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Carbon Tax: Deficit Reduction and Other Considerations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Tax,Congressional Budget Office
Date: 2016-07-18
"Carbon tax revenues would vary greatly depending on the design features of the tax, as well as market factors that are difficult to predict. One study estimated that a tax rate of $20 per metric ton of CO2 would generate approximately $88 billion in 2012, rising to $144 billion by 2020.

" 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,  


Hawaii PUC Stymies NextEra, Hawaiian Electric Merger (M&A)
NextEra,Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2016-07-18
Florida-based NextEra Energy is reporting that the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) withheld approval of its planned $4.3 billion take over of Hawaiian Electric Industries and its various units. The transaction was opposed by a broad coalition of environmental, consumer and business parties on the grounds that NextEra's business model is incompatible with Hawaii's goal of becoming 100 pct renewable by 2045.

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, peter.rosegg@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric ,  NextEra,  


Missouri Univ. Developing CO2 Separation Device (New Prod & Tech)
University of Missouri
Date: 2016-07-18
In the Show Me State, University of Missouri associate professor of bioengineering William Jacoby is reporting the development of a device to remove carbon dioxide from the emissions of coal and other fossil fuel-fired power plants.

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,  


$150Mn Clean Energy Funding Available in Hawaii (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority
Date: 2016-07-18
In the Aloha State, the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority reports it is seeking developers, banks and not-for-profits organizations to utilize some of the $150 million available in a clean-energy loan program for residential, nonprofit, public sector, commercial, industrial and utility-scale renewable-energy as well as energy efficiency and energy storage projects. To qualify for funding, all projects must connect to an electric grid serviced by Hawaiian Electric Co., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.

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,  


Integral Tech Ultimate Battery Ink Sale, Licensing MOU (M&A)
Ultimate Battery Co., Integral Technologies,
Date: 2016-07-18
Canton, Michegan-based Integral Technologies, Inc. reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with The Ultimate Battery Co. outlining the sale and licensing of Integral's ElectriPlast bipolar battery plate technology to Ultimate for $4 million and 20 pct of Ultimate Battery's outstanding shares.

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, info@electriplast.com, www.electriplast.com; The Ultimate Battery Co, Doug Bathauer, CEO www.theultimatebatteryco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Integral Technologies,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Engie Commits to Welch Biomass Electric Power Purchase (Int'l)
Engie,UK Green Investment Bank
Date: 2016-07-18
Following on our June 30 coverage, the UK unit of French energy group Engie -- formerly dba GDF Suez -- reports it will purchase the total electric power production of the future biomass-fired power plant in Wrexham, northern Wales. The 5.4 MW biomass plant is expected to generate around 34 GWh of green electricity annually -- sufficient for 2,400 area homes.

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 Submits 2017 RFS Concerns, Recommendations (Ind. Report)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2016-07-15
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has officially submitted comments regarding the proposed blending volumes for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the EPA.

ACE's comments cover six primary concerns and recommendations for improvement:

  • EPA continues to misread the general waiver authority of the statute which is unnecessarily preventing consumers from greater access to E15 and flex fuels, the Agency needs to follow the statute;
  • EPA needs to increase the implied conventional volume to the 15 billion gallons called for under the statute for 2017, because gasoline use is expected to reach record highs in 2016-2017 and the market can fulfill this demand (without factoring the considerable stockpile of RINs that EPA is allowing obligated parties to hoard);
  • Sales volumes from retailers and fuel marketers who are able to offer E15 and flex fuels prove the so-called E10 "blend wall" is a myth, as ethanol comprises between 13 pct and 25 pct of total gasoline sales for many stations;
  • The commercialization of cellulosic ethanol production is undermined by the way EPA is applying the general waiver authority and cellulosic waiver credits (CWCs);
  • EPA's unwillingness to be proactive about Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) and meaningful credits for Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) makes developing new markets for E15 and flex fuels much more challenging;
  • Transportation is now the leading emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the U.S. EPA has a responsibility to update its lifecycle modeling to keep up with the latest science, which will better enable the RFS to play a role in reducing GHGs.

