Mexico aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct below 2002 levels by 2050.
(Source: Energy Voice, telesur, Others, 30 May, 2016)
Mexican Energy Ministry, www.sener.gob.mx; Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage Research Partnership, www.sccs.org.uk
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The Ministry of Electricity aims to generate 20 pct of country's electric power needs from new renewable energy sources by 2020. (Source: Egypt Ministry of Electricity, Egypt Daily News, 29 May, 2016) Contact: ENGIE, Gerard Mestrallet, CEO, 011 +33 (0) 1 44 22 24 35, www.engie.com; Orascom Group, www.orascom.com; Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, http://www.moee.gov.eg
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The EU ETS cap-and-trade system loophole awards steel, cement and other energy intensive industries free carbon allowances, while power generators can offset the extra charges by passing the costs on to consumers through their bills.
Removing this loophole could save the North Sea oil and gas industry billions of pounds of lost revenue, according to Conservative European Parliament Member Ian Duncan who is leading a reform of the EU ETS carbon market. Duncan is calling for free allowances for the North Sea from 2020,and is pushing for an additional £2.85 billion in free carbon allowances for companies that are trialing CCS and new carbon reduction techniques and processes.
(Source: Telegraph, Others, 31 May, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Credits,
India needs as much as $200 billion to meet its target to install 100 GW of solar power and 60,000 MW of wind power by 2022.
(Source: CLP, Live Mint, Others, 29 May, 2016) Contact: CLP India, Mahesh Makhija, Dir. Renewable Energy Dev.,
More Low-Carbon Energy News CLP India, Solar, India Solar,
GME's portfolio includes several wind farms in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. The company develops economically sustainable projects that support the development of the electric power sector in emerging markets. It is wholly owned by Actis Infrastructure Fund 2, a fund managed by Actis. (Source: Globeleg Mesoamerica Energy, 30 May, 2016) Contact: Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, Alisios, Jay Gallegos, CEO, +44 (0) 203 823 5500, email@example.com, www.globeleq.com
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Putting a price on carbon pollution is essential to help countries deliver on their promises for the Paris climate change agreement, as it’s an efficient and effective way to help cut emissions and send a clear signal to the private sector to invest in into cleaner, greener growth,” said John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change at the World Bank Group. More than 90 countries mentioned emission trading systems, carbon taxes, and other carbon pricing in their national plans submitted for the Paris climate change agreement.
IETA’s survey of market participants showed that more than 80% of them expect existing carbon in the near future, compared with 58% before the Paris Agreement.
The IETA report notes that new emissions trading systems (ETSs) are in the work in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.
“This is the first real test of market sentiment since the Paris Agreement – and the mood is clearly positive,” says opportunities for business to engage in carbon markets around the world.”
“We are particularly interested in the prospects for new markets taking seed in the coming years – especially as more than 90 governments stated that market access is essential to fulfilling their Paris pledges, according to analysis by IETA and Environmental Defense Fund.”
Need for Higher Price
The carbon price respondents feel is needed to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objective to limit warming to well below 2°C jumped by a third this year, to €40. This is in stark contrast to their expectations for prices in major carbon markets from now until 2020, ranging from €6 to €15.
“The gap between price expectations for major markets and the price required to achieve the Paris goals reflects the difference between ambition and reality,” says Forrister. “This needs to be addressed urgently if the world’s political aims are to be met.”
(Source: Ecosystem Marketplace, 25 May, 2016) IETA President and CEO Dirk Forrister
The bill would direct the Department of Environmental Conservation within a year to issue regulations requiring reporting of annual emissions from major sources and establish a registry and reporting system measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e).
The department would determine the 1990s emissions levels, then require statewide reductions to that same level by 2020, followed by deeper periodic reductions over the next 30 years.
(Source: Twitter, Various, AP, May 24, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
According to California Biodiesel Alliance president Russ Teall, "California has adopted some of the most forward-thinking policies in the nation to combat climate change -- including AB 32, SB 535, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and SB 350 -- and it is up to state legislators to encourage and promote in-state biofuel production to achieve the Governor's goals."
