The legislation, which could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the Bay State's overall energy mix, is seen by many lawmakers as critical in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and replacing energy that has left, or will leave the New England energy grid in the coming years, including the scheduled 2019 shutdown of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth.
The bill now heads to the Senate. (Source: Marcellus, Various Others, June 10, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Wind, Hydro Electric,
WPPI Energy is a member-owned power supplier to 51 locally owned not-for-profit electric utilities that serve more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa. Renewables currently make up approximately 14 pct of WPPI Energy's energy supply portfolio.
Proposals are due by 5 p.m. CDT on July 29, 2016.
(Source: WPPI Energy, 12 June, 2016) Contact: WPPI Energy, Pat Connors, Snr, VP Power Supply, (608) 834-4500, www.wppienergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News WPPI Energy, Renewable Energy,
ConEd will initially own the storage systems with the goal of gathering 1.8 megawatts/4 megawatt-hours of capacity to serve as a "clean virtual power plant." Each home will be outfitted with a 7-kilowatt to 9-kilowatt rooftop PV system and a 6-kilowatt/19.4-kilowatt-hour energy storage system. In addition to the utility-facing grid services, the installation provides homeowners with backup power for essential loads in the home.
The units are designed to be both a local and an ISO resource, with direct control room integration. (Source: ConEd, gtm. 12 June, 2016)Contact: Sunverge,
Sarah Singleton, VP Marketing,Ken Munson, CEO, www.sunverge.com; SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, Ingrid Ekstrom, (510) 260-8368, email@example.com, www.sunpower.com; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunverge, SunPower, ConEdison Solutions, Solar, Energy Storage,
According to Cathay Pacific, the combination of the new airplane's improvements in fuel efficiency --about 25 pct better than current aircraft -- and the fuel's properties resulted in an estimated 30 pct reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to comparable flights in recent-generation aircraft using fossil fuels.
Amyris and Total partnered to create the sustainable sugar cane-derived, farnesene-based renewable Biojet fuel using a process certified by the RSB. (Source: Amyris, StreetInsider, 13 June, 2016) Contact: Amyris, John Melo, CEO, (510) 450-0761, www.amyris.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Amyris, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
GE's Digital Power Plant for Steam software interprets data drawn from sensors across the power plant, highlights key factors that may affect performance and takes appropriate action through a closed loop control system. According to GE, the software can cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired plants by 3 pct and reduce coal consumption by 67,000 tpy with the same MW of output based on a 1,000 MW power plant.
GE’s Digital Power Plant software can enhance the performance and reduce emissions of almost all steam plants -- including non-GE and legacy Alstom plants -- commissioned in the past 25 years.
(Source: General Electric, 14 June, 2016) Contact: GE Power, Steve Bolze, President & CEO, www.gepower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Power, Coal, Carbon Emissions, Emissions Software,
Nordic Blue Crude AS (NBC) business plan is to produce enhanced Synthetic Crude from renewable power, water and CO2 The Blue Crude product consists of 50 pct high value wax, 30 pct middle distillate usable as high performance and quality diesel and 20 pct naphtha, refinable to gasoline.
NBC has an exclusive license agreement with Sunfire AG, and agreements for localization of production unit at Heroya.
(Source: Nordic Blue Crude, Gas2, GreenCar Reports, June, 2016) Contact: Nordic Blue Crude, Contact information is presently unavailable
More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Crude, Synthetic Diesel,
According to Scientists at the UK Meteorology Office, carbon dioxide emissions have increased over the past 12 months due in part to the continued burning of fossil fuels and an unbridled El Nino event. Reports from earlier this year also found that 2016 is poised to become the hottest year in recorded history.
The findings highlight increasingly urgent concerns about global efforts to curb climate change as outlined in the COP21 Paris agreement, according to the study.
The study adds that "in the longer term, a reduction in CO2 concentration would require substantial and sustained cuts in anthropogenic emissions to near zero."
