Primus' STG+™ technology can use a range of natural gas feedstocks, including wellhead and pipeline gas, dry or wet associated gas, "stranded" ethane, excess syngas from underutilized reformers or mixed natural gas liquids. Primus' low-cost, modular systems can be trucked in and assembled onsite for easy deployment.
(Source: Primus Green Energy Inc, Fuel Marketer, Others, Mar., 2016) Contact: Primus Green Energy, Sam Golan, CEO, (908) 281-6000, http://www.primusge.com
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Although the new rules haven't officially been announced, it is widely predicted that they will apply to both new and existing wells and facilities with slight differences and overlaps from BLM's proposed targets and regulations. There are presently
multiple existing and proposed federal rules to reduce emission and the EPA is proposing more.(Source: Bureau of Land Management, KFYR TV, Mar., 2016) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Natural Gas, Emissions,
"Unfortunately, the committee has stacked the witness list with oil company apologists intent upon undermining public support for this important program. Why is the committee afraid to hear all sides of the debate? According to prepared remarks provided on the committee's website, EPA plans to again cite concern with the 'E10 blend wall' as part of the reason why the agency lowered the final conventional 2014 - 2016 RFS renewable volume obligations below the statutory requirement. That issue is currently before the D.C. Court of Appeals in multiple lawsuits filed by both biofuel and petroleum interests.
"EPA is sticking to its script. But the agency is once again demonstrating it does not understand Congress' objective in passing the RFS in the first place. Congress wanted to maximize the use of renewable fuels. It wanted to break down the blend wall and other obstacles to low carbon fuels. It wanted the RFS to drive marketplace change and promote investment in new technologies and infrastructure to reshape America's energy portfolio. However, EPA's timid enforcement of the RFS has prevented that from happening.
"Conversely, the USDA has been helpful through its recent Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, which aims to add more than 1,400 ethanol blender pumps to market in 21 states. This effort, along with those already underway in ethanol and agriculture, will add E15 and E85 at nearly 2,000 new stations. Today, E15 and E85 are sold at 180 stations and 3,434 stations, respectively.
"It is bewildering to me how two agencies, under the same administration, are taking such disparate approaches to biofuels. USDA's efforts are helping to grow our industry, while EPA is hampering our industry and preventing the continued evolution of biofuels toward lower carbon, higher octane alternatives." (Source: RFA, Mar., 2016) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen,CEO, Pres., (202) 269-3835, http://www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Renewable Fuels Standard, RFS, Biofuel, Biofuel Blend,
To qualify, ORISE installed high-efficiency boilers, retro-commissioned the building's HVAC system to fine-tune operations and reduce reheat requirements, and replaced and upgraded interior lighting. (Source: The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, 16 Mar., 2016)
Contact: The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Andy Page, Pres., (865) 576-3146, email@example.com, http://orise.orau.gov; Energy Star, www.energystar.gov
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Cox achieved LEED energy efficiency certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions including
a 72 MHw solar canopy on the parking deck, a
high-efficiency HVAC system that minimizes energy use during off-peak times, and energy efficient lighting with occupancy sensors. The company also instituted water conservation, waste management measures, recycling, and eco-friendly transportation services.
(Source: Cox Enterprises, Inc., 15 Mar., 2016)
Contact: Cox Enterprises, www.coxenterprises.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The plant will be installed at the paper mill in Skogn, Norway and will convert the cleaned biogas from fishery waste and residual paper mill slurry into liquid fuel. Installation and commissioning is expected within 15 months.
The system, which was specially designed to liquefy small methane-based gas streams, offers low operating costs and is energy efficient.
(Source: Wartsila,, Renewable Energy, 17 Mar., 2016) Contact: Wartsila Corp.,
Timo Koponen, VP Marine Solutions, www.wartsila.com;
Purac Puregas AB, +46 480 38100, www.purac-puregas.com
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Under the act, a portion of the carbon tax revenue would support statewide renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects and the balance would be rebated as a dividend to residents and businesses based on the numbers of jobs they provide.
The proposed carbon tax, which is meant to convince consumers to burn less gasoline and oil, is projected to cut the state's carbon emission by 30 pct within 25 years.
