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$2.9Mn Funding for Canadian Biomass Standards (Funding, R&D)
Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba
Date: 2016-11-30
The Canadian federal agency Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) reports it is supplying up to $2.9 million in grand funding to the Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba (CIC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the development of quality standards and measurement techniques for Canadian biomass, and research into overcoming technology barriers to the adoption of natural fibers in the composites industry.

The Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that supports and stimulates economic growth through R&D and the application of composite materials and technologies for manufacturing industries. (Source: Composites Innovation Centre, Composites World, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: Composites Innovation Centre, Sean McKay, Pres., (204) 262-3400, www.compositesinnovation.ca; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba ,  


Canada Plans National Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
Canada
Date: 2016-11-30
In Ottawa, the government of Canada reports it will develop a low-carbon fuel standard as part of its previously reported efforts to slash greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 megatons per year by 2030.

The proposed standard would be performance-based and set requirements to reduce the lifecycle carbon intensities of fuels supplied in a given year, based on lifecycle analysis. The Canadian standard would not prescribe specific low-carbon fuels or technologies but would encourage the use of low-carbon fuels in the transportatio and other sectors. The Standard will provide flexibility to fuel suppliers while taking into account regional differences and existing renewable fuel regulations. It will also complement the government's recently announced carbon pricing initiative, according to the government announcement. (Source: Gov't of Canada, Various Media, 25 Nov., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  


Lagerwey Touts Turbine Tower Climbing Crane (New Prod & Tech)
Lagerway
Date: 2016-11-30
In Holland, wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey is touting a new climbing crane which can be used on the side of a wind tower to enable fast and economical wind turbine installation and maintenance. The crane, which does not need a large base and is easily transported to difficult to access locations, can also be operated in 15 meters per second wind conditions.

The crane climbs a wind the tower using prefabricated recesses, and therefore is presently only compatible with Lagerway towers. The first prototype crane is expected to be tested in early 2017 (Source: Lagerway, CleanTechnica, Others, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: Lagerway, Henk Lagerway, CEO, +31 (0) 342 751 935, info@lagerwey.com, www.lagerwey.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lagerway,  Wind,  Wind Tower,  Wind Turbine,  


SANY Commits $2Bn to Gujarat India Renewable Projects (Int'l)
Sany Group
Date: 2016-11-30
In India, the Gujarat State government reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SANY Group Co, Ltd., a Chinese machinery equipment manufacturer which will invest $2 billion in wind and solar energy, housing and smart cities in Gujarat State over the next five years.

Under the terms of the MoU, Sany Group will help develop 1,000 MW of wind power from 2017-2022; 1,000 MW of wind and solar power from 2017-2020; set up a facility for manufacturing wind turbines starting 2017; develop at least one smart city and establish a housing construction facility. (Source: Gujarat State, Business Standard, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: SANY Group Co. Ltd., www.sanygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SANY Group,  Wind,  India Wind,  


RFS Unlikely to Meet GHG Reduction Targets -- GAO Report Attached (Ind. Report)
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Date: 2016-11-30
According to the attached report from the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO), it is unlikely that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the nation's renewable fuels sector will be met as envisioned due to limited production of advanced biofuels to be blended into domestic transportation fuels and limited potential for expanded production by 2022.

The report finds, as an example, that the volume of advanced (cellulosic) biofuel blended into the transportation fuel supply in 2015 was less than 5 pct of the statutory target of 3 billion gallons. This was due in part to the shortfall of advanced biofuels as a result of high production costs and the investments in further R&D required to make these fuels more cost-competitive with petroleum.

Download the RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD - Program Unlikely to Meet Its Targets for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions HERE. (Source: U.S. Gov. Accountability Office, GAO, Nov., 2016) Contact: US GAO, Frank Rusco, (202) 512-3841, ruscof@gao.gov, www.gao.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


Houston Boasts 20 LEED Certified City Buildings (Ind. Report)
City of HOuston, USGBC
Date: 2016-11-30
The city of Houston, Txas, reports that it Traffic Operations Center is the city's latest building to be awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency. The building utilizes LED lights, skylights, environmentally-friendly paints and finishes, a stormwater treatment system and other energy efficiency and environmental features, all of which that make it 23 pct more efficient than typical code-compliant building.

The City of Houston, which adopted USGBC LEED certification building standards in 2004, boasts more than 20 city buildings with LEED designation. (Source: City of Houston, Houston Public Media, 29 Nov., 2016) (Source: City of Houston, 27 Nov., 2016) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  City of Houston,  Energy Efficiency,  


Livestock Methane Targeted in Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2016-11-30
The nation's largest milk-producing and agriculture state, California, reports it is targeting methane greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas, is released when cattle belch, pass gas and make manure.

Livestock are responsible for 14.5 pct of human-induced GHG emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report.

New California legislation requires dairies and other livestock operations to reduce methane emissions 40 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. The legislation will come into force in 2024.

The state has earmarked $50 million to help the state's approximately 1,500 dairies dairies set up digesters to help address the livestock methane problem. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Sacramento Bee, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Methane,  California Air Resources Board,  


"Ontarians Will be Forced to Purchase Imaginary Credits" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Ontario
Date: 2016-11-30
"Beginning Jan 1, 2017, Ontarians will be buying 'carbon credits' -- a financial product conjured out of thin air by the government.

"The Ontario government's cap and trade scheme will limit the emissions Ontario companies can produce, and they must purchase 'carbon credits' to pay for any emissions above their government assigned limit. These 'carbon credits' are financial products that are traded like other useful things on a government created 'carbon market.' But unlike other commodities such as pork bellies, corn or west Texas crude oil, carbon credits do not actually exist. You cannot touch them. There is no underlying tangible asset. The value of the carbon credit comes from a fictional demand that the government created by forcing businesses to buy them.

