The duty is being applied as part of the normal vehicle registration process and for new vehicles is done through motor vehicle dealers.
It is charged in addition to a first registration fee of £40. The new tax supports Guernsey's 2014 decision to spend £4 million a year on measures to reduce car use. (Source: Various Media, April, 2016)
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Of the three different CHP techniques being tested, a woody biomass gasifier cogeneration micro scale power plant in the form of a thermal gasifier has replaced an oil-fired boiler at an area dairy farm which is now virtually self-sufficient in heat and producing about 20 pct of its electric power needs.
(Source: Energy Agency for South East Sweden, 29 April, 2016) Contact: Energy Agency for South East Sweden,
Daniella Johansson, Project Manager
+46 76-86 17 000,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Energy Cities, www.energy-cities.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Woody Biomass, Cogeneration,
Opower, based in Arlington, Virginia, analyzes data from more than 60 million utility customers. Utilities, using the information, can help customers meet energy efficiency targets and lower operational costs by figuring out how and when to reduce surges in electricity use.
With the deal, Oracle will have spent $1.2 billion over the last week on cloud acquisitions including Textura at $663 million.
(Source: Oracle Corp, 2 May, 2016) Contact: Oracle Corp., http://www.oracle.com/ca-en/corporate/index.html
; Opower, (703) 778-4544, www.opower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Software, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Oracle Corp., Opower, Energy Efficiency,
Sunverge systems add high-capacity storage to solar rooftop installations, allowing customers to capture the power they generate and, thanks to built-in intelligence, automatically use it when demand and energy prices are highest. In addition, Sunverge's storage technology is key to taking advantage of the Customer Self Supply tariff approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last October. That tariff was designed for customers who want to use all the power generated by their solar panels themselves and do not intend to export excess power to the grid. Based on a typical Hawaii home load profile and the state PUC's proposed time-of-use rates in Oahu, Sunverge customers who select the Customer Self Supply option can save as much as 80 pct on their monthly power bill and enjoy a 7-year ROI.
Sunverge designs and manufactures advanced intelligent energy storage systems that allow utilities to automatically execute demand response programs on an individual customer level or link them into "Virtual Power Plants" to meet peak energy demand across an entire community or service area.
(Source: Sunverge Energy, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Sunverge Energy, www.sunverge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunverge, Solar, Energy Storage,
In other SunEdison divestments, UK-based Ecotricity Group Ltd has acquired SunEdison's home rooftop solar business in the UK. (Source: SunEdison, Various Others, 26 April, 2016)Contact: SunEdison, (314) 770-7325, www.sunedison.com; Ecotricity, Dale Vince, 011 +44 (0) 145 375 6111, www.ecotricity.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News SunEdison, Solar, Ecotricity,
Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo will leverage its leadership position and expertise in the residential solar power installation market and become a preferred installer of Swell Energy's home solar battery products. Among the services offered by the two companies is an energy storage solution that will allow customers to power their homes cleanly and quietly independent of the electrical grid for up to one day or, when paired with solar, potentially indefinitely.
(Source: Verengo, PR, MarketWire, 27 April, 2016) Contact: Verengo, Dan Squiller, CEO, David Thoreau
PR Manager, (949) 439-8032, email@example.com,
949-439-8032 www.verengosolar.com; Swell Energy,
Andrew Meyer, www.swellenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Swell Energy news, Verengo Solar news, Solar news, Energy Storage news,
Fortum aims to research the suitability and optimum usage of batteries used for storing electricity and explore new opportunities offered by electricity storage and by the flexible intermediate storage of electricity. The battery project is an extension of Fortum's pioneering experiment, started in March 2016, in which a virtual power plant (VPP) based on demand flexibility is being built together with customers. The capacity of this power plant will be offered to the national grid company Fingrid to maintain a continuous power balance in the electricity system.
