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Ameresco and City of Phoenix announce wastewater Biogas-to-Energy project
Ameresco, City of Phoenix
Date: 2016-08-16
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. and the City of Phoenix today announced a multi-million dollar wastewater treatment biogas project at the 91st Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Ameresco will design, build, own, operate and maintain (DBOOM) the innovative wastewater biogas-to-energy facility. The WWTP is owned by the Sub-Regional Operating Group (SROG) made up of Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe. The WWTP is operated by the City of Phoenix.

The 91st Ave biogas project, which is expected to be operational in late 2017, will process the raw biogas generated in the anaerobic digesters into renewable natural gas (RNG) that will be sold to the vehicle market through the natural gas pipeline grid. The biogas is a mixture of different gasses (mostly methane and carbon dioxide) produced through the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter that is delivered to the WWTP. With a project size of 3,250 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM) capacity, the project is expected to be largest of its kind in the nation.

This project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 45,000 tons per year, the equivalent of taking over 70,000 cars off the road or planting over 87,000 acres of tress every year.(Source: Ameresco, City of Phoenix, WaterWorld, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: Ameresco, Michael T. Bakas, Sr. VP, www.ameresco.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerseco news,  Biogas news,  Biopgas-to-Energy news,  


Merker Offshore Wind Farm Financing Completed (Int'l)
Partners Group Holding,nfraRed Capital Partner
Date: 2016-08-15
Bloomberg is reporting that the €1.6 billion 400-MW Merkur German North Sea offshore wind farm has achieved financial closure with a €250 million investment from Switzerland-based Partners Group Holding AG. Partners Group will hold 50 pct of the project while London-based InfraRed Capital Partners Infrastructure Fund III will take a 25 pct stake for €125 million. Belgium's Dredging Environmental & Marine Engineering NV, General Electric Co. and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency are also equity investors. WHhen fully operational, the project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 500,000 homes. (Source: swissinfo.ch, Partners Group Holding AG, Bloomberg, 12 Aug., 2016) Contact: Partners Group Holding, https://www.partnersgroup.com; nfraRed Capital Partner, https://ircp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


U.S. Methanol Plans West Virginia NGL Facilities (Ind. Report)
U.S. Methanol
Date: 2016-08-15
Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered U.S. Methanol is planning to develop two plants in West Virginia to produce methanol from natural gas, Kallanish Energy reports. The plant will tap into the Marcellus and Utica shales for natural gas, according to the U.S. Methanol website.

The first phase of the plan calls for the acquisition and relocation of an existing 58.1 million gpy methanol facility to West Virginia. The relocated "new" plant will by named Liberty No. 1 and is expected to begin production later this year. The company is also planning Liberty No. 2 at an undisclosed West Virginia location.

The facility's methanol production is aimed at the North American market. Few details are presently available. (Source: US Methanol, Website, Kallanish Energy, August 11, 2016) Contact: U.S. Methanol, (888) 772-9930, www.usmeoh.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Methanol,  Methanol,  


Independent Petroleum Assoc. Comments on New EPA Methane Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Independent Petroleum Association of America
Date: 2016-08-15
Following final decisions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the regulation of methane emissions, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has issued strong criticism of the new rule, filing suit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and submitting a formal request to the EPA for administrative reconsideration of the new regulations.

"Independent producers were forced to file these two actions against EPA because we found significant elements of the agency's new regulatory scheme to be excessive, uneconomic, and threatening to the long-term production of oil and natural gas in the United States without corresponding environmental benefits. " IPAA Exec. VP Vice President Lee Fuller said. “After more than a year of trying to communicate industry's concerns to the EPA on the economic burdens associated with this new rule, during an already economically challenging time for the industry, independent producers were compelled to pursue legal pathways since the final rule omits flexibility for smaller, independent companies," said APAA Exec. VP Lee Fuller .

The IPAA, along with a coalition group, also penned formal comments on the new rule in response to an information-gathering request by the EPA, in which the IPAA urged the EPA to consider the full situation facing U.S. oil and gas, taking into consideration all data currently available. (Source: IPAA, 8 Aug., 2016) Contact: IPAA, Lee Fuller, Exec. VP, (202) 857-4722, www.ippa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Independent Petroleum Association of America,  Methane ,  


"Endangerment" Triggers EPA Aviation Emission Standards (Reg & Leg]
ICCT,EPA
Date: 2016-08-12
Reuters is reporting that the EPA's recent "endangerment finding" requires the agency to implement greenhouse gas emission standards for U.S. aircraft. Air traffic accounts for 11 pct of U.S. transportation GHG emissions and is one of the largest sources of emissions not presently regulated.

The EPA's regulations would likely be aligned with global standards that are being developed by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Although estimates for carbon emission reductions from applying the new standards vary widely, many industry players suggest that emissions could be reduced by as much as 650 million tonnes between 2020 and 2040. Meanwhile, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) projects that the standard would require new aircraft to cut emissions by as little as 4 pct over 12 years. (Source: Daily Mail, ICCT, ICAO, Others, Aug., 2016) Contact: International Council on Clean Transportation, (202) 534-1600, www.theicct.org; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICCT,  ICAO,  EPA,  Aviation Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Whole Foods Touts Hydrocarbon-CO2 Refrigeration (Ind. Report)
Whole Foods
Date: 2016-08-12
US high-end and specialty food retailer Whole Foods Market Group reports the installation of R290-CO2 commercial refrigeration system at a store in Santa Clara, California. The cascade system will eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration, thereby preventing over 7,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent compared to a comparable HFC system.

The cascade system uses propane to condense the CO2 which is then used in limited amounts to provide cooling. The Whole Foods installation also captures heat generated by the refrigeration process and uses it for space heating and to preheat water for in store hot water use. (Source: Whole Foods Market Group, Hydrocarbons21, 10 Aug., 2016) Contact: Whole Foods Market Group, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Refridgerant Gas,  CO2,  


Super Fast Flywheel Energy Storage Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Lancaster University
Date: 2016-08-12
In Ghana, Lancaster University is reporting that engineering undergraduate, Abigail Carson, has invented a new design for a flywheel energy storage (FES) through a self-proposed project as part of her MEng degree. Carson's devise retains energy kinetically in a levitated floating mass. The rotor, which can be made from composites such as carbon fibre, is permanently levitated as opposed to electromagnetically and requires no additional control mechanisms and so does not need maintenance or user input.