"The closest carbon credits come to having a tangible asset is in California, where existing forests can be registered as carbon offset projects. The landowner can register an existing forest with the government, and be issued a carbon offset credit that can be sold. With this kind of offset project, nothing actually changes. Before the registration there is a forest and emissions. After the registration, there is still a forest and emissions, but now the forest owner has a cash infusion. The emitter continues to emit, but incurs a new cost, and pushes that cost down to consumers.

"The idea behind the whole scheme is that it will lead to lower emissions and stop the march of global warming. The problem, like buying a star, is that it doesn't work. Maybe it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling, but the fact is that cap and trade will not achieve anything for the global climate. Canada contributes just 1.65 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions, with only a tiny portion of that coming from Ontario. The buying and selling of carbon credits will make no real difference. In fact, shutting down the entire Ontario economy would make no measurable difference to global climate change.

"But despite not achieving anything for the climate, cap and trade will make things in the province more expensive. Whether it's your home heating bill, your gasoline bill, or the cost of groceries that need to be transported to your local store. Those costs will not be borne by the industries that the government is forcing to buy these products. The costs will be borne instead by Ontario families." (Source: Canadian Taxpayers Federation , 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Christine Van Geyn, Ontario Director , cvangeyn@taxpayer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  


France Floats Oleron Offshore Wind Tender (Int'l Report)
French Energy and Environment Ministry
Date: 2016-11-28
In Paris, the French Energy, Environment and the Sea Ministry on Wednesday announced a tender for the development of an offshore wind project off the island of Oleron. The exact wind farm zone and connection details have not been determined.

France previously issued offshore wind tenders in 2011, 2013, and April of 2016. The country plans to draw 70 GW of energy from renewable sources by 2023. (Source: French Energy and Environment Ministry,Various Media, 25 Nov., 2016) Contact: French Energy and Environment Ministry, Segolene Royal, Minister, www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  France Offshore Wind,  


2017 RFS Blend Volumes Set Higher-than-Expected (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standards
Date: 2016-11-28
Following on our 16 Nov. coverage, the US EPA has released higher than anticipated final Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for 2017 calling for a total of 19.28 billion gallons of biofuel to be used in 2017 -- up from the 18.8 billion gallons proposed in May. The requirement for advanced biofuels -- cellulosic and others -- was raised slightly from an expected 4 billion gallons to 4.28 billion gallons. The quota for corn ethanol and similar biofuels also rose slightly from 14.8 billion gallons to 15 billion gallons. The EPA also set the biomass-based diesel requirement for 2018 at 2.1 billion gallons. (Source: US EPA, Various Media, SeeNews, 25 Nov., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standards,  RFS,  


Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Turbines Generating Power (Int'l)
DONG Energy,Vestas
Date: 2016-11-28
Burbo Bank offshore wind developer DONG Energy is reporting that the project's 32, 8 MW Vestas wind turbines are now generating electric power at the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm. This is the first time the Vestas 8 MW wind turbines have been used commercially offshore. Although not fully operational, all 32 of the projects have been installed. The fully opreational project is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 230,000 UK homes. (Source: DONG Energy, Various Media,25 Nov., 2016) Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  DONG Energy,  Vestas,  Burbo Bank,  


Cielo Acquiring Shuttered Alberta Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
Cielo Waste Solutions,XR Resources, Western Biodiesel
Date: 2016-11-28
Vancouver, B.C.-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (CWS) confirms its has signed a $2.3 million agreement to purchase XR Resources Inc.'s property near Calgary, Alberta, which includes a 4.2 MMgy biodiesel plant formerly owned by the bankrupt Western Biodiesel Inc. The plant was mothballed in 2013.

The site will house CWS's scaled-up thermal catalytic depolymerization (TCD) technology to produce renewable diesel from cellulosic-rich waste feedstock. The closing date is slated for Feb. 28, 2017, with an expected startup before the year end. Construction contracts for the project have been awarded, according to CWS. (Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Various Media, 24 Nov., 2016) Contact: CWS, Don Allan, Pres., CEO, (403) 348-2972 x 222, donallan@cielows.com, www.cielows.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cielo Waste Solutions,  Western Biodiesel,  


GE, juwi AG Ink 110 Wind Turbine Framework Deal (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy,Juwi
Date: 2016-11-28
General Electric Renewables and Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer juwi AG are reporting an agreement that will see GE supply as many as 110 wind turbines to Juwi through the end of 2018. The GE turbines will include the new 3.6-137 and 3.8-130 models from GE's 3-MW platform. The turbines have a rated output of up to 3.8 MW and hub heights of up to 164.5 metres. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Since 2013, juwi AG and GE Renewable Energy have executed a total of 16 wind projects. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, juwi AG, Others, 25 Nov., 2016) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Jerome Decresse, CEO, www.ge-energy.com; juwi AG, Christian Hinsch, Communications, +49 (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, +49 (0) 172. 67 949 12, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Juwi,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2016-11-28
"I have a problem with wind. ... I mean, the wind is a very deceiving thing. First of all, we don't make the windmills in the United States. Windmills are made in Germany and Japan from massive amounts of steel, which goes into the atmosphere."

