" The impact such an amount would have on budget deficits depends on which budget deficit projection is used. For example, this estimated revenue source would reduce the 10-year budget deficit by 50 percent, using the 2012 baseline projection of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). However, under CBO's alternative fiscal scenario, the same carbon tax would reduce the 10-year budget deficit by about 12 percent.
"When deciding how to allocate revenues, policymakers would encounter key trade-offs: minimizing the costs of the carbon tax to 'society' overall versus alleviating the costs borne by subgroups in the U.S. population or specific domestic industries. Economic studies indicate that using carbon tax revenues to offset reductions in existing taxes - labor, income, and investment - could yield the greatest benefit to the economy overall. However, the approaches that yield the largest overall benefit often impose disproportionate costs on lower-income households." (Source: Congressional Research Service ) Contact: Congressional Research Service, www.fas.org/sgp/crs
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,
As a result of the cancellation, NextEra will pay a break-up fee of $90 million and as much as $ 5 million for reimbursement of expenses associated with the stymied transaction.
(Source: NextEra Energy, Various Sources. 18 July, 2016) Contact: NextEra Energy, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com;
Hawaiian Electric, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hawaiianelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric , NextEra,
Jacoby's process channels emissions through a chamber that uses high pressure to separate carbon dioxide from other gasses. Jacoby plans to begin testing the technology at the University of Missouri Power Plant within the next six months. (Source: University of Missouri, Columbia Daily Tribune, Others, Ledger-Enquirer, 12 July, 2016)
Contact: University of Missouri, Assoc. Prof. William Jacoby, (573) 882-0456, JacobyW@missouri.edu, engineering.missouri.edu/person/jacobyw
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide, COs, CCS,
The Green Infrastructure Loan Program, aka Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) main objectives are to address financing barriers to increase the installation of renewable energy projects to meet the state's clean-energy goals and to enable more rate payers to reduce their energy use and energy costs by helping finance clean-energy projects. (Source: Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, Pacific Business News, 15 July, 2016) Contact: Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, gems.hawaii.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority,
Under the terms of the MoU, Integral will also be the exclusive supplier of conductive plastic to Ultimate and receive up to $50 million in licensing fees based on Ultimate's revenues. (Source: Integral Technologies, Inc., 14 July, 2016) Contact: Integral Technologies Electriplast, Doug Bathauer, CEO, (734) 354-6683, email@example.com, www.electriplast.com;
The Ultimate Battery Co, Doug Bathauer, CEO
More Low-Carbon Energy News Integral Technologies, Battery, Energy Storage,
As previously reported ,
the Wrexham project received £25-million ($36.6 million) in funding from the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) and fund manager Equitix Ltd. The plant is expected to start operation in 2018. (Source: Engie, Various Others, 18 July, 2016)
Contact: UK Green Investment Bank, www.greeninvestmentbank.com; Engie, Gerard Mestrallet, CEO, 011 +33 (0) 1 44 22 24 35, www.engie.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie, Biomass, GDF Suez, UK Green Investment Bank,
ACE's comments cover six primary concerns and recommendations for improvement:
According to ACE Exec, VP Brian Jennings, "Ultimately, it is up to EPA to get the RFS back on track by enforcing the RFS the way it has stood its ground on previous efforts to ensure clean air. In the 1970s, oil companies complained that forcing them to remove lead from gas would increase prices at the pump. In the 1990s, oil companies said new underground storage tank regulations would lead to the disappearance of gas stations. In the early 2000s, refiners said reducing the sulfur content of gasoline would destroy engines. Each time the oil sector made these doomsday predictions, EPA stood its ground. Each time EPA stood its ground, the air got a bit cleaner and none of the predicted disasters occurred. Today, oil companies are claiming that if EPA enforces the RFS as Congress intended, it will lead to similarly dire consequences. Today, it is up to EPA to see through oil company attacks and to get the RFS back on track." (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, 12 July, 2016) Contact: ACE, Brian Jennings, Exec. VP,
(605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol, RFS, Ethanol,
This funding will help fund the development of Inventys' next generation VeloxoTherm system, a solid adsorbent technology. The VeloxoTherm system is a low-cost, non-toxic technology that captures CO2from post-combustion emissions and is used by the energy and industrial sectors for greenhouse gas reduction.
