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Greenwood Licenses ORNL Tech to Boost Biofuel Yield (Ind. Report)
Greenwood Resources,ORNL
Date: 2016-09-26
In Oak Ridge, Tenn, the US DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is reporting that Portland-Oregon-headquartered timberland investor and management specialist GreenWood Resources Inc. has licensed ORNL technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. GreenWood plans to commercialize the technology to select and breed better varieties of poplar with less lignin content, which simplifies the conversion process and ultimately lowers the overall costs of biofuel production.

Led by Wellington Muchero, a team ORNL, the University of Tennessee and West Virginia University researchers identified a gene linked to the synthesis of lignin, a key component of plant cell walls that provides sturdiness but hinders the production of biofuels. The researchers showed the gene could reduce lignin content by up to 50 pct and increase ethanol yield by up to 250 pct on biomass that was not chemically or mechanically pre-treated. The research team determined that plants carrying a variant of the lignin-producing gene showed an increase in sugar release of up to 280 pct, which resulted in the 250-pct increase in ethanol yield. Growing poplar trees with less lignin would provide easier access to the plant sugars that are converted into renewable fuels. The technology could also create commercial opportunities in the pulp and paper industry.

This research was funded by BESC, a U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center. GreenWood Resources, Inc., is an integrated global investment company focused on the development and operations of forestry assets with operations in North America, Latin America, and Europe. (Source: ORNL Sept., 2016) Contact: GreenWood Resources, Brian Stanton, CTO, (800) 279-4509, www.greenwoodresources.com; ORNL, science.energy.gov, www.ornl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  ORNL,  Lingin,  Poplar,  Ethanol,  Greenwood Resources,  


Saskatchewan Wind Farm Beaten by the Birds (Ind. Report)
Algonquin Power
Date: 2016-09-23
In Regina, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment reports the completion of its first wind environmental impact assessment and, based on its findings, has refused approval of Algonquin Power & Utility's 177-MW wind project near Chaplin. Project approval was denied because of potential negative impacts to birds and migratory corridors.

The $355 million (CDN) Chaplin wind project, which would utilize up to 79 turbines, has a 25-year PPA in place with Saskatchewan Power Corp. (Source: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Various Media, 27 Sept., 2016) Contact: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, www.environment.gov.sk.ca; Algonquin, Ian Robertson, CEO, (905) 465-4500, www.algonquinpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algonquin Power,  Wind,  


Ideal Power, EnerDel Tout USAF Hybrid Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Ideal Power,EnerDel,USAF
Date: 2016-09-23
Lithium-ion battery manufacturer and energy system integrator Enerdel reports it is partnering with Austin, Texas-based power conversion tech specialist Ideal Power Inc. to create a mobile hybrid solar-plus-battery energy storage system (ESS) for the United States Air Force (USAF).

EnerDel selected Ideal Power's Grid Resilient Multi-port 30 kW Power Conversion System (30B3) for this project. EnerDel's Mobile Hybrid Power System (MHPS) integrates the 30B3 with an 8 kW tent-mounted solar PV array to form a portable micro-grid specifically designed for remote military installations. (Source: EnerDel, Ideal Power, Various Media, 20 Sept., 2016) Contact: Ideal Power, Dan Brdar, CEO, (512) 264-1542, www.IdealPower.com; EnerDel, Cave Roberts, CEO, (317) 703-1800, info@enerdel.com, www.EnerDel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ideal Power,  EnerDel,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


L'Oreal Installing Solar at Arkansas, Kentucky Plants (Ind. Report)
L'Oreal Group
Date: 2016-09-23
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal Group subsidiary L'Oreal USA is building a 5,000 panel solar array at its manufacturing facilities in Florence,Kentucky and a 4,000 panel installation at it plant in LIttle Rock, Arkansas. Work on both projects is slated to get underway before the year end.

According to L'Oreal, the Kentucky project will be the largest commercial solar array in the Bluegrass State and the North Little Rock project will be the third-largest in Arkansas. Together, the two solar arrays will reduce the company's carbon dioxide emissions by 80 pct from 101,634 metric tons in 2005 to a projected 20,059 this year. Five of the company's US manufacturing plants will rely entirely on renewable electricity. (Source: L’Oreal, The Olympian, Others, 19 Sept., 2016) Contact: L'Oreal USA, (212) 818-1500, http://www.lorealusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Wash. Gas Years Ahead of Carbon Reduction Schedule (Ind. Report)
Washington Gas
Date: 2016-09-23
WGL Holdings, Inc. subsidiary Washington Gas, a regulated natural gas utility, reports it has beaten two aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals four years ahead of schedule. The utility achieved a 74 pct reduction in absolute GHG emissions from its fleet and facilities and a 20 pct reduction in methane emissions for every unit of natural gas delivered, exceeding goals of 70 pct and 18 pct, respectively, by 2020. The reductions were verified by Bureau Veritas North America.

To meet its goal, Washington Gas established a LEED Gold-certified operations headquarters; deployed nearly 200 natural gas-fueled vehicles in its fleet; and established accelerated pipeline replacement programs to enhance the efficiency, safety and reliability of its natural gas system. The combination of fleet, facilities and gas supply (intensity) measures has avoided approximately 312,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions from 2008 until 2014, according to the utility. (Source: Washington Gas, WGL Holdings, PR, 22 Sept., 2016) Contact: Washington Gas, WGL, Terry McCallister, CEO, www.wgl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


StarStrike Launches Red Rabbit Ethanol Extractor (New Prod & Tech)
Reynold Greenleaf & Associates,StarStrike Stainless
Date: 2016-09-23
Working with a medical marijuana consultancy and grower, Reynold Greenleaf & Associates, Albuquerque, New Mexico-based StarStrike Stainless has developed an industrial-scale ethanol extractor.