(Source: UK Meteorology Office, San Diego Free Press, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike, 14 June, 2016) Contact: UK Meteorology Office, +44 1392 885 680, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.metoffice.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Changfe, Global Warming,
DNV GL will provide constraints analysis, wind resource and energy assessment, energy cost modeling and a preliminary wind farm layout.
St. John's-based Fugro GeoSurveys has been contracted to provide bathymetric/geologic compilation, hydrographic data reprocessing, assessment of stability and seismicity, analyses of seabed morphology and routing options.
As we reported in December 2015, Beothuk it is also in the preliminary planning stages of a proposed 120-turbine offshore wind farm off the coast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The $4 billion wind farm would generate approximately 1,000 MW of electric power that would be marketed to the New England states.
(Source: Beothuk Energy, PR, TC Media, 8 June, 2016)
Contact: Beothuk Energy Inc., Kirby Mercer, Pres., CEO, (888) 465-9241, www.beothukenergy.com; DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com
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According to the ICS, although it fully supports the IMO's mandatory data collection mechanism the EU needs to align its regime with the IMO system that is now agreed upon by the entire international shipping community.
The EU Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of ships' CO2 emissions was adopted in 2015 and will be fully implemented within three years when all ships trading to Europe will be required to comply with some of its provisions.
(Source: ICS, Splash24/7, 6 June, 2016) Contact: ICS Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions, Maritime Emissions, International Chamber of Shipping, IMO ,
One resolution opposing a carbon tax as detrimental to the US economy was supported by 231 Republicans and six Democrats, while 163 Democrats opposed the measure. (Source: Various Sources, Energy Voice, June 12, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,
The calculation is carried out online based on intelligent algorithms and data from the DHL Carbon Accounting and Controlling department. The computational methodology reflects the recognized greenhouse gas protocol standards, the European Standard EN 16258, as well as the guidelines of the Global Logistics Emissions Council.
The tool calculates the amount of CO2 equivalent emissions that the transport will generate. Inquiries are free of charge on the system and can be entered without registration and users have access to an expanded range of analytical functions.
(Source: DHL, Air Cargo World, Global Trade, 10 June, 2016) Contact: DHL Global Forwarding, Kathrin Brost, VP Green Strategy, Roger Crook, CEO, www.dhl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissioins, DHL Global,
Meerwind, which is valued at approximately €1.6 billion, supplies power for approximately 360,000 households. It is owned by WindMW, which is 80 pct owned by the American private equity firm Blackstone Group, with the remaining 20 pct held by Windland Energieerzeugung.
(Source: Yibada, Reuters, 12 June, 2016)
Contact: China Three Gorges, www.ctgpc.com; Blackstone Group, www.blackstone.com
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Apple will pay only $5,569.50 in rent per year for the first five years. After the initial 16 years, Apple will have an option to extend its lease by five more.
In a related agreement the county agreed to sell about 40 percent of its landfill methane to Quadrogen Power Systems, which will treat the gas for use at Apple's facility. The remaining methane will be used by the county for other energy purposes. (Source: Apple Insider, June 10, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple Inc., Landfill Gas,
The project, which is expected to cost approximately $140 million, will be constructed and operated by a subsidiary of Miami-based Origis Energy. Walmart will purchase and retire a majority of the renewable energy credits generated at the facility.
The new facility will be the third, and by far the largest, renewable energy project announced under a program allowing Alabama Power to reach agreements with specific customers on up to 500 total megawatts of renewable energy projects.
(Source: Alabama Power, Walmart, PR, June, 2016) Contact: Origis Energy, www.origisenergy.com; Walmart, David Ozment, Snr. Dir. of Energy, (479) 273-4000, corporate.walmart.com; Alabama Power, CEO, Mark Crosswhite, www.alabamapower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart, Alabama Power, Origis Energy, Solar, Solar,
Department-funded research and development will foster technology breakthroughs to unlock new levels of SSL performance and energy savings.
The selected projects will together receive more than $10.5 million and will make a cost-share contribution for a total public-private investment in excess of $13.5 million, to further reduce the cost and improve the quality of SSL products:
This is the eleventh round of the DOE's investments in solid-state lighting core technology research and product development.