From simulations and calculations, Carson's design can easily rotate at 144,000 rpm, making it faster and more powerful than most designs which spin at approximately 60,000 rpm.

Carson's patented design is the size of a soccer ball and has the potential to be scaled-up for industrial applications using multiple individual units on the same network. Carson is presently seeking investors and investment opportunities. (Source: Lancaster University, Renewable Energy Focus, ESI Africa, 9 Aug., 2016) Contact: Lancaster University-Ghana, www.lancaster.ac.uk/ghana

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  


PV Energy Contracts for Major Caribbean Solar Installations (Int'l)
PV Energy Ltd
Date: 2016-08-12
Following on our Dec. 4, 2015 coverage, in the sunny Caribbean, the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda reports it has contracted with UK-based PV Energy Ltd to construct both large-scale and rooftop solar arrays with energy storage units across the island nation.

The move to renewable energy is part of the government's commitment to gain energy independence and to meet its emissions target.

PV Energy previously signed a contract with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to supply 10 MWp of solar facilities to the islands. An agreement to equip over 50 schools and public building with PV roof top installation is also within this contract. (Source: PV Energy, PV Mag., Others, 9 Aug., 2016) Contact: PV Energy Ltd, +44 20 7629 33 66, info@pvenergyltd.com, www.pvenergyltd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Energy Ltd.,  Solar,  Solar Energy Storage ,  


NYSERDA Offers $16Mn in Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2016-08-12
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability $16 million to support the design and construction of new energy-efficient housing and to complete similar improvements in existing buildings statewide.

Approximately $8 million will be offered to developers and builders of low-rise housing, including single-family homes and multi-unit buildings through NYSERDA's Low-rise Residential New Construction program. The other $8 million will be available to mid- and high-rise housing developers and builders through NYSERDA's Multifamily New Construction Program. Both programs support the incorporation of increased insulation and improved air-sealing; high-efficiency heating, cooling, and balanced ventilation systems; energy-saving appliances and lighting; high-performance windows and doors; renewable energy and other energy efficiency measures.

NYSERDA's Clean Energy Fund is a 10-year, $5.3 billion program to support clean energy market development and innovation. (Source: NYSERDA, TimesUnion, 8 Aug., 2016) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


MWDSC Goes Solar to Offset Power, Costs and CO2 (Ind. Report)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Date: 2016-08-12
In the Golden State, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC) is reporting the activation of two separate solar arrays with 10,780 sun-tracking panels at the district's water treatment plant in La Verne. The 3-MW solar installation covering 15.5 acres will generate about 6.5 million kWh of renewable energy a year, offsetting nearly half of the plant's energy demands.

The two separate solar fields feature a total of 539 sun-tracking stations, each supporting a string of 20 315-watt panels. Each panel weighs nearly 60 pounds and generates up to 600 kWh of electricity a year.

The switch to solar is expected to eliminate more than 1,900 tpy of CO2. The $10.5 million solar plant will receive approximately $1 million in rebates from the California Solar Initiative Program . (Source: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, PR, Bus. Wire, 9 Aug., 2016) Contact: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6i39, www.mwdh2o.com; California Solar Initiative Program, www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Missouri Pilot Tests Solar Roadways' Panels (Ind. Report)
Missouri Department of Transportation,Solar Roadways
Date: 2016-08-12
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)reports it is partnering with Sand Point, Idaho-based Solar Roadways to install and help test the company's solar panels on a 12-foot-by-20-foot area of the main sidewalk at the Historic Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway, Mo.

The $102,000 pilot project will test Solar Roadway's hexagon-shaped panels fare in real weather conditions to see how effective the panels will be at melting winter snow and ice. The pilot project will also test the LED lights in the panels as a potential replacement for traditional pavement stripes. Officials will also be monitoring the amount of energy produced and looking at how that can be used to help power the Welcome Center and offset running costs. The solar panels will be installed in late September. (Source: Mo. DOT, Solar Roadways, SI, 9 Aug., 2016) Contact: Missouri Department of Transportation, www.modot.org; Solar Roadways, Scott and Julie Brusaw, www.solarroadways.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Roadways,  


HECO Reports First "Self-Supply" Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2016-08-10
In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) reports that the island of Oahu's first "self-supply" residential rooftop solar energy storage system has been activated in Honolulu. Self-supply systems utilize batteries to store excess power rather than send it to the to grid.

According to a press release, HECO has been working with SolarCity, Sunrun, Vivint Solar and RevoluSun on developing self-supply systems.

In late 2015, the Hawaiian PUC replaced the solar net energy metering incentive with with a grid supply system allowing customers to send solar power to the grid for a reduced credit capped at 35-MW. (Source: HECO, Honolulu Star, Others, 4 Aug., 2016) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Alan Oshima, Pres., www.hawaiianelectric.com, hawaiianelectric.com/clean-energy-hawaii/going-solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


$81Mn Mobilized in 2015 to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l. Report)
2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance
Date: 2016-08-10
The 2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance is reporting that in 2015 the world's six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) jointly mobilized a total of $81 billion in climate change fighting project financing. This included $25 billion of MDBs' direct climate finance, combined with a further $56 billion from other investors.

The report shows that MDBs delivered over $20 billion for climate change mitigation activities and $5 billion for adaptation. Mitigation activities involve the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency measures and the use of clean, renewable energy sources, while adaptation measures reduce climate vulnerability and increase resilience to climate change through, for example, investing in climate-resilient land-use and water resource management. Since 2011, MDBs have jointly committed more than $131 billion in climate finance, the report adds.

Moving forward, the report notes that the MDBs will scale up climate finance activities across multiple sectors, in particular in renewable energy and energy efficiency; low-carbon and climate-resilient cities, regions and industries; low-carbon transport; natural resource efficiency; and climate-smart agriculture and food security. These efforts will help countries meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement, moving to a low-carbon, more resilient future.

