and generate sufficient electric power for 12,000 residences and business. It will also offset over 85,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. The power will be sold into the Alberta Power Pool. The project is expected to begin construction in Spring 2017. (Source: EDF EN Canada, PR, Yahoo, 15 Dec., 2016) Contact: EDF EN Canada, (514) 397-9997, www.edf-en.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF EN Canada , Solar, PV,
A recently released German environment ministry report lays much of the blame on the country's continuing addiction to high emission laden "brown" coal which is used in power production and accounts for 40 pct of the nation's GHG emissions. Indeed, the
gap between government pledges and needed cuts could be more than 20 million tonnes of CO2.
(Source: DW, New Europe Online, Power Engineering International, 16 Dec., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal, German Carbon Target, Carbon Emissions, Emissions Reduction, GHGs, Coal,
Five mayors who have signed up for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance issued an open letter of solidarity this week to the United States members of the network. The letter warns of possible Trump administration actions that could undo environmental regulations that would reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, increase the production of oil, coal and natural gas, approve new fossil-fuel pipelines and other legislation or actions. The Trump administration could also cut financial support for international climate change efforts including the recent Paris Agreement.
With climate change, carbon emissions and clean energy taken into account, the Alliance
says "they have not yet seen any redeeming features of a Trump White House." (Source: Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Dec., 2016) Contact: Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, http://usdn.org/public/page/13/CNCA
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The Estonian announcement is in response to the European Parliament's Renewable Energy Directive, which requires all EU countries to ensure at least 10 pct of their transportation fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. Other Baltic countries, Latvia and Lithuania, have already reached a 5 pct blending rate while Finland has surpassed 10 pct. (Source: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, ISSA, Crop Biotech Update, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, www.mkm.ee/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,
Biomass-based diesel generates so-called renewable identification number (RIN) credits used by refiners and gasoline and diesel importers to meet the RFS targets for use of biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels, and total renewable fuel.
Steadily increasing RFS targets for biomass-based diesel have led to increasing D4 RIN prices, which, along with the blender's tax credit, have helped encourage growing levels of biomass-based diesel consumption in 2015 and 2016, according to EIA.
The agency projects biomass-based diesel consumption will increase from 1.7 billion gallons in 2015, to a record 2.5 billion gallons in 2017, 0.5 billion gallons above the biomass-based diesel RFS target of 2.0 billion gallons. The additional biomass-based diesel will help meet the advanced biofuel RFS target. EIA assumes ethanol, the most-consumed renewable fuel, consumption will continue to be driven primarily by domestic gasoline demand. Almost all gasoline sold in the U.S. is blended with up to 10 pct ethanol.
(Source: EIA, EPA, Various Media, Kallanish, 14 Dec., 2016)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA, Biomass, Biofuel, Biodiesel, US EPA,
ADM currently employs more than 32,000 people and its products are sold worldwide. (Source: ADM Website, Various Media, SeeNews, 12 Dec., 2016)
Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano , CEO, (312) 634-8100 - US Headquarters, ADM Bulgaria Trading EOOD, +359 2 963 0201, www.adm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, ADM, Archer Daniels Midland, Corn, Biofuel,
Presently, approximately 45,000 tpy of used cooking oil are collected in France, out of an estimated total of more than 100,000 tonnes. The two firms plan to increase used cooking oil collection and biodiesel production by more than 20 pct during the term of their agreement. (Source: Suez Environment, TOTAL, Various Media, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Suez Environment,
Jean-Marc Boursier, Senior Exec. VP, +33 1 45 30 86 79, www.suez-environnement.fr; TOTAL SA, www.total.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Suez Environment, TOTAL SA, Biodiesel, Used Cooking Oil,
Novvi is a joint venture of Emeryville, California-headquartered industrial biosecience specialist Amyris Inc., Cosan S.A., and American Refining Group.
(Source: Chevron, Novvi Group, Biofuel Int'l, 15 Dec., 2016) Contact: Amyris, John Melo, CEO, (510) 450-0761, www.amyris.com; Novvi Group, Jeff Brown, CEO, www.novvi.com;
Cosan S.A., www,cosan.com.br; Chevron, www.chevron.com/operations/products-services; American Refining Group, www.amref.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron, Amyris , Cosan S.A.,
PVMC's Solar Energy Optimization Testkit is able to obtain and provide actionable solar energy cost and PV performance information from PVMC test and consortium member sites to improve solar cells, components, modules, systems, and operations and maintenance protocols. The service helps partners avoid costs associated with managing and maintaining their own individual test centers and instead leverage the consortium and SUNY Poly's expertise.
The PVMC Testkit can be applied to any currently deployed PV system and allows the PVMC to collect and model data and perform key measurements at the sites to validate predictive models. Array owners receive periodic performance reports that compare predicted versus actual performance to help identify where energy losses are occurring, embracing a data-driven approach to maximize cost effective operations and maintenance. Data is monitored in real-time and sent to the PVMC's SUNY Poly Albany NanoTech Complex where it is time-stamped to the site weather stations, PV reference arrays, various sensors that monitor the solar radiation, the DC side of the inverters, and the module temperature. This allows careful study of the performance of these systems in real-world conditions, allowing companies to validate and improve their designs as the data is being monitored and analyzed by a team of leading PVMC and SUNY Poly research scientists who provide partners with a detailed report that can offer a roadmap toward a more effective PV system.
