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Mexico Mandates 5.8 Ethanol Blends in Rural Areas (Int'l Report)
Mexico Ethanol,Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico
Date: 2016-09-12
In Mexico City, the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico has updated its fuel regulations to allow the blending and sale of up to 5.8 pct ethanol-fossil fuel blends in rural areas, excluding Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey. (Source: Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico, Various Sources, Bergeson & Campbell, Law Review, 9 Sept., 2016) Contact: Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico, www.cre.gob.mx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


Manila Electric Seeking Energy Storage Talks with Tesla (Int'l)
Manila Electric Company
Date: 2016-09-09
In the Philippines, Manila's electric power utility, Manila Electric Company (Meralco), reports it is seeking a dialogue with US electric automaker Tesla Motors to explore prospective battery - energy storage joint ventures.

According to Meralco Senior VP Alfredo S. Panlilio, the two parties have been teleconferencing and have agreed that Tesla representatives would visit Meralco within the next few months to further their discussions which, Panlilio admits, are far from focused and will "likely be more of a free-flowing exchange on the future of batteries." Meralco's aim is to prepare and develope a business plan for an expected commercial scale influx of electric vehicles and growth in the demand for solar power energy storage in the Philippines. (Source: Manila Electric Company, Various Media, Sept., 2016) Contact: Manila Electric Co., Oscar S. Reyes, CEO, Alfredo S. Panlilio, Snr. VP, www.meralco.com.ph; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  


$7.7Tn Needed for Asian Climate Change Fight -- Report Attached (Int'l Report)

Date: 2016-09-09
Investing for the climate in Asia, a new report from Asia Research and Engagement (ARE) with the support from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), has concluded that $7.7 trillion is needed in investments into renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet the electricity demands of China, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia if the world is to avoid surpassing global warming of a 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels.

The report, which was released in conjunction with this weeks launch of the new Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC), is "the most comprehensive analysis to date of climate finance sector activity in Asia", according to the report.

The report reviewed the disclosure of leading domestic financial institutions across the Asia Pacific region (in total, 36 banks, 30 investors, and 24 insurers) to determine the state of the finance industry's response to climate change in the region.

The report found that 31 pct of the institutions factored climate change risk into their financing operations while 25 pct referred to climate change factors as a reason to limit financing.

Access the full Investing in the Climate for Asia Report HERE, (Source: AIGCC, ZACHS, 6 Sept., 2016) Contact: AIGCC, Emma Herd, CEO, http://aigcc.net; Global Investor Coalition, Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO, +44 (0) 207 960 2987, spfeifer@iigcc.org, http://globalinvestorcoalition.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Warming,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Hitachi Turbine Targets Light Offshore Winds (New Prod & Tech)
Hitachi
Date: 2016-09-09
Hitachi has developed a new offshore wind turbine designed to milk more power from light-wind locations. The 5 MW turbine features a rotor sweep diameter of 136 meters (446 ft), 15 percent greater than the previous model from the company, ideally suited for areas with average annual wind speeds under 7.5 m/sec (16.7 mph).

The turbine uses a downwind rotor configuration, meaning the wind passes the tower structure before hitting the blades. This configuration is designed to reduce wind loads and avoid crosswinds, even when generation is stopped due to high winds; an important feature for locations with frequent typhoons or hurricanes. A sensor can also be installed ahead of the rotor for disturbance-free data, allowing for greater yaw control (and thus energy output). The company is also developing a wind turbine to withstand the stronger winds found off Japan's southern island of Kyushu. (Source: Hitachi, New Atlas, 7 Sept., 2016) Contact: Hitachi High-Technologies Corp, www.hitachi-hitec.com/global

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hitachi,  Offshore Wind,  Wind TUrbine,  


IATA Optimistic on Aviation Carbon Agreement (Ind.Report)
International Air Transport Association,International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2016-09-09
In Geneva, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 265 of the world's airlines, reports it is optimistic that a draft agreement on a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) will be confirmed when governments meet for the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The ICAO is the UN agency charged with managing aviation's climate change impact.

The draft agreement broadly aligns with the aviation industry's call for a mandatory global carbon offset scheme as a tool to help manage the industry's emissions as it pursues its goal of carbon-neutral growth. The draft text defines a "voluntary pilot and implementation" period (2021-2026) after which participation would be mandatory for all eligible States from 2027 onwards.

In June 2016, an overwhelming majority of IATA member airlines reiterated their desire to see a single, global and mandatory carbon offset scheme be implemented from 2020. The scheme would be based upon: improvements in technology and the deployment of sustainable alternative fuels; increased operational efficiencies; infrastructure optimization; and a global market based measure. (Source: IATA, 6 Sept., 2016) Contact: IATA, +41 22 770 2967, corpcommis@iata.org, www.iata.org; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Air Transport Association ,  International Civil Aviation Organization,  


EPA Faulted for RFS Reporting Requirements (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2016-09-09
In the nation's capitol, the Office of Inspector General (IG) is taking the EPA to task for its failure to provide the required reports every three years to Congress on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and impacts of biofuels on the environment.

The IG evaluated thr RFS statutory reporting requirements and whether EPA had updated the lifecycle analysis supporting the RFS with findings from the statutorily mandated National Academy of Sciences 2011 study on biofuels, EPA's 2011 Report to Congress on the Environmental Impacts of Biofuels and any subsequent reports or relevant research on biofuels.

The evaluation determined that EPA does not have an assessment that meets the requirement to identify whether the RFS creates any impacts on air quality, which would allow EPA to take required measures to mitigate impacts. The IG's report also found that the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation has not fulfilled the anti-backsliding requirements for the RFS, which would analyze and address any negative air quality impacts of RFS.