(Windmills) "kill birds and without subsidy, for the most part, they don't work. "You go to a windmill, you know in California they have the, what is it? The golden eagle? And they're like, if you shoot a golden eagle, they go to jail for five years and yet they kill them by, they actually have to get permits that they're only allowed to kill 30 or something in one year." -- You guessed it! Pres. Elect Donald Trump

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Donald Trump,  


EC Considers Slashing Crop-based Transportation Biofuels (Int'l)
EU Biofuel
Date: 2016-11-28
In Brussels, following on concerns that biofuels may actually increase rather than reduce carbon emissions, the European Commission (EC) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) proposes to slash by as much as half the maximum amount of crop-based biofuels used in transportation after 2020, according to a Reuters report.

According to the EC proposal, the maximum contribution from "conventional" liquid biofuels should fall to 3.8 pct in 2030 from 7 pct in 2021. The EC is also reportedly proposing an increase in the level of second-generation biofuels from agricultural waste and woody biomass. The EC proposal would also raise the share of second-generation biofuels to 5.5 pct by 2030 from 1.5 pct in 2021, according to the Reuters report.

The EC proposal makes no distinction between bioethanol made mostly from sugar beet and cereals and biodiesel made from oilseed crops, mainly rapeseed, but says member states can make such a distinction themselves when implementing the rules, again according to Reuters.

Download the detailed new EC RED proposal HERE. (Source: European Commission, EU Reporter, edie, Reuters, Others, 25 Nov., 2016) Contact: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  EU Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


Tanzania Needs $60Bn for Climate Change Fight, Mitigation (Int'l)

Date: 2016-11-23
In Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian governments reports it will need $60 billion by 2030 in technological and financial support from its development partners and other sources for its climate change mitigation efforts, according to Union and Environment Minister Mr. January Makamba. The funding will enable the country to meet its environment conservation commitments and targets, pursue its development trajectory, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10-20 pct by 2030, according to a statement.

Tanzania, whose per capita emissions are less that 1 tpy, says it will also need $500 million annually for climate change adaptation, the minister added. (Source: AllAfrica, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Aviation Alternative Fuels Market Trends 2016-2020 Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-11-23
The recently released Global Aviation Alternative Fuels Market Trends 2016-2020 report forecasts the global aviation alternative fuels market to grow at a CAGR of 4.29 pct during the period 2016-2020. The report presents the market landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the five major vendors operating in the market, classified on the basis of their sales, product innovations, and geographic coverage.

According to the report one of the primary drivers in the market is growing CO2 emissions from fossil fuels transportation, and other uses. In 2014, the US emitted 5,406 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere primarily from power generation and transportation industries.

Global Aviation Alternative Fuels Market 2016-2020 report ordering details are HERE. (Source: ReportsnReports, 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: ReportsnReports, Ritesh Tiwari, (888) 391-5441, www.reportsnreports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Celanese-Mitsui Rebooting Texas Methanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Celanese, Mitsui
Date: 2016-11-23
S&P Global, Platts is reporting that the Celanese/Mitsui joint venture 1.3 million mt/year methanol plant in Clear Lake, Texas, has begun a 10-day restart schedule and is expected to be in production by the end of the month, according to a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality filing.

The Clear Lake facility, which is the largest methanol production plant in the US, uses low-cost natural gas from the U.S. Gulf Coast region as a feedstock and benefits from the existing infrastructure at Celanese's Clear Lake facility. The methanol operation's original cost came in at approximately $800 million in 2015. (Source: Celanese, S&P Global, Platts, 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: Celanese, Mark Rohr, CEO, Jon Puckett, (972) 443-4965, Jon.Puckett@celanese.com, www.celanese.com; Mitsui Chemical, www.mitsui-chem.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Celanese,  Mitsui,  Methanol ,  


Vancouver Touts 1st Multifamily Passive House (Ind. Report)
International Passive House Institute
Date: 2016-11-23
In Vancouver, B.C., a three unit residential building designed by Marken Design + Consulting has been designated the city's first multifamily building to meet the International Passive House Standard from the International Passive House Institute.. The building as specifically designed to to use as much as 90 pct less energy for heating and cooling and up 65 pct less energy than a standard house, making it one of the most energy efficient buildings in Canada.

The Passive House Building Energy standard originated in Germany in the late 1980s and is quickly becoming the world standard in ultra energy efficient building techniques. Although there are over 60,000 passive house buildings worldwide, only about 30 buildings are in Canada. Vancouver has recently adopted the standard as part of its Zero Emission plan to have all new construction carbon neutral by 2020. (Source: Marken Design + Consulting , Cdn. Wire Service, 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: Marken Design + Consulting, info@markendc.com, www.markendc.com; International Passive House Institute, www.passivehouse-international.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Passive House Institute,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Neutral,  


City Energy Project Targets Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
NEMA, City Energy Project
Date: 2016-11-23
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a home energy efficiency advocate, reports that ten new U.S. communities have joined the City Energy Project (CEP), bringing total membership to 20.

The CEP, a joint effort of the Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council, is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

A 2016 survey found that 77 pct of facility managers in New York City made operational changes to their buildings to save energy as a result of the city's building energy benchmarking policy, and 75 pct of facility managers invested in new energy-efficient equipment to cut energy waste as a result of the ordinance. This finding is consistent with the latest report from New York City that energy use intensity was reduced by 11 pct in office buildings and 5 pct in multifamily buildings over four years. (Source: City Energy Project, NEMA Currents Blog, Nov., 2016) Contact: City Energy Project, www.cityenergyproject.org; NEMA, www.nema.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News City Energy Project,  Energy Efficiency,  


UNIST Touts 1-Step CO2 to Diesel Fuel Process ( New Prod & Tech)
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Date: 2016-11-23
In South Korea, researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) are reporting a new, one-step way of converting CO2 to a road-ready green diesel fuel. Their findings showed that changing the currently available catalysts used in the conversion could turn CO2 into liquid hydrocarbon-based fuel in one single step, according to a UNIST release.

