The REG is an exclusive program available to builders who construct and certify homes that meet industry standards for energy efficiency such as HERS, Energy Star, LEED or National Green Building Standard. This first-of-its-kind program for new homes is the only national program which guarantees energy usage of the entire home based on standards set by the Residential Energy Service Network (RESNET). The program reimburses the homeowner for cost of gas and electricity usage exceeding the home's predicted energy usage by 15 pct or more.
Axis is a cloud-based data collection, storage, and sharing solution used by HERS Raters, new home builders, and program sponsors to streamline the data collection process for energy ratings and energy efficiency programs such as ENERGY Star Homes.
(Source: Bonded Builders Warranty Group, Mar., 2016) Contact: Bonded Builders Warranty Group, Steve Hooker, (800) 749-0381 x 4618, email@example.com, www.bondedbuilders.com; Pivotal Energy Solutions, Bob Burns, (800) 980-AXIS, https://pivotalenergysolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Performance,
Independently verified energy efficiency measures at the cement and other plants recognized in the 2015 ENERGY Star manufacturing program netted power consumption savings of $475 million and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5 million mtpy. (Source: US DOE ENERGY Star, Concrete News, 29 Feb., 2016) Contact: DOE ENERGY Star, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY Star, Energy Efficiency,
The service, which costs from £180 to £600, guarantees that it will identify energy saving measures worth more than their initial implementation cost.
(Source: E.ON, Business Green, Others, 1 Mar., 2016) Contact: E.ON, Iain Walker, Business Energy, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON, Energy Audit, Energy Consunption,
The facility, which is currently under construction, will process up to 115,000 mtpy of residential and commercial organic waste. The organic waste will be fed into anaerobic digesters to generate biogas which will be used to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) with methane purity greater than 97 pct. The RNG will be used to fuel the city's fleet of natural gas waste collection and operations service vehicles and to heat buildings in the City Centre community. (Source: Greenlane Biogas, 1 Mar., 2016) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brent Jaklin, Managing Dir., www.greenlanebiogas.co.uk; Orgaworld Canada, (519) 663-4446, www.orgaworld.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Biogas, Biogas, Methane,
ElectraTherm utilizes Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and proprietary technologies to generate power from low temperature heat ranging from 77-122 degrees C. ElectraTherm offers 3 sizes of Power+ Generator: the 4200 generates up to 35kWe; the 4400 generates up to 65kWe; and the 6500 is the largest size model generating up to 110kWe. Power+ Generators utilize waste heat on applications such as internal combustion engines, biomass, flare gas methane and other fluids.
(Source: ElectraTherm, PR, 23 Feb., 2016) Contact: ElectraTHerm, (775) 398-4680, https://electratherm-electratherm.netdna-ssl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ElectraTherm, Biomass,
The Green Growth Plan calls for the construction of new coal-fired power plants
and a more than 65 pct increase in coal capacity, compared to Korea's current levels.
The annual CO2 cap for the 525 companies covered by Korea's emissions trading scheme was set to keep the country on the path to meeting the 2020 target.
(Source: Korea Carbon, CP Daily, Others, Feb., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, South Korea Carbon Market, Emissions Reduction,
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, South Korea Carbon Market, Emissions Reduction,
The photoelectrochemical cell is comprised of a photoelectric top layer and an electrochemical part below. In the upper layer, ultraviolet light creates free charge carriers. The electrons in this layer are immediately removed and travel to the bottom layer of the electrochemical cell where the electrons are used to ionize oxygen to negative oxygen ions, which can then travel through a membrane in the electrochemical part of the cell.
The cell works as a UV-light driven oxygen pump that yields an open-current voltage of up to 920 millivolts at a temperature of 400 degrees C.
The concept is not only useful for the production of hydrogen, as it could also split carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide. The produced energy carried in the form of hydrogen and carbon monoxide can be used to synthesise fuels. (Source: Vienna University of Technology, The Statesman, IANS, 23 Feb., 2016) Contact: Vienna University of Technology, Georg Brunauer, +43 1 58801 302332, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tuwien.ac.at
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Cell, PV, Energy Storage,
Magnolia Solar, which has a research facility at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany,
has filed 15 patents for thin film solar technologies. (Source: Magnolia Solar, Times Union, Others, 23 Feb., 2016)
Contact: Magnolia Solar, (518) 618-4200, http://www.magnoliasolar.com; EcoArk, (479) 259-2977, email@example.com, http://ecoarkusa.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Magnolia Solar, Solar Cell, Solar, Solar (M&A),
Participating governors are from California, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Vermont and Virginia. (Source: ECT, 29 Feb., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Today, biomass supplies the lion's share of U.K. "renewable" electricity generation. However, recent science shows that many forms of biomass produce more carbon emissions than fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas -- especially biomass from forests -- increasing carbon pollution precisely when the UK aims to rapidly decarbonizse its electricity sector. At the same time, the costs of building low-carbon alternatives to biomass, in particular wind and solar energy, have fallen rapidly and are expected to continue to do so.
