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China Promises 2016 G20 Meeting Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
China Green Carbon Foundation
Date: 2016-08-26
The China Green Carbon Foundation is touting the launch of a project that it says would cut emissions generated from the upcoming, Sept 4-5 G20 Summit in the city of Hangzhou to "carbon neutrality." The Foundation estimates that the meeting will generate 6,674 tonnes of greenhouse gases will be emitted at the summit. to be held Sept. 4 and 5 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

The project, jointly organized by China Green Carbon Foundation, the Zhejiang provincial forestry department and Hangzhou municipal government, aims to plant more than 22 hectares of trees in the Hangzhou suburbs next spring. Over the next 20 years, the trees are expected to absorb all greenhouse gases discharged during the summit. The project will be funded by two Chinese companies, Wanma Group and Lao Niu Foundation. (Source: China Green Carbon Foundation, Global Times, 22 Aug., 2016) Contact: China Green Carbon Foundation, www.thjj.org/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  GHGs,  China Carbon Emissions,  


Enerkem's Edmonton Biofuels Facility ISCC Certified (Ind. Report)
Enerkem, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification
Date: 2016-08-26
Quebec-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. reports it has been certified bt the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. According to Enerkem, the plant is now the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into biomethanol.

ISCC is an international certification system for Biomass and Biofuels (fuels and electricity) that describes the rules and procedures for certification. ISCC has been approved by the German Authority BLE as the first Certification System for sustainable Biomass and Biofuels according to the German Biokraftstoff-Nachhaltigkeitsverordnung (Biokraft-NachV). (Source: Enerkem, Various Media, 24 Aug., 2016) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; International Sustainability and Carbon Certification System, www.iscc-system.org, http://www.isealalliance.org/online-community/organisations/iscc-international-sustainability-and-carbon-certification

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


ICM Snares Abengoa's Colwich Kansas Ethanol Plant (M&A)
ICM,Abengoa
Date: 2016-08-26
Colwich, Kansas-headquartered ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. reports it was the successful bidder to purchase bankrupt Abengoa's shuttered ethanol plant, also in Colwich, for $3.1 million.

The deal was conducted under the provisions of the US Bankruptcy Code and is subject to review and approval by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The acquisition is expected to be completed prior to 30 September, 2016. (Source: ICM, Various Media, Aug., 2016) Contact: ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Chris Mitchell, Pres., (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  Agengoa,  Ethanol,  


Indian Oil Majors Abandon Jatropha Biodiesel Plans (Int'l)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2016-08-26
In New Delhi, the Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL) are reporting the closure of their 2009, joint jatropha cultivation and jatropha-based biodiesel production facilities due to a "lack of availability and commercial viability."

The three companies originally planned to cultivate over 180,000 acres of jatropha for biodiesel production in the Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The companies are reporting that all related business activities have ceased indefinitely , including the cultivation and maintenance of Jatropha plantations. (Source: Livemint, Indian Oil Corp., Various Media25 Aug., 2016) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha,  Biofuel,  Indian Oil Corp,  


SgurrEnergy Scores 396 MW Offshore Wind Farm Contract (Int'l)
SgurrEnergy
Date: 2016-08-26
Glasgow, Scotland-headquartered international renewable energy consulting and engineering firm SgurrEnergy reports it has secured a 12-year construction and operational monitoring contract for the 396 MW Merkur offshore wind farm, located in the German North Sea.

The contract includes construction monitoring and the financial and operational performance of the £1.6 billion project, as well as regular reporting to the consortium of international project lenders during the construction phase and for the first 10 years of operation.

Construction will begin in early 2017. The project will comprise 66 GE Haliade 6 MW turbines -- the first commercial deployment of this technology in Europe and the largest in the world, according to SgurrEnergy. (Source: Sgurr Energy, Various Media, , 24 Aug., 2016) Contact: SgurrEnergy, +44 141 227 1700, (650) 452-5436 - San Francisco office, info@sgurrenergy.com, www.sgurrenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SgurrEnergy,  Wind,  


Greenbelt Resources Plans $16Mn Offering (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2016-08-26
According to an Aug. 19th SEC filing, Paso Robles, California-headquartered biofuels company Greenbelt Resources Corp intends to raise $16 million through a Regulation A+ public offering of freely trading shares priced at $0.20 per share.

A new firm -- Paso Robles ECO System (PRECO) -- will use the proceeds to develop a local community-scale waste-to-energy ecosystems for converting brewery and winery wastes into renewable fuel, animal feed and liquid fertiliser. A portion of the proceeds will also fund development of Market development and a sales campaign.

Greenbelt Resources is an innovator of sustainable energy production systems that delivers modular solutions designed for localized processing of locally generated wastes into locally consumed products. The small-scale, end-to-end modular systems designed, engineered and implemented by the Company, enable production of commercially viable (without subsidies) advanced biofuel (bioethanol) by fully recycling food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into sellable products: fuel, feed, fertilizer, and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, Various Media, 25 Aug., 2016) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO ,(888) 995-4762, www.greenbeltresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources news,  Biofuel news,  


SolidEnergy Touting "Anode-Free" Battery (New Prod & Tech)
SolidEnergy Systems
Date: 2016-08-26
Woburn, Massachusetts-based SolidEnergy Systems is touting a new battery originally developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that uses lithium metal foil to enable it to deliver twice as much battery power than that of graphite which is used in traditional batteries. The company is planning to release their cell phone and laptop batteries in 2017 and further develop the product to include automobile applications.

SolidEnergy revolutionized portable energy storage with the introduction of the "anode-free" lithium metal battery in 2014. SolidEnergy's two material platforms, dual-layer electrolyte and ultra-thin lithium metal anode, provide transformational energy density and safety across all rechargeable lithium batteries and can be seamlessly integrated into existing Li-ion manufacturing capability. The final applications include drones, watches & wearables, smart phones, and electric cars. (Source: SolidEnergy Systems, TrendnTech, 23 Aug., 2016) Contact: SolidEnergy Systems, Qichao Hu, Phd., CEO, (617) 972-3412, www.solidenergysystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Proposed 1000-MW Coal Project Kills Jamaica's COP21 Pledge (Int'l)
Coal
Date: 2016-08-26
Jamaica, which in Paris pledged to cut its emissions by 7.8 pct by 2030, is reportedly considering construction of a proposed 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant on a site recently acquired by the Chinese firm Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company Ltd.

