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Primus Green Energy Touts 100-Octane Gas Production (Ind. Report)
Primus Green Energy Inc
Date: 2016-03-18
In the Garden State, Hillsborough-headquartered Primus Green Energy Inc., a gas-to-liquids technology company that transforms methane and other hydrocarbon gases into gasoline and methanol, reports it has produced 100-octane gasoline using its proprietary STG+™ technology its commercial demonstration plant in Hillsborough.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas-to-Liquids,  Methane,  


New BLM Methane Emissions Reduction Rules Expected (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Land Management
Date: 2016-03-18
As previously reported, the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports it will overhaul 30-year-old regulations for oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands to curb methane emissions. The proposal would require oil and gas producers to use currently available technology to limit flaring at oil wells on federal land. In Dec., 2015, BLM released a proposed update to replace its regulations on venting and flaring of methane-natural gas from existing facilities under the Clean Air Act.

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,  


RFA Statement on House Oversight Subcommittee RFS Hearing (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2016-03-18
"The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is currently the only law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. It has enhanced U.S. energy security by virtually eliminating gasoline imports. Ethanol is the cleanest, lowest cost, highest value octane source available to refiners today, and so is helping to lower consumer gasoline prices. The RFS has been an unmitigated success, something the subcommittees should hear today from someone in the industry.

"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,  


ORISE Scores Energy Star, Energy Efficiency Certification (Ind. Report)
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Date: 2016-03-18
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education's (ORISE) Facilities and Transportation Dept. office building reports it has won U.S. EPA Energy Star certification for energy efficiency and meets strict energy-efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

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, communications@orise.orau.gov, http://orise.orau.gov; Energy Star, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Stare,  Energy Efficiency,  


Cox Scores Second LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Cox Enterprises,USGBC Gold
Date: 2016-03-18
Atlanta-headquartered communications, media and automotive services firm Cox Enterprises reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® Gold certification for its 578,000 sq-ft Sandy Springs, Georgia office building -- the company's second building to score LEED Gold.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Wartsila Announces Purac Puregas Biogas Plant Order (Int'l)
Wartsila,Purac Puregas AB,
Date: 2016-03-18
Wartsila Corporation is reporting receipt of a "fast-track" order from Kalmar, Sweden-based Purac Puregas AB, for a biogas liquefaction plant that will produce liquid Biofuels.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Biogas,  Purac Puregas AB,  ,  


Rhode Island's Proposed Carbon Tax Meets Opposition (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2016-03-16
Last week in Providence, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and other groups roundly condemned and registered their opposition to the Rhode Island Carbon Pricing Act of 2016 carbon tax. If passed into law, the act would levee a fee of about 15 cents on every gallon of gasoline and heating oil entering the state.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Rhode Island Carbon Tax,  


Vivant Seeks Redress for Failed $2Bn SunEdison Merger (M&A)
Vivint Solar,SunEdison
Date: 2016-03-16
Further to our March 11th coverage, as expected, Utah-headquartered rooftop solar panel specialist Vivint Solar has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery, alleging Saint Peters, Missouri-based SunEdison Inc. breached a $2.2 billion merger agreement between the two parties.

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, ir@vivintsolar.com, www.vivintsolar.com; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, Pres., (314) 770-7325, pmorris@sunedison.com, www.sunedison.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivint Solar,  SunEdison,  


Indonesia Plans Increases in Palm Oil Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l)

Date: 2016-03-16
In Jakarta, the Indonesian government is reportedly prepared to scrap diesel fuel subsidies and raise the palm oil-based biodiesel blending rate by 20 pct as an overall budgetary measure in response to declining oil and commodity revenues. The planned cuts and boost in biodiesel blending rate requires parliamentary approval.

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,  


Brazil Installing Floating Solar Panels on Amazon (Int'l)
Brazil
Date: 2016-03-16
Engineers in Brazil have developed a system of floating solar panels for installation at the 1980s vintage Amazon River Balbina hydroelectric dam project. The dam inundated some 2,400 square kilometers of Amazon rain forest but delivers little electricity generation capacity.