(Source: DOE, 10 June, 2016) (Contact: US, DOE, (202) 586-5000, http://energy.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light,
The company plans to construct a second methanol plant similar to the first unit in design and scope in 2019.
(Source: Yuhuang Chemical, Baton Rouge Bus. Report, 8 June, 2016) Contact: Yuhuang Chemical, James Oliver, VP US, www.yci-us.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,
ReneSola Ltd. provides virgin polysilicon, monocrystalline, and multicrystalline solar wafers and and photovoltaic cells,
, as well as offers wafer processing services, solar power project development, engineering, procurement, and construction services. (Source: ReneSola, PR, 7 June, 2016) Contact: ReneSola Ltd., Brian Armentrout, (603) 748-6933, email@example.com, www.renesola.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola Ltd, Solar,
The new entity is inline with Daimler's focus on the growing market for stationary batteries and energy storage.
According to Daimler, a separate entity provides greater flexibility for the stationary storage business, particularly when contacting the diverse Mercedes-Benz automobile customer base. Daimler is also looking at international expansion and collaboration with further partners. (Source: Daimler, Others, ET Auto, 4 June, 2016)
Contact: Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/next/connectivity/mercedes-benz-energys
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Stationary Energy Storage, Lithium-Ion Battery,
The plan includes a means-tested "cash-for-clunkers" scheme the encourage a switch to electric vehicles as well as a rebate against recharging costs. Existing rebates of up to $14,000 per electric vehicle will be expanded with up to $1,000 available to install a home-charging station and the hopeful removal of the 13 pct harmonized sales tax from electric cars and other related transportation initiatives. The plan also mandates that all new homes must be net zero carbon homes by 2030.
The climate change action plan is expected to add between $5.964 billion and $8.301 billion to provincial balance sheet over the next five years -- all of which by law must be earmarked for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
(Source: Star, CBC, Various Others, 7 June, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Climate Change, GHGs,
The $17.5 million facility will produce biomethane from animal manure and organic wastes and is expected to deliver approximately 9 million. cubic meters of biomethane directly into Denmark's gas grid.
(Source: E.ON Denmark, Others, 8 June, 2016) Contact: E.ON Denmark, +45 44 85 41 00, www.eon.dk
More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON Denmark, Biogas, anaerobic digestion ,
According to Ontario's Climate Change Strategy the province's third largest source of emissions is the building sector and residential buildings make up a significant portion of these emissions which can be significantly reduced through greater energy efficiency.
By placing greater value on energy efficiency, homeowners will look for ways to improve the performance of their homes and reduce their carbon footprint -- including greater utilization of government-funded renovation and retrofit programs.
Mandatory home energy labeling is an initiative of the Home Energy Transparency Coalition which includes the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Ontario Home Builders Association, Clean Economy Alliance, and NAIMA Canada representing more than 125 organizations.(Source: Gov. of Ontario, Market Wire, Various Sources, 8 June, 2016)
Contact: NAIMA Canada, Jay Nordenstrom, Exec. Dir., (613) 232-8093, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.naimacanada.ca; Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, (905) 614-1641, www.energyefficiency.org; Clean Economy Alliance, www.cleaneconomyalliance.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Home Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Action Plan,
The report also finds that the costs of retrofitting marine engines for both methanol and ethanol are in same range as costs for installing exhaust gas after treatment (scrubber and selective catalytic reduction) for use with heavy fuel oil, and below the costs of switching to LNG. It also found
methanol competitive with other fuels and emissions compliance strategies, depending upon fuel price differentials. Based on historic price differentials, methanol will have shorter payback times than both LNG and ethanol solutions for meeting sulphur emission control area requirements.
(Source: EMSA, Maritime Exec., June, 2016) Contact: EMSA, +351 21 120 9121, www.emsa.europa.eu
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The research identified several proteins that are essential in the assembly of the protein machinery that makes cellulose. The newly discovered proteins are located in an intracellular compartment called the Golgi where proteins are sorted and modified.