    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,  


  • NRC-IRAP Supports Inventys' VeloxoTherm CO2 Capture Tech (R&D, Funding)
    Inventys,National Research Council Canada
    Date: 2016-07-15
    In Canada, Burnaby, British Columbia-based cleantech innovator Inventys reports it is receiving up to $275,000 from the Government of Canada to deliver a cutting-edge CO₂ capture technology. The funding is through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), which supports small and medium-sized Canadian enterprises develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

    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,  


    Axium Takes 50 pct Stake in 150-MW Kansas Wind Farm (M&A)
    EDF Renewable Energy,Axium Infrastructure
    Date: 2016-07-15
    US independent power producer EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) said on Monday it has signed a deal to sell a 50% stake in the 75-turbine, 150-MW Slate Creek wind farm in Kansas to a consortium led by fund manager Axium Infrastructure. EDF RE will retain a 50 pct stake and provide management services.

    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,  


    E-Toolkit Helps Hotels Reach Zero-Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    neZEH
    Date: 2016-07-15
    The nearly-Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) is reporting the availability of its e-toolkit which evaluates the energy performance of hotels through a questionnaire and identifies options for increased energy efficiency, including efficient use of non-renewable sources, while raising awareness on the topic through inspiring examples.

    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,  


    NYCEEC Finances Wall Street Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation
    Date: 2016-07-15
    In the Big Apple, the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) is reporting a $6.75 million loan to finance a multifaceted energy efficiency and cogeneration project for the Cipriani Club Residences at 55 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

    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 ,  


    TNT Fulfilling $4.3Mn New Bedford LED Retrofit (Ind. Report)
    Revolution Lighting Technologies,TNT Energy
    Date: 2016-07-15
    Stamford, Conn.based LED lighting provider Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. reports that its TNT Energy division is installing a $4.3M turnkey LED retrofit Performance Contract with Siemens Industry Inc. Building Technologies Division for the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The LED lighting retrofit covers 17 municipal and educational facilities and includes 53,000 of Revolution Lighting's LED tubes and Thin Panel fixtures at facilities.

    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,  


    Long Beach Plans Mega Solar-Wind Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
    AES Corp.
    Date: 2016-07-15
    Scientific American reports that plans are in place to replace a gas-fired power plant in Long Beach, California, with a mega-lithium-ion battery that will store solar and wind generated electricity. The facility will eventually utilize 18,000 battery modules, each the size of the power plant of a Nissan Leaf electric car, and have the capacity to store and deliver more than 100 MW of electric power an hour for up to 4 hours. The battery will be built by Arlington, Virginia-headquartered AES Energy Storage Corp. (Source: Scientific Am., LAist, 11 July, 2016) Contact: AES Energy Storage, (703) 522-1315, www.aesenergystorage.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AES Corp.,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Wind,  Solar,  


    PTRC, CO2CRC Collaborating on CCS R&D (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Petroleum Technology Research Centre
    Date: 2016-07-15
    In Regina, Saskatchewan, the carbon management specialist Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) and the Australian CO2 Commonwealth Research Centre (C02CRC) are reporting the signing of a memorandum to work together on Carbon Capture and Storage CCS research and technologies.

    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, info@ptrc.ca, www.ptrc.ca; CO2CRC, Tania Constable, CEO, www.co2crc.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2CRC,  CCS,  Aquistore,  


    Renewable Fuels Market: high demand for biofuel production for automobiles during 2015-2020 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2016-07-13
    The Renewable fuels have witnessed remarkable growth over the years owing to the technological advances, government policies and lower prices. The Renewable Fuels Market is expected to grow with a fast pace to aid immensely in meeting the energy demand.

    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, sales@industryarc.com, www.industryarc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  


    Emerging Energies Wisc. Wind Farm Wins 2nd Approval (Ind. Report)
    Emerging Energies
    Date: 2016-07-13
    Following on our August 31st, 2015 coverage, Emerging Energies' 44-turbine, $250 million Highland Wind Farm in St. Croix County has won a second and final approval from the Wisconsin PUC, after five years of noise standard related appeals and delays.

