The Methane Challenge Program, which was launched with 41 founding partners this past March, gives partner companies a platform to make transparent company-wide commitments to cut emissions. Transparency is a fundamental part of the program, and partner achievements will be tracked by submitting annual data directly to EPA which aims to cut oil and gas sector methane emissions by 40 to 45 pct below 2012 levels by 2025.
E.ON has a ten-year agreement with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide frequency response and voltage control through Iron Horse. E.ON provides energy to TEP from its 6.6 MW Tech Park Solar and 13.2 MW Valencia Solar facilities and has partnered with the utility on the turnkey construction of a 17.2 MW solar facility at the U.S. Army's Fort Huachuca Army Base, near Sierra Vista, Arizona.
(Source: E.ON, PR, Various Media, 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: E.ON Solar, Steve Trenholm, Pres., Mark Frigo, VP Energy Storage North America, (503) 481-8622, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eon.com, www.eoncrna.com; TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, www.tep.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON , Energy Storage, Lithium-Ion Battery, Tucson Electric Power ,
According to Ameresco, the LFGTE project is the fourth biogas-fueled project it is operating for Hoosier Energy. The facility utilizes six 620 Jenbacher engines to turn landfill gas into sufficient electric power for as many as 8,000 homes. (Source: Ameresco, Other Media, Oct. 21, 2016) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, (812) 876-2021, www.hepn.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hoosier Energy, Ameresco, Landfill Gas, Biogas-to-Energy, Biogas,
The completed Ralston expansion would increase REGI's cumulative nameplate capacity from its 11 active biomass-based diesel plants across the country to 470 million gpy. (Source: REGI, Various Media, BFI, 31 Oct., 2016)Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, email@example.com, www.regi.com; Landus Cooperative, www.landuscooperative.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Soy, Biodiesel, Renewable Energy Group, Biofuel,
The report provides an overview of the future developments that will drive the offshore wind power boom, including technology advancements and further cost declines. The report also highlights upcoming innovations including next generation wind turbines with larger blades, as well as floating turbines. The report also makes recommendations for the implementation of policy mechanisms and incentive programmes including provisioning targeted R&D funding, supporting information sharing and skills development, and other measures.
Access the full Innovation Outlook; Offshore Wind report HERE. (Source: IRENA, ESI Africa, 1 Nov., 2016) Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA, Offshore Wind,
Musk says the new tempered, textured glass tiles look like ordinary roof tiles but allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. They are "tough as steel" and can weather a "lifetime of abuse from the elements" as well as be fitted with heating elements to melt snow in colder climates. According to Musk, the tiles are "never going to wear out", have a "quasi-infinite lifetime" and are comparable to competing high-efficiency solar panels.
The company expects a slow mid 2017 roll-out
SolarCity, under the Tesla and SolarCity brand brand. Pricing information is not presently available.
The apparent plan is for Panasonic to produce the solar cells and for Tesla to assemble the "tough as steel" glass tiles.
(Source: Tesla, Various Media, 1 Nov., 2016)Contact: SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar, Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, Solar City,
According to Battery Ventures, Michell's resources will support increased investment in the company's proprietary technology and in complementary acquisitions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
(Source: Battery Ventures, Nov., 2016) Contact: Battrery Ventures, Alicia Halatsis, (650) 292-2046, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.battery.com; Michell Instruments, Mike Bannister, CEO, email@example.com, www.michell.com/uk
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Together these bills are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 250,000 metric tons and spur retrofits in 16,000 buildings. This legislation also offers additional support for the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct from 2005 levels by 2050.
Intro. 1163-A, requires mid-size building owners to report benchmarking data on their whole building energy and water usage to the City.
requires owners of midsize buildings to retrofit the lighting systems in non-residential spaces to comply with the New York City Energy Code by 2025. This is already required for larger buildings. (Source: NYC Office of the Mayor, RealEstateRama, 1 Nov., 2016)
Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Benchmarking, Mayor de Blasio,
The five-year bond has been sold to major global institutional investors -- including CalSTRS, Theehouse Investments LLC, TIAA-CREF, and QBE. Bond proceeds will support IFC's private sector lending in emerging markets. The bond will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. Investors have a choice between a cash or carbon-credit coupon payout.