The report was prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with MDB partners: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG), and the World Bank Group (WBG). (Source: Asian Development Bank, 2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance, Sputnil Int'l, Aug, 2016) Contact: Asian Development Bank, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate CHange,  Climate Finance,  Climate CHange Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  Asian Development Bank,  


Dubai Doubling Building Energy Efficiency by 2030 (Int'l)
UN Building Efficiency Accelerator
Date: 2016-08-10
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) reports it will double the country's building energy efficiency by 25-50 pct and has joined the United Nation's Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) partnership to help it achieve its goal. Building efficiency policies can result in energy demand reductions of 25-50 per cent, for both new and existing buildings, saving money and reducing pollution.

According to DSCE, Dubai is one of 12 new cities to join the 23 BEA programme member cities and, by joining BEA, now has access to a global network of businesses, government organizations and technical experts in building energy efficiency.

BEA supports local collaboration and planning to improve buildings, lower energy costs and make people more comfortable and productive both at home and in the workplace. BEA's initiatives and building efficiency measures include updating policies and building codes, developing more creative techniques to enhance efficiency, rehabilitation of existing buildings such as hospitals, schools, and government buildings, as well as setting regulations for energy use within buildings. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, MENAFN-Khaleej Times, Others, 8 Aug., 2016) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/default.aspx; Building Efficiency Accelerator, http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/building/building-efficiency-accelerator-platform

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


Demand Energy Wins ConEdison Load Reduct. Contract (Ind. Report)
Demand Energy,ConEdison
Date: 2016-08-10
Liberty, Washington-based intelligent energy storage specialist Demand Energy reports it was a successful bidder in Consolidated Edison's first-ever auction to provide critical load relief on peak power days in New York City.

Demand Energy expects the multiple megawatts of energy storage installation, controlled by its Distributed Energy Network Optimization System (DEN.OS) intelligent software platform, in Brooklyn and Queens, to be fully operational in 2017.

The projects will be part of Con Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program, the largest and most comprehensive non-wires alternative distribution project in the country. The goal is to delay the need for a new $1.2 billion substation, largely using demand-side resources such as energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response. (Source: Demand Energy, PR, 8 Aug., 2016) Contact: Demand Energy, Doug Stalker, VP, (509) 255-7150, support@demand-energy.com, www.demand-energy.com; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Demand Energy,  Demand Response,  ConEdison,  


Amyris Announces Cellulose-Derived Farnesene R&D Contract (R&D)
Amyris, Inc
Date: 2016-08-10
Emeryville, California-headquartered industrial biosecience specialist Amyris Inc. reports it has won a three-year multi-million dollar US DOE contract to further the manufacturing of cellulose-derived farnesene for biofuels. Amyris will work in cooperation with Renmatix and Total New Energies USA to develop a manufacturing-ready process utilizing wood as the cellulosic feedstock to produce farnesene, a hydrocarbon building block used to manufacture a variety of products ranging from cosmetics to detergents, as well as base oils, lubricants, diesel and jet fuel.

The project aims to produce a farnesene that is cost competitive farnesene produced from sugarcane syrup. (Source: Amyris, StreetInsider, Others, 8 Aug., 2016) Contact: Amyris, John Melo, CEO, (510) 450-0761, www.amyris.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amyris Inc.,  farnesene,  Cellulosic,  


Biofuel Advocates Celebrate 11th Anniversary of the RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
RFS,Fuels America,Novozymes
Date: 2016-08-10
"Our government challenged the biofuels industry to produce the world's cleanest, most affordable and sustainable fuel for cars and trucks. We delivered -- and America continues to benefit," said Adam Monroe, president, Americas, Novozymes North America Inc. "The RFS is a proven winner: it grows communities with hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs; saves American drivers money and keeps billions of their dollars in the US versus going to the Middle East; and fights climate change by preventing millions of tons of carbon emissions from getting into our air. Let's not roll back a winner; let's let it work to its full potential. We urge the administration to maximize renewable fuel production."

"This is a good opportunity to remind the EPA that the RFS is designed to get stronger over time, delivering a greater share of renewable energy into our fuel mix," said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. "The agency has proposed cutting RFS targets for 2017, which would needlessly undermine eleven years of progress toward a cleaner environment and a healthier, more secure America. Ethanol producers, retailers and the current auto fleet are 100 percent capable of providing consumers with a true choice at the pump, and now is certainly not the time to roll back the clock. EPA must get the program back on track and deliver on the promise of new, more affordable options for consumers."

"Passage of the 2005 Energy Policy Act could not have been possible were it not for the cooperation between the ethanol, agriculture and oil sectors," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. "The oil industry needed an off ramp from the use of MTBE, which was polluting groundwater across the country, and the ethanol industry needed a growth path if farmers were ever to realize the promise of value-added markets. Every stakeholder cheered the passage of this groundbreaking legislation, and it was an immediate success. MTBE disappeared as a gasoline additive, investments in U.S. biofuel production soared, farmers saw increased demand for their commodities allowing Congress to dramatically cut farm program costs, consumers saw pump prices fall as ethanol displaced more expensive oil, and carbon emissions from the transportation sector fell precipitously. All of those benefits continue to this day."p> "The RFS guarantees America's leadership in the global transition to ethanol, which has cut world-wide carbon emissions 589 million metric tons over the past decade," said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association. "“And thanks to innovation in U.S. agriculture, we are growing more crops on less land than we cultivated when the RFS was first enacted."

"Simply put, the RFS is delivering on its promise," said Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council. "Almost every gallon of gasoline in the country now contains renewable fuel. Consumers are gaining access to new biofuel blends that reduce pump prices, increase octane, deliver better performance, and replace cancer-causing gasoline additives like benzene. With cellulosic Biofuels -- the lowest carbon motor fuel in the world -- now coming online, the RFS is driving innovation like we have never seen before in the transportation fuel sector." (Source: Fuels America, Others, August 8, 2016) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, www.advancedbiofuels.org; National Corn Growers Association, www.ncga.com; Novozymes, www.novozymes.com; Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, CEO, (202) 269-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Novozymes,  Fuels Amercia,  NCGA,  


Vietnam Seeking Paris COP21 Commitment Solutions (Int'l)
COP21, Climate CHange
Date: 2016-08-10
In Hanoi, the Vietnam News Agency reports that the Viet Nam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, should undertake a variety of climate change related investments in its planned implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

According to the Ministry, it is necessary to establish an investment strategy for the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), a term used under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that all countries that signed the UNFCC were asked to publish in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference last December in Paris.