The project's investment cost is about two million euros, for which Fortum will receive a 30 percent energy investment subsidy from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
(Source: Saft. PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Saft, Glen Bowling, Transportation, Telecom & Grid Group Senior VP Sales, www.saftbatteries.com; Fortum, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, Fortum, 011 +358-50-453-6322, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fortum.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Saft Battery, Fortum, Energy Storage, Lithium-Ion Battery, Li-ion,
The HFC credits provide a new option for companies who use large commercial refrigeration equipment to take immediate action on HFC emissions while transitioning equipment to lower GWP alternatives. Hannaford Supermarkets, a buyer participating in this first project, plans to test how the VERs enhance their transition plans and differentiate the company as an environmental leader.
Credits created from this methodology represent carbon emission reductions from the displacement of virgin HFCs with reclaimed and reused HFCs. For this first-in-kind project, recovered HFCs were purified at Hudson Technologies back to virgin-grade standards and sold into the refrigerant aftermarket for reuse. Demand for the credits provides an economic incentive for refrigerant reclaimers to recover and reclaim HFCs, preventing new HFC production and eventual emissions to the atmosphere.
(Source: EOS Climate, PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: EOS Climate, Jeff Cohen, SVP Policy, Sarah McGee, Media, (800) 764-8093, email@example.com, www.eosclimate.com; American Carbon Registry, www.americancarbonregistry.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News American Carbon Registry, EOS Climate, Carbon Credits, VERs, HFC, HCFC,
According to the report, low-carbon biofuels like cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and biomethane have lower well-to-wheel carbon intensities compared to their first-generation counterparts and play a pivotal role in cutting emissions, as does renewable electricity.
The report evaluated measures needed to meet emission targets set at COP21 and fiund that:
The report is part of the Lux Research Alternative Fuels Intelligence service. (Source: Lux Research, PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Lux Research Carole Jacques, (617) 502-5314, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.luxresearchinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lux Research, Carbon Emissions, Alternative Fuels,
The Enbridge rebate is also intended to offset the costs of energy efficiency improvements made by Toronto Community Housing in 2015 as part of its 10-year capital repair program. The rebate will be reinvested to fund additional energy efficiency upgrades to aging Toronto Community Housing buildings.
In 2015, Enbridge and Toronto Community Housing signed a MOU to improve the insulation in their single family homes at no cost through Enbridge's Home Winterproofing Program. Enbridge is also working with Toronto Community Housing to improve the mechanical systems and energy performance of their buildings. In addition to the financial incentives, Enbridge offers financial subsidies for energy audits and building assessments to identify potential energy savings.
(Source: Enbridge Gas, 28 April, 2016)
Contact: Enbridge Gas, Jamie Miller, Pres., Tanya Bruckmueller, Ext. Communications, (855) 884-5112, enbridgegasmedia,@enbridge.com, www.enbridgegas.com; Toronto Community Housing, Greg Spearn, (416) 981-4252, www.torontohousing.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge, Energy Efficiency Rebate, Energy Efficiency,
The World Bank's International Finance Corp. will increase its investments with climate co-benefits by half to $3.5 billion by 2020 and will leverage $13 billion annually by the same year.
Separately, the bank says it aims to mobilize $25 billion in commercial financing for clean energy over the next five years. Efforts include $2 billion over the next five years to make transportation infrastructure more resilient, create programs for deeply climate-resistant seeds, and help developing countries access meteorological data and early warning systems for planning.
Download the World Bank report HERE. (Source: World Bank, ClimateWise, ScientificAmerican, April, 2016) Contact: World Bank Group, Rachel Kyte, VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change, John Roome, Sr. Climate Change Dir., (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank Group, Climate Change, Global Warming,
The initiatives include plans to require buildings to complete cost-effective energy efficiency conservation measures, repair and improve heating systems and assess "deep energy" retrofit measures as part of mandatory energy audits.
The measures would slash greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 2.7 million metric tpy, improve local air quality and save approximately $900 million per year in energy costs.
His Worship has promised to cut New York City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.