A new study commissioned by the and conducted by Vivid Economics concludes that in the period 2020 -- 2025, wind and solar are likely to be the least-cost way to ensure U.K. reliability of supply while also achieving power sector decarbonization goals, not biomass.
Access the full report HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Defence Council. Nov., 2016) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Drax, Woody Biomass, Biomass, Coal, Climate CHange, Carbon Emissions,
Program research will include biomass sourcing, fuel production, sustainability and lifecycle assessment, and aviation biofuel market development. Aviation biofuel feedstocks in Mexico are expected to include jatropha, salt-tolerant Salicornia and sewage sludge.
(Source: Mexican Bioenergy Innovation Center, Boeing, Various Media, HydroCarbon Eng., Feb., 2016)
Contact: Boeing, Julie Felgar, Jessica Kowal, Envir. Communications, (206) 660-6849, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.boeing.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Boeing,
With this recent commissioning,
MEC now has a total wind generation capacity of 3,500 MW. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Storm Lake Pilot Tribune, Others, 23 Feb., 2016)
Contact: MidAmerican, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, MidAmerican Energy,
The company also reports it has inked a long-term contract with wind turbines maker Gamesa to continue supplying blades from its existing plant in Mexico and to start delivering products from the new plant upon its completion.
(Source: TPI Composites, Various Media Sources, 23 Feb., 2016) Contact: TPI Composites, Steve Lockard, CEO, http://www.tpicomposites.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News TPI Composites, Wind, Wind Blade ,
The team developed a mixed integer non-linear programming (MINLP) model and applied it to a case study in Mexico. Their model determined that using flue gases as a source of CO2 reduced costs associated with the algae-growing stage of the process -- the most expensive part -- and reduced all other costs by almost 90 pct.
Using water recycled within the biorefining process also reduced fresh water needs by about 83 pct. However, as the technology stands, the researchers say that the costs are still too high to justify an algae-based biorefinery on its own. Instead, they say that producing cleaner, algae-based fuels should be seen as a necessary expense in the global effort to reduce and capture carbon emissions. (Source: American Chemical Society, Public Release, 24 Feb., 2016) Contact: American Chemical Society, Donna Nelson, Pres, (800) 333-9511, www.acs.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae, Biofuel, American Chemical Society,
The company plans to use the next several months to engage in public outreach and to address local residents' concerns over the proposed plant's potential impact on property values and the environment. (Source: NW Innovation Works, komonews, 20 Feb., 2016)Contact:
NW Innovation Works, http://nwinnovationworks.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,
In 2014, 2,054.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMtCO2-e,) was produced by all electricity generation–related activities, compared to 2,052.8 MMtCO2-e in 2013. Almost all -- 2,039.3 MMtCO2-e -- was emitted by fossil fuel combustion: 77 pct by coal power generators, 21 pct by natural gas generators, 1.2 pct by petroleum generators, and 0.02 pct by geothermal generators.
The report notes that generators relied on coal for about 39 pct of their total energy requirements in 2014, and that coal used by power generators accounted for 93 pct of all coal consumed for energy in the U.S.
But while the amount of power generated in the U.S. increased by 1.1% compared to 2013, carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector increased by 0.1 pct as the consumption of petroleum for power generation increased by 15.8 pct in 2014.
The report notes that methane emissions made up a 10.3 pct share of all 2014 emissions. (Source: EPA, Power Mag., Various Others, 25 Feb., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Carbon Emissions,
Siemens is integrating IBM's Watson IoT Business Unit software, including analytics and asset management, into its cloud-based Navigator energy and sustainability management platform. The platform
provides a customizable suite of services that enables monitoring of building system performance, energy demand, and energy supply across a single building, a campus, or an entire real estate portfolio. The Navigator platform can also integrate with any system, including the Siemens Desigo CC building management system and third party technologies. (Source: Siemens, IBM, 24 Feb., 2016)
Amanda Naiman, (484) 680-4427,
IBM, Hanna Smigala,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Building Technologies, IBM, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management ,
Recent energy legislation has enhanced the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting program, allowing Arkansas State and other educational institutions to benefit. Energy performance contracting is a financing mechanism used to pay for energy efficiency improvements, which are then paid back through annual energy and operational savings. The Arkansas State energy performance contract features a 20-year payback and operational savings -- the first of its kind in the state of Arkansas.