The Ministry stresses that climate change solutions should focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, resource development, and the need to ensure transparency and complete relevant policies and institutions. (Source: VietNam News Agency, Aug. 9, 2016) Prof. , Contact: Vietnam National Committee on Climate Change, Dr. Tran Thuc, VP, thongtinchinhphu@chinhphu.vn, http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/strategies/strategiesdetails?categoryId=30&articleId=10051283

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  UNFCCC,  Green Climate Fund,  Climate Change,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  


SWEB Nova Scotian Wind Farm Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
SWEB Development LP
Date: 2016-08-08
SWEB Development LP is reporting the completion of a 6 MW wind project near Hardwood Lands, Hants County, Nova Scotia -- the last of four community feed-in tariff projects installed by Scotian Wind in 2016.

The facility utilizes three Vestas V100 turbines to generate sufficient electric power for 1,88 homes. All power is connected to the local electrical distribution network in Hants County. The project, which has a power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power, is expected to be grid connected within weeks. (Source: SWEB, Various Media, 3 Aug., 2016) Contact: SWEB Developments Inc., Stuart Lawrie, CEO, Ray Cantwell, Dev. Mgr., (902) 431-0564, www.swebdevelopment.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News SWEB Development LP,  Scotian Wind,  Wind,  


Amazon Dam CDM Carbon Credit Eligibility Questioned (Int'l)
Green Peace,Brazil's National Institute for Amazonian Research
Date: 2016-08-08
Philip Fearnside, a hydropower dam expert from Brazil's National Institute for Amazonian Research (Inpa), has criticized a scheme that allows companies building dam projects in the Brazilian Amazon to claim carbon credits (CERs).

The Brazilian authorities claim dams are "zero emissions" and should be eligible to receive credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Inpa and Fearnside disagree and argue that dams actually emit large amounts of the potent GHG methane from rotting underwater vegetation and thus raise overall GHG emissions.

According to its state-owned electricity company Eletrobras, the Brazilian government plans to build more than 297 dams nationwide creating a "chain of reservoirs" covering about 65 pct of the Brazilian Amazon.

And now, dam builders are moving to apply for CDM credits supposedly mitigated by the "zero emissions" dams. However the move by dam builders is unusual because it often comes after the projects have been approved while the CDM technically doesn't allow carbon credits to be requested after the project is built. This is because the project should reduce emissions more than would have occurred without the CDM intervention. (Source: Green Peace, 3 Aug., 2016) Contact: Brazil National Institute for Amazonian Research, portal.inpa.gov.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Green Peace,  CDM,  


DONG Reports Rising Profits on Falling Sales Post IPO (Ind. Report)
DONG Energy
Date: 2016-08-08
Danish wind energy giant DONG Energy is reporting a rise in profits but a drop in sales in the wake of its recent IPO which saw its valuation climb to $16.5 billion.

In its first financial earnings report since its IPO, DONG reported net profits of DKK 6.4 billion for the first half of 2016, up DKK 3.6 billion on H1'2015. Sales for the second quarter hit DKK 16,420 million, down DKK 4,171 million on the previous quarter, and down on the same quarter of the previous year. (Source: DONG Energy, Various Media, Aug. 5, 2016) Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


LAX Wins Awarded $4Mn to Cut Airport Ground Emissions (Funding)

Date: 2016-08-08
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners reports that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will receive approximately $4 million in FAA funding for a project that will reduce airport ground emissions. The funding is part of the FAA Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program, created by Congress in 2004 to help airports meet emissions requirements under the Clean Air Act.

The grant will partially fund a $6.5 million 400Hz electrical ground power units at aircraft parking slots. Aircraft parked at these slots will draw power from the airport’s electrical supply instead of running the planes' onboard auxiliary power or diesel ground power unit. (Source: LAX, 4 Aug., 2016) Contact: LAX, www.lawa.org; FAA Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program, http://www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/vale/


BREEAM Issues U.S. Focused Green Building Manuel (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council,BREEAM
Date: 2016-08-08
The leading UK green-building rating system, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), reports the issuance of a new, US market focused technical manual for BREEAM USA In-Use.

BRE America, the partnership between the UK's BRE Group and BuildingWise, the U.S.-based LEED certification consultancy, says the release of the technical manual brings BREEAM closer to full deployment in America.

BREEAM USA In-Use focuses on the 5.6 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S that are not currently benchmarking their sustainability efforts using a "scientifically-based green building certification," such as LEED for Existing Buildings. (Source: BREEAM, PR, Environmental Leader, ProudGreenBuilding, 8 Aug., 2016) Contact: BREEAM America, Barry Giles,CEO, Niall Trafford, COO, www.bre.co.uk; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  BREEAM,  Building Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  


DRAX Biomass Scores SCS Global SBP Certification (Ind. Report)
DRAX Biomass,Sustainable Biomass Partnership
Date: 2016-08-08
In the UK, DRAX Biomass Inc. reports it has received the first Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SPB) certificates issued by SCS Global Services, a global third-party certifier, for its Morehouse BioEnergy and Amite BioEnergy wood pellet manufacturing facilities. The SBP certification program is the world's foremost standard for sustainable woody biomass production for use in industrial, large-scale energy production.

The DRAX Biomass Amite and Morehouse facilities are each equipped to produce up to 450,000 metric tpy of wood pellets from locally-sourced yellow pine forest scraps and residue woodchips. (Source: DRAX Biomass, 3 Aug., 2016) Contact: DRAX Biomass, Pete Madden, Pres., CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com www.draxbiomass.com; SBP, Carsten Huljus, CEO, +44 (0) 131 226 4665, www.sustainablebiomasspartnership.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  DRAX Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Sustainable Biomass Partnership,  


Maine Panel Assessing Aid for Biomass Industry (Ind. Report)
Maine Biomass
Date: 2016-08-08
In Augusta, a commission of Maine State legislators, energy regulators and other stakeholders is meeting to assess the economic and environmental impacts of the Pine Tree State's struggling biomass industry.