Tha carbon credit payout follows the UN Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) scheme which offers economic incentives to reduce deforestation and invest in low-carbon growth.
IFC developed the Forests Bond with global mining, metals, and petroleum giant BHP Billiton and Conservation International. BHP Billiton provides a price-support mechanism for the Forests Bond.
Forests Bond placement agents include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas and JP Morgan.
To date, IFC has raised climate finance through a variety of innovative instruments including $5.6 billion in green bonds, the proceeds of which are invested exclusively in climate-smart projects such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Source: IFC, FTSE, Exchange News Direct, 31 Oct., 2016) Contact: IFC World Bank, (202) 473-1000, www.ifc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank IFC, Carbon Credit, Deforestation,
The new Powerwall 2.0 offers twice the energy storage capacity of the original Powerwall unit by utilizing with new battery cells from the Tesla Gigafactory, rather than the Panasonic-Tesla produced battery in the original Powerwall units.
(Source: Tesla, electric, 27 Oct., 2016) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com, http://ir.tesla.com/corporate-governance.cfm
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla, Energy Storage, Tesla Powerwall,
The 1-hectare, $11-million test-bed will be used to study the performance and cost-effectiveness of 10 solar PV systems, each of which has a capacity of 1 kilowatt peak. The systems will be studied and compared to each other at the end of a 6-month study period. The floating system will also be compared against a nearby 20 KW peak roof-top system. The two best-performing floating solar photovoltaic systems will be chosen and placed on a larger trial of 2 megawatt peak capacity. the project is being conducted by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (Seris).
Previous research found that the floating system can be up to 20 pct more efficient than roof-top systems in tropical countries, and 5 pct more efficient in temperate countries.
(Source: Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, Straits Times, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, +65 65 16 41 19, www.seris.sg
More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Solar, Solar, Solar, Rooftop SolarPV,
The project includes the installation of an 8.5-megawatt biomass-fueled, steam-to-electricity (STE) generator, high-efficiency transformers, lighting and boiler upgrades, as well as system controls for a landfill gas electricity generator and centralized monitoring and operation of electricity generation and distribution for the base. The measures are expected to reduce the total annual electrical consumption by 15 pct -- 7,200 MWh annually. This means the base will achieve Net Zero status as it will be an energy-efficient installation where the annual energy demand will be fully met by renewable energy produced on site.
DCO Energy, LLC will provide engineering, procurement and construction services and Schneider Electric will supply and install system controls, all of which is slated for completion in 2018. (Source: NAVFAC, PR, Business Wire, 27 Oct., 2016) Contact: Constellation, Gary Fromer, Snr. VP Distributed Energy, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.constellation.com;
Marine Corps Logistics Base,
Colie Young, (229) -639-7023, email@example.com; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com; Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services, www.schneider-electric.com/ess; DCO Energy Frank DiCola, P.E. and CEO, (856) 878-0071, www.dcoenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DCO Energy, Constellation Energy, Schneider Electric,
In an apparent effort to placate environmental groups, the IMO created a "road map" towards 2023 final strategy to include additional studies on emissions.
Previously, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) -- Maersk, China Navigation, Wartsila and ABS -- called for the IMO to make specific CO2 reduction commitments, like those adopted the Paris COP21 climate agreement. SSI described this as a "minimum requirement". (Source: IMO, Maritime Exec., Others, 28 Oct., 2016)
Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The first share offer this summer met its target of £1 million with over 300 members. The second tranche aims to raise £550,000.
Small Wind is an energy co-op started by Sharenergy, and has helped people set up over 30 successful renewable energy organizations in the past seven years.