The IG office recommended that EPA's assistant administrator for R&D provide Congress with triennial reports on the impacts of biofuels and develop a process for evaluating the lifecycle science and determining whether to update the greenhouse gas threshold determinations. The EPA has reportedly agreed to the IG's recommendations. (Source: EPA, Inspector General Office, AgriPulse, 6 Sept., 2016) Contact: Office of Inspector General, (202) 482-4661, www.oig.doc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


Oahu Rooftop Solar Program Cap Almost Tapped Out (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Co.
Date: 2016-09-09
In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) reports that cap on Oahu rooftop solar energy systems under a new program created by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission is likely to be met within days. HECO's subsidiaries Hawaii Electric Light Co. and Maui Electric Co., have already reached their caps for the customer grid-supply program.

The program gives customers the option of exporting excess energy to the grid in exchange for energy credits against their bills to the extent such energy export provides benefits to the electric system.

In May, the Hawaii Solar Energy Association requested an increase the cap but the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has not yet ruled on the request. (Source: HECO, Pacific Business Journal, 7 Sept., 2016) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Alan Oshima, Pres., www.hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com/clean-energy-hawaii/going-solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Co.,  Solar,  Solar Subsidies,  Solar Incentives,  


IEnova Acquiring 252MW Mexican Wind Farm (M&A)
Infraestructura Energetica Nova, Fisterra Energy
Date: 2016-09-07
In Mexico, Juarez-based Infraestructura Energetica Nova (IEnova) reports it will invest $852 million to acquire the 84-turbine, 252MW Ventika wind project in Mexico from subsidiaries of Blackstone Group and partners. IEnova will pay Blackstone Energy Partners, Madrid-based Fisterra Energy -- the project developer -- , and other minority shareholders $375 million for the assets and assume another $477 million in project financing debt.

The 84-turbine project features two adjacent wind farms in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Each wind farm houses 42 Acciona AW-3000 turbines. The transaction is expected to close before the year end, subject to customary conditions, corporate board and regulatory approvals. (Source: INova, CTBR, Others, 6 Sept., 2016) Contact: Infraestructura Energetica Nova INova, 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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Fisterra Energy ,  Mexico Wind,  Blackstone Energy,  


GE Labels Floating Offshore Wind Turbines "Renewable Energy of the Future" -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables,General Electric, GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-09-07
Commenting on recent developments conducted with French naval shipbuilding and energy company DCNS, GE Renewable Energy has labelled floating offshore wind turbines as the "renewable energy of the future."

The new Haliade offshore wind turbine system being developed by GE Renewable Energy and DCNS involves installing wind turbines atop a floating buoy of steel and concrete tethered to the seabed below, which could operate in waters as deep as 200 meters.

The 6 MW Haliade wind turbine is essentially the same as GE's traditional offshore wind turbines, except that it sits on a half-submerged floating foundation. The Haliade is 330 feet tall, with three 240 foot-long blades each weighing 27 tonnes.

Access the GE Report Floating Offshore Wind Turbines the Renewable Energy of the Future report HERE (Source: GE Renewable Energy, , 30 Aug., 2016) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Leonore Petit, Strategy, Business Development, Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables, www.enr.fr; GE Renewable Energy, Jerome Decresse, CEO, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  GE Renewable Energy,  Offshore Winf,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Sri Lanka Launhes "Battle for Solar Energy" (Int'l Report)
Sri Lanka Minister of Power and Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-09-07
In Sri Lanka, the government reports the launch of its "Battle for Solar Energy" program designed to increase the country's use of solar and other renewable energy generated electricity by the end of the next decade.

The program will encourage small consumers to install rooftop solar panels the excess power from which will be exported to the grid under a "feed-in tariff (FIT)scheme. The government projects that that at least 20 pct of the consumers will participate in the program. The scheme will be implemented in stages, and first stage will cover Northern, Southern, and Eastern Provinces. The country currently generates half of its electricity through renewables, and aims to ramp up 70 pct by 2030. To achieve this target, 600 MW of wind plants and 3000 MW of solar plants will be built within the next 10 years. (Source: Sri Lanka Ministery of Power and Renewable Energy, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 1 Sept., 2016) Contact: Sri Lanka Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera, +94 11 2 574922, powermin.gov.lk/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Sri Lanka,  Solar Energy,  Rooftop Solar,  FIT,  


LHW Launching Energy Storage Modelling Service (Int'l)
LHW Partnership
Date: 2016-09-07
Bedfordshire, UK-headquartered energy engineering group LHW Partnership reports it will begin offering management modelling services for renewable generators and energy storage technologies. Additional technologies can then be applied, including various battery storage options, immersion heaters and energy efficiency improvements such as LED lighting.

LHW software utilizes satellite or ground-based meteorological data, historic half-hourly consumption information and DNO export constraint allowances to pull together the economics of such an installation. Other variables, particularly domestic weekday and weekend differences in demand, seasonality and geographical location, are also taken into account. Figures compiled by LHW then allow the firm to recommend specific capacities of installation -- both in generation and storage -- to maximize self-consumption and the overall viability of the system.

The service will target end users as well as the supply chain, allowing them to gauge the feasibility of installing a system. (Source: LHW Partnership, 3 Sept., 2016) Contact: LHW Partnership, James Hoare, Partner, +44 (0) 20 3290 5497, enquiries@lhwpartnership.co.uk, http://www.lhwp.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


French Airport Scores Airport Carbon Accreditation (Int'l)
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Date: 2016-09-07
In France, Nice Airport reports it has achieved level 3+ Carbon Accreditation under the independent Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The airport met its carbon neutral goal two years ahead of its 2018 deadline and is now the world's 25th, and France's first, airport to achieve carbon neutrality.