The panel was created by the Legislature, which also authorized a $13.5 million, two-year bailout package intended to benefit a few of the state's six biomass plants and the woody biomass and wood products industry. The bailout has been widely criticized because it uses taxpayer funds to offset the impact on electricity ratepayers, and because biomass is criticized as inefficient and outdated. The commission is expected issue its report before the year end. (Source: MPBN, Others, 5 Aug., 2016)

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


OpTerra Energy Services Expands in Sacramento (Ind. Report)
OpTerra Energy
Date: 2016-08-05
OpTerra Energy Services, a division of the global energy services corporation ENGIE, reports it has expanded its Sacramento presence to spur the advancement of regional sustainability efforts through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and power reliability projects for clients in the public and private sectors.

Opterra offers a broad suite of energy efficiency technologies and service solutions, including LED street lighting, HVAC upgrades, water conservation measures, solar power, and battery storage, and also provides post-construction maintenance, monitoring, and guaranteed energy savings services as well as integrating direct community engagement and education opportunities into the scope of large-scale energy technology upgrades. (Source: OpTerra, PR, 1 Aug., 2016) Contact: OpTerra, John Mahoney, CEO, Lani Wild, Communications Manager, (415) 735-9080, www.opterraenergy.com

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


Bay State Legislation Calls for Increased Renewables, Energy Storage (Reg & Leg)
Massachusetts Renewable Energy
Date: 2016-08-05
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Legislature submitted a compromise energy bill to Gov. Charles Baker for signature. The bill, H.4568, requires the state to purchase significantly more energy from offshore wind and other renewable sources. The bill, H.4568, requires Massachusetts to solicit long-term contracts to procure 1,600 MW of offshore wind power. That figure is halfway between the 1,200 MW proposed by the House and the 2,000 MW proposed by the Senate. The bill would also require the state to solicit long-term contracts for 1,200 MW of hydropower and/or other renewables. The bill includes provisions for the increased use of energy storage technology. (Source: Various Media Sources, MassLive, 1 August, 2016)

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Nordex Nails Brazilian 22 Turbine, Tower Contract (Int'l Report)
Nordex,EDF Energies Nouvelles
Date: 2016-08-05
The Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind energy giant Nordex Group reports it will supply and install 22 AW125/3000 turbines for EDF Energies Nouvelles' 66MW Ventos da Bahia I wind farm developed by Sowitec in eastern Brazil. The company will deliver 10 AW125/3000s with 120-metre concrete towers and 12 more with 100-metre concrete towers.

Since its 2015 merger with Acciona, Nordex has been operating two concrete tower factories and one nacelle production plant in Brazil, according to Nordex. (Source: Nordex, Various Media , 1 Aug., 2016) Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com; EDF Energies Nouvelles, Jean-Bernard Levy, Pres., CEO, +33 (0) 40 90 48 22, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com

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Owensboro Grain, Accelergy Launching OG&A BioSpecialties (Ind. Report)
Owensboro Grain, Accelergy Corp
Date: 2016-08-05
Kentucky-headquartered Owensboro Grain LLC and Houston-based Accelergy Corp. report they are partnering to create OG&A BioSpecialties LLC, a company that will commercialize and market soy-based lubricants, solvents and waxes. Production is expected to start in 2017.

Accelergy is a global leader in the production of direct replacement, low carbon, synthetic distillate liquids and transportation fuels at a lower cost to both the environment and to the consumer. Accelergy uses domestic, carbon-based resources such as natural gas and biomass to produce cost-competitive liquids with a reduced CO2 footprint compared to traditional petroleum based products. Production is expected to start in 2017. (Source: Owensboro Grain, Messenger Inquirer, 1 Aug., 2016) Contact: Owensboro Grain LLC, (270) 926-2032, www.owensborograin.com; Accelergy Corp., John Rockwell, CEO, (281) 944-3680, www.accelergy.com

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SunShot Supports LLNL Solar Efficiency Project (Funding)
SunShot,LLNL
Date: 2016-08-05
The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has awarded $1.75 million in funding to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing in support of its collaboration with Giant Leap Technologies. Together, LLNL and Giant Leap will produce capillary optics to enable the installation of inexpensive digital glass panels to replace costly mechanical sun trackers and boost the efficiency of solar energy sites.

The SunShot Initiative is focused on the development of innovative solar technologies that will make it possible for solar energy to be cost competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. SunShot supports companies, universities and national laboratories, funding solar research projects. (Source: DOE SunShot, Daily Energy Insider, 2 Aug., 2016) Contact: Sun Shot Initiative, www.eere.energy.gov/sunshot: LLNL, Jeff Roberts, Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Security, (925) 422-1100, www.llnl.gov

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ERG Renew Borrows €42Mn for Wind Portfolio Refinancing (Int'l)
ERG Renew
Date: 2016-08-05
ERG Renew, the renewable energy unit of ERG SpA, reports it has secured €42 million ($46.8 million) to refinance a 63.4-MW portfolio of 6 French wind farms which it purchased from Macquarie European Infrastructure for approximately €72 million.

UniCredit Bank AG served as a lender and mandated lead arranger for the financing, which has a tenor of 9.5 years, according to ERG Renew. (Source: ERG Renew, Various Media, SeeNews, 3 Aug., 2016) Contact: ERG Renew, Investor Relations, +39 010 240 1806, ir@erg.eu, www.erg.eu

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Z Energy Set to Begin Biodiesel Production Production (Int'l.)
Z Energy
Date: 2016-08-05
Following on our June 6th coverage, Auckland-based fuel wholesaler Z Energy Ltd. reports that the country's first commercial-scale biodiesel plant has received its first delivery of inedible tallow feed-stock and expects to begin biodiesel production within weeks.

Z Energy's $26 million, 20 million lpy biodiesel plant is presently in the commissioning phase and will start producing high quality, sustainable biodiesel later this month. The plant's biodiesel production will be supplied as a biodiesel / mineral diesel blend to commercial and retail customers across much of the country's North Island. (Source: ZEnergy Ltd., PR, Scoop Media, 2 August., 2016) Contact: Z Energy, David Binnie, GM, general@z.co.nz, www.z.co.nz

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Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Global Wind Turbine Vendors -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2016-08-05
According to the Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Global Wind Turbine Vendors report, the global wind market is one of the fastest growing energy markets in the world. In 2015, 63.1 GW of wind power capacity was added globally -- a 23.2 pct increase from the 51.2 GW installed in 2014. On a cumulative basis, global wind power capacity grew to 434.1 GW by the end of 2015 and is projected by Navigant Research to reach 705.5 GW by the end of 2020.