To meet Governor Brown's environmental goals, more than 7 billion gpy of biofuel will be needed in California by 2030. However, a large portion of the state's low carbon fuels are currently imported from out of state and abroad. Through proper funding, California biofuels production could increase from 250 million gpy in 2014 to 906 million gallons in 2019, according to industry projections.
Legislators will determine how much money to allocate toward in-state biofuel production by June 15, 2016, at which point the allocation will be included in the state's budget for the Governor's approval. (Source: PondelWilkinson (Public Relations) Inc., Business Wire, 23 May, 2016) Contact: PondelWilinson,
Evan Pondel, (310) 279-5980,
firstname.lastname@example.org; California Biodiesel Alliance, Celia DuBose, Exec. Director, (916) 583-8015, email@example.com, www.californiabiodieselalliance.org
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In the village of Hydaburg, the grant is funding the heat system for the school. Locally sourced cord wood will displace over 24,000 gpy of heating fuel a year. The total project cost is $900,000, with the bulk of the funding coming from the Alaska Energy Authority.
In Haines, a $1.5 million biomass system will heat the borough's schools, some public facilities and a swimming pool with locally sourced wood chips.
Over the past 10 years, about 36 biomass systems have been installed in Alaska. Both the
Hydaburg and Haines biomass systems are expected to be completed in 2017.
(Source: Alaska Public Media, KTOO Juneau, 24 May, 2016) Contact: USDA Wood Innovations Grant, http://ucanr.edu/sites/WoodyBiomass/Grants_2_142/Woody_Biomass_Utilization_Grant_190/
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Woody Biomass,
The GasBox waste-to-energy system converts landfill methane gas into electricity using a Stirling engine unit incorporating a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality.
The GasBox can run on biogas with a methane concentration as low as 18 percent. (Source: WesTech Engineering, Website, 24 May, 2016) Contact: WesTech Engineering, Jim Hanson, Sales Mgr., (801) 265-1000, http://industries.westech-inc.com; Cleanergy, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cleanergy.com
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Sumitomo Forestry presently has an operating biomass power plants in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and an additional plant in Hokkaido which is slated to come online within the year. Another biomass plant in Aomori Prefecture is expected to launch in 2017.
Over the next three years, Sumitomo Forestry plans to break ground on one or two wind power plants, and aims to bring a geothermal plant into commercial operation. Sites under consideration for these facilities include portions of the roughly 46,000 hectares of forestland the company owns across Japan.
One new wind farm is expected to cost 10 billion yen or more and would be among the highest capacity of its kind in Japan at around 30,000kW to 60,000kW. The geothermal plant is seen with a capacity of around 2,000kW and a cost of several billion yen. Power will be sold under Japan's feed-in tariff system, wherein utilities buy electricity produced by alternative means at government-mandated prices.
(Source: Sumitomo Forestry, Nikkei, 26 May, 2016) Contact: Sumitomo Forestry, +81 3 3214 2220, www.sfc.jp
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The initiative is part of the province's
Climate Change Action Plan. Under the plan, $500 million will be used to retrofit social housing apartments with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies such as energy-efficient windows, and thermal insulation on piping and other mechanical systems.
The program will also help improve energy efficiency in private residential apartment buildings by investing up to $400 million in rebates or grants toward the purchase and installation of energy efficient technologies, like boiler replacements and lighting retrofits. (Source: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 25 May, 2016) Contact:
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing , Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister, Mark Cripps, (416) 585-6842, Mark.Cripps@ontario.ca
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For this project Soltec has designed product innovations adapting to extreme local climate conditions that includ high snow-load, sub-zero temperatures and local flooding risks. Soltec innovation responded with a special pile design, an extended electronic configuration range reaching down to -40 degree F, and tracker control mechanisms with flood-sensors and snow-load removal operations.