The independent Airport Carbon Accreditation programme helps airports measure their carbon footprint and take initiatives to drastically cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Level 3+ means the airport has continued to do so by becoming more energy efficient. Since 2010, Nice Airport claims to have cut its kilograms of CO2 per passenger by 75 pct. (Source: Nice Airport, UNFCCC, Various Media, 5 Sept., 2016) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airport Carbon Accreditation,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Calif. Low-Emission, ZEV Sales Loosing Steam (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board,
Date: 2016-09-07
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports that the sale of low-emission, zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) such as alternative fuel and electric vehicles is slumping in the Golden State.

As previously reported, Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for 1.5 million ZEVs on California's highways by 2025, the same year that CARB has mandated that ZEVs make up at least 15.4 pct of all vehicles sold in the state. According to recent figures, about 3 pct of the new vehicles sold in the state qualify under the Air Resource Board's ZEV program. There are currently just under 224,000 plug-in or electric vehicles in the state. CARB CEO Mary Nichols is calling for 100 pct of new vehicles sold in the state to meet the zero-emission standards by 2030.

Slow sales of alternative fuel vehicles is widely blamed on the low price of gasoline and the high prices of EVs, a situation which is not likely to change rapidly. (Source: CARB, San Diego Union Tribune, 4 Sept., 2016) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, CEO, (916) 322-2990, www.arb.ca.

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  ,  ZEVs,  Zero-Emission Vehicles,  


Mitsubishi Planning Russian Methanol Plant (Int'l Report)
Mitsubishi
Date: 2016-09-07
Mitsubishi Corporation (Russia) LLC reports it will construct a methanol production facility in the Sakhalin Region near the city of Vladivostok. Acording to a company release, regulatory and other approvals are in place but a specific site has not been selected. (Source: Mitsubishi Corporation (Russia) LLC, Construction.RU, 7 Sept., 2016) Contact: Mitsubishi Corporation (Russia) LLC www.mitsubishicorp.com/ru/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi,  Methanol,  


Abengoa Bioenergy’s Landfill Gas Powered Biofuel Plant Sold in Kansas

Date: 2016-09-06
Colwich, Kansas based agricultural and renewable energy technology firm, ICM, has been successful in its bid for Abengoa Bioenergy’s Colwich ethanol facility. Colwich, Kansas based agricultural and renewable energy technology firm, ICM, has been successful in its bid for Abengoa Bioenergy’s Colwich ethanol facility. The facility produces ethanol from corn based feedstocks, but uses methane from landfill gas to fulfill 50% of its energy requirements. It processes up to 240,000 tonnes of feedstock annually and produces around 25 million gallons of bioethanol and 70,000 tonnes of a byproduct know as DGS which is used in the feed sector. Following financial problems, late last year Abengoa suspended production at the plant, which has been mothballed since. The sale to ICC has been conducted under the provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. As a result of the deal ICC will purchase the shuttered Colwich ethanol facility and property for $3.1 million. (Source: Waste Management World, Others,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa news,  Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas news,  


GE's Adwen Offshore Offer Rebuffed (Int'l Report, M&A)
Siemens,Gamesa,General Electric,Adwen
Date: 2016-09-02
Siemens and Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa have reportedly rejected a non-binding bid from US conglomerate General Electric Co. for French offshore wind power company Adwen.

Adwen Offshore is a 50/50 JV between Gamesa, which is currently being acquired by Siemens, and French nuclear power company Areva SA. According to Reuters, Gamesa values its 50 pct stake in Adwen at €60.6 million ($67.5 million). It remains to be seen if GE is willing to sweeten its offer. (Source: Various Media Reports, 31 Aug., 2016) Contact: Siemens, Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore Wind Power and Renewables, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com; Adwen, contact@adwenoffshore.com, www.adwenoffshore.; General Electric, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Siemens,  Gamesa,  General Electric,  Adwen,  


EU Meets Energy Efficiency Goal 6 Years Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Date: 2016-09-02
The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) reports that a recent European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) study has found that the EU's energy consumption fell by 6.35 pct -- 72 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE) -- between 2000 and 2014. 72 MTOE is equivalent to the entire annual energy consumption of Finland.

The study also found the the 28-nation trading bloc has already achieved its energy efficiency objective fixed for 2020 under the EU's 2008 Climate and Energy Package. Under the package, the EU member states committed to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct between 1990 and 2020, to produce 20 pct of their energy from renewable sources and to improve their energy efficiency by 20 pct.

(Source: European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, EurActiv, 31 Aug., 2016) Contact: European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, www.eceee.org, https://twitter.com/eceee_org; European Commission Joint Research Centre, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Commission Joint Research Centre ,  


Mexico, Ontario, Quebec Ink Climate Change Declaration (Int'l)
Ontario,Quebec
Date: 2016-09-02
At the Climate Summit of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico, leaders from Ontario, Quebec and Mexico inked an agreement outlining their common commitment to pricing carbon and to work together to fight climate change.

The trilateral declaration supports the 2015, COP21 Paris Agreement and establishes the foundation for sharing information and expertise on carbon markets and opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

Mexico recently announced that it will pilot a new carbon market starting in fall 2016. Ontario intends to link its cap and trade program to Quebec and California's under the Western Climate Initiative, North America's largest carbon market.

Ontario is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels in 2020, 37 per cent below in 2030 and 80 per cent below in 2050 (Source: Various Media Reports, Aug. 31, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Climate Change,  Cap-and-Trade,  


RWE Innogy Acquiring Belelectric Solar, Battery (Int'l. M&A)
RWE Innogy,Belectric
Date: 2016-09-02
German utility RWE unit RWE Innogy SE reports it will acquire Kolitzheim, Germany-based solar power and battery specialist Belectric Solar & Battery Holding for a "high-double digit million euro" sum. The transaction is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Belectric has built more than 280 large solar PV plants and roof-top systems with a combined generating capacity of more than 1.5GW and is focused on Europe, the Middle East, India, South America and the US. (Source: RWE Innogy, Various Media, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: ; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, Dr. Hans Bunting, Managing Director, 011 +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com; Belectric, 011 +49 9385 / 98-4-0, www.belectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE Innogy,  Belectric,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Iranian Methanol Plant Expected Online in March, 2017 (Int'l)
National Iranian Petrochemical Company
Date: 2016-09-02
In Tehran, the Iranian Deputy Ooil Minister for Petrochemical Affairs, Marzieh Shahdaei, has announced that Iran's largest methanol producing unit Kaveh Petrochemical Facility begin production on March 21, 2017. According to the According to the Deputy Minister, Iran's petrochemical production capacity has reached 60 million TPY and within the next five years and rise to 140 million tons in a decade.