(Source: Inventys, National Research Council Canada , July 11, 2016) Contact: NRCC, (613) 991-1431, nrc-cnrc.gc.ca; NRCC Industrial Research Assistance Program, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/index.html; Inventys, (604) 456-0504, http://inventysinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Inventys, Carbon Capture, National Research Council Canada,
Once the transaction is wrapped up, Axium and its investors will hold interest in four assets with a combined capacity of 277 MW alongside EDF EN Canada and EDF RE.
Kansas City Power & Light has a 20-year PPA for the wind farm's power. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, Various Media, SeeNews, 12 July, 2016) Contact:
Axium Infrastructure, (646) 449-9058, www.axiuminfra.com; EDF RE, John Marchand, VP, Valuations and Transactions , Sandi Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Axium Infrastructure, EDF Renewable Energy, Wind,
The e-toolkit is designed to support hotels in Europe to comply with nearly-Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) regulations, which all EU Member States are required to meet by 2020. An nZEB-level building must demonstrate high levels of energy performance. The nearly-zero, or very low, amount of energy required should be generated to a very significant extent by renewable energy sources, including those produced onsite or nearby.
Sixteen hotels across seven European countries (Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden) participated in the project as pilot neZEH Hotels.
The neZEH project is co-funded by the European Commission's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. (Source: World Tourism Org., Hotel News Resource, 12 July, 2016) Contact: neZEH, www.nezeh.eu; neZEH Toolkit, www.nezeh.eu/etoolkit/index.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Consumption, Energy Management,
The project will require an $8.3 million investment that will reduce energy consumption and related emissions by 42 pct and save $900,000 in annual energy costs. The project includes a 750kW CHP system which will generate electricity onsite and use excess heat for heating and cooling. Project cost reduction and energy efficiency measures include new lighting, elevator upgrades, natural gas boilers, and reliable, energy-saving variable frequency drives for major equipment.
NYCEEC is a non-profit financial services firm that develops financing solutions for clean energy projects that save energy or reduce greenhouse gases. (Source: NYCEEC, 12 July, 2016) Contact: NYCEEC, Susan Leeds, CEO, Posie Constable, Director of Business Development, www.NYCEEC.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, Energy Efficiency ,
The replacement of existing fluorescent lighting with Revolution Lighting's LED lamps and fixtures will reduce retrofit lighting energy usage by more than 50 pct and deliver increased light output. TNT Energy, which was acquired by Revolution Lighting in May, subcontracted under Siemens, assisted New Bedford with project development, providing comprehensive turn-key lighting retrofit services including scope development, budgeting, measurement and verification, reporting and project management.
(Source: Revolution Lighting, TNT Energy, 12 July, 2016) Contact: TNT Energy, Ted Carmone, Co-Founder , Revolution Lighting Technolgy, Robert V. LaPenta, CEO, www.rvlti.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news, Energy Efficienct Lighting news,
PTRC manages all research associated with Aquistore, the world's only integrated storage project associated with an industrial-scale coal-fired power plant near Estevan and the Boundary Dam Unit 3 carbon capture facility. Aquistore provides an exclusive industrial laboratory to test and develop viable, lower cost monitoring technologies to advance commercial CCS projects internationally.
CO2CRC is a carbon capture and storage organization in Australia. For over a decade they have worked to introduce advanced technologies that support the deployment of industrial scale CCS projects. It is the only Australian organization to have undertaken full chain CCS.
CO2CRC collaborates with Australian and international scientific project management talent to ensure internal skill sets of Australian and global industry leaders, universities, and government agencies are utilized to provide industry relevant results for members. They have a world-leading project underway in the Otway Research Facility, Australia's first demonstration of deep geological storage of CO2. (Source: PTRC, Australian CO2 Commonwealth Research Centre, 12 July, 2016)
Contact: PTRC, Ken From, CEO, (306) 787-1275, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ptrc.ca; CO2CRC, Tania Constable, CEO, www.co2crc.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2CRC, CCS, Aquistore,
The IndustryARC market analysis segments the Renewable Fuels Market into various categories including end users, geography and key players.
A Sample PDF Brochure is available HERE.
Additional information is available HERE.
(Source: Industry ARC, openPR, 5 July, 2016) Contact: IndustryARC, Sanjay Matthews, (614) 588-8538X101, email@example.com, www.industryarc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,
The wind farm will be constructed across 6.200 acres and will have a total maximum capacity of 102.5 megawatts of electricity -- sufficient for more than 35,000 Badger State homes.