With this project and others in the Americas, Soltec has attained more than 1 GW in annual sales.
(Source: Soltec, Web Site, 25 May, 2016) Contact: Soltec, Raul Morales, CEO, +34 968 603 153, (510) 440-9200 -Freemont California Office, email@example.com,www.soltec.com
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According to Heraeus, the SOL9631 front-side paste has new and unique glass chemistry combined with a new organic vehicle system for ultra-fine-line printing, due to a denser microstructure. The paste can be fired at low temperatures but provides enhanced adhesion of the Ag-Silicon, improving grid resistivity and solderability.
The second new SOL326 series paste is designed for back side tabbing of PERC cells. The glass chemistry has been developed to create a controlled reaction between the Ag paste and the dielectric layer.
Newly developed paste additives in SOL326 are said to increase cell efficiencies to over 20 pct while improving Voc and overall module reliability. (Source: Heraeus Photovoltaics, 25 May, 2016) Contact: Heraeus, Andreas Liebheit, President Heraeus Photovoltaics, +49 61 81 35-4429, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pvsilverpaste.com, www.heraeus.com
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NorthWestern has signed five 25-year PPAs with Cypress Creek Renewables of Santa Monica, California, for 14 MW of solar power from separate Montana solar farms. The deals are the state's first solar power purchase agreements between a solar developer and a utility.
According to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Energy Bureau,
if Northwestern's rate cut is allowed, many of the state's approximately 20 proposed solar projects could be put on hold or cancelled.
(Source: NorthWestern Energy,
Great Falls Tribune, Others, 23 May, 2016)
Contact: NorthWestern Energy, www.northwesternenergy.com
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Transaction details have not been announced.
(Source: Engie, Green Charge, CleanTechnica, 22 May, 2016) Contact: ENGIE, Gerard Mestrallet, CEO, 011 +33 (0) 1 44 22 24 35, www.engie.com;
Green Charge Networks, Vic Shao, CEO, Anne Smith, (408) 313-8089, asmith@GreenCharge.net, www.greencharge.net
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GE will work with local renewable energy firms to develop an expanded wind farm pipeline that will supply sufficient power for almost 2 million Vietnamese households.
GE presently operates a wind turbine factory in Haiphong. (Source: General Electric, Various Sources, 23 May, 2016)
Contact: Viet Nam Ministry of Industry and Trade, www.moit.gov.vn/en; General Electric, Anne McEntee, Pres. CEO, Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com
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The platform now includes a new 60 Hz version of the 3.4 MW machine with rotor diameter options of 130 or 137 meters.
The 3.4-130 model is mounted at a tower height of 85 meters, while the 3.4-137 climbs to 110 meters. The new onshore turbines are the company's most powerful date; the 3.4-137 delivers up to 24 pct higher output than existing technology. The 3 MW turbines are configurable to meet IEC class IIIA, IIB and IIIB wind conditions. (Source: GE, Various Others, 23 May, 2016) Contact: GE, Anne McEntee, Pres. & CEO, GE Onshore Wind, www.ge-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy, Wind, Wind Turbine,
Duke will use the captured methane gas to generate carbon-neutral renewable electricity at its H.F. Lee Station Combined Cycle Plant in Wayne County and the Sutton Combined Cycle Plant in New Hanover County (Source: Duke Energy, 24 May, 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, duke-energy.com; Smithfield Foods, www.smithfoeldfoods.com; Optima KV, (312) 415-0044, http://atgsites.com/optima_kv_llc
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The Mexican state-owned oil company PEMEX is reportdly planning to bgin offering an E6 ethanol blend in select markets. If the E6 offering is expanded it could present significant export opportunites for American ethanol producers. (Source: EPA, Various Others, May 2016) Contact: PEMEX, www.pemex.com; USDA, Kelly Flynn, Public Affairs, (2020 720-6133, www.usda.gov; Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen,CEO, Pres., (202) 269-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Growth Energy, Jim Miller, VP, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
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Up to $100,000 at zero pct interest is available for qualifying projects including: energy efficiency retrofits; energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities; energy distribution consumption reduction; the capture of methane and greenhouse gases, and other appropriate activities.