(Source: NYC Office of the Mayor, Business Green, 25 April, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Upon completion, the total installed capacity of the solar systems will be over 700 kW. Annual energy savings for the schools is expected to be nearly 900,000 kWh. (Source: Ameresco, 25 April, 2016) Contact: Town of Easton, (508) 230-0510, www.easton.ma.us; Ameresco Inc., Suzanne Messere, IR, (508) 598-3044, email@example.com, www.ameresco.com Ameresco,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco Inc., Solar, Rooftop Solar,
The World Bank and the IMF, among other groups, believe that cutting emissions enough to actually have the necessary effect on climate change will simply not be possible without a financial component. These groups believe the answer lies in forcing polluter nations to pay for the CO2 they emit. The World Bank sees this objective as running in parallel with its primary mission of combating global poverty.
The World Bank has already created a Carbon Finance Unit to aid nations trying to find ways to put a price on carbon. Eighteen emerging economies -- including China -- have enrolled in program. Similarly, the IMF provides information ways to establish carbon pricing systems, in part as a means to help financially strapped nations to improve their own revenues. (Source: World Bank. IMF, Economy Watch, Others, 26 April, 2016) Contact: World Bank Group, Rachel Kyte, VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change, John Roome, Sr. Climate Change Dir., (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org; International Monetary Fund, www.imf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank, IMF, Climate Change, Carbon Price, Carbon Tax,
According to a University press release, "We are reducing the carbon footprint of our entire investment portfolio by at least 30 pct by 2030 -- in line with Canada's national climate commitment. This will reduce far more greenhouse gases than divesting from fossil fuel companies. Solving this problem will require reducing carbon emissions across the whole economy."
The University of Ottawa
is the first Canadian university to adopt the Montreal Carbon Pledge, which asks that signatories measure and publicly disclose the carbon footprints of their investment portfolios on an annual basis.
(Source: University of Ottawa, Various Sources, 580 CFRA, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Montreal Carbon Pledge, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.montrealpledge.org; University of Ottawa, Allan Rock, Pres., (613) 562-5700, www.uottawa.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint, Montreal Carbon Pledge,
NPS' ESS can be packaged into containers, shelters, trailers, or buildings. With an output power range of 125 kVA -- 2,000 kVA, the duration of rated power can be configured from 15 minutes to 4 hours.
Applications include: utility grid support; behind-the-meter demand management, time-of-use, back-up power, critical load support; and hybrid microgrids -- remote/islanded operation, and renewables utilization.
(Source: Northern Power Systems Corp., PR, April, 2016) Contact: Northern Power Systems, Pavel Jakovlev, Marketing Manager, (802) 461-2955 ext.7, email@example.com, Info@NorthernPower.com, www.northernpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Northern Power Systems, Energy Storage Corp., Energy Storage,
According to Xylem,
"Biogas digesters have a sealed cover which means accessing the tank to change the mixer position is difficult. The Flygt BIS-1 biogas support system allows operators to move the mixer on the guide bar from the outside of the tank." The company offers a full line of biogas mixer products.
(Source: Xylem, Bioenergy Insights, Others, 26 April, 2016) Contact:
Xylem Inc., Eilert Balssen, Market Manager Biogas and Agriculture, (914) 323-5700, www.xylem.com
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NYC initiated the ‘New York City Carbon Challenge' program with an ambitious goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 80 pct below 2005 gas emission levels. The 10 year roadmap to improve the energy efficiency of buildings aims to reduce the city's building-based emissions by 30 pct by 2025 in order to be on the pathway to 80 x 50. (Source: Donnelly Mechanical, PR, 26 April, 2016) Contact: Donnelly Mechanical Carbon CutterProgram, (718) 925- 3348, http://www.donnellymech.com/carbon-cutter-program; Donnelly Mechanical, (718) 886-1500, http://www.donnellymech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Consumption, Energy Efficiency,
The report finds that if this near-100 pct expansion of renewable energy in North Africa were to benefit Europe, a transition to "a meshed superimposed HVDC grid with bipolar VSC technology which allows the transmission of fluctuating power from renewable power plants over long distances" would be necessary.
Concentrated solar thermal power plants (CSP) would play a major role in a renewable-based supply system in the MENA region, complementing the fluctuating generation from the wind and solar which would be the primary methods of generating renewable energy. Integrating European and North African grids would also lead to lower costs, as the fluctuating nature of renewable electricity generation would prefer stronger integration of national electricity markets.