(Source: Emerging Energies, Wisconsin. State Journal, Others, 7 July, 2016)Contact: Emerging Energies of Wisconsin, www.emerging-energies.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Emerging Energies,
The project will include on site greenhouses for testing and cuttings for propagation, a tissue testing laboratory as well as IR drone surveying of the crops.
The project, which is slated to get underway within 3 months , expects to begin biofuel production by 2018.
(Source: Zphere Works, 11 July, 2016) Contact: Zephere Works, Jack Katz, CEO, +52 1 55 20954727, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Zphere Works, Jatropha, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
"Exxon officials have met with legislatures to impose a revenue-neutral carbon tax that would put a price on each ton of carbon emitted. This step would mark a critical step in weaning the U.S. off its fossil fuel dependence and would speed the transition to climate-protective renewable energy sources.
"Exxon's initiative to push for a carbon tax makes them the first major American energy company to be aligned with European energy firms such as Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC, which advocated for a tax on carbon. Several countries have created carbon taxes, including in Ireland, Sweden and Finland.
"Congress has made it evident that a carbon tax is not likely to be passed any time soon. However, sources in the energy industry believe that congressional discussion of climate measures are soon to occur, especially during this election season." (Source: Physicians for Social Responsibility, 12 July, 2016) Contact: Physicians for Social Responsibility, (202) 667-4260, www.psr.org; ExxonMobil, (832) 625-4000, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon, Carbon Tax,
Using four cross-confirming methodologies, five validators have confirmed over a million watts of plasma power developed by BrLP's SunCell® at power gains of over 100 times the power to ignite the Hydrino reaction, and at power densities higher than any previously known energy source.
. According tp BrLP, its engineered SunCell® prototype has no moving parts and is capable of producing 125 kW of electricity. It comprises refractory materials capable of the intense heat wherein the SunCell's enormous power density heats a blackbody radiator to incandescent temperatures to produce the effect of thousands of halogen light bulbs, and the light is converted to electricity with concentrator photovoltaic cells that operate at incident light intensities of over one thousand times that of sunlight.
Moreover, the SunCell®is compact, light-weight and autonomous with a projected capital cost of 1 pct to 10 pct that of any other form of power. The anticipated cost is so low that BrLP intends to provide autonomous individual power for essentially all stationary and motive applications untethered to the grid or any fuels infrastructure. (Source: Brilliant Light Power, PR, 11 July, 2016) Contact: Brilliant Light Power, Dr. Randell Mills, CEO, Pres., (609) 490-1090, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
CARB's recent proposal would continue cap-and-trade past 2020 and lower the maximum allowable cap for emissions 3.5 pct per year through 2030.
Environmental groups contend the uncertainty surrounding the cap-and-trade program's survival is undermining the market for credits, the veracity of which was confirmed in May when none of the state's current allowances were sold and only 1.4 million of its 2019 allowances sold, generating about $10 million for the state's coffers.
A vote on the proposed extension of the cap-and-trade program is not scheduled until March 2017.
(Source: California ARB, AP News and Advance, 14 July, 2016) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org,www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, California Cap-and-Trade, Gov. Jerry Brown ,
To date, 47 projects have been financed through 7 Turkish banks, helping to build over 800 MW of additional renewable energy capacity.
In 2015, EBRD provided $180 million for Turkish renewable energy projects.
(Source: EBRD, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 11 July, 2016) Contact: EBRD, www.ebrd.com; Akbank, www.akbank.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD, Renewable Energy,
Germany's wind and solar power systems have provided too much power at unpredictable times. The oversupply has reportedly damaged the power grid and made the system vulnerable to blackouts. To help alleviate the problem, the government
plans to cap the total amount of wind energy at 40 to 45 pct of national capacity, and eliminate 6,000 MW of wind power by 2019, according to the Berliner Zeitung. (Source: Berliner Zeitung, Various Media, Daily Caller, 10 July, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy, Reneweable Energy Subsidies,
According to the survey, which is aimed at commercial property managers and investors,
80 pct of commercial property landlords believe that a lack of incentives is the primary barrier to widespread energy efficiency measures in the commercial real estate sector.