To qualify, the local government must use a qualified firm to conduct an energy audit and the project must increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce energy costs through efficiency improvements in buildings and other appropriate sectors. (Source: Madison County, Advantage News, 18 May, 2016) Contact: Madison County, Peggy Dugger, (618) 296-4383, email@example.com,il,us; Madison County Community Development Board, Frank Miles, Admin., (618) 692-8940, www.co.madison.il.us/departments/community_development/index.php
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The AMA, which opposes any increase in the Renewable Volume Obligations under the RFS, says "Even though the total obligations are lower than the statutory requirements, the EPA is creating an untenable situation for the marketplace and raising the risk to motorcyclists and ATV owners. The country is not on track to meet the 2016 standards, and the distribution network can't absorb any more ethanol. The consumer demand simply is not there."
None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the EPA to operate on ethanol blends higher than 10 pct, according to the AMA.
(Source: American Motorcyclists Association, OffRoad, 19 May, 2016) Contact: AMA, Wayne Allard, VP Gov. Relations, (614) 856-1900, http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com
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The plant, which opened in 2009 but was mothballed in 2011 due to US competition and dwindling demand, was purchased in July, 2013 by Manheim, Germany-headquartered CropEnergies AG in July 2013 and production was restarted but halted again in February, 2015.
The plant, which converts more than 1 million tpy of locally source feed wheat into fuel-grade alcohol, animal feed and carbon dioxide for the food and drinks industry, has an annual capacity of 400,000 cubic metres of bioethanol and 350,000 tonnes of dried protein animal feed (DDGS).
(Source: Ensus, FG Insight, BBC, 18 May, 2016)
Contact: CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com; Ensus Ltd., www.ensus.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies AG, Ensus Ltd, Wheat Ethanol,
Clariant is committed to the development and scale-up of the catalyst, which is expected to continue the advancement of the ETO technology, while Gevo focuses on the ongoing optimization of its core isobutanol technology. Once the ETO technology has been developed and scaled-up, Clariant will be in a position to produce quantities of the catalyst needed to meet commercial production requirements. (Source: Gevo, Chemical Engineering, 19 May, 2016)
Contact: Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO,
Stefan Brejc, Specialty Catalysts Business, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; GEVO Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, Clariant, isobutanol, Biochemical, Biofuel,
The funding will be available to owners and managers of multifamily housing units to reduce energy costs by investing in whole building and in-unit energy efficiency measures that will lower bills for owners and residents by a total of $450 million over the 15-year lifetime of the improvements.
The $27 million will be provided by NYSERDA's Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) being relaunched through its new, $5 billion ten-year Clean Energy Fund (CEF) which will dedicate a minimum of $234 million to LMI initiatives in its first three years.
(Source: NYSERDA, Long Island Exchange, 19 May, 2016)
Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov,
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, Energy Efficiency,
Oshkosh was selected for the award for: participation in Strategic Energy Management (SEM), devoting personnel and resources to energy reduction and sustainability affairs; communicating with team members about sustainability applications for at home and at work; and implementing energy savings projects as well as for having a plan outlying future vision and initiatives around sustainability and energy savings.
The Focus on Energy program is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The program offers information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. (Source: OshKosh, Stockhouse, 19 May, 2016) Contact: OshKosh, Patrick Davidson, VP, Inv. Rel., (920) 966-5939,
www.sustainability.oshkoshcorp.com, www.oshkoshcorporation.com: Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077, www.focusonenergy.com
Senvion will deliver 47, 3.4M114 turbines to two Scottish sites by April 2018; 26 at the Kype Muir Wind Farm and 15 at the Middle Muir Wind Farm, both in South Lanarkshire.
