Additionally, the government will investigate possibilities for carbon capture and storage (CCS) support energy efficiency and renewable energy possibilities although these initiatives will play second fiddle to CO2 reduction targets.
In particular, the government plans to continue the "large scale expansion" of offshore wind in the North Sea but does not plan to immediately close existing coal-power stations. which has been demanded by NGO’s and left-leaning parties.
(Source: Various Media, Energy Post, CleanTechnica, Dec., 2016)
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Under the measure, which would go into effect Jan. 1, 2018, homes would be scored on a 1 to 10 scale based on insulation as well as furnace, hot water heater and appliances energy efficiency.
The city estimates that obtaining a home energy audit and score between $150 and $250. Realators opposed the legislation. (Source: Portland City Council , Business Journal. 8 Dec., 2016) Contact: Portland City Council, www.portlandoregon.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Benchmarking,
The MoU aims broaden the existing cooperation and funding for energy efficiency, smart grid, renewable energy and similar EU projects and initiatives. It will also enhance Europe's energy security by further promoting the interconnectivity of EU energy systems and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. It will extend cooperation to related areas like regulatory and financing criteria issues. Until now, cooperation focused mainly on energy security, energy efficiency and nuclear decommissioning.
Since 2006, the has contributed over €290 million in support of the EBRD's green ventures which have surpassed €20 billion over the same time frame. (Source: EU, EBRD, , mondovisione, Dec. 8, 2016
Contact: EBRD, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com
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Although India's National Policy on Biofuels has set a target of 20 pct blending of biodiesel and ethanol, an average blending rate of close to 5 pct by the end of 2016 is expected. India's current domestic ethanol capacity stands at approximately 2,240 million lpy. To increase that amount, the report recommends continued financial support to key players in the biofuel value chain, rationalization of pricing and taxation mechanism, and a simplification of the regulatory framework. (Source: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, PTI India, Money Control, Dec 09, 2016) Contact: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, +91 135 277 6054, www.upes.ac.in
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HERO funds up to 100 pct of home energy efficiency and related improvements at competitive fixed interest rates with terms based on the service life of the product, up to 20 years. Interest on HERO payments may be tax-deductible.
The HERO Program is run by Renovate America and the Missouri Clean Energy District (MCED. (Source: emissourian.com 7 Dec., 2016) Contact: HERO, www.heroprogram.com; Missouri Clean Energy District, (314) 769-8300, www.mced.mo.gov
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Pruitt, a lawyer and former Oklahoma state senator (R), is thought to have "oil connections" is an outspoken critic of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and supported the EPA's 2013 decision to lower renewable volume obligations in the RFS. He also led a number of states in filing one of many lawsuits against EPA challenging the WOTUS rule as an unconstitutional power grab.
Pruitt apparently beat-out another Republican, Myron Ebell, for the top EPA slot, as reported on November 11th. Ebell is known for his position that human-activity related global warming is "modest" and could actually be "beneficial."
Mr. Ebell, although carrying no science credentials, is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He is also Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Washington-headquartered Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian advocacy group.
(Source: DTN, Various Media, 7 Dec., 2016)
Contact: E. Scott Pruitt, (405) 521-3921, www.ok.gov/oag/Contact_the_AG/; President-elect Donald Trump, (212) 832-2000, twitter.com/realDonaldTrump, www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump, www.trump.com
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Among the seven specific issues, the letter urges Trump to: "Embrace the enormous economic opportunities of transitioning to an energy efficient, low-carbon society and use part of his $1 trillion commitment to infrastructure development to expand clean energy, boost U.S. competitiveness, and put America to work."
The letter concludes: "You have the support of the majority of companies, military leaders, scientists, engineers, and citizens to respond to the threats posed by climate change by reducing carbon pollution and expanding clean energy. Many of America's largest cities and states are already committed to doing so.. We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action." (Source: Various Media, Scientific American, Various Others, Dec., 2016)
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City Energy Project participating cities and counties develop locally tailored plans comprising multiple integrated strategies to significantly reduce building energy use, recognizing that a suite of initiatives can be more effective than a single program or policy. alone. In addition to providing energy expertise and guidance on initiative planning, design, and implementation, the City Energy Project offers a platform for peer-to-peer sharing of lessons learned and best practices. (Source: Miami-Dade County, Miami County Newspaper, 7 Dec., 2016)
Contact: City Energy Project, www.cityenergyproject.org
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The bill, if passed into law, would delay the return of enforceable renewable energy and energy efficiency provisions for three more years.