The UNIST process uses a new delafossite-based copper and steel based catalyst in a reaction between industrial CO2 emissions and H2 generated from a solar hydrogen plant to produce diesel which, compared to methane and methanol, has a longer chain of carbon and hydrogen atoms.

The researchers noted that their direct CO2-FT synthesis is different from Audi's CO2-to-dielsel conversion process which involves two steps, including the reverse water gas shift (RWGS) reaction and CO Fisher-Tropsch (FT) synthesis. (Source: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Nature World News, 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Jae Sung Lee, Professor of Energy and Chemical Engineering, +82 53 217 0114, www.unist.ac.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide,  Clean Fuel,  


Pure Power Completes Containerized Energy Microgrid (Ind. Report)
SimpliPhi Power
Date: 2016-11-23
Healdsburg, California-based renewable energy systems specialist Pure Power Solutions is reporting completion of a plug-and-play solar+storage microgrid at the Vacherie Ranch in Western Sonoma County, Calif.

The per-assembled systems use standard shipping containers and energy dense, non-toxic battery technology from Ojai, California-headquartered SimpliPhi Power -- formerly LibertyPak/Optimized Energy Storage. Being pre-assembled and containerized, the systems are ideal for remote locations.

SimpliPhi combines non-hazardous LFP energy storage chemistry with its proprietary cell and battery architecture, power electronics, Battery Management System (BMS) and assembly methods to create reliable and scalable, on-demand power solutions for the residential, commercial and other applications. (Source: SimpliPhi Power , PR, 22 Nov., 2016) Contact: SimpliPhi Power, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, www.SimpliPhipower.com; Pure Power Solutions, (707) 433-6556, www.getpurepower.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Micro Grid,  Battery,  SimpliPhi Power,  


Chilean Wind Farm Project Closes on $140Mn Financing (Int'l)
Ibereolica,EDF Energies Nouvelles
Date: 2016-11-23
Reuters is reporting that Madrid-headquartered energy company Ibereolica and French state energy firm EDF Energies Nouvelles have closed financing with Japan's SMBC, Credit Agricole, and Norway's DNB banks for construction of the proposed 115 MW Cabo Leones I Wind Farm in north-central Chile.

The project will utilize Gamesa turbines and is expected to cost as much as $200 million. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: Ibereolica, +34 915 57 05 66, www.grupoibereolica.es; EDF Energies Nouvelles, +33 (0) 1 40 90 2300, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ibereolica,  EDF Energies Nouvelles,  


Nova Scotia Plans 2018 Carbon Market Launch (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-11-23
In Ottawa, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon, Catherine McKenna, reports that the Governments of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia have agreed on an approach to price carbon pollution and will negotiate a new equivalency agreement on the federal government's recently announced accelerated coal phase-out legislation.

To that end, the province will implement a cap-and-trade system that aligns with Canada's pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. Nova Scotia will also adopt a province-wide target of cutting carbon emissions by 30 pct from 2005 levels, by 2030.

Under the federal plan, individual provinces can impose a carbon tax or adopt a cap-and-trade system. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Various Media, 21 Nov., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  


Vega Biofuels Files Patent App for Torrefaction Machine (Ind. Report)
Vega Biofuels
Date: 2016-11-23
Further to our Nov. 11th coverage, Norcross, Georgia-headquartered Vega Biofuels, Inc. reports it has filed a Provisional Patent Application for its generation four (G4) torrefaction machine. The G/4 torrefaction machine incorporates pre-drying capacity which increases manufacturing capacity by approximately 25 pct, according to Vega.

Vega's Bio-Coal torrefied fuel product has a high energy density of up to 13 000 Btus/lb and is considered a renewable energy fuel that meets the Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) in the US. Existing coal-fired power plants can utilise the Bio-Coal without making significant changes to their current infrastructure. (Source: Vega Biofuels, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 21 Nov., 2016)Contact: Vega Biofuels Inc., Michael K. Molen, Chairman/CEO, (800) 481-0186, info@vegabiofuels.com, www.vegabiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels,  Woody Biomass,  


Dow Energy Efficiency Innovations Support Chinese Green Technology, says Dow (Ind. Report)
Dow Chemical
Date: 2016-11-23
Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Company reports that several of it products and technologies have been recommended for use in projects supported by the U.S.- China Building Efficiency and Green Development Fund (Fund). The Fund is a public-private partnership convened by the Paulson Institute that provides financing to bring innovative U.S. energy efficiency technologies to China in an effort to reduce building-energy emissions.

Building Solutions, Construction Chemicals, Polyurethanes, Elastomers and Coating Materials are among the Dow products that will play an instrumental role in bridging green technology implementation and affordability to China.

Dow serves as a core member of the Paulson Institute's CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization. The company's engagement with the Fund is aligned to it's Leading the Blueprint 2025 Sustainability Goal, a pledge to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels to facilitate the transition to a sustainable planet and society. Dow is working alongside governments and U.S. and Chinese companies to ensure that sustainability is considered at the design phase of building development. (Source: Dow Chemical,PR, Nov., 2016) Contact: Dow Chemical, Jarrod Erpelding, (989) 633-1863, jarrod.erpelding@dow.com, www.dow.com; Paulson Institute, (773) 702-1799, www.paulsoninstitute.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dow Chemical,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


Ontario 2016 Annual GHG Progress Report - Facing Climate Change -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Ontario
Date: 2016-11-23
In Toronto, the Ontario government's recently released 2016 Annual GHG Progress Report - Facing Climate Change lauds the government for confronting the urgent threats posed by climate change , for meeting its 2014 emissions reduction target, and for passage of the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 .