(Source: Johnson Controls, PR, 25 Feb., 2016) Contact: Johnson Controls, Ryan Nolan, Building Energy Efficiency Program Manager, (414) 524-6107, Ryan.P.Nolan@jci.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls, Energy Storage, Energy Management,
Previously this month, Abengoa said it will need some €1.66 billion, including €525 in new financial guarantees, to stay afloat over the next two years. (Source: Abengoa, Various Other Media, 24 Feb., 2015)Contact: Abengoa, www.abengoa.com; Abengoa Bioenergy, http://www.abengoabioenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa Bioenergy, Abengoa,
The ROXUL Inc. headquarters features an open-concept floor plan and to natural light, motion-sensor lights and HVAC systems, drought resistant landscaping, rain water harvesting and grey water reuse. ROXUL's Energy Design Center -- a resource and education hub for architects, designers and specifiers -- was involved in the building envelope design and energy modelling to ensure that advanced green features used would exceed building codes and achieve superior performance. Thermal couples, relative-humidity sensors and heat-flux meters were installed in the roof, walls and below-grade insulation to monitor the in-situ performance of the ROXUL insulation. The data captured is recorded and uploaded to a third-party system. The data will underscore the long-term performance of the building's green construction and act as a real-time case study and education tool. (Source: Roxul Inc., CaGBC, 22 Feb., 2016) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org;
More Low-Carbon Energy News CaGBC, LEED Gold, LEED Certification,
According to the report, "The impacts of climate change will be increasingly challenging for industries across Canada. Changing weather patterns will lead to regional water supply difficulties for agriculture, natural resource industries and local communities. Infrastructure will be threatened in the North from melting permafrost and on the coast due to rising sea levels. It could be an extremely significant issue across the top of the whole economy."
The association is calling on the federal government to clarify the rules on carbon emissions and take an active role in creating a national strategy and regulatory system to deal with the impacts of climate change.
(Source: Canadian Chamber of Commerce, iPolitics, Feb. 18, 2016) Contact: Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Perrin Beatty, Pres., Warren Everson, VP Policy, (613) 238-4000, www.chamber.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
The company reportedly brought in €2.14 billion in pro-forma revenues during the calendar year 2015. (Source: Senvion, Various Media, 22 Feb., 2016) Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion, Wind, Renewable Energy,
The following statement is from Steve Clemmer, director of energy research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists: "The NREL study shows just how important the tax credits are. The tax credits will spur significant renewable energy development and cut carbon emissions. That's important from a climate point of view because the earlier we start reducing emissions the better chance we'll have of staving off some of the worst consequences.
"The tax credits will help states cut emissions by transitioning to renewables, rather than over-relying on natural gas. The danger is that if you lock in too much natural gas use, you've locked in a certain amount of future emissions. Renewables, on the other hand, provide cost-effective, carbon-free energy.
"This analysis clearly shows why the renewable industry had reason to cheer when Congress voted for the extension. The tax credits create the certainty the renewable energy industry needs to develop projects, create jobs and expand U.S. manufacturing capacity. It will also allow the industry to continue advancing wind and solar technology and drive down costs to put them on a level playing field with fossil fuels.
"The recent Supreme Court stay on the Clean Power Plan does not change the underlying economic and public health benefits from a shift to renewable energy. The good news is that the extension of the tax credits can help states stay on that path. However, additional clean energy policies, including full implementation of the Clean Power Plan and action from Congress on clean energy finance and deployment policies, are vital to meeting our climate and energy goals." (Source: NREL, Union of Concerned Scientists, 22 Feb., 2016) Contact: Union of Concerned Scientists, (617) 547-5552, Steve Clemmer, www.ucsusa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Tax Credit, Carbon Emissions, Clean Power Plan, Union of Concerned Scientists, NREL, Carbon Emissions,
Valero is asking the EPA to reconsider defining obligated party as the entity that holds title to the gasoline or diesel fuel, immediately prior to transfer from the truck loading terminal or bulk terminal to a retail outlet, wholesale purchaser-consumer or ultimate consumer, as reflected in the records maintained for federal excise tax purposes. Making this change will address supply constraints on renewable fuel in the transportation fuel market, according to Valero. (Source: Valero, Various Media, 22 Feb., 2016)Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, www.valero.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero, RFS, Biofuel,
The company plans to meet its goal through a multi-pronged approach aimed at driving down energy consumption in own operations by reducing energy use, logistics and business travel, the promotion of energy efficient lighting through technology innovation and partnerships like the en.lighten initiative.