It would also continue loopholes that could let utilities profit from energy efficiency programs at consumers' expense, even for actions those utilities did not take, according to the bill's detractors.
The bill would let utilities get "shared savings" for decreases in energy usage in prior years and count lower energy usage from an earlier year towards a benchmark for compliance. (Source: Various Media, MW Energy News, 7 Dec., 2016)
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In addition to its renewable energy procurement program, Google has to help its consumers bring clean energy benefits closer to home. For example, the company's
The company has deployed a variety of technologies including its Project Sunroof Program used Google Earth 3-D imagery to help determine the potential for deploying rooftop solar panels, and invested in "machine learning" to help boost the computing power of its data centers while using significantly less energy. A Google data center can extract 3.5 times more computing power from a single unit of energy compared with five years ago, according to the company.
Download Google's 2012 Sustainability Report
HERE. (Source: Google, Various Media, Scientific American, Dec., 2016)
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"Climate change threatens America's economy, national security, and public health and safety.. Some communities are already experiencing its impacts, with low-income and minority groups disproportionately affected.
"At this crucial juncture in human history, countries look to the United States to pick up the mantle of leadership: to take steps to strengthen, not weaken, this nation's efforts to tackle this crisis. With the eyes of the world upon us, and amidst uncertainty and concern about how your administration will address this issue, we ask that you begin by taking the following steps upon taking office:
"You have the support of the majority of companies, military leaders, scientists, engineers, and citizens to respond to the threats posed by climate change by reducing carbon pollution and expanding clean energy. Many of America's largest cities and states are already committed to doing so.. We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action."
(signed by more than 800 prominent scientists)
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Between August 2015 and August 2016, the cost of wholesale ethanol averaged 18 cents per gallon less than the minimum octane gasoline allowed to be sold in most of the U.S, according to the US DOE.
"According to the DOE, this year's gasoline consumption by U.S. motorists will exceed 140 billion gallons and 97 pct of this fuel will contain ethanol. U.S. gasoline refiners continue to supply lower-octane gasoline which is typically enhanced with high octane ethanol to meet fuel standards. The octane-boosting capability and cleaner-burning attributes of ethanol make it an indispensable part of the U.S. motor fuel supply.
"The significant role of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply is likely to expand in 2017 to meet the requirements of the national Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In most parts of the country regular gasoline enhanced with ethanol has an octane rating of 87 which is the minimum octane recommended by automakers. According to EPA's Urban Air Toxics report to Congress, U.S. refiners increasingly boost octane by adding refining by-products such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene. Several of these chemicals are known and suspected carcinogens -- aka aromatics -- and they're more expensive additives. Ethanol is much less expensive and cleaner-burning than these toxic petroleum-based chemicals.
Sneller adds "Future growth in the ethanol industry is likely tied directly to automaker efforts to meet increasingly stringent U.S. fuel economy standards. New vehicles will have more efficient, higher compression engines that require even higher octane fuels. Ethanol will continue to play a role as a high-octane, low-carbon renewable choice in the U.S. and abroad.
"Nebraska is the nation's second largest producer of ethanol with 25 plants producing a combined capacity approaching 2.5 billion gallons annually. The ethanol industry has a $5 billion annual economic impact in the state."
(Source: Nebraska Ethanol Board, PR, 6 Dec., 2016) Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board , Todd Sneller, Administrator, (402) 471-2941, www.ethanol.nebraska.gov
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DRAX wants to switch to direct energy supply and back-up power given that its boal and biomass-fired station in Selby, North Yorkshire faces an uncertain future with coal plants forced to close by 2025.