"The findings are important to understand how plants produce their biomass", says Professor Paul Dupree from the University of Cambridge's Department of Biochemistry. "Greenhouse-gas emissions from cellulosic ethanol are estimated to be roughly 85 pct less than from fossil fuel sources. Research to understand cellulose production in plants is therefore an important part of climate change mitigation." "In addition, by using cellulosic plant materials we get around the problem of food-versus-fuel scenario that is problematic when using corn as a basis for bioethanol. It is therefore of great importance to find genes and mechanisms that can improve cellulose production in plants so that we can tailor cellulose production for various needs."
(Source: University of Cambridge, June, 2016)
Contact: University of Melbourne, Prof. Staffan Persson, Persson.email@example.com: Cambridge University,
Drs. Yi Zhang (Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology) and Nino Nikolovski, www.cam.ac.uk
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Sonnen is developing sonnenCommunity, a networked electricity community that combines decentralized renewable power generation, advanced battery storage technology and digital networking to allow members to become independent of the established electricity providers.
sonnenCommunity member homes are typically equipped with a sonnenBatterie and a PV system that feeds surplus electric power into a virtual energy pool that is drawn upon by other members as needed.
(Source: Sonnen GmbH,SeeNews, Others, June, 2016) Contact: Sonnen GmbH, www.sonnen-batterie.com; GE Ventures, Sue Siegal, (650) 233-3900, CEO,www.geventures.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric, GE Ventures, Sonnen GmbH,
The Chinese steel industry funding program is Melbourne-headquartered BHP Billiton's second CCS research venture after the 2015 alliance with SaskPower's $1.4 billion Boundary Dam project in Saskatchewan, Canada.
(Source: BHP Billiton, Sydney Morning Herald, June, 2016) Contact: BHP Billiton, Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, Dean Dalla Valle, COO, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton, Saskpower, CCS,
"It's a tremendous threat to our climate, and a needless waste of valuable resources. 'Cutting this pollution is the fastest, cheapest path to slow the warming we will otherwise see in the next 20 years. The federal government should extend the same level-headed standards targeting new and modified oil and gas equipment to thousands of existing facilities that are still exempt despite generating millions of tons of methane pollution a year." -- Fred Krupp, Pres., Environmental Defense Fund
"The agency (EPA) should move swiftly to collect whatever information it believes it needs and develop standards for existing operations. If the nation is to achieve our climate commitment to reduce methane pollution, we have no time to waste in taking on these older sources next." -- Meleah Geertsman, Snr. Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council's Midwest Program
"Imposing a one-size-fits-all scheme on the industry could actually stifle innovation and discourage investments in new technologies that could serve to further reduce emissions. (The new regulations) could discourage natural gas production, disrupt our progress reducing emissions, and increase the cost of energy for American consumers." -- Kyle Isakower, VP Economic and Regulatory Policy, American Petroleum Institute (API),
"EPA continues to go out of its way to target abundant American energy. This new set of rules will add significant burdens and costs to an already highly regulated industry. Our economy is already on shaky ground, and more layers of federal regulation will only serve to threaten existing jobs and discourage new domestic production." -- U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL,15), Chairman of the House Environment and the Economy Subcommittee
"In taking this important first step, the EPA and the Obama administration are rejecting the status quo that has allowed the oil and gas industry to recklessly pollute communities around the country for so long. If we are to truly safeguard our communities, our health, and our climate from the dangers of fossil fuel pollution, we must keep dirty fuels in the ground and transition to clean, renewable energy like solar and wind power." -- Michael Brune, Exec. Dir, Sierra Club. (Source: Various Sources, Progress Illinois, 6 June, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,
The current economic environment and the volatility of raw material prices were considerations in the decision, the company indicated.
(Source: BASF, Kallanish Energy, 7 June, 2016) Contact: BASF, www.basf.com/us/en/company/about-us/Locations/featured-sites/Freeport.html
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Celanese's first US methanol plant with joint venture partner Mitsui & Co in Clear Lake, Texas, began production in October 2015.