Designed for leaf and other less desirable parts of the plant, the unit -- the Red Rabbit Extractor -- uses ethanol, heat, and gentle agitation to unlock plant oil from up to 12 pounds of trim per load. The extractor produces as much as 14 gallons of super-saturated ethanol tincture per load. The extraction process typically yields 80 to 100 grams of whole plant oil per pound of plant trim depending on the freshness, plant material and plant type used. Testing has shown total cannabinoid content can run as high as 65 pct in the final output oil. Once removed, the recovered ethanol can be re-used for subsequent extractions, minimizing operating costs. The remaining ethanol and plant oil mixture is further processed in the lab to completely remove the ethanol and fully decarboxylate the cannabinoids. (Source: StarStrike Stainless, LLC, Cannabis Bus. Times, 22 Sept., 2016) Contact: StarStrikeStainless, (800) 530-4197, www.StarStrikeStainless.com; Reynold Greenleaf & Associates, (505) 433-3373, www.reynoldgreenleaf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Cannabis,  


Low Cost Maritime Emissions Monitoring With Extended Enginei System
Royston
Date: 2016-09-23
Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has upgraded its enginei fuel management system with the addition of a new low cost emissions monitoring capability. Building on the enhanced fuel data analysis and engine performance reporting options provided by the enginei technology, the latest version of the system incorporates a special engine profile-based emissions analysis feature. Operating without the need for an exhaust gas analyser, the new system developed by Royston captures key engine performance data, engine and fuel specifications, and flow rates which are then used for the accurate calculation of a range of vessel emissions measurements. NOx profiles for individual engines are created using the ‘carbon balance method’ which refers to the NOx Technical Code MEPC 177 (58), statistical algorithms and engine test data. Combining this with operational factors such as torque, RPM and other engine and fuel data enables a specific NOx emissions factor to be calculated for comparison with IMO regulations. In addition, SOx and CO2 emissions are computed from the mass balance conversion factor applied to the adjusted fuel consumption and air mass flow, alongside combustion efficiency. This enables advisory SOx levels to be predicted, informing fuel switch over decisions during travel in emissions controlled zones. In addition to the automatically generated emissions measurements, the upgraded enginei system also provides important combustion efficiency data, assessing engine power against both fuel consumption and engine speed. . All fuel and emissions data collected by the enginei system can be automatically incorporated into daily reports in a range of formats. On board the vessel, touchscreen monitors on the bridge and in the engine control room show all aspects of key vessel performance criteria using simple dial displays and gauges or more complex presentations of trending graphs against voyage data. Source: Royston, Hellenic Shipping News, 21 Sept., 2016) Contact: Royston

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Emissions news,  Maritime Emissions news,  Royston news,  


BlackRock Considering TerraForm Power Bid (Ind. Report, M&A)
BlackRock Inc., SunEdison,TerraForm Power
Date: 2016-09-23
Following on our August 27th coverage, Bloomberg is reporting that US investment fund manager BlackRock Inc is considering a possible bid for the assets of SunEdison's bankrupted renewable energy yieldco TerraForm Power Inc.. Other reportedly interested possible bidders include Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Appaloosa Management LP and China's Golden Concord Holdings Ltd.

As previously reported, TerraForm Power has indicated that it is interested mergers, divestments or the sale of its entire businesses. (Source: Bloomberg, Others, 22 Sept., 2016) Contact: TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, information@terraform.com, www.terraform.com; Blackrock Inc., www.blackrock.com; SunEdison, (314) 770-7325, www.sunedison.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock Inc,  SunEdison,  TerraForm Power,  


Energy Focus Joins Energy Healthcare Coalition (Ind. Report)
Energy Focus
Date: 2016-09-21
In Solon, Ohio, LED lighting tech specialist Energy Focus, Inc. reports it has joined the Healthy Energy in Healthcare Coalition as a key partner. The Coalition, which includes Energy Focus, Phillips Lighting, Shift Energy and Siemens, encourages the adoption of cost-effective, energy-efficient practices across the healthcare sector-- one of the largest consumers of energy in the U.S. economy according to US EIA's 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

Energy Focus is contributing to the leadership and funding of the coalition which is expected raise awareness of energy efficiency initiatives within the health care sector and create a new channel for lead generation, idea collaboration, and promotional and lobbying efforts for the benefit of Coalition members. (Source: Energy Focus, EconoTimes, 20 Sept., 2016) Contact: Energy Focus Inc., (440) 715-1300, ir@energyfocusinc.com, www.energyfocusinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Focus,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  


Lime Energy Wins N.J. SBDI Clean Energy Contract (Ind. Report)
LIme Energy,TRC Energy Solutions
Date: 2016-09-21
Lime Energy Co., a national provider of energy savings to utility clients under Small Business Direct Install (SBDI) programs, is reporting receipt of a multi-year direct install contract from TRC Energy Solutions. TRC Energy is the manager for the Direct Install program of New Jersey's Clean Energy Program which delivers energy efficiency solutions to small and medium-sized businesses in the Garden State.

The Direct Install program is designed to reach small and medium-sized businesses with peak demand under 200kW, offering to pay up to 70 pct of the project cost to install turn-key energy efficiency measures -- including energy efficient lighting and replacement of HVAC and refridgeration equipment -- in their commercial space. (Source: Lime Energy, 19 Sept., 2016) Contact: Lime Energy, Adam Procell, Pres., CEO, (201) 416-2575, www.lime-energy.com; New Jersey Saves, (855) 600-5463, www.njsaves.com; TRC Energy Solutions, Jeff Butler, BUs. Dev., (704) 360-9753, www.trcsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TRC Energy Solutions,  LIme Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


SunPower Acquires Stake in Malaysian Solar JV (M&A)
SunPower
Date: 2016-09-21
San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp. reports that it will pay $170 million over the next 4 years for Hsinchu, Taiwan-based AUO Solar's portion of the two companies' joint venture 800 MW solar cell fabrication facility in Melaka, Malaysia. SunPower has also signed a supply agreement with AUO for 100 MW of SunPower's E-series solar panels. AUO also will remain a wafer supplier to SunPower.