(Source: DRAX, Various Media, 7 Dec., 2016) Contact: DRAX, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; Opus Energy, www.opusenergy.co.uk
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Virtually all of the college's current carbon footprint will be offset by carbon credits earned from a land trust agreement on 2,100 acres of College-owned forest land in the Bread Loaf Wilderness in the community of Ripton, Vermont. The tract will be protected "in perpetuity" through a conservation easement held by the Vermont Land Trust.
(Source: Middlebury College, Middlebury Campus, 7 Dec., 2016)Contact: Middlebury College, (800) 343-0049, www.middlebury.edu
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The project will significantly reduce the town's energy costs with a 20-year PPA that is expected to provide millions of dollars in electricity cost savings over the duration of the contract. Under the PPA, half of the annual electricity generated from the facility will be used by the Town in the form of metering credits, and the other half by the Community Solar Program which will deliver the green power to area residents.
The project is slated for completion and commissioning in early 2017. (Source: Ameresco, Town of Sturbridge, Yahoo, 5 Dec., 2016) Contact: Town of Sturbridge, www.town.sturbridge.ma.us; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com
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The CEP aims to tailor individualized measures aimed at reducing energy consumption in large commercial buildings and integrate energy efficiency targets and goals into a community's overall sustainability plan.
CEP members include: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles; Orlando; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Des Moines; Fort Collins; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Providence, R.I.; Reno, Nev.; San Jose; St. Louis; and St. Paul, MN. (Source: City Energy Project, PR, Energy Manager, 5 Dec., 2016) Contact: City Energy Project, NRDC, (212) 727-2700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nrdc.org
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To reach its goal the company plans to scale back fertilizer used to grow grain for pig feed, capture more methane -- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- from manure through increased use of anaerobic digestion, do more in-plant meat processing, and reduce shipping emissions and costs.
(Source: Smithfield Foods, WSJ, Others, 4 Dec., 2016)Contact: Smithfield Foods, (757) 365-3000, www.smithfieldfoods.com
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Bliley noted, "While we certainly appreciate and support the regulatory clarity and vapor pressure relief for ethanol flex fuels, we are concerned about the impact of this proposal on the developing market for E15. While the proposal doesn't directly address E15, it would isolate E15 as the only ethanol-blended fuel that does not receive Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) relief in conventional areas. This would deny retailers and consumers the choice of cleaner, less-expensive E15 in a large portion of the country during the height of the summer driving season. It is imperative that E15 be given the same RVP treatment as regular E10 gasoline because of its benefit to our nation's air quality. Without relief, nearly 1,000 retailers will be forced to change their fuel blend to 16 pct ethanol and limit their sale to flex fuel vehicles, which represent a mere 8 pct of the total auto fleet, from June 1 to Sept. 15 in conventional gasoline markets."
Bliley also raised concerns about the limitations for natural gasoline used for flex fuel blending, explaining, "As proposed, the limits would likely force the use of other refined, hydrocarbon blend stocks and ultimately impose additional costs on the consumers of mid-level ethanol blends and E85."
Bliley also discussed Growth Energy's support of the use of biointermediates and new pathways to help develop cellulosic biofuels. "The RFS injects competition and consumer choice into the vehicle fuels marketplace. It is moving America forward. With more and more retailers moving toward E15, and the USDA investments through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership, now is exactly the wrong time to orphan E15 as the only fuel that cannot be sold consistently year-round."
(Source: Growth Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, December 6, 2016) Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Chris Bliley, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
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The wind farm utilizes 47 turbines; 46 3.2M114 type turbines and one MM92 turbine specifically designed for cold climates with anti-icing mechanism.
The blades and towers were locally produced by LM Wind Power in Gaspe and Marmen, Quebec.
(Source: Senvion, GTBR, 5 Dec., 2016) Contact: Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, CEO-North America, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; LM Wind Power, email@example.com, www.lmwindpower.com;
Innergex Renewable Energy, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2550, www.innergex.com
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Rep. Briscoe says his bill will be modeled after British Columbia's carbon tax which charges carbon producers the equivalent of about $23 U.S. per metric ton. The fee is passed on to consumers at gas pumps and on electric power bills. Brisco notes that B.C. gas prices have only risen about $0.25 per gallon since the tax was introduced, and that
both gas consumption and carbon emissions are down.