The National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NPC) has sealed two methanol supply deals with Total SA of France and Linde Group of Germany and plans to sign additional deals with other companies in the near future. (Source: National Iranian Petrochemical Company, Vestnik, 1 Sept., 2016) Contact: National Iranian Petrochemical Company, +98 21 8805 9760-76, info@nipc.ir, english.nipc.ir

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  


Viridis Seeks Buyer for Nova Scotia Biomass Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
Viridis
Date: 2016-09-02
Viridis Energy Inc. reports it is winding down its U.S. pellet brokerage business Viridis Merchants Inc., and is in active discussions with a potential purchaser of the trademarked brands, Okanagan Pellets.

The company has temporarily suspended operations at its Nova Scotia based industrial pellet manufacturing business, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd., pending a decision by the company on the possible sale of this business.. (Source: Viridis Energy Inc., September 01, 2016) Contact: Viridis Energy Inc., Michele Rebiere, CFO, (905) 847-5226, investorinfo@viridisenergy.ca, www.viridisenergy.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridis,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


Research Initiative Analyzes New England-Quebec Low-Carbon Energy and Policy Options (Ind. Report)
Western Climate Initiative
Date: 2016-09-02
Aiming to arm New England and Quebec legislators and decision makers with the knowledge they'll need to increase their low-carbon energy resources, meet their climate targets and evaluate other cross-border, low-carbon energy and climate policy options, the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Montreal-based research institutions -- the business school Hautes Etudes en Commerce (HEC), and Ouranos, a climate-change think tank -- have launched a new collaboration on energy, economy, and climate policy analysis. The goal of the initiative is to develop advanced technical analysis in support of energy, economic, and climate-related decision-making and to model the energy, economic, and climate impacts of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a framework for developing carbon cap-and-trade systems among the California and several Canadian provinces.

According to MIT News, the state of Massachusetts is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions at least 25 pct by 2020, compared with 1990 levels, all while up to 25 pct of its electricity generation facilities are expected to go offline. To that end, the state recently passed legislation requiring the state to procure long-term contracts that tap 1,600 MW of offshore wind power and 1,200 MW of hydropower -- probably from Quebec -- or other renewables by 2025. (Source: MIT News, 29 Aug., 2016] Contact: MIT, Mark Dwortzan, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, (617) 253-7492, globalchange.mit.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Climate Initiative,  


EC Appealing Annulled Ethanol Anti-Dumping Duties (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2016-09-02
The European Commission (EC) reports it will appeal a EU General Court June ruling that annulled anti-dumping duties on US produced ethanol. The duties, which were first levied in February, 2013, will remain in place during the appeal process. (Source: European Commission, Various Media, SeeNews, 31 Aug., 2016) Contact: European Commission, http://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Ethanol,  


Senvion Snares Kenersys' Wind Assets (Int'l Report, M&A)
Senvion , Kenersys India Private Ltd.
Date: 2016-08-31
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered global wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it will acquire the turbine nacelle production facilities and infrastructure; complete product portfolio suite; wind turbine inventory; and service operations of Kenersys India Private Ltd., in Baramati, Pune, India, subject to regulatory approvals.

The Kenersys product portfolio ranges from 2.0 MW to 2.6 MW and has rotor diameters from 82 meters to 120 meters, with cumulative installations of 220 MW in India. With this acquisition, Senvion gets full rights to own, enhance and sell the Kenersys India product portfolio worldwide, including K82 (2.0 MW), K100 (2.6 MW), K110 (2.4 MW) and K120 (2.3 MW) which are in developmen stage. (Source: Senvion, NAW, Various Others, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, CEO-North America, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; Kenersys India Private Ltd., +91 20 6707 3299, info_india@kenersys.com, www.kenersys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  


Windlab Planning 400-MW Kenyan Wind Project (Int'l Report)
Windlab
Date: 2016-08-31
Australian renewables firm Windlab Ltd is confirming that it plans to build a 400-MW wind park in Meru County, central Kenya, and has signed a development agreement with the county to that end. Project details have not been announced.

Windlab has previously developed wind farms in South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania. (Source: Windlab, PR, Various Media, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: Windlab, Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292, www.windlab.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindLab,  Wind,  


1,000-Turbine Iowa Wind Farm Wins Reg. Approval (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2016-08-31
Sitting in Des Moines, the Iowa Utilities Board has has given the nod to MidAmerican Energy's planned 2,000-MW, $3.6 billion wind farm operation -- the nation's largest. According to the Utilities Board, the completed project will generate sufficient power for 520,000. The state expects that 85 pct of Iowa's electricity needs will be met by wind energy by 2020.

According to a MidAmerican news release, the location of the 1,000 turbines for the project is still being determined. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, AP, KTVO, Others, 28th 2016) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


California Carbon Emissions Controls Stiffen Again (Reg & Leg)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2016-08-31
In Sacramento, the California state Senate and the state Assembly have given final approval to fourth-term Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's bill to cut greenhouse-gas discharges to 40 pct less than 1990 levels by 2030. The bill, which doesn't extend the state's cap-and-trade system, is paired with a separate legislation tightening legislative oversight of the California Air Resources Board , which was also approved last week. The bill awaits the Governor's signature, which is considered a slam-dunk.