The Act's main components include: ambitious GHG reduction targets; a cap and trade program that puts a price on GHG pollution; and a Climate Change Action Plan that is to use proceeds from the program to fund additional GHG reductions. The Act is expected to reduce both Ontario's GHG emissions and its dependence on imported fossil fuels. Without the Act, Ontario would likely need to import an additional $300 million worth of petroleum products and natural gas every year by 2020, on top of the $11 billion per year that Ontarians already pay.

The report makes recommendations that can help the government avoid significant risks, such as: excessive dependence on California pollution allowances; undermining the new law with unsubstantiated claims and conflicting policies; and misuse of the cap and trade proceeds.

Download the Ontario 2016 Annual GHG Progress Report - Facing Climate Change report HERE. (Source: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, 22 Nov., 2016) Contact: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, Commissioner, Michael Zupanic Communications & Outreach Co-ordinator (416) 325-3371, media@eco.on.ca, www.eco.on.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Ontario Climate Action Plan,  


UK Renewables to Drop 96 pct by 2021, says Renewable UK (Int'l)
RenewableUK
Date: 2016-11-21
London-headquartered ngo Renewable UK reports that Investment in renewables in the UK is expected to drop by 96 pct by 2020/21. It also reports that investment in domestic energy efficiency declined from £1.5 billion to £0.7 billion in 2015 and the number of residential energy efficiency installations plummeted by 80 pct in the same period, all of which are due to current government energy policies, according to a group of six environmental groups.

The six group are calling for the government to earmark an additional £2 billion funding to support low carbon power post 2020 and funding to scale up low carbon heat technologies. They want incentives for ultra low emission vehicles -- EVs -- beyond 2018 and a nationwide network of EV charging points. The groups also believe if the government backs clean technologies, the renewables industry could attract £47 billion in new investment from 2021 to 2026. Additionally they claim that residential energy efficiency retrofitting could unlock £73 billion and support 86,000 jobs a year.

Renewable UK acts as a central point of information and a united representative voice promoting the benefits of wind and marine renewables to Britain and Northern Ireland by conducting research and engaging with politicians and the media.(Source: Renewable UK,Energy Live, 20 Nov., 2016) Contact: Renewable UK, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com; www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable UK,  UK Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


India's $2Bn CEEF set for April, 2017 Offering (Int'l Report)
India, Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2016-11-21
In New Delhi, the Indian government is about to launch a $2 billion Clean Energy Equity Fund (CEEF) aimed at pushing renewable energy investments and encouraging renewable energy developments. An initial $1 billion will be available starting in April 2017.

The CEEF expects contributions from the central government as well as some state-owned companies. Around $600 million will be contributed from the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund with the balance from state-owned companies including NTPC Limited, Rural Electrification Corporation, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), and others.

The government has set a target to have installed renewable energy capacity of 175 GW, including 100 GW solar power and 60 GW wind energy capacity. (Source: Various Media, cleanTechnica, 17 Nov., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  Green Bond,  


Pakistani CO2 Emissions to Quadruple by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Pakistan Climate Change Ministry
Date: 2016-11-21
Last week prior to the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh, the Pakistan Climate Change Ministry reported passage of the Pakistan Climate Change Act under which the Pakistan Climate Change Authority would be established to address the climate challenge. The Climate Change Minister, Zahid Hamid, also revealed thatthe country's GHG emissions will increase from 405 CO2 equivalent in 2015 to 1600 in 2030. This covers energy, agriculture, transport, industrial process, forestry and waste.

The Minister added that for the country to cut its emissions from business as usual rates by 20 pct by 2030 it will need as much as $40 billion in "aid" at current prices. The Ministry also estimates a quadrupling of its carbon emissions from 5 sectors -- not including transport -- from the current 400 million to over 1.6 billion by 2030. Even with the 20 pct reduction in the GHG output, the country's carbon emissions will still have more than tripled by 2030, the Ministry said. (Source: Pakistan Climate Change Ministry, Pakistan Today, 15 Nov., 2016)Contact: Pakistan Climate Change Ministry, www.mocc.gov.pk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  COP22,  


Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm Assessment Completed (Ind. Report)
Biodico Inc.,California Energy Commission
Date: 2016-11-21
Ventura, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Biodico Inc. reports it has completed its resource assessment to support the next stage of development for its "Zero Net Energy Farm" project.

Depending on the assessment outcome, Biodico will construct a first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm to generate sufficient power from onsite biomass and other renewables to meet a farm operations requirements. The project will also provide a template for introducing Biodico's ZNEF technology. The Zero Net Energy Farm project is being partially funded by the California Energy Commission. (Source: Biodico Inc., November 16, 2016) Contact: Bodico Inc., Russ Teal, Pres., (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, http://biodico.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico Inc,  Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  California Energy Commission,  


Ecotricity Touting UK Methane Opportunities (Int'l. Report)
Ecotricity
Date: 2016-11-21
UK energy utility Ecotricity is touting plans to provide 91 pct of homes in the UK with renewable green gas by harvesting methane from grass grown on marginal land and processed via anaerobic digestion.

Reaching this goal would involve construction of approximately 5,000 grass mills to convert the grass feed material, scrub the methane, and pump the resulting gas into the grid. Ecotricity plans to construct its first grass mill at Sparsholt College in Hampshire.

Anaerobic digestion allows micro-organisms to break down the grass in an oxygen-free environment. The outputs of the process are methane, as well as a natural fertilizer which can be returned to farmers' fields. CO2 is then scrubbed from the bio-methane and the end-product can then be pumped directly into the national gas grid.