Briscoe's proposed carbon tax will be revenue neutral and tax revenues could be used to offset other taxes or passed back to those Utahns who are hardest hit by the bill.
(Source; Various Media, ABC4 Utah, Dec., 2016) Contact: Utah State Legislature,
Joel Briscoe, (801) 916-9791 - cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The industry specific, sector-by-sector review would consider an emissions intensity scheme specifically for electric power generators, which are among the nation's highest carbon emitters.
The review will also consider a "baseline and credit scheme", which could be similar to an emissions trading scheme where emissions are capped by the Government. The review is expected in mid 2017.
(Source: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, ABC News Australia, 5 Dec., 2016) Contact: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy,
Josh Frydenberg, Minister, /www.environment.gov.au
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The wind farm, which is being developed by a subsidiary of Ratch Australia Corp., is slated for commissioning and operation in late 2018. Ratch Australia is a subsidiary of Thailand power generation company, Ratchaburi Electricity.
(Source: Vestas, RENews, Various Media, 30 Nov., 2016) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Ratch Australia Corp, +61 2 8913 9400, www.ratchaustralia.com
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The UW projects are a pre-feasibility assessment for CCS at the Rock Springs Uplift geological formation in southwest Wyoming, and a study of CO2 capture, transportation and storage opportunities at Basin Electric Power Co-op Dry Fork Power Station near Gillette. The Rock Springs Uplift was previously identified as an ideal location for storage of more than 50 million metric tons of CO2.
The new project will build upon that research by looking at the potential to capture and store CO2 from PacifiCorp's nearby Jim Bridger Power Station, Wyoming's largest emitter of anthropogenic CO2.
(Source: US DOE, University of Wyoming, 30 Nov., 2016) Contact: Univ. of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute, Kipp Coddington, Dir., 307-766-6731, email@example.com, www.uwyo.edu;
U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
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The EV ARC™ features the company's patented EnvisionTrak™ sun tracking system that enables the array to follow the sun, thus generating 18 to 25 pct more electricity than a fixed array. EV ARC products are manufactured in the Company's San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other team members.
(Source: Envision Solar International, Inc., PR, 29 Nov., 2016)
Contact: Envision Solar International, Inc., Stephanie Lacsa, (858) 799-4583, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.envisionsolar.com
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The Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Public Utilities Committee are in hearings on the legislation that many industry observers claim is detrimental to the state's ability to attract new industries.
The state's renewable and energy efficiency standards have been frozen at their current levels since 2014 and are set to resume next year.
(Source: Various Media, Midwest Energy News, 29 Nov., 2016)
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Shell, which previously linked executive remuneration to energy intensity, plans to seek shareholder approval for the three-year scheme at its annual general meeting next April.
Shell aims to reduce oil field flaring and lower pipeline methane gas. The company could cut its carbon emissions by as much as
70 pct with these two initiatives, according to Shell. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, CBC, Others, 1 Dec., 2016)Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, +37 703 77911, www.shell.com
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CitySwitch, which also operates across Perth, Adelaide, Geelong, North Sydney and Willoughby City on Sydney's North Shore, helps commercial office tenants to improve office energy and waste efficiency. Under the scheme, city-paid consultants assess the offices of participating businesses and help identify savings in their energy and waste management. CitySwitch now covers more than 3.4 million square meters, equivalent to 12 pct of Australia's CBD office space. There are 571 signed-up members, including AMP Capital and Frasers Property Group, occupying 871 offices across the country.
CitySwitch is a high-value no-cost service which supports commercial office tenants to improve office energy and waste efficiency. The program aims to:
educate and inspire with a respected event series and through the provision of toolkits, workbooks, case studies and site tours; facilitate links to other programs, information sources, industry bodies and communities of interest by identifying the market expertise that Signatories might need in order to build corporate capacity, systems and comply with evolving legislative requirements; signpost to incentives and financial vehicles available to expedite the uptake of energy efficiency investments;
and reward environmental leadership and achievement though annual awards and ongoing member promotions in order to create a competitive advantage for its signatories.