Meanwhile, 75 pct stated that although the existing regulatory framework is too difficult to work with, a significant majority of respondents said attitudes to energy efficiency have improved over the last few years.
(Source: Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, Building Design & Construction, 12 July, 2016) Contact:
Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, Matt Lown, Head of Sustainability, +44 (0) 131 306 0066, www.tftconsultants.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,
The contract is designed to provide facility-wide energy and water conservation measures at EPA headquarters at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, as well as the headquarters buildings of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The contract calls for 24 energy conservation measures across 3.2 million square feet, including the installation of 35,822 high-efficiency LED lights, smart building controls, advanced building envelope upgrade including double pane windows, and groundwater harvesting for cooling tower and fountain water make-up and to remove heat from condenser water loops.
Combined, the integrated measures are expected to cut total water consumption of the federal buildings by 54 pct, reduce total energy consumption by 40 pct, and save the GSA more than $120 million over the 22-year term of the ESPC.
Contract work is slated to begin this summer for completion in early 2019. (Source: Ameresco, Bus. Wire, 12 July, 2016) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com;
U.S. General Services Administration, www.gsa.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerseco, Energy Efficienc, U.S. General Services Administrationy,
The first 8MW turbine, which is designed for low to medium wind speed conditions, is expected to be installed early in 2017 with certification expected in early 2018. (Source: Siemens, July, 2016)
Contact: Siemens, Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore Wind Power and Renewables, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens, Wind, Wind Turbine, Direct Drive Turbine, Offshore Wind,
USDA said that U.S. exports of distillers grains (DDGs) totaled 1.06 million metric tons in May, down 9 pct from a year ago. At 27 pct of total exports, China was the biggest purchaser in May. U.S. biodiesel exports for May totaled 47,040 metric tons, up 31 pct from a year ago with Canada importing 74 pct of the total, according to USDA data. (Source: USDA, KTIC, Progressive Farmer, 8 July, 2016) Contact: USDA Farm Services Agency, www.fsa.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, DDGs, Biofuel, Biodiesel, USDA,
Create Technology & Science Co. Ltd. is principally engaged in the manufacture of specialty instruments and apparatus. The Company's major products and services include: purifying and environment protection equipment and projects; automobile sale; optical, mechanical and electronic integrated surveying instruments; power transformation high voltage insulators; needle bearings, as well as grinding materials and grinding tools, among others. The Company sells it products within the domestic market and international markets.
(Source: Canadian Solar, 6 July, 2016)Contact: Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881, www.canadiansolar.com ;Create Technology & Science Co., +86 512 6824 1551, http://www.000551.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar, Solar,
Turbine delivery is slated to begin in March, 2017. When fully operational, the El Cabo wind complex will generate sufficient energy for more than 200,000 households. Avangrid Renewables is one of the largest power utilities in the US and the result of the merger of Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation. This contract reinforces Gamesa's positioning in the US, where it has already installed 4,338 MW and is one of the leading OEMs. (Source: Gamesa, PR, 8 July, 2016)
Contact: Avangrid Renewables, www.avangridrenewables.us; Gamesa Corp., www.gamesacorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gamesa, Wind,
Chinese authorities have encouraged the Green Bond Market with the issuance of the Green Project Catalog by the Green Finance Committee of the China Society of Finance and Banking and the Guideline on Green Bond Issuance by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)in December.
In March, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China launched a new methodology to help banks understand how stricter environmental protection standards change customers' liability as well as banks' reputations in the eyes of shareholders and depositors.
(Source: Xinhua, Shanghai Dailey, 9 July. 2016)
Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn; Peoples Bank of China, www.pbc.gov.cn/english
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds, China Green Bonds,
To date, several funding mechanisms have been proposed and made operational under the Convention including the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Adaptation Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund. The UNFCCC conference held in Paris last year confirmed up to $100 billion per year in climate finance for developing countries , most of which would be channeled through the GCF.
According to the UNDP, for any country to be 'ready' to access climate finance, the first step is to identify the national priorities for action followed by an assessment of its needs, the funds required and potential fund sources as well as an assessment of the barriers -- institutional, regulatory, technical -- to accessing both domestic and international finance.