Access the full report HERE. (Source: Fraunhofer, CleanTecnica, 21 April, 2016) Contact: Fraunhofer ISE, Dr. Werner Platzer, Project Leader, www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer ISE, Renewable Energy,
Other ASTM approved fuels include synthesized iso-paraffins (SIP), hydro-processed esters and fatty acids synthetic paraffinic kerosene (HEFA-SPK), Fischer-Tropsch synthetic paraffinic kerosene (FT-SPK) and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic kerosene with aromatics (FT-SKA), all of which are expected to help the aviation industry meet its climate change goal of carbon neutral growth. (Source: FAA, Flying, Various Others, 19 April, 2016) Contact: FAA, www.faa.gov; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Isobutanol, Aviation Biofuel, FAA, Ethanol, Biofuel, ASTM International,
The 44,000 solar panel facility will generate 19,000 MWh hours of power, sufficient energy for 1,500 homes using 1,000 mWh per month.
LG&E and KU are hoping to expand rooftop solar installations statewide.
(Source: LG&E, WKYT, 19 April, 2016) Contact: LG&E KU, Scott Straight, www.lge-ku.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Louisville Gas & Electric, Solar, Rooftop Solar,
In their statement of support, the two organizations encouraged the BLM to further limit venting, flaring and leaks from natural gas production on federal and tribal lands, and highlighted the risks to businesses nationwide from climate change. Small businesses in general are vulnerable to climate change, and have less resources to adapt to it. Impacts include disrupting distribution, interrupting farming and production, and rising healthcare costs for employees.
The groups also called on BLM to strengthen its proposal, including:
improving leak detection and repair requirements;
enacting better standards for production equipment and strengthening flaring regulation; and
ensuring enforcement, transparency, and accountability (including increased ability for public comment for ongoing issues).
(Source: American Sustainable Business Council, Green America Business Network, 22 April, 2016) Contact: Green America Business Network, www.greenamerica.org; American Sustainable Business Council, www.asbcouncil.org; Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions, BLM, Methane,
The Alliance and its members are supportive of cap-and-trade, and in favor of a revenue-positive system where the proceeds from the auction of permits are reinvested in further reducing carbon emissions.
submitted comments to Ontario's discussion paper on climate change, issued almost a year ago;
responded to the announcement that Ontario had chosen cap-and-trade as its preferred carbon pricing mechanism;
submitted a report to the province with recommendations on the design of the system;
submitted comments to the Environmental Registry in response to Ontario's paper on cap-and-trade design options;
submitted comments to the Environmental Registry concerning the draft legislation; and
six Alliance members presented to the Standing Committee tasked with making amendments to this act.
(Source: The Clean Economy Alliance, 21 April, 2016)
Contact: Ontario Clean Economy Alliance, www.cleaneconomyalliance.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Low-Carbon Energy, Climate Change,
many maritime industry groups and member states have called for addressing CO2 emissions within the IMO's regulatory authority,
a small group of states -- the BRICS nations, notably China -- opposed developing any plan for regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Despite public support from many developed nations and from a majority of the member states at the meeting, and despite an intervention by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, the discussion of a work proved futile.
The MEPC did, however, approve mandatory requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption. (Source: IMO, Maritime Executive, April 21, 2016)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization, CO2 Emissions, Maritime Emissions, IMO,
The technology relies on an engineered molecule that is a platform for combinations of transition metal ions and ligands, according to Lockheed Martin's product manager Brad Fiebig who says the company developing "fundamentally new flow-battery chemistry" that allows the use of conventional materials in the balance-of-system components.