(Source: Australian Financial Review, 2 Dec., 2016)
Contact: CitySwitch Green Office , www.cityswitch.net.au;
C40 Group, email@example.com; www.c40cities.org
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"Under a license agreement, Biogreen uses locally developed and patented jet reactor technology to make SANS1935 specification biodiesel. While the standard trans-esterification process is conducted at 60 degrees Celsius, Biogreen's technology allows it to run its processes at 45 degrees Celsius. It uses 16 pct methanol, which is lower than what other reactors use, making it even more environmentally friendly. Furthermore, its biodiesel is of higher quality and requires less time for conversion," according to Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Constance Nyambayo.
Biogreen adheres to motor vehicle manufacturers' recommended biodiesel blend, which can range from 5 pct to 100 pctin more industrial motors. The
company offers suppliers and customers set contracts that are independent of oil prices and provides end-to-end services for select customers, supplying new oil and collecting used oil from their premises.
(Source: Frost & Sullivan, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Frost & Sullivan, Chiara Carella, +44 (0) 207.343.8314, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.frost.com; Biogreen Diesel, +27 21 792 7575, www.biogreen.co.za
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The agreement will see Longping provide distribution, marketing and sales for NexSteppe's Palo Alto biomass sorghum hybrids in China as well as evaluate joint R&D of improved hybrids suited to Chinese climate and growing conditions.
NexSteppe Palo Alto high biomass sorghum is a dedicated product line for the biopower industry with multiple hybrids adapted for different growing regions. (Source: NexSteppe, Bioenergy Insght, Other Media, 30 Nov., 2016)Contact: NexSteppe, Anna Rath, CEO, (650) 887-5724, www.nexsteppe.com; Longping High-Tech Arable Land Remediation Technology Company, www.lpht.com.cn
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As suppliers to the facility, co-op members will also hold equity in the Sarnia plant. The co-op is aiming to have 55,000 acres of supply in place to provide 75,000 tpy of bio-mass to the plant.
Comet's cellulosic sugar process uses a low-cost two stage process to activate cellulosic biomass, followed by conversion to glucose at very low enzyme loading. Co-products are used for energy production or other applications. (Source: Comet Biorefining, 30 Nov., 2016) Contact: Comet Biorefining, Andrew Richard, CEO, (519) 494-7514, email@example.com, www.cometbiorefining.com; Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative , Dave Park, Pres., www.ontario.coop/edirectory/cellulosic_sugar_producers_cooperative_ltd
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"The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition made creating thousands of jobs in every part of Illinois, saving consumers money on their bills and combating the threat of climate change our core operating principles. Today, we are gratified that these goals are now within reach thanks to the Illinois General Assembly passing the Future Energy Jobs Bill.
"This represents a victory for residential customers who will save nearly $15 per year according to Citizens Utility Board (CUB), for businesses who enjoy some of the lowest rates in the nation due to energy efficiency, for people in low-income communities who are currently left out of the clean energy economy, and for every citizen who suffers from health issues exacerbated by burning fossil fuels. By fixing the state's broken Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), and greatly expanding the state's highly successful energy efficiency programs, Illinois can now compete head-to-head with any other state in the nation in the race to build a sustainable clean energy economy -- and win.
"This bill includes elements of difficult compromise, but ultimately this is a tremendous victory for Illinois. We commend members of the General Assembly from both sides of the aisle for their passage of the bill and we urge Governor Rauner to sign it to jump start Illinois' clean energy economy."
(Source: Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, 1 Dec., 2016) Contact: Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, www.ilcleanjobs.org
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"Biofuel mandates are key to any effective climate policy and should be increased by Canadian governments contrary to Ecofiscal's recommendations," said Mr. Miller. "Ecofiscal's recommendation would result in more emissions; poorer air quality; increased consumer costs; and shut down clean technology research and development being conducted by the biofuels industry."
Renewable fuels mandates are critical for transportation emission reductions in the near and longer term. "There is no good argument that this course needs correction," said Mr. Miller. "Now is the time to keep a firm grip on the tiller and continue staying the course. Canada must not abandon renewable fuel mandates, the single largest guaranteed source of transportation fuel emission reductions."