The 1.4 million tpy plant is reported to be running at full capacity.
(Source: Celanese, ICIS, 7 June, 2016) Contact: Celanese, Mark Rohr, CEO, Jon Puckett, (972) 443-4965, Jon.Puckett@celanese.com, www.celanese.com, www.celaneseblog.com; Mitsui Chemical, www.mitsui-chem.co.jp
More Low-Carbon Energy News Celanese, Mitsui, Methanol,
At the end of March, the installed biomass-to-power capacity was 11.5 GW country-wide, up 9.7 pct on the year.
In March alone, biomass-fired power plants produced 1,077 MWa.
Sugarcane bagasse was the most widely used fuel representing about 80 pct of the generation from 244 biomass power plants in commercial operation. (Source: CCEE, SeeNews, 7 June, 2016) Contact: CCEE, www.ccee.org.br
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Sugarcane Biomass,
Gevo's alcohol to jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) process turns its bio-based isobutanol into jet fuel that meets the requirements of the recently revised ASTM D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) for up to a 30 pct fuel blend. The two Alaska Airlines flights utilized a 20 pct fuel blend.
(Source: Gevo, 7 June, 2016)Contact: Gevo Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo, Alaska Airline, Aviation Biofuel,
Western Plains Energy is a mid-sized producer with a production capacity of 50 million gpy from both corn and grain sorghum. (Source: RFA, Energy Insider, 6 June, 2016) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen,CEO, Pres., (202) 269-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org;
Western Plains Energy, Derek Peine, CEO, (785) 672-8810, wpellc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Plains Energy, Renewable Fuels Association , Ethanol,
Upper limits have also been placed on the expansion of solar. Large-scale solar installations are now capped at 600 MW per year, however, government support for installations smaller than 750 kW will continue so as not to hamper the roll-out of rooftop solar.
The new models provide improved forecasts, accurate up to each quarter-hour, showing how much electricity Germany's installed solar PV and wind facilities will generate over the next few hours, or days.
The new EnergyForecaster platform helps system operators calculate the amount of wind and solar energy being fed into the grid, and into which grid nodes it is being fed, as well information on the reliability of the forecasts.
(Source: Fraunhofer Institute, CleanTechnica, Others, June, 2016)Contact:
Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, +49 761 4588-5258,http://www.iwes.fraunhofer.de
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The following projects have been funded: Dioxide Materials, Boca Raton, Florida; Intelligent Optical Systems Inc., Torrance, California; KWJ Engineering Inc., Newark, California; Mechanical Solutions Inc., Whippany, New Jersey.
The funding is from the DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that explore the feasibility of innovative concepts that could be developed into prototype technologies. (Source: DOE Building Technologies Office, ACHR, June, 2016) Contact:
DOE Building Technologies Office, http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/small-business-portfolio
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In February, Ottawa City Council directed staff to work with key stakeholders and community partners to reduce community-wide GHGs and to pursue a long-term GHG reduction target of 80 pct below 2012 levels by 2050. By joining Carbon 613, the city will be better positioned to meet the goals and objectives of the city's Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan.
Carbon 613 members are environmental leaders in the community, including Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Canadian Museum of Nature, Your Credit Union, Arborus Consulting, Smarter Shift, CSV Architects, and others. (Source: City of Ottawa , PR, 2 June, 2016) Contact: Envirocentre Carbon 613, (613) 656-0100, email@example.com, www.envirocentre.ca; City of Ottawa, (613) 580-9656, www.ottawa.ca
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The IEA's main scenario 2 Degree Scenario (2DS) is in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) analysis and demonstrates the actions needed in the energy sector to limit the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2 degree C.
In the 2DS, the share of fossil fuels in global primary energy supply drops from 80 pct in 2011 to just over 40 pct in 2050. Under the scenario, some 22 GWe of new nuclear generating capacity must be added annually by 2050. Nuclear energy could account for 7 pct of cumulative emissions reductions in the 2DS between 2013 and 2050, according to the IEA.
these challenges. This awareness has yet to be translated into policy support for long-term operation of the existing fleet to prevent early closures of safe, reliable low-carbon baseload power plants, and facilitate construction of new units.