The remaining six turbines will be installed at the Moor House Wind Farm to the North East of Darlington, which is expected to be operational before the end of 2017.
Construction is expected to get underway not later than December, 2016. When fully operational, the
projects together will generate sufficient electric power for 80,000 homes.
(Source: Banks Renewables, neconnected. Co.uk, 19 May, 2016) Contact: Banks Renewables, Richard Dunkley, Exec. Dir., +44 (0) 191 378 6100, www.banksgroup.co.uk; Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
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The rise, which is being attributed to the oil, gas and industrial sectors, is making it harder for Oslo to meet its goal of cutting emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels, as promised at last December's UN COP21 climate change conference in Paris.Now the Norwegian
Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen Helgesen says emissions would be between 17 and 20 million tonnes higher by 2020 without existing measures such as penalties for carbon emissions that Norway was among the first to introduce in the 1990s.
(Source: Norway Minister of Environment Minister Jakarta Globe, Others, Maqy, 2016) Contact: Norway Minister of Environment Vidar Helgesen Helgesen, +47 22 24 90 90, email@example.com, www.regjeringen.no/en; Statistics Norway, www.ssb.no/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The KRX carbon trading system was launched in 2015 to allow 525 local companies to reduce their carbon emissions through selling leftover or buying shortages of emissions rights. Companies appear reluctant to sell their leftover emissions rights, which can be rolled over to the next year.
South Korea is the second country in Asia after Kazakhstan to launch a nationwide emissions market. The Korean market has no links to the international carbon market. (Source: KRX, Korean Herald, Others, 22 May, 2016)
Contact: Korea Exchange, http://eng.krx.co.kr
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APL advocates utilizing carbon-efficient means of moving cargo in a global economy and supports other stakeholders approaches to improving global goods and the promotion of environmentally responsible practices.
(Source: Neptune Orient Lines, APL, shiptechnology.com, 23 May, 2016) Contact: Neptune Orient Lines, APL, Kenneth Glenn. Pres., www.nol.com.sg
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Marine Emissions,
The funds will provide for two priority projects under the U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Roadmap: establish benchmarks and baselines to track building energy usage and identify high-impact energy conservation measures. Funding will be used to conduct investment-grade audits in a representative sample of residential and commercial buildings and review various approaches to encourage investment in efficiency measures.
The grants include
$310,000 to the V.I. Energy Office for an energy efficiency market potential project and $200,000 to create sustainable market opportunities for distributed generation market structure.
(Source: US DoI, St.Thomas Source, 19 May, 2016) Contact: US DoI, Department of the Interior, Empowering Insular Communities Program, Office of Insular Affairs, Esther Kia'aina, https://www.doi.gov/oia
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of the Interior, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Funding ,
According to a Summit wrap-up report, the leaders recognize that climate change is one of the foremost challenges the world is facing. No effort should be spared in making concrete progress domestically and abroad over the coming decades by shifting to low carbon economies and creating more resilient communities. The United States and the Nordic countries acknowledge the foundational role energy plays in our economies and that energy security is key for overall security. Accordingly, the U.S. and the Nordic countries commit to strengthening European energy security and to join and implement the Paris Agreement, accelerate the transition to a clean energy future, strengthen adaptation efforts, especially in developing countries, protect and restore forests, and continue to take science-based steps to protect the Arctic and its peoples.
The leaders also commit to join the Paris Agreement as soon as possible and to working with developing country partners to assist in strengthening and effectiveness their climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
The U.S. and the Nordic countries also recognize the potential for the effects of climate change to exacerbate conflict and fragility in vulnerable countries and share the view that foreign policy instruments must contribute to addressing this climate change related challenge effectively.
The U.S. and the Nordic countries will also collaborate on international carbon markets, including a new offset program under the UNFCCC, to ensure the environmental integrity and to avoid the double counting of market-based mitigation actions.