According to the CoalSwarm Project manager, Ted Nace, the new plant would produce 5.6-5.8 million tpy of CO2 and increase Jamaica's CO2 emissions by 79 pct, making it virtually impossible for the island nation to meet is pledged COP21 cuts. (Source: Jamaica Gleaner, Various Other Media, 25 Aug., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  CO2 Emissions,  Coal,  


Global Energy-Efficient Building Market 2016-2020 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
MarketResearchReports
Date: 2016-08-26
MarketResearchReports is reporting the addition of Global Energy-Efficient Building Market 2016-2020 to its list of offerings. The study presents a thorough understanding of the market and presents verifiable projections on the size of the market and its historical data. It has been collated by employing primary and secondary research methodologies. In addition, an evaluation of the prevalent trends in the global energy-efficient building market has been included in a separate section of the report.

The report is segmented into Asia Pacific (APAC), the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) markets. Of these, the Americas are poised to lead the energy-efficient building market all through the forecast horizon and represent a market share of approximately 37 pct by governments in countries such as Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. in favor of energy-efficient building systems. The increasing new constructions, government regulations, and ongoing audits on old buildings in the U.S. make it the chief contributor to the growth of the Americas energy-efficient building market.

Report details and sample copy are HERE. (Source: MarketResearchReports, PR Contact: MarketResearchReports, (518) 621-2074, sales@marketresearchreports.biz www.marketresearchreports.biz

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


Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont Announce eVolve Panton Initiative (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power,Efficiency Vermont
Date: 2016-08-26
In the Granite State, Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont report they are partnering in "eVolve Panton", a community-wide rapid energy transformation project in the town of Panton. The project aims to cut energy consumption and costs, cut carbon emissions and their impact, and implement energy efficiency and energy innovation.

The two organizations will work with local residents and businesses to get baseline data about energy use, cost and carbon and use the data to measure improvements. Residents will be offered technical assistance, financial incentives and financing to spur a dramatic and comprehensive energy transformation in Panton.

Efficiency Vermont will also partner with contractors to offer deep energy retrofits for homes and businesses, the addition of efficient heating and cooling systems like cold climate heat pumps, innovative technologies like battery storage, installation of renewable energy generation, and adoption of efficient transportation solutions.

Efficiency Vermont is a statewide energy efficiency utility that provides technical assistance, rebates, and other financial incentives to help Vermont households and businesses reduce their energy costs with energy efficient equipment, lighting, and approaches to construction and major renovation. (Source: Green Mountain Power, 23 Aug., 2016) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell, Pres., CEO, (888) 835-4672, www.greenmountainpower.com; Efficiency Vermont , Liz Gamache, Director , (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Efficiency Vermont,  Energy Efficiency,  


RMP Rewards BYUI for Energy Consumption Cuts (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2016-08-26
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) reports it has awarded Brighman Young University Idaho(BYUI) $60,034 Wattsmart® business incentives to cut energy consumption at its Central Energy Facility.

The university replaced its coal-fired boilers with a gas-fired combustion turbine to produce electricity and added LED lighting and high-efficient fans and pumps that is expected to cut its electricity bill by $22,366 per year. The upgrades will reduce energy consumption by 485,754 kWh annually. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Standard Journal, 24 Aug., 2016)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net; Brigham Young University Idaho, Kyle Williams, Facalities Management Dir., (208) 496-2520, williams@byui.edu, https://web.byui.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


Green Plains Aquiring Abengoa Ethanol Plants for $237Mn (M&A)
Green Plains,Abengoa
Date: 2016-08-24
Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. reports it was the successful bidder on three ethanol plants for sale by Abengoa Bioenergy conducted under the provisions of the US Bankruptcy Code.

The three ethanol plants -- Madison (Illinois), Mount Vernon (Indiana) and York (Nebraska) -- have combined annual production capacity of 236 million gpy. The purchase price is approximately $237 million , plus working capital adjustments. The acquisition brings Green Plains total ethanol production capacity to approximately 1.5 billion gpy. The acquisitions are expected to be complete no later than 30 September, 2016, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. (Source: Green Plains, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 23 Aug., 2016)Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP, (402) 884.8700, jim.stark@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Abengoa, www.abengoa.com; Abengoa Bioenergy, www.abengoabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Abengoa,  Ethanol,  


Chinese Researcher Joins Global Carbon Capture Coalition (Int'l)
Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute,Southern Company
Date: 2016-08-24
Southern Company is reporting that Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute in Beijing has joined the Carbon Capture International Test Center Network, a global coalition of facilities working to accelerate the research and development of carbon capture technologies. The US DOE's National Carbon Capture Center, which is managed by Southern Company, leads and serves as host site for the Network.

The Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute is engaged in a wide range of clean energy research and development projects and initiatives including carbon capture, utilization and storage, coal gasification, renewable energy and emissions reduction technologies.

International Test Center Network members include: CO2CRC (Australia), CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (Norway); Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia); Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute (China); Korea Institute of Energy Research (S. Korea); National Carbon Capture Center (US); SaskPower (Canada); SINTEF Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (Norway); UKCCSRC Pilot-Scale Advanced Capture Technology (UK); and Uniper Technologies Limited (Germany) (Source: Southern Company, PR, 22 Aug., 2016) Contact: Southern Company, www.southerncompany.com; Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute, www.chng.com.cn/eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Company,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  Climate Change,  


Prowind's Gunn Hill Wind Farm Near Completion (Ind. Report)
Prowind
Date: 2016-08-24
Prowind Canada reports that it's subcontractor Surespan Wind Energy is close to completing the installation of 10 Senvion MM92 1.8MW turbines at the Gunn Hill wind farm in southwestern Ontario. .