The emissions law builds on a 2006 cap-and-trade measure that gave California the nation's most ambitious program of countering climate change by limiting discharges from vehicles and industry, and by requiring businesses to purchase pollution credits via auction. Between 2006 and 2013, the Golden State slashed its CO2 emissions by 10.9 pct, eclipsing a 10.3 pct reduction nationally, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: Various Media Sources, Bloomberg, 25 Aug., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  


ICAO Focuses on Market-Based Emissions Cutting Measures (Int'l)
ICAO
Date: 2016-08-31
At the UN International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) upcoming General Assembly meeting from 27 September to 7 October 2016, the agenda is centered on the implementation of a new "market-based measure" for reducing airline emissions.

If the ICAO members agree to market-based limitations, aviation would become the first global sector to do so. Failure to reach an agreement could see a tripling of airline emissions.

The aviation industry's "total global warming impacts" are reportedly more than double those of its CO2 emissions, with nitrogen oxide emissions and aviation's impacts on clouds both adding "significantly" to the warming effect, according to ICAO. (Source: ICAO, TravelDaily UK, Sept., 2016) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  


Japan, Indonesia Partner on CO2 Emission Cutting Measures (Int'l)
Joint Crediting Mechanism
Date: 2016-08-31
In Jakarta, Indonesian Deputy Minister for International Economic and Financial Cooperation Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Dr. Ir. Rizal Affandi Lukman, has announced that Japan and Indonesia have agreed to team up on 28 projects under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), a bilateral carbon offset credit program signed in 2013 between the two governments.

The bilateral offset credit mechanism would amount to $150 million during its three-year implementation in Indonesia. The mechanism would allow Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by helping Indonesia cut its CO2 emissions. Since 2013, 108 project feasibility studies had been conducted under the JCM scheme. To date , 28 projects in various sectors are in the pipeline. The JCM scheme includes promoting renewable power supplies, waste management, low carbon activities, CO2 reduction, and other related activities and initiatives. (Source: Jakarta Post, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: Joint Crediting Mechanism, www.jcm.go.jp; Indonesia International Economic and Financial Cooperation Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Dr. Ir. Rizal Affandi Lukman, http://jef.org.sa/?q=node/953

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Joint Crediting Mechanism,  


BIOX Closes on Ontario Biodiesel Plant Credit Facility (Ind. Report)
BIOX Corp.
Date: 2016-08-31
Toronto-headquartered biodiesel producer BIOX Corporation reports it has obtained a 1-year, Cdn.$1.8 million credit facility from Farm Credit Canada. The credit is in connection with its previously announced acquisition of a 50 million lpy nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Sombra, near the community of Sarnia, Ontario.

The funds from the credit facility form part of the Company's anticipated expenditure of an additional C$5.0 million over the next nine months for plant upgrades that include expanding the plant's range of low-carbon feedstocks. a broader range of low carbon intensity feedstocks, such as animal fats and recycled cooking oils. The plant is expected to be in full production in Q2, 2017.

BIOX owns 287.5 million litres of nameplate biodiesel production capacity at plants located in southern Ontario and Houston, Texas. (Source: BIOX Corporation, PR, Various Media, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: BIOX Corp., Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253, arickard@bioxcorp.com, www.bioxcorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BIOX Corp.,  Biodiesel ,  


Wayne Fueling Dispensers Now E25 Compliant (Product Update)
Wayne Fueling Systems
Date: 2016-08-31
AUstin, Texas-headquartered Wayne Fueling Systems has announced that compatibility with UL-Listed fuel to E25 is now be a standard feature for all Wayne North American retail fuel dispensers. The shift is effective immediately for Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers, and by year-end for the Wayne Helix family of dispensers.

The Wayne dispenser also have the potential to shift to higher ethanol blends to meet future fuel requirements brought about by more stringent CAFE standards and GHG reductions by 2025. Wayne Fueling Systems sells products in over 145 countries. (Source: Wayne Fueling Systems, Convenience Store decisions, 30 Aug., 2016) Contact: Wayne Fueling Systems, Tom Cerovski, VP Products & Services, (512) 788-8311, www.wayne.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  E25,  


Mexico Releases First Ethanol Blending Regulations (Int'l. Report)
Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico
Date: 2016-08-31
In Mexico City, the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico (CRE) has released their recently-passed fuel regulations allowing for the blending and sale of up to 5.8 pct (E5.8) ethanol in the nation's fuel supply outside of the three major metropolitan areas -- Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

The fuel specification, which will become effective 60 days after publication, is Mexico's first ethanol and other biofuel policy initiative. (Source: Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico, GreenSheet Farm Forun, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico, www.cre.gob.mx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


NORESCO Wins $49Mn Federal Prisons Energy Savings Performance Contract (Ind. Report)
NORESCO
Date: 2016-08-31
Westborough, Mass.-based energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions specialist NORESCO reports it has contracted for a $49 million energy and water efficiency and capital infrastructure upgrade at two Federal Bureau of Prisons sites: Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Federal Detention Center (FDC) Philadelphia.

The energy savings performance contract (ESPC) will help the Federal Bureau of Prisons meet energy and water reduction mandates outlined in a March 2015 Executive Order 13693 regarding federal sustainability.

The ESPC will reduce water consumption by 61 pct and electricity consumption by 20 pct at FCI Fort Dix and will reduce water consumption by 44 pct and electricity use by 27 pct at FDC Philadelphia. The facility improvements to be implemented under the ESPC are funded entirely through guaranteed energy savings, requiring no upfront capital investment from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

NORESCO is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTX). (Source: Noresco, 30 Aug., 2016) Contact: Noresco, Michael Beccaria, Snr. VP, www.noresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NORESCO,  Energy Efficiency,  


Clean Energy Technologies Intros Waste Heat Generator for Energy Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
Clean Energy Technologies
Date: 2016-08-31
Costa Mesa, California-based heat recovery specialist Clean Energy Technologies, Inc is reporting the launch of its latest Combi Cycle using CETY Inc. Clean Cycle™ ORC heat recovery steam generator.