Various drivers support this market, including supportive government policies, demands from power markets for clean and diversified power generation, and constantly evolving wind turbines that are providing increasingly cost-effective wind generation. The rapid scale-up of wind turbine technology over the past decade has resulted in more efficient machines and a sophisticated large-scale supply chain. In an increasingly competitive wind market, today's wind turbine OEMs have to constantly progress and meet or exceed expectations in a range of criteria to thrive now and in the future.

This report examines the strategy and execution of 12 OEMs active in the global wind turbine market. The vendors are rated on their: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; geographic reach; sales & marketing; global market share, 2015 capacity; product quality & reliability; product portfolio; cumulative installations and staying power. The vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked to provide an objective assessment of their relative strengths and weaknesses in the global wind turbine market. The top 10, as identified by the report are: Vestas, GE Energy, Siemens, Gamesa, Eneron, Senvion, Nordex, Goldwind, Suzlon and Envision.

Report details are available HERE. (Source: Navigant, Aug., 2016) Contact: Navigant Research, (303) 997-7609, www.navigantresearch.com

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Alberta to Have Canada's Most Stringent Carbon Pricing Regime, says Ecofiscal Commission (Ind. Report)
Ecofiscal Commission
Date: 2016-08-05
By 2020, According to a new report by Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, oil soaked Alberta will have Canada's the most stringent carbon pricing policy by 2020. The Montreal-headquartered Ecofiscal Commission is an independent economics organization formed in 2014 by a group of Canadian economists seeking to broaden the discussion of environmental pricing reform beyond the academic sphere and into the realm of practical policy application.

The report used five metrics to compare the stringency of carbon pricing policies existing (or soon to exist) in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. The metrics were: quantity of emissions reduced; marginal price of carbon; average cost of carbon; coverage-weighted carbon price; and trade-adjusted carbon price.

The Commission found that, based on the marginal price alone, the most stringent policy is currently that followed in British Columbia, with Alberta expected to reach British Columbia's level by 2018. "Market prices of carbon in Ontario and Quebec are projected to remain lower for the next several years, though they will likely increase over time as the emissions cap gradually declines," the commission report concluded.

British Columbia and Alberta operate a carbon tax and carbon levy, respectively, and the Albertan Government has proposed the introduction of a Carbon Competitiveness Regulation. Ontario and Quebec run (linked) cap-and-trade systems. (Source: Ecofiscal Commission, TaxNews, 3 Aug., 2016) Contact: Ecofiscal Commission, Chris Ragan, Chair, (416) 825-1474, chair@ecofiscal.ca, www.ecofiscal.ca

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A European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility -- EU Commission Report Attached (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2016-08-05
Low-emission mobility is an essential component of the broader shift to the low-carbon, circular economy needed for Europe to stay competitive and be able to cater to the mobility needs of people and goods. Transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. Eu rope's answer to these challenges is an irreversible shift to low-emission mobility in terms of carbon and air pollutants. The ambition is clear: by mid-century, greenhouse gas emissions from transport will need to be at least 60% lower than in 1990 and be firmly on the path towards zero.

Transport has much greater potential than in the past to contribute towards reducing the EU's emissions, as we have committed to do under the Paris Agreement on climate change and in line with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The shift towards low-emission mobility has already started globally and its pace is accelerating. It offers major opportunities. It is an opportunity for European car manufacturers to modernise, embrace new technologies more strongly and regain the trust of consumers. It is also an opportunity for other industries and manufacturers to drive global standards and export their products. It is also an opportunity for innovative energy companies and service providers, as well as for investors to contribute to sustainable growth and provide new jobs. This shift has already started, building on existing EU policies.

The Action Plan lists those actions this Commission plans to take subject to better regulation principles and processes so as to ensure any measures proposed will be evidence-based, effective, efficient, proportionate and in full respect of subsidiarity. Through its initiatives, the EU will create enabling conditions and provide strong incentives for low-emission mobility. The actions announced in this communication are part of a holistic approach requiring the long-term engagement of all stakeholders, including Member States, which will have to do their part according to their responsibilities.

Download the full A European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility report HERE


Rubicon, Trucost Provide Waste Carbon Emissions Data (Ind. Report)
Rubicon Global,Trucost
Date: 2016-08-05
Atlanta-based sustainable waste and recycling solutions provider Rubicon Global reports it has partnered with environmental data expert Trucost to provide its customers with accurate, accessible data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their waste.

Rubicon leverages its technology, sustainability and cost savings expertise to drive customer costs down, divert more waste from landfills, and give customers detailed insight into their spending, diversion and other key metrics. By partnering with Rubicon, companies are able to work toward long-term sustainability goals.

Rubicon has worked with Trucost to review and verify calculations of its customers' GHG emissions. As a result, customers can have confidence that Rubicon is accurately measuring their monthly GHG emissions from waste sent to landfills and monthly GHG savings from recycling, composting or anaerobic digestion. Organizations can use that data for internal and external sustainability reporting, including corporate sustainability reports and pursuing zero-waste or other environmental certifications.

Trucost helps companies and investors to achieve success by understanding environmental issues in business terms. Our data-driven insights enable organizations to manage risks and identify opportunities for growth. (Source: Rubicon Global, LLC; Trucost , August 04, 2016) Contact: Trucost, Libby Bernick, Snr. VP, James Richens, +44 (0)20 7160 9804, northamerica@trucost.com, www.trucost.com; Rubicon Global, David Rachelson, Dir. Sustainability, www.rubiconglobal.com

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Tesla, SolarCity to Merge (M&A, Ind Report)
Tesla,SolaCity
Date: 2016-08-03
Tesla and SolarCity are reporting that they've reached an agreement to combine, creating the world's only vertically integrated sustainable energy company.

This is an all-stock transaction with an equity value of $2.6 billion. Under the agreement, SolarCity stockholders will receive 0.110 Tesla common shares per SolarCity share, valuing SolarCity common stock at $25.37 per share based on the 5-day volume weighted average price of Tesla shares as of July 29, 2016.