The 18MW wind farm, which has a fixed 20-year PPA with the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, is owned by a partnership formed by the Oxford Community Energy Co-operative, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp and Prowind. (Source: Prowind, Various Media, 23 Aug., 2016) Contact: ProWind Canada, (905) 528-1747, www.prowind.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Prowind,  Wind,  


Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) Fall Symposium, Sept. 27-28, Washington DC (Conferences and Events)
Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
Date: 2016-08-24
BDC Members, A special BDC Fall Symposium will be held this year at the Embassy Suites in downtown Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016. This is a unique event so if you cannot attend, please recruit an executive to represent your company. Please register today using the link, REGISTER / HOTEL RESERVATIONS. Plan your travel to Washington DC on Monday, September 26th, as the meeting will start early Tuesday morning. All hotel reservations must be completed by September 8th in order to get the BDC discount and to assure a $250 per night room for the event at the Embassy Suites

This special meeting will bring together BDC members, Agency Directors, House Biofuel and Paper Caucus Representatives, and Advanced Biofuels/Biochemicals Companies.

On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, who sits on both the Paper Caucus and Biofuels Caucus and who are urging EPA to complete its 2017 Renewable Fuels Standard, will provide our keynote address. The day continues with presentations from Agency directors from DOE, USDA, and EPA, plus the Deputy Secretary of the Navy, Chris Tindal, and with presentations from Bioprocess companies. Highlights include: Member Licella forming a joint venture with Canfor Pulp, which is significant for the forestry industry; Emphasis on co-processing of bio-oils with petroleum crude oil; Progress of the Borregaard / LignoTech and Rayonier Joint Venture; Progress of the Biobutanol plant start up by Green Biologics at Little Falls, MN; Update on the existing commercial "Waste to Ethanol" plant by Enerkem; and Joint Venture of member Leaf Resources and Claeris.

On Wednesday morning, you will have an opportunity to meet with a group of House Representatives interested in the progress of the bio-industry and the leadership of the forestry industry. Representative Mark Pocan will host the meeting at his office for BDC members to meet other members of the Paper Caucus and Biofuels Caucus.

On Tuesday night, at the BDC banquet, we are proud to have Steve Davies, Director Public Affairs, at NatureWorks, LLC to speak. NatureWorks is the first company to offer a family of commercially available, naturally advanced low-carbon-footprint Ingeo™ lactides and biopolymers derived from local resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based intermediates, plastics, and fibers.

We look forward to seeing you all there this fall. (Source: BDC, Aug., 2016) Contact: BDC, www.biorenewabledc.org

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


Enersave Launches sonnenBatterie Energy Storage Offering (Ind. Report)
Enersave,sonnenBatterie
Date: 2016-08-24
Whippany, New Jersey-headquartered Enersave, an online energy efficiency marketplace for homeowners, reports they are accepting reservations for sonnen's residential battery storage products, targeting existing solar homeowners in the Eastern United States.

Each sonnenBatterie uses intelligent energy management software to automatically control solar energy consumption, storing excess solar electricity for use later in the day and providing backup electricity in the event of a utility outage. The batteries can also be charged with a standby generator. Once a customer makes a reservation for their system at Enersave.com, a smart home meter is installed that tracks electric consumption and solar generation, and that data is used to recommend the appropriate battery size system for the customer's needs. (Source: Enersave, PR, 23 Aug., 2016) Contact: Enersave, (888) 213-2224, hello@enersave.com, www.enersave.com; SonnenBatterie, Boris Von Bormann, CEO, Philipp Schroder, Marketing, www.sonnen-batterie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  sonnenBatterie,  


Greensmith, E.ON, TEP Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Greensmith Energy,E.ON Climate and Renewable, Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2016-08-24
Herndon, Virginia-headquartered Greensmith Energy, the leader in energy storage software and integration services, reports it is partnering with E.ON Climate and Renewables and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to design and deliver a grid-scale energy storage system located at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park southeast of Tucson. The 10 megawatt (MW) site will provide frequency response and voltage control in addition to solar integration for a new 2 MW array.

Greensmith will provide design, installation and commissioning services, along with its industry-leading GEMS software control platform. GEMS is the most widely-deployed energy storage software solution-enabling utilities, EPCs and IPPs to maximize energy storage ROI and manage an individual system or a fleet of energy storage systems. (Source: Greensmith Energy, PR, 23 Aug., 2016) Contact: Greensmith Energy, John Jung, Pres., CEO, Mallory Sass, (408) 966-5950, msass@greensmithenergy.com; E.ON, Mark Frigo, E.ON's VP of Energy Storage North America. (503) 481-8622, mark.frigo@eon.com; TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, www.tep.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith Energy,  E.ON Climate and Renewable,  Tucson Electric Power,  Energy Storage,  


HECO, Army Report Bioenergy Plant Construction Startup (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric Company ,US Army
Date: 2016-08-24
In the Aloha State, the U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) report they have begun construction on a 50 MW power plant that will burn both conventional and biofuels.

The facility, which is being built at the U.S.Army's Schofield Barracks on the Island of Oahu, will be owned and operated by HECO. The plant is slated for commissioning and full operation in the Spring of next year. (Source: HECO, Various Media, 22 Aug., 2016) Contact: HECO, Colton Ching, VP Energy Delivery, www.heco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Company,  US Army,  Biomass,  Biofuel ,  


Ecostrat Releases Woody Biomass White Paper -- White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
Ecostrat
Date: 2016-08-24
Toronto-headquartered Ecostrat Inc. recently released a white paper -- 5 Common Mistakes in Wood Procurement … And How to Fix Them -- for current and prospective owners and operators of small- to medium-scale woody biomass energy plants. The publication provides an overview of five common mistakes in wood procurement and how to fix them and is part of the company's supply chain risk series for small- and medium-sized biomass systems.

Access the full 5 Common Mistakes in Wood Procurement … And How to Fix Them report HERE. (Source: Ecostrat Inc., Aug., 2016) Contact: EcoStrat, (416) 968-8884, www.ecostrat.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecostrat,  Woody Biomass,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecostrat,  Woody Biomass,  


Washington State's Carbon Tax Meets Opposition (Ind. Report)
Heartland Institute
Date: 2016-08-22
According to the Heartland Institute, many environmental activists have come out against a Washington state initiative that would impose the first carbon tax in the nation because it is revenue neutral.

The environmental groups in Washington State running a campaign called "Carbon Washington" have obtained the required number of signatures to get ballot initiative 732 (I-732) on the November ballot. I-732 would impose a carbon-dioxide tax of $25 per metric ton on fossil fuels consumed in Washington State. If the voters approve the initiative, Washington would become the first state in the nation to impose a tax on carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.