The company projects that switching to green gas could add £7.5 billion annually to the UK economy while reducing carbon emissions, boosting energy independence, improving soil quality and creating wildlife habitats. It would also provide a sustainable source of gas, although the initial investment in the infrastructure would be significant, Ecotricity says. (Source: Ecotricity, the Engineer, 21 Nov., 2016) (Contact: Ecotricity, Dale Vance, Founder, +44 (0) 145 375 6111, www.ecotricity.co.uk

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Ingeteam Wins Spanish Woody Biomass Plant O&M Contract (Int'l)
Ingesteam
Date: 2016-11-21
Spain's leading forest management company, ENCE, reports it has awarded of a new contract to Ingeteam for the operation and maintenance of its biomass plant in Merida, the capital of western Spain's Extremadura region. The Merida plant, which features the latest innovations for the transmission, storage and production of energy using biomass sourced from forest and agricultural-based residues, has a net installed power of 20 MW, giving an annual production of 160 million kWh/year.

Ingeteam is a global specialist in power and control electronics (inverters, frequency converters, controllers and protections), generators, motors and pumps, electrical engineering and automation projects, electrical panels and medium voltage cells, in addition to biomass and solar thermal plant engineering. (Source: ENCE, Ingeteam, SolarWorld, 20 Nov., 2016)Contact: ENCE, +34 954 439 268, www.ence.es; Ingerteam, (414) 934-4100 - Wisconsin Office, www.ingeteam.com

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Tanzania Needs $60Bn for Climate Change Fight, Mitigation (Int'l)

Date: 2016-11-21
In Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian governments reports it will need $60 billion by 2030 in technological and financial support from its development partners and other sources for its climate change mitigation efforts, , according to Union and Environment minister January Makamba in the Tanzanian Vice President's office.

Tanzania, whose per capita emissions are less that 1 tpy, also reports it will also need $500 million annually for adaptation.

The funding will enable the country to meet its environment conservation contributions, pursue its development trajectory, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10-20 pct by 2030, according to a statement. (Source: AllAfrica, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2016)

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


Ottawa Coal Phase Out Plan Aims for Elimination by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Coal
Date: 2016-11-21
In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it plans to virtually eliminate the use of traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, with some exceptions. The government's plan will be shepherded by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

The government's new coal regulation, which would accelerate the existing timetable set by the previous Conservative government in 2012, is aimed at four provinces that still burn coal for electric power production. The plan would encourage the provinces to switch to renewable energy, institute carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies or shutter the offending plants altogether. They could, however, continue burning coal so long as equivalent emissions reductions are achgieved elsewhere. (Source: Environment Canada, Globe & Mail, Various Media, 21 Nov., 2016) Contact: Environment Canada, Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Climate Change Quotes from Marrakesh
COP22
Date: 2016-11-18
"I can tell you with confidence that the United States is right now today on our way to meeting all of the international (climate change) targets we have set. Because of the market decisions that are being made [the current American clean energy transition], I do not believe that that can or will be reversed." -- US Johm Kerry, US Sec., addressing COP22 meeting in Marrakesh

"Secretary Kerry's speech was a clear call to action. The global energy revolution is indeed irreversible and we will be the generation that ends fossil fuels. No nation can succeed that tries to ignore the direction in which the arc of history is bending. Governments should react to Secretary Kerry's call and continue to increase ambition. Climate change is personal to everyone, and that is why people in the United States and all over the world, as Secretary Kerry notes, are demanding urgent action." -- Jennifer Morgan, Eexc. Dir., Greenpeace International

"We're talking about the big challenge of climate change. This issue is bigger than life. This is a long-term issue, longer than any mandate of any president of country X or Z, even if that country is a big one." -- Oleg Shamanov, Russia's lead climate change negotiator

"President-elect Trump would be wise to adopt the international cause of restraining climate change as his own mantra. In doing so, he would respect both the will of the American people and the proven science. He would retain the primacy of the US and China as the acknowledged world leadership team in the effort to limit further disruption. Trump would also gain himself worldwide applause rather than universal condemnation. And he might just give humans a chance for an orderly retreat from our now-destructive allegiance to fossil fuels and a successful reach for sustainability and climate survival instead." -- Liu Zhenmin, Chinese COP22 Climate Change Delegate in Marrakesh

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP22,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


CCS Essential to Energy Future, says CCSI (Ind. Report)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2016-11-18
According to the Australia-based Global CCS Institute's (CCSI) 2016 Status Report, limiting carbon emissions requires the rapid, widespread adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to augment alternative energy sources such as nuclear and renewable energy.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) , approximately 4 billion tpy of CO2 must be captured and stored globally by 2040, up from current annual capacity levels of about 40 million tpy. The Status Report concludes that while more CCS projects are expected to come online, long-term climate goals are unlikely to be met without policy actions that create a level playing field with other low-carbon technologies.

The Global CCS Institute is an international membership organisation. Our mission is to accelerate the development, demonstration and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. The Institute will continue to advocate for accelerated deployment of CCS as energy policies, technologies and economics continue to evolve, a statement read. (Source: Global CCS Institute, PR, 17 Nov., 2016) Contact: Gloibal CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300, info@globalccsinstitute.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com

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International Solar Alliance Membership Rising (Int'l Report)
International Solar Alliance
Date: 2016-11-18
Reporting from COP22 in Marrakech, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) says 20 countries, including India, France and Brazil, signed its framework agreement on Tuesday, with additional countries comming on board within weeks.

The ISA -- a collective voice of "sunshine rich" nations -- aims to help member countries to bargain their positions as a group to obtain low-cost finance and technology to boost solar energy. This alliance provides a platform for 121 prospective member countries to collaborate and address the identified gaps through a common agreed approach.