Work is currently underway on building turbines at Scottish locations Wemyss Bay and Inverclyde, and in Ceredigion in Wales.(Source: Small Wind Co-op, 28 Oct., 2016) Contact: SmallWind Co-op, Jon Halle, Dir., +44 0 1743 835242, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://smallwind.org.uk; Sharenergy, www.sharenergy.coop
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Community Wind, SmallWind Co-op,
The purpose of the meeting is to develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and products. The agenda includes an update on USDA and DOE biomass research and development activities, an update on the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, and annual committee recommendations.
Event attendance and information is available HERE. (Source: Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, U.S. DOE, Federal Register, 26 Oct., 2016) (Source: Federal Register, www.federalregister.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioproduct, Biochemical, Biofuel, Biomass , U.S. Department of Energy ,
Multi-family properties and large commercial and industrial businesses can also lower their energy bills by using free, personalized energy surveys to guide energy efficiency upgrades. The surveys are free for multi-family properties and covered up to 50 percent for commercial and industrial properties.
The average residential gas-heating bill from November 2016 to March 2017 is expected to be about $208 per month based on average monthly usage of 170 therms and normal winter weather. (Source: Con Edison, Various Media, 28 Oct., 2016) Contact: ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, Greg Elcock, Energy Management, www.coned.com/energyefficiency, www.conedsolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Con Edison, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Incentives, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The lab tests showed that the smaller motors passed EU emissions tests, but the conditions under which they were tested were not realistic, reflecting the controlled temperatures and speeds demonstrated in the lab. The turbochargers generate heat that sends NOx emissions soaring in diesels and emits particulates and carbon monoxide from gasoline engines.
The E&T report says next diesel engine will be 25 to 30 pct bigger than its current model when the next generation of engines beginning in 2019, and VW will replace their 1.4 liter three-cylinder diesel with a four-cylinder, 1.6 liter version.
The changes come in response to new, more realistic on-road testing by 2019, with a global test standard for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions following in 2021.
(Source: E&T, Real Time Digital;, 18 Oct., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2, Vehicle Emissions,
The Report examines the future of renewable energy as the global economy transitions towards a low-carbon model and looks at how renewable energy is used in the power, heat, and transportation sectors, and how its use will continue to evolve over the next five years in the face of lower fossil fuel prices.
The report notes the continued downward trend that renewable energy costs are experiencing and strong policy support for renewable energy development in some companies. As a result, not only did renewable energy capacity installation surpass coal in 2015 to become the world's largest source of installed power capacity.
Overall, the IEA projects global renewable electricity capacity will grow by 42 pct, or around 825 GW by 2021, up 13 pct over 2015 projections.
Renewable energy's share of electricity generation will grow from 23 pct in 2015 to 28 pct in 2021, cover more than 60 pct of the increase in world electricity generation over the medium term, and generate in excess of 7600 TWh by 2021.
(Source: IEA, CleanTechnica, Others, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency, Renewable Energy, Wind, Solar ,
The merger will see Gamesa absorb Siemens's wind power assets in exchange for newly-issued shares in Gamesa.. Siemens would hold 59 pct of the new company and while Iberdrola will retain an 8 pct interest.
The merger now requires Spanish regulatory approval. (Source: Gamesa, Various Others, 26 Oct., 2016)
Contact: Siemens, Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore Wind Power and Renewables, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com; : Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gamesa, Siemens Wind, Wind,
Wattway is composed of PV cells inserted in superposed layers that ensure tire and weather wear resistance and tire grip. The patented composite material is only a few millimeters thick and can be applied directly on existing pavements with little or no preparation work.
Wattway was developed by Colas with support from the French National Institute for Solar Energy. (Source: Colas, Various Media, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: Colas, + 33 1 77 45 20 53, www.wattwaybycolas.com/en; National Institute of Solar Energy, +33 (0) 4 7979 2000, www.ines-solaire.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Colas, Solar, Solar Roadways,
According to STACE, it will work in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany to further improve the technology.