The leaders also reconfirm our commitment to combat methane emissions by ensuring each country has developed a national methane reduction plan or otherwise identified and implemented enhanced actions to significantly reduce overall methane emissions and by expanding technical cooperation. (Source: The White House, 13 May, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Metrhane,
British Columbia was the first North American political entity to impose a carbon tax. The tax levied on gasoline started at 2.4 cents a litre but now stands at 6.7 cents a litre. According to the sitting Liberal government, the carbon tax will "escalate until we achieve a carbon neutral society." The opposition Conservatives claim the government's determination determination to force British Columbians to pay the "crippling costs of immature, unreliable green technologies means that citizens are being impoverished by their own government."
(Source: British Columbia Conservative Party, PR, WireService, 16 May, 2016)Contact: British Columbia Conservative Party, www.bcconservative.ca
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"The ruling by the EPA fails to put the program fully back on track. The rule undermines the goals of the statute as well as Congress' clear intent, and it continues unnecessarily to create uncertainty for advanced and cellulosic biofuel producers and their investors.
"BIO's member companies have invested billions of dollars to develop advanced and cellulosic biofuel technologies and bring first-of-a-kind, large-scale biorefineries on line. The biofuel industry and fuel retailers are now investing billions more to continue building the infrastructure needed to get these fuels into the market.
"We look forward to reviewing the proposed rule carefully and to submitting considered comments on the rule. However, we are concerned that today's rule fails to recognize and support the industry's commitment and capacity to reach the statutory volumes for advanced and cellulosic biofuels under the RFS program and to continue to grow in the future. While we appreciate the EPA slightly increasing the volume requirements, the rule nevertheless relies on a flawed interpretation of EPA's waiver authority that is inconsistent with the plain text of the Clean Air Act as well as with congressional intent and is currently the subject of litigation in the D.C. Circuit Court. As BIO has explained in past comments to the agency, EPA cannot rely on such an interpretation of the statute to expand its authority and rewrite the rules governing the congressionally established volume requirements. We are concerned that EPA is repeating this and other errors from EPA's untimely final rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS volumes, issued late last year.
"We also appreciate and commend the agency's effort to issue the 2017 rule in a timely manner; unfortunately, however, we are concerned that the rule continues to send the wrong signal to biofuel producers. BIO looks forward to working with EPA to correct any problems and flaws in the proposal and get this successful program back on track."
(Source: BIO. 18 May, 2016) Contact: BIO, Brent Erickson, Exec. VP, Paul Winters, (202) 962-9237 www.bio.org
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"We applaud Gov. Branstad and the Iowa Legislature for securing funding to keep the renewable fuels infrastructure program going for another year. While we remain focused on finding a long-term funding solution, this bill will allow us to continue to build upon the momentum that was sparked by the USDA's Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership Program, and ensure that Iowans have greater access to lower-cost, locally-produced renewable fuels blends."
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) offers cost-share grants to help Iowa fuel retailers upgrade fueling infrastructure to dispense E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends. Reimbursement can be up to 70 pct of the installation costs a maximum of $50,000 per project, with a five-year commitment to sell registered E15, E85 or biodiesel blends. Program information is available HERE
(Source: IRFA, Fuel Marketer News, May, 2016)Contact: IRFA, Mone Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://iowarfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Renewable Fuels, Ethanol, Ethanol BLend, Biodiesel ,
According to the CRC, in 2015 U.S. biodiesel use cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18 million tons -- the equivalent CO2 emissions of 3.8 million vehicles.
Research organizations supporting the CRC conclusion includes NREL, US EPA, the California Air Resources Board, and others Each of these institutions has affirmed that US biodiesel reduces GHG emissions by 50 to 85 percent compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
Biodiesel is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA's definition as an Advanced Biofuel -- meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent when compared with petroleum diesel.