The testing kit is available to companies that partner with PVMC, and is already being utilized by leading PV developers and component manufacturers.
(Source: US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SolarNovus, 12 Dec., 2016) Contact: US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium , Eric Holton, Bus. Dev., email@example.com, www.uspvmc.org; SUNY Polytechnic Institute, www.sunycnse.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium ,
Under the agreement, the provinces can either implement a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade market. Canada's largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec are presently installing a cap-and-trade system and British Columbia has a carbon tax in place.
In November, Canada announced it would phase out all coal-fired electric power generation by 2030.
(Source: Various Media, UNEP Climate Action, 12 Dec., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax, Carbon Tax, Carbon Price, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
Oceans cover 70 pct of the planet and seawater is actually basic, not acidic, but as an estimated 30-40 percent of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere due to human activity is dissolved in the oceans, the basicity of seawater reduces and moves toward being pH-neutral, like pure water. Ocean acidification is problematic because the vast amount of life in the oceans and seas is not suited to live in that kind of water.
Ocean acidity has already increased by 30 pct and is expected to double over pre-industrial levels by the end of this century as a result of the ocean absorbing one-third of the atmospheric carbon dioxide generated by human activities. Significant adverse impacts on fisheries and marine ecosystems have already been documented due to ocean acidification and these impacts will worsen in the future, according to the Alliance's website. Current ocean acidification is a byproduct of human activity, but natural phenomena that are not well understood caused a massive ocean acidification event over 250 million years ago that contributed to the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event, according to the Alliance.
Founding Alliance members include: The Province of British Columbia; State of California; Republic of Chile; Cross River State - Nigeria; French Republic; City of Imperial Beach - California; Province of Quebec; Quinault Indian Nation; Washington State, and others. (Source: International Alliance to Fight Ocean Acidification, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Global Alliance to Fight Ocean Acidification, http://oaalliance.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Warming, Climate Change,
Honors were determined based on data available from the Environmental Protection Agency for the lowest sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions rates in addition to the best efficiency (as measured by heat rate), which results in a lower carbon footprint. Starting this year, the company also presented awards to industry pioneers advancing modern, large-scale carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects.
Award winners included:
Today's high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fueled generation includes multiple technologies capable of reducing the vast majority of SO2, NOx, particulate matter, mercury and other emissions. Advanced HELE technologies result in a smaller environmental footprint, achieving as much as a 25 percent reduction in a plant's CO2 emissions rate. Longer-term investments in next-generation carbon capture technologies are widely recognized as essential to meet long-term global climate goals, according to Peabody Energy. (Source: Peabody Energy, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Stephanie Weiler,
(314) 342-7798, www.PeabodyEnergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Peabody Energy, Carbon Emissions, Coal, Clean Coal,
Southern Oil Refining and JJ Richards & Sons, joint venture partners in the Northern Oil Refinery at Yarwun, built the newly opened multi-million dollar laboratory, which is freely available for testing and other research to Australian biofuels developers. (Source: ARENA, Various Media, 12 Dec., 2016)Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, www.arena.gov.au; Southern Oil Refining, Tim Rose, +61 2 6925 8755, www.sor.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Oil, Australian Renewable Energy Agency , Biofuel,
Under the terms of the agreement,
Goldwind's wholly owned subsidiary Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment Co., Ltd. and Apple agree to cooperate on wind power projects, and actively promote certain of the Company's green power in local projects..
Beijing Tianrun will transfer a 30 pct equity share of the Target Project Companies -- subsidiaries set up to develop and operate a project -- of four wind projects to Apple, which will make the four projects cooperative joint ventures between the two companies. The four companies-projects are: Nanyang Runtang New Energy Co., Ltd. in Henan Province;
Zibo Runchuan New Energy Co., Ltd. in Shandong Province;
Shuozhou Pinglu Sineng Wind Power Co., Ltd. in Shanxi Province; and
the Qiaojia Tianqiao Wind Power Co., Ltd. in Yunnan Province.
(Source: Goldwind, Various Media, 12 Dec., 20160 Contact: Apple, www.apple.com, Goldwind Global, www.goldwindglobal.com
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KPS's technology uses lightweight kites tethered to a turbine on the ground. Two kites work in tandem, with one rising on the wind to a height of 450 meters while the other falls. Their looping motion -- at speeds of up to 100mph -- rotates the turbine to generate electricity.
The Shell-led investment will finance a 500 kilowatt test facility at a former air force base in south-west Scotland next year. (Source: E.ON, Shell, Fin .Times, Others, Dec., 2016) Contact: Kite Power Systems, David Ainsworth, Interim CEO, www.kitepowersolutions.com; E.ON,
Frank Meyer, Head of Innovation, www.eon.com/renewables;
Shell, Geert van de Wouw, STV Managing Director, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/innovating-together/shell-technology-ventures.html; Schlumberger, (281) 285-1300, www.slb.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell, Wind, Kite Wind, E.ON, Schlumberger,
According to the GAO, "In fiscal years 2013 through 2015,the federal government obligated more than $1.1 billion for advanced biofuels R&D.