(Source: Various Sources, EcoRI, 8 Mar., 2016)
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Vivint, which claims SunEdison "willfully breached its obligations under the merger agreement," is seeking damages for the benefits its stockholders would have realized in connection with the scuttled transaction. Is widely reported that
SunEdison's financials were the cause of the mergers collapse. (Source: Various Sources, delawareonline, 11 Mar., 2016) Contact: Vivint Solar, Gregory Butterfield, Pres., CEO, Rob Kain, VP Inv. Relations, (801) 229-6460, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vivintsolar.com; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, Pres., (314) 770-7325, email@example.com, www.sunedison.com
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Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, expects the changes to reduce fuel imports and increase the demand for palm oil.
However, falling crude prices are expected to limit the shift of diesel consumers to biodiesel, as the alternative is more costly to produce and requires large subsidies. (Source: AsiaOne, Mar. 14, 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blend,
The Brazilian government plans to install 50,000 square meters -- an area equivalent to five football fields -- of panel by 2017. The installation is expected to generate 5 MW of electric power for up to 9,000 homes.
The project is expected to be expanded to 300 MW capacity to power up to 540,000 homes at an unspecified future date.
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According to SBI Bioenergy, its technology uses no water or hydrogen and generates no waste to produce a clean, competitively priced renewable fuel that can be blended with other diesel products to help meet federal renewable fuel standards.
The Alberta government has earmarked $10 million from the existing carbon levy for the $20 million refinery. According to the government, the investment will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 112,000 tonnes by 2020 -- the equivalent of removing 23,000 vehicles from the province's highways for one year.
(Source: SBI Bioenergy, CBC, Mar 10, 2016) Contact: SBI BioEnergy, Inder Pal Singh, Pres., Ceo, (780) 413-9832, http://www.sbibioenergy.com
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The agency will begin with a formal process to require companies operating existing oil and gas sources to provide information on existing sources of methane emissions, technologies to reduce those emissions and the costs of those technologies in the production, gathering, processing, transmission and storage segments of the oil and gas sector.
The information will help the agency develop comprehensive regulations on effectively reducing emissions and related issues and technologies.
The EPA will also be seeking information that will help identify sources with high emissions and the factors that contribute to those emissions.
Magnum integrates intelligence at the device level, enabling advanced day lighting and control strategies with its AirConfig, a remote commissioning and configuration tool for users to assign devices, enable intelligent functionality, and access a variety of features. (Source: Magnum Energy Solutions, 11 Mar., 2016) Contact: Magnum Energy Solutions, Mike Giorgi, CEO, Valerie Harding, Media, (617) 536-8887, www.magnumenergysolutions.com; Future Lighting Solutions, Jamie Singerman, VP, (888) 589-3662, http://www.futurelightingsolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting, Future Lighting Solutions, Magnum Energy Solutions,
Taken together, the new legislation creates standards for what will be among the most energy-efficient municipal buildings in the U.S.
NYC-owned real estate makes up about 5 pct of the city's total building stock which is responsible for approximately 75 pct of the city's total carbon pollution.
(Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, Blog, Donna DeCostanzo, 11 Mar., 2016) Contact: NYC
Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, http://www.nyc.gov/html/gbee/html/plan/plan.shtml; Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/solutions-and-innovation/enterprise-green-communities; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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EnGoPLANET street lights utilize poll-mounted PV panels and sidewalk pads to harvest kinetic energy from passing pedestrians. Motion sensors turn the lights on and off as needed. The EnGoPLANET system also measures air quality, detects water, monitors traffic and operates remote security cameras. They can also serve as wifi hotspots with USB ports and inductive charging capabilities.
(Source: EnGoPLANET, City of Las Vegas, AuotBlog, 11 Mar., 2016) Contact: EnGoPLANET, Petar Mirovic, CEO,
(516) 979-4599, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.engoplanet.com
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Under the terms of the MoU, KEPCO plans to install 91 electric vehicle charging stations in three Ecuadorian cities, including the nation's capitol city of Quito, at a total cost of $30 million. The project funding is expected to be provided through the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) through intergovernmental negotiations.