(Source: Germanwatch, Int'l. News, July, 2016) Contact:
Germanwatch Climate Risk Index, www.germanwatch.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation, UNFCCC, Green Climate Fund, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas, Carbon Emissions,
Ek Laboratories has shown maximum conversion of over 43 different types of cellulose biomass at commercial scale including sugar cane bagasse, corn stover and fiber, agriculture waste, various grasses, most all woods and paper products, hays, algae, bamboo, tobacco and specialty crops such as sorghum, switch grass and sweet grasses. Unlike competing technologies the CTS process is feedstock agnostic and capable of switching between feedstocks throughout the day without loss of efficiency or production output.
The company also reports it is in discussions with several ethanol producers relating to its bolt-on CTS unit while meeting with potential territory and plant sub-licensees.
(Source: Alliance BioEnergy, GlobeNewswire, July 7, 2016) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, email@example.com, www.alliancebioe.com; Ek Laboratories, www.eklaboratories.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ek Laboratories, Alliance BioEnergy Plus, DDGs, Cellulosic, Biofuel,
Under their agreement, the EU will offer technical assistance and expertise to Korea through consultations, workshops and study visits to the EU. Both partners will strive to reduce greenhouse gas discharge by roughly 40 pct of the 1990s level until 2030.
The collaborative project will focus on implementing and operating the first phase of Korea's emissions trading system until May 2017, and developing a framework for the second phase until January 2019. Through an international consortium, the public sector will receive technical, strategic and governance guidance for implementation and development, while the private sector will gain know-how on compliance and new mitigation technologies.
The EU and Korea also cooperate on other ventures in sustainable development, including the EU Green Gateway Program which aims to enhance the presence of small and medium-sized European enterprises in green technology in Korea. (Source: Korea Herald, July 10, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, Carbon Market, Carbon Trading, Cap-and-Trade,
The VYCON VDC XXE provides a reliable, cost-efficient power source for uninterruptible power systems (UPS) in hospitals and medical facilities. It provides instant regulated DC electricity to the UPS to start up and transition to the emergency generators during a power outage.
The patented VYCON design uses full five-axis active magnetic bearings and is certified by most major three-phase UPS manufacturers. Over 1,000 VYCON systems have been deployed worldwide. (Source: VYCON, PR, 8 July, 2016) Contact: VYCON, Calentix, www.calnetix.com; www.calnetix.com/vdc-kinetic-energy-storage-systems
More Low-Carbon Energy News VYCON, Flywheel, Energy Storage, Calnetix Technologies,
The new product provides grid-tied functions such as increasing household solar self-consumption, managing time-of-use and supporting grid services, not including backup power, and can be expanded in 4-kWh steps up to 16 kWh, according to the company. (Source: Sonnen, SeeNews, Others, 7 July, 2016) Contact: SonnenBatterie, Boris Von Bormann, CEO, Philipp Schroder, Marketing, www.sonnen-batterie.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen, Battery, Energy Storage,
According top the company, BioCoal is produced by compressing and heating agricultural waste through friction. The product has the same energy output as coal and higher energy output than traditional wood biomass. the company says.
According to Enginuity, if every U.S. coal-burning plant mixed 10 percent of BioCoal into its fuel supply it would reduce power plant emissions by 11 pct.
(Source: Enginuity, Lincoln Journal Star, 10 July, 2016) Contact: Enginuity Worldwide, Nancy Heinman, CEO, (573) 567-4417, www.enginuityww.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enginuity Worldwide, Biocoal,
Pattern Energy will acquire an 84 percent initial cash flow interest, or 272 MW, in the Broadview Wind power facility and a 99 percent ownership interest in the 345 kV Western Interconnect transmission line, which will be funded once commercial operations begin. Pattern Energy will fund the deal with currently available liquidity and up to $160 million of long-term project holding company debt financing commitments.
Construction on the 141 Siemens turbine wind farm is slated for completion in early 2017. The farm has 20-year PPAs with Southern California Edison up to a total of 297 MW of output. (Source: Pattern Group, Various Others, 5 July, 2016) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy, Siemens, Wind,
The GWPF, which is led by former Tory Chancellor and strategy committee member of the Brexit Leave campaign, Nigel Lawson, has dismissed the move as "unlawful". Lawson claims the government was wrong to make a fifth legally binding agreement that would commit the UK to reduce emissions by 57 pct by 2032 compared to 1990 levels. Lawson also claims that the target was based on the assumption that the country will still be in the EU and part of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) or "covered by the terms of the EU Paris agreement" in 2030.