Lockheed will target small to medium utility projects and C&I customer uses like demand charge reduction for its lithium-ion offering while attempting to commercialize its flow battery for longer-duration, grid-scale functions.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, Utility Dive, Others, 25 April, 2016) Contact: Sun Catalytix, (613) 374-3797, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.suncatalttix.com; Lockheed Martin, Richard Brody, Dir., Energy Storage, Janina Baxter, (240) 429-6166, email@example.com, www.lockheedmartin.com/energysolutions
More Low-Carbon Energy News Flow Battery, Sun Catalytix, Lockheed Martin, Energy Storage, Battery,
The corn ethanol plant will offset Brazil's demand for domestic ethanol that sugar cane ethanol production cannot meet, It will also introduce high-fiber co-products and provide high-value animal feed to the Brazilian livestock industry. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, Others, April, 2016) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820, http://summitag.com; ICM Inc., Chris Mitchell, Pres., (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Ethanol, Summit Agricultural Group, ICM Inc,
The German group will supply 56, 6-MW turbines for the Galloper project -- an extension of the existing Greater Gabbard wind farm. Offshore construction is slated to get underway this summer for commissioning and operation in 2018. (Source: Peel Ports, Siemens, Others Media, 21 Aprol, 2016) Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com; Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, +44 1493 335500, www.eastportuk.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens, Wind, Offshore Wind,
The top VC funded Battery/Storage company this quarter was Sunverge Energy, which raised $36.5 million; VionX Energy raised USD $5 million, Skeleton Technologies brought in $4.3 million from KIC InnoEnergy, Geli raised $3 million while Voltaiq raised $1.6 million. Eight investors participated in Battery and Storage funding this quarter, with Energy Storage System companies raising the most.
Energy efficiency technology companies raised $ 211 million in VC funding from 31 investors in 14 deals in Q1 compared to the $185 million in 17 deals in Q4, 2015 and $140 million in 15 deals in Q1, 2015.
Efficiency Finance companies brought in the most funding. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, 19 April, 2016)Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://mercomcapital.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency,
Electrochaea is developing a disruptive grid-scale energy storage technology known as power-to-gas. Our process converts low-cost and stranded electricity into pipeline-grade renewable gas for direct injection into the existing natural gas grid. The core of the power-to-gas system is a selectively evolved microorganism - a methanogenic archaea - that excels through unprecedented catalytic ability and industrial robustness. The technical advantages of the system translate into lower capital and operating costs and greater operational flexibility than conventional thermochemical methanation processes.
Electrochaea's power-to-gas technology represents a commercially viable solution for utility-scale energy storage, grid balancing, and carbon recycling. Electrochaea's process converts low-cost and stranded electricity into pipeline-grade renewable gas for direct injection into the existing natural gas grid. The core of the company's power-to-gas system is a selectively evolved microorganism -- a methanogenic archaea -- that excels through unprecedented catalytic ability and industrial robustness. The technical advantages of our solution translate into lower capital and operating costs and greater operational flexibility than conventional thermochemical methanation processes, according to the company website.
(Source: Electrochaea GmbH, BioCat Project, April, 2016) Contact: Electrochaea, BioCat, Doris Hafenbrad, CTO, Fernando Keuchen, Project Manager, email@example.com, www.biocat-project.com
Electrochaea GmbH, +45 24 25 10 33, www.electrochaea.com
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G3P utilizes a unique thermal gasification process to convert waste to synthesis gas (syngas) which can then be converted to electricity or, through the use of the Fischer-Tropsch process, into renewable synthetic fuels. Wastes that can be converted include municipal solid waste, tires, construction and demolition debris, industrial waste, sewage sludge, biomass and others.
G3P has delivered design, permitting, engineering and management services on over 250 waste projects and is currently developing waste-to-energy projects in the U.S and abroad.
(Source: BioPower Operations Corporation, MarketWire, 19 April, 2016) Contact: BioPower Operations Corporation, G3P, Dr. Neil Williams, CEO, (954) 202-6660, www.green3power.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, BioPower Operations Corporation,
San Francisco Board of Supervisor member Scott Wiener, who supports the legislation, commented: "By increasing our use of solar power, San Francisco is once again leading the nation in the fight against climate change and the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels."(Source: City of San Francisco, Vox, Others, 20 April, 2016) Contact: City of San Francisco, Board of Supervisors, Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.sfbos.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
The Act includes four amendments, including provisions that instruct the DOE to continue development of clean coal technologies, as well as provisions that authorize funding for that research. Other amendments designate Clean Coal Technologies as an official DOE fossil energy priority, use pre-authorized funding for clean coal innovation; prioritize clean coal R&D; and authorize a coal technology program budget.
The bill would also permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which helps states and local governments acquire and maintain land for public use.