ISA aims to provide a platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries where global community including bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporations, industry, and stakeholders can make a positive contribution to the common goals of increasing utilizing of solar energy in meeting energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner. (Source: International Solar Alliance, Times of India, 15 Nov., 2016) Contact: International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org

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MTEMC Launches First Cooperative Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Middle Tennessee Electric
Date: 2016-11-18
Murfreesboro, Tennessee-headquartered Middle Tennessee Electric Cooperative (MTEMC) is reporting the launch of its first one-megawatt solar array, as part of its Cooperative Solar program.

The program will open to MTEMC members in Q1, 2017. Participating members will be able to enroll in the program and, for a $20 per energy block per month participation fee, will have their portion of the local, green generated power applied to their monthly power bill.

MTEMC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 215,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford and Cannon counties. (Source: MTEMC, PR. 15 Nov., 2016) Contact: MTEMC, Chris Jones, Pres., Josh Clendenen, (615) 494-1071, www.mtemc.com

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Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator Partnership Launched (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator,National League of Cities
Date: 2016-11-18
The U.S. DOE and the National League of Cities are reporting the launch of the Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator to move the building market toward adopting sustainable practices to help districts achieve zero energy use in buildings.

According to the DOE, by 2030, 60 pct of the world's buildings will be newly built or reconstructed to support the growing population, creating an opportunity to develop communities that are more sustainable and use less energy. Zero energy districts advance the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings, to offset district-wide energy use by aggregating renewable energy sources to power buildings within the districts' boundaries.

Accelerator partners commit to cost effectively meet zero-energy goals. DOE supports each district through technical resources and master planning assistance. with master planning. Through the Zero Energy Districts Accelerator, partners will work together with DOE to outline and refine best practice approaches and address market barriers to achieve zero energy adoption and document proven solutions for industry-wide replication.

The following six partners will implement a detailed master energy plan, business and governance model within three years and share lessons learned with the market: Denver - National Western Center project and Sun Valley Ecodistrict; Huntington Beach, Calif. - Advanced Energy Communities; St. Paul, Minn. - Ford Twin Cities Assembly plant Redevelopment Project; Fresno, Calif. - Fresno Energy Performance District; and Buffalo, New York - Western New York Manufacturing ZNE District (Source: National League of Cities, US DOE, ProudGreenBuildings, 16 Nov., 2016) Contact: Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/accelerators; National League of Cities, Cooper Martin, Prog. Dir., Sustainable Cities Institute, (877) 827-2385, www.nlc.org

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Trump Taps Climate-Sceptic for EPA (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-11-18
It is widely reported that U.S President Elect Donald Trump is picking fellow Republican Mr. Myron Ebell to head-up the transition at the EPA. He 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 Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. (Source: Various Media, Financial Express, 16 Nov., 2016) Contact: Competitive Enterprise Institute, (202) 331 1010, www.cei.org

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UNRP Calls for More, Faster Climate Change Adaptation Support -- 2 Reports Attached (Ind. Report)
UN Environment
Date: 2016-11-18
According to the recently released UN Environment's Emissions Gap Report, developed countries should increase and accelerate their support to developing nations trying to adapt to the damaging impacts of climate change.

Under the COP21 Paris Agreement, wealthy nations have pledged to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), adapt to rising temperatures, and to boost that figure from 2025.

However, the report notes that the cost for developing countries of adaptation alone could range from $140 billion to $300 billion by 2030, and from $280 billion to $500 billion by 2050 --five times higher than previously estimated.

UN Environment's Emissions Gap Report, released last week, found that the world is still heading for global warming of 2.9 to 3.4 degree C this century, far beyond the recommended limit of 2 degree C. Failure to meet the target will expose developing countries to even greater potential disruption, leading to significantly higher adaptation costs-although funding will still be required to soften the impact of climate change should targets be met.

Download the Adaptation Finance Gap Report HERE. The Emissions Gap Report is available HERE. (Source: UNEP, Nov., 2016) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org

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Domtar says GHG Emissions Half Asian Prod. Average (Ind. Report)
Domtar
Date: 2016-11-18
Pulp and paper giant Domtar reports that its GHG emissions per metric ton of pulp and paper product are less than half that of the average producer in Asia, a region from which the U.S. imports significant paper volumes.

The company claims direct and indirect GHG emissions from purchased energy at our pulp and paper mills have been cut 15 pct since 2010 primarily been realized by: fuel switching from coal to less carbon-intensive natural gas, increasing on-site cogeneration of electricity and lower pulp and paper production in response to market demand. (Source: Domtar, Sustainability Update, 16 Nov., 2016) Contact: Domtar, Paige Goff, VP, Sustainability & Business Communications, (800) 802-8101, www.domtar.com

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World Biogas Association Launched (Int'l Ind. Report)
World Biogas Association
Date: 2016-11-16
A new trade body called the World Biogas Association (WBA) has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. Following the adoption by the U.N. of a shared vision for transforming lives by 2030 through the Sustainable Development Goals and the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement between the 195 national governments at the UNFCCC COP21 at Paris in December 2015, the founders have established the World Biogas Association to demonstrate the huge contribution the biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) industries make to these goals and targets, and to facilitate the adoption of these technologies globally.

In a statement, the WBA said its trade body is dedicated to supporting the growth of biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies to maximize their contribution to the UNFCCC Commitments and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. WBA founding members include the Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium , Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, HRS Heat Exchangers , American Biogas and others. (Source: World Biogas Assoc., PR, 14 Nov., 2016) Contact: World Biogas Association, Dr. Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager, sjain@worldbiogasassociation.org, www.worldbiomassassociation.org

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SoCalGas Completes Nat. Gas-Methane Sensor Demo (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Company
Date: 2016-11-16
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is reporting completion of a demonstration testing of new methane gas detection sensors as part of its efforts to align with its commitment and to enhance pipeline safety and reliability. The utility' natural gas system has over 100 000 miles of pipeline and one of the lowest methane emission rates serving approximately 21 million consumers.