The UK's 2008 Climate Change Act requires the government to set a "carbon budget" every five years for the amount of CO2 that is to be emitted. (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Building Design & Construction, 4 July, 2016) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, Nigel Lawson, +44 207 340 6038, email@example.com, http://www.thegwpf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, EU ETS,
The upgrade of the offshore direct drive wind turbine to eight megawatts (MW) is made possible through the introduction of new magnet technology with an even higher grade than that introduced in the SWT-7.0-154. This enables a rated power increase of more than 14 pct from 7.0 to 8.0 MW.
Onshore, a total of 1,240 Siemens direct drive onshore wind turbines are in operation worldwide as of end of March 2016.
(Source: Siemens, 5 July, 2016) Contact: Siemens, Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore Wind Power and Renewables, Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore Wind Power and Renewables, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens, Wind, Wind Turbine, Direct Drive Turbine,
In 2015, subsidies of CHF 179 million (1.00 CHF = $1.015) supported improvements to the insulation of 3.6 million square-meters of walls, roofs and floors cutting emissions by a CO2 equivalent of 1.6 million tonnes. In the same year, CHF 78 million in subsidies was spent on building renewable energy projects.
Switzerland's total CO2 equivalent emissions in 2014 were 40.2 million tonnes, so a reduction of 3 million tonnes equates to about 7 pct of the nation's total emissions. (Source: Various Media, Le News, June 8, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
A grace period from 1 July 2016 to 31 March 2017 will be introduced to allow projects to become accredited under NIRO that had the eligibility criteria of planning permission, grid connection offer and proof of land ownership on 30 September 2015.
Projects can still be accredited under NIRO up to 31 March 2018 if they meet conditions surrounding delays due to grid connections or radar issues. Investment-freezing conditions surrounding delays in developers receiving funding will also allow projects to become accredited up to this date.
Up to 31 March 2019, projects seeking NIRO accreditation must meet both conditions for grid connection/radar issues and investment freezing. (Source: Northern Ireland Economics Ministry,Irish Farmers Journal, 27 June, 2016) Contact: Northern Ireland Economics Ministry,
Simon Hamilton, Minister, www.economy-ni.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,
By focusing on renewable energy developments, Seoul aims to secure 13 million kilowatts of energy from the eco-friendly power plants by 2020. (Source: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Xinhua, 5 July, 2016) Contact: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Joo Hyung-hwan, Minister, +82 2 15 77 0900, english.motie.go.kr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Korea Renewable Energy,
BYD is engaged in IT industry related to the rechargeable battery business, handset and computer components and assembly services, as well as the automobile business including traditional fuel-powered vehicles and new energy vehicles. The companys also active in solar energy, energy storage, LED lighting and other energy industries. (Source: BYD, EDF, Various Media, 5 July, 2016)
Contact: BYD, +86 (7) 558 988-8888, www.byd.com; EDF Energies Nouvelles, Jean-Bernard Levy, Pres., CEO, +33 (0) 40 90 48 22, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BYD, EDF, Battery, Energy Storage,
Additionally, the TVA offers a unique service to its customers by calculating individual CO2 rates for local power companies and those directly serviced by the agency. The rates are calculated based on customers' actual energy consumption, instead of the collected average model normally used.
The calculation includes all direct and indirect transportation and creation of materials for a company's products, as well as the electric power used for manufacturing. Normally utilities deliver consumption numbers by adding up all megawatt hours delivered and carbon omitted by the customers collectively, which provides an average emission number.
(Source: TVA, News Sentinel, 5 July, 2016) Contact: TVA, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tva.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tenneessee Valley Authority, TVA, Carbon Emissions,
The revision of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NEC), which aims to tackle the significant number of premature deaths caused by air pollution,
sets out the national emission reduction commitments for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), ammonia (NH3), and fine particulates (less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter).
The external costs linked to emissions are in the range of €330 - 940 billion per year, including direct economic damage of €15 billion from lost workdays and €4 billion in healthcare costs.
(Source: European Parliament, AgriLand, 4 July, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament, Methane Emissions, Carbon Emissions, Agriculture Emissions, Agriculture Methane, Climate Change,
The Working Group also suggested the broad elements of joint efforts in the field of scientific and technological research, capacity building, sharing experiences, best practices and policies, technology development, and promoting the use of energy efficient and energy saving methods and tools by business entities in BRICS countries, including initiatives that may be financed through the BRICS Development Bank.