The test turbine uses four 225-kilowatt, refurbished, 1990s-vintage three-blade rotors that have a diameter of 29 meters (95 feet). The capacity of the multiple-rotor turbine is below today's conventional turbines that typically have a capacity of 2 MW and more, but may be scaled up if the concept works.
According to Vestas, the test turbine will help it understand the structural dynamics, aerodynamics and loads of the four-rotor concept. One concern is whether the turbine will vibrate so much that the structure suffers damage. (Source: Vestas, April, 2016) Contact: Vestas, Jorge Magalhaes, Sr. VP Innovation & Concepts, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas, Wind Turbine,
Gaelectric has hired investment bank Rothschild to handle the sale.
Gaelectric intends to invest the wind portfolio sale proceeds in other renewable energy assets and projects, including energy storage, solar and bioenergy, as well as energy trading. (Source: Gaelectric, Irish Independent, Others, 21 April, 2016)
Contact: Gaelectric, Brendan McGrath, CEO, +353 1 643 0800, email@example.com, www.gaelectric.ie
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To participate, homeowners must first have an energy audit done by a certified energy adviser (CEA) to establish a baseline energy-efficiency rating. Homeowners then have 120 days to install two of Union Gas's eligible energy-efficiency measures, after which a second audit is done to determine how effective the energy conservation measures have been.
A second program for non-customers, which is expected to be launched this summer, will resemble the existing home rebate program, but will be government funded and a part of the Ontario government's $100 million Green Energy Investment fund.
(Source: Union Gas, Ontario Green Investment Fund, thewhig.com, 19 April, 2016) Contact: Union Gas Home Reno Rebate Program, www.uniongas.com/homereno, www.uniongas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Union Gas, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
By 2050, we envision Ontarians will be using less energy and the energy we do use will be from low-carbon sources. Communities will be climate-resilient, complete and compact. More people will choose electric or other zero-emission vehicles and transit to get swiftly and efficiently where they need to go. Agricultural lands, natural areas and ecosystems will be better protected for the benefit and enjoyment of all.
By 2050, we see an Ontario that will be employing new ways to reduce waste while ensuring that more of the waste produced is reintroduced to the economy. Industries will be thriving while generating fewer or zero emissions. Businesses and innovators will be creating world-leading clean technologies and products that drive new economic growth, productivity and job creation.
Download the full Ontario Climate Change Strategy HERE. (Source:
Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, April, 2016) Contact: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Glen Murray, www.ontario.ca/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
According to the NIST team, their study findings could permit far more effective monitoring of sequestration sites under real-world conditions, which ordinarily make it difficult to determine whether the carbon dioxide is escaping storage.
A sticking point is that sequestered carbon dioxide must remain underground for centuries. If more than 0.1 percent of the gas leaks out per year, it's all for nothing. So scientists from around the world have been trying to develop an effective way to monitor sites for potential gas leaks.
One approach places a system of laser reflectors above the ground directly over a carbon storage site to scan for escaping gas. Collecting useful data, however, requires a half-hour period when the wind does not shift and the sampled atmosphere does not change.
Enter the NIST-Harris-AER team which has built a laser-based measurement system that collected data over a mock storage site in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The data went to NIST for analysis. NIST developed a mathematical model that considers the change in shape of a gas leakage plume in the wind. In this way, the model factors out other CO2 sources in the sequestration area. The practical upshot is that wind variables and other outdoor field conditions are no longer a constraint and sequestered gas leaks can be pinpointed to within about 5 meters regardless of the wind conditions.
(Source: NIST, 20 April, 2016)Contact: NIST, (301) 975-2000, www.nist.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Standards and Technology, CCS.CO2, Methane, Carbon Sequestration, GHGs,
The energy efficiency project, a partnership between Spurs Sports & Entertainment and Bexar County, the building owner. earned $312,673 in rebates for replacing 500 metal haide lights in the arena's ceiling.
(Source: CPS Energy, 19 April, 2016) Contact: CPS Energy, Joe Jones, Acct. Mgr., www. cpsenergy.com
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On April 6, SolarCity announced it had closed a $150 million round of non-recourse financing with Credit Suisse to support deployment of commercial solar energy systems, including battery storage systems.