    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,  


    Zphere Planning Jatropha Production for BioJet Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Zphere Works
    Date: 2016-07-13
    In Mexico City, Zphere Works reports it has contracted with Houston-headquartered Turf Feeding Systems to grow 23,000 hectares of Jatropha in the Yucatn region of Mexico. The jatropha will be used to produce oil for a proposed Honeywell refinery that will produce 30,000,000 gpy of BioJet Fuel.

    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, jkatz@blacksmithicg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zphere Works,  Jatropha,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Physicians for Social Responsibility Comment on Exxon's Carbon Tax Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Exxon
    Date: 2016-07-13
    "Despite recent revelations about Exxon's deceptiveness about climate change, the billion-dollar industry is now turning the tables and pushing for a carbon tax on all U.S. energy companies.

    "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,  


    Brilliant Light Power Touting SunCell® Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
    Brilliant Light Power
    Date: 2016-07-13
    Cranbury, New Jersey-based Brilliant Light Power, Inc. (BrLP) reports that it has continuously generated over a million watts of power from a new primary source until the cell vaporized from the intense heat. The power released by the conversion of hydrogen atoms from water molecules into a lower energy form called "Hydrino" or dark matter is manifest as brilliant-light emitting plasma wherein the light is essentially all high-energy light in the extreme ultraviolet.

    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, info@brilliantlightpower.com, http://brilliantlightpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    CARB Proposes Cap-and-Trade Extension to 2030 (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2016-07-13
    In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is proposing to extend the state's carbon emissions cap-and-trade program to fight climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels beyond its originally mandated 2020 expiry date. California's 4-year cap-and-trade program was intended to cut fossil fuels consumption, and thus fight climate change, by requiring utilities, manufacturers and other companies to meet strict emissions limits or offset their emissions with the purchase of credits to exceed their limits.

    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, helpline@arb.ca.gov,www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Gov. Jerry Brown ,  


    EBRD Loans $110Mn for Turkish Renewables Projects (Int'l. Funding)
    EBRD
    Date: 2016-07-13
    The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it has approved a $110 million loan for construction of Turkish renewable energy and resource efficiency projects including solar, hydropower, wind, geothermal, waste-to-energy, and energy efficiency as well as water-saving and waste-minimisation projects. The funds will be extended by Akbank through an investment in investment-grade-rated senior USD-denominated notes issued under Akbank's Diversified Payment Rights (DPR) programme.

    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 Slashing Green Energy Subsidies (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2016-07-13
    In Bonn, the German legislature on Friday voted to dramatically slash subsidies and other financial incentives supporting green energy. Most of the subsidies will be replaced with a system of competitive auctions where the cheapest electricity wins. Compared to the U.S average of 10.4 cents per kWh, the German average is 39 cents per kWh due to intense fiscal support for green 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,  


    Lack of Incentives Hurting UK Energy Efficiency, says Survey (Int'l)
    Tuffin Ferraby Taylor
    Date: 2016-07-13
    In the UK, a recent energy survey by Edinburgh-based building industry consultant Tuffin Ferraby Taylor has found that energy efficiency in the UK is suffering due to a lack of government incentives.

    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,  


    Ameresco Inks $72Mn GSA Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco Inc.,U.S. General Services Administration
    Date: 2016-07-13
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has inked a $72.2 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) covering four federal buildings in the nation's capitol. The contract is part of the GSA's National Deep Energy Retrofit Program.

    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,  


    Siemens Unveils 8MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    Siemens
    Date: 2016-07-11
    German industrial giant Siemens reports the official launch of its new direct-drive SWT-8.0-154 offshore wind turbine that promises a 10 pct increase in annual energy production (AEP) compared to its previous 7MW model. The company is calling the new turbine "another significant step towards grid parity for offshore wind".