Renewable Industries Canada supports Mr. Miller's objectivity and expert review of Ecofiscal's Course Correction. "Ecofiscal would have us believe the cost of GHG reductions from biofuels is too expensive," said RICanada President Andrea Kent. "Mr. Miller's Staying the Course disproves this, showing how Ecofiscal uses bad economics to inflate the costs of biofuels by not accounting for their unique properties, like higher octane."
Course Correction shows how little Ecofiscal appreciates how the fuel market functions and what it takes to lower transportation emissions. It required a thorough review from a broader perspective. Mr. Miller answered that call."
(Staying the Course http://ricanada.org/resources
Founded in 1984, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities. (Source: Renewable Industries Canada, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: Renewable Industries Canada, William Meyers, (613) 594-5528, w.meyers@RICanada.org, www.EICanada.org; Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, https://ecofiscal.ca
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The planned 120 MW, Skipjack Wind Farm would be constructed approximately 17 nautical miles northeast of the Ocean City coastline, subject to regulatory approval.
Construction work could begin as early as 2020 for completion and commissioning in 2022. Deepwater is also in the early stages of development of its 90-MW South Fork Wind Farm 30 miles east of Montauk, N.Y. That project is scheduled to become operational in 2022.
(Source: Deepwater Wind, PR, Various Media, 23 Nov., 2016) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000, www.dwwind.com
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The revised Renewable Energy Directive includes the opening of national support schemes for electric power generators operating in other countries and priority access to the grid for existing renewable installations, small-scale renewable installations and innovative technology demo installations. For other installations, no matter what technology they use, there will be non-discriminatory third-party access rules.
The EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, which recently voted to exit the trade body.
The pole mounted WindCutter, which is based on the Darrieus principal and has five airfoil blades that lift and rotate a shaft, met all the criteria per the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) Standard IEC 61400-2 for "Small Wind Turbines." It was verified by high-accuracy engineering analysis to Small Wind Turbine Class 3, which includes sustained 50-year extreme winds of up to 117 mph, as well as worst case gusts stipulated by IEC.
(Source: Sauer Energy, PR, MarketWire, Nov 30, 2016) Contact: Sauer Energy, www.SauerEnergy.com
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Scottish Power is currently working on eight facilities in Scotland with a total investment of over £650 million ($810 million). The eight projects will reportedly utilize 221 turbines to generate almost 500 MW. (Source: ScottishPower Renewables, Various Media, SeeNews, Nov., 30, 2016)
Contact: ScottishPower Renewables, +44 (0) 141 568 2000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com
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Organizations and projects selected will address key research gaps in the path toward the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, including the development of commercial-scale (50+ million metric tons CO2) geologic storage sites for CO2 from industrial sources. These sources -- cement, iron and steel production -- currently account for an estimated 21 pct of all U.S. carbon emissions. The selected projects will build on the lessons learned from the Office of Fossil Energy's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships' large-scale field projects while considering the next set of technical challenges for carbon storage.
Funding recipients include: the Carbon Management Institute at the University of Wyoming (Laramie): University of Illinois (Champaign): University of Texas at Austin: University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Battelle Memorial Institutein Columbus, Ohio; Electric Power Research Institute in Palo, Alto, California; University of North Dakota (Grand Forks); University of Kansas/Kansas Geological Survey (Lawrence); Columbia University (New York, New York); Louisiana State University and A&M College (Baton Rouge) and the Southern States Energy Board in Norcross, Georgia.
The Office of Fossil Energy funds research, development and demonstration projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced carbon technologies and further the sustainable use of the nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, Nov., 2016) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Fuel Energy, energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy, https://netl.doe.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy,
Synata Bio Inc acquired the bankrupt Coskata in Jan. 2016. Coskata was developing processes for the production of cellulosic ethanol from woodchips. Coskata's process technology combines both biological (i.e., microbes) and thermochemical (heat and chemicals) processing. The estimated cost of production via this technology was reported as under $1 per gallon, as opposed to corn-based ethanol costing approximately $1.40 per gallon had been focused, via gas fermentation, on converting natural gas to fuels. Coskata went out of business in 2015, and the technology formerly belonging to Coskata re-merged as the new company Synata Bio, Inc.