SunPower reportedly plans to upgrade the Melaka facility. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the month. (Source: SunPower Corp. Contact: SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, www.sunpower.com; AUO Solar, +886-4-2460-8899, www.auo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AUO Solar,  SunPower,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


Whirlpool Invests In Wind Energy
WHirlpool
Date: 2016-09-21
U.S. home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation reports it is building wind turbines to help power its plants in the Ohio towns of Marion and Ottawa. Once the wind power projects are completed early next year , the turbines will generate enough energy to power over 2,400 average homes. The three Marion wind turbines are expected to offset about 19 percent of the plant’s electricity use and eliminate the equivalent of over 9,000 tons of carbon. They will generate enough energy to power over 2,400 average homes. The Ottawa wind turbine, slated for completion the end of this year, is expected to offset the plant’s electricity use by 34 percent. One Energy will build and finance the wind turbines as part of its “Wind for Industry” project, just as it financed and built another wind project for Whirlpool. The wind turbines at the Marion and Ottawa plants will be the same Goldwind 1.5 megawatt ones used for the company’s wind energy project at its Findlay, Ohio plant. They were also financed and built by One Energy. (Source: Whirlpool, Just Means, 16 Sept., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Wind news,  Whirlpool news,  


Noble Enviro Power Seeks Chapt. 11 Restructuring (Ind. Report)
Noble Environmental Power
Date: 2016-09-21
Essex, Conn.-headquartered Noble Environmental Power LLC, a holding company, reports it has voluntarily filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code in a Delaware court.

The company, and Paragon Noble, which currently owns a controlling interest in Noble Environmental Power, have agreed that debt owed to Paragon Noble will be extended and a portion of the debt will be converted to equity. No other Noble companies that own, operate or manage its seven wind farms in New York and Texas are involved.

Upon completion of the proceeding, Paragon Noble will own 100 pct of the restructured Noble Environmental Power. The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 (Source: Noble Environmental Power, Various Media, 16 Sept., 2016) Contact: Noble Environmental Power, Kay McCall , CEO, (860) 581-5010, www.noblepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


Mexican Device Transforms Urine into Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
State University of Sonora
Date: 2016-09-21
In Sonora, Mexico, Dr. Gabriel Luna Sandoval, an engineering researcher at the State University of Sonora (UES), is using urine in a cell normally used to extract hydrogen from water, to produce biofuel for powering domestic stoves and generating electricity. According to Sandoval, five milliliters of urine yields one liter of bio-gas, so a family of three people can produce the hydrogen necessary to use as fuel for a week.

To obtain hydrogen, the patented device uses an electrochemical electrolysis process in which the 20-square-cm cell passes 12-volt photovoltaic energy, which is then stored in a battery. Urine yields one molecule of urea and one molecule of water, from which are released two molecules of oxygen and six of hydrogen to serve as fuel.

Sandoval now plans to develop a practical, portable cell that can be adapted to different needs at home. Sandoval also reports that his research team is working on a prototype for fueling a car. (Source: State University of Sonora , The Engineer , 19 Sept., 2016) Contact: State University of Sonora, Dr. Gabriel Luna Sandoval, +33 662 259 2100, http://www.uson.mx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Hydrogen,  


JetBlue, SG Preston Seal Jet Biofuels Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
JetBlue,SG Preston.
Date: 2016-09-21
Long Island City, New York-headquartered airline JetBlue reports it will purchase more than 330 million gallons of renewable fuel over 10 years under the terms of an agreement with SG Preston Company of Philadelphia. Used in a 30 pct biofuel blend, the purchase would cover about 20 pct of JetBlue's annual fuel use at Kennedy International Airport, its home base.

As reported in Aug, 2014, SG Preston plans to build a 120 million gpy renewable diesel facility in Lawrence County, Ohio. Upon completion in 2017, the $400 million SGP South Point facility will be the world's largest purpose-built producer of renewable diesel. (Source: JetBlue, Aviation Week , Various Media, 19 Sept., 2016) Contact: JetBlue, Sophia Mendelsohn, Dir. of Sustainability, (718) 286-7900, SG Preston Company, www.sgpreston.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Aviation Emissions,  SG Preston,  Renewable Diesel,  


Important Conference Reminder -- Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) Fall Symposium, Sept. 27-28, Washington DC (Conferences and Events)
Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
Date: 2016-09-21
The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium's (BDC) Fall Symposium is being held next week at the Embassy Suites in downtown Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016. This unique event will bring together BDC members, Agency Directors, House Biofuel and Paper Caucus Representatives, and Advanced Biofuels/Biochemicals Companies. (Source: BDC, Aug., 2016) Contact: BDC, Eric Horn, (608) 332-0191, www.biorenewabledc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium ,  BDC,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  ,  


Nationwide Canadian Carbon Taxes Suggested (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2016-09-21
Canada's federal Environment Minister the Hon. Catherine McKenna has suggested that the Government could impose a "backstop" carbon pricing system on provinces that fail to do so. In Canada, where climate change and carbon tax issues are under provincial jurisdiction, only British Columbia and Alberta operate a carbon tax and carbon levy, respectively. Ontario and Quebec run linked cap-and-trade systems.

In March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that "the transition to a low-carbon economy will happen by a broad suite of measures that will include pricing carbon." According to the Environment Minister, "It's mandatory that everyone will have to have a price on carbon” even if it is “ imposed” by the feds. (Source: CTV,Various Others, Tax News, 20 Sept., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news,  Carbon Markets news,  Carbon Price news,  Carbon Tax news,  


Maine PUC Would Dump Home Solar Panel Incentives (Ind. Report)
Maine Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2016-09-19
In he Pine Tree State, the Portland Herald is reporting that the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC)is proposing new rules that would phase out incentives for homeowners with solar electric panels. The proposed change would grandfather incentives for 15 years for residents who already have solar panels installed at their homes, and would limit benefits for new solar owners to 10 years.