Philips has already moved towards carbon neutrality through its membership in the RE100 program, a collaborative initiative of businesses committed to 100 pct renewable electricity. To date, the company has increased its renewable energy consumption from eight pct in 2008 to 55 pct in 2014.
(Source: Philips, Copenhagen Center on Energy Efficiency, 19 Feb., 2016) Contact: Philips Lighting, Eric Rondolat, CEO, www.lighting.philips.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light, Philips, Carbon Neutral, Energy Efficient Light,
With 26 current projects, the funding will allow United Wind to expand to 1,000 projects, according to Reuters.
(Source: United Wind, Technically Brooklyn, Others, 19 Feb., 2016)Contact: United Wind, Russell Tencer, CEO, (800) 268-9896, email@example.com, http://www.unitedwind.com; Forum Equity Partners, (416) 947-0389, forumequitypartners.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News United Wind, Wind,
Cenovus is the lead partner of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) that include Alberta Innovates-Energy Environment Solutions as well as Cenovus, Devon Canada and Shell Canada -- members of Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).
This project aims to quantify the benefits of the fuel cell carbon capture solution for the separation of CO2 from the flue gas of boilers used to make steam in oil sands production.
The project is focused on separating 75 pct of the CO2 from the flue gas of the cogeneration plant at the University of Calgary.
(Source: FuelCell Energy, Global News Wire, NASDAQ, 15 Feb., 2016)
Contact: FuelCell Energy, Chip Bottone, CEO, Kurt Goddard, VP Investor Relations
(203) 830-7494, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fuelcellenergy.com;
COSIA, Craig Stenhouse, Manager, www.cosia.ca; Cenovus Energy, Jessica Wilkinson, Media, (403) 766-8990, www.cenovus.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Capture, Flue Gas, FuelCell Energy Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc., COSIA,
Over 4 months, the leak spewed an estimated 95,000 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere and sent thousands of area families running in search of cleaner air, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
At its peak in late November, the well released over 127,000 pounds of methane per hour, according to an estimate by the California Air Resources Board.
Needless to report, the leak has also spawned numerous lawsuits, including criminal charges. (Source: Southern California Gas, VICE News, Various Others, 19 Feb., 2016) Contact: Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, Southern California Gas Co ,
According to the DOE, well-documented informational, structural, and market barriers -- such as split incentives, asymmetrical or inadequate information, higher first costs and high investment hurdle rates impede the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices, especially for small and medium size commercial buildings.
The funding is intended to help the federal government achieve its energy savings goal of 20 pct by 2020 and 50 pct by 2030. (Source: DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO), Feb., 2016) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Building Energy Consumption,
The NAFTA memorandum comes on the heels of the COP21 conference which produced a climate change agreement that, although widely praised, lacks an enforcement mechanism. (Source: NAFTA, Motherboard, 13 Feb., 2016) Contact: NAFTA, www.naftanow.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News NAFTA, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Clean Energy, COP21,
The PUC changes to the net metering policy are not without controversy. In January, solar system owners took legal action against NV Energy, accusing the utility of conspiring to reduce or eliminate competition, inflate price and illegally increase revenues.
(Source: Nevada PUC, Various Sources, Feb., 2016) Contact: Nevada PUC, (775) 684-6101, http://puc.nv.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Metering, Nevada Public Utilities Commission, Solar, Feed-in Tariff,
SoCalGas faces four misdemeanor charges, three for each day they failed to report to authorities after the leak was discovered, and one for the discharge of air contaminants. The lawsuit also cites the climate threat posed by the uncontrolled emission of more than 80,000 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere.
(Source: California Attorney General Office, Lake Andes Wave, Others, 18 Feb., 2016)Contact: California Attorney General Office, (415) 351-3374, https://oag.ca.gov; Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, SoCalGas, County, Southern California Gas,
Regulators are first tackling emissions from new shale gas well sites and compressor stations, which the department oversees now. DEP wants to issue streamlined permits for those facilities by October, said at an advisory board meeting last week when concepts for the new permits were announced. Regulations for existing oil and gas facilities, and suggestions for leak detection and control along pipelines will follow.