    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,  


    US Ethanol, DDG Exports Down from 2015, Biodiesel Up (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2016-07-11
    According to USDA data for the month of May, U.S. exports of ethanol totaled 55.7 million gallons, down 14 pct from a year ago. Canada was the top purchaser accounting for 38 pct of May’s sales with China a close second. In the first five months of 2016, U.S. ethanol exports were up 6 pct from the previous year.

    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,  


    Canadian Solar Selling Chinese Solar Power Projects (Int'l, M&A)
    Canadian Solar,Create Technology & Science Co
    Date: 2016-07-11
    Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. is reporting that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CSI Solar Power (China) Inc. has entered into a project sale agreement under which Create Technology & Science Co., Ltd. will purchase Canadian Solar's operating solar power projects in Funing, Jiangsu Province, China for approximately $32.8 million, subject to board and regulatory approvals.

    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,  


    Gamesa Wins 298 MW Avangrid Renewables Wind Order (Ind. Report)
    Gamesa,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2016-07-11
    Gamesa is reporting receipt of an order for 142 G114-2.1 MW turbines totaling 298 MW from the U.S. utility Avangrid Renewables, part of the Iberdrola Group. The turbines will be installed at the El Cabo wind complex in New Mexico.

    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 Green Bond Investments Top $11.2Bn (Int'l, Ind Report)
    Peoples Bank of China, National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2016-07-11
    In Beijing, according to the Peoples Bank of China, the government's Central Bank with $3.201 trillion USD in reserves, with its green bonds issued in the first half of the year reaching $11.2 billion -- one-third of the world's total issued in the period, China is now the world's largest green bond market.

    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,  


    Germanwatch Stresses Climate Change Finance Readiness (Int'l)
    Germanwatch Climate Risk Index
    Date: 2016-07-11
    According to the Germanwatch Climate Risk Index, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have agreed to support developing countries -- such as Pakistan which the Index identifies as the third-most likely country to suffer climate change related disasters -- in their efforts to combat climate change by providing financial resources and technical know-how for mitigation and adaptation initiatives.

    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,  


    Alliance BioEnergy Touts Interest in CTS Process (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy Plus
    Date: 2016-07-11
    Following-up on our June 17th coverage, West Palm Beach, Florida-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. reports that its subsidiary Ek Laboratories is continuing to to optimize its dry mechanical CTS process for dry distillers grain (DDG) and various other cellulose biomass. The CTS process is able to convert biomass into its base components of sugars and lignin that can then be used to produce biofuels, bioplastics, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, carbon fiber and a various other high value products.

    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, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com; Ek Laboratories, www.eklaboratories.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ek Laboratories,  Alliance BioEnergy Plus,  DDGs,  Cellulosic,  Biofuel,  


    EU, Korea Launch Joint Emissions Cap-and-Trade Scheme (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2016-07-11
    The European Union and the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance are reporting the launch of a cooperative greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade scheme expected to be worth over €3.5 million ($3.87 million). The scheme is slated to run until January 2019.

    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,  


    VYCON® Touting Flywheel Energy Storage Technology (Ind. Report)
    VYCON,Calnetix Technologies
    Date: 2016-07-11
    Cerritos, California-based Calnetix Technologies subsidiary VYCON® reports it is showcasing its VDC XXE flywheel kinetic energy storage system for emergency backup power.

    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,  


    Sonnen Launches Lower-Cost Solar Battery (New Prod & Tech)
    Sonnen
    Date: 2016-07-11
    The US unit of German energy storage specialist Sonnen GmbH is reporting a new 4-kWh sonnenBatterie eco compact product for the US residential market. The battery unit is offered at up to 40 pct of the cost of sonnen's other products, and includes an inverter, battery modules, smart energy manager and measurement technology. The united retails for under $6,000 without installation.

    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,  


    Enginuity Promoting Farm Waste BioCoal Potential (Ind. Report)
    Enginuity Worldwide
    Date: 2016-07-11
    Enginuity Worldwide, a company out of Mexico, Missouri, wants to turn that agricultural waste into a product it’s calling BioCoal, which it says looks and burns just like regular coal and could help reduce the carbon footprint of coal-fired electricity. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality last month announced it awarded Mexico, Missouri-based Enginuity Worldwide a $250,525 grant to explore the feasibility of processing agricultural waste into carbon-neutral "BioCoal."