The new proposals act as a starting point for an overhaul of the state's net-metering rule which some utilities say shift the cost of serving homes with solar panels onto other customers. Clean-energy advocates counter that the value of this energy actually is greater than the cost of service. Both sides cite figures and studies to support their claims. The PUC also proposes to increase the size of projects that qualify for net-energy billing from 660 kilowatts to 1 megawatt. (Source: Maine PUC, Portland Herald, 15 Sept., 2016) Contact: Maine PUC, (207) 287-3831, www.maine.gov/mpuc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Incentives,  Maine Public Utilities Commission ,  


Ingeteam Launches Fixed-to-Variable Speed Wind Power Conversion System (New Prod & Tech)
Ingeteam
Date: 2016-09-19
Ingeteam, the global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, is reporting the launch of the INGECON WIND FIX2VAR SPEED, an autonomous power conversion system that increases the Annual Energy Production (AEP) lifetime and grid-performance of fixed-speed wind turbines by enabling them to transform to variable-speed machines to best match wind conditions.

According to the company, the system was validated after thorough full load testing and is ready for commercialization. The transformation to a variable speed topology will enable fixed-speed asset operators to obtain the optimum power curve for their fleet, in a wide range of wind speeds, leading to increased AEP. The system extends asset lifetime by smoothing speed changes, reducing mechanical torque steps caused by wind gusts, as well as by minimizing transients due to start-ups, emergency stops and grid variations. It also ensures grid compliance by removing flicker effects and low frequency harmonics generated by the capacitor banks, and enabling power factor regulation., according to Ingeteam.

The system can turn fixed speed drivetrains to variable speed without the need to recondition both the original generator and wind turbine programmable logic controller (PLC). (Source: Ingeteam, PR, 12 Sept., 2016) Contact: Ingeteam, Jonathan Taylor, VP, 011 +352 43 791, www.ingeteam.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingeteam ,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


Finland's KPA Unicon Reports Renewa Oy Merger (Int'l. M&A)
KPA Unicon , Renewa
Date: 2016-09-19
Finnish biomass boiler plant specialist KPA Unicon Group reports it is merging with Finland-based bioenergy technology company Renewa and will purchase the entire share capital of Renewa. KPA Unicon Oy produces comprehensive service and technology equipment for heat and power plant projects throughout the lifecycle of the plants. The solutions utilize biofuels and fossil fuels with high energy efficiency. Renewa offers local energy production solutions for biofuel-fired and waste-fired heat and power plants. (Source: KPA Unicon Group, Various Media, 19 Sept., 2016) Contact: KPA Unicon Oy, +358 20 7749200, www.kpaunicon.com; Renewa Oy, https://www.linkedin.com/company/renewa-oy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewa news,  Biofuel news,  


Avoiding a Full Arctic Meltdown A Blueprint for Near-Term Global Action -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-09-19
"Supplied with new evidence of accelerating Arctic warming and approaching environmental tipping points, the Obama administration will convene science ministers from around the world in September to assess the rate and consequences of Arctic climate change and weigh global strategies for averting its worst effects.

"The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, setting off a cascade of dangerous changes at the top of the world that include vanishing Arctic snow and ice, thawing permafrost, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet. These changes risk triggering irreversible tipping points with perilous side effects, such as unmanageable sea-level rise and coastal flooding, more frequent extreme weather, and increased warming and carbon emissions. These changes threaten the well-being of people around the globe.

"Fortunately, a small window of time remains to avoid a full Arctic meltdown. World leaders and science ministers have a number of opportunities this year to take groundbreaking actions that would help avert cataclysmic Arctic warming and accelerate the transition to the low-carbon global economy."

Download the full report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, Sept., 2016) Contact: Center for American Progress, Cathleen Kelly and Kelsey Schober, Report Authors, www.americanprogress.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Center for American Progress,  


Consortium Commercializing Virent Bioforming Process (Ind. Report)
Tesoro Corp, Virent,Johnson Matthey
Date: 2016-09-19
Following on our Jan. 22nd coverage, Madison, Wisconsin-based Virent Inc. is reporting the forming of a strategic consortium focused on completion, development and scale-up of its BioForming technology to produce low carbon biofuels and bio-paraxylene for the production of 100 percent bio-polyester.

The consortium -- Tesoro, Toray, Johnson Matthey and The Coca-Cola Co.-- will work together to finalize technical developments and commercial arrangements, with the objective of delivering a commercial facility to produce cost effective, biobased fuels and bio-paraxylene. Each consortium member will support of the primary consortium objective to develop the first commercial production facility for the BioForming process. Individual members will contribute to that effort through technical and engineering assistance, infrastructure, supply chain support and/or product off-take commitments. The consortium will work jointly to develop the scale up strategy, including the size and location of the first plant, which will be underpinned by fuel and chemical offtake commitments. Additional parties may join the consortium at a later date. (Source: Virent Inc., 15 Sept., 2016)Contact: Tosoro Corp., C.J. Warner, Exec. VP Strategy and Business Development, Sam Ramraj, VP, Investor Relations, (210) 626-4757, www.tsocorp.com; Virent Inc., Lee Edawards, CEO, Jeff Moore, Exec. VP, Operations, (608) 663-0228, www.virent.com; Johnson Matthey, www.matthey.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Johnson Matthey,  Virent,  Tesoro,  Biochemical,  Green Chemical,  


Newbridge Energy Plans Woody Biomass-Fired CHP Expansion (Int'l)
Newbridge Energy,Iona Capital
Date: 2016-09-19
In Northern Wales, Newbridge Energy Ltd. reports it will install three woody biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) units as part of its planned expansion.

The three plants, which will be supplied by Uniconfort, an Italian biomass equipment supplier, are expected to generate a total of 3 MWe/12 MWth and to come online before December 31st. The plants will qualify for Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and support from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) under the UK's tariff support mechanism for renewable power and heat. The project is being funded by Iona Capital. (Source: Newbridge Energy, Decentralized Energy, 15 Sept., 2016) Contact: Newbridge Energy Ltd., Phil Wildbur, Dir., http://www.bizdb.co.uk/company/newbridge-energy-ltd-08228505/; Iona Capital, www.ionacapital.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


Tesla, SoCalEd Ink Major Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Southern California Edison
Date: 2016-09-19
In the Golden State, on the heels of the disastrous Aliso Canyon methane-natural gas leak and closure earlier this year, the California PUC mandated that California utilities solicit utility-scale energy storage solutions that could be operational by December 31, 2016.