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. (Source: www.teleSURtv.net/english March, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Floating Solar,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2016-03-14
"The two leaders regard the Paris Agreement as a turning point in global efforts to combat climate change and anchor economic growth in clean development. They resolve that the United States and Canada must and will play a leadership role internationally in the low carbon global economy over the coming decades, including through science-based steps to protect the Arctic and its peoples. Canada and the U.S. will continue to respect and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples in all climate change decision making. Furthermore, the leaders emphasize the importance of the U.S. and Canada continuing to cooperate closely with Mexico on climate and energy action and commit to strengthen a comprehensive and enduring North American climate and energy partnership." -- Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and U.S. President Barak Obama , 11 Mar., 2016

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Clean Energy news,  


SBI Bioenergy's Edmonton Biodiesel Plant Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
SBI Bioenergy
Date: 2016-03-14
Following-up on our July 13th, 2015 coverage, Alberta-based SBI Bioenergy reports it is close to completing construction of a 10 million lpy "demo" biorefinery to convert canola oil and animal fats into a renewable fuel in Edmonton. The company expects to increase production to 240 million lpy by 2018.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  SBI Bioenergy,  


Reducing Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry -- EPA Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-03-14
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to addressing air pollution and climate change, the EPA has announced its next step to regulate and reduce oil and natural gas industry methane emissions.

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.

Access the Reducing Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry report HERE. (Source: EPA, 10 Mar., 2016) Contact: EPA, www3.epa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Methane Emissions,  


Magnum Energy Solutions, Future Lighting Solutions Announce Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
Magnum Energy Solutions,Futute Lighting Solutions
Date: 2016-03-14
Hudson, Ohio-headquartered energy management specialist Magnum Energy Solutions (MES) and Pointe Clair, Quebec-headquartered solid-state lighting specialist Future Lighting Solutions (FLS) are reporting a global distribution partnership under which FLS will market, promote and distribute Magnum's wireless lighting control products.

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,  


NYC Legislates City-Owned Green Building Code (Reg & Leg)
USGBC,Enterprise Green Communities Criteria
Date: 2016-03-14
The New York City Council reports the passage of bills 701-A and 721-A, legislation requiring most new and substantially renovated city-owned buildings to cut their energy use by 50 pct and meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold standard. Residential buildings will also have to comply with the New York City overlay of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. Under the legislation, the mayor's office must also submit a plan to ensure that, by 2030, city-owned capital projects will be designed and built to the super-efficient Passive House standard.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Las Vegas Installs Energy Efficient Solar-Kinetic Street Lights (Ind. Report)
EnGoPLANET
Date: 2016-03-14
In Nevada, the city of Las Vegas reports it is partnering with New York-based EnGoPLANET for the installation of off-grid solar- and pedestrian-powered LED street lights in the Boulder Plaza district.

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, info@engoplanet.com, http://www.engoplanet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting,  ,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  


KEPCO, Ecuador Ink Energy Storage Memorandum (Int'l. Report)
Korea Electric Power Corporation
Date: 2016-03-14
The Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) reports it has signed a MOU with Ecuador's Ministry of Coordination of Production, Employment and Competitiveness (MCPEC) calling for cooperation and preferential negotiations for the supply of energy storage systems, advanced metering infrastructure, power generation, energy efficiency and related energy developments and projects.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News KEPCO,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


Neste Oil Boasts Record Greenhouse Gas Reductions (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2016-03-14
Finnish renewable diesel producer Neste Oil reports it reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by about 6.4 metric tons -- equivalent to removing 1.3 million cars from Finland's highways -- in 2015.

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, virpi.kroger@neste.com, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEXBTL,  Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


MDOT Implements Energy Management, Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
Date: 2016-03-11
In Jackson, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has developed a comprehensive Energy Management Program to increase energy efficiency at its various facilities statewide. The program provides a roadmap to help the agency increase its energy efficiency and optimize energy consumption by balancing the energy needs of individual facilities with the requirements for their efficient operation. Achieving this goal will result in reduced energy consumption, reduced utility costs and reduced operating costs for MDOT.

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,  


SunEdison's Vivant Solar Acquisition Dead (M&A, Ind. Report)
Vivant Solar,SunEdison Inc
Date: 2016-03-11
Further to our Feb. 26th coverage -- SunEdison Snares Residential Solar Specialist Vivant (M&A) -- Vivint Solar reports it has terminated its $1.9 billion merger agreement with SunEdison on the grounds that SunEdison "failed to meet its obligations under the merger agreement." Vivint Solar will now "seek all legal remedies available to it in respect of such willful breach."

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, ir@vivintsolar.com, www.vivintsolar.com; SunEdison, R. Phelps Morris, Pres., (314) 770-7325, pmorris@sunedison.com, www.sunedison.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivant Solar,  SunEdison Inc.Solar,  


Southern Power Acquiring 120MW East Pecos Solar Facility (M&A)
Southern Company,Southern Power,First Solar
Date: 2016-03-11
Southern Company's unit Southern Power is reporting the acquisition of the 120MW East Pecos Solar Facility in Austin, Texas from developer First Solar Inc. The East Pecos facility is slated to come online in 4Q of this year.