The Combi Cycle is a combined Steam Cycle + Organic Rankine Cycle power generation system, that exploits the thermodynamic properties of steam in the high temperatures and those of the organic fluid more suitable at low temperatures. Progeco's Steam Cycle expanders are part of the innovative system for combined production of electricity and heat, cascaded with CETY's Clean Cycle™ ORC heat recovery steam generator allowing for efficient cogeneration of electricity and heat in a flexible combined heat and power (CHP) system. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies, 30 Aug., 2016) Contact: Clean Energy Technolocies, www.heatrecoverysolutions.com; CETY Inc., www.cetyinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Technologies,  Energy Efficiency,  


China Yangtze Power Taking Stake in Meerwind Offshore (M&A)
Meerwind
Date: 2016-08-29
Following on our June 13th coverage, chinese hydropower giant China Yangtze Power Co Ltd reports it is taking a €645.4 million ($727 million) minority position in the 288-MW, 80-turbine Meerwind Sued/Ost offshore wind complex in Germany, while its parent China Three Gorges Corp is paying €193.6 million for a majority stake. The seller is Blackstone Group.

Taken together, the Chinese companies will hold an 80 pct interest in the owner and operator of the plant -- WindMW GmbH. Windland Energieerzeugungs GmbH will retain the remaining 20 pct of the facility. (Source: China Yangtze Power, Various Media, 25 Aug., 2016) Contact: China Three Gorges, www.ctgpc.com; Blackstone Group, www.blackstone.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Three Gorges,  Wind,  Meerwind,  WindMW,  Blackstone Group,  


Social Cost of Carbon Price Upheld by Court (Leg & Leg)

Date: 2016-08-29
The Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the U.S. federal government's right to use a social carbon price to inform policymaking. With its ruling the Court nixed an industry-backed challenge to the Department of Energy's use of a $36-per-metric ton estimated social cost of carbon (SCC) in its decision-making on the premise that the figure is not based on "real-world" data. The federal court ruled that being "limited or imperfect" is not a reason to dismiss the pricing model, and ruled that the "DOE's determination of SCC was neither arbitrary nor capricious."

The ruling by 3 Republican appointed judges was the first time a court has considered the legality of the Obama administration's accounting of the social and societal costs of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

The social cost of carbon was formed by a working group of federal agencies, with a last revised estimate of $36 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2015. That cost is slated to rise to $50 a metric ton in 2030 and $69 a metric ton in 2050.(Source: Various Sources, Sustainable Brands, Aug., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  


UK Biodiesel Project Scores £1.7 Mn Funding (Int'l)
Argent Energy
Date: 2016-08-29
In the UK, BioDie2020, a project to promote the use of biodiesel transportation fuel reports it has been awarded £1.7 million in EU funding.

The project, which will be headed by Austrian plant engineering specialist Argent Energy Limited, will include Perth-based Stagecoach Bus and John Moores University in Liverpool. The project will recover raw tallow from the meat industry, waste oils and fats and demonstrate their conversion into cost efficient high-quality biodiesel.

The Argent Energy-led project is one of several innovative pan-European projects to benefit from the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot scheme. FTI provides funding as a part of the EU's £70 billion Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which supports mature innovation concepts which are close to full marketability, providing investment in the final stages of testing, piloting and validation. Source: Argent Energy Limited, Mothrwell Times, 24 Aug., 2016) Contact: Argent Energy Limited, www.argentenergytrust.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


Enerkem Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Wins ISCC Certification (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2016-08-29
Montreal-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. reports it has scored certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta. The facility is the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol.

ISCC is a leading certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2010, it received the worldwide first official state recognition by the German authorities. In July 2011, the European Commission recognized ISCC as one of the first certification schemes to demonstrate compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's (RED) requirements. Additionally, ISCC PLUS has been developed for food, feed, technical/chemical (e.g. bioplastics) and other bioenergy applications (e.g. solid biomass). ISCC certification can be applied to meet legal requirements in the bioenergy markets as well as to demonstrate the sustainability and traceability of feedstock in the food, feed and chemical industries. (Source: Enerkem, 24 Aug., 2016) Contact: Enerkem, www.enerkem.com Methanol Institute, www.methanol.org; International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, www.iscc-system.org/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Methanol,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Neah's Lithium Metal Battery Wins US DOE Grant Funding (Funding)
Neah Power Systems
Date: 2016-08-29
Bothwell, Washington-based high density rechargeable lithium metal battery storage solutions specialist Neah Power Systems, Inc. reports it won a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Small Business Vouchers Pilot Program HERE.

The NEAH PowerChip® Battery is the first battery to be made with high volume capable microchip manufacturing technology in semiconductor facilities (foundries) throughout the world. The 3D architecture using lithium metal anodes enables more than five times the performance of batteries in production today. The proprietary architecture of the PowerChip® Battery brings batteries into the microchip era, using the same manufacturing technologies that made television sets, cell phones, laptops and a variety of devices more compact with superior performance at lower cost, according to Neah CEO Dr. Chris D'Couto .While initially targeted for consumer oriented applications, the battery technology could be used for automotive and defense applications as well.

The U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Vouchers Pilot is a collaborative, national effort that provides $20M for U.S. companies to work with National Laboratories. Vouchers focus on nine clean energy technologies. The SBV Pilot is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, and participating DOE national labs. (Source: Neah Power Systems, Inc., PR, 23 Aug., 2016) Contact: Neah Power Systems, Dr. Chris D'Couto, CEO, Jeffrey May, CPA, (425) 424-3324X105, jmay@neahpower.com, http://www.neahpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neah Power Systems,  Lithium,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


RFA Rejects Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use Study -- Study Attached (Ind. Report}
RFA, Growth Energy,MichBio
Date: 2016-08-29
Following on Friday's coverage of the University of Michigan's Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use study which claims that biofuels are worse than gasoline in causing climate change, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and others were quick to rise to their industry's defence with the assertion that funding from the American Petroleum Institute renders the study inherently biased.