The initiative aims to be revenue neutral, reducing the state sales tax a full percentage point and providing up to $1,500 per year for 400,000 low-income working households. In addition, in a nod to the fact the CO2 tax will increase the cost of manufacturing in Washington State, relative to competing states, the initiative effectively eliminates the state's Business and Occupation tax for manufacturers. Many environmental groups are calling for the carbon tax revenues to be returned directly to the state's taxpayers.

The not-for-profit Heartland Institute describes itself as "an 'action tank"' as well as a 'think tank,' and we measure our success by the impact we have in the real world. The Heartland Institute plays an essential role in the national (and increasingly in the international) movement for limited government and personal liberty. We are the pipeline between the freedom movement's leading writers and thinkers and the nation's 50 state legislatures. The states are key battlegrounds for the advance of freedom," according to its website. (Source: Heartland Institute, 19 Aug., 2016) Contact: Heartland Institute, Stirling Burnett, (800) 859-1154, hburnett@heartland.org, www.heartland.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Heartland Institute,  Carbon Tax,  


EnergyNest Touts Concrete Thermal Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
EnergyNest
Date: 2016-08-22
The Masdar Institute and Oslo, Norway-based EnergyNest report that their 2013 joint research project for the construction and testing of a 2 x 500 kWhth Thermal Energy Storage (TES) pilot has been completed and validated by DNV GL.

A single EnergyNest Thermal Energy Storage module, fitting into a standard 40-foot container, provides an energy capacity of up to two megawatt hours thermal. Once stored, the time-shifted waste heat can be used to provide process steam, generate power or to stabilize entire power grids and significantly increase energy efficiency.

EnergyNest is significantly less expensive compared to other energy storage technologies -- at around $20-25 US per kWh: a fraction of battery costs. And, due to its rigid structure and no moving parts, the storage system is virtually maintenance-free. (Source: EnergyNest, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: EnergyNest, Yamaoka International PR, Jana Erhart, +49 4030 032-615, energynest@yamaoka.de, www.energy-nest.com

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


EKPC Expanding Landfill Gas-to-Power Capacity (Ind. Report)
East Kentucky Power Cooperative
Date: 2016-08-22
East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) reports it is expanding its landfill gas-to-electric plant at the Bavarians Landfill in Boone County from 4 methane powered generators to six. Once the expansion is completed this month, the plant will have the capacity to produce up to 4.6 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power approximately 2,500 typical Kentucky homes. The expansion is expected to cost approximately $2.9 million. (Source: EKPC, 18 Aug., 2016) Contact: EKPC, Don Mosier, CEO, Bill Kennedy, Landfill Gas Manager, (859) 426-0849. www.ekpc.coop

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


Climate Affects Soil Carbon Levels, says Report (Int'l)

Date: 2016-08-22
In the Land Down Under, University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia researchers are reporting their discovery that that hot and dry climatic conditions can limit the organic carbon build up in soil, which can decrease crop productivity and limit measures to offset greenhouse emissions.

According to the researchers, soil can act as both a sink to store carbon from organic matter, or as a source contributing to greenhouse gas emissions as it releases CO2 into the atmosphere through the breakdown of organic matter. Building soil organic matter means more carbon is stored than lost in this delicate balance, resulting in an increase in the organic content of soil as well as serving to mitigate potential climate change issues from increased emissions. (Source: UWA, PhysOrg, 18 Aug., 2016) Contact: UWA School of Earth and Environment, Assoc. Prof. Frances Hoyle, Principle Researcher, francis.hoyle@uwa.edu.au, www.uwa.edu.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Soil Carbon,  


Natural Gas CO2 Emissions Projected to Top Coal Emissions in 2016 (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2016-08-22
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that as the number of natural gas plants has grown America's coal production fell - in 2016 - to its lowest level in 30 years. Even so, the increasingly heavy reliance on natural gas has exacted a toll. The energy-associated carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas are expected to top the CO2 emissions from coal for the first time more than 40 years, according to the EIA.

Coal's carbon intensity is about 82 pct higher than natural gas' carbon intensity. But natural gas is used not only in electricity but also for heating. In 2015, natural gas consumption for energy was 81 percent higher than coal consumption, bringing their CO2 emissions to a nearly equal footing. (Source: US EIA, Various Media. 17 Aug., 2016) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal.Natural Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  U.S. Energy Information Administration,  


US Wind Energy Prices at "Rock-Bottom Levels", says Berkeley Lab (Ind. Report)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date: 2016-08-22
According to a new US-centric wind energy report prepared by the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) , wind energy prices in the U.S. "are at rock-bottom levels" and continue to remain attractive to utility and commercial purchasers. the Wind Technologies Market Report confirmed several existing conclusions made in recent months about the US wind industry in 2015, and revealed several more. Prime among these conclusions is confirmation that wind prices are at an all time low, with newly built wind projects in the US averaging around 2¢/kWh thanks to technology advancements and cost reductions across the wind industry.

According to the report, total of $14.5 billion was invested into 8.6 GW of new wind energy capacity in 2015, accounting for 4 pct of all US generation capacity additions in 2015.

The report finds that technology advancements have increased the industry's overall performance, as structures become taller and more economically efficient, blades become more efficient, and the mechanics of a turbine similarly increase project performance. Increased rotor diameters are a particular technological improvement which is having a dramatic impact on wind project capacity. All this technological advancement has been paralleled by increases in the manufacturing process of the self-same technologies, which has helped drop wind turbine pricing by 20 pct to 40 pct. Wind projects built in 2015 had an average installed cost of $1,690/kilowatt(kW), down $640/kW from the temporary peak in 2009 and 2010.

Access the Wind Technologies Marketr Report HERE. (Source: Berkeley Lab, Aug., 2016) Contact: Berkeley Lab, Ryan Wiser, www,lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ,  Wind,  


NV Rooftop Solar Costs Non-Solar Homeowners $36Mn (Ind. Report)
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Date: 2016-08-22
According to a cost-benefit study on solar by Energy + Environmental Economics (E3), rooftop solar customers cost non-solar ratepayers in Nevada $36 million a year. The report also found an additional $15 million cost to grandfather existing net metering customers under the previous rate structure.