STACE plans to establish a 20-MW module assembly line based on Soitec's CPV technology next May. The company expects to expand the assembly line to 70 MW by July 2018.
(Source: Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc., Various Media, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: STACE, (418) 878-6900, www.stacelectric.com; Soitec, Investor Relations Olivier Brice +33 (0) 4-76-92-93-80, email@example.com, www.soitec.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, CPV Solar, Soitec,
The onset of strong 2015 El Nino weather caused a spike in the levels of gas in the atmosphere. This is because droughts were triggered in tropical regions, meaning vegetation was less able to absorb CO2 and the dry conditions led to extra emissions from fires. According to the Global Fire Emission Database, CO2 emissions in Equatorial Asia were more than twice as high as the 1997-2015 average, in part due to serious forest fires in Indonesia. These conditions have helped push the growth in the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere above the average for the last ten years.
The WMO predicts that emissions levels will not fall below 400 ppm for many generations and that the growth of other greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, and their impact will continue to rise.
(Source: WMO, Wired, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: World Meteorological Organisation, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organisation, CO2, Climate Change,
The consortium will provide promising emerging solutions with a tailored package of commercial, technical and mentoring support to help scientists scale up their solution as quickly as possible.
Anyone with a solution relevant to renewable energy – focusing on solar and/or renewable energy storage - can submit an entry. The solution needs to be prototyped, and ready to scale up.
The top three solutions will all receive commercial, technical and mentoring support, with the winner getting 500 hours of tailored help to fast-forward their solution.
The hunt for the solutions starts now, with voting taking place in January and February 2017, and the winners being announced in June 2017.
(Source: Royal DSM, 26 Oct., 2016) Contact: DSM, Rob van Leen, CIO, www.dsm.com;
Bright Minds Challenge, www.sciencecanchangetheworld.org, www.sme.org
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The PoAs will be managed by Etihad ESCO, the Dubai Government owned SuperESCO vehicle, with consultancy support from Dubai Carbon, which will also act as the coordinator between UNFCCC, Etihad ESCO, DSCE and CPAs. Once registered, the PoA, Fostering an ESCO Industry in the UAE will become an umbrella programme for small-scale ESCO type projects, that from a financial point of view otherwise may not be suitable to apply for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project Activities.
Meanwhile, the Lighting Efficiency PoA will support energy-efficient lighting retrofit projects that cut energy demand and associated emissions. (Source: Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence , PR, ZAWYA, 24 Oct., 2016)
Contact: Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, +971 4 307 2600, www.dcce.ae; Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Ivano Iannelli, CEO, +971 4 307 2034, www.dubaisce.gov.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
The goals of the new district are to reduce energy consumption and emissions in existing downtown buildings and new construction, while also promoting alternative transportation, installing energy efficient lighting, establishing electric vehicle charging stations, upgrading windows for greater energy efficiency and others.
To garner city and business community support, the Portland 2030 District will host events to educate builders and building owners on methods to reduce energy and water consumption, and look for ways to reduce downtown traffic and parking problems. It also looks to establish a buildings database and establish a public hub of information on reaching sustainability goals, including best practices, local vendors, financing options and case studies on making buildings more efficient. All data would be updated annually and measured against the internet benchmarking tool developed by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.
Establishing the Portland 2030 District occurs as city councilors will hold a Nov. 7 public hearing and vote on an amendment to City Code Chapter 6 to require owners of commercial buildings of more than 20,000 sq. ft. or residential buildings of 50 or more units to report annual data on energy and water consumption. The amendment would also require the city to report the same data on municipal buildings of 5,000 sq.ft. or larger. By Dec. 31, 2020, city staff would be required to review data on the properties affected and possibly recommend ordinance amendments to improve energy efficiency and water use. (Source: City of Portland, Forecaster, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: 2030 Districts, www.2030districts.org/portland-maine
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Benchmarking,
GM's Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan and Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana earned U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance. The certification signifies that these plants are more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide and meet strict performance levels set by the U.S. EPA.