According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "This latest report is just another desperate attempt discredit the nation's most successful clean energy program. The Renewable Fuels Standard is bringing cleaner, more affordable options to the gas pump, and those biofuels have helped cut greenhouse gas emissions by 110 million metric tons every year -- the equivalent of taking nearly 20 million vehicles off the road. The latest attacks from John DeCicco and his sponsors in the oil industry reflect the same bogus arguments they have made for years, and policymakers aren't going to be fooled."

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen also challenged the study saying "Biomass crops used to produce energy act as temporary carbon sinks. During growth crops quickly absorb carbon dioxide that was just in the atmosphere. The same amount of CO2 is then returned to the atmosphere when the carbon in the crop is combusted for energy. In this way, the use of biomass for energy recycles atmospheric carbon as part of a relatively rapid cycle," Dineen said. "In contrast, the use of fossil fuels adds to atmospheric CO2 by emitting carbon that was previously sequestered deep underground for millions of years."

MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, issued the following statement regarding the University of Michigan research study: " Professor DeCicco's most recent, and flawed, study funded by the oil industry gives an inappropriate unearned carbon storage credit to the petroleum industry. The oil industry may have paid for the study, but they do not pay for carbon storage or carbon recycling. The biofuels industry, by comparison, does create an economic incentive to recycle carbon."

Access the full Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use report HERE. (Source: RFA, Growth Energy, Univ. of Mich., MichBio, Springer Aug. 27, 2016)Contact: University of Michigan, Energy Institute, Prof. John DeCicco, (734) 764-6757, decicco@umich.edu, http://energy.umich.edu; Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, CEO, (202) 269-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; MichBio, www.michbio.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  


Engie Brasil Breaking Ground on 326-MW Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Engie Brasil Energia
Date: 2016-08-29
Brazilian power utility Engie Brasil Energia SA reports it will break ground on the first phase of the 326.7-MW Campo Largo wind project in the state of Bahia this September. The 121 wind turbine project is expected to cost $619.35 million. The local arm of French energy group Engie is planning two additional phases, which will bring the overall capacity of the complex to 800 MW. (Source: Engie Brasil Energia, PR< Various Media, 25 Aug., 2016) Contact: Engie Brasil Energia, Eduardo Sattamini, CEO, +48 3221 7000, www.engieenergia.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie Brazil,  Wind,  Wind Brazil,  


Vattenfall Touts €3Mn Offshore Wind R&D Programme (Int'l)
Vattenfall,Aberdeen Renewables
Date: 2016-08-29
Vattenfall is reporting the launch of a €3 million scientific research programme at the Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) to better understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind. A panel of scientific experts, which will advise on the allocation of the fund, has called on scientists to apply for funding to study the environment around the 11-turbine scheme.

Panel members, who will decide which applications merit funding, include Vattenfall, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, RSPB Scotland, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and The Crown Estate. (Source: Vattenfall, Renewable Energy Focus, Others, 26 Aug., 2016) Contact: Vattenfall EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, http://www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  Aberdeen Renewables,  


Maltese Renewables Scheme Wins European Commission Approval (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2016-08-29
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) has ruled that a proposal to financially help operators of solar and wind energy installations on the Island of Malta would not be in violation of individual European Union member state rules and has approved a €140 million 2016-2020 budget allocation for the scheme.

The budget would provide Maltese operators with a premium payment over-and-above the market price of energy. Onshore wind developers would also be able to tender for support if an eligible site receives development consent during the scheme's lifetime. The Commission also approved similar plans presented by the Luxembourg government. (Source: European Commission, Times of Malta, 26 Aug., 2016) Contact: European Commission, http://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Wiond,  Solar,  


Renewables Generate 25 pct of China's Energy (Int'l Report)
National Energy Administration
Date: 2016-08-29
China's National Energy Administration (NEA) is reporting that in 2015 renewables accounted for approximately 25 pct of the country's power generation, even with 39 billion kWh of wind and solar capacity idle. Hydropower generated one-fifth of China's electricity , 3.3 pct came from wind farms, 0.7 pct from solar installations and 0.9 pct from biomass power plants.

China has used generous incentives to build up renewable energy sources in an effort to cut carbon emissions and reduce its dependence on coal. NEA, But poor planning by many plant builders eager financial incentives has resulted in projects that are difficult or unsuitable for connection to the national grid and left idle, according to NEA.

In February, NEA announced that the central government aims to increase the percentage of non-hydro renewable power generation to 9 pct over the next five years. This means that wind, solar and biomass power generation must increase by an average 0.8 pct per year. (Source: China National Energy Administration, The Corner, 26 Aug., 2016) Contact: China National Energy Administration, http://english.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Energy Administration,  China Renewable Energ,  CHina Wind,  China Solar,  


California Carbon Emissions Controls Stiffen Again (Reg & Leg)
California
Date: 2016-08-29
In Sacramento, the California state Senate and the state Assembly have given final approval to fourth-term Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's bill to cut greenhouse-gas discharges to 40 pct less than 1990 levels by 2030. The bill awaits the Governor's signature, which is considered a slam-dunk. The bill is paired with a separate legislation tightening legislative oversight of the California Air Resources Board , which was also approved last week. approved Tuesday. The bill does not extend California's cap-and-trade program for carbon allowances.

The emissions law builds on a 2006 cap-and-trade measure that gave California the nation's most ambitious program of countering climate change by limiting discharges from cars and industry, and by requiring businesses to purchase pollution credits via auction.

