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
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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, email@example.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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sgurrenergy.com
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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
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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
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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)
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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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency,
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
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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, email@example.com, https://web.byui.edu
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gpreinc.com; Abengoa, www.abengoa.com; Abengoa Bioenergy, www.abengoabioenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains, Abengoa, Ethanol,
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
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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
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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,
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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, email@example.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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; E.ON, Mark Frigo, E.ON's VP of Energy Storage North America. (503) 481-8622, email@example.com; TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, www.tep.com
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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
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Access the full 5 Common Mistakes in Wood Procurement … And How to Fix Them report
(Source: Ecostrat Inc., Aug., 2016) Contact: EcoStrat, (416) 968-8884, www.ecostrat.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.heartland.org
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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, email@example.com, www.energy-nest.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uwa.edu.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Soil Carbon,
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
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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,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory , Wind,
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
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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
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.terraform.com
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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
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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,
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)
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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
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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
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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
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"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
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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,
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)
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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
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)
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wustl.edu
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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, email@example.com, www.electrovaya.com; Litarion, Fritz Meuller, Marketing Dir., +49 3578 3735 9425, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.litarion.com
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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
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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
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.stanhope-seta.co.uk
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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.
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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
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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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