The various improvements included new doors that isolate air flow, efficient energy management systems, variable-frequency drives that help cooling tower pump systems and fans operate with greater precision, installation of 186,000 LED bulbs and fixtures, and others.
GM's Fort Wayne assembly plant will receive nearly $1 million in utility incentives over the next three years as a result of the upgrades that are expected to save the auto giant $73 million in energy costs in 2016.
(Source: GM, NORIA, Oct., 2016) Contact: GM, Al Hildreth, Global Energy Manager, www.gm.com; EPA ENERGY STAR www.energystar.gov
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Ylem Energy is currently developing South Africa's largest landfill gas-to-power initiative, with an £11 million investment in five Johannesburg locations. The company has developed more than 150MW of landfill gas-to-energy projects over the past 25 years in the UK, Poland, Mexico and South Africa.
(Source: Ylem Energy , Bioenergy Insights, Others, 27 Oct., 2016)
Contact: ENER-G, Ylem Energy, Ian Gadsby, Managing Dir., www.energ-group.com; Centrica plc, Mark Hanafin, Managing Director, +44 (0)1753 494900, www.centrica.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENER-G Natural Power, Landfill Gas, Biogas, Centrica,
The PACE program was managed by the St. Paul Port Authority and Petros PACE Financing of Austin, Texas provided over $10 million in equity. With the upgrades, the the three buildings are expected to cut energy cost by 35 to 40 pct annually.
PACE programs allow building owners to pay off energy improvements on their property assessments over 20 years at competitive interest rates.
(Source: Various Media, PACE, MidWest Energy News, Oct., 2016)Contact: PACE, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://pacenow.org
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As compared to coal, natural gas cuts in half the CO2 emissions that are the main focus of global warming advocates, many of whom claim that methane emissions from increasing natural gas production are negating the benefits of CO2 reductions.
During the past decade, U.S. natural gas production has increased by more than 50 pct, and it is projected that there is sufficient natural gas in the ground to power the nation's economy for decades or even centuries to come.
Looking forward, natural gas will almost certainly displace even more coal power from America's electricity mix.(Source: Spark of Freedom Foundation, James Taylor, 20 Oct., 2016) Contact: Spark of Freedom Foundation, https://sparkoffreedomfoundation.wordpress.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, CO2, Natural Gas, Carbon Emissions, Global Warming, Climate Change,
Successful applicants will propose high-impact real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams that will identify and verify the cost and energy performance of multi-system energy efficiency packages -- groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls.
The funding is intended to generate and disseminate data, case studies and information that lowers perceived risk regarding the efficacy and economic benefits of innovative and under-utilized commercial building technology packages that can save significant amounts of energy in new and existing commercial buildings. The technical and/or non-technical products of the funding will enable investment-level decision-making and will accelerate the development of utility programs for packages of technologies that meet cost-effectiveness thresholds.
Details on DE-FOA-0001518 can be found HERE.
(Source: US DOE BTO, ProudGreenBuilding, Oct. 24, 2016)
Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office; BTO Funding, energy.gov/eere/buildings/listings/funding-opportunities
More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Building Technologies Office,
Under the RFP, developers can either build the facilities themselves and sell the electricity generated to Duke, or sell the projects to Duke to run. Bidders must already be in the utility’s interconnection queue, and projects must be operational in 2018.
Under the North Carolina Renewables Portfolio Standard Duke's utility subsidiaries are required to fill 12.5 pct of their electric power demand with renewable energy and efficiency measures by 2021.
Duke estimates that it either owns or contracts with 1.5 GW of the 2.3 GW of solar PV which has been installed in North Carolina to date.