One of the main reasons for the extra cost burden was the decline in prices of utility-scale solar since 2014, rendering rooftop solar less cost-competitive; falling from $100/MWh in 2014 to $36/MWh in 2016. This decreases the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) value benefit by almost 95%, making self-generated electricity less economic, the study found, as did lower natural gas prices.

Access the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada Nevada Net Energy Metering Impacts Evaluation 2016 report HERE. (Source: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada , Aug., 2016) Contact: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, puc.nv.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Utilities Commission of Nevada,  Rooftop Solar,  


Diamond Claims Empire State's Largest Rooftop Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Diamond Properties
Date: 2016-08-22
Mount Kisco, New York-headquartered commercial developer and manager Diamond Properties reports it has doubled its solar energy portfolio by completing three major projects in metropolitan New York and Connecticut, including the largest rooftop solar system in New York.

The installations are part of an effort to reach at least 10 megawatts of solar-generated power from panels across the 44 properties owned by Diamond. The company has completed solar projects on seven of its buildings, generating a total of 7 MW of electricity. The most recent project is a 2.5 MW rooftop industrial building installation in West Nyack, which is reportedly the largest rooftop solar array in New York. Diamond Properties has to date invested over $20 million in its solar projects. (Source: Diamond Properties, Westfield Bus, Journal, 18 Aug., 2016)Contact: Diamond Properties, (914) 773-3388, http://dpmgt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News solar,  


Colorado Springs Utility Missing Energy Efficiency Goal (Ind. Report)
Colorado Spring Utilities
Date: 2016-08-22
In Colorado Springs, Colorado Spring Utilities reports its planned closure of the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant is now in question fue to the utility's apparent inability to meet its five-year conservation goal of cutting energy demand by 12 pct.

The utility plans to re-examine its existing energy efficiency and energy management programs as well as increase its renewable energy resources to help it meet its goal. New energy efficiency conservation and efficiency measures could include the use of more LED lights, smart thermostats and rebates. Other options, including C-PACE, the state's Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program that helps commercial and industrial customers finance building improvements that increase energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation. (Source: Colorado Springs Utilities, The Gazette, Washington Times, 20 Aug., 2016) Contact: Colorado Springs Utilities, Conservation and Environmental Center, Kenny Romero, Mgr. Renewable Energy, (719) 448-4800, www.csu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado Spring Utilities,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


SunEdison Yieldco TerraForm Seeking Purchaser (Ind. Report)
TerraForm,SunEdison
Date: 2016-08-22
Following on our July 27th Coverage, bankrupt SunEdison's yieldco TerraForm Power Inc. is reportedly seeking a purchaser for approximately 365 MW of solar farms in the U.K. Several companies are reported to be bidding for the 24-project portfolio, although few details are presently available. Citigroup Inc. is advising TerraForm on the sale, as previously reported by SparkSpread. SunEdison is also seeking a buyer for its controlling position in TerraForm which is also seeking a purchaser for itself.

Bethesda, Maryland-based TerraForm has assets in in the U.S., Canada, Chile and 376 megawatts of solar power in the U.K., as of June 30. (Source: TerraForm, Various Media, 19 Aug., 2016) Contact: SunEdison, (314) 770-7325, www.sunedison.com; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, information@terraform.com, www.terraform.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TerraForm,  SunEdison,  


Market Opportunities Aplenty as Adoption of "Green Chemistry" Grows, say BCC Research (Report Available)
BC Research
Date: 2016-08-22
The increasing demand for greener products, the growing need for cost-effective processing, cheaper feedstocks, and new product avenues are driving the commercialization of alternative chemical products, according to BCC Research's new report Alternative Chemical Products and Processing. According to the report, recent economic turmoil in the U.S. economy and the increased global demand for energy supplies and subsequent cost hikes in oil and gas also should spur significant growth rates.

Alternative chemical products include chemicals produced from biobased feedstocks, as well as end-use chemical products that incorporate both bio-based chemicals and green chemistry principles.

The total alternative U.S. chemical end-use product market should reach $149.9 billion and $884.1 billion in 2016 and 2026, respectively, reflecting a 10-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4%. Pharmaceuticals as a segment should increase from $27 billion in 2016 to $96.2 billion in 2026, growing at a 10-year CAGR of 13.5%. Alternative packaging products should reach $25 billion and $232.1 billion in 2016 and 2026, respectively, demonstrating a 10-year CAGR of 25%. The market for alternative cleaning and detergent products, estimated at $29.3 billion in 2016, should reach $158.7 billion in 2026 on a 10-year CAGR of 18.4%.

Rising fossil fuel feedstock costs and stricter environmental regulatory controls are incentivizing manufacturers to use green chemistry technologies to offset the large capital investment required to change and/or upgrade current equipment and facilities. For the chemical industry, the continuous change in environmental matters means not only new risks but also new business opportunities. Chemical producers now understand that preventing pollution makes as much business sense as spending less on raw materials and capturing more market share.

Alternative chemical products also offer the chemical industry new market opportunities in an otherwise stagnant marketplace dominated by big companies. In the alternative chemical segment, smaller players can compete with global conglomerates and gain market share quickly for specialty niche products. However, many dominant alternative chemical manufacturers are already making substantial footholds in these emerging markets.

Alternative Chemical Products and Processing report details and highlights are HERE. (Source: BC Research, 22 Aug., 2016) Contact: BC Research , www.bcresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Research news,  Biochemical news,  Biofuel news,  Green Chemical news,  


Transportation Sector Largest Source of Carbon Pollution in the U.S., says Frontier Group Report (Ind. Report)
Frontier Group
Date: 2016-08-19
For the first time since 1979, data from the U.S. Energy and Information Administration (EIA) shows that over the last 12 months, the U.S. transportation sector has produced more carbon pollution than any other sector of the economy -- including the electric power, industrial, residential, and commercial sectors.

Based on the moving 12-month total for April 2016 (latest available data), which sums monthly carbon pollution from May 2015 to April 2016, the transportation sector produced the greatest amount of carbon pollution when compared with each of the other sectors of the economy. This marks the third consecutive month where this has been the case.

Federal policymakers are now considering key steps that could help combat the problem. The U.S. DOT is currently considering new rules that may require localities to track, measure, and reduce carbon pollution from transportation sources.

Pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), U.S. DOT is required to issue a series of performance standards to provide greater accountability over our national transportation system and to ensure that local action is consistent with key national priorities. The last of these rules, those governing air pollution and congestion, are currently open for public comment and U.S. DOT is expected to release the final version of the rule by the end of the year.

A report from Frontier Group, A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System without Carbon Pollution indicates a variety of tools already available today that could make a zero-carbon transportation system possible. The tools outlined in the report include electrification of vehicles, increased use of shared-mobility services (car-sharing, bike-sharing, and ride-sharing), more and better public transportation, greater transit-oriented development, safe and walkable neighborhoods, ,smart pricing for roads and parking, and others.

A detailed summary of the A New Way Forward: Envisioning A Transportation System without Carbon Pollution report is available HERE. (Source: US EIA, Frontier Group, Aug., 2016) Contact: Frontier Group, (805) 730-1391, http://frontiergroup.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


$3.3Bn in Chinese Funding for 1,000-MW Egyptian Solar Project (Int'l)
Solar
Date: 2016-08-19
In Cairo, the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation , the Minister of Military Production , and the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy are reporting the July 27th signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese authorities for the funding, technology transfer and construction of a 1,000 MW solar "station" and silicon solar panel production facility in Egypt, according to the Daily News Egypt.

Under the terms of the agreement, the project will be implemented in two stages of 500 MW each which China will finance with $3.3bn in concessional financing. Startup dates and other details have not been revealed. (Source: Daily News Egypt, 19 Aug., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  


Aussie High-Rise Scores Top Energy Efficiency Rating (Int'l)
National Australian Built Environment Rating System
Date: 2016-08-19
In the Land Down Under, a new commercial high-rise building in Melbourne has become Australia's second 6-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy rated building. The building at 171 Collins Street is joint project between Cbus Property and Charter Hall and is the headquarters of the international mining giant BHP Billiton,

The NABERS 6 Star rated building emits 50 pct less greenhouse gases than a building with a 5-star rating, and saves over 1.3 million kilograms of CO2 annually. (Source: ProudGreenBuilding, One Step Off The Grid, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: National Australian Built Environment Rating System, www.nabers.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  


CEMEX Plants Score ENERGY STAR®® Certification (Ind. Report)
CEMEX USA
Date: 2016-08-19
In Houston, global building materials firm CEMEX USA reports that 5 of its cement plants -- Brooksville, Miami, Clinchfield, Fairborn and Victorville -- have achieved the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR® certification for 2016.

To qualify for certification, the plants had to perform among the top 25 pct of similar U.S. facilities for energy conservation and meet the technical requirements of the ENERGY STAR® Plant Energy Performance Indicators. Throughout the year, all of the recognized plants implemented energy conservation and monitoring technologies, promoted energy-efficiency awareness among employees and completed energy-reduction projects. (Source: CEMEX USA, 17 Aug., 2016) Contact: CEMEX USA, Ignacio Madridejos , Pres., Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799, www.cemexusa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CEMEX,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Russian Biofuel Market Association Launched (Int'l. Report)
Russian Timber Group
Date: 2016-08-19
In the USSR, the Russian Timber Group is reporting the establishment of the Association of Biofuel Market Participants (ENBIO). The new association is focused on the development of the woody-based energy industry and consolidation of the Russian bioenergy sector as a whole. ENBIO's founding members include the country's leading wood pellet producers and other industry related stakeholders.

According to the Russian Timber Group, ENBIO was organized to take advantage of the projected 15 pct annual growth rate of biofuel market both in Russia and abroad. (Source: Russian Timber Group, IHB, 17 Aug., 2016) Contact: Russian Timber Group, +7 (495) 662 3905, www.rusles.ru/eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


NATSO Against Efforts to Redefine RFS Obligated Party (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Association of Truck Stop Operators
Date: 2016-08-19
On Aug. 8, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATS) issued the following statement opposing efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to rack sellers.

"Changing the point of obligation would have the opposite effect of discouraging fuel marketers from integrating renewable fuels into the fuel supply while simultaneously raising prices at the pump."

NATSO stressed that it is important to remember that the entities seeking to shift the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance burden away from refiners have spent considerable resources in recent years to repeal the RFS. "Now, suddenly, they claim to have discovered the secret to making it more effective. Their claims today that they have identified an effective way to improve the efficiency and functionality of the program should be greeted with suspicion."

According to NATSO, it filed comments with the EPA in July detailing how fuel marketers, including its members, prefer the current point of obligation because it results in a more diverse source of supply from which they can acquire product and then sell it to their customers. The fact that some marketers have made money by buying and blending renewable fuel into the fuel supply demonstrates that the RFS is working, not failing, NATSO says. "The RFS was designed to create financial incentives for private actors to engage in behavior that policymakers have determined is beneficial for society at large. It has done this, and should be allowed to continue doing this.' (Source: National Association of Truck Stop Operators, Aug., 2016) Contact: National Association of Truck Stop Operators, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, www.natso.org

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


Final Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Standards Announced (Reg & Leg)
US DOT, US EPA
Date: 2016-08-19
The newly announced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles the U.S. EPA and DOT will take effect in 2018 and run through 2027.

The agencies estimate that the Phase 2 regulation will reduce CO2 emissions from the vehicles affected by 1 billion metric tons of over their lifetimes. When fully phased in, the benefits will be over 700,000 barrels of oil savings per day. There will be a net $200 billion in savings to fleets and society as a whole.

Phase 2 will require efficiency improvements in tractor trucks, pickups and vans, and vocational vehicles such as delivery trucks and buses. There are separate standards for tractor-truck and vocational-truck engines, and for the commercial trailers hauled by tractors. The trailer standards build on the successes of the voluntary SmartWay program and California's tractor-trailer greenhouse gas regulation and will require the increased deployment of fuel-saving technologies that have been proven to be cost-effective for fleets nationwide.

For tractor-trailers, which are responsible for the largest share of fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial vehicle sector, the Phase 2 standards require up to a 30 pct reduction in fuel use per mile compared to 2017 levels. The rule requires a 16 pct-19 pct efficiency improvement for vocational vehicles and 16 pct for heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans. (Source: EPA, DOT, Various Others, 16 Aug., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


Energy-related Nat. Gas CO2 Emissions Surpass Coal (Ind. Report)
EIA
Date: 2016-08-19
According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, energy-associated CO2 emissions from natural gas are expected to surpass those from coal for the first time since 1972. Although natural gas is less carbon-intensive than coal, increases in natural gas consumption and decreases in coal consumption over the past decade have resulted in natural gas-related CO2 emissions being 10 pct greater than those from coal in 2016.