DEP is considering various new standards for well pads including: quarterly leak inspections with infrared cameras and monthly walk-though screenings; cleaner diesel engines on drilling rigs; quicker repairs once leaks are discovered; 95 pct control of emissions of associated pollutants from storage tanks; and reduced bleed-off from pumps.
(Source: Penna. Department of Environmental Protection, Post Gazette, 16 Feb., 2016) Contact: Pa. DEP, Joyce Epps, Bureau of Air Quality, John Quigley, DEP Secretary, www.dep.pa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Methane,
FINTECC resources will be available to the existing local clients of the Bank planning to introduce modern climate change mitigation and related technologies. Under the FINTECC programme, individual companies may qualify for up to 25 pct of the cost of a new technology to a maximum of $1 million.
EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine with a total commitment of approximately $12 billion covering 355 projects. throughout the country.
As of January 2016, 16 EBRD Sustainable Resource Initiative investment projects will lead to approximately 168,000 tonnes of CO2 savings over 10 years.
(Source: EBRD, Feb. 16, 2016)Contact: EBRD, Adonai Herrera-Martinez, Senior Manager Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, www.ebrd.com;
Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD, Climate Change Mitigation, Global Environment Facility,
The deal will give Lakes Biomass customers access to Forest Fuels' automatic monitoring systems, which allows them to monitor fuel-store levels, usage and boilers via telephone, tablet or computer. (Source: Forest Fuels, Lake Biomass, Others, reNews, 16 Feb., 2016)
Contact: Lakes Biomass, Gemma Turrall, GM, +44 1229 580555, https://www.lakesbiomass.com; Forest Fuels, Search Results
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,
The laboratory will support ABB Finland's inverter business which was launched in the late 2000s. ABB Finland's solar power technology is presently used in megawatt-sized solar power plants worldwide.
(Source: ABB, Good News Finland, 15 Feb., 2016) Contact: ABB, Bernhard Jucker, Pres., Timo Toissalo, Sr. VP, Power Conversion, Finland,
http://new.abb.com/about/our-businesses/power-products-division, new.abb.com, www.abb.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB, Solar, Solar Inverter,
The CSPonD demonstration is intended to help show that the novel single-tank thermal energy storage system, which absorbs and stores thermal energy using molten salt or other liquid transfer media, may prove to be more affordable and efficient than conventional two-tank systems. "The CSPonD Demo prototype is expected to directly absorb and store 600 KWh of thermal energy in a one-tank system on the ground, thus avoiding the need to pump molten salt to the top of the solar power tower, which is the method employed by traditional two-tank TES systems. It will produce constant power of 25 kW at all times."
The CSPonD Demo system, which was originally designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), avoids the use of pipes, pumps, and double tanks by bringing the sunlight down directly to a receiver on the ground, which it does through secondary mirrors placed at the top of the tower. It also avoids costly receiver tubes that undergo thermal fatigue and can bring the entire system down with the smallest of leaks. (Source: Masdar, MIT, 15 Feb., 2016)Contact: Masdar Institute, Dr. Nicholas Calvet, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, 011 +971 02 8109365, email@example.com, www.masdar.ac.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar Institute, Thermal Energy Storage,
Over the next three months the most comprehensive test of scanning LIDAR will take place, involving four different scanning LIDAR systems alongside three vertical profiling LIDARs for validation purposes. The project is supported by independent renewable energy company RES and the Commissioners of Irish Lights.
(Source: Carbon Trust, Others, 15 Feb., 2016) Contact: Carbon Trust, Megan Smith, Project Manager, Wakes Research, www.carbontrust.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Trust, LIDAR, Wind,
Prior to the acquisition, Quantum had built approximately 12 projects, and when Geodynamics acquired the company it had one BOOM project in its portfolio, which the companies continue to operate and maintain today. Quantum currently has three projects under development: the $4 million Goulburn Bioenergy Project at the Southern Meats abattoir in New South Wales, and the Mindarra Bioenergy Project, located at a large piggery in Western Australia, both of which are slated for commissioning before the year end.
Under the revised arrangements, Quantum will build, own and operate the project under a 20-year PPA. agreement. The $4-million project includes the construction and commissioning of anaerobic digesters, gas treatment equipment, electrical generation and electrical interconnections to the facility.