(Source: Various Media, Synata Bio, Nov. 30, 2016) Contact: Synata Bio Inc., Steven D. Kloos, Pres., (312) 574-1700, other contact information unavailable.
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The Federal Department of the Environment and Energy is working with the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), carbon accounting experts and property sector businesses to develop the draft Standards,
certification of which will be provided through the Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program and the NABERS Energy and Green Star Performance rating schemes. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Control News, 30 Nov., 2016)
Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au
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Energy efficiency and Green elements include dual glazed/high efficiency windows; weather-sealed insulated doors; ENERGY Star rated appliances; low-VOC paints and adhesives; low-flow showerheads and faucets; drought-tolerant native plants and low-water-use landscaping; and low-energy-use energy efficient lighting throughout, among other features. (Source: AZRE, 29 Nov., 2016)Contact: National Association of Home Builders, (800) 368-5242, http://www.nahb.org, http://www.homeinnovation.com/green
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Valero Renewable Fuels' parent company, San Antonio, Texas-based Valero, the largest independent U.S. oil refiner and long-time critic of the Renewable Fuel Standard, is also a major ethanol producer. The company purchase the bankrupt VeraSun Energy Corp., once the industry's bellwether, in 2008. (Source: Valero Renewable Fuels, RFA, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Renewable Fuels Assoc., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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The plans support the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTO) -- equivalent to the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard -- which was established to meet EU targets for increasing sources of renewable energy in the transport sector.
The RTFO scheme allows suppliers to claim certificates by supplying renewable fuel and multiple certificates for biofuels supplied made from wastes and residues.
(Source: U.K. DECC, ICIS News, Guardian, Various Others, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: DECC, +44 (20) 7979 7777, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.decc.gov.uk
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The $1 million initiative is being funded by the US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with corporate support from FirstEnergy, Eaton Corp., Siemens and Johnson Controls.
The Northern Ohio Building-to-Grid Integration Demonstration will develop and demonstrate strategies incorporating smart building and energy efficiency technologies, energy storage batteries used for backup power, meeting peak demand and for non-peak storage, and others.
Strategies may include setting a ceiling on daily electricity consumption in each building that, in turn, could require small to substantial steps, such as changing the thermostat setting or delaying the use of a lab air compressor.
(Source: Case Western Reserve University, PR, 1 Dec., 2016) Contact: Case Western Reserve University, Northern Ohio Building-to-Grid Integration Demonstration, (216) 368-2000, www.case.edu; PNNL, Susan Bauer, (509) 372-6083 www.pnnl.gov
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The paper analyzed data from dozens of studies on soil carbon storage over the past 20 years, and it clarifies an issue that has long interested scientists: whether warming temperatures will turn soil into carbon sinks or sources. “Getting a handle on these kinds of feedbacks is essential if we’re going to make meaningful projections about future climate conditions,” said lead author Thomas Crowther, a former postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies currently at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. “Only then can we generate realistic greenhouse gas emission targets that are effective at limiting climate change.” (Source: Yale Univ., Env.360, 30 Nov., 2016)
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The M/V Copenhagen utilizes Corvus ESS technologies that increase fuel savings, significantly reduce emissions and greatly improve on-board energy efficiency. The Copenhagen also utilizes LED lighting, variable-frequency controls, and other energy efficient measures where possible.
(Source: Corvus Energy, Nam Clean Energy, 28 Nov., 2016)
Contact: Scandlines, www.scandlines.com; Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, email@example.com, www.corvus-energy.com
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Since 2013, China has tested carbon trading in seven pilot cities, including Beijing. Under the Chinese model, local governments assign tradable carbon emission allowances to key emitters based on their emissions history. Key emitters that have unused allowance receive a 100-yuan ($14.5)) cut on every 1,000 kwh of electricity they use. The same favorable rate is given to emitters who have participated in the Chinese Certified Emission Reduction program and reduced their carbon emissions.
To date, the Chinese pilot program has traded more than over 120 million tonnes of CO2, according to the State Council. (Source: Beijing Environment Exchange, Xinhua. Standard Digital, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Beijing Environment Exchange
Mei Dewen, Director, www.cbex.cn/en/cbeex.htm
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