(Source: KEPCO, Business Korea, 13 Mar., 2016) Contact: KEPCO, www.kepco.co.kr/eng
Economic Development Cooperation Fund, www.oecd.org
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The company also claims that the amount of waste and residue used in its renewable fuel refining increased to almost 2 million metric tons in 2015. They were used for refining almost 2 billion liters of Neste Renewable Diesel, sufficient to power about 2 million cars for 12 months if used as 100 pct blend. According to the company, using Neste Renewable Diesel results in 40-90 pct lower GHG emissions compared to fossil diesel.
Overall, Neste aims to cut it annual greenhouse gas emissions by 7 million mtpy by 2017. (Source: Neste, PetroPlaza, Mar. 9, 2016)
Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, + 358 10 458 4379, email@example.com, www.neste.com
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With buildings ranging greatly in age, size and function, the agency has developed a targeted, building specific approach to its energy reduction strategy under which each MDOT facility independently implements the program based on each facilities individual needs. These strategies include programmable thermostats, programmable motion-sensitive lighting and others. (Source: Mississippi Dept. of Transportation, Delta News, 8 Mar., 2016) Contact: MDOT, Melinda McGrath, Director, (601) 359-7900, mdot.ms.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
Vivant Solar was the second biggest residential solar installer in the country, but its reliance on reliance on leases or power purchase agreements rather than direct sales to homeowners seems to be flying in the face of a trend thats seens homeowners increasingly purchasing, rather than leasing, solar installations.
. (Source: Vivant Solar, SunEdison, Motely Fool, Others, 8 Mar., 2016) Contact: Vivint Solar, Jan Newman, VP of Business Dev., Rob Kain, VP Inv. Relations, (801) 229-6460, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vivintsolar.com; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, Pres., (314) 770-7325, email@example.com, www.sunedison.com
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Located in Pecos County,Texas, the East Pecos facility will utilize approximately 1.2 million of First Solar's thin film, PV solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. Southern Power has secured a 15-year PPA and interconnection agreements with Austin Energy, which will also purchase the renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility. These RECs, which provide a mechanism for acquiring renewable solar power, may either be used or sold by Austin Energy.
(Source: Southern Power, Asstin Energy, Zacks. 8 March, 2016) Contact: Southern Company, Southern Power, Oscar Harper, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com; First Solar, Brian Kunz, VP Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.firstsolar.com
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NCOS certified organizations reduce their emissions through using renewable energy, lowering energy consumption, increased energy efficiency measures and reducing waste and increasing recycling. They offset the remaining emissions through the purchase of abatement units, such as for native vegetation restoration.
Now the NCOS will encompass buildings, precincts and cities, and the federal government hopes to have the first officially certified and operating carbon neutral precinct or city by January 2017.
To that end, the government is establishing an Expert Committee for carbon neutral precincts and cities which is planned for April 2016 and will include representatives from big cities, the Green Building Council of Australia, the National Australian Built Environment Rating System, the CRC for Low Carbon Living and others.
(Source: Architecture & Design, 9 Mar., 2016)Contact: National Carbon Offset Standard, http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/carbon-neutral/ncos
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Half of the projected GHG reductions are expected to be achieved through increased energy efficiency, one-fourth will come from waste reduction, one-fifth will come from clean energy improvements, about one-tenth will come from traffic congestion management and the rest will come from water and land use changes, according to City Council.
The city's Climate Action Plan is expected to cost between $181 million and $248 million.
(Source: City of Fort Collins, Coloragoan, 10 Mar., 2016) Contact: City of Fort Collins, Jackie Kozak-Thiel, Sustainability Officer, (970) 416-2170, email@example.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutrality, Carbon Emissions,
TN Energy has invested $34 million in the project which is expected to produce 1.2 million lpm of fuel when fully operational. Lao State Fuel will be responsible for allocating locations and storage space as well as fuel marketing.