(Source: Geodynamics, Others, 15 Feb., 2016) Contact: Geodynamics, Chris Murray, CEO, +61 7 3721 7500, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.geodynamics.com.au;
Quantum Power Ltd., +61 7 3177 1040, email@example.com, www.quantumpower.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion, Geodynamics, Biogas, Methane, Quantum Power Ltd,
Whitefox's technology reduces energy consumption, increases production efficiency and contributes to the production of low-carbon ethanol, according to the company.
(Source: Whitefox Technologies, PR, 15 Feb., 2016) Contact: Whitefox, Gillian Harrison, CEO, (403) 210-2999, www.whitefox.com; Pine Lake Corn Processors, (641) 868-2676, www.pinelakecorn.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitefox Technologies, Pine Lake Corn Processors ,
The JV partners will jointly build a world class bamboo ethanol biorefinery in Assam, India, using Chempolis formicobio technology in North East India for the production of bioethanol and the co-production of furfural and acetic acid. (Source:
Chempolis Ltd., Others, February 15, 2016) Contact: Chempolis Limited, +358 10 38 76666, www.chempolis.com; Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., www.nrl.co.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Chempolis, Numaligarh Refinery Limited , Bamboo Biofuel,
The contract for equipment for the two projects was originally granted to Alstom but fell to GE with its acquisition of Alstom last November.
EEA-Grants are intended to address social and economic inequalities in the European Economic Area and to strengthen bilateral relations between donor states like Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein and the other 16 EU member states that are qualified for this financial help.
(Source: GE Europe, EEA, 11 Feb., 2016) Contact: EEA Grants,
www.eeagrants.org; GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy Hydro, +32 2 235 6855, www.ge.com/europe
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro, GE Renewables, Alstom,
Rhode Island's legislation, which is still in committee, would incrementally raise the RES to about 38 pct of the state's overall power mix by 2035. Environmental groups are pushing for an extension of the RES program without restrictions on woody biomass. During a recent House hearing, the RES was praised for helping meet climate-emission goals. On paper, at least, the RES will do that, because woody biomass CO2 emissions are not counted in emissions in programs such as RGGI.
Meanwhile, two of Maine's four woody biomass plants that export power to Rhode Island have been shuttered due to low natural-gas and oil prices as well as stricter RES standards in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
(Source: eco'RI News, 14 Feb., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions,
Ameren will hire coordinators to work with renters and low income customers who tend to pay a higher proportion of their income to utility bills, and typically do not take advantage of discounted high-efficiency appliances, light bulbs and others.
According to Ameren, it was the first investor-owned utility in Missouri to implement an energy efficiency program under the MEEIA legislation. And, since 2009, Ameren Missouri has committed to invest more than $375 million to support its 1.2 million customers' efforts to use energy more efficiently.
(Source: Ameren Missouri, 10 Feb., 2016) (Source: Ameren, Utility Dive, Others, 14 Feb., 2016) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Dan Laurent, Dir. Energy Services, Michael Moehn, Pres., CEO, (314) 554-2165, www.AmerenMissouri.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri, Energy Efficiency,
The PSC report says all 75 producers met their targets primarily by building wind farms, which accounted for more than 1,500 MW of power in Michigan where wind power generation has increased to 61 pct of the total amount of 2,500 MW from 7 pct in 2009. Hydroelectric accounts for 15 pct of renewable energy production, biomass is at 13 pct, landfill gas at 6 pct, municipal solid waste at 3 pct and solar at 1 pct.
Access the Michigan PSC full report HERE. (Source: Michigan PSC, Crain’s Detroit, Others, 12 Feb., 2016) Contact: Michigan PSC, (517) 284-8100, www.michigan.gov/mpsc
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rewnewable Energy,
Unico's energy efficiency measures include: installation of electrochromic windows that reduce the need for shades, reduce solar heat gain, increase energy savings; Boulder's first installation of a SolarWall, a solar transpired air collector that preheats outside air and provides solar heat in the winter; a 41 pct water savings by using low-flow plumbing fixtures; use of 100 pct energy-efficient LED lighting; real-time energy tracking capability; extensive use of recycled and regional building materials; energy-efficient mechanical equipment; native, drought-resistant landscaping; and a 100 pct offset of building-related carbon emissions through the purchase of renewable energy credits.
(Source: USGBC, Colorado Real Estate Journal,
Others, 14 Feb., 2016) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Green Building, Building Energy Efficiency,