Between 2006 and 2013, the Golden State slashed its CO2 emissions by 10.9 percent, eclipsing a 10.3 pct reduction nationally, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Over the same period, state lost 15.7 per of its manufacturing base. California's existing restrictions on carbon emissions and cap-and-trade program have reportedly added an estimated 12 cents to the retail price of a gallon of gas and added $5 to a whole MWh electricity. (Source: Various Sources, Bloomberg, 25 Aug., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


Fraunhofer Plans Underwater Energy Storage Tests (R&D)
Fraunhofer Institute
Date: 2016-08-29
In Germany, the Fraunhofer Institute reports it will test a new deep water energy storage concept called StEnSEA (Stored Energy in the Sea) before the end of this year. The StEnSEA storage concept utilizes underwater hollow concrete globes on sea or lake beds with a water column above the entrance of the sphere which acts as an upper reservoir. Because the pressure difference between the inside and the outside of the sphere remains almost constant, alternating loads to the sphere are small, hence the concrete can be used as pressure tank material that is heavy enough to install the sphere on the seabed without anchors.

Depending on the number of hours of operation a year, Fraunhofer estimates a 400-MW subsea storage farm could deliver a levelized cost of storage of between $50 to $230 per megawatt-hour. (Source: Fraunhofer, 29 Aug., 2016)Contact: Fraunhofer Institute, www.ise.fraunhofer.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer Institute,  Energy STorage,  Under Water Energy Storage,  


India Rejecting Proposed ICAO Carbon Emission Tax (Int'l)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2016-08-29
In Mumbai, India's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government reports it is in disagreement with the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) aviation carbon tax proposals and will seek a formal response to the ICAO proposal from the country's air carriers on the issue.

ICAO has been planning to cap the aviation sector's emission by introducing a tax-based market mechanism, which is being widely opposed by developing countries. Aviation emissions were not included in last December's COP21 agreement in Paris.

India is reportedly planning to expand its air services through the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) and contends that any additional tax will deter the airlines from participating in the RCS plan. The NDA government also contends that the interests of poor and developing countries should be considered and that the burden of global market-based measures in the international civil aviation sector should be primarily borne by the wealthy and developed nations. (Source: ICAO, Infracircle, 25 Aug., 2016) ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions ,  


Germany Tops ACEEE's Most Energy Efficient List (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2016-08-29
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE's) 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, Germany is still at the top of the energy efficiency heap, followed by Italy and Japan, France, and the U.K. Indonesia, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey are new additions to this years list which saw U.S.climbing from No. 13 in 2014 to No. 8 in the 2016 rankings.

The U.S. rank was boosted by high scores in a number of new metrics added to the report for 2016, as well as improvements in energy intensity or energy use per dollar of gross domestic product. The U.S. also benefited from changes to the scoring methodology, which now allocates more weight to policy actions. The ACEEE report outlines a number of international best practices the U.S. could implement to improve its score.

Access the full ACEEE report HERE. (Source: ACEEE, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Aussie Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Tool Touted (Int'l)
Climate Bonds Initiative
Date: 2016-08-29
In the Land Down Under, property bond issuers and investors now have a simple process to assess whether office buildings, proposed developments or retrofits in Australia's biggest commercial property markets are eligible for certification against the Climate Bonds Low Carbon Building (LCB) Criteria.

The Climate Bonds Initiative has released emissions performance trajectories that have been set by examining the emissions performance of the top 15 pct of Australia’s office buildings then determining the trajectory required to achieve zero emissions by 2050. The release of these emissions performance trajectories gives property bond issuers a straightforward means to assess the performance of buildings and portfolios against current and future expectations and, according to Climate Bonds Initiative CEO, Sean Kidney, should spur green property development in the commercial heart of Australia’s major cities, contributing to local and national emissions reduction targets.

The Climate Bonds Initiative used building emissions performance data sourced from the Commercial Building Disclosure Program -- an Australian Government initiative which requires sellers and lessors of commercial buildings to disclose information on building energy efficiency. The Initiative provides an easy-to-use CO2 Target Calculator on its web site to enable issuers to ascertain the emissions performance targets that must be satisfied in order to gain Climate Bonds Certification.

The Climate Bonds Initiative is an international, investor-focused not-for-profit. It's the only organization in the world working solely on mobilizing the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions. (Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, PR, Climate Control News, 29 Aug., 2016) Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative CEO, Sean Kidney, www.climatebonds.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Bonds Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  



Date: 2016-08-27
BETO Partner Makes the 2016 CNBC Disruptor Companies List Carbon recycling company LanzaTech is ranked #13 on CNBC’s fourth annual Disruptor 50 list, which recognizes forward-thinking start-up companies whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. LanzaTech produces fuels and chemicals from industrial waste gases—capturing the gases before they are emitted into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

LanzaTech has been a significant research and development partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) for more than 5 years, receiving multiple funding awards to advance biofuel and bioproduct processes. LanzaTech has been working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on a BETO-funded process to transform carbon-rich industrial waste gases into renewable jet fuel. In addition, LanzaTech is working on another BETO project to develop a combined biological and chemical route to biofuels from biomass-derived synthetic gas (syngas).

Recently, LanzaTech was selected for two new BETO awards. Its Bioenergy Incubator 2 project will work on technology to enable manufacturing of the high-value industrial chemical building block, acetone, via biomass-derived syngas. Under its MEGA-BIO funding award, LanzaTech, along with its partner and project lead, the Dow Chemical Company, will help develop a process for the bioconversion of biomass-derived syngas to fatty alcohols as a pathway to biofuels. Read more about LanzaTech’s work and the Disruptor 50 list recognition from the LanzaTech press release and its CNBC LanzaTech company profile. Also see Lanza Tech’s 2015 Greener Synthetic Pathways Award in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, and watch LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren speak at BETO’s annual conference in 2014. Powered by Distribution channels: Energy Submit your press release

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