The consumption of natural gas results in about 52 million metric tons of CO2 for every quadrillion British thermal units (MMmtCO2/quad Btu), while coal's carbon intensity is about 95 MMmtCO2/quad Btu; about 82 pct higher than natural gas's carbon intensity.

In 2015, natural gas consumption was 81 pct higher than coal consumption and their emissions were nearly equal. Both fuels were associated with about 1.5 billion metric tons of energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. in 2015. (Source: U.S. EIA, Oil Voice, 16 August 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Shasta County Calif. Woody Biomass Project Approved (Ind. Report)
Hat Creek Construction,
Date: 2016-08-19
In the Golden State, Shasta County Planning Commissioners have given a green light to the owner of Hat Creek Construction to build a new 9-acre woody biomass-to-energy facility in the town of Burney. The 3-MW biomass plant would convert locally sourced wood chips into energy which will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under the mandate of California Senate Bill 112 that requires corporations to source a specific amount of bioenergy megawatts statewide. (Source: Shasta County, Searchlight, 17 Aug., 2016) Contact: Shasta County Planning Commissioners www.co.shasta.ca.us; Hat Creek Construction, www.hatcreekconstruction.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass news,  Biomass news,  


Siemens Developing Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Program for Orem, Utah (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-08-17
Siemens Building Technologies Division in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, reports it has begun working on a comprehensive energy efficient infrastructure improvements for the city of Orem, Utah.

In its initial phase, the Siemens' performance contract will allow Orem to use new technologies to make necessary capital improvements and, at the same time, save the city an estimated $11.4 million in energy and operational costs and capital cost avoidance over 15 years.

The program's energy efficiency measures include upgrading 5,182 streetlights with LED bulbs, building automation modifications, HVAC enhancements, and building envelope improvements at select city-owned buildings. Future improvements may include upgrades to elevators, boilers, generators and water-saving technologies. (Source: Siemens Building Technologies Division , Bus. Wire, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: Siemens Building Technologies Division http://w3.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies/us/en/Pages/buildingtechnologiesusa.aspx; City of Orem, Jamie Davidson, City Mgr., www.orem.org


Army Completes $1Bn in Energy- Savings Projects (Ind. Report)
U.S. Army
Date: 2016-08-17
In the nation's capitol, the U.S. Army reports that In less than five years, it has engaged in 127 energy-saving projects with the private sector that now exceed $1 billion in investments under the Obama administration's Energy Savings and Performance-Based Contracting Investments Initiative .

The initiative called for all government agencys to to execute a total of $4 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects by the end of 2016. The Army's 127 projects have been undertaken as Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Service contracts at 52 installations. The army's projects represent one-third of all the federal government's current contributions to meeting the president's goal. The costs of the projects are paid back over time as the Army realizes savings from the improvements.

The Army, which is the government's largest utility consumer, currently leads all government agencies in the number of energy-saving contracts that it's been able to arrange in response to the challenge. (Source: US Army News, 11 Aug, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  U.S. Army,  


Wash. Univ. Researchers Investigating E-Coli Enzyme for Biofuel (R&D)
Washington University
Date: 2016-08-17
In St. Louis, Gayle Bentley, a doctoral student in the Department of Energy, Environment and Chemical Engineering at Washington University reports the discovery of a way to change an enzyme in some types of bacteria so that it produces compounds that act like those found in petroleum" Using biochemistry, Bentley altered bacteria so that it produces more of a fatty acid that can help make a very effective fuel that doesn't freeze in cold temperatures. The Wash U breakthrough could allow motorists to use fuel that's cleaner and more efficient than fossil fuels. Bacteria-derived fuel also could be put to wider uses than ethanol, which does not work for all engine types.

Bentley's research team has filed for a patent on the method. (Source: Washington University, St. Louis Public Radio, Aug., 2016) Contact: Washington University, Gayle Bentley, (314) 935-7671, gbentley@wustl.edu, www.wustl.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Enzyme,  


Electrovaya Launches 44Ah Lithium-Ion Cell (New Prod & Tech)
Electrovaya Inc
Date: 2016-08-17
Toronto-headquartered Electrovaya Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH is reporting the introduction of the next generation LITACELL™, LC-44. The LITACELL™ LC-44 offers higher energy density and delivers 44Ah in the same geometry as the 40 Ah LITACELL™ LC-40.

The LITACELL™LC-44 features extraordinary cycle and calendar life (up to 9000 cycles at 1C charge and 1C discharge at 100 pct Depth of Discharge), and unique safety properties due to the unparalleled stability of SEPARION™ flexible ceramic separator membrane, stringent quality standards and excellent pricing options.

The new model LC-44 is available to OEMs and battery pack integrators worldwide and first deliveries will be made this quarter, Q4 FY2016. (Source: Electrovaya, PR, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: Electrovaya, (905) 855-4618, sales@electrovaya.com, www.electrovaya.com; Litarion, Fritz Meuller, Marketing Dir., +49 3578 3735 9425, info@litarion.com, www.litarion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Electrovaya Inc.,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


CEC Awards $1.5Mn to Santa Monica Microgrid Project (Funding)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2016-08-17
In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has granted $1.5 million from the state's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, for planning and design of an advanced microgrid in the city of Santa Monica.

The Santa Monica project is being designed as a 25-acre "advanced energy community" where multiple private and public buildings on contiguous properties are integrated into a microgrid that uses renewables, energy storage, and EV charging and controls. The project aims to support the development of an advanced energy community, reduce financial and regulatory barriers, determine the best model for ownership and operation; identify the optimum portfolio of financing mechanisms; and the role the private sector can play.