The IEA suggests, "market incentives in the form of carbon taxes or electricity market arrangements, or both, are needed to favour all low-carbon technologies. (Source: IEA, World Nuclear News, June, 2016) Contact: IEA,
Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
Airlines recognize the deal would add costs. For example, the cost of fuel on an A380 flight from London to Beijing would be $45,000, and a carbon offset at the highest price would be 10 pct of that.
Aviation was excluded from the COP21 accord in Paris in December, when countries agreed to limit the rise in global temperatures to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. (Source: IATA, Trade Arabia, 4 June, 2016) Contact: IATA, Paul Steele, Corp. Sec.,
More Low-Carbon Energy News IATA, Aviation Emissions,
The two organizations will design, build and test a first sub-scale prototype off the coast of Maine, as well as to validate a transformative LCOE model of a full-scale design.
Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) wind energy converts the kinetic energy of offshore winds into electricity with mechanical simplicity and could increase the capacity and cut the cost reduce the cost of offshore wind power generation. (Source: Accio Energy, Various Sources, WindTech, 31 May, 2016) Contact: Accio Energy,
Jennifer Baird, CEO, Dawn White, President and CTO, (734) 418-8682, www.accioenergy.com; ARPA-E, arpa-e.energy.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ARPA-E, Offhsore Wind, Accio Energy,
Biox owns and operates a 17.7 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Indiana-based Louis Dreyfus is the largest fully integrated soybean processing and biodiesel plant in the U.S. with an 88 MMgy production capacity and a large glycerin refinery that was just recently added to its complex. UNICA is the leading trade association for the sugarcane industry in Brazil, representing 60 pct of Brazil's sugarcane production and processing. Brazil is the second largest producer and exporter of renewable fuel behind the U.S.
(Source: ABFA, June, 2016) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres., www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com; Biox Corp., www.bioxcorp.com; UNICA, english.unica.com.br; Louis Dreyfus, www.louisdreyfus.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Biodiesel, Biox Corp. , Advanced Biofuels Association,
Until now, paraffinic diesel fuel, which includes gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel, hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO, a.k.a., renewable diesel), and biomass-to-liquids (BTL), has mainly been sold to end users in Europe as a component in fuel blends. The approval of the new standard will make it easier for vehicle manufacturers to authorize the use of 100 percent paraffinic fuel The new standard is expected to come into effect the second half of this year.
CEN is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 33 European countries.
CEN supports standardization activities in relation to a wide range of fields and sectors including: air and space, chemicals, construction, consumer products, defence and security, energy, the environment, food and feed, health and safety, healthcare, ICT, machinery, materials, pressure equipment, services, smart living, transport and packaging. (Source: European Committee for Standardization, Others, June, 2016) Contact:
European Committee for Standardization, www.cen.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel,
AFP is advocating for energy choice, along with groups like the Michigan Freedom Fund. Currently 10 percent of the market can choose to go with an alternative electric supplier instead of their incumbent utility, and free market groups like AFP and MFF want to see that choice increased. Other groups gathered Tuesday, like MEC, were advocating for more renewables.
(Source: Michigan Environmental Council. MLive, 31 May, 2016) Contact: Michigan Environmental Council, James Clift, (51& 487-9539, www.environmentalcouncil.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy,
The following Michigan companies were among those to be honored: Bel-Aire Heating and Air Conditioning ; Dr. Energy Saver; Ecotelligent Homes LLC ; The Insulation Man Inc.; Randazzo Mechanical HVAC ; Vredevoogd Heating and Cooling ; and Cobblestone Homes.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
(Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 1 June, 2016) Contact: Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP, www.consumersenergy.com, (866) 234-0445, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/save
More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy, Energy Efficiency ,
Together, the organizations will develop an energy management plan and implement technology to help the MBTA slash its 2017 energy costs by 12 pct. The MBTA currently spends more than $48 million annually on energy.