(Source: Duke Energy, PR, PV Mag., Others, October 24, 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, email@example.com, www.duke-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables, Solar, PV, Duke Energy Carolinas, Renewable Energy,
The $2.4 million project cost was offset by $469,000 in utility incentives through the Energize Connecticut program. NEMSI was also instrumental in securing financing for the project through the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program (C-PACE) for $1,992,683. The financing and utility incentive covered the total cost of the project. The upgrades are expected to deliver about $242,000 in annual energy cost savings. (Source: EMCOR Services, Const. Design & Eng., October 21, 2016) Contact: EMCOR Group, EMCOR Services New England Mechanical, Dana Finnegan, Pres., CEO, (866) 890-7794, www.emcorgroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, EMCOR, C-PACE Group,
The collaboration, which is sponsored by Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), is intended to show how Japanese technologies could improve Carbon Capture and Air Quality Control Systems (QCS) applications for CCUS projects in Saskatchewan, as well as identify potential global applications of and commercial opportunities for the same Japanese technologies.
Through this project, the Japanese Consortium aims to optimize a CCS application with AQCS from the technical and commercial aspects, in order to meet with the requirements in Saskatchewan and contribute to carbon emission reduction in Canada.
(Source: J-COAL, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hideo Ikuno, +81-3-6716-5277,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mhi.co.jp; J-COAL, www.jcoal.or.jp/eng; NEDO, www.nedo.go.jp/english
More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO, CCUS, CCS, Cabon Capture, Japan Coal Energy Centre ,
According to the group,
it is time for the world to recognize the important role the global shipping industry must play in holding global temperatures "well below 2 degrees C."
(Source: Maersk, Tanker Shipping & Trade, Others, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO, Maritime Emissions,
HFO, a toxic, tar-like sludge that breaks down extremely slowly in cold Arctic waters, is virtually impossible to clean up in the event of a spill and thus poses a severe risk to the Arctic marine environment, related industries and coastal communities.
The burning of heavy fuel oil by ships emits significant quantities of black carbon, potent in accelerating the already rapid pace of Arctic climate change. In the Arctic atmosphere, black carbon absorbs heat from the sun and reflected heat from the snow and ice doubling the warming impact when it settles on the snow and ice surfaces. This increases the surface area of exposed, dark ocean water, and promotes a self-reinforcing cycle of land and sea ice melting and climate warming.
The Clean Arctic Alliance members include: Bellona, Clean Air Task Force, Danish Ecological Council, Environmental Investigation Agency, European Climate Foundation, Friends of the Earth US, Icelandic Nature Conservation Association, Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union, Ocean Conservancy, Pacific Environment, Seas At Risk, Transport & Environment and WWF. (Source: HFO Free Arctic Alliance, PR, 24 Oct., 2016)
Contact: HFO-Free Arctic Campaign, Dave Walsh, Communications Advisor, +34 692 826 764 Dave.Walsh@HFOFreeArctic.org,
Sian Prior, Advisor, +44 7785 747945 Sian.Prior@HFOFreeArctic.org, www.hfofreearctic.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IMOMaritime Emissions, Carbon Emissions, Black Carbon, ,
that private motorists seem unaware that after 1 August E85 ethanol blend was selling for less that straight gasoline.
100 pct biodiesel sales increased by 33 pct in August, with both rapeseed and hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) reaching year-high levels, while HVO diesel sales jumped 23 pct from July, 2015 levels.
Sales of E85 ethanol remained static, despite the tax reductions for both rapeseed diesel and ethanol, according to the SVEBIO release. (Source: Swedish Bioenergy Association, Biofuel Int'l, Various Media, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: Swedish Bioenergy Association
Gustav Melin, CEO, 46 8 441 7080, www.svebio.se/english
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Biodiesel,
According to Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller, the U.S. can supply ETBE or ethyl tert-butyl ether for the Japanese market. ETBE, as a very clean burning fuel, meets Japan's rigorous international sustainability requirements and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals requiring all biofuels to cut greenhouse gas by 50 pct. (Source: USGC, WNAX, 25 Oct., 2016)Contact: U.S. Grains Council, (202) 789-0789, www.grains.org; Nebraska Ethanol Board, www.nebraskacorn.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Ethanol, Ethanol, U.S. Grains Council, Nebraska Ethanol Board ,
As per venture capital (VC) funding, battery storage firms raised a total of $30 million in nine deals for supercapacitors, lithium-based batteries, energy storage management software, energy storage systems, thermal energy storage and flow batteries -- lower than the $125 million raised in Q3 of 2016 and the $96 million in July-September 2015.