On April 7, the California-based company announced it had closed the second round of financing as part of its renewable energy tax equity investment program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and another investor. The program will finance approximately $188 million in solar projects, covering the upfront cost of the solar equipment and installation.
(Source: SolarCity, GTM, Others, 18 April, 2016) Contact: SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., CEO, (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com
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The plan, which will offer a wide range of cost-effective programs to the customers of FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities -- Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison -- is expected to be available from Jan 1, 2017 to Dec 31, 2019. The programs include a three-year plan to cut over 800,000 MWh of electric consumption annually.
The proposal features a wide range of energy conservation measures for low-income, residential, small commercial, industrial, governmental and other customers. The energy efficiency plans will not only offer innovative methods to manage electricity usage, but also ensure environmental benefits by reducing emission levels. (Source: First Energy, Zacks, Others, 18 April, 2016) Contact: First Energy, www.firstenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy, Energy Efficiency,
The attached report details how the company is approaching each of these priorities, and highlights some key accomplishments to date.
WindFloat, which is designed by Berkeley, California-based Principle Power Inc., consists of a ballasted floating platform which supports a multi-megawatt wind turbine generator. The three-column platform is equipped with a closed-loop ballast system to compensate for changes in mean wind velocity and direction. The platform is moored with a three-line catenary mooring system.
A first WindFloat prototype has been deployed 5 km off the coast of Agucadoura, Portugal since 2011.
The second generation of WindFloat technology, addressed by the present Approval In Principle, is intended to be part of a pilot array of floating offshore wind turbines in the French Mediterranean sea, to be developed by ENGIE and EIFFAGE. (Source: Bureau Veritas
Scandnavian Oil & Gas, Others, 15 April, 2016) Contact: Principle Power Inc., (510) 647-9539, www.principlepowerinc.com; Bureau Veritas, www.bureauveritas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power, Bureau Veritas , WindFloat, Offshore Wind,
In the past, lawmakers have added $25 million per year to the Renewable Energy Fund, which was kicked-off with approximately $100 million. In 2015 the fund received less than $10 million as part of the state's capital budget which this year has dropped to under $80 million, non of which has been earmarked for renewable energy grants and funding.
A new bill -- SB 196 -- focused primarily on shoring up the endowment for the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program for rural Alaskans could, however, generate as much as $3 million for the Renewable Energy Fund.
SB 196 is presently before the House Finance Committee. (Source: Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Public Media, 15 April, 2016) Contact: Alaska Energy Authority, www.akenergyauthority.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Funding,
S2G's proprietary process has been integrated into Pennakem's existing chemical facility to convert natural, non-food waste into usable sugar-based glycols. The natural glycols will serve as a drop-in replacement for common petroleum-based chemicals used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products such as resins, PET/PEF plastic drink containers, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, coolants and anti-freeze.
S2G's sugar-to-glycol technology utilizes low cost renewable feedstocks to co-produce an economical supply of high value specialty chemicals and sustainable bio-glycols for use by consumer and industrial product manufacturers. (Source: Adapted from S2G Press Release, April, 2016) Contact: S2G BioChem, Mark Kirby, Pres., (604) 221-8670, www.s2gbiochem.com; PennAKem, Tom Waldman, CEO, Pres., (901) 320-4000, www.pennakem.com
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The City will work with third-party financial groups including Clean Energy Green Corridor, Florida PACE Funding Agency, and the Florida Green Finance Authority to arrange project funding. Funding could be in place for the fall. (Source: City of Orlando, Orlando Sentinal, 18 April, 2016)Contact: Florida Green Finance Authority, www.flgfa.org; Florida PACE, www.floridapace.gov
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To date, the company's Climate Commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 2 million metric tons of CO2e globally -- equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 270,000 homes or over 2.1 billion pounds of coal burned. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons. (Source: Ingersol Rand, PR, 18 Aptil, 2016)
Contact: IngersollRand, Didier Teirlinck, Exec. VP Climate Businesses, Dan Berei, (704) 655-5018, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ingersollrand.com
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