Through the partnership, the MBTA will use Schneider Electric's cloud-based Resource Advisor to visualize, measure and manage efficiency and sustainability initiatives. The software will compile and track data from up to 218 energy meters across 45 sites. This includes the analysis of both utility and interval data to identify trends, allocate spend and pinpoint efficiency measures to deliver savings.
The MBTA will leverage the Performance Analytics Module within Resource Advisor to gain a complete view of all consumption-related interval data streams in near real-time. Analytics captured within this module will help the MBTA:
benchmark site performance across its portfolio;
Identify non-optimized stations, equipment and behavioral inefficiencies ;
monitor and control consumption to identify anomalies ; and
prioritize energy efficiency projects and validate ROI.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, June, 2016) Contact: MBTA, www.mbta.com; Schneider Electric,
Steve Wilhite, Snr. VP, Energy and Sustainability Services, www.schneider-electric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,
"Cities drive economic growth but can also drive sustainable change. As the share of the world's population living in cities rises, ambitious action in urban areas can be instrumental in achieving long term sustainability of the global energy system -- including the carbon emission reductions required to meet the climate goals reached at COP21 in Paris. Support from national governments is a strategic prerequisite for leveraging the potential for sustainable energy technology and policy in cities that too often lies untapped.
"With global energy demand set to become even greater over the coming decades, Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 looks at the technology and policy opportunities available for accelerating the transition to sustainable urban energy systems. Such potential could be the key to successfully driving an energy transition that many still think impossible, provided that local and national actions can be aligned to meet the sustainability objectives at both levels. Indeed, policies still have a long way to go in this regard. The report finds once again that despite some notable progress, the rate of needed improvements is far slower than required to meet energy sector sustainability goals."
The report concludes that "COP21 could prove to be a historic turning point for radical action against climate change, and recent developments on some clean energy technologies are encouraging. However, overall progress is still too slow, and must be accelerated to avoid low fossil fuel prices becoming an obstacle to the low-carbon transition. Today's energy market conditions will be a litmus test for governments to show how dedicated they are to turning their Paris commitments into concrete actions for a low-carbon future." (Source: IEA, 1 June, 2016)Contact: IEA, +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA, Climate Change, Global Warming, Carbon Emissions,
"As the impacts grow ever more evident, severe, and costly, what was obvious to the 195 nations who met in Paris will become obvious to every human on this planet: doing something about climate change is far cheaper than not." --
Katharine Hayhoe, Dir, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University Contact: Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-8665, www.ttu.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, COP21, Global Warming,
The portal launch is in conjunction with the introduction of a membership points program, LG ESS Partner Care Program. By registering with the portal distributors and installers can accumulate points in exchange for additional benefits such as price reductions and presentation materials. (Source: LG Chem, 30 May, 2016) Contact: LG Chem,
More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem, Energy Storage, Battery,
Thje UIA's input was in response to CARB's request for comments on its efforts to deal with brown and black carbon through what the state is calling its Short Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. These carbon molecules are formed via incomplete combustion of fuels, with fossil fuels being particularly problematic as it relates to global warming potential.
The UAI comments cite several studies and experts that have linked particulate matter emissions and black carbon in particular, to the use of aromatic compounds in gasoline. Many scientists trace ultrafine particulates emissions from light duty vehicles to incomplete combustion of these aromatics.
This problem of increased particulates is likely to get worse according to the UAI data. Meeting the California low carbon fuel standards by 2020 and the more aggressive targets for 2030 will require a fleet-wide transition to light-duty vehicle technologies capable of much greater efficiency. UAI argues that such vehicles will require high octane fuels and if that octane continues to be derived from petroleum, it will increase carbon as well as overall CO2 emissions.
UAI's comments also urged CARB to address a number of related issues ranging from testing procedures, real time measurements of plumes, and best available science relating to corn ethanol and its carbon intensity (CI) rating. (Source:
Urban Air Initiative, May 26, 2016) Contact: Urban Air Initiative,Dave Vander Griend, Pres., www.fixourfuel.com;
California Air Resources Board, (916) 322-2990, www.arb.ca.gov
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