    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 Takes Stake in N.M. Wind Farm, Transmission Line (M&A)
    Pattern Energy,Siemens
    Date: 2016-07-08
    San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it will acquire interests in a 324 MW wind farm in New Mexico and an associated transmission line for $269 million from Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development).

    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, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Siemens,  Wind,  


    Brexit Supporters Question UK's CO2 Emissions Budget (Int'l)
    Global Warming Policy Foundation,EU ETS
    Date: 2016-07-08
    In the UK, the London-headquartered Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) says the UK's recent initiative to set a new "carbon Budget" limiting carbon dioxide emissions faces a challenge with the Brexit decision to leave the European Union.

    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, info@thegwpf.org, http://www.thegwpf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  EU ETS,  


    Siemens Touts Direct-Drive Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    Siemens
    Date: 2016-07-08
    The German engineering juggernaut Siemens is promoting the latest addition to its offshore direct drive platform, the SWT-8.0-154, 8-MW turbine which is based on the existing offshore direct drive platform. The first SWT-8.0-154 is slated for installation early next year. The unit is expected to deliver up to 10 pct higher annual energy production (AEP) under offshore wind conditions as compared to the 7-MW model.

    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,  


    Swiss Slash Carbon Emissions by 7 pct. (Int'l Report)
    Swiss Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2016-07-08
    According to the Swiss government, Swiss CO2 emissions fell the equivalent of more than three million tonnes in 2015. The drop was due in part to the government's Building Programme which subsidizes improvements to building insulation and encourages greater use of renewable energy.

    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,  


    N. Ireland Renewable Obligation Wind Incentive Closes (Int'l)
    Northern Ireland Economics Ministry
    Date: 2016-07-06
    In Dublin, the Northern Ireland Economics Ministry reports that the Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation (NIRO) for small-scale wind projects has closed to new applications.

    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,  


    S. Korea Plans $36Bn Renewables Investment by 2020 (Int'l Report)
    South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
    Date: 2016-07-06
    In Seoul, the South Korean government has announced it invest approximately $36 billion to assist the development of environmentally friendly power plants, smart meters, energy storage and renewable energy projects by 2020.

    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,  


    EDF, BYD Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
    BYD Battery,EDF
    Date: 2016-07-06
    Shenzhen-based clean- and energy efficient technologies firm BYD Co Ltd reports it and French utility EDF have sealed a deal under which they and their respective subsidiaries will pursue and develop energy storage projects worldwide. According to a press release, In the near future, EDF's branches in the US, France and the UK will cooperate with BYD which is active in the U.S., Italy, Canada, the UK and China.

    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,  


    TVA Continues to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Tennessee Valley Authority,TVA
    Date: 2016-07-06
    Over the past several years the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation's largest public power company, has largely shifted from coal to cleaner forms of energy generation allowing TVA industrial consumers to emit less greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing processes, according to a 2015 TVA report. The report found that between the fiscal years of 2007 and 2015, the TVA's fossil-fuel energy production decreased from 68 pct to 47 pct while CO2 emissions dropped 30 pct since 2005. The trend is expected to continue as TVA coal-burning power generation continues to yield to renewable energy through the TVA's Green Power Switch and Green Power Providers programs.

    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, tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tenneessee Valley Authority,  TVA,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EU Agri Methane Emissions Cuts Not Presently Required (Int'l)
    European Parliament
    Date: 2016-07-06
    Reductions in methane emission, which emanate from the agriculture sector, will not now be mandatory following an agreement at EU level to cut air pollution levels by 2030. A review of methane emissions could, however, be triggered at a future date, according to Mairead McGuinness MEP and VP of the European Parliament.