(Source: Lao State Fuel, Woodcote Media, 10 Mar., 2016)Contact: Lao State Fuel, www.laostatefuel.com; TN Energy contact information presently unavailable.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lao State Fuel, Biofuel, Casava, Sugarcane,
The platform will enable China's domestic utilities to use the green certificate market to sell electric power generated from renewable energy sources, excluding hydropower.
Nationally, Chinese power producers are required to generate a minimum 9 pct share of non-hydro power from renewables by 2020. Local governments must generate between 5 pct and 13 pct of their power from renewables by 2020. China aims to boost the share of non-fossil fuels in its power mix from the present 12 pct to 15 pct by 2020,while cutting CO2 emissions by 60 pct.
The NEA is responsible for formulating and implementing China's energy development plans and industrial policies, promoting institutional reform in the energy sector, administering energy sectors including coal, oil, natural gas, power (including nuclear power), new and renewable energy as well as energy conservation.
(Source: China National Energy Administration, Various Media, Mar., 2016) Contact: China National Energy Administration, http://en.ndrc.gov.cn
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The Province of Ontario's $350 million Green Investment Fund is investing $92 million in social housing retrofits and clean energy technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. $10 million will be used to help improve electricity efficiency in approximately 1,300 single social-housing homes which are often found in small and rural communities.
The majority of the province's social housing towers were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s and often consume 25 pct more energy per square meter than an individual house.
(Source: Utilities Kingston, Others, Wire Service, Mar. 7, 2016)Contact: UtilitiesKingston, www.UtilitiesKingston.com, http://www.SaveOnEnergy.ca;Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation, (613) 546-5591, www.kfhc.ca
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The non-ETS sector covers industries, such as agriculture, that are not energy intensive and do not have emissions controlled under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. By 2020, agriculture is projected to account for 47 pct of emissions from the non-ETS sector.
The EPA also reports that although Ireland has met annual obligation targets from 2013, it is projected to breach these in either 2016 or 2017.
(Source: EPA, Irish Farmer, 7 Mar., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG, Carbon Emissions Target,
In response to Lord Stern's report, China's senior climate change envoy said on Monday that the country's emissions were still growing. The envoy also said that
while total energy consumption rose 0.9 pct to 4.3 billion tonnes of standard coal in 2015, coal consumption fell 2.2 pct from 2014, based on Reuters calculations. The envoy also claimed Beijing would cap total energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal by 2020, and cut carbon intensity by 18 pct over the 2016-2020 period.
(Source: Channel News Asia, Various Others, 7 Mar., 2016) Contact: Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics, +44 (0) 20 7955-7871; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lse.ac.uk
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The remotely monitored and controlled Smart Lighting system includes and controls the city's pilot smart metering initiative. (Source: Various Sources, NovusLight, 8 Mar., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Street Light, LED Light, Smart Meter,
The Better Buildings program was formed in 2011 with the goal of making buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient over a period of 10 years. The program covers residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings, and includes Better Buildings initiatives such as the Energy Data Accelerator.
In January, the White House announced commitments from several utilities and public sector partners to provide energy data and take other actions with the goal of increasing energy efficiency. Eighteen utilities have committed to sharing whole building energy data with building owners for three years, starting in 2017, with the goal of streamlining massive amounts of energy data through the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator.
Additionally, DOE will provide technical assistance to 12 cities and states to streamline and organize complex building data for three years as part of the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform. SEED is an open-source database used to manage data about building portfolios from multiple sources. Cities and states will apply the tool, with the ultimate goal of informing municipal decision-making about building energy efficiency investment. (Source: USGBC, US DOE, ProudGreenBuilding, 8 Mar., 2016) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org;
Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/accelerators/energy.html;
DOE Better Buildings Alliance, www4.eere.energy.gov/alliance
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The advisory group will consider ways to implement the provincial government's 100 megaton carbon emissions limit for the oil sands industry and advise the government on land-use and resource planning. The Notley government is still developing its climate and carbon policy, details of which are expected to be announced shortly. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Bloomberg, Others, 8 Mar., 2016) Contact: Gov't of Alberta, Premier Hon. Rachel Notley, (780) 427-2711, email@example.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tar Sands, GHG, CO2 Emissiuons, Climate Change, Rachel Notley,