(Source: CRC, National Biodiesel Board, 17 May, 2016) Contact: Coordinating Research Council, Brent Bailey, Exec. Dir., (678) 795-0506, www.crcao.org; NBB, Don Scott, Dir. of Sustainability, www.biodieselsustainability.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Carbon Emissions, Coordinating Research Council, National Biodiesel Board,
According to the complainants, the law requires the state DEP to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits to help the state meet its goal of reducing those emissions by 25 pct by 2020. The DEP's defense claimed that the
law's requirements have been met and that the DEP was only required to set "a desired level of declining emission limits." The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court disagreed and ruled that the state hadn't met the law's requirements. What's next?
(Source: Conservation Law Foundation, Post Bulletin, Various Others, 17 May, 2016) Contact: Conservation Law Foundation,
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If the Clean Power Plan were struck down by the court, the U.S.' ability to meet its carbon emissions obligations under last December's COP21 agreement would be all the more difficult.
(Source: Various Sources, 23 May, 2016)
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Pacifico Energy K.K. managed the project which was constructed by Toyo Engineering Corp. of Tokyo.
Kumenan Solar sells its power to the Chugoku Electric Co., the local utility, under the terms of a 20-year, fixed-rate power purchase agreement. Okayama-based Asahi Dengyo Corp. will provide ongoing operations and maintenance services for the solar plant.
The project received a loan from The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and The Chugoku Bank Ltd., and it was also GE Energy Financial Services' first investment in Japan.
(Source: GE Energy Financial, SI, Others, 18 May, 2016) Contact: GE Financial Services, http://geenergyfinancialservices.com; Pacifico Energy Hio Cho, 011 +81 3 4540 7837, email@example.com, www.pacificoenergy.jp
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The 250,675-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.46 MW system with 4,424 panels generating approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually . Atlanta-headquartered Hannah Solar has been contracted for the engineering, installation and ongoing servicing. (Source: IKEA, Business Wire, 12 May, 2016) Contact: Hannah Solar, (404) 609-7005, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hannahsolar.com; IKEA, (610) 854-0180, http://www.corporateofficeheadquarters.com/2012/01/ikea-usa-corporate-office-headquarters.html; ikea-usa-corporate-office-headquarters.html
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"It [methane) is a minor, though effective, greenhouse gas in the tiniest of ways, but its reduction in any number of industries will be costly to the nation's economy, which is most assuredly the intent of our current administration and its Environmental Protection Agency." --
The Heartland Institute, (312) 377-4000,
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Both projects will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Carolinas and will help meet North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.
Duke Energy companies have more than 35 solar facilities in the Tar Heel State. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 20 May, 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, Rob Caldwell, Sr. VP, Distributed Energy Resources, email@example.com, www.duke-energy.com
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Rule opponents argue it is an "unscientific, punitive gesture intended to mollify the climate change movement even though the industry has shown significant progress in voluntarily reducing methane emissions.
Methane in the atmosphere is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term, and, although less abundant than carbon dioxide, is responsible for at least 25 percent of the warming on Earth, according to the EPA.
In the Certification Testing category for turbines with a rotor-swept area less than 200 square meters, Primus Wind Power will receive $150,000 for testing its 400-Watt AIR30 model turbine and Bergey Windpower scored $152,558 for testing its Excel 15 turbine.
Certification testing for wind turbines is conducted to either the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard or the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard.
In the Type Certification category, which is dedicated to turbines with rotor-swept areas between 200 and 1,000 square meters. Northern Power Systems will receive $424,000 for testing its NPS100-24/37m IEC Class IIIA model wind turbine. Endurance Wind Power will receive $450,000 for testing its model X35 225-kilowatt wind turbine. Type certification for wind turbines in this category is conducted to the IEC standard. (Source: NREL, Windtech, Others, 16 May, 2016) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov;
DOE Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project, http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-distributed-wind-competitiveness-improvement-project; Bergey Wind Power, Mike Bergey, Pres., (405) 364-4212, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bergey.com; Primus Wind Power, www.primuswindpower.com; Northern Power, (802) 461-2955, www.northern-power.com
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