In the competitive process that followed, Tesla was selected as the only bidder to provide a 20 MW/80 MWh Powerpack system at Southern California Edison's (SoCalEd) Mira Loma substation. Upon completion, the Mira Loma installation will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project will supply sufficient electric power as many as 2,500 area households for as long as 24 hours. The installation is expected to be completed and commissioned before the year end, according to Tesla. (Source: Tesla, SoCalEd, Various Media, 17 Sept., 2016) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; Southern California Edison, Caroline Choi, VP Energy and Environmental Policy, www.sce.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Tesla Power Pack,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  Southern California Edison,  


NEC Intros Distributed Energy Storage Platform (New Prod & Tech)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2016-09-16
Westborough, Mass.-based NEC Corporation subsidiary NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) is reporting the introduction of the DSS, a new distributed energy storage platform for commercial and industrial applications.

The DSS utilizes lithium-ion battery storage technology, power conversion, and advanced controls software in a range of flexible outdoor-rated configurations. The DSS platform is optimized to support advanced service creation at the grid edge, whether in front or behind the meter, for commercial and industrial enterprises and distribution utilities. The DSS platform is scalable from 85 kWh to 510 kWh of energy storage capacity and offers from 30 kW up to 650 kW of power capability. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, solarserver, Others, Sept., 2016) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Bud Collins, CEO, (508) 497-7319, www.neces.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions ,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion,  


Toyota Constructs Zero CO2 Emissions Building (Int'l)
Toyota
Date: 2016-09-16
Toyota Motor Corporation is reporting the completion of its new zero-emissions energy management facility in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. The installation is part of the company's plan the eliminate all CO2 emissions through energy-saving measures and the use of renewable and hydrogen-based energy.

Toyota's energy-saving measures include promoting conservation, allowing individual employees to control air-conditioning and lighting, maximizing the use of natural lighting and natural ventilation, an energy management system and other measures that are projected to slash electric power consumption and CO2 emissions by half. Toyota will also carry out technology development and testing with the aim of minimizing CO2 emissions from the building's operation. (Source: Toyota, PR, 12 Sept., 2016) Contact: Toyota Motor Corporation, Global Communications, +81-3-3817-9926, www.toyota-global.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Emission Building,  


EPA OKs First Reg. for D3 RINs from Edeniq (Ind. Report)
Edeniq
Date: 2016-09-16
In the Golden State, Visalia-based cellulosic and biorefining technology specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports the US EPA has approved Pacific Ethanol, Inc.'s registration of its Stockton, CA ethanol plant to generate D3 cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) using Edeniq's Pathway Technology -- the lowest-cost solution for producing cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber utilizing existing fermenters at corn ethanol plants, according to Edeniq.

Edeniq's analytical methods quantify cellulosic ethanol co-produced with conventional ethanol during fermentation, which is required to access regulatory value including D3 RINs, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits, and the Second Generation Biofuel Producer tax credit.

The Pathway Technology combination of cellulase enzyme and Edeniq's Cellunator high-shear milling equipment produces up to 2.5 pct cellulosic ethanol, up to a 7 pct increase in overall ethanol yield due to yield enhancement from starch and cellulose, and up to a 30 pct increase in corn oil recovery, the company claims. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 12 Sept., 2016) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, lwachter@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  RINs,  Cellulosic,  


Ampyx Power Picks VectorCAST Platform to Help Develop Wind Energy Tech (Ind. Report)
Ampyx Power
Date: 2016-09-16
Providence, Rhode Island-based Vector Software, a provider of software solutions for embedded software quality, is reporting that airborne wind energy technology specialist Ampyx Power has selected the VectorCAST test automation platform to support DO-178C Level A software testing requirements.

Ampyx Power's airborne wind energy system collects and converts high altitude -- up to 450 meters -- wind into electricity. Ampyx Power uses a tethered aircraft (PowerPlane) to unwind a winch during flight and thereby propel a ground mounted generator. (Source: VecttorCAST, Nasdaq, 13 Sept., 2016) Contact: Vector Software, Anna Barcelos, (401) 398-7185, www.vectorcast.com; Ampyx Power, www.ampyxpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ampyx Power,  Renewable Energy,  


Acciona Commissions 252-MW Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l)
Acciona Energia,Blackstone Energy Partners,Fisterra Energy
Date: 2016-09-16
Acciona Energia is reporting the commissioning of the 252 MW Ventika wind power complex in Nuevo Leon, Mexico -- its biggest project ever built for a client. The Ventika project utilizes 84, 3-MW AW116/3000 Nordex/Acciona wind turbines mounted on 120-meter concrete towers. The project is expected to generate an average 1,000 GWh per year, which is sufficient for 630,000 homes and avoid approximately 961,000 mtpy of CO2 from conventional coal-fired power stations.

The Ventika project was carried out by Acciona under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a joint venture made up of Blackstone Energy Partners, Fisterra Energy, Cemex and private investors. The consortium recently agreed to sell the asset to the Mexican company IEnova, part of the U.S. group Sempra. (Source: Acciona, NA Windpower, Various Others, 13 Sept., 2016) Contact: ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com; IENova, Carlos Ruiz Sacristan, CEO, +52 55 9138 0100, www.ienova.com.mx; Blackstone Energy Partners , Oriane Schwartzman, (212) 390-2250, Oriane.Schwartzman@blackstone.com, www.blackstone.com; Fisterra Energy, +34 91 661 9457, info@fisterraenergy.com, www.fisterraenergy.com

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Scottish Tidal Power Project Awaiting First Turbine (Int'l)
MeyGen
Date: 2016-09-16
The Guardian is reporting that Singapore-headquartered Atlantis Resources Ltd. subsidiary Meygen Ltd. based-in Edinburgh, is set to install the first of 269 sub-sea tidal turbines in Scotland's Pentland Firth, near the Orkney Isles.