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, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Company,  Southern Power,  First Solar,  


Aussie National Carbon Offset Standard Incorporates Built Environment (Int'l, Ind. Report)
National Carbon Offset Standard
Date: 2016-03-11
In the Land Down Under, the federal government reports it will expand the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) to include buildings, precincts and cities. The NCOS, which provides a guide for businesses and other organizations voluntarily seeking carbon neutrality, sets out requirements for achieving carbon neutrality based on a framework of relevant international standards and tailored to the Australian context.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Carbon Offset Standard ,  


Fort Collins Prices Climate Action Plan at $248Mn (Ind. Report)
Fort Collins
Date: 2016-03-11
The city of Fort Collins' Colorado City Council is considering 31 climate change initiatives and several "paths" to slash community greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. As part of its plan, the city expects to reduce its carbon emission by 20 pct compared to 2005 levels, by the end of 2020. Meeting the 2020 goal would mean cutting emissions to pre-1990 levels, when the city’s population was half its current population of 156,000.

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, mspradlin@fcgov.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutrality,  Carbon Emissions,  


TN Energy, Lao State Fuel Announce Laos Biofuel JV (Int'l)
TN Energy,Lao State Fuel
Date: 2016-03-11
South Korea's TN Energy reports it has entered into a JV agreement with Lao State Fuel to produce bioethanol fuel from locally sourced cassava, sugarcane and other feedstock in Vientiane, Laos. The JV project, to be named Lao K-tech, is slated to get underway later this year.

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,  


China Launching "Green Certificates" to Promote Renewables (Int'l. Report)
China’s National Energy Administration
Date: 2016-03-09
In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) reports it plans to launch a green certificate trading platform to promote the increased use of renewable energy. A specific timeline for the launch of the green certificate program has not been announced.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  China Renewable Energy ,  


Kingston Social Housing Receives Energy Retrofits (Ind. Report)
Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation
Date: 2016-03-09
In Kingston, Ontario, the Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation is being lauded for its energy efficiency retrofits for hundreds of individual and family residences. The Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation, along with Utilities Kingston, has also been acknowledged for earning $250,000 in incentives for social (low income) housing retrofits through Ontario's saveONenergy program. The retrofits included new energy efficient windows, lighting, home appliances, air conditioners, and furnaces.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Ireland Expected to Miss EU 2020 GHG Reduction Target (Int'l)
Ireland
Date: 2016-03-09
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting that Ireland is unlikely to meet European Union 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets. According to EPA statistics, Ireland is projected to reduce its GHG emissions from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector by 6 pct to 11 pct from 2005 levels by 2020, well short of the EU target of 20 pct reduction.

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,  


China's CO2 Emission May Have Peaked Ahead of Pledge (Int'l)
Lord Stern
Date: 2016-03-09
According to newly published research by the London School of Economics economist Lord Nicholas Stern, China's carbon emissions may have peaked in 2014, potentially putting Beijing under pressure to toughen climate pledges perceived as being "too lax." Lord Stern's research suggests that Beijing may have already applied the brakes ahead of schedule, and has already met its COP21 meeting in Paris pledge last December to peak its emissions by 2030.

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; n.stern@lse.ac.uk, www.lse.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lord Stern,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  China Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  


Swiss City Completes Smart Street Light, Smart Meter System Installation (Int'l, Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-03-09
In Switzerland, the city of Chiasso reports the recent implementation of a remotely controlled smart street lighting system. The city worked with the public utility, AGE SA, to replace mercury-vapour street lamps in the city center with 50 Mini Stelvio LED lamps by Disano Illuminazione.

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,  


USGBC Joins DOE Better Building Program (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Better Building Alliance
Date: 2016-03-09
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports it has recently formalized its commitment to become a U.S. DOE Better Buildings Alliance Affiliate. Affiliates support the program through promotion and support of energy efficiency opportunities and tools in the Better Buildings program to members, as well as sharing details of any energy efficiency activities with DOE on an annual basis.

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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Alberta Establishing Oil-Sands CO2 Advisory Group (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-03-09
In low-priced oil soaked Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley is seeking the help of a yet to be named oil-sands industry advisory group to help the government implement its carbon emissions reductions and climate change policy.

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, premier@gov.ab.ca

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