As one company, Tesla (storage) and SolarCity (solar) can efficiently create fully integrated residential, commercial and grid-scale products that improve the way that energy is generated, stored and consumed. The companies expect to achieve cost synergies of $150 million in the first full year after closing. They also expect to save customers money by lowering hardware costs, reducing installation costs, improving manufacturing efficiency and reducing customer acquisition costs.

The transaction is expected to close in Q4, 2016, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals. (Source: Tesla Release, 1 Aug., 2016) Contact: Tesla Motors, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., CEO, (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

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Minnesota Power Issues 300 MW Wind Energy RFP (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Power,ALLETE
Date: 2016-08-03
In Minneapolis, ALLETE subsidiary Minnesota Power reports the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) seeking 300 MW of wind energy as part of its EnergyForward integrated resource plan to develop a diverse power mix. The EnergfyForward plan won Minnesota PUC approval in June.

The utility also reports that over the next several weeks it will issue formal RFPs for up to 300 MW of utility-scale solar capacity, demand response and onsite generation resources. Together, the RFPs would push Minnesota Power's total wind energy to 925 MW.

Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard requires 25 pct of retail power sales to come from renewable sources by 2025 -- a goal the utilitysays it met a decade early. In 2015, 26 pct of Minnesota Power's generation came from renewable energy. (Source: utilityDive, 1 Aug., 2016) Contact: Minnesota Power, ALLETE, Alan Hodnik, Pres., CEO, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625, www.mnpower.com

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Land O'Lakes Acquires Biotechnology Firm Ceres Inc. (M&A)
Land O'Lakes,Ceres
Date: 2016-08-03
Land O'Lakes, a member-owned dairy focused agricultural cooperative based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills, is reporting the acquisition of Thousand Oaks, California-based agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified seed specialist Ceres Inc. Ceres will become part of Land O'Lakes' forage business unit which is currently comprised of Forage Genetics International (FGI). Ceres develops and produces seeds of genetically modified crops used for biofuels production.

According to an FGI statement, joining with Ceres will accelerate the creation and commercialization of new forage crop solutions for farmers worldwide. (Source: Land O'Lakes, BFI, Various Others, 2 Aug., 2016) Contact: Land O'Lakes, (651) 375-2222, www.landolakes.com; Ceres, Richard Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (805) 365-6546, www.ceres.net; Forage Genetics International, www.foragegenetics.com

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Emirates GBC Joins Building Energy Efficiency Initiative (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2016-08-03
Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, reports it is partrnering with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy for initiatives to double the rate of energy efficiency in buildings by 2030.

This follows the new partnership between the World Green Building Council (World GBC) and the World Resources Institute-led, public-private Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), whereby Green Building Councils worldwide are joining forces with leading cities to increase energy efficiency within buildings. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is a member of BEA.

The BEA is one of six accelerators under Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General, and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, Trade Arabia, GDN OnLine, 2 Aug., 2016) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4346 8244, emiratesgbc.org

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NY Adopts Clean Energy Standard to Slash Emissions (Ind. Report)
New York State
Date: 2016-08-03
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) reports the adoption of a controversial Clean Energy Standard along with a zero emissions credit provision meant to subsidize struggling upstate nuclear power plants.

The plan aims to slash carbon emissions by 40 pct and expand renewable electric power generation to 50 pct of the state's total by 2030. As part of that work, it would subsidize struggling nuclear power plants in upstate New York, providing a zero emissions credit to plants that are verging on closure.

New York presently subsidizes wind and solar to the tune of $22/MWh for 20 years regardless of the price of electricity in the future. The proposed nuclear subsidies to Exelon Corporation's nuclear plants in upstate New York and near Oswego, could run as high as $8 billion over 12 years. (Source: Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch, 1 Aug., 2016)

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Salt Lake City Commits to 80 pct GHG Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
Salt Lake City
Date: 2016-08-03
In Salt Lake City, the mayor's office is touting Climate Positive SLC, a resolution committing the city to an 80 pct reduction on community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 (based on 2009 levels) and a transition to 100-pct renewable energy sources by 2032.

To ensure Climate Positive SLC's long-term goals are met, the mayor's office outlined benchmarks with an aggressive timeline -- municipal operations must source half of their electricity from renewable resources in 4 years and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions must be halved by 2030. Additional details and programs will be announced at a later date. (Source: Office of the Mayor, Salt Lake City, Powder, 1 Aug., 2016) Contact: Salt Lake City, Office of the Mayor, Vicki Bennett, Sustainability Director, (801) 535-7704, www.slcmayor.com

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Robert Bosch Invests Energy-Efficient Tech (Ind. Report)
Robert Bosch
Date: 2016-08-03
Robert Bosch LLC, , a global supplier of technology and services often associated with the auto industry, reports that its Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) has awarded its third round of energy R&D grants totaling $1.7 million as well as sponsored 15 interns in the area of energy for 2015-16. The BERN grants provided six seed-funding grants to faculty at: California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Michigan. The schools will each receive two-year grants of up to $150,000 per year for energy conversion, energy storage, energy efficiency and smart grid technology R&D.

BERN also offers internship opportunities at Bosch sites throughout North America for future engineers and leaders in the development of energy-efficient products and practices. The BERN program is managed by the Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC) in North America. (Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Augfust, 2016) Contact: BERN Program, www.bernprogram.com; Robert Bosch LLC, Jiri Marek, Snr.VP, Bosch Research and Technology Center-North America, Linda Beckmeyer, (248) 876-2046, linda.beckmeyer@us.bosch.com, www.boschusa.com

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UPS Investing $750Mn in Alternative Fuel Fleet (Ind. Report)
UPS
Date: 2016-08-03
Atylanta,headquartered parcel delivery giant UPS reports that after completing one billion miles in its "rolling laboratory' fleet of over 7,000 electric, hybrid, natural gas, and biofuel-powered delivery vehicles , it will now invest over $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of the year. Interestingly, UPS first tested electric vehicle in the 1930s.