The MeyGen project will be the world's first commercial-scale tidal power plant. Initially four turbines measuring 15 meters tall with eight-meter-long blades and weighing 200 metric tons, will be installed at the site which was chosen because of its particularly strong tides that move as fast as five meters per second. When fully operational in the early 2020's, the project will generate sufficient power for 175,000 homes. (Source: Guardian, MIT Tech Review, Others, 13 Sept., 2016) Contact: MeyGen Ltd., Dan Pearson, CEO, +44 (0) 3137 3467, http://www.meygen.com; ; Atlantis Resources Ltd., +44 20 3137 3467-London Office, info@atlantisresourcesltd.com, http://atlantisresourcesltd.com

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Biofuels Must Play Bigger Role in Mitigating Climate Change, says GRFA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Global Renewable Fuels Alliance
Date: 2016-09-16
On Sept. 14, Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), issued the following comments on National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) global temperature data indicating that 2016 is on track to overtake 2014 and 2015 as the hottest year on record. Recent data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has shown upward trends in both average global temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations in 2016, with both sets of readings approaching the symbolic limits on which the Paris Agreement reached at COP21 were based.

"These latest findings clearly outline the need for signatories of the Paris Agreement to take all available steps to significantly reduce their national emissions without delay. The current potential for the increased use of biofuels, like ethanol, in the global transport sector represents substantial CO2 emission reductions that aren't being fully exploited.

"Biofuel technologies are demonstrated to be affordable, immediately available and effective at reducing GHG emissions. In 2014, total GHG emissions reduction from global ethanol production and use was 169 million metric tons CO2 equivalent. With a conservative annual biofuel production growth rate of just 2.8 percent, emissions savings from ethanol would increase 56 percent to 264 million metric tons CO2 equivalent in 2030.

"It is clear that changes to the global climate are occurring faster than was predicted when the timelines for the negotiations at COP21 were established. The potential for the increased use of biofuels in the global transport sector, using the existing fleet of cars and fuel infrastructure, represents exactly the kind of immediate action to achieve emissions reductions that is demanded by these changing circumstances." Baker concluded. (Source: Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, 14 September , 2016) Contact: Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, Bliss Baker, Pres., (416) 847-6497, http://globalrfa.org

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VPIRG Proposes $100 per tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Vermont Public Interest Research Group
Date: 2016-09-16
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), a 40,000 member environmental advocacy group based in Montpelier, is lobbying Granite State legislators for a heavy tax on gasoline, propane, natural gas and home heating fuel. According to VPIRG, the massive carbon tax would replace state income and sales taxes to jump-start the economy, cut carbon emissions and help fight climate change.

VPIRG's proposed $100 per tonne carbon tax would add an estimated 89 cents to a gallon of gasoline, 58 cents to propane and $1.02 to every gallon of home heating fuel. It would also generate $500 million annually after its phase-in period of 10 years. (Source: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Watchdog, Fox News, 12 Sept., 2016) Contact: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, (802) 223-5221, www.vpirg.org

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NYSERDA Touts On-Site Energy Manager, Strategic Energy Management Initiatives Funding (Funding, Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2016-09-16
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the creation of On-Site Energy Manager and Strategic Energy Management initiatives and the availability of $10 million to support energy efficiency at industrial and manufacturing facilities in the Empire State.

Both NYSERDA initiatives support cutting-edge energy management and energy efficiency in New York's industrial and manufacturing base, which accounts for 7.4 pct of total energy use in the State. Facilities participating in the initiatives are expected to save a total of $12.9 million annually through recommended efficiency measures.

The On-Site Energy Manager initiative will provide $7 million in cost-share funding in partnership with large and medium-size industrial facilities to demonstrate the benefits of hiring a dedicated, full-time on-site energy manager for a minimum one-year term. The on-site energy manager will help the facilities make productivity improvements that drive energy efficiency and reduce energy use on a sustainable, ongoing basis. (Source: NYSERDA, 12 Sept., 2016) Contact: NYSERDA, Dayle Zatlin, Assistant Director of Communications Phone : 518-862-1090 X 3359, dayle.zatlin@nyserda.ny.gov, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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REGI Hits Biomass-Based Diesel Sales Record (Ind. Report)
REGI
Date: 2016-09-14
Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports that the company sold more than 50.9 million gallons of biomass-based diesel last month, excluding sales from Petrotec, the German biodiesel producer in which REGi holds majority ownership.

The August biomass-based diesel sales are estimated to have displaced greenhouse gas emissions equal to approximately 35 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel and more than 360,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Over the first half of 2016, REG biomass-based diesel on average is estimated to have reduced lifecycle GHG emissions by approximately 72 percent compared to petroleum-based diesel. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, PR, Various Media, 13 Sept., 2016) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, President, CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

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India Dithers on Paris Climate Agreement Ratification (Int'l)
COP21
Date: 2016-09-14
The government of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly dithering on its ratification of the Paris COP21 agreement on the grounds that it cannot meet its Paris commitments without using nuclear power.

Now that China and the US have ratified the agreement India's refusal to sign on the dotted line is not likely to hold up the Paris Agreement which comes into force only after 55 countries that account for at least 55 pct of global GHG emissions deposit their instruments of ratification to the United Nations. The US and China account for 38 pct of global emissions. Twenty-four other countries have ratified the agreement to date. (Source: Scroll.in, 10 Sept., 2016)

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Energy Beet-to-Jet Fuel Study Finds Funding (Funding)
Advanced Biofuels USA
Date: 2016-09-14
The Maryland/Delaware USDA Office of Rural Development reports it has granted $16,893 to Maryland-based not-for-profit Advanced Biofuels USA, for a feasibility study of producing bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the eastern shore of Maryland. The study will look at the technical and economic aspects of a project being developed by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Purdue University, and Maryland small businesses.