Announced debt and public market financing for battery storage technologies rose from $40 million to $51.6 million in Q2 of 2016, with FuelCell raising $40 million through the sale of shares and warrants.
(Source: Source: Mercom Capital Group llc , SeeNews, 25 Oct., 2016) Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, email@example.com, http://mercomcapital.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group news, Energy Storage news, Battery news,
increased spending is intended to support the New Democratic Party (NDP) government of Premier Rachel Notley's plan to cut the Province's methane emissions by 45 pct before 2025 under its Climate Leadership Plan.<
The government's announcement is being well supported by several key oil and gas industry stakeholders.
(Source: Emissions Reduction Alberta, Gov. of Alberta, Global News, Others, 21 Oct., 2016) Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta
Premier of Alberta, Government of Alberta, www.alberta.ca/premier.aspx; Emissions Reduction Alberta, www.eralberta.ca
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Exceptionally mild weather and the swing to low-carbon fuels are being credited for the drop.
Additionally, coal consumption fell 18 pct and natural gas consumption slipped 1 percent while renewable energy uptake jumped 9 pct in the first half of 2016,
the report says. (Source: EIA, Nature World News, 21 Oct., 2016)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, CO2, Carbon Dioxide , US EIA,
Since the Paris talks last December, 40 nations -- including seven of the world's largest 10 economies -- now operate with a pricing mechanism, while more than 20 cities and regions offer similar schemes. By 2050, it is believed that the international pricing market could reduce mitigation costs by more than 50 pct. Around $26 billion was generated from pricing mechanisms in 2015 alone -- a 60 pct rise on 2014 levels of revenue.
The report also warns that the introduction of a carbon price may not lead to robust and effective gains unless it is coupled with "complementary policies in a way that enhances the performance of each of the policies."
Access the UN State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2016 report HERE. (Source: World Bank, 21 October 2016)
Contact: World Bank, Stephen Hammer, Manager of Climate Policy, John Roome, Sr. Climate Change Dir., (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Price, Carbon Tax, World Bank,
The report found that by 2035, six city-level policy approaches could cut nationwide carbon emissions by 210-480 million mtpy of carbon emissions -- a 7-19 pct reduction in carbon emissions for the average city relative to current city-level emissions.
The report, illustrates the comparative impacts of city-level energy actions and helps cities better understand how their particular climate and characteristics influence these impacts. For example, by enacting more stringent building energy codes, cities could reduce building energy use by about 10 pct on average. Due to higher natural gas use in colder climates, the carbon reduction potential of building energy code policies is almost double for cities in the Midwest. Additional city actions such as enabling policies enacted at the state or federal level could significantly augment a city's carbon abatement potential.
Collectively, Cities-LEAP resources and tools, funded and supported by funded by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, provide credible data and transparent, usable analytic methodologies to help city policymakers and staff members take more strategic energy actions toward a clean energy future. (Source: NREL, 19 Oct., 2016)
Contact: NREL, Eric O'Shaughnessy, lead author on the report www.nrel.gov;
US DOE LEAP Program, , http://energy.gov/eere/cities-leading-through-energy-analysis-and-planning
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The sensors are used to predict the failure of machines and improve energy efficiency.
Factories, manufacturing facilities, and other large buildings using Verdigris technology to track and manage energy consumption can reduce energy usage 8 to 22 pct, according to the company. Verdigris technology is presently used by Honeywell, Autodesk, Hyatt and Starwood hotels, and others.