The announced in alternative fuels investment plan is in keeping with the company's previously announced goal of reaching one billion miles driven with alternative fuels by the end of 2017. The company also plans to purchase up to an additional 60 million gallons of renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) over the next several years. (Source: UPS, BFI, Other Media, 3 Aug., 2016) Contact: UPS, Mike Whitlatch, VP Global Energy and Procurement, (800) 742-5877, www.ups.com

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Al-Corn Clean Fuels Celebrates 20th Year (Ind. Report)
Al-Corn Clean Fuels,Renewable Fuels Association,
Date: 2016-08-03
The Renewable Fuels Association member company Al-Corn Clean Fuel held a celebration Aug. 2 to mark its 20th anniversary in operation.

The farmer-owned ethanol production cooperative was founded in 1994 and began production at its 50 MMgy ethanol plant in Claremont, Minnesota, in 1996. The ethanol plant also produces 132,000 tpy of high protein livestock feed, 12 million ppy of corn oil and 70,000 tpy of beverage-grade carbon dioxide.

In October, 2015, Al-Corn Clean Fuel shareholders rejected the co-op's planned $146 million expansion and upgrading of its Claremont ethanol plant to 120 million gpy. Had the plan received shareholder approval, the shareholders would reportedly have suffered an 80 pct drop in their share value. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, 2 Aug., 2016)Contact: Al-Corn Clean Fuel, Randall Doyal, CEO, (507) 681-7100, www.al-corn.com; RFA, Bob Dinneen, CEO, (202) 269-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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ICE Joins London Climate Change Partnership (Int'l Report)
ICE London,London Climate Change Partnership
Date: 2016-08-01
In the UK, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE London) reports it has joined the London Climate Change Partnership.

The Partnership, which works to bring together and coordinate public, private and community sector organizations to prepare London for extreme weather today and future climate change, includes experts in the fields of environment, finance, health and social care, development, housing, government, utility, communications, transport and retail sectors.

The London Climate Change Partnership will help the Capital mitigate and adapt to climate change by:

  • collecting and sharing high quality information about expected climate change, its impacts on London and examples of suitable actions to adopt, including where appropriate commissioning research;
  • raising awareness of the impacts of climate change with organizations and people, equipping them with the information they need to adapt;
  • driving forward adaptation in London through member organizations, leading by example, and acting as sector champions;
  • IiExchanging information, experience and examples of adaptation actions with other organizations and cities, nationally and internationally;
  • monitoring how prepared London is for climate change; and
  • seeking opportunities to improve resilience alongside reducing carbon emissions. (Source: Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE London), 29 July, 2016) Contact: London Climate Change Partnership, www.climatelondon.org.uk; ICE, Max Sugarman, max.sugarman@ice.org.uk, www.ice.org.uk

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  • We4Sea Foresees 100Mn Tonne Cut in Maritime CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
    We4Sea BV
    Date: 2016-08-01
    of We4Sea BV are working to achieve a 100 million tonne CO2 emissions reduction in the shipping sector through the use of existing onboard equipment for fuel efficiency. In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam is reporting that Delft-based We4Sea BV is working to achieve a 100 million tonne reduction in the shipping industry's annual CO2 emissions by improving fuel efficiency using existing onboard equipment, including voyage data recorders (VDR) and sensors.

    We4Sea reportedly pulls data from the onboard equipment into simulation software to provide an assessment of what certain adjustments, such as a new propeller or operational speed adjustment, can have on a vessel's fuel consumption and related CO2 emissions. .

    Last November, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that "aggressive" fuel efficiency efforts being implemented by the global shipping industry, coupled with CO2 reduction measures by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) could deliver "far more ambitious" reductions in CO2 emissions than current government targets. (Source: We4Sea BV, Port News, Ship and Bunker, 26 July, 2016) Contact: We4Sea BV, Dan Veen, Michiel Katgert, +31 6 1178 3173, www.we4sea.com

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    $7.2Mn Available for Jamaican Climate Change Adaptation (Funding)

    Date: 2016-08-01
    In Kingston, the Jamacia Observer is reporting that $7.2 million -- $2.5 million in loans and $4.7 million in grants -- will be made available to micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism and agricultural sectors to finance climate change adaptation initiatives island-wide.

    The funding will be provided through the Inter-American Development Bank under the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism Project, a component of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Jamaica.

    The five-year initiative aims to increase Jamaica's resilience to climate change, through enhancing adaptive capacity across priority sectors. (Source: Jamaica Observer, Friday, July 29, 2016 )

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    BayWa Commissions Fraisthorpe, UK Wind Farm (Ind. Report, Int'l)
    BayWa AG
    Date: 2016-08-01
    Germany's BayWa re renewable energy GmbH reports that its 29.7 MW Fraisthorpe wind farm in Bridlington, England, is now operating at capacity. The wind farm utilizes 9 Vestas 3.3-MW V112MW turbines to generate sufficient power for approximately 22,000 homes annually.

    To date, the BayWa subsidiary has developed more than 1.4 GW of onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and bioenergy projects around the world. This includes some 380 MW in the UK. The company also manages more than 2 GW of renewable energy plants. (Source: BayWa AG ,Various Media, SeeNews, 29 July, 2016) Contact: BayWa AG, www.baywa.com; BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC, Florian Zerhusen, CEO, www.baywa-re.us

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    Windy City Retrofit Energy Challenge Expanding (Ind. Report)
    City of Chicago
    Date: 2016-08-01
    In the Windy City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel reports that twelve additional buildings have joined the volunteer Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge, expanding the program to 62 buildings and 43 million square-feet.

    Current participants are generating over $6.4 million in annual savings through a commitment to improve whole-building energy efficiency by at least 20 pct within five years of joining. The city has committed to expanding the total number of Chicago city-owned building participants in the Challenge to 80 by mid-2017.

    Through 2015, Chicago Energy Challenge participants reduced weather-normalized energy use by 11.7 pct an improvement from 2014's 7 pct reduction. This includes 90 million kWh saved per year and represents 70,000 metric tons in avoided greenhouse gas emissions. 1,840 commercial, institutional and residential buildings participated in Chicago Energy Benchmarking. These buildings span 614 million sq-ft encompass 20 pct of citywide building energy use. (Source: City of Chicago, 29 July, 2016) Contact: City of Chicago, www.CityofChicago.org/EnergyBenchmarking, www.cityofchicago.org

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