Even with federal backing, it does not appear possible to meet statutory target volumes for advanced biofuels in the RFS under current market and regulatory conditions." The GAO partially blames "high production costs" for the shortfall.
(Source: GAO, aminewswire, 13 Dec., 2016)Contact: GOA, (202) 512-3000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gao.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Government Accountability Office, RFS.Biofuel Blend,
The $160 million, 100 MW project will be located 158 km east of Perth. Financial, timelines and other details have not been revealed.
(Source: Sun Brilliance, Various Media, REnewEconomy, 12 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Sun Brilliance, +61 421 344 770, www.sunbrilliance.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sun Brilliance, Solar, Australia Solar,
The ACI's ACA programme offers certification at four levels which reflect incremental challenges in measuring, managing and improving carbon emissions. (Source: HIA, Gulf Times, 11 Dec., 2016) Contact: Hamad International Airport, +974 4010 666, dohahamadairport.com; Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Airport Carbon Accreditation ,
Recent CSIRO statistics show that CO2 emissions have plateaued since 2013, while fossil fuel and industry emissions are projected to grow by just 0.2 pct this year.
The research showed that CO2 was responsible for 80 pct cent of all increased warming from human activity, according to Canadell.
(Source: CSIRO, ABC Australia, 11 Dec., 2016)
Contact: CSIRO, Dr. Pep Canadell, Director, Global Carbon Project, pep.canadell#csiro.au,
www.csiro.au; Methane Budget - Global Carbon Project,
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According to the report, the greatest concentration of energy efficiency jobs in the state is in the metropolitan areas that includes L.A., Long Beach and Santa Ana. Of the companies currently operating in the energy efficiency field, 70 pct are small businesses, the report said. (Source: Public News Service, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Environmental Entrepreneurs, (415) 875.6121, email@example.com, www.e2.org; Reports Available https://www.e2.org/energyefficiencyjobs
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Environmental Entrepreneurs,
Greensmith's software platform is the most widely-deployed energy storage software solution powering 130 MW/180 MWh globally. Greensmith enables the most-advanced and proven energy storage systems by providing robust yet flexible feature functionality for grid-scale, behind-the-meter and microgrid storage control architecture, according to the company.
The GEMS software platform optimizes the performance of energy storage by lowering costs and maximizing system return on investment throughout life. In 2014, Greensmith delivered over one-third of all energy storage capacity installed in the United States. GEMS is currently used by more than 30 major customers globally, according to Greensmith. (Source: Greensmith Energy, Bus. Wire, 13 Dec., 2016) Contact: Greensmith, John Jung, Pres., firstname.lastname@example.org,
Mallory Sass, (408) 966-5950, Merketing Dir.,
email@example.com, www.greensmithenergy.com; Leclanche, www.leclanche.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche, Greensmith Energy, Energy STorage Software, Energy Storage,
Chinese authorities are also reporting that as of the end of Sept. 120 million tons of carbon credits valued at $472 million were traded on the country's 7 pilot carbon credit trading markets including Beijing and
Guangdong Province. Authorities are also
trumpeting the training of over 1,000 climate change and emissions specialists and the establishment of 100 projects in 10 low-carbon demonstration areas to cope with climate change.
(Source: China National Development and Reform Commission, Various Media, Dec., 2016) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Development and Reform Commission, China Carbon Market, Carbon Emissions,
The University's reduction goal, adopted in 2008 and measured from a 2006 baseline, was met despite 15 pct growth in campus building square-footage -- an addition of 3 million square-feet -- and an increase in the energy intensity of existing space. The prestigious school achieved its goal by reducing demand through widespread implementation of energy-efficiency measures (net energy use measured 10 percent less in 2016 than in 2006), an increase in renewable energy sources, and by "decarbonizing" -- shifting to low-priced natural gas, a less carbon-intensive fossil fuel than oil or coal.
Ninety-seven pct of the University's emissions are attributable to energy use in buildings. (Source: Harvard Univ., Harvard Magazine, 8 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Harvard University, Office of Sustainability,
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Through the DOE's standardized Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) ENABLE performance contract, agencies can more quickly install energy conservation measures such as lighting and solar photovoltaics at smaller facilities as compared with a traditional ESP. The Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) will help the agengy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) funded programs including:
The ordinance requires buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to to annually benchmark and report their energy and water consumption. It also requires energy audits for buildings that perform below the national average in terms of their energy use.
The ordinance, which aims to help building owners identify low-cost energy efficiency improvements, is expected to save building owners and tenants an estimated $208 million in energy costs over the next 15 years as well as avoid an estimated 1.1 million metric tons of carbon pollution. Orlando's bui;ldings sector accounts for over 72 pct percent of the city's energy consumption. (Source: City of Orlando, NRDC Blog, 8 Dec., 2016)
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