(Source: BRICS Countries, newKerala.com, 5 July, 2016) Contact: BRICS Countries, http://brics.itamaraty.gov.br/about-brics/information-about-brics
More Low-Carbon Energy News BRICS, Energy Efficiency, Energy Consumption,
Under the program, a vehicle equipped with thermal cameras will drive around neighbourhoods and capture images that indicate areas of heat loss due to poor insulation and faulty windows and doors. The results would then be sent to homeowners, along with information on incentives provided by companies like BC Hydro and Fortis, to encourage them to retrofit their home and potentially save hundreds of dollars annually in heating bills.
Renovations completed by homeowners as a result of the imaging would be voluntary. A contractor will be hired to conduct the work soon. The majority of homes tested will be single-family houses.
Cambridge, Mass., Detroit and Calgary, Alberta have similar programs. (Source: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Metro, July 2016) Contact: City of Vancouver Green Building Planner, Chris Higgins, http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/green-buildings.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
In June, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Secretary Amber Rudd set out a target of cutting CO2 emissions by 57 pct by 2020 on 1990 levels. Constituting the "fifth carbon budget", this emissions reduction should leave the UK on track to meet its Climate Change Act target of an 80 pct reduction in emissions by 2050. Notably, it is even tougher than the original target the UK signed up to as part of the European Union (EU), which requires a 40 pct cut by 2030 on 1990 levels.
Rexel Group has set objectives to double sales of energy efficiency products and services by 2020, based on 2011 figures. It has also committed to cut at least 30 pct off it operation's carbon emissions by 2020, based on 2010 figures.
Rexel provides LED lighting solutions, new-generation electric motors, "multi-energy" eco-efficient solutions and power control and regulating solutions. The Group is also enhancing the energy efficiency of its sites by using energies with lower emissions and optimizing the transportation of goods and travel by employees. (Source: Rexel Energy Solutions, blue&green, 4 July, 2016)
Contact: Rexel Energy Solutions, Chris Gibson, +44 (0) 208 596 7483, www.RexelEnergySolutions.co.uk; DECC, Hon. Amber Rudd, Minister, +44 (20) 7979 7777, email@example.com, www.decc.gov.uk
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The wind farm, which will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 120,000 persons, will be operated and maintained by EDF EN Services, EDF Energies Nouvelles' subsidiary. (Source: EDF Group, Various Media, June 28, 2016) Contact: EDF Group, www.edf.fr/en/the-edf-group;
EDF Energies Nouvelles, http://www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com
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NSF support was partially based upon Tait's and Caulton's previous experiments which engineered a new type of surface from highly organized metal atoms that reacted chemically with CO2 gas. The ability to coax a surface reaction of this kind from CO2 was a breakthrough since the bond between a single carbon atom and two oxygen atoms is difficult to disrupt or convert into more valuable products.
By building upon these preliminary results, the scientists will design more sophisticated reactions with the goal of merging two CO2 molecules into C2O4, or "oxalate," a versatile but difficult-to-create molecule with useful industrial applications.
Significantly, fuels created from recycled CO2 emissions are carbon neutral since burning them does not raise the overall amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
(Source: Indiana University, PR, 28 June, 2016) Contact: Indiana University, Prof. Steven Tait, firstname.lastname@example.org; Prof. Kenneth Caulton, email@example.com, www.indiana.edu; National Science Foundation, (703) 292-5111, www.nsf.gov
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The report examines what five global climate action initiatives could achieve if businesses were to join them. These initiatives are: where companies commit to 100 pct renewable power; where firms devote to doubling their energy productivity; where businesses set emission reduction targets based on keeping temperature change below 2 degrees C; Zero de-forestation which sees firms commit to the non-use of commodities that cause deforestation by 2020; and the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative where companies work to develop and use low carbon technology in their industries.
Under current plans where firms voluntarily join these initiatives, the amount of CO2 emissions saved by 2030 is 3.7 billion of metric tonnes a year. However, if all relevant companies signed up the figure could reach 10 billion, according to the report. The report also estimates the number of companies signing up to these initiatives could rise from the present 300 today to over 3,500 by 2030.
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