(Source: Verdigris, GreenTech Media, VB, 20 Oct., 2016) Contact: Verdigris Technologies, (650) 227-3888, www.verdigris.co
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EPACT 179D encourages energy efficiency and independence in the design and construction of public and private buildings. For public projects, it reduces the burden on taxpayers by lowering overall costs for installation of energy efficient equipment and systems.
To dte, the Port Authority's Bus Terminal and Stewart International Airport have made significant investments in energy efficiency and saved more than $660,000 through EPACT 179D.
The Port Authority's Office of Environmental and Energy Programs (OEEP), working with the tax consulting firm Efficiency Energy LLC, is pursuing EPACT 179D benefits at other facilities, including Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. The tax provision allows the Port Authority to provide its partners with an immediate tax deduction for the value of qualifying energy efficient systems.
(Source: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Oct 19, 2016)
Contact: NYNJ Port Authority, Pat Foye, Exec. Dir., Christine Weydig, OEEP Director, (212) 435-7000, www.panynj.gov
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As one of the founding organizations of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), a public-private partnership to promote the development of the aviation biofuels industry, ACI-NA is extremely supportive of efforts to advance the commercialization of aviation biofuels.
The CTS process is a patented, dry mechanical process that can convert virtually any cellulose material into sugars and other products in a matter of minutes with no liquid acids, no applied heat, pressure or hazardous materials. The CTS process when used in the production of ethanol is environmentally friendly, clean, less expensive to build and operate than traditional ethanol plants or other cellulose ethanol technologies, according to Alliance Bioenergy Plus.
(Source: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, PR, 19 Oct., 2016)Contact:
Airports Council International -- North America, (202) 293-8500, www.aci-na.org: Alliance BioEnergy, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alliancebioe.com
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The researchers found the oil-accumulating mutation in Chlamydomonas (vip1-1) while investigating how two conserved signaling systems interact with one another. One system involves a protein called TOR (target of rapamycin) whose activity is tuned to match cell growth rate with nutrient levels in the environment. The other system involves a family of proteins called VIP that produce highly phosphosphorylated small molecules called inositol polyphosphates that are thought to act as intracellular signals, but whose function in algae is not well-defined. The team found that when TOR-inhibited vip1-1 cells were given light for photosynthesis and supplemented with acetate -- a 'free' source of extra carbon -- their growth was completely arrested. The vip1-1 mutation had no impact on TOR-inhibited cell growth when acetate was removed and atmospheric CO2 was the only carbon source.
The connection between acetate and the growth behavior of vip1-1 cells led the researcher to investigate the mutant further to see if it had other metabolic alterations that could be detected without perturbing TOR signaling. The researchers found that actively growing vip1 cells were oil overaccumulators that made extra storage oil compared to normal cells, and did so without incurring a significant growth penalty. Moreover, under starvation conditions when normal cells boost their oil content significantly, vip1-1 cells increased to double the yields seen in normal cells.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. DOE, National Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Source: Donald Danforth Center, PR, NewsWise, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, James Umen, Ph.D.,www.danforthcenter.org
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The use of efficient lighting and climate control systems is saving 702,000 kWh annually and cutting 789 kilowatts off the instantaneous demand on Xcel Energy's system.
Xcel Energy offers energy efficiency programs for commercial and residential applications in an effort to free up resources to meet additional demand growth as the city expands. (Source: Xcel Energy, myhighplains.com, 17 Oct., 2016) Contact: Xcel Energy, Energy Efficiency Programs, Bryan Whitson,
(806) 378-2887, www.xcelefficiency.com
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The project will utilize 142 G114-2.1 MW Gamesa turbines totaling 298 MW.
The El Cabo project intially began construction in 2013. (Source: Avangrid Renewables, AP,
October 17, 2016} Contact: Avangrid Renewables, (503) 796-7000, www.avangridrenewables.us; Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com
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