    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,  


    BRICS Issues Energy Saving, Efficiency Action Plan (Int'l)
    BRICS
    Date: 2016-07-06
    The BRICS countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and China -- working group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency is reporting the issuance of its Draft Action Plan on Development of Cooperation in Energy Saving & Energy Efficiency. The Action Plan acknowledges the role of energy saving and energy efficiency in ensuring sustainable economic development of the member countries and reaffirms the importance and necessity of advancing cooperation in the field of energy saving, energy efficiency and developing energy efficient technologies. The draft Action Plan aims to:
  • To Implement the areas of cooperation between the BRICS countries as identified in the Memorandum of Understanding on energy saving and energy efficiency;
  • To Prepare recommendations for the development of cooperation in the area of energy saving and improvement of energy efficiency for the BRICS Ministers of Energy;
  • To Elaborate the work plan on development of cooperation in energy saving and energy efficiency within BRICS till 2020 and beyond.

    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,  


  • Vancouver ID's Energy Inefficiency with Thermal Imaging (Ind. Report)
    City of Vancouver Green Building Planner, City of Vancouver
    Date: 2016-07-06
    In British Columbia, the City of Vancouver reports it will use thermal imaging this winter to test the energy efficiency of up to 15,000 city homes.

    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,  


    Rexel says UK's Low Carbon Target Unaffected by Brexit (Int'l)
    Rexel Energy Solutions
    Date: 2016-07-06
    In the UK, fears that the possible Brexit will negatively effect the Government's June, 2016, commitment to a low-carbon economy have been slightly dispelled as leading renewable specialist Rexel UK welcomes news of the UK’s competitive new carbon reduction target for the early 2030s.

    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, correspondence@decc.gsi.gov.uk, www.decc.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DECC,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Target,  Rexel Energy Solutions,  


    EDF Commissions "Stealth" Equipped French Wind Farm (Int'l)
    EDF Energies Nouvelles,Eolien Maritime France,Enbridge
    Date: 2016-07-01
    In Southern France, EDF Energies Nouvelles is reporting the commissioning of the 35 "stealth" turbine, Ensemble Eolien Catalan wind farm in the municipalities of Baixas, Calce, Pezilla-la-Riviere and Villeneuve-la-Riviere, Pyrenees-Orientales department. The "stealth" technology equipped wind turbines are designed to limit interference with weather radars and similar installations. The high-tech wind turbines were developed by EDF Energies Nouvelles, Danish turbines manufacturer Vestas and QinetiQ, the international defence, security and technology company.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energies Nouvelles,  Wind,  


    Indiana Univ. Awarded $525,000 for Carbon Recycling R&D (Funding)
    Indiana University,National Science Foundation
    Date: 2016-07-01
    In Bloomington, Indiana University chemists Prof. Steven L. Tait and Prof. Kenneth Caulton have received $525,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) over 3 years to advance research with applications to carbon recycling. The IU scientists will create new catalysts that guide molecular transformations such as converting CO2 molecules into carbon-neutral plastics, building materials and fuel.

    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, tait@indiana.edu; Prof. Kenneth Caulton, caulton@indiana.edu, www.indiana.edu; National Science Foundation, (703) 292-5111, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2 ,  


    Business Could Cut 60 pct of Emissions Pledged at COP21 by 2030, says Report (Ind. Report)
    NewClimate Institute,CDP
    Date: 2016-07-01
    According to a just published report from the New Climate Institute and CDP, businesses could cut its CO2 emissions globally by 3.7 billion mtpy by 2030 -- 6 pct of the total emission cuts pledged by all countries at the COP21 meeting last December in Paris.

    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.

    The independent NewClimate Institute supports research and implementation of action against climate change by generating and sharing knowledge on international climate negotiations, tracking climate action, climate and development, climate finance, carbon market mechanisms and sustainable energy policy.

    Access THE BUSINESS END OF CLIMATE CHANGE - How bold corporate action supported by smart policy can keep temperature rise below 2 degree C report HERE. (Source: NewClimate Inst.,Actuary, 28 June, 2016) Contact: NewClimate Institute, +49 221 999 833-02, info@newclimate.org, www.newclimate.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NewClimate Institute,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

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