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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, ORNL, Lingin, Poplar, Ethanol, Greenwood Resources,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.EnerDel.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ideal Power, EnerDel, Solar, Energy Storage,
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,
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,
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,
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, email@example.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 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)
Energy Focus Inc., (440) 715-1300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.energyfocusinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Focus, LED Light, Energy Efficient Light,
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 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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 ,
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,
"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,
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,
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,
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,
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'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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Emission Building,
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, email@example.com, www.edeniq.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Edeniq, Ethanol, Corn Ethanol, RINs, Cellulosic,
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,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fisterraenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energia, Wind, Mexico Wind, Blackstone Energy Partners, Fisterra Energy,
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, email@example.com, http://atlantisresourcesltd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power, Wave Energy, MeyGen,
"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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, Climate Change, Climate Change Mitigation,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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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, email@example.com, www.regi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News REGI news, Renewable Diesel news, Biodiesel news, Biofuel news,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21, Climate Change,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Beet, Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Energy Beets, Advanced Biofuels USA,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wilson Bio-Chemical, Biomass, Landfill Biomass, MSW ,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall, Wind, Offshore Wind,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.iata.org; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, email@example.com, www.icao.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Air Transport Association, ICAO, Aviation Emissions,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, UK CCS,
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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, COP21,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas Co., Methane,
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:
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Global Warming, Carbon Emissions,
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:
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ingersollrand.com; Standard & Poor Dow Jones Indices LLC, www.spdji.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingersoll Rand, GHGs, Climate Change,
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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Invenergy, Thermal Energy, Carbon 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)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emission, Carbon Foorprint,
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.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Frontier, Solar,
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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Energy, Transportation Fuels,