The study will determine if the first stage data produced from the UMES energy energy beet pilot crop and commercial-scale processing simulation shows that the crop and supply-chain have sufficient yield and production advantages to overcome the necessary investment and other hurdles identified in the feasibility analysis in order to take the project to commercialization. . (Source: Biofuels USA, USDA, Various Media, 13 Sept., 2016) Contact: Advanced Biofuels USA, Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, (301) 524-6841, info@advancedbiofuelsUSA.org, www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org; Maryland/Delaware USDA Office of Rural Development, Bill McGowen, Dir., (302) 857-3580, www.rd.usda.gov/md

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Wilson Bio-Chemical Opens UK Autoclave MSW Plant (Int'l)
Wilson Bio-Chemical
Date: 2016-09-14
In the UK, York-headquartered autoclave waste specialist Wilson Bio-Chemical is reporting the opening of a micro autoclave fibre production plant on the outskirts of the city of York. The plant turns 150,000 tpd of municipal solid waste (MSW) into biomass fibre that can be converted into chemicals or fuels. The facility was developed in cooperation with the the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a subsidiary of the University of York.

. Wilson Bio-Chemical's rotating autoclave treats biological MSW -- food waste, garden waste, paper and cardboard -- with steam and high pressure and convert it into a sterile fibre. (Source: Wilson BioChemical, Various Media, Sept., 2016) Contact: Wilson Bio-Chemical, +44 (0) 1246 264 950, http://wilsonbio-chemical.co.uk

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Vattenfall Wins Danish Nearshore Wind Farms Tender (Int'l)
Vattenfall
Date: 2016-09-14
Stoclholm-headquartered wind energy giant Vattenfall reports it has won the Danish nearshore wind tender (DNS) and will develop two wind farms totaling 350 MW in the offshore area outside Hvide Sande and Thyboron, on the west coast of Jutland.

According to the company, Vattenfall submitted a 0.475 kr/kWh bid for two sites named Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord, subject to Danish rfegulatory approvals. Construction is expected to get underway in 2019 for 2020 commissioning. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, Various Media, 13 Sept., 2016) Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, head of Vattenfall Wind , +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

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ICAO Proposes Voluntary Aviation CO2 Emissions Scheme (Int'l)
International Air Transport Association,ICAO
Date: 2016-09-14
The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)reports it has won Chinese, US and European support for its proposed aviation emission scheme. The scheme would start on a voluntary basis in 2021 then become compulsory in 2027. The proposed 9-year timeline takes into account the difference in the maturity of aviation markets between developed and developing countries.

ICAO acknowledges that operational details have not been hammered out but the aim is the have airlines offset or "neutralize" their carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution by investing in carbon emission reduction projects, such as wind farms.

ICAO's proposal will be presented for endorsement by its 191 member states at the organization's upcoming assembly from Sept 27 to Oct 7 in Montreal, Canada. The ICAO plan is being supported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The airline industry reportedly favours one global deal to reduce CO2 emissions despite the higher costs they would incur in order to avoid a patchwork of regulation that would be harder to manage. (Source: ICAO, Strait Times, Sept. 12, 2016) Contact: IATA, Giovanni Bisignani, (514) 874-0202, bisignanig@iata.org, www.iata.org; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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UK Parliamentary Study Calls for CCS Revival (Int'l Report)
CCS
Date: 2016-09-14
In the UK, a Parliamentary cross-party inquiry has called for a massive national investment in carbon capture as a means of fighting climate change and reviving financially depressed northern regions of the country.

The report recommends that the northern region's abundance of depleted North Sea oil wells and network of pipelines could be exploited for carbon storage which it says is the most cost effective way to lower CO2 emissions from heavy industries. and fight climate change.

The advisory group says the necessary carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is ready to go immediately and should cut costs below £85 per megawatt hour by the late 2020s if launched on a large scale. CCS technology could be fitted to existing gas plants or incorporated in new projects, for an annual savings of as much as £5 billion, compared to other strategies, the study found.

. The CCS strategy is projected to cost an initial £200 million to £300 million spread over four years. A previous study suggested that the total capital costs for transport and storage for all sites would be £4.4 billion, with an offshore lifetime of 40 years. (Source: Various Media, Telegraph, Sept., 2016)

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Brazil Ratifies COP21 Paris Agreement to Cut GHGs (Int'l)
COP21
Date: 2016-09-14
The Brazilian government reports it ratified its participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change. As Latin America's largest greenhouse gas emitter, Brazil emits about 2.5 pct of the world's carbon dioxide and other polluting gases, according to United Nations data.

Using 2005 levels as the baseline, Brazil committed to cutting emissions 37 pct by 2025 and an "intended reduction" of 43 pct by 2030. (Source: Various Media, MailonLine, 12 Sept., 2016)

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Pitt Granted $1.2Mn for Methane Leak Technology R&D (Funding)
University of Pittsburgh
Date: 2016-09-14
The University of Pittsburgh is reporting receipt of a $1.2 million in U.S. DOE grant funding to develop technology that will better monitor methane leaks from natural gas pipelines. The money was given to develop cost-efficient ways to mitigate methane emissions from pipelines and storage infrastructure. The university will develop optical fiber technology that "could have significant impacts on distributed fiber sensing technology and its applications in the energy industry," according to the DOE. (Source: US DOE, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 13 Sept., 2016) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, www.pitt.edu

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SoCalGas Successfully Tests Methane Capture System (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Co
Date: 2016-09-14
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it has concluded successful tests of its Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP), a system to capture natural gas methane.

The PSEP methane capture technique identifies various high pressure pipeline sections throughout SoCalGas' system and schedules them to be pressure-tested or replaced. PSEP also includes provisions to upgrade, replace or retrofit hundreds of mainline valves in the system with technology that allows them to be opened or closed remotely in the event of a large drop in pressure. (Source: Southern California Gas Co., PR, 12 Sept., 2016) Contact: Southern California Gas Co., www.socalgas.com

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NREL Models Wind, Solar on Eastern US Power Grid -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
NREL
Date: 2016-09-12
The US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is reporting the release of its Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study. The study utilized high-performance computing and visualization tools to model how the eastern U.S. power grid could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar PV electricity generation -- as well as power from Canada -- than are currently in place, but which are likely to be over the next decade.

The study modeled more than 5,600 electricity generators and 60,000 transmission lines in a power system that spans the territory running from Florida to Maine, portions of Canada, and westward to New Mexico. Four separate hypothetical scenarios were concocted, with varying levels of fossil fuels, wind, solar, and natural gas -- including renewable energy penetration of up to 30 pct.