Project partners include Southern California Edison and Worthe Real Estate Group. Vendors include Energy & Environmental Economics, the Regents of the University of California, ICLEI-USA, and others. (Source: MicroGrid Knowledge, California Energy Commission, 14 Aug., 2016)Contact: California Energy Commissions, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid,  California Energy Commission,  Microgrid,  Energy Storage,  


Green Choices Cut Corporate Carbon Footprints -- NREL Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NREL
Date: 2016-08-17
According to the the recently released Online Purchasing Creates Opportunities to Lower the Life Cycle Carbon Footprints of Consumer Products reports from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), companies can reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains and improve customer satisfaction simply by giving consumers information and tools to make green choices.

The report findings are drawn from a series of experiments designed to measure consumer preference of various approaches to making more environmentally friendly purchase decisions in online transactions. Researchers looked at methods of presenting carbon footprint information -- eco-labeling -- and the impact of offering consumers the option to add carbon offsets to their bills. The experiments found that by taking simple steps to gather and share emissions data at the point of purchase-and offering greener alternatives-vendors can increase the likelihood that consumers will make greener choices.

Access the Online Purchasing Creates Opportunities to Lower the Life Cycle Carbon Footprints of Consumer Products report HERE. (Source: NREL, 15 Aug., 2016) Contact: NREL, Doug Arent, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, Exec. Dir., Steven Isley, Report Author, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  NREL,  Carbon Emissions,  Green Energy,  


Alliant Sets New CO2 Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2016-08-17
Madison, Wis.-based utility holding company Alliant Energy, corporate parent of Interstate Power and Light in Cedar Rapids, reports it has set a new target for slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 pct over a 25-year period, from 2005 levels to 2030.

A company report shows Alliant Energy plans to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and mercury by 90 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 percent by the same year. The company has already slashed sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides by 68 pct from 2005 levels. Mercury emissions have been reduced by 70 pct and CO2 by 22 percent. Through 2015, Alliant Energy had reduced coal-fired generation by 30 percent. The company also has enough wind generation to provide electricity for 300,000 homes.

The full report is available HERE (Source: Alliant Energy, Cedar Rapids Gazette, 15 Aug., 2016) Contact: Alliant Energy, www.allaintenergy.com

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


Stanhope-Seta's Estercheck Checks Biodiesel Percentage in Minute or Less (New Prod & Tech)
Stanhope-Seta Ltd
Date: 2016-08-17
Chertsey, Surrey,U.K.-based Stanhope-Seta Ltd. is touting its Estercheck, a new handheld device to measure biodiesel content in fuel.

The Estercheck is recommended for fuel producers and blenders as well as storage and shipping firms to determine the precise volume of biodiesel in blends The new Estercheck testing instrument uses micro mid-range infrared built into a handheld measurement platform that uses a simple three-step test procedure. Results are provided in less than a minute with accuracy down to 0.2 pct biodiesel content. (Source: Stanhope-Seta Ltd Contact: Stanhope-Seta Ltd., Jess Lakin, Marketing, +44 (0) 1932 564 391, sales@stanhope-seta.co.uk, www.stanhope-seta.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  


Oilsands Emissions Cap Will Cost Alberta $250Bn with Little Impact on GHGs (Ind. Report)
Fraser Institute
Date: 2016-08-17
Capping carbon emissions in Alberta's oilsands will leave hundreds of billions of dollars in the ground while doing very little to reduce greenhouse gases, finds a new study released today by Canada's Fraser Institute.

The study, How Alberta's Carbon Emission Cap Will Reduce Oil Sands Growth, estimates the provincial government's proposed cap of 100 megatonnes of emissions will significantly reduce the industry's production potential by more than three billion barrels of oil cumulatively between 2025 and 2040. That will cost the economy more than $250 billion in lost production over the same time period, and result in a meagre 0.035 pct reduction in global GHG emissions by 2040. Current projections show oilsands operations could hit 100 megatonnes of emissions by 2025.

The study also finds capping emissions in the oilsands will, at most, only reduce carbon emissions by 236 megatonnes cumulatively between 2025 and 2040, and at a cost of $250 billion that equals more than $1,000 to abate just one tonne of emissions. By comparison, British Columbia currently prices carbon emissions at $30 per tonne.

The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of think-tanks in 87 countries. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research.

Access the How Alberta's Carbon Emission Cap Will Reduce Oil Sands Growth report HERE. (Source: Fraser Institute, PR, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: Fraser Institute, Ken Green, Senior Director of the Centre for Natural Resources,www.fraserinstitute.org.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraser Institute,  Oil Sands,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Emissions Cap,  Oilsand,  


Mexico Touts Carbon Emissions Cap-and-Trade Pilot Program (Int'l)
Mexico Cap-and-Trade,Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Date: 2016-08-17
In Mexico City, the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources reports it will launch a year-long simulation of a cap-and-trade program this November in a test run for a national carbon market expected to launch in 2018. As many as 60 companies are expected to voluntarily participate in The pilot program. certificates.

To fully roll out the program, the government will establish a cap on GHG emissions and verify the levels of CO2 equivalents that businesses report to a national emissions registry.

Last December, Mexico announced it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 22 pct by 2030 as part of the Paris climate agreement, and that it aimed to generate 50 pct of its energy from low-carbon sources by 2025. (Source: Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Reuters, Others, 15 Aug., 2016) Contact: Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning, +52 55 562 80600, www.semarnat.gob.mx

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


Scottish Gov. Retains Carbon Trust Triple Standard (Int'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2016-08-17
In Edinburgh, the government of Scotland reports it has been re-certified under the UK-headquartered Carbon Trust's Triple Standard for the third year running. According to the Carbon Trust, Scotland "is directly contributing to achieving sustainability ambitions it has set for the country by delivering year-on-year reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste from its own operations". Scotland is the only government in the world to hold Carbon Trust Triple Standard certification.

The three high profile standards require organizations to set measurable environmental targets, adhere to reporting best practices, and deliver independently verified reductions in their environmental impact year-on-year. The government's estate included in the re-certification includes approximately 70 buildings, one farm, surveillance aircraft and ships, all of which are monitored for energy, water and waste efficiency in line with the standards' requirements. The government has targeted a 30 pct emissions reduction by 2020 based on a 2009/10 baseline. As of 2014/5, emissions have been reduced by 14.3 pct falling just short of its interim target of a 15 pct cent by 2015. (Source: Carbon Trust, Business Green, Others, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: Carbon Trust, +44 (0) 20 7170 7000, www.carbontrust.com

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