SoCalGas installed 12 sensors at monitoring stations reading methane-in-air concentration levels at various locations in the Los Angeles basin. The ensors read concentration levels every 5 minutes, allowing the utility to effectively measure and monitor natural gas levels near high-pressure pipelines, according to SoCalGas. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 14 Nov., 2016) Contact: SoCalGas, www.socalgas.com

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First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight Completed (Ind. Report)
USDA,NIFA,Alaska Airlines
Date: 2016-11-16
USDA and a Washington State University-Led Alliance Support Sustainable Jobs in Pacific Northwest Alaska Airlines reports the completion of the first commercial flight from Seattle to Washington Reagan National Airport powered with a 20-pct blend of jet fuel made from cellulose derived from forestry waste salvaged from private lands in Washington, Oregon and Montana.

The flight is the culmination of a five-year, $39.6 million research and education project supported by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and led by Washington State University and the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). Launched in 2011, NARA has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals and fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry.

Alaska Airlines estimates that if it were able to replace 20 pct of its entire fuel supply at Sea-Tac Airport with biofuel, it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 142,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing approximately 30,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Since 2009, USDA has invested $19 billion in research resulting in 883 patent applications filed, 405 patents issued and 1,151 new inventions disclosures covering a wide range of topics and discoveries. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 15 Nov., 2016) Contact: USDA, NIFA, Kelly Flynn, (202) 720-6133, kelly.flynn@nifa.usda.gov, www.nifa.usda.gov

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Former Blue Sun BioDiesel Plant Back in Action (Ind. Report)
Blue Sun BioDiesel
Date: 2016-11-16
Following on our Sept. 21st coverage, High Plains Bioenergy (HPB) -St. Joe BioDiesel, a subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, reports that the former Blue Sun BioDiesel facility in the Show Me State is now in production.

As previously reported, HPB acquired the bankrupt Blue Sun facility in June and invested more than $6.5 million in the then shuttered facility. The plant, which received $35,000 in forgivable economic development loan funds from Buchanan County, is eligible for the City of St. Joseph enhanced enterprise zone support. (Source: HPB-St. Joe Biodiesel, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, 15 Nov., 2016) (Contact: Seaboard Foods, Gary Lewis, Exec. VP, www.seaboardfoods.com; High Plains Bioenergy, Gene Binder, Bus. Dev. Sales Dir., info@ highplainsbioenergy.com, www.highplainsbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News St. Joe Biodiesel,  Seaboard,  Blue Sun BioDiesel,  Biodiesel,  


Natural Chem Touts Former Abengoa Ethanol Plant Plan (Ind. Report)
Natural Chem Group
Date: 2016-11-16
Further to our Dec. 10, 2014 report, Houston-headquartered Natural Chem Group reports it plans to redevelop the closed Abgenoa ethanol plant in Portales, N.M., into a biodiesel blending terminal. Natural Chem acquired the facility about 120 miles southwest of Amarillo through the Spanish company's bankruptcy in 2014.

According to a Natural Chem statement, the facility could generate 4.5 million gallons of B20 biodiesel monthly, which would be used to blend into fuels and help New Mexico meet a goal of having at least a 5 percent biodiesel blend in all diesel fuel dispensed in the state. (Source: Natural Chem, chron, Nov. 15, 2016) Contact: Natural Chem, (713) 524-0500, info@naturalchem.com, www.naturalchem.com

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Apex Clean Energy's $300Mn Timbermill Wind Farm Stymied (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2016-11-16
In the Garden State, Perquimans County , NJ, commissioners have refused to issue a conditional use permit for Charlottsville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy's proposed $300 million Timbermill Wind Farm project in New Jersey.

Although the project was generally acceptable, and the commissioners agreed Apex had met the burden of proof that the wind farm would not damage public health and safety and that the project met the requirements of the county's wind farm ordnance, several commissioners found fault with at least some aspect of the Timbermill Wind proposal and rejected it. The ball is back in Apex Clean Energy's court. (Source: Perquimans County Commissioners, Perquimans Weekly, 14 Nov., 2016) Contact: Perquimans County Commissioners, www.co.perquimans.nc.us/board-of-commissioners.html; Apex Clean Energy, Mark Goodwin, Pres., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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Concord Blue Biomass Plant Breaks Ground in Arizona (Ind. Report)
Concord Blue Energy
Date: 2016-11-16
Los Angeles-headquartered Concord Blue Energy reports the completion of the engineering phase of its woody biomass plant in the Eagar Industrial Park in Eagar, Arizona. Site work is expected get underway this spring with Park Energy Services of Minneapolis, Minn. acting as the general contractor.

The company has an agreement with the Navopache Electric Cooperative to produce one megawatt per hour of power for 20 years. Concord Blue's carbon-neutral firing system converts biomass fuel into a synthetic gas to fuel reciprocating engines to generate electricity. When fully operational, the Eagar project will use 75-90 tpd of small-diameter timber, forest waste or wood pellets to produce electricity.

The Eagar plant will be only the second one of this type built in the U.S. The first was constructed by Concord Blue at Owego, N.Y. (Source: Concord Blue, White Mountain Independent, 11 Nov., 2016) Contact: Concord Blue Energy, (310) 979-2900, cb@concordblueenergy.com, www.concordblueenergy.com

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