The report found that as wind and solar power generation increase:

  • The operation of traditional power sources (such as coal, natural gas, and hydropower) changes. Turning up or down more quickly to accommodate seasonal and daily variations of wind and solar in order to maintain the balance between demand and supply. In addition, traditional generators would likely operate for shorter periods of time as wind and solar resources meet more of the demand for electricity;

  • Flows of power across the Eastern Interconnection change more rapidly and more frequently. During periods of very high wind and solar generation (e.g., 40 percent or more of daily load), model regions trade frequently and in large volumes according to new net load patterns;

  • Regulatory changes, market design innovation, and flexible operating procedures are important to achieving higher levels of wind and solar. The report found that the power system can meet loads with variable resources , such as wind and solar, in a variety of extreme conditions. However, technical feasibility depends on other transmission and generation operators providing the necessary ramping, energy, and capacity services, wholesale market design changes;, and various capital expenditures, all of which will have financial and other implications that may need to be addressed and were outside of this study. (Source: US DOE, NREL, Sept., 2016) Contact: NREL, David Palchak, Study Co-Author, (303) 384-7456, david.palchak@nrel.gov, www.nrel.gov

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  • G20 Confirms Climate Change Commitments ... Sort Of (Int'l)
    G20
    Date: 2016-09-12
    In a G20 release Last week from Hangzhou, China, the the G20 Nations, the world's largest economies, reaffirmed their commitment to tackling climate change and implementing the Paris COP21 agreement but, at the same timw, refused to set timelines for each G20 member's phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

    According to the release, the G20 leaders "expect a rapid implementation of the (Paris) agreement in all its dimensions." The release did not, however, call for the entire G20 membership to join the agreement by the end of 2016. As reported last week, the U.S. and China have ratified the agreement.

    The members of the G20 are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and European Union. (Source: G20, Guardian , Indian Express, Various Media, 6 Sept., 2016)Contact: G20, https://g20.org

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    Ingersoll Rand Again Selected for the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (Ind. Report)
    Ingersoll Rand
    Date: 2016-09-12
    Ireland-headquartered Ingersoll Rand Corp. reports that for the sixth consecutive year it has been named to the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America

    Ingersoll Rand made a commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its products and operations by 2030. The company's Climate Commitment pledges to:

  • Cut the refrigerant GHG footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower global warming potential (GWP) alternatives across its portfolio by 2030;
  • Invest $500 million in product-related R&D over the next five years to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions; and
  • Reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2020.

    To date, the commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 2 million metric tons of CO2e globally, which is the equivalent of avoiding annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 270,000 homes or more than 2.1 billion pounds of coal burned.

    (Source: Ingersoll Rand, 8 Sept., 2016) Contact: Ingersoll Rand, Dan Berei, (704) 655-5018, dand.berei@irco.com, www.ingersollrand.com; Standard & Poor Dow Jones Indices LLC, www.spdji.com

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  • Power Plant Developer Invenergy Promises to Cut Oil Use, Reduce Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy Thermal Development
    Date: 2016-09-12
    Chicago-headquartered Invenergy Thermal Development LLC announced on Aug. 8 that it would cut diesel-power use from 30 days to 15 annually at its proposed 1,000-MW, Clear River Energy Center in Burrillville, R.I. The facility is planned to run primarily on natural gas, with oil as a backup fuel if demand spikes as it did during cold spells in 2013 and 2014.

    The project is widely opposed on the grounds that its carbon emissions would make it difficult for the state to meet its climate-reduction targets as established by the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014. The act aims to cut the state's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

    The Rhode Island Energy Facilities Siting Board is scheduled to rule on the project by the end of this year or in early 2017. (Source: Invenergy Thermal Development , ecoRi news, 8 Sept., 2016) Contact: Invenergy Thermal Development, Dan Ewan VP, Development, (312)582-1504, dewan@invenergyllc.com, www.invenergyllc.com

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    Reykjavik Aiming at 2040 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l Report)
    City of Reykjavík
    Date: 2016-09-12
    Reykjavik, the capitol city of Iceland, reports it has instituted a formal plan to make the city completely carbon neutral by 2040. The city draws its electric power and heat from hydropower and geothermal resources, from hydro and is heated geothermally, both of which emit low levels of CO2 emissions .

    Reykjavik's plan would cut emissions by increasing public transport ridership from 4 pct to 12 pct and increase the percentage of cyclists and pedestrians from 19 pct to more than 30 pct by 2030. The plan includes land use legislation, a public awareness campaign, waste recycling, climate change adaptation planning, climate change and greenhouse gas monitoring and measurement, and a Climate Policy for the city's operations.

    The plan will be reviewed in 2020 and every five years thereafter, in accordance with the Paris Agreement of 2015. The results will be evaluated every two years through a comparison of the situation as it stood in 2015. (Source: City of Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Grapevine, 9 Sept, 2016)

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    Solar Frontier Touts 1.4 MW Italian Solar Installation (Int'l)
    Solar Frontier Europe
    Date: 2016-09-12
    Solar Frontier subsidiary Solar Frontier Europe reports that its CIS modules were selected for use in a solar installation on the roof of the 100,000 square-meter Il Centro shopping center near Milan, Italy.

    Utilizing 8,295 Solar Frontier 170 Wp modules, the installation meets 50 pct of the shopping center's daily energy needs. (Source: Solar Frontier, 7 Sept., 2016) Contact: SolarFrontier, Wolfgang Lange, Managing Director of Solar Frontier Europe. www.solar-frontier.com/eng

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    Luminus Management Increases Stake in Valero Energy (M&A)
    Valero Energy,Luminus Management
    Date: 2016-09-12
    In an August SEC filing, NYC and Texas-based financial management firm Luminus Management LLC reports it has added 505,000 additional shares in Valero Energy Corp. and holds a total of 1,094,552 shares of Valero valued at $59,467,010.

    Valero is an international manufacturer and marketer of low-sulfur diesel and other transportation fuels and petrochemical products.(Source: Various Media, National Daily Press, 9 Sept., 2016)Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Luminus